You Don’t Want to Overlook These 6 Disney World Resorts

If you’re beginning to plan a trip to Disney World, you may be daunted by the sheer number of hotels you have to choose from.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Don’t stress out too much, because we are here to help!

Take a look at our list of 6 Disney World Resorts you DON’T want to overlook!

Value Resorts

1. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

We have a soft spot for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. This resort has both traditional hotel rooms and family suites to accommodate a variety of families and groups.

Art of Animation Resort

When Disney World’s Skyliner Gondola System opens September 29th, guests will be able to travel to Disney’s Hollywood Studios AND Epcot in a unique way. Once you add in the popular Big Blue Pool and the beloved Landscape of Flavors Food Court, Art of Animation is one of our favorite hotels for those on a budget.

Landscape of Flavors

Take a look at our video of the 9 Best Things at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort below!

Moderate Resorts

2. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter

Most of Disney World’s Moderate Resorts are large and sprawling, but Port Orleans — French Quarter is conveniently compact. This Resort only has one bus stop, so transportation is relatively simple.

Port Orleans – French Quarter

Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory is one of our favorite food courts on property, and French Quarter is the ONLY Disney World resort where you’ll find the absolutely delicious beignets.

Mickey Mouse Beignets

With a fun pool, romantic theming, and boat transportation to Disney Springs, we think Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter is a wonderful Moderate option.

Doubloon Lagoon Pool

3. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Our other pick for a Moderate Resort you should not overlook is Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This resort is a bit off the beaten path, but its new offerings and experiences help it stand out.

Gran Destino Tower

As you may know, Coronado Springs’ Gran Destino Tower opened this summer. This Tower is now home to the resort’s new lobby, in addition to new hotel rooms AND new dining locations, like Toledo and Barcelona Lounge. Don’t forget that Coronado Springs is also home to a full-service spa and two fitness centers (unlike other Moderate Resorts).

Read our full review of Gran Destino Tower here!


This Resort is a convention Resort, so it doesn’t have the prominent Disney theming like some others, but if you’re looking for a Moderate Resort for Deluxe-leaning amenities, you can’t go wrong with Coronado Springs.

Deluxe Resorts

4. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

While Wilderness Lodge is undoubtedly popular, it doesn’t seem to be as sought-after as the resorts on the Monorail loop — the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Contemporary.

Wilderness Lodge

We love the Wilderness Lodge for so many reasons. It’s one of the least expensive Deluxe Resorts, it is just a boat ride away from Magic Kingdom, it has wonderful dining options, and it provides a sense of relaxation and seclusion.

Wilderness Lodge

We’re big fans of Roaring Fork, Geyser Point, Storybook Dining at Artist Point, AND Territory Lounge. And you can’t forget about the rollicking atmosphere of Whispering Canyon Cafe!

Snow White at Storybook Dining at Artist Point

We can’t think of a better way to unwind after a day in Magic Kingdom than by settling down at the Wilderness Lodge.

Take a look at our video of 12 Cool Things in the Wilderness Lodge below!

5. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is another popular location that is sometimes dwarfed by its neighbors. The neighboring Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts are home to the super popular (and totally awesome) Stormalong Bay Pool, but the BoardWalk is special in its own way.

BoardWalk Inn Entrance

The BoardWalk exudes Atlantic City charm everywhere you look. When we’re looking for a quiet place to relax, we love to head up to Belle Vue Lounge. If we’re looking for a delicious meal, we simply head outside to the plethora of nearby restaurants. (Flying Fish for dinner and Trattoria al Forno for breakfast are recommended by many Disney World guests.)

Flying Fish

Don’t discount the BoardWalk when you’re looking for a Resort in walking distance to Epcot. Its pool may be a bit creepy (CLOWN!), but the Resort itself is hard to beat.

BoardWalk Inn Pool

6. Coming Soon — Disney’s Riviera Resort

Though it isn’t open yet, Disney’s Riviera Resort should already be on your radar. When this Resort opens on December 16th, it will be the newest Disney Vacation Club property.

Riviera Resort Concept Art ©Disney

Its Tower Studios, Skyliner access, and rooftop restaurant — Topolino’s Terrace — will surely make the Riviera Resort a popular destination once it opens its glamorous doors.

Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort Concept Art ©Disney

Learn more about Disney’s Riviera Resort here!

Do you have any other Disney World resorts to add to our list? Let us know in the comments below!

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