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Accommodations

On the Disney World property, there are 21 resort hotels and 8 deluxe villa resorts. All resorts are divided into four categories: Deluxe Villas, Deluxe Resorts, Moderate Resorts and Value Resorts. The range of accommodations vary widely from cabins at the campgrounds to treehouses to Grand Villas that sleep up to 12 people. Every resort has a unique theme as well to suit a variety of tastes. Besides these Disney resorts, there are also 8 non-Disney resorts on property, located near Downtown Disney, that you can choose from. With the size of Disney World, it is very convenient to stay on property for your vacation. Here are some of the pros for staying on property for your Disney World vacation:

All resorts have been reviewed from the experience of the parents and children. While some resorts are amazing, they may not always appeal to young children or families. Ratings are based on service, cleanliness, amenities for children, ease of check-in and check-out, space in rooms, location to parks, transportation to parks and overall theme.

Ears Tip When choosing which resort to stay at, it is very important to consider where the resort is located at Disney World. Certain resorts are closer to specific parks which would require less travel time. Resorts that are located the farthest from parks will require much more bus and travel time each day with small children. Look at a map of Disney World before determining where you want to stay.

Deluxe Villa Resorts

Disney World Bay Lake Tower

These resorts provide more of a suite-style experience during your stay, including kitchens, dining area, multiple rooms and in-room laundry. Studios include a kitchenette but no laundry. Multiple room villas have a Jacuzzi jet-tub, multiple TVs, and multiple bathrooms. Choices include studio villas, 1-bedroom villas, 2-bedroom villas, and 3-bedroom villas that sleep up to 12 people. Newer villas can accommodate a family a five in a 1-bedroom suite while older villas only sleep 4. Prices vary depending on resort, room view and dates of visit. Reservations can be made through Disney although space is limited since they are part of the Disney Vacation Club. You can also make reservations by renting points from DVC owners.

Disney World Bay Lake Tower Bedroom

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
 
Resort has amazing views of Cinderella's Castle and Bay Lake. Spacious, contemporary rooms and quiet surroundings for families. Great location to Magic Kingdom and Monorail. Top of the World Lounge offers views of Cinderella's castle and fireworks with live streamed music.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas
 
Has an excellent pool and a beautiful atmosphere. You can watch the animals from your room which is amazing.
Disney's Beach Club Villas
 
Resort has a beautiful atmosphere and a sand-bottom pool which kids love. Smaller rooms compared to other villas. Great location for Epcot with only a simple walk to park.
Disney's Boardwalk Villas
 
Families love being located right on the Boardwalk because there is so much to see and do. Rooms are smaller than other villas. Great location for Epcot.
Disney's Old Key West Resort
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Opened 2013)
The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
 
Fun atmosphere for kids because it feels like you are at a woodsy camp. The beach, pool and walking trails are great and you are only a boat ride away from Magic Kingdom.

*The Villas at the Polynesian Resort are currently under construction and will be opening in the following year.

Deluxe Resort Hotels

Walt Disney World Yacht Club Room

These resorts provide the larger rooms of the three types of resorts. Deluxe resorts come with all the bells and whistles you can imagine, including concierge, bell service, room service, stores and shopping in the hotel, childcare services, multiple restaurants, and extensive grounds with family-friendly amenities and rentals. Deluxe resorts have at least one luxury pool and it is reserved for hotel guests only. All these resorts are located very close to one of the parks, either by monorail or boat. And the theming inside the resorts and rooms is elaborate and breath-taking, from the Polynesian to the Wilderness Lodge.

Wilderness Lodge Resort

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
 
Has an excellent pool and a beautiful atmosphere. You can watch the animals from your room which is amazing. Resort is closest to Animal Kingdom but farthest from all other parks, and you must bus to all parks from this resort.
Disney's Beach Club Resort
 
Resort has a beautiful atmosphere and a sand-bottom pool which kids love. Located close to Epcot with only a short walk to the park, and a short boat ride to Hollywood Studios.
Disney's Boardwalk Inn
 
Families love being located right on the Boardwalk because there is so much to see and do. Located close to Epcot and only a boat ride away from Hollywood Studios.
Disney's Contemporary Resort
 
Located right next to Magic Kingdom makes this popular with families as well as easy access to the Monorail. Decor is fun and classic. Home to Chef Mickey as California Grill with amazing views of Magic Kingdom.
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
 
Located on the monorail loop, it is convenient for easy rides to the Magic Kingdom. Theming is very grand but not as exciting for children. Beautiful atmosphere and superb grounds and amenities. Excellent service. Beautiful views of Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon.
Disney's Polynesian Resort
 
Located on the monorail loop with convenient ride to Magic Kingdom. Beautiful Hawaiian theme with lush grounds and wonderful pool that has views of the Magic Kingdom. Can watch the fireworks from the beach.**Currently under quite a bit of construction due to renovations and addition of villas.
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
 
Fun atmosphere for kids because it feels like you are at a woodsy camp. The beach, pool and walking trails are great and you are only a boat ride away from Magic Kingdom. Secluded and beautiful grounds. Stunning architecture.
Disney's Yacht Club Resort
 
Sister resort ot Beach Club and offers similar amenities. Resort has a beautiful atmosphere and a sand-bottom pool which kids love.

Moderate Resorts

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These resorts provide a bit of a smaller room compared with the Deluxe resorts. Moderate resorts still provide beautiful and wonderful decor for each theme including lush grounds around the resort. While still providing some of the bells and whistles of the Deluxe, they also have their own private pool with slide for families to enjoy. Each resort has one restaurant and one food court. While these resorts aren’t as close to the parks as the Deluxe, some are located on a stunning lake which provides nice views. Room configurations include either two double beds or one king bed. Only certain resorts have accommodations for families larger than four.

Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
 
A wonderful camping experience that kids will love. Activities include campfires, movie nights and sing-alongs. Peaceful resort with lots of activities and the food choices and shows are great. An experience you won't forget.
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
 
Resort has a fun decor but might not offer as much for little ones to do.
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter
 
New Orleans themed resort with lovely grounds and beautiful theming, although rooms are still small and lack charm.
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
 
New Orleans themed resort with lovely river surroundings. Rooms have great views, even standard views. The Royal Rooms are very fun.

Value Resorts

Walt Disney World All Star Resort Pool
Photo credit to BestofWDW

While these resorts are the least expensive choice, they still offer a resort experience for families. There are now three choices of locations with the recent addition of the Art of Animation Resort, which offers brand-new family suites for families of up to 6 people. All resorts offer fun and whimsical theming throughout the grounds and in each room. All resorts have a private pool and playground, as well as a food court. These resorts are located the furthest from all parks which means bus transportation is necessary each day. Room configurations include either double beds or one king bed, except family suites which provide three different sleeping areas including a master bedroom.

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
 
At all the All-Star resorts, they do lack some of the amenities that parents enjoy but kids like the themes as well as the pool and pool activities.
Disney's All-Star Music Resort
Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
 
This is the newest resort to be added to Walt Disney World and has the new Family Suites that can accommodate families of 5 or more.
Disney's Pop Century Resort

Walt Disney World All Star

Other Disney Resorts

There are three resorts that fall outside these four categories. The Swan and Dolphin resorts, while located on the Disney World property, are not owned by the Disney Company. These hotels are considered deluxe resorts because of the luxury they provide. They also have 17 restaurants and lounges, as well as five pools. The decor is sophisticated and unique. These resorts are known for hosting conferences and meetings. Guests at these resorts receive the same perks for the parks as at other Disney resorts.

Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort
Walt Disney World Swan Resort

The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort are another unique option for staying at Disney World. Campsites range from tent sites all the way up to 45-foot plus campers, and include hook-ups for water, electrical, cable and sewer. These beautiful campgrounds are also home to two popular dining experiences: the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ. Access to parks is mainly through buses but there is also a boat for Magic Kingdom.

The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Downtown Disney Area Hotels

We do not have reviews or ratings for these hotels, but if you are interested in staying at one of the non-Disney hotels located in the Downtown Disney area, here is a list of the hotels. These hotels are located right next to the Downtown Disney area and provide transportation to and from the parks. Visit the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels website for information on all hotels.