The Best Hotels in Walt Disney World

With the reopening of Walt Disney World Resort, Disney has taken a measured and deliberate approach to enhance the Disney Resort experience. These changes are detailed on the Know Before You Go website. Since the site continues to evolve over time, be sure to review it before a trip to ensure that the information you have is up to date. Click here to check out the Disney Resort hotels Know Before You Go website. (updated July 12, 2021)

We now have reopening dates for all of the Disney Resort hotels! By the end of 2021, all Disney Resort hotels at Walt Disney World will be 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.

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 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.

  • 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 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
  • 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

I recommend Pop Century and All-Star Movies. The room quality is highest and the Resorts have been fully refurbished. The room configuration is completely different and the carpet has been replaced with vinyl hardwood flooring. Queen beds are the standard in these rooms, but king beds can be requested. One of the queen beds is a pull down bed, so during the day it is a seating area and then can be pulled down at night. This saves a lot of space. The bathrooms at these resorts are brighter and the rooms have more storage space.

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 Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The Gran Destino Tower serves as the main entrance for Guests arriving at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The tower features more than 500 Guest rooms (including 50 suites) and a gorgeous, two story lobby. The rooms in this section of the resort are larger than the rest of the resort. They have vinyl hardwood floors, big windows, good lighting, a desk area, and lots of storage space. Rooms also have a mini fridge and a Keurig style coffee maker. Bathrooms are bright with plenty of storage space. There are two sinks, a huge walk in shower, and a separate area for the toilet. That way several people can be using the bathroom area all at the same time. This is also the only Moderate Resort that you can stay Club Level in. This hotel is basically a Deluxe Resort at Moderate Resort pricing.

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 Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. These Resorts have comfy rooms, great pools, fantastic service, and wonderfully themed environments. In October 2018, Enchanted Rose opened offering a menu of unique cocktails and exquisite appetizers in the Grand Floridian. The design of this signature lounge was inspired by the magic and romance of the Disney live-action movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” offering four unique gathering spaces for you to enjoy. It’s a uniquely Disney space that lets you step into a realm of elegance and wonder for an evening of enchantment. If fantastic dining is important to you, these are the Resorts for you. Animal Kingdom Lodge has 3 of the 10 highest rated restaurants in Walt Disney World. The very best restaurant at Walt Disney World is Victoria & Albert’s and that is in the Grand Floridian. Five of its other restaurants are in the top 25. You can’t go wrong with either of these Resorts. Both lobbies are huge and breathtaking. Public areas and half the rooms at Animal Kingdom Lodge offer panoramic views of a private, 21 acre wildlife preserve with over 300 animals.

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 The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. These are the must luxurious rooms of any Disney Resort hotel and the decor is beautiful.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Remember that Disney’s Magical Express service will no longer be offered starting with arrivals January 1, 2022. The service will continue to operate for new and existing reservations made at Disney Resort hotels for arrivals throughout 2021. If you arrive prior to January 1, 2022, you will be transported back to Orlando International Airport (MCO) at the end of your stay until January 10, 2022. After that date, Disney will not be providing complimentary transportation back to the airport.

There are more reasons than ever to stay at a Disney Resort hotel, where a wide variety of amenities, programs, and exclusive benefits help make a Walt Disney World Resort vacation fun, relaxing, and worry free. To request a free Walt Disney World quote, CLICK HERE.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: