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. Here 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.
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 Inn
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – FROG FAMILY FAVORITE
Disney’s Yacht Club
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 are 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 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.
Each of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts has a main pool complex complete with water slides and hot tubs. 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.
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 and Epcot via the Monorail. (They are also connected to each other.)
• Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has boat transportation to Magic Kingdom (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 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.
If you’re ready to book your room now, Undercover Tourist also offers hotel reservation services.