The Results Are In: Walt Disney World’s Most Magical Resort Hotel Is…

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They don’t call Walt Disney World Resort “The Most Magical Place on Earth” for nothing, and that magic extends to each Disney Resort hotel.

The vacation destination is made up of four different theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT), two water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon), a considerable town center (Disney Springs), and dozens of resort hotels to choose from.

With different tiers of resort hotels, exciting themes, and a ton of stuff to do, there’s truly something for every Disney Resort guest. But what about the guest who wants the most magical experience possible? Which Disney Resort hotel should they choose?

Rest Assured, There’s a Disney Resort Hotel For Everyone

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You may be reading this and thinking that a Disney Resort guest needs to shell out for the most magical experience possible, but that’s not true. A price tag isn’t everything, especially at Walt Disney World, and although everybody’s thinking it, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is not the most magical Disney Resort hotel.

There’s a long list of Disney World hotels, all divided into three categories: a value resort, a moderate resort, and a deluxe resort. But instead of getting into all 31 resort hotels, we’ll just begin with the runner-ups.

Runner-Up Number One: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

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Up first is Disney’s Wilderness Lodge: This resort hotel was inspired by America’s beautiful and diverse Northwest, full of National Parks, rustic charm, and “untamed wilderness.”

This resort hotel is perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors, as the deluxe resort offers everything from rocking trails overlooking serene, babbling brooks to nature trails just begging to be explored.

Inside, guests will find cozy hearths warmed by real, roaring fireplaces, perfect for cozying up after a long day of adventuring in the great outdoors.

In Close Second Is  Disney’s Iconic Polynesian Village Resort

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The second honorable mention goes to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: This resort hotel is inspired not by America’s great outdoors but by the tropical oases of the South Pacific.

The islander ambiance is enough to remind anyone to slow down, chill out, and relax in the warm sunshine. Not only that, but the deluxe resort also offers exotic cuisines and remote island views.

But the Most Magical Disney Resort Hotel, By Far, Is None Other Than…

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But the most magical, if you ask us, is none other than Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

This deluxe resort is inspired by “the heart of Africa,” and the architecture and decor are reminiscent of traditional kraal. Guests staying at this resort hotel can look out and gaze at four different savannas, housing over 200 exotic animals.

Imagine looking outside and seeing a herd of zebra or giraffes peacefully grazing or visiting “one of the largest collections of African art in the United States.”

What’s more, we’re not the only ones who think Animal Kingdom Lodge is the most magical Disney Resort hotel. Over on Reddit, anonymous guests and fans agree, confirming that Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the most magical resort hotel in Walt Disney World.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.

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  1. At least for us, Animal Kingdom Lodge is our favourite hotel. It has the best theming, best food, best lobby, and then there are the animals. Yes, the transportation is not the best, but when we stayed at the Beach Club once, we missed Jambo House. Even the Poly did not seem as wonderful.