How to Choose the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort that’s Best for You

How to choose the right Deluxe Disney Resort Hotel

How to Choose the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort that’s Right for You

Each of the Deluxe Resorts and Villas at Walt Disney World Resort has its own unique charm and there are many things to consider when trying to pick the right one.

So how do you choose the Deluxe Disney Resort hotel that’s best for you?

Forgetting for a moment price and availability, here is a short list of considerations based on the main merits of each Disney resort. These are some of the main considerations that may help to narrow your list in one direction or another.

The Main Reasons Why You Might Choose One Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort Over Another

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Lobby

The main lobby at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:

  • You want to stay in the Crown Jewel of all Walt Disney World Resorts.
  • You like the Victorian elegance theme.
  • You want multiple upscale dining options at your hotel.
  • You want multiple upscale shopping options at your hotel.
  • You want to stay in a resort on the monorail line close to the Magic Kingdom.
  • You want to stay at a resort with a full-service spa.
View from Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian

Early morning view of the Magic Kingdom from Lagoon View room at the Grand Floridian Villas.

Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Why you might want to stay at the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort:

  • All the same reasons as above, but you want a room with a kitchenette, or
  • You have a larger family and want a one- or two-bedroom villa with full kitchen and laundry.
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Great Ceremonial House

The Great Ceremonial House (Main Lobby) at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort:

  • You like the tropical island theming and ambiance.
  • You want to stay in a resort on the monorail line close to the Magic Kingdom.
  • You want to be able to walk to the Epcot Monorail Line
Disney Polynesian Bungalow Deck

Morning coffee on the private deck of your Bora Bora Bungalow at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows:

  • All the same reasons as above, but you want a room with a kitchenette.
  • You want to stay in a Polynesian Bungalow (arguably the most desirable accommodations at Walt Disney World).
Disney's Contemporary Resort

A monorail exits the main tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort:

  • You want to be able to walk to the Magic Kingdom.
  • You want a resort with large and quiet standard rooms.
  • You want to stay in a resort on the monorail line close to the Magic Kingdom.
Disney's Bay Lake Tower

There’s much more to Disney’s Bay Lake Tower than meets the eye.

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Why you might want to stay at Bay Lake Tower:

  • You want to be able to walk to the Magic Kingdom.
  • You want to be close to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
  • You want a room with a kitchenette, or
  • You have a larger family and want a one- or two-bedroom villa with full kitchen and laundry.
Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Boardwalk

Boardwalk through the trees at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge:

  • You like the rustic (yet upscale) lodge theming.
  • You want to be close to the Magic Kingdom, but not right on the monorail line.
Boulder Ridge Villas Lobby at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Part of the Boulder Ridge Villas Lobby at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Why you might want to stay at the Boulder Ridge Villas:

  • You want a room with a kitchenette, or
  • You have a larger family and want a one- or two-bedroom villa with full kitchen and laundry.
Disney's Wilderness Lodge

The Copper Creek Villas are the newest addition to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Lodge main entrance pictured).

Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Why you might want to stay at the Copper Creek Villas:

  • You want a room with a kitchenette.
  • You have a larger family and want a one- or two-bedroom villa with full kitchen and laundry.
  • You want to stay in a unique standalone Cabin on the water’s edge.
Stormalong Bay at Disney's Beach Club

Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a big draw for this property.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort:

  • You want to be within walking distance of Epcot
  • You want to be within a short boat ride of Hollywood Studios.
  • You want access to Stormalong Bay.
  • You like the upscale and fun beach theming.
Disney's Beach Club Villas, Little Mermaid Statue

A statue of Princess Ariel, the Little Mermaid, greets guests at Disney’s Beach Club Villas.

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Beach Club Villas:

  • All the same options as above, but the Beach Club is all booked
  • You want a room with a kitchenette, or
  • You have a larger family and want a one- or two-bedroom villa with full kitchen and laundry.
Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Lighthouse

Nautical themes abound at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort:

  • You want to be within walking distance of Epcot.
  • You want to be within a short boat ride of Hollywood Studios.
  • You want access to Stormalong Bay.
  • You like the quieter ambiance versus the Yacht Club.
  • You want a guaranteed balcony on your Club Level room.
Disney's Boardwalk Inn

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn.

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn:

  • You want to be right on the Disney Boardwalk.
  • You like the Atlantic City style theming.
  • You want to be within walking distance of two parks (Epcot and DHS)
Disney's Boardwalk Villas

Disney’s Boardwalk Villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) suite of properties.

Disney’s Boardwalk Villas

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas:

All the same options as above, but

  • The Boardwalk Inn is all booked
  • You want a room with a kitchenette, or
  • You have a larger family and want a one- or two-bedroom villa with full kitchen and laundry.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Savannah View

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Savannah View.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort:

  • You like the African style theming.
  • You want a Savanna room view overlooking the animals.
  • You want to be a little off the beaten track.
  • You want to be a short drive from Animal Kingdom Park.
Jambo House, DIsney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Jambo House, DIsney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House

Why you might want to stay at Jambo House:

All the same options as above, but

  • The main hotel is all booked.
  • You want a Club Level Villa room.
  • You want a room with a kitchenette.
  • You have a larger family and want a one- or two-bedroom villa with full kitchen and laundry.
Kidani Village Room, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Kidani Village Room at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Why you might want to stay at Kidani Village:

All the same options as Animal Kingdom Lodge, but

  • The main hotel and villas are all booked.
  • You want to be as far away as possible from the hustle and bustle.
  • You want a room with a kitchenette.
  • You have a larger family and want a one- or two-bedroom villa with full kitchen and laundry.
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

The Congress Park area at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, Walt Disney World.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort:

  • You want to be very close (walking distance) to Disney Springs.
  • You want to stay in a large, relaxed resort with a more relaxed pace.
  • You want a room with a kitchenette.
  • You want to stay at a resort with a full-service spa.
  • You want to have a golf course on property.
  • You have a larger family and want a one- or two-bedroom villa with full kitchen and laundry.
Disney's Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Walt Disney World.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Why you might want to stay at Disney’s Old Key West Resort:

  • You want to be very close (boat ride) to Disney Springs.
  • You want to stay in a relaxed resort with a more relaxed pace.
  • You want a room with a kitchenette.
  • You want to have a golf course on property.
  • You have a larger family and want a one- or two-bedroom villa with full kitchen and laundry.

Planning a Walt Disney World Deluxe Vacation?

There are many other variables to consider when making a final decision as to which luxury resort to choose at Walt Disney World. Part of my service as your Luxury Disney Travel Advisor is to gain a deeper understanding of you and your family so that I can recommend the best options to help ensure a rewarding luxury Disney vacation.

As a Luxury Travel Advisor and author of The Very Best of Walt Disney World Resort, I specialize exclusively in Deluxe Disney vacations. If you are considering a Walt Disney World Luxury Vacation and would like assistance with your options and itinerary, please feel free to contact me. I hope that this post has given you some idea as to which Disney Deluxe Resorts might be right for you and your family.

My professional travel services include recommendations on Disney Deluxe Resort hotel accommodations, Disney dining, special events and activities, and your Walt Disney World itinerary, to name just a few. With nearly 50 years of Deluxe Disney travel experience, it would be my pleasure to assist you.

Mike Belobradic: The Finer Side of Disney Travel
Luxury Travel Advisor – Deluxe Disney Travel Specialist
Serving Clients across Canada and the U.S.