Updated: Feb 20
Did you know that Walt Disney World has over 25 onsite resorts? It can be incredibly overwhelming to select the best resort for your family. Each resort is so unique and many feature incredible benefits for those guests looking for premier accommodations.
For those looking to stay at Walt Disney World's deluxe resorts, I have helped narrow down the best of the best. Whether you are looking for the most luxurious, most convenient or the resort with the best views, my recommendations will help you make the best selection for your family.
MOST LUXURIOUS RESORT
Disney's Riviera Resort
At Disney's Riviera Resort, guests will experience an inspiring setting that celebrates the casual elegance of Europe and the Mediterranean, reimagined with a stroke of Disney magic.
Elegantly appointed accommodations range from studio villas to one and two bedroom villas, plus three bedroom grand villas which can sleep up to 12 guests. All of Disney's Riviera Resort villas include the comforts of home with kitchenettes or full size kitchens and other household amenities.
If you would like to learn more about experiencing all the luxuries during your Walt Disney World Resort vaction, make sure you also read How to have a luxury experience at the Walt Disney World Resort.
MOST CONVENIENT RESORT
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Not only does Disney's Polynesian Village Resort feature a monorail station and boat launch, both allowing convenient access to Magic Kingdom, but it is the only resort within walking distance of Disney's Ticket and Transportation Center.
At Disney's Polynesian Resort (sometimes referred to as “Poly”), guests can celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific at this oasis of tropical palms and lush vegetation.
From moonlit nights immersed in the outdoor island ambience to the exotic tastes of the world-class restaurants, discover the signature tropical atmosphere that’s made Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort a favorite Disney destination for many years.
BEST RESORT RESTAURANTS
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication at this lavish bayside resort hotel. Disney's Grand Floridian features five table service restaurants including the award-winning Victoria & Alberts with haute cuisine, fine china and crystal stemware.
At Narcossee's, guests can dine in a waterfront setting with freshly caught seafood and fabulous views of Seven Seas Lagoon.
For those guests looking for Disney character dining, 1900 Park Fare offers breakfast and dinner buffets, plus an afternoon tea party.
BEST RESORT ROOM VIEWS
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Escape to this secluded African lodge-style resort set amidst 46 acres of tropical savanna.
Stroll its many meandering pathways to encounter the more than 30 species of wildlife up close in open, natural habitats.
During your stay, guests can have fun identifying each species with a Wildlife Field Guide (found in your guest room), and learn more about African animals and ecosystems during fun programs led by Animal Specialists.
BEST RESORT POOLS
Disney's Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts
The elegant lakeside accommodations of this sand-and-surf motif, Disney Deluxe Resort and Disney Deluxe Villa Resort will transport you to a lazy 1870s mid-Atlantic beach holiday. Central to these resorts is Stormalong Bay, a 3-acre water wonderland.
Climb the mast and zip down one of the highest hotel waterslides at Walt Disney World Resort. Catch currents on an inner tube in the lazy river, unwind in one of 3 whirlpool spas and relax on the elevated tanning deck.
Children can wade into the main pool from a gentle slope and splash about in 2 kiddie pools—including one with a miniature waterslide.
Tips for the Royal Treatment at the Walt Disney World Resort
If your family is looking for that royal treatment during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, make sure you upgrade your room to a suite or grand villa. All of Disney's deluxe resorts offer club level rooms and suites which include exclusive access to club level lounges, serving refreshments and drinks throughout the day. Plus, all club level rooms include evening turndown as well as a dedicated check-in desk and concierge services.
For the ultimate royal treatment experience, remember to check out How to have a luxury experience at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Lissa Ryan is a Senior Travel Advisor with Kingdom Destinations specializing in luxurious family vacations. Lissa helps busy parents who want to create travel memories with their families through luxury travel experiences, but are too busy or overwhelmed with all the effort and research that is required to plan that perfect vacation.