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7 Things Disney Insiders Love About Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts

Walt Disney World’s resorts fall into four different categories: value, moderate, deluxe, and villa. Deluxe resorts are rather expensive compared to the lower resort tiers, but they do have their perks; that is, if you’re willing to dish out some extra money for a room. Walt Disney World’s eight deluxe resorts include the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club, Boardwalk Inn, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge, and Yacht Club. Here are seven reasons why paying to stay at one of these deluxe Disney resorts may just be worth it.

7. The close proximity to parks

In general, the deluxe Disney resorts are located closer to the theme parks and other attractions than the “lesser” resorts. Resorts on the monorail system, (the Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian), are especially close to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot. All resort guests have to do is hop on the monorail to catch a quick ride to the two most popular parks in Walt Disney World. Other resorts are just a short boat, bus, or car ride away.

6. The amenities

All Disney resorts are held to a high standard of service and quality, but the deluxe tier brings the magic of Disney to a new level. The amenities found at deluxe resorts, in particular, include on-site babysitting, movie nights, dinner shows, and full-service restaurants, not to mention the on-site spas and shopping.

5. The fine dining options

All deluxe Disney resorts have at least one full-service restaurant on property. A few of them have two or more dining options of this level. These restaurants serve top-notch cuisine with the highest caliber of service. Walt Disney World strives to make each guest’s experience magical, and resort dining is no different.

4. The rooms

While most value resort rooms contain two full beds and a small bathroom/sink area, deluxe resorts have a completely separate bathroom area. Away from the bedroom, the bathroom is extra roomy, with two sinks and a shower area. These rooms are great for larger families, or just those who are looking for a little extra space.

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3. The views

Have you ever dreamed of looking out your window and seeing a giraffe eating its breakfast? How about a view that looks over the Magic Kingdom? When you stay at a Walt Disney World deluxe resort, you can have just that. The Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian resorts all look over Bay Lake and the Magic Kingdom. The Yacht Club, Beach Club, and Boardwalk Inn resorts look over Epcot and the Walt Disney World Boardwalk. The Animal Kingdom Lodge has its very own savannah in its backyard. What better views can you ask for?

2. The recreation

One major difference between deluxe and value level resorts is the amount of recreation options. Some moderate and almost all deluxe resorts offer water sports or boats for rent. Others have bike rental areas and paths for riding them around the grounds. Resorts like the Contemporary even offer parasailing and speedboat rentals for use on Bay Lake- something definitely on my Disney bucket list.

1. More intimate

Overall, deluxe Disney resorts have a more intimate feel to them. The decor is classy without losing the Disney flare we all know and love. There are many ways to make your vacation extra special at these resorts by enjoying a trip to the spa or just relaxing by the quiet pools. However you wish to spend your vacation, Disney resorts are there to accommodate you!

Deluxe Disney resorts do cost a pretty penny, but I will tell you this: it’s worth it (at least once). Check out the Walt Disney world website for ticket and room packages; these will save you a lot of money!

About Alexandra Blazevich

Hello, my name is Alexandra Blazevich and I am a 22 year old journalist. Put quite simply, I am a Disney addict. I am originally from Cary, North Carolina, a small town just outside of Raleigh. In 2013, I moved to Orlando, Florida to dance with The Orlando Ballet, pursuing my childhood dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer- but I spent all my free time either in Disney World or thinking about it. Now, I am a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill and write for a various publications, but Disney will always be my favorite subject to write about.