10 Recommended Hotels at Walt Disney World
10 Walt Disney World Hotels Worth Considering
One of the best parts about the sheer size of Walt Disney World compared to Disneyland is that there are so many more onsite Disney hotels from which to choose. I always recommend staying onsite at Walt Disney World because — in addition to the proximity of the Resorts to the Disney Parks — you get a whole lot of extras not available to guests staying offsite.
With so many hotels from which to choose, narrowing down your options can be a daunting task. To help shorten the list, here is my list of 10 recommended hotels at Walt Disney World. Just because a resort is not listed does not mean that it isn’t good (they are all pretty good after all). Having watched Walt Disney World grow and blossom every year since it opened, the hotels listed below are those that I consider to be the cream of the crop in their given categories and are the ones that I most recommend in each category.
RECOMMENDED DISNEY DELUXE RESORTS
The Disney Deluxe Resorts Category features the best there is when it comes to onsite accommodations at Walt Disney World. While just about all hotels in this category are great choices, my top three recommended Disney Deluxe resorts are:
1. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The Crown Jewel of all Disney Resort hotels, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort continues to be the go-to choice for first-rate accommodations. Just one stop from the Magic Kingdom by monorail, the Grand Floridian has it all in every aspect–from room choices to dining to shopping. Remember, however, that upscale marble surroundings and unbeatable amenities do come with a price tag to match, so bear that in mind.
2. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Lush, tropical and overflowing with welcoming comfort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is the antidote to the opulence of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort next door. If you crave the island atmosphere, white sand beaches and a laid back attitude, this property on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop may be the one for you.
3. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Over in the Epcot neighborhood, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort offers all of the benefits of the boisterous Beach Club next door (including Stormalong Bay), but with a quieter and more refined nautical elegance. A short walk to Epcot and the Boardwalk and a 15-minute boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios are right on your doorstep.
RECOMMENDED DISNEY DELUXE VILLAS
The equivalent of condominium-style accommodations, Disney’s Deluxe Villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) suite of properties. These are rented out to non-DVC guests when vacancies exist. If kitchen facilities are important to you, this category is worth a look.
1. Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
As the closest Resort to the gates of the Magic Kingdom, it’s simply hard to beat the convenience of this relatively new glistening tower next to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
2. Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
If being able to walk to the Magic Kingdom is not priority number one, then the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort are a first-choice recommendation. Located nearby the main lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort are decidedly upscale in keeping with their sister resort.
3. Disney’s Beach Club Villas
If you plan to stay in the Boardwalk Resort area near Epcot and Hollywood Studios, then the Beach Club Villas are a great choice. Recently renovated, these villas may not have a premium location (in terms of room view options), but they more than make up for that with access to Stormalong Bay as one of the many benefits of staying there.
RECOMMENDED DISNEY MODERATE RESORTS
In the Moderate category there are five hotels (plus the Fort Wilderness Cabins) that offer a mid-range experience that is closer to Deluxe than it is to Value. My top two recommended resorts in this category are:
1. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Lazy days, riverboats and Mark Twain novels are conjured up by the Mississippi style waterways of this property. This is my go-to Resort for guests who may find the Deluxe properties just out of reach.
2. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Right next door you will find the spirit and romance of New Orleans’ French Quarter is alive and well.
RECOMMENDED DISNEY VALUE RESORTS
I don’t often recommend Value resorts, although they do serve a purpose for budget travellers and larger sports groups etc. So when people ask for Value Resort recommendations, my top two resorts in this category are:
1. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is primarily a suites resort designed for larger families at a Value price. Rooms here are quite nice for Value and the resort’s theme celebrates select Disney animated films in a way that your kids will love.
2. Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort is a time capsule of the very best of pop culture from the 20th century.
Planning a Walt Disney World Deluxe Vacation?
Be sure to read my Guide to Planning A Walt Disney World Vacation and my post on the Five Golden Rules of Walt Disney World Vacation Planning.
Mike Belobradic: The Finer Side of Disney Travel
Luxury Travel Blogger – Deluxe Disney Travel Specialist
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