With 26 resort hotels to choose from, finding a place to stay at Walt Disney World that is worth your hard-earned (and saved) cash can be quite the challenge. On one end, you want to stay at a hotel that will be fun and interactive for the whole family, and on the other you don’t see the point, since most of your time will be spent enjoying the parks, anyways.
That said, there are plenty of reasons not to skip out on a fun resort hotel experience — regardless of how little time you spend there. To make your Walt Disney World vacation planning easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Disney resort hotels in Orlando, Florida. Discover our findings, ahead.
1. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Price: Starting at $324 per night
If you’re a fan of Disney’s Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, then you’ll love Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Located near Animal Kingdom, the Walt Disney World hotel features over 30 species of African wildlife — including giraffes, zebras, and gazelles — a massive pool with a waterslide and interactive fun.
What’s more? Parents can enjoy a night of award-winning dining, while the kids experience the resort’s supervised children’s activity center, Simba’s Clubhouse.
2. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Price: Starting at $127 per night
Looking for a kid-friendly resort that parents can also enjoy? Look no further than Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. The fun-filled resort hotel allows guests to experience the worlds of Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, and other Disney classics in one place. What’s more? The resort is home to the largest pool in Walt Disney World and is even dog-friendly.
3. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Price: Starting at $174 per night
Another ultra affordable — and ultra fun — resort to add to your list? Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Starting at $174 per night, you can enjoy Disney’s parks without feeling guilty about spending a fortune on a hotel.
That said, price isn’t the only great thing about staying at Coronado Springs Resort. Wedged between Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (and not too far from Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park), the location of this Spanish Colonial Mexico-inspired Walt Disney World hotel is priceless. Not to mention: Guests can enjoy a pool with a 50-foot replica of an ancient Mayan pyramid and waterslide. As well as, Latin fusion cuisine at the Maya Grill and a 24-hour fitness facility.
4. Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Price: Starting at $481 per night
If your trip includes days off from the parks and you’re looking to spend a bit more on a Walt Disney World hotel, we suggest checking out Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Located at one of Walt Disney World’s oldest — and most legendary — hotels, the Polynesian Village Resort, the Villas & Bungalows are the perfect escape into a South Pacific oasis.
Minutes away from the Magic Kingdom, the Villas & Bungalows feature private villas with separate bedrooms, a kitchen, and a waterfront view.
5. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Price: Starting at $194 per night
One of the best things about visiting Walt Disney World is getting to experience different cities in one place. With Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, guests can experience New Orleans’ historic French Quarter with realistic cobblestone walkways, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and more.
In addition, guests can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, drinks at the Scat Cat’s Club and a Mardi Gras-inspired pool.
6. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Price: Starting at $314 per night
Looking to experience the Great Northwest and Walt Disney World at the same time? Consider a stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Celebrating American craftsmanship and the beauty of the great outdoors, this higher-end hotel features native artifacts — such as, totem poles and headdresses — nature trails, a murmuring creek, and an outdoor fireplace where guests can rest and relax after a long Disney-filled day.
7. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Price: Starting at $574 per night
As far as splurge-worthy stays are concerned, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa takes the cake. The stunning Walt Disney World resort hotel was designed with inspiration from Victorian elegance and modern sophistication. From the live lobby orchestra to the world-class spa to a picture perfect view of the fireworks over Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom, the luxury hotel offers an experience unlike any other.
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