One of the things that I love best and look forward to most for my vacation is staying in a resort! It’s so nice that I don’t have to make my own bed, clean my own toilets or wake up super early because the dogs have decided they want to go for a walk at 4 am! And, then there is the magic! If you have ever stayed at a Disney Resort, you know what I am talking about! The beautiful pools, Disney cartoon shorts on the TV and activities planned for my entire day. I get to choose how much I want to do or not do! I feel like a celebrity in a Disney Resort, where Cast Members are going above and beyond to make sure that I am having the time of my life. And, over the years, I have been lucky enough to stay at every Disney Resort, so I want to share with you the 7 you absolutely must not miss.
7. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
This is the newest resort on Disney World property has made a splash with guests, literally! With possibly the best pool on property, the Big Blue Pool, named for its Finding Nemo theming, is also the largest pool at any Disney resort. The resort is also a value resort, with prices lower than moderate and deluxe resorts. They also offer family suites that can sleep up to 6 adults! The theming is another amazing reason to stay here! With themed areas dedicated to The Little Mermaid, Cars, The Lion King and Finding Nemo, you’ll feel like you are walking through the movies!
6. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
If you are looking for a rustic, relaxing vacation, but are looking for a little more than a tent, you have to check out the cabins at Fort Wilderness. The cabins sleep up to 6 adults and have a fully functional kitchen…where housekeeping is happy to take care of the dishes! On site, there is so much to do! You can take a stroll to the Trading Post and gather supplies, rent a bike for the nature trails, archery and head over to the Tri Circle D Ranch for pony rides, horseback riding and carriage rides. They also have a super fun movie under the stars with marshmallows and a Disney movie and because it is such a huge site, you can rent a golf cart to really feel like you’ve stepped away from busy life!
5. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
If you are ready for entertainment, you have to stay at the Boardwalk Inn! Within just steps from your room is a turn of the century take on the heyday of Atlantic City! Sometimes, it is all about location and the Boardwalk definitely delivers! Not only do you get to enjoy the fun and entertainment offered nightly on the Boardwalk, but you are within steps of 4 more Resort hotels offering, you guessed it, many restaurants to choose from! And, you are just a short walk from the back entrance to Epcot, truly allowing a visit that can last only as long as you’d like!
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4. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
This resort is so big; it is actually 2 different resorts, French Quarter and Riverside. They are both incredibly charming! The romantic, antebellum era will draw you in! Walking around the themed buildings is wonderful! Hit Scat Cat’s Club for some jazz music and don’t forget to grab some beignets! And, horse drawn carriage rides are done, weather permitting. I actually prefer the Riverside side, but only for a few simple reasons. Boatwrights Dining Hall, is cooking up Cajun dishes! And, on several nights a week, Yee Haw Bob has a high energy, audience inclusive show at the River Roost Lounge. And for your little princess, you can request a Royal Guest room, fashioned after The Princess and the Frog!
3. The Grand Floridian
For convenience and luxury, there really is no other Resort that is quite as beautiful as the Grand Floridian. This sophisticated, elegant resort brings you back to the Victorian Era and the amenities are among the finest on Disney World Property! Along with the AAA five diamond award winning Victoria and Albert’s fine dining, the Grand Floridian has 2 more signature restaurants, a character dining location, a casual restaurant, 3 quick service locations and 2 lounges. Talk about a foodie paradise! It is also a monorail resort, allowing to quick access to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. And, if you are ready to relax, head over to the Senses Spa. I had a Tropical Coconut Body Treatment and I asked if we could skip the formalities and just let me move in.
2. Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Another monorail resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort is so much fun, especially for families with little ones! The convenience of the monorail is so important to many families visiting without a car. The newly refurbished pool and play area also have a magical view of Cinderella Castle! With the attraction of the wildly popular ‘Ohana restaurant, Spirit of Aloha dinner show and fan favorite, Kona Café, you are also in for a dining treat! And Dole Whip fanactics can grab one in the quick service spot! And, might I suggest to the brand new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto located right in your resort.
1. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Animal Kingdom Lodge is hands down, my favorite Disney Resort. Where else can you wake up, open your sliding glass door and have coffee with a giraffe? The beauty of this resort is overwhelming and has amazing experiences in store! Both pools at the resort are extraordinary, the pool area at Kidani Villiage will remind you more of a water park! Jiko, the signature restaurant, is one of the best restaurants I’ve been to! But, the main attraction is the animals. You will have a chance to witness them around the clock through the many windows and seating areas in the resort. You can also watch them with night vision goggles after the sun sets! And, if you have a safari view, you will be in for the experience of a lifetime.