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Your Ultimate Guide to Every Walt Disney World Resort Hotel

Your Ultimate Guide to Every Walt Disney World Resort Hotel

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If you are trying to decide where to stay in Disney World, we have you covered. Here is the ultimate guide to every Walt Disney World Resort hotel complete with an index of reviews.

Using This Guide

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When you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, everything from the theme parks to world-class dining to shopping and entertainment is within reach via Walt Disney World Transportation. If the dream your heart is wishing is to be in that “Disney Bubble,” Walt Disney World offers 25 properties for you to choose from.

With so many options, knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. But, we have stayed in every single Walt Disney World Hotel, and we have you covered with all the information you need.

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This guide will group the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels by price point: Value, moderate, and deluxe. For Each Resort, you will also see the following information:

  • A Brief Overview
  • The hotel’s resort area
  • Available Transportation Options: Destinations will be abbreviated as follows: MK (Magic Kingdom), E (EPCOT), HS (Disney’s Hollywood Studios), AK (Disney’s Animal Kingdom), and DS (Disney Springs).
  • An index of hotel reviews: You can read about the hotels that interest you in great detail.

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If you already know what resorts you are interested in, you can jump right to them. And, if you are unsure, you can browse them all in order and come back to your favorites later.

Value Resorts

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Every Walt Disney World Value Resort shares a few commonalities:

  • Small Standard Room Sizes: These are the smallest standard rooms.
  • Quick Service Dining: Each resort has a quick-service restaurant with a drink refill station.
  • Swimming Pool: Each resort has at least one themed pool. They do not have waterslides.

Disney’s All-Star Resorts

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There are 3 separate All-Star resort hotels: Disney’s All-Star Sports, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. They are all very similar motel-style resorts, and they tend to be the least expensive options on Walt Disney World property. They all have standard room options, and All-Star Music also offers Family Suites.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

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Pop Century offers motel-style rooms in several buildings themed to different decades: 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Larger-than-life sculptures of iconic memorabilia decorate each section.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

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Art of Animation is the newest of the value resorts. It has 4 sections and 2 distinct room types. The Lion King, Nemo, and Cars sections all have family suites with interior-facing doors. The Little Mermaid Building has standard motel-style rooms.

Moderate Resorts

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Every Walt Disney World Moderate resort shares specific features:

  • Room Sizes: Standard rooms at moderate resorts are larger than value rooms but smaller than Deluxe Rooms
  • Quick Service Dining: Each resort has a quick-service restaurant with a drink refill station.
  • Swimming Pools: Each resort has a swimming pool with a water slide.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside and Disney’s Port Orleans-French Quarter

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts are two sister resorts themed to Louisiana. Port Orleans-Riverside is the larger of the two resorts with multiple bus stops while Port Orleans-French Quarter is much more compact with a single bus stop.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

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While Coronado Springs is classified as a moderate resort, most people will agree that the Tower rooms are comparable with Deluxe accommodations.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a large resort themed to various parts of the Caribbean. Each section is named after a different island.

Deluxe Resorts

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“Deluxe” is the priciest category for Walt Disney World hotels. Each Deluxe shares the following features:

  • Table Service Dining: Each Deluxe Resort has at least one sit-down restaurant
  • Quick Service Dining: All Deluxe resorts have a quick service option with drink refill stations
  • Larger Rooms: Deluxe Resorts offer more square footage in their standard rooms than moderate or value resorts
  • Pools with Waterslides: All Deluxe Resorts have at least one pool with a waterslide

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a Walt Disney World original that opened with the Magic Kingdom. Adjacent to the iconic A-frame building and garden wing, you will find Bay Lake Tower, the Contemporary’s DVC property.

Disney’s Polynesian Villiage Resort

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is another Walt Disney World original. This resort has a DVC property of its own: Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

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The Grand Floridian is one of Disney’s priciest resorts. It is also home to The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which is the DVC portion of the resort.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

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Wilderness Lodge is very much inspired by the US National Parks. Here you will also find two DVC Resorts: Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

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Fort Wilderness has two components that allow Guests to either camp or glamp: The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The campsites are technically not Deluxe accommodations and do not receive the same benefits.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

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Steps away from Epcot, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is an Atlantic City-style resort located directly on the dazzling, entertainment-filled Boardwalk. Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, a DVC resort, is the adjoining property.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

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While Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts are technically two separate resorts with completely different atmospheres, they are connected and share amenities including the famous Stormalong Bay Pool. Disney’s Beach Club Villas, a DVC Resort, are also part of the complex.

Disney’s Riviera Resort

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Disney’s Riviera Resort is a DVC resort inspired by the French Riviera. It is one of Disney’s most luxurious properties.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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The Animal Kingdom Resort includes Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as well as 2 DVC properties: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas-Jambo House and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas-Kidani. Gorgeously themed, this resort is unique in that many rooms offer views of the resort’s very own savanna and the animals that live there.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

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Saratoga Springs is Disney’s original DVC resort. This large resort has 5 sections to choose from and is convenient to Disney Springs.

Disney’s Old Key West

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Old Key West is a sprawling DVC property. It is themed to Key West with a laid-back beach vibe.

Other Properties

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There are a couple of hotels on Walt Disney World Property that fall into classes all their own. They may be worth investigating.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and Swan Reserve

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The Swan, The Dolphin, and the Swan Reserve are Official Walt Disney World hotels, yet they are not Disney-owned. However, Guests do get Disney benefits when they stay there including certain transportation options. Guests can expect less theming and cannot pay for accommodations, meals, and purchases with Disney Gift Cards here.

Shades of Green

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Shades of Green is Disney’s Armed Forces Recreation Center. In other words, it is a military-only hotel.

Further Helpful Reviews

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Do you need more information to help you make your decision? Here are even more topics concerning Walt Disney World Hotels:

Have you stayed at any of the Walt Disney World Resort Collection properties? What are your recommendations for those who are looking for a stay on Walt Disney World property? Let us know in the comments or join the conversation on Facebook.

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