AllEars Reviews: The Best and Worst Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts According to You!

When it comes to staying at Walt Disney World, there are plenty of options! You can stay off-site at a variety of options in the area, or you have a variety of on-site Disney World Resort hotels from which to choose!

Contemporary Resort ©Disney

From there, your options get even more varied. There are Value Resorts, Moderate Resorts, and Deluxe Resorts! Typically more expensive and featuring loads of amenities, Deluxe Resorts are the luxe way to experience a Disney Resort stay!

The Deluxe Resort hotels are typically the most expensive on property — so which are worth the cost for your Disney World stay? We checked the AllEars reader reviews and are taking a look at Disney’s Deluxe Resort Hotels according to your rankings. While we are only looking at the Deluxe Resort Hotels (that means no Disney Vacation Club properties like the Riviera Resort or Old Key West), we’re ranking these eight hotels based on your reviews. So make sure to leave your own if you agree or disagree!

Here are the Disney World Deluxe Resort Hotels from Worst to Best, according to AllEars readers!

Score: 7.96

Beach Club Resort

Our readers say:

“My home away from home. My entire family LOVE LOVE this resort. We have ventured off and stayed at other Disney resorts from time to time but we always come back to the Beach Club.”

“We like staying at the Beach Club but it’s definitely mostly about location. Everything is fine there, but many of the other Deluxe resorts compare favorably.”

“The best part by far about staying here is the amazing Stormalong Bay. You will not find a better pool on Disney property.”

7. Grand Floridian Resort

Score: 7.96


Our readers say:

“We decided to splurge and stay and the Grand Floridian this year. It was such a fantastic experience. We have stayed at other Deluxe Resorts over the years, but the level of attention to detail at The Grand was impeccable.”

“The rooms have been renovated and are done very well. All the staff members we encountered seemed to be at their best, from the front desk to house keeping! Love the turn down service and on our last day my daughter received a rose on her bed, a very nice touch that we never experienced before.”

“Overall, it was a gorgeous resort, but overpriced (even with a 25% discount).”

6. Boardwalk Inn

Score: 8.19

BoardWalk Inn

Our readers say: 

” My room was lovely and the view out of my patio window was the France pavilion and Spaceship Earth. Fireworks right out my window were lovely.”

“The location is phenomenal; walking distance to EPCOT and an easy boat ride to the Studios.”

” The resort itself is a beautiful resort, but the fact that there was not a CS restaurant with indoor seating made it really inconvenient for us.”

5. Yacht Club Resort

Score: 8.34

Yacht Club Resort

Our readers say:

“Huge plus was being able to walk to Epcot, and also taking the boat to Hollywood Studios. The Yachtsman Steakhouse is another plus.”

“The Yacht Club is stunning inside and out, the lobby is impressive but the view outside is enough for me to stay again and again.”

“The dining options are great as well. With World Showcase, Beach Club and Boardwalk all within walking distance there are many options for any meal of the day including character ones.”

4. Polynesian Village Resort

Score: 8.42

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Our readers say:

“Best hotel ever! Beautiful atmosphere, gorgeous gardens, multiple ways to Magic Kingdom and Epcot.”

“You get immersed in the Island atmosphire and almost forget you are at WDW. If you stayed here for a week and never went to the parks it would still be a great vacation.”

“The resort is just beautiful. Especially at night when the tiki torches were lit all along the pathways.”

3. Animal Kingdom Lodge

Score: 8.45

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Our readers say:

“I loved this resort. It’s so beautiful and the food choices are amazing.”

“This resort is simply magical! The lobby is stunning, the savanna breathtaking. I felt like a little kid, always checking to see what new animal was outside!”

“The lobby is amazing, as is all the attention to detail.”

2. Contemporary Resort

Score: 9.06

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Our readers say:

“The resort and service are awesome. We stayed here on our fist trip to Walt Disney World and it helped us fall in love with Disney World.”

“This is my favorite resort. It is on the monorail and also a short walk to the MK.”

“Best resort I’ve ever stayed in. View of the fireworks every night is worth every penny.”

1.  Wilderness Lodge Resort

Score: 9.08

Wilderness Lodge

“My search for the best Disney resort may be over! First stay at WL will definitely not be our last, this resort is amazing!”

“Wonderful stay, the beds were comfortable, very clean, super nice! Close to the Magic Kingdom but not too close.”

“We love it here!! The peacefulness of the resort is probably the best part.”

 What is your favorite Disney World Deluxe Resort? Let us know in the comments — and make sure to leave a review!

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8 Replies to “AllEars Reviews: The Best and Worst Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts According to You!”

  1. I hope those making comments realize this is based on the reviews by us not the AllEars staff. If we think a resort should be higher we should go and put in our own reviews. I agree the Beach Club should be higher, but since I have not put in a review YET, I get it.

  2. I have to say I’m surprised at this list. I thought for sure the Poly would be ranked number 1 and the Contemporary last. I thought people didn’t like the lack of theming and all that jazz. I would love to stay there myself and it’s always been on the bucket list. Who knew it was so popular? I like to stop there on our trip around the resort loop after diner at Ohana. I think they have the best gift shop of all the resorts…Grand Floridian has a horrible gift shop sadly, but I love Basin White for about as long as I can stand to smell it. lol I have terrible sneezing attacks in there, but the shampoo bars are super cool and the lip balm is the best in the world!

  3. I disagree wholeheartedly with Beach Club being placed last. I like the theming and it’s location to Epcot, Hollywood Studios and The Boardwalk. Our grandkids left the parks because they loved the water park area so much. It’s great for couples too to just walk leisurely around the Boardwalk or stroll over to Epcot for a romantic walk at night. Also, there are many restaurants to choose from. My only complaint is that I wish they had more seating availability in the Marketplace.

  4. YEA Wilderness Lodge. Aside from being able to ride a boat over to the Magic Kingdom (which 5 year olds think is another ride in itself), it is breathtaking when u walk into the lobby!!!!!!!!
    Staff have ALWAYS been guest-service oriented and accommodations terrific. I would describe site as MAGICAL! Walt would be proud.

  5. Not sure about number 1 but Contemporary is pure WDW. Classic and location is perfect for MK and pub and restaurant crawls via monorail. I think most breathtaking is still AKL but it’s location makes it a destination on its own. Jiko is still one of, if not best restaurants on property too.

  6. I would put the Contemporary as the worst. Nothing inherently wrong with it and I have stayed there. Just a little cold. The biggest plus is its location in regards to the Magic Kingdom