What are Disney Deluxe Villas and Why Would You Stay in One?

Why Stay in Disney Deluxe Villas? (Beach Club Villas pictured)

Why Would You Stay in a Walt Disney World Deluxe Villa?

When you travel to Walt Disney World Resort I always recommend that you stay onsite at a Disney Deluxe Resort hotel. Not only does staying onsite add to the immersive experience of your Disney vacation, but there are several extra benefits available only to guests of Disney Resort hotels.

Most travelers are familiar with the range of traditional Disney hotel properties, but what about the Disney Deluxe Villas? What are they and why would you stay in one?

Grand Floridian Villas, Carousel Horse

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort have a Mary Poppins theme.

Deluxe Villas at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Deluxe Villas are a separate category of accommodations that are part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) suite of properties. DVC is Disney’s version of a timeshare program. DVC members are the most likely guests to stay at these properties, but they are available for booking by non-members, space permitting. I often describe the Deluxe Villas as being similar to renting a condominium, so think of these as Deluxe Disney condos.

Most of these properties are linked to a corresponding Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort, but there are a few standalone properties as well (including a few at locations beyond Walt Disney World). In fact, one of the most desirable accommodation options in all of Walt Disney World Resort is a Deluxe Villa accommodation: the Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. There are also other very unique options in this category as well, such as the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.

For more information you can read my post of favorite Disney Deluxe Villas to see where I stand.

So what is the difference between Disney Deluxe Villas and Disney traditional hotel rooms, and why would you stay in one?

View from Bay Lake Tower Deluxe Villa

The view across Seven Seas Lagoon from a Deluxe Villa at Bay Lake Tower.

Three Reasons Why You Might Stay in a Disney Deluxe Villa

1. No Availability at a Disney Deluxe Resort

If there is no availability at the Disney Deluxe Resort hotel of your choice–and you really want to stay there–you can look into availability at the corresponding Deluxe Villa accommodations. For example, if you really wanted to stay in a Studio at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, but there were none available, you can check availability at a Studio Deluxe Villa, also at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

You will still be onsite at the same Deluxe Disney Resort property with the same benefits as you would have in a traditional hotel room. Plus, you will have a few little extras that come with a Deluxe Villa (such as kitchenette facilities — see below).

Aerophile Hot Air Balloon over Disney's Saratoga Springs

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort offers relaxing Deluxe Villa accommodations in a community-like setting close to Disney Springs.

2. You Have a Large Family or Group

If you have a larger family (let’s say six or seven people–even up to 10 people) or you are a group or two families traveling together, it can sometimes be challenging to find space at a traditional Disney Deluxe Resort hotel. You either need to have two rooms or a suite.

Most Deluxe Villa properties have several room configurations (two bedroom, three bedroom and more) in higher numbers than a traditional resort hotel. So if you find yourself needing more space for whatever reason, Disney Deluxe Villas are an ideal option to compare with what is available in the traditional room category. It’s all about knowing your options so that you can make the best possible selection for you and your group or family.

Bora Bora Bungalow Kitchen, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Disney Vacation Club (DVC) villas come with kitchens that make it much easier for you to eat healthier as a supplement to your meals out. Pictured is the Bora Bora Bungalow Kitchen, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

3. You Like the Idea of Having Kitchen Facilities in Your Room

One of the biggest benefits of staying in a Disney Deluxe Villa is that they come equipped with a kitchenette (Studio) or full kitchen facilities (one bedroom and up).  This is one of the big differentiators compared to traditional hotel rooms at the Disney Deluxe Resorts.

Deluxe Villa kitchens generally feature granite countertops and under mount sinks. Studio kitchenettes usually feature a small refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, a pantry and a selection of plates and utensils. One-bedroom villas and up usually offer a full-size refrigerator, full-size oven and stovetop, kitchen cupboards and a dining area, along with all of the other items noted in the Studio description.

If you stay in any Disney Deluxe Villa you will definitely want to make a grocery stop on your way from the airport to Walt Disney World in order to stock up on food and beverages to take advantage of the kitchen facilities.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge Rock Signpost

Disney Deluxe Villas are located across the full breadth of Walt Disney World Resort.

Where are the Walt Disney World Deluxe Villas Located?

Deluxe Villas are currently located at the following Walt Disney World properties:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

There are also Disney Deluxe Villas located at destinations beyond Walt Disney World Resort, including:

Which Disney Vacation Club Resort is best for you? Here is my ranking of the the DVC Villas at Walt Disney World.

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