The Best Hotels in Walt Disney World

For the first time since March 2020, all Disney Resort hotels at Walt Disney World are finally open! There are so many perks to staying on property in a Disney Resort hotel when you are visiting Walt Disney World. Check out my blog post about it here. (updated April 18, 2022)

There are four hotel category types: Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villas.

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Value Resorts

These are your standard hotel room. They are the smallest (around 250 square feet) of all the categories and can sleep up to 4 people. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s All-Star Music Resort offers suites that can sleep up to 6 adults. The prices start at about $140/night for standard rooms.

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
    • Transportation: Bus
    • Fantasia-Themed Pool
    • World Premiere Food Court
    • Movies Under the Stars
    • Resort Area: Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
    • Transportation: Bus
    • Pool with surfboard motif
    • End Zone Food Court
    • Resort Area: Animal Kingdom
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
    • Transportation: Bus
    • Guitar-Shaped Pool
    • Intermission Food Court
    • Family Suites that sleep up to 6
    • Resort Area: Animal Kingdom
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
    • Transportation: Disney Skyliner and Bus
    • Pool with Water Jets
    • Merchandise Store
    • Food Court
    • Resort Area: Wide World of Sports
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
    • Transportation: Skyliner and bus
    • Family Suites that sleep up to 6 adults
    • Largest Resort pool in Walt Disney World
    • Food Court with 5 stations
    • Dog-friendly accommodations
    • Resort Area: Wide World of Sports Resort Area

I recommend Disney’s Art of Animation Resort in the Value category. It has direct Skyliner access, a super fun theme, a good value for the space in the Family Suites, and it’s a short walk to Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Moderate Resorts

These rooms are typically about 300 square feet. They sleep up to 4 people, but there are select rooms that sleep 5. There are suite options at Coronado Springs. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness are larger at about 500 square feet and sleep up to 6 people. These rooms start at about $265/night.

  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
    • Transportation: Bus
    • Brand new Gran Destino Tower (opened August 2019)
    • Pool with a waterslide
    • Fitness center
    • Resort area: Animal Kingdom
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
    • Transportation: Disney Skyliner and Bus
    • Pool with a Waterslide
    • Pirated themed rooms
    • Resort Area: Epcot
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
    • Transportation: Boat and Bus
    • Cabins and campgrounds available
    • Feels like you are camping in the middle of Walt Disney World
    • Pre-order groceries and have them waiting when you arrive
    • Rent golf carts
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Dog friendly accommodations
    • Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
    • Transportation: Boat and Bus
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Scat Cat’s Club
    • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
    • Resort Area: Disney Springs
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
    • Transportation: Boat and Bus
    • Pool with Waterslide
    • Boatwright’s Dining Hall
    • Royal Guest Rooms
    • Pet-Friendly Accommodations
    • Resort Area: Disney Springs

I recommend Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter in the Moderate category. The Resort is small and quaint, you can take a relaxing boat ride to Disney Springs, and you can’t beat the homemade Mickey beignets that are only available here.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Deluxe Resorts

There are many different types of rooms and sizes in Deluxe Resorts. They range from standard size rooms (about 350 square feet) to suites of more than 1,000 square feet. Most of the rooms will sleep up to 5 people. They start at about $400/night.

  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
    • Transportation: Boat and Bus
    • Close to Skyliner
    • Shares the water recreation area at Beach Club
    • Health Club
    • Dog friendly acommodations
    • Resort Area: Epcot
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • Transportation: Monorail, Boat, Bus
    • Pool with waterslide
    • California Grill – very popular rooftop restaurant
    • Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    • Transportation: Monorail, Boat, Bus
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Exquisite dining
    • Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • Transportation: Boat and Bus
    • 2 Pools
    • Deluxe Villa options
    • Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
    • Transportation: Boat, Bus, Monorail
    • Pool with a waterslide
    • Brand new Moana-themed rooms
    • Taste the culinary magic of the islands at several restaurants
    • Deluxe Villa options
    • Seven Seas Lagoon
    • Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
    • Transportation: Boat, Bus
    • Disney Skyliner transportation
    • Outdoor water recreation area with a life-size shipwreck, pools, lagoons and more.
    • Beaches and Cream – boardwalk-style ice cream parlor.
    • Ship Shape Health Club
    • Resort Area: Epcot
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    • Transportation: Boat, Bus
    • Disney Skyliner Transportation
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Trattoria al Forno – Italian eatery serving breakfast and dinner.
    • Resort Area: Epcot
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Transportation: Bus
    • Pool with Waterslide
    • Award-Winning Dining
    • Exotic Animals
    • Resort Area: Animal Kingdom

I recommend Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in the Deluxe category. The theming is amazing, the lobby is beautiful, it has fantastic restaurants, and has prime Magic Kingdom location.

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Deluxe Villa Resorts

These are the highest rated rooms at Walt Disney World. Most of the Villas are attached to a Deluxe Resort and share all the amenities. Villas range from studio to 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom options. They range in size from about 300 square feet to 2,500 square feet. Almost all of the Villas have a kitchen, washer, dryer, and separate bedrooms. Most studio rooms sleep up to 4 people. The 3-bedroom villas sleep up to 12. The studios are your standard Deluxe Resort room, except they have a kitchenette. The other Villa options are much larger and have more than one bathroom. They start at about $400/night.

  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
    • Transportation: Skyliner and Bus
    • Captures the magic of Europe
    • Topolino’s Terrace – breakfast and dinner rooftop dining
    • Full range of accommodations
    • Several pools and kid’s splash pad area
    • Resort Area: Epcot
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    • Transportation: Boat and Bus
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Golf course
    • Resort Area: Disney Springs
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
    • Transportation: Boat and Bus
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Olivia’s Cafe – American/Caribbean table-service restaurant
    • Fitness Center
    • Sauna
    • Tennis court
    • Resort Area: Disney Springs
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
    • Transportation: Bus
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Sanaa – restaurant with view of African animals
    • Resort Area: Animal Kingdom
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • Transportation: Boat and Bus
    • Kitchen, washer, dryer, separate bedrooms
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • Transportation: Boat and Bus
    • Access to 2 pools
    • Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
    • Transportation: Boat and Bus
    • Outdoor water recreation area (3 acres)
    • Close to the Skyliner
    • Resort Area: Epcot
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
    • Transportation: Boat and Bus
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Close to Skyliner
    • Walking distance to Epcot
    • Resort Area: Epcot
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • Transportation: Monorail, Boat, Bus
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
    • Transportation: Monorail, Boat, Bus
    • Feels like an island paradise
    • Delicious restaurants
    • Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    • Transportation: Monorail, Boat, Bus
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Exquisite dining
    • Resort Area: Magic Kingdom
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
    • Transportation: Bus
    • Pool with waterslide
    • Award-Winning Dining
    • Exotic Animals
    • Resort Area: Animal Kingdom

I recommend Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House in the Deluxe Villa category. It has rooms with views of animals on the savanna, 3 of the 10 highest rated restaurants in Walt Disney World, and the theming is amazing.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

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