The Best Hotels at Walt Disney World in 2018: Disney’s Top Luxury Resorts

Best Hotels at Walt Disney World for 2018

Nine Walt Disney World Resort Hotels Have Received a 2018 AAA Four Diamond Rating

For 2018, nine Deluxe Disney Resort hotels have once again made an appearance on the AAA Four Diamond Rating list.

The AAA Diamond Rating is one of the most respected third-party hotel rating systems in the travel industry. Each year, AAA assesses nearly 28,000 hotels and resorts to develop its annual list of the Diamond Award recipients.

For 2018, all nine Walt Disney World Resort Hotels that appeared on the 2017 list have made it once again on the AAA list of Four Diamond Rated properties.

The nine Walt Disney World Resort hotels receiving the AAA Four Diamond Award Rating for 2018 are:

  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (4 Diamond Rated since 1989)
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (4 Diamond Rated since 1991)
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort (4 Diamond Rated since 2003)
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort (4 Diamond Rated since 2007)
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (4 Diamond Rated since 2007)
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn (4 Diamond Rated since 2009)
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House (4 Diamond Rated since 2011)
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village (4 Diamond Rated since 2011)
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (4 Diamond Rated since 2013)

The brackets indicate the year that each hotel received its first AAA Four Diamond Rating and has consecutively appeared on the list since that time. With a streak of 19 consecutive years as a AAA Four Diamond Rated property, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is the longest-running luxury resort at Walt Disney World to appear on this list. It should also come as no surprise that all hotels on the list fall into Disney’s Deluxe category of hotels and villas.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge Lobby

The lobby at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has lots of open space and comfy seating.


Less than 6% of the 28,000 hotels and resorts inspected for AAA Diamond Award consideration actually receive a Four Diamond Award Rating, so this is quite an achievement for each of these luxury Disney resort hotels.

AAA Five Diamond Rated Resort

In addition, a AAA Five Diamond Rating was given to The Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World. This is the highest award level give by AAA. Even though this is not a Disney owned and operated resort, it is located on Disney property near Disney’s Magic Kingdom and you do not get certain privileges associated with Disney-owned hotels.

How the AAA Diamond Ratings are Awarded

AAA 4 Diamond AwardAccording to AAA, the “AAA Diamond ratings for hotels represent a combination of the overall quality, range of facilities, and level of services offered by the property. The descriptive ratings are assigned exclusively to properties that meet and uphold AAA’s rigorous Approval standards.”

In the case of the Four Diamond Award, AAA describes the hotel recipients in this category as having the following qualities:

“Refined, stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.”

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Mike Belobradic: The Finer Side of Disney Travel
Luxury Travel Blogger – Deluxe Disney Travel Specialist
The Finer Side of Travel