Where to Stay at Disney World and Why! (Deluxe Resort Edition)

Decisions, decisions, decisions! That is what you will be faced with when it comes to planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Fortunately, there is zero downside to any choice you make. Why? Because we’re not talking apples and oranges here! We’re talking Mickey Bars vs. Turkey Legs! That answer is simple… eat BOTH!

But when it comes to where to stay… choosing both is probably not an option. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Where to Stay at Disney World and Why!

So, if you’re ready to narrow the search… let’s go!

Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Best Location Resort (w/Kids)

When it comes to location, you can’t any closer to the magic than Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Located just .5 miles away from the turnstiles of Magic Kingdom, this modern resort features award-winning dining, spectacular views and dazzling pools.

Whether you’re staying in the iconic A-frame tower or the nearby Garden Wing, Disney’s Contemporary is packed with charm. Not to mention, you’re on the Monorail loop! So, when night rolls round and the kiddos are close to conking out… you’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from home sweet home!

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn: Best Location Resort (w/Teens)

Not only will you be nestled between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is situated rightly on Disney’s BoardWalk.

In case you’re unfamiliar, Disney’s BoardWalk is a quarter-mile promenade along the shores of Crescent Lake, filled with shopping, dining, and nighttime entertainment. Meanwhile, the resort itself is modeled after an early 1900’s -era Atlantic City grand hotel.

With tons of options for fun and games, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn checks all the boxes.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs: Best Location Resort (Adults Only Trip)

Planning a little get away with just the two of you? We’ve got the perfect spot.

Welcome to Saratoga Springs, Disney’s most underrated hotel. Located within walking distance of Disney Springs, this scenic resort showcases sprawling hills of green and plenty of room to stretch out and relax after a long day of trekking through the parks.

If you enjoy Disney nightlife or plan of knocking back a few will at any of Disney Spring’s starlit establishments, Disney’s Saratoga Springs is the best (and safest) option for you.

Disney’s Riviera Resort: Hippest Resort

We voted this Disney’s Hippest Resort because… well… everything is brand-new!

Disney’s Riviera Resort invites you to channel the relaxation of life along the Riviera in stylish accommodations. As this is a new hotel, everything has been designed for a modern audience and their needs.

Delight in European-style cuisine at one of many Resort eateries.  Swim, splash and play in a family-friendly pool area. Unwind by the “serene pool.” Or hop on the Disney Skyliner for a quick ride on Cosmic Rewind.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Village Resort: Best Foodie Resort

If you’re a foodie, you can’t beat Disney’s Animal Kingdom Village Resort. We’ll give you three reasons why: Jiko, Boma, Saana.

This African-themed resort is directly across from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and features the most stunning architecture and detailed interior design, displaying to beauties of wildlife and African landscape.

Oh – and if you are feeling a bit WILD – opt for Savanna View. These coveted rooms offer a jaw-dropping view of the safari, located right outside your balcony.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: Most Tranquil Resort

Feel like going to Walt Disney World and avoiding the crowds? Well, you can when staying at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

This woodsy resort takes its cue from the Pacific Northwest, presenting a 82-foot working fireplace with a stone hearth, majestic totem poles, wood carving decor, and tepee chandeliers!

Outside, you can laze about the murmuring creek, relax in wooden rocking chairs, and explore the nature trails winding through the nearby pine forest.

What we love most his how this resort manages to escape from the hustle and bustle of Walt Disney World by hiding behind “untamed” natural landscape.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort / Disney’s Yacht Club Resort: Best Pool Resort

Only a 7-minute walk to Epcot and a 15-minute walk to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Beach Club Resort is top-notch. But that isn’t why we love it…

Stormalong Bay is by far the best pool on property, with 3 acres of aquatic fun for the whole family. From atop the mast of a life-sized shipwreck replica, you can zip down a 230-foot-long waterslide into the sand-bottom pool. Then float down the lazy river on an inner tube!

While the food isn’t as exciting as O’hana (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort) or Jiko (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort) – you’re just a short stroll from World Showcase, where an endless array of cultural cuisine awaits!

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Most Tropical Resort

When thinking about vacation, most people imagine some far-off island overflowing with palm trees, white sand beaches, and a few tropical cocktails. Well, you don’t have to travel far to find it because Disney brings the majestic and romantic South Seas to the Sunshine State with “the Poly.”

This gorgeous resort is known for its ever-popular O’hana and Kona Café, as well as eclectic and eccentric Trader Sam’s – a hidden tiki bar. You’ll also find plenty of Dole Whips on-site, along with the best Quick Service dinning locations around, Captain Cook’s.

With views on the Magic Kingdom within site and two swoon-worthy pools on property, this resort is a must-do if you’re looking to get the best of both worlds: a classic Disney vacation and that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hawaii.

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Best Honeymoon

The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is Walt Disney World’s flagship hotel. Full of class and panache, this resort is the most luxuries of all Walt Disney World options.

When it comes to dinning, The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is home to the Five Diamond Award-winning Victoria & Albert’s restaurant, as well as the Mediterranean-influenced Cítricos, and many more cafes, grills, lounges, and more.

Treat yourself you The Grand Floridian Spa, a full-service space and health club offering massages and body treatments.

Disney’s Old Key West: Hidden Gem

Cozy, calm, familiar, and family-friendly, Disney’s Old Key West is a hidden gem.

Experience the romance of the Florida Keys at this tranquil community of Conch Flats—a sprawling island with shimmering waterways, swaying palm trees and manicured golf-course fairways. Delight in sun-soaked pools, casual dining and family-friends amenities. Dine at Olivia’s Cafe, where old Florida meets new local flavor.

If you’re looking to get two vacations for the price of one – book a stay at Disney’s Old Key West.

In Conclusion

And there you have it, out list of Where to Stay at Disney World and Why! (Deluxe Resort Edition). Do you agree with our lineup? Let us know in the Facebook comments!

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