20 Best Disney World Resorts

Following the success of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, legendary animator Walt Disney developed plans for a massive sister theme park resort in Orlando, Florida, referred to as the “Florida Project” throughout much of the 1960s. The resulting park became known as Walt Disney World, which was opened in 1971 and featured the Magic Kingdom theme park, two resort hotels, and a campground facility. Today, the park and resort have grown to encompass more than 25,000 acres--twice the size of Manhattan--and feature four theme parks, 27 Disney-owned resort hotels, and a variety of attractions, including water parks, golf courses, and the Disney Springs outdoor shopping center. As the most-visited vacation resort in the world, Walt Disney World attracts more than 52 million annual visitors. These Disney World value, moderate, and deluxe resorts are themed after international travel and pop culture landmarks and offer a variety of exclusive amenities, including transportation to and from Disney parks and Disney Dining Plan use at many resort restaurants. Photo: jdross75/Fotolia

»Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge recreates the rustic atmosphere of a turn-of-the-century National Park lodge in the American Northwest. The resort was designed by architect Peter Dominick Jr., who is noted for his work on Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Disneyland Grand Californian Resort. Nature-themed design elements include an 82-foot lobby fireplace recreating two billion years of strata layer formations of the Grand Canyon and a hot spring waterfall leading to the resort’s 120-foot Fire Rock Geyser, which erupts hourly. Standard nature and courtyard view rooms and suites are available, including unique bunk bed rooms that are extremely popular with families. Guests may dine at the full-service Artist Point restaurant, the casual Whispering Canyon Café, or the quick-service Roaring Fork. Other onsite amenities include the spring-fed Silver Creek Springs Pool, the 2.5-mile West Wilderness Road jogging trail, and a Wonders of the Lodge hour-long art and architecture tour. Contact: 901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-824-3200 Photo: Disney's Wilderness Lodge

»Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of Walt Disney World’s top resorts, designed around the theme of a traditional African savannah lodge. The resort’s grounds showcase animals such as giraffes, zebras, antelope, wildebeests, and gazelles, fully immersing guests in a true safari vibe. Standard guest rooms with queen or king beds and savannah views are offered in the resort’s Jambo House section, while Disney Vacation Club villas are available within Kidani Village, which is accessible from the main resort via Disney’s transportation system. Restaurants offered on site include fine dining establishment Jiko: The Cooking Place, the Boma: Flavors of Africa buffet, the Mara quick-service food course, and Kidani Village’s Sana. An 11,000-square-foot pool complex, a Zahanati full-service spa, and the Zawadi Marketplace shopping area are also offered. Contact: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-938-3000 Photo: Kristina/Fotolia

»Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a value resort that opened in 2012, featuring suites themed after animated Disney classics such as The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King. The resort’s concept is themed around the idea of bringing the animation process to life, featuring statues and artwork showcasing pencil drawings, storyboards, and colorscripts. 1,984 guest rooms and suites are offered, including standard double and king bed rooms and family suites sleeping up to six, featuring full kitchenettes and Inovabed table sleeper sofas. A 12,000-square-foot Finding Nemo-themed pool, the largest resort pool at Walt Disney World, is offered, along with a 606-seat Landscape of Flavors food court serving fresh, healthy international fare. Children’s activities are offered at the Pixel Play Arcade, including a Sketch Artist of the Day art class and competition. Contact: 1850 Animation Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-938-7000 Photo: Disney's Art of Animation Resort

»Disney's Beach Club Villas

Disney's Beach Club Villas

Disney’s Beach Club Villas are a Disney Vacation Club property, which allows guests to purchase timeshare membership that can be redeemed at any time throughout the year. The villas were opened in 2002 and were designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, the architect of Disney’s Boardwalk, Yacht, and Beach Club Resorts, themed after early 20th-century New England resort town villas. 205 one and two-bedroom villas and studios are available, sleeping up to eight guests and offering flat panel televisions with Blu-Ray players, with fully-equipped kitchenettes and laundry service in some units. All units are decorated with a seaside beach motif and offer access to private patios or balconies overlooking the 25-acre Crescent Lake. Guests staying at the Villas may use all the amenities of the Beach Club Resort, including its three-acre Stormalong Bay pool complex. Contact: 1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-934-8000 Photo: Disney's Beach Club Villas

»Disney's Boardwalk Inn Resort

Disney's Boardwalk Inn Resort

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort is located along the shores of the 25-acre Crescent Lake and recreates the charm of classic Atlantic seaside resorts, complete with a bustling boardwalk filled with games and food vendors. Standard garden or water view guest rooms offer double queen or king beds and amenities such as refrigerators, televisions, in-room safes, and free wireless internet, while Club Level rooms feature access to the Innkeeper’s Club private lounge and garden suite cottages span two floors and offer wet bars, hot tubs, and private balconies or fenced-in yards. Onsite restaurants include Big River Grille and Brewing Works, the ESPN Club, Flying Fish, and Trattoria Al Forno, while lounges and clubs include the AbracadaBAR, the Atlantic Dance Hall, and the Jellyrolls piano bar. Other amenities include the Luna Park pool complex, the Side Show Games Arcade, the Muscles and Buscles Health Club, and nightly outdoor campfires and Disney film showings. The resort’s Friendship boat system transports visitors to attractions such as the Yacht and Beach Club Resort, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Contact: 2101 N Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-939-6200 Photo: Disney's Boardwalk Inn Resort

»Disney's Caribbean Beach

Disney's Caribbean Beach

Disney’s Caribbean Beach is the largest Disney resort, spanning more than 200 acres and offering 2,109 guest rooms and suites. The hotel is divided into five villages representing the cultures of Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, and Trinidad. Standard and water view rooms with Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean themes are available, offering amenities such as flat screen televisions with video game system hookups, mini fridges, and in-room safes. The resort’s Old Port Royale activity area features the Fuentes del Morro pool and marina, the Goombay Games Arcade, and the resort’s food court. Other outdoor activities include a 45-acre lake with a 1.4-mile walking loop path and the Caribbean Cay Island children’s play area. Due to the resort’s size, an internal shuttle bus is offered for transportation between resort rooms and amenities. Contact: 900 Cayman Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-934-3400 Photo: Disney's Caribbean Beach

»Disney's Contemporary Resort

Disney's Contemporary Resort

Disney's Contemporary Resort was one of Walt Disney World’s two original resorts that opened with the amusement park complex in October of 1971. The A-frame-style hotel tower showcases futuristic amenities amidst a midcentury modern design, with many design elements created by legendary Disney designer Mary Blair. The hotel’s defining feature is its monorail, which enters the main Grand Canyon Concourse building and offers transportation to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Standard queen or king bed rooms and suites are available, offering views of the Magic Kingdom, the Seven Seas Lagoon, and Bay Lake and featuring amenities such as armoires, televisions, in-room safes, and refrigerators. Dining options include the California Grill, the Contempo Cafe, and Chef Mickey’s Buffet. Other hotel amenities include two pools with spas and a children’s area, an Olympiad fitness center, an arcade, and tennis courts and a pro shop. Contact: 4600 North World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-824-1000 Photo: Disney's Contemporary Resort

»Disney's Coronado Springs

Disney's Coronado Springs

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is themed after colonial Mexico and the historic American Southwest and offers deluxe accommodations at a moderate price tag. 1,921 guest rooms and suites are arranged in villages surrounding a 15-acre lake and offer amenities such as king, queen, and sico beds, coffee makers, televisions, and free wireless internet. The resort’s main building, El Centro, is home to the Rix Sports Bar and Grill, the Maya Grill, and the Peppermarket Food Court, while the Dig Site pool area offers a 120-by-90-foot pool, a hot tub, a poolside bar, children’s playgrounds and arcades, and a sand volleyball court area. A 95,000-square-foot convention center is also offered, along with the full-service La Vida Health Club spa and fitness center. Contact: 1000 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-939-1000 Photo: Disney's Coronado Springs

»Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is located within a 750-acre forest adjoining the Magic Kingdom and offers 847 campsites for visitors looking for more rustic accommodations. The resort offers accommodations and hookups for tents, tent trailers, and RVs, along with air-conditioned Fort Wilderness Cabins featuring full bathrooms and kitchens and sleeping up to six guests. A Settlement Recreation Area overlooks Bay Lake and offers a public beach, marina with kayak and canoe rentals, and the Tri-Circle-D Ranch, which houses the park’s famous trolley-pulling horses. Onsite amenities include the Trail’s End Restaurant, Mickey's Backyard BBQ, and the Meadows Trading Post, which offers main and children’s pool facilities. Free nightly entertainment for resort guests includes the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and Chip & Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long. Contact: 4510 N. Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-824-2900 Photo: JanMika/Fotolia

»Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is Disney World’s flagship resort, inspired by the splendor of San Diego’s Hotel del Coronado. The resort showcases a five-story atrium lobby with elaborate chandeliers, and aviary, and a grand piano, and a nearby monorail stop is designed to mimic a historic Victorian train station. Standard guest rooms and suites offer queen and king beds and private patios or balconies overlooking the hotel’s gardens, pool, marina, and the nearby Seven Seas Lagoon. Suites sleep up to 10 adults and feature wet bars and parlors, and honeymoon rooms offer jetted tubs and private balconies. Restaurants and lounges include Victoria and Albert's, 1900 Park Fare, Citrocos Lounge, and the Garden View Team Room. Complimentary nightly showings of a Disney film are included with resort stay, and private children’s ship adventures, guided fishing excursions, and Wonderland Tea Parties are available for an additional fee. Contact: 4401 Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-824-3000 Photo: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

»Disney's Old Key West Resort

Disney's Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Old Key West Resort recreates the historic villas of turn-of-the-century Key West, offering one- and two-bedroom villas and deluxe studios offering full bathrooms and kitchenettes. All rooms and villas offer private balconies or patios with views of Conch Flats’ waterways and woodlands and the nearby Lake Buena Vista golf course. Though the resort is a Disney Vacation Club resort, its vacant rooms are offered to the general public for standard reservations when available. Onsite dining options include Olivia’s Cafe, Good’s Food To Go, and the Gurgling Suitcase bar. Four pool areas are offered, including the Sandcastle Pool, which offers a sauna, hot tub, and children’s play area. Other amenities include the Community Hall, which offers daily organized activities, and a Barbecue Pavilion. Contact: 1510 North Cove Road, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-827-7700 Photo: Disney's Old Key West Resort

»Disney's Polynesian Resort

Disney's Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is one of Disney World’s two original 1971 hotels, along with Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The resort is designed around a South Pacific theme, featuring white sand beaches, waterfalls, and vibrantly landscaped walkways. Several longhouses throughout the resort offer standard garden, lagoon, and theme park view guest rooms with amenities such as coffee makers, mini fridges, and televisions. Suites with full kitchens and sitting areas are also available within the Tonga longhouse. Nightly performances of Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show showcase traditional Polynesian music and dance, while a Lava Pool complex features an infinity hot tub and the Kiki Tikis Splash Area children’s playground. Resort restaurants and lounges include 'Ohana, the Kona Cafe, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and the Tambu Lounge. Contact: 1600 Seven Seas Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-824-2000 Photo: Disney's Polynesian Resort

»Disney's Pop Century

Disney's Pop Century

Disney’s Pop Century is a value resort showcasing the pop culture of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970, 1980s, and 1990s in five themed resort areas. Iconic pop cultures imagery abounds, from giant Rubik’s Cubes to larger-than-life eight-track tapes and bowling equipment. Standard and preferred guest rooms feature decor that evokes each time period and offer amenities such as televisions, mini fridges, in-room safes, and free wireless internet. Three pools are located throughout the resort, including the 235,000-gallon Hippie Dippie Pool, which offers a children’s play area and the Petals Pool Bar. An Everything Pop food court is open until midnight daily, offering a wide variety of standard American fare. Other hotel amenities include the 5,000-square-foot Fast Forward Arcade and a nightly Movies Under the Stars program. Contact: 1050 Century Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-938-4000 Photo: Disney's Pop Century

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»Disney's All-Star Movies Resort

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort is one of Walt Disney World’s most popular value resorts and is divided into five areas themed after classic Disney films such as Toy Story, Fantasia, and 101 Dalmations. 1,920 double or king bed guest rooms are available, including 96 handicap-accessible rooms, with all rooms offering amenities such as air conditioning, televisions, in-room safes, and free wireless internet. Rooms offer views of the main Fantasia-themed pool and Silver Screen Spirits poolside bar or five themed courtyards featuring larger-than-life statues of film characters. Other hotel amenities include a Reel Fun Arcade, a children’s playground, and a World Premiere Food Court offering a variety of classic American fare. Contact: 1991 W. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-939-7000 Photo: Disney's All-Star Movies Resort

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»Disney's All-Star Music Resort

Disney's All-Star Music Resort

Disney's All-Star Music Resort is a value resort featuring themed sections dedicated to the worlds of Broadway, jazz, rock, country, and calypso music, showcasing oversized music-themed statues such as a three-story pair of cowboy boots and a giant jukebox. Standard hotel rooms offer two double beds with amenities such as televisions, in-room safes, and mini fridges, while family suites sleep up to six and offer full kitchenettes and two bathrooms. The hotel’s guitar-shaped Calypso Pool features Three Caballeros-themed water statues and a Singing Spirits pool bar offering live music. Other hotel amenities include a Note-able Games video arcade, a jogging path, a children’s playground, and a 500-seat Intermission Food Court serving pizza, hamburgers, and other family favorites. Contact: 1801 W. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-939-6000 Photo: Disney's All-Star Music Resort

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»Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter

Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter

Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is one of Disney World’s most popular moderate value resorts, offering 1,008 intimate New Orleans-style guest rooms and suites within a complex constructed to mimic the quaint, historic charm of the French Quarter. The resort overlooks the banks of the Sassagoula River and offers transportation to and from Disney Springs aboard a private boat system. Double queen and king bed guest rooms offer amenities such as televisions with A/V and HDMI input, mini fridges, in-room safes, and private bathrooms stocked with H2O bath products. Dining options at the resort include the Sassagoula Float Works food court, which offers a variety of American and Creole-inspired dishes and coffee shop beverages, and the Scat Cat’s Club lounge. A wide variety of children’s activities are offered, including organized poolside recreational activities, a South Quarter Games arcade, and a nightly Movies Under the Stars program. Contact: 2201 Orleans Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-934-5000 Photo: Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter

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»Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort was originally opened in 1992 as the Dixie Landings resort and recreates the splendor of 19th-century plantation life in the Antebellum South. The resort is divided into the Magnolia Bend section, which is home to four plantation-style mansions, and Alligator Bayou, which houses a variety of cajun-style buildings. Horse-drawn carriage transportation to and from the neighboring Port Orleans French Quarter resort is offered, along with boat rides on the Sassagoula River to nearby Disney Springs. 2,048 guest rooms and suites offer double queen and king beds with amenities such as Sealy Posturepedic Monogram series 400 beds, televisions with HDMI ports, and complimentary H2O bath products. Dining options include the cotton mill-themed Riverside Mill food court, the full-service Boatwrights Dining Hall, and the River Roost Lounge. Six pools are offered, including the Ol’ Man Island pool featuring a 95-foot water slide. Other amenities include a Medicine Show Arcade and a Fishing Hole offering cane pole rentals. Contact: 1251 Riverside Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-934-6000 Photo: Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort

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»Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort is a Disney Vacation Club property, but limited rooms are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served reservation basis. The resort is designed to mimic the affluence of the historic turn-of-the-century New York vacation community and features Victorian decor emphasizing Saratoga Springs’ horse racing history. Guest rooms and suites include one- and two-bedroom deluxe studios and private villas, including unique Treehouse Villas that are elevated 10 feet above ground level. Dining options include the full-service Turf Club Grill, the Artist’s Palette sandwich shop, and the Backstretch Pool Bar. Recreational amenities include the High Rock Springs pool complex, the Win, Place, or Show Arcade, and the full-service Senses spa, modeled after 19th-century private wellness retreats. Contact: 1960 Broadway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-827-1100 Photo: Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

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»Disney's Swan and Dolphin Hotels

Disney's Swan and Dolphin Hotels

Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Hotels are located on Disney World property but are managed by Starwood Resorts and Hotels, offering a variety of amenities and attractions unique to the Disney World resort. The playful hotels were designed by architect Michael Greaves, featuring rooftop swan and dolphin sculptures, and offer 2,270 luxury guest rooms and suites with amenities such as Westin Heavenly Beds and high-definition televisions. Resort amenities include a three-acre pool complex with a grotto and white sand beach, the nationally-acclaimed Shula’s Steak House, and the luxury Mandara Spa center. Though the resorts are privately managed, visitors can experience all of the amenities associated with Disney resorts, including boat transportation to and from the Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios parks. Contact: 1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard. P.O. Box 22653, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 800-227-1500 Photo: Disney's Swan and Dolphin Hotels

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»Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts are located across the 25-acre Crescent Lake from the Boardwalk Inn and were designed by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern to recreate the look of classic 19th-century New England seaside resorts. The two resorts share main amenities, including a dock lighthouse, a 73,000-square-foot convention center, and the Stormalong Bay pool complex, which features the Shipwreck water slide. Standard and club level rooms and suites are available, offering amenities such as armoires, televisions, in-room safes, and private balconies or patios. Yacht Club dining includes the full-service Yachtsman Steakhouse and the Ale and Compass gastropub, while the Beach Club offers the Cape May Cafe, the Martha’s Vineyard Lounge, and the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop diner. Contact: 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, Phone: 407-934-7000 Photo: Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

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20 Best Disney World Resorts