Breaking down the Walt Disney World Resort deluxe resorts—which hotel is right for you?


Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. ©Disney.

One of the earliest key decisions guests are presented with when booking their dream vacation is selecting which Walt Disney® World Resort hotel is the perfect fit for their party. Disney divides its sprawling Florida resorts into three categories based on offerings and price: value, moderate and deluxe.


The deluxe resorts are perfect for those who want to spend their relaxation time in luxury. With the grandest amenities Disney can offer, the resorts are perfect for those who to maximize their vacation when concerning both in- and out-of-park opportunities.


What every deluxe resort offers

On average, deluxe resorts have significantly larger rooms than value and moderate resorts, but exact size and capacity wildly range depending on resort and room type.


Standard deluxe resort bathrooms usually contain two sinks, one toilet and one shower/tub combo. The bathroom is often in a room of its own. Following the trend of room sizes, bathrooms in suites differ in offerings depending on resort.


Guests staying in standard rooms will find two queen-size beds or a single king-size bed. Many rooms also include a twin-size daybed.


Deluxe resorts offer dining in the form of table-service restaurants, quick-service restaurants, poolside bars, indoor lounges/bars ad, depending on the resort, all-day room service.


All deluxe resorts also offer a handful of entertainment offerings that include pools, playgrounds, outdoor movie nights on inflatable screens, health clubs, water recreation (resort-dependent) and bike rental (resort-dependent).


Guests staying at all Walt Disney World Resort hotels get 30-minute early entry into all four theme parks and get complimentary transportation to the parks and to Disney Springs®. Deluxe resort guests get extended hours in the evenings at Walt Disney World Resort theme park.


Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

This regal celebration of Florida marries luxury with convenience as it sits on the monorail loop and has a walkway that takes guests directly to Magic Kingdom® Park. With elegant, high-class dining and a beautiful salon (when available), this resort places guests at the true pinnacle of opulence.


This is Walt Disney World's flagship resort for good reason: it is the one to stay at for those who want to be as indulged in magnificence as they are in magic.


Disney's Contemporary Resort

The embodiment of modernity, the resort's sleek shell gives way to intricately crafted interiors with views unlike anywhere else in the world. With rooms that let you see the fireworks from your bed, Disney's Contemporary Resort reimagines what it means to stay close to the magic.


Its location on the monorail loop makes it a prime destination for those who wish take in Magic Kingdom Park in all its glory, making its unbeatable dining options—including the legendary California Grill—the cherry on top.


Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Peaceful relaxation and a location on the monorail loop put this resort at the top my families' dream stays. With one of Disney's best pools, best restaurants and easy access to the iconic Dole Whip, this resort is perfect for those who want to pair decadence with tranquility (or who want to see Cinderella Castle from the beach).


Disney's Beach Club Resort

This resort elevates the casual atmosphere of a beachside resort to something unforgettable. With pools, lagoons and spas, this resort combines waterside relaxation with great dining (especially in the form of Beaches and Cream for ice cream fans) to create a dazzling resort for the whole family.


Disney's Yacht Club Resort

A sophisticated take on life at sea, water recreation and one of Disney's best steakhouses craft an environment perfected for those who want an easy pace to resort living. With spacious living and a vibrant alcohol selection, this is the perfect stay for those who want to enjoy the magic through feet-up relaxation.


Disney's Wilderness Lodge

A beautiful getaway modeled after the natural beauty of national park lodges, this grand escape features some of the most gorgeous views of any place on Walt Disney World Resort property. With copious dining options, including Geyser Point's waterside bar, lounge and restaurant, Disney's Wilderness Lodge invites families into a warm, inviting atmosphere with bountiful offerings.


Disney's Boardwalk Resort

Those looking for vibrant night life or a place to spend time within the bounds of their resort should look no further. Connected to Disney's Boardwalk, this resort comes face-to-face with one of the most lively and exciting places to play outside of the theme parks. With quality restaurants, robust shopping opportunities and an enormous host of lively events, there is no shortage of entertainment here.


Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Nestled in its own corner of Walt Disney World Resort property, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge features some of the most detailed theming of any resort in the world. With authentic and unique dining, this resort is a must-stay for foodies.


It's also great for animal-lovers of any degree, as viewing areas, along with many of its rooms, give close-up views to its safari animals. It is the resort's key distinguishing feature, even if its many offerings already made it an incredible place to stay. Seeing the sun rise over the resort's savannah, rays casting up giraffes, zebras and many more, is a breathtaking experience few other places in the world can offer.



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