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Spotlight On…Disney’s Deluxe Resorts

by Leap on January 20, 2012 · 6 Comments · in Hotels, Resorts & Lodging

From looking over your balcony at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to see giraffes and zebras enjoying a snack to taking a moonlit stroll along the beach at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you can’t get much better than one of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts. Disney’s Animal Kingdom LodgeHere is some helpful information if you’re considering staying at one…

Why Choose a Deluxe Resort:
Disney’s Deluxe Resorts are more expensive than the rest, but if cost in not a concern, by all means, you should stay at a Deluxe Resort. They offer the most amenities, the most impressive decor, the widest variety of dining options and extensive recreation opportunities. If you plan to spend part of your vacation AT your hotel, a Deluxe Resort is great choice.

Overview:
From the 43-acre wildlife preserve home to more than 30 species of exotic animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to the 55-foot hand-carved totem poles in the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Deluxe Resorts offer the highest level of theming and architectural beauty. The Deluxe Resorts all have interior corridors; your door opens to an indoor hallway and all rooms are housed in one main building.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District Inn
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Disney’s Wilderness LodgeFROG FAMILY FAVORITE
Disney’s Yacht Club

Rooms:
Standard rooms at the Deluxe Resorts are typically larger than the rooms at Moderate and Value Resorts, but they range in size from resort to resort. Standard rooms at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Disney’s Polynesian Resortare 344 square feet; standard rooms at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa are as large as 440 square feet. There is a maximum occupancy of four people (plus a baby under three years old in a crib) in the Standard rooms at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District Inn. These rooms have two Queen beds or one Queen bed and bunk beds. Standard rooms at the other Deluxe Resorts can sleep up to five people (plus a baby under three years old in a crib) on two Queen beds and a day bed. Disney’s Polynesian Resort is the only Deluxe Resort that does not offer standard rooms with King beds.

Amenities:
Each of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts has a main pool complex complete with water slides and hot tubs.Disney’s Polynesian Resort The Deluxe Resorts offer on-site recreation such as watercraft rentals, carriage rides, jogging trails and outdoor movies under the stars. Disney’s Deluxe Resorts have the most extensive dining options of all Disney hotels; you will find at least one table service restaurant, one fine dining restaurant, a counter service food court, a lounge bar and a pool bar at each. Additional amenities include a gift shop, children’s activity center, arcade and fitness center. Each Deluxe Resort hotel room is equipped with a refrigerator.

Take a video tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Take a video tour of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Take a video tour of Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Complimentary Transportation:
Disney’s Deluxe Resorts have a wider variety of complimentary transportation options.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Resort are connected to the Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot® via the Monorail. (They are also connected to each other.)Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has boat transportation to Magic Kingdom® Park (watch the video), but also offers bus transportation to all theme parks and resort destinations as well.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District Inn are within walking distance of each other. They are also within walking distance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Epcot®. (You can also take boat transportation to Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® from these three resorts.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge uses bus transportation only. Other theme parks or resort destinations are not within walking distance.

Want to know why the Frog Family loves the Disney Resorts?
Read Why the Frog Family Stays On Property (blog).

Still making up your mind between the different Resort levels?
Click here for an overview of Disney’s Value Resorts.
Click here for an overview of Disney’s Moderate Resorts.

For information about hotels on and around Walt Disney World property, check out Where to Stay on UndercoverTourist.com.

If you’re ready to book your room now, Undercover Tourist also offers hotel reservation services.

Happy Traveling!
–Leap


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6 Responses to “Spotlight On…Disney’s Deluxe Resorts”

  1. Debra says:

    When I was a Travel Agent I use to take my family to Disney World and stay at the Wilderness Lodge often, but now I can’t afford it because I had to retire due to a mysterious illnes I received August of 2009 which was the last time I was there! I came home got really sick landed in the hospital in Dec of the same year, when I was discharged I could no longer walk!!! The doctors are still puzzled! Me and my husband are thinking about going back to Disney World, but money is tight but if you hear of any discounts for the Wilderness Lodge, I would appreciate hearing about it. Now that I am not a Travel Agent anymore it’s cost more.

    • FrogBlog says:

      Debra, I’m so sorry to hear about your troubles, and I certainly hope you are doing well. The rates at Disney resorts are a little lower during their “value” season. For the rest of 2012, the value season dates are July 15 thru Sept. 27 at Wilderness Lodge. Have you ever considered a Moderate resort? We love staying at Port Orleans – Riverside! Click here to watch a video from our last trip. Hope this helps…Leap

    • Sara says:

      Try renting DVC points. It can be great savings if you can book far enough in advance.

  2. Mary says:

    No hot tub at the poly

  3. Matt says:

    We love doing split stays at Disney deluxe resorts on annual passholder + dine packages.

    Because these packages do not reqire buying park tickets directly from Disney, we buy them from Undercover Tourist (we even indirectly buy annual passes from Undercover Tourist by using a price bridging strategy).

    We have recommended this type of Disney vacation to many of our friends and family and have further recommended Undercover Tourist for their ticket purchases.

    Hopefully, we will still be able to do things this way when Disney converts over to the MyMagic+ system.

  4. Rachael Bronner Kaplan says:

    The Wilderness is my personal favorite as well… For our trip in November I cashed in a favor and bought some points from a friend of mine and I am going to surprise my daughter with a stay at The Animal Kingdom Lodge.

    I can not wait to see the look on her face when we drive up to the resort and tell her that this is where we are staying for tis trip…

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