There are dozens of different Resort hotels from which to choose when you’re staying on property at Walt Disney World. In addition to price and location, it’s important to consider several other factors when you select the Resort that’s best for your family and friends.
Disney World hotels definitely are not a “one size fits all” situation, though they all have benefits and beauty.
Here are some Resorts to keep in mind, whether you’re traveling with family, traveling solo, or traveling on the cheap!
Best Hotels for Families
If you’re traveling with the entire family, you may want to consider resorts that come with family suites. These include Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s All Star Music Resort. These hotels sleep up to six individuals, as opposed to a standard room which sleeps up to four. A child under three can sleep in a pack-n-play-style crib as a seventh guest in the room.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is also really fun for families since you’ll spot statues of some of your favorite characters all around the resort grounds. Art of Animation also has a huge pool — in fact, it’s the largest hotel pool on Disney World property!
If being close to Magic Kingdom is a priority for your family, consider staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This hotel is literally steps away from the park gates! The Contemporary is also home to Chef Mickey’s, a character dining experience that’s great for kids.
Finally, if you want your resort to act as a destination in and of itself for the whole family, you may want to check out Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This resort has its own savanna with some animals that are unique to this location! You can get great views the animals without stepping foot inside a park.
Best Hotels for Solo Trips
You may not have considered taking a solo trip to Disney World, but if you give it a try, there are a couple of hotels you should consider! First up is Disney’s Riviera Resort. This hotel is along the Skyliner route, giving you quick access to both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Tower Studios are also perfectly sized for a solo traveler who wants access to all the beauty (and good food) you can find at this Resort.
You can also consider staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! This hotel is great for most guests no matter who you’re traveling with, but with easy access to Magic Kingdom, not to mention dining locations like Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, you’ll find that there is plenty to do to keep your solo self busy while on vacation.
Best “Bang for Your Buck” Hotels
Most Disney World hotels will give you a run for your money! Make your vacation dollars stretch further by staying at a resort that gives you more bang for your buck. When it comes to Value, you really can’t beat Disney’s All Star Resorts. These three sister hotels (Sports, Music, and Movies) offer a great value when all you need is a place to crash at the end of a long park day.
If you’re feeling adventurous, consider staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort! Fort Wilderness allows guests to pitch their tents and camp under the stars at a much lower nightly rate than you would spend at a traditional hotel.
Finally, for a great steal, check out Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This hotel is considered a Moderate, meaning you won’t be paying top dollar to stay here, but it includes many of the same features and amenities you’ll find at a top-tier Deluxe Resort! That’s because Coronado Springs caters to conference guests, and every guest there has access to the hotel’s two fitness centers, spas, and more!
Best Hotels for Nightlife
Finally, there are some great resort options to consider if you’re all about nightlife in Disney World. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn truly comes alive at night, and just steps from EPCOT, you can hit up the bars and take part in all of the resort’s activities after your day in the park!
Right next door to the BoardWalk is Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. These two hotels are also steps away from World Showcase, giving you easy access to a night filled with activity. You can also check out BoardWalk at the end of your evening!
Finally, if you want to spend more time in Disney Springs for its bars, restaurants, and shopping, the best hotel for you is going to be Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. This DVC Resort is a quick walk away from Disney Springs, meaning you don’t have to rely on any sort of transportation to get you to or from the shopping and dining district! (Of course, if you want to give your feet a rest, you can ride the Sassagoula Water Taxi when it’s operational.)
We hope this gave you a few ideas for hotels you may not have considered before based on your type of travel party, priorities, or budget! You can make any Disney World hotel work in any given situation, but these select hotels may have a slight edge in certain categories! Be sure to read up on all of the hotels on our site, and be sure to follow along for all the latest news!
Which Disney World hotel is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
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