1. Bay Lake Towers at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers many experiences to make your DW trip magical including being the only resort within walking distance to the Magic Kingdom. A highlight of the Contemporary is the monorail whizzing through the center of the resort every few minutes. The Bay Lake Tower Rooms are sleek and glamorous and some rooms have a view of the Magic Kingdom Fireworks from your bathtub. Featuring panoramic views of Magic Kingdom from the 15th floor of the Contemporary, California Grill offers a menu blending west coast flavors with those from around the globe. Chef Mickey’s is the most popular character buffet on property hosted by Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto for breakfast, brunch, and dinner.
2. The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian
Located just a short stop off the monorail, this resort gives off such a luxurious, Victorian feel. As you walk into the gorgeous lobby, you can enjoy a live band playing outside Mizner’s Lounge nightly. The Grand Floridian Resort offers the largest quiet pool on property, in addition to the zero-entry Beach Pool that lines the beach and the fun Alice in Wonderland themed splash area for kids. The Villas are in their own building connected to the main hotel by a covered walkway in one direction or one can reach the pools quickly in the other. It also boasts some of Disney’s most amazing dining experiences. Known as one of the best restaurants in Central Florida is Victoria & Albert’s, excellent food and service is at Citricos, a picturesque waterfront setting at Narcoossee’s, as well as casual dining at Grand Floridian Cafe, a whimsical character buffet in 1900 Park Fare.
3. Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
This amazing hotel soaks you into a combination of excitement and a little fancy in the Seven Seas as soon as you walk into the lobby. Seeing Cinderella Castle in the distance as you walk into the lobby is truly something magical. The Polynesian Village Resort has beautiful grounds, an impressive Great Ceremonial House, perfectly-themed volcano pool, and lake-side white sand beaches overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom. The Villa Studios are the largest studios, can sleep five people and have good size bathrooms with a shower, two sinks and a tub/shower. There are also kitchenettes in the units and a pull-down armoire bed that features Lilo and Stitch artwork.The Bora Bora Bungalows offer private decks with personal plunge pools where guests can watch the fireworks while listening to the accompanying music piped in on individual sound systems. The Electric Water Pageant can also be viewed from the bungalows.
4. Disney’s Beach Club Villas
The Beach Club is within walking distance to Epcot and may be the best choice for those that plan to spend the majority of their time there, particularly during the Food and Wine Festival. It offers boat transportation and walkways to the Boardwalk Inn, the Swan and Dolphin, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. The resort is designed to look like a turn-of-the-20th-century New England seaside resort. The Stormalong Bay pool complex, features a 230-foot-long water slide that starts at the top of a sunken pirate ship to the sand-bottomed pool below, three whirlpools and a lazy river with intertubes. At Disney’s Beach Club Villas, beachy fun is celebrated at a marina with pontoon boats for rent, jetted tubs and DVD players. Decorated in soft hues of salmon and sea-blue, studios and multi-bedroom villas offer cooking facilities and patios or balconies with views.
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5. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Villas
The Boardwalk Inn is themed like an elegant 1940s Atlantic City resort and features an impressive façade and an inviting lobby. Stroll along the Atlantic-style boardwalk lining the BoardWalk resort, with funnel cakes and carnival games stretching the length, and you’ll soon realize that there’s more than enough to do at your hotel, let alone the theme parks. The BoardWalk Inn Villas also have a convenient walk to Epcot’s World Showcase, as well as boats both to Epcot and the Hollywood Studios. The Villa studios sleep up to five people and include one queen-size bed, one double sleeper sofa, and one small fold-down bed suitable for a child or small adult. A 1-bedroom villa sleeps 4 and provides a formal kitchen, a second bathroom and a living room in addition to the studio bedroom. The living room’s sofa folds out to provide beds for 2 more people. Two-bedroom villas sleep nine and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, plus an extra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with two queen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one-bedrooms, a sofa bed and sleeper chair in the living room provide extra places to snooze, though they’re best suited to small children. The two-story grand villas sleep 12 and boast over 2,400 square feet! They include four bathrooms, the same master-bedroom layout, and two bedrooms with two queen beds apiece.
6. Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge are amazing villas themed after 1860’s railroad hotels from the American West. Guests are welcome to enjoy all the amenities of the Wilderness Lodge located conveniently close by. It is a great mix of upscale, comfortable amenities, but in a rustic, relaxed setting. There is even some of the miniature trains from Walt Disney’s personal collection on display in the lobby, too. Relaxation awaits!
7. Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
The Copper Creek Villas and Cabins are Disney’s newest area that highlights a gorgeous, casual resort-feel with a Pacific Northwest flavor. They share the beautiful Seven Seas Lagoon with the Deluxe Monorail resorts and have the feeling of being tranquil but still right in the middle of the action. Water actually trickles down from a spring inside the lobby down to the pool below through a variety of waterways and waterfalls. With its rugged rustic elegance and scenic waterfront views, Artist Point offers up Pacific-Northwest cuisine, while the kid-favorite Whispering Canyon Café will delight anyone just looking for a little fun with their food. Modeled in spirit after Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park, the Wilderness Lodge even has its own spouting geyser that erupts hourly. The villas and cabins can sleep up to 12 guests while offering views of the great outdoors.
8. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village is an African lodge-style resort with accommodations that include kitchenettes or kitchens and multi-bedroom units. Featuring over 30 species of wildlife that roam free on the savannas of a 21-acre wildlife preserve, Kidani Village offers guests the unique opportunity to observe exotic animals in their natural habitat from viewing areas throughout the resort and from the balconies of select guest rooms. Authentic African cuisine is offered at Sanaa.
9. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas – Jambo House
The dramatic and exotic feel to Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House begins with the most remarkable lobby in all the deluxe resorts. Its horseshoe-curved design, inspired by the traditional African kraal, offers a one of a kind experience. In the midst of an African wildlife preserve, this property boasts four savannas that house over 200 species of animals! Kids will love the Uwanja Camp pool that is really designed for the whole family and zero entry for the younger kids. Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas – Jambo House has two award-winning table service restaurants, including Boma, a buffet restaurant with great breakfast, and Jiko, that serves authentic African food and an exclusively South African wine list.
10. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Named for one of America’s first vacation destinations, Saratoga Springs in New York, the Disney version recreates the same Victorian style, with cottages lining the streets and horse-racing motifs springing up around the resort. The full-service spa on premises will relax you before a trip to Disney Springs, reached either by walking path or by boat, or a quick nine holes on the nearby Lake Buena Vista golf course. Since Saratoga Springs is part of the Disney Vacation Club, the rooms offer either a kitchenette or a full-kitchen, and groceries are available for purchase within the resort’s store.
11. Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Old Key West is designed for relaxation in the peaceful turn of the century Key West atmosphere. It houses some of the largest villas of all the options available with plush armchairs/bedding and large living rooms. Each villa offers beautiful views of the Lake Buena Vista golf course, neighboring woodlands, or the waterways. The resort has good on-site eating options with Olivia’s Cafe and on-site activities (volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, golf and three lighted tennis courts are available). A water taxi provides easy transportation to Disney Springs.
About the Author: Laura Beth Lamb – Team Leader, Personal Vacation Advisor with Magical Vacation Planner. For vacation quotes and free planning assistance visit: http://www.itams.com/TAS/form/RKAAS
Laura Beth is a Team Member and Travel Specialist with Magical Vacation Planners and specially helps provide personal care to Spanish-speaking clients. Laura Beth is a wife and mother of two little Goofys who love Disney as much as she does! She has loved Disney from the first time she went when she was two years old. She remembers magical times with her grandparents, cousins, aunts/uncles and immediate family riding on the Monorail, seeing the Magic Kingdom for the first time, the chill bumps from her first Lion King show and meeting Belle! She loves traveling with her family and loves seeing them enjoy every part of Disney. Laura Beth joined Magical Vacation Planner in 2014, but planned travel for five years before that to different locations all over the states and the Dominican Republic! Laura Beth loves to plan family vacations, whether it’s for first time visitors or experienced travelers!