While there are a lot of fun activities and great restaurants located in Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney), there are also some wonderful resort hotels worth talking about too.
Below, I’ll list all of the resorts available in and around this area, and I’ll also let you know whether Disney ranks these hotels as Value, Moderate, or Deluxe resorts.
Let’s get started!
1) Disney’s Old Key West Resort: Guests that want a romantic stay on Disney property would be wise to come to this Florida Keys inspired resort. Here, you can enjoy beautiful views of the water, palm trees, and even a golf course full of lush green grass.
When you enter this resort, you’ll walk right into Hospitality House, a wood-paneled room aimed at making guests feel like the Old Key West Resort is their home away from home. Here, you’ll also find a Guest Services location, where you can have all your questions answered, and even a model train on display (Walt Disney, of course, was a huge lover of trains).
As for room, guests can stay inside everything from a Deluxe Studio to a Bedroom Villa, with the resort offering rooms that are wheelchair accessible if need be. Depending on which room you select, you will be able to enjoy either a fully equipped kitchen or a kitchenette.
Casual dining is offered at this resort, as guests can eat Caribbean style cuisine at Olivia’s Café. There is also quick service options too, like Good’s Food to Go or the Turtle Shack Snack Bar. If that doesn’t suit you, you can always hop on a water taxi to eat some grub at Disney Springs.
This resort also boasts a lot of fun activities that you can partake in on the water, such as canoeing, pedal boats, and pontoon boats—which are all available for rent to paying guests.
- Type: Deluxe Villa Resort
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2) Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter: This is the resort you want to stay at if you want a wonderful taste of New Orleans while on Disney grounds.
The Port Orleans Resort offers you gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and of course those memorable balconies—all of which you would see if you were in New Orleans.
It’s not all jazz music here, however. Guests can enjoy a pool with a waterslide (the pool is of course Mardi-Gras themed). There’s even a Scat Cat Club (average price is $14.99 and under) where you can enjoy a full bar that’s available while live music is being played for your entertainment.
In fact, this resort is so charming, guests can sit back and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride along the bank of the Sassagoula River.
This is a Moderate Resort, so guests can enjoy fairly standard rooms that can offer everything from a view of the courtyard or landscaping to more impressive (albeit more expensive) views of the garden or riverfront.
- Type: Moderate Resort
3) Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside: Let’s say you absolutely want the Louisiana experience, but not quite the French Quarter experience you’ll find in our last resort—well, then come on down to the Port Orleans Resort, Riverside.
This is where guests come if they want that rural Louisiana experience, but with that wonderful Disney twist. Here, the first thing you’ll notice is the Sassagoula Steamboat Company, which is the resort’s main building. It’s built to resemble a steamship ticketing station, and this is where you’ll go to get helpful information pertaining to your stay, as well as dining and entertainment.
As you make your way through this resort, you’ll notice the amazing white-column mansions that evoke the beauty of the Antebellum South.
This resort offers standard view rooms (of landscaping, the courtyard, or the Bayou), as well as ones that provide garden, pool, or river views. Guests at the Port Orleans Resort can also stay inside of a “Royal Guest Room,” which features cool and uniquely animated headboards that will simulate a fireworks display.
- Type: Moderate Resort
4) Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: This is the resort that was inspired by Saratoga Springs, which was an 1800s New York retreat that was well known for its horse racing and beloved spas.
Guests can enjoy an amazing golf course here, as well as Village Lake. Like any resort, Saratoga Springs comes with a go-to pool that features a waterslide. On top of that, their spa will provide guests with relaxing massages, facial treatments, and even a fitness center that’s open 24 hours a day.
As for the rooms, well, prepare to be impressed. Guests can book a stay in a Deluxe Studio room, which features everything from a toaster and microwave to a coffee maker and hair dryer. Or, you can pay a bit more money and step up to a bedroom or treehouse villa. When you do that, it’ll feel as if you’re staying inside a Disney-like condo, as you’ll have a fully equipped kitchen (yes, including a refrigerator) at your disposal. What’s cool about the Treehouse Villas, too, is that they’re intentionally elevated ten feet off the ground to really immerse you in that treehouse-like feeling.
- Type: Deluxe Villa Resort
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