Lakeside Luxury at Walt Disney World: Where to Find a Room on the Water

Lakeside Luxury at Walt Disney World

Lakeside Luxury at Walt Disney World: Where to Find a Room on the Water

Want to stay in a room directly on the water at Walt Disney World? I break the down your three best options.

If you’re like me, you’ll agree that there’s something magical about a water view room. If a view of the water is an option on any vacation, I’ll always choose that room (typically at an upgraded price). At Walt Disney World, there are a ton of water view rooms among the Deluxe category of Disney Resort hotels. In fact, this is one of the main reasons that I personally do not enjoy staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. I miss the calming effects of the water. While the savannas at Animal Kingdom Lodge can be interesting for a short period of time, they tend to bore me after about 30 minutes. But there’s always something happening on the water and I enjoy a room with a great water view.

Even better than just having a water view, is having a room that is directly on the water. So with that in mind, here are my top three picks for waterfront rooms at Walt Disney World.

Three Deluxe Disney Resorts at Walt Disney World where the water will be right outside your window.

Bora Bora Bungalows on the Water

The Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are located directly on the water of Seven Seas Lagoon.

1. Bora Bora Bungalow

The Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort are currently my favourite place to stay. Not only are these fabulous standalone “homes” directly on the water, they are literally right over top of the water on Disney’s Seven Seas Lagoon. If an overwater bungalow has been on your travel bucket list, this is your chance to make that dream come true and the view from one of these Disney bungalows is unmatched at Walt Disney World.

It’s pretty cool to be in your master bedroom and look out the window only to see yourself surrounded by water. So if you love a room on the water, a Bora Bora Bungalow at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is the hands down winner.

Copper Creek Villas, Cascade Cabins

A look inside the Copper Creek Villas Cascade Cabins.

2. Cascade Cabin

Close behind the Bora Bora Bungalows are its newer siblings: the Cascade Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Modelled after the Bungalows in many ways, these cabins are not directly over the water, however, they are pretty much right on the shoreline of Bay Lake. Personally, I prefer the ambiance, location and the styling of the Bora Bora Bungalows, but if you prefer a more rustic woodland feel and would like to be in an upscale cabin that is lakefront, then a Cascade Cabin at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge might be right for you.

Tuvalu Longhouse on the Water

The Tuvalu Longhouse at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is located directly on the water at Walt Disney World.

3. Tuvalu Longhouse

Admittedly, the first two choices on this list are fairly pricey accommodations. So you’ll be happy to know that number three on my list is more of a traditional hotel room style of accommodation (with a more down to earth room rate, at least in Deluxe Disney terms).

Back at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort once again, a Lagoon View room in the Tuvalu Longhouse will set you up waterfront with a clear view of Seven Seas Lagoon. Your view will vary to some degree depending on whether you are on the ground floor with a patio or the upper floor with a balcony (which will allow you to see over top of the island to catch a glimpse of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom). Like all longhouses at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, second floor rooms offer only a Juliet balcony. But in all cases, you’ll be looking right out over the water with no stretch of beach in front of you. It’s the only Deluxe Resort hotel room at Walt Disney World that can boast that feature.

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