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12 Amazing Facts About Walt Disney World Resorts

When guests enjoy a Walt Disney World vacation, the best way to make the most out of each moment and be totally immersed by the magic is by staying on property in a Disney Resort. With over two dozen options to choose from, guests are sure to find the perfect Disney Resort for them in the Value, Moderate, and Deluxe price ranges. Each Disney Resort features its own unique theme which is brought to life through details, architecture, music, entertainment, recreation, and more. Guests are also free to visit other Disney Resorts and enjoy their dining, entertainment, and recreation options throughout each trip. With so many Disney Resorts to explore. Guests might not know some amazing facts about their favorite locations. From Hidden Mickeys to building secrets, there are plenty of wonderful facts to learn about the Disney Resorts. Here are twelve amazing facts about Walt Disney World Resorts.

1. Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s Construction

One of the most recognizable Disney Resorts in Walt Disney World is Disney’s Contemporary Resort thanks to its modern A-frame construction and clean and minimalistic architectural lines. The Disney Resort offers sweeping views of Seven Seas Lagoon, Bay Lake, and the Magic Kingdom, but many guests are unaware that the frame of the building was created first. Once the structure was complete, prefabricated guests rooms were lifted and slid into position in the frame!

2. Seven Seas Lagoon’s Layout

The three Disney Resorts situated around Seven Seas Lagoon were intentionally placed in a certain way to reflect various locations in the Magic Kingdom. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is supposed to mirror Tomorrowland, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa are inspired by Main Street, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort draws inspiration from Adventureland.

3. Silent Waves

One of the most relaxing places in Walt Disney World are the white sand beaches of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. While the beach might feel so tropical that it is by the ocean, there are no longer any waves. When the Disney Resort first opened, a wave machine on the bottom of Seven Seas Lagoon created gentle waves to lap up onto the beach, however it began to cause erosion to the sand and was soon turned off.

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4. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort’s Hidden Mickey

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort captures a nautical charm that is sure to please any guest that visits. The lobby of the Disney Resort is filled with wonderful details including a large globe just inside the main entrance. Guests who look closely at the globe off the shores of Madagascar can spot a sea serpent and a classic Hidden Mickey.

5. Stormalong Bay

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort also share access to Stormalong Bay. This aquatic area features a zero depth entry sand bottomed pool, water slide, lazy river, sunning deck, hot tub, and more. Guests who spend time at Stormalong Bay are sure to feel totally relaxed after their time enjoying all of the unique amenities found there.

6. Big Blue Pool’s Speakers

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is home to the largest pool in all of Walt Disney World which guests love to splash around in. The Big Blue Pool features larger than life characters from Finding Nemo as well as special underwater speakers that allow guests to enjoy the ambiance and entertainment even from under the water.

7. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge’s Fireplaces

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is designed to have the grand and rustic feel of the lodges found in the great National Parks. Guests who explore the lobby can enjoy lots of rustic wooden touches, large beams, and even hidden corners featuring a relaxing setup. On several levels of the lobby’s atrium, there are tucked in fireplaces with large comfortable armchairs to guests to kick back and relax in!

8. Disney’s River Transportation

Guests who visit Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort can enjoy the beautiful view of the river which also offers some convenient transportation. These four Disney Resorts provide complimentary water transportation to and from Disney Springs.

9. Disney’s Old Key West’s Hidden Mickey

Guests who stay at Disney’s Old Key West Resort are sure to feel the charm and welcoming atmosphere from when they first enter into the lobby. The Disney Resort features many bright and cheery colors along with white trim accents that make everything pop. Guests who look closely at the white trim on the buildings will notice that there are classic Hidden Mickeys found in the details.

10. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Hidden Mickey

The lobby of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort brings a tropical atmosphere to life through lush vegetation, an open air setup, and beautiful views of Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella Castle. There are two staircases on either side of the lobby and one staircase features many different bamboo reeds stacked on the walls. Guests who look closely can spot a classic Hidden Mickey formed by three of the bamboo reeds.

11. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa’s Edible House

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa brings Victorian elegance to life through ornate white trim details and red accent roofs. Guests who visit the Disney Resort during the holiday season can check out a larger than life gingerbread house that is entirely edible! The house is so large that Cast Members actually sell treats from inside of it!

12. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa’s Hidden Mickey

Guests who are visiting Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and would like to do some shopping should head over to M. Mouse Mercantile to check out some amazing items. Behind the register, guests can check out a framed photo with a white wash frame. Those who look closely enough can spot a classic Hidden Mickey on the lower right hand side of the frame.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.