Walt Disney World has a ton of different resorts that all offer amazing and different experiences. Each one is fantastic for families of all shapes and sizes. Disney World hotels are broken into three categories based off of pricing. 

This article will cover my top 8 resorts across all prices. Each of these resorts are very special in their own way. Some have amazing prices, others have life-size Disney characters, luxury spas, or even great locations. 

Here are the 8 best Disney resorts you’ll want to strongly consider booking a reservation at. 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa 

This resort is one of the most luxury spots available on Disney World property. This deluxe resort has everything! The resort itself is incredibly scenic. The stark white exterior contrasts beautifully with the bright sienna roof, sparkling blue pool, and lush green palm trees. There are many room options here from one queen bed to entire villas. The rooms feature white sheets with red throws and throw pillows. There are beautiful wooden details in the furniture as well. Some rooms offer a light blue and gold theme. All rooms here are stunning. 

The rooms here average about $860 per night, so it is not quite budget friendly but definitely worth the splurge. This hotel features an incredible pool with a huge waterslide. You can also dine in style or with Disney characters at this resort. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa also has a full service spa perfect for anyone in need of pampering. 

There are also tons of recreation and amenities available for your family. You can rent a motorized boat, watch movies under the stars, or go on a specialty cruise. There are arcade games, fishing adventures, and campfires with all the trimmings for the perfect s’mores. Each night, you can watch a water pageant, ride the monorail directly to Magic Kingdom, or even hit the gym. 

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is truly an incredible resort for adults, kids, and everyone in between! This resort has something for everyone, so if you can manage the price point, it’s definitely worth trying!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is absolutely stunning. This safari inspired resort is packed with amazing experiences for any adventurer. The rooms here are warm and cozy with white bedding, beautiful throws, and gorgeous wooden furniture. There are bunk bed rooms available, suites, and a variety of views. 

However, if you’re going to stay in this resort, it’s worth booking a Savanna view room. The Savanna view rooms let you look over antelopes, giraffes, and other exotic animals right from your room! Sleeping next to the safari is one of the most unique features of any Disney World resort. Rooms here average $557 per night. However, most Savanna view rooms are a little pricier, so be aware of that when booking online! 

There are multiple restaurants to choose from here. High-end dining, safari dining, or casual dining, the choice is yours! There are also amazing pool bars, perfect for helping you relax by the pool. 

This resort has great campfire activities, a playground, and an arcade. You will also find plenty of transportation options, childcare services, as well as full-service spa. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most unique resorts on property and definitely a great place to stay on a magical trip to Disney!

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort 

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is by far my favorite moderately-priced resort. This resort is designed to bring movies to life. They have four featured movies here including The Little Mermaid, Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Cars. Walk through larger than life displays of scenes from these favorite movies. Swim with Ariel, Triton, and Ursula or Nemo and Marlin! The rooms here emulate the movie their building is designed after. 

Pick your favorite movie and live inside of it! This is probably the most magical resort for little ones. Averaging $264 per night, this is a much more affordable hotel for families on a budget. There are plenty of room options from two queen beds to family suites. This hotel can fit any size party comfortably! Enjoy a variety of food options at Landscape of Flavors or grab a cool drink at the poolside bar. 

There are also tons of recreation and amenities opportunities like huge pools, movies under the stars, playgrounds and more. They have an arcade, many transportation options, and a great gift shop. This is one of my favorite resorts for families traveling with small children. Kids remember the magic of a resort like this one, and you can save some money by booking a moderately priced resort like this one!

Disney’s Contemporary Resort 

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a great spot for a family traveling with little ones. This resort has a great location, right across from Magic Kingdom. You can book a park view room and even watch the nightly fireworks from your room! The monorail also runs right through the hotel straight to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. This resort is definitely pricier averaging $530 per night, but a really great experience. The rooms are beautiful, and the amenities are fantastic. 

Enjoy amazing pools, fishing excursions, and more. One of my favorite features at this hotel are the beautiful pool cabanas where it is easy to take a load off and relax with a great book. Enjoy campfires, games and more with your family at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There are also great places to dine. If you’re dying to meet Mickey and friends, schedule a meal at Chef Mickey’s right in your resort! 

For a fancier, romantic occasion, reserve a table around dinner time at California Grill. Ask for a fireworks view table for added uniqueness. Overall, this is a great resort for all ages as long as there is room in the budget!

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort 

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is very unique and tons of fun. Enjoy lush palm trees overlooking a beautiful lagoon at this scenic spot. This is a pricey resort averaging $562 per night, but it has a lot to offer. Tiki hut inspired room help to create that South Pacific feeling. There are views of Magic Kingdom, the Seven Seas Lagoon and more! The dining opportunities here are also some of the best out of all the resorts. 

Enjoy meeting Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and more during a breakfast at ‘Ohana. For dinner, you’ll find a scrumptious Polynesian-themed menu. You will also find the Oasis Bar & Grill, Pineapple Lanai, and Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace at this resort. 

If amenities are important to your family, there are plenty to enjoy. Massive pools with fun, Disney themes are perfect for splashing around during a hot day. Kick back and relax to watch Movies Under the Stars. There are also boat rentals, campfire activities, fishing expeditions and more. Be sure to check out the water pageants each night. 

There are also plenty of transportation opportunities here as well as laundry services, in-room celebrations, a full-service spa and fitness center, as well as a gift shop! If you find yourself searching for anything else, talk to your concierge and they will be happy to help you out!

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort 

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort encapsulates the feeling of a New England yacht club for its guests. This resort overlooks a beautiful lake and is within walking distance to Epcot. You can also take a boat ride from this resort to Hollywood Studios! This hotel is considered a deluxe resort, offering higher priced rooms at around $505 per night. They are decorated with white sheets, and a white couch with wooden details. There are plenty of room views to choose from as well including water views, garden views, and woodland views. 

Dine at the Ale & Compass restaurant if you’re into seafood! The Yachtsman Steakhouse is also a great dining option. The Cape May Café offers a character dining experience all day long as well. You will also find the Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, Crew’s Cup Lounge, Martha’s Vineyard, Beach Club Marketplace, and Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill at this resort. In addition to all of these dining options, you also have many recreation activities and amenities to use! 

Giant pools with a shipwreck, Pirate Adventure Cruises, mini-golf, and more can be found at Disney’s Yacht Club resort. Be sure to take advantage of the in-room celebrations, many transportation options, complimentary wi-fi, as well as a massage salon and fitness center!

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort 

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort is a much more affordable option averaging $132 per night, perfect for families on a budget! This is one of the best Disney hotels for kids! This resort is very similar to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, but it features different movies. Here, you will find buildings and rooms themed after Mighty Ducks, Fantasia, Toy Story, 101 Dalmatians, and Love Bug. Here you can enjoy a variety of foods at the World Premiere Food Court. 

There are tons of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner here so even the pickiest eater will find something to munch on! If you decide to lounge by the pool for a day, you’ll have Silver Screen Spirits Pool Bar at your disposal. If it’s late and everyone is curled up in bed for a movie, order some pizza through the Disney Resorts Pizza Delivery service!

There are also some great recreation activities here including a huge, Fantasmic themed pool or a viewing of a classic Disney movie on the big screen outside the food court! There is also a jogging trail, a playground, and an arcade! There are also plenty of transportation options here from buses, to Minnie vans and more. You can also celebrate something special with an In-Room celebration. This resort also has mail services, plenty of parking, complimentary wi-fi, and more! 

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter 

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is a moderately priced resort averaging $247 per night and modeled after the romance of New Orleans’s most historic district. This resort features lush greenery, cobblestone pathways, and beautiful iron details. You will find plenty to do at this resort. 

If you’d like to dine at the resort you have tons of restaurant to choose from including Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, Scat Cat’s Club, Mardi Grogs, and Pizza Delivery services! There are also great pools with fun themes to swim around in! You can also enjoy 1k fun runs, instructor-led painting classes, movies under the stars, and carriage rides. There are campfires, bike rentals and fishing excursions to enjoy. 

There are also playgrounds and arcades for every age! This resort also has buses, Minnie vans, water transportation, and the Magical Express! If you drive yourself, there is plenty of parking as well as complimentary wi-fi, mailing services, ATMs, and more. This resort is great for a couple enjoying a romantic and magical getaway to Disney World! 

Conclusion

Disney World really goes all out for their guests at every single one of their resorts. No matter the price, you will have an amazing stay in a cozy room. Each resort has many things to make it unique such as price, location, and theme. 

Every time I plan a Disney vacation, I make a priority list before I book my hotel like this one: 

  1. Price – We’re on a budget!
  2. Character Dining – For the kids in the family.
  3. Near Magic Kingdom – Easy transportation to my family’s favorite park.
  4. Fitness Center – So we don’t lose sight of our fitness goals.
  5. Rooms with a View Available – I love to watch fireworks from the room if possible!

Then, based off of my list, I pick the resort that best fits the plans for myself and my party. Make sure to take advantage of your resort’s recreation activities and amenities. There is so much to do in the parks and even more at the resort so be on the lookout or ask your concierge for any events happening during your stay!

While these are my personal best Disney hotels, your family may really enjoy another resort. Each one is fantastic, so browse the Disney website and find the perfect resort for your family’s time at the happiest place on Earth!

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