Central Florida may be known for its stifling humidity nearly year round, but there are surprisingly times when the temperatures do hit near freezing in the winter.
When temperatures dip into the thirties or below, here are five Resorts that help you escape the chill.
When you think of cold temperatures, it may call upon images of you cozied up next to a fireplace in a rustic setting. Thankfully, you can do just that in central Florida at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This Resort is modeled after the historic Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.
Once you’ve warmed up thanks to the lobby’s 80 foot tall fireplace, head to the relaxing oasis that is Territory Lounge for a glass of wine from the west coast and one of their signature small plates, like the Mushroom Bisque or Oregon Chardonnay Fondue.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
If you’re dreaming of the tropics, a visit to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is sure to heat things up. While they do boost a killer pool and shoreline with fireworks viewing, there’s plenty going on inside to help you waste away a cold day.
The property provides several dining options, including some of the best lounges on property. Grass skirts not required! Head to the Resort’s second floor for a visit to Tambu Lounge. This tropical inspired lounge is offering up delicious cocktails and yummy bites, including some favorites from ‘Ohana just next door. Teriyaki Noodles anyone?
Disney’s Grand Floridian
Brave the outside temperatures for just a few minutes as you wait for the monorail to head to our next stop, Disney’s Grand Floridian. This luxurious and most iconic of the Walt Disney World hotels features truly grand turn-of-the-century Victorian theming. The elegant lobby is spacious, with plenty of seating, and you can relax and warm up while being swooned by a live orchestra.
For a fine dining experience, check out the upscale yet non-pretentious, Narcoossee’s. If laid back is more your style, the Grand Floridian Cafe is a solid option that is also home to the beloved Surf n Turf Burger, featuring lobster! Located on the second floor of the Resort, The Beauty & The Beast-themed lounge, Enchanted Rose, is a newcomer but certainly not to be overlooked with its impressive small plates menu and wine list. The Wonderland Tea Party is an excellent option for the little ones in your group.
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s Riviera Resort may have just opened its doors at the end of last year, but it’s already leaving a mark making it one of our favorite Resorts to spend a day. This brand-new European inspired Disney Vacation Club Resort is home to several excellent meeting spots open to the public.
Say bonjour to Le Petit Cafe, just off of the main lobby, offering delicious baked goods and a full range of coffee and specialty beverages. Grab your goodies and head just around the corner to unwind in the Voyageurs’ Lounge, inspired by Walt Disney’s travels throughout Europe. The Resort’s rooftop signature dining spot, Topolino’s Terrace- Flavors of the Riviera, offers jaw-dropping views of the World and excellent eats morning, noon, and night.
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
While you may want to avoid walking along the Resort’s turn of the century, Atlantic City-inspired promenade in frigid temperatures, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Side Show Games Arcade offers lots of indoor fun in the form of action-packed video games. Challenge your family to a classic board game in the Belle Vue Lounge. For those daring enough to brave the weather, cozy up fireside with complimentary campfires each night. Stories, sing-alongs, and marshmallows? We’re in!
If you’re hungry (or thirsty), you’re in luck as there are plenty of dining options sure to satisfy any need. Flying Fish offers an elegant setting and sustainable seafood, while the more casual can take in the big game and bar bites at ESPN Club. Conjure up some warmth with cocktails and magic tricks from AbracadaBar.
What’s your favorite Walt Disney World resort to escape the chilly Central Florida temps? Let us know!