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Disney Deluxe Resorts 101 – What They Offer and How To Choose Between Them

If you have a generous vacation budget, you may find yourself having to choose between one of Disney’s many “Deluxe” level resort accommodations. This article will explain the many amenities these resorts have to offer, as well provide details as to the differences between these resorts. We hope you find it helpful in planning your vacation!

1. What makes a resort “Deluxe”?


Deluxe level resorts at Walt Disney World are characterized by a few major amenities. First and foremost, they offer the largest size accommodations (comparing square footage of a studio in value or moderate resort), as well as offering rooms that include full kitchens and living room areas. They all offer a table service dining option, as well as concierge services to assist you with planning. Deluxe resorts offer valet parking (for a fee), as well as many on-site recreation choices such as watercraft and bike rentals, arcades, and health clubs. The pools at the Deluxe level resorts always include some type of water slide, and may include “spray ground” type areas in the pool area.

2. Which resorts are “Deluxe”?

According to the official Walt Disney World website, “Deluxe” level resorts include:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

3. How do the Deluxe Resorts differ?

While all of the Deluxe resorts offer the same basic amenities as listed above, they vary greatly in location and theming. There is also variation in the number of restaurants, pools, type of transportation, and the availability of room service and child care centers. We’ve compiled the following information to make comparing the Deluxe level resorts as easy as possible!

Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Location: Animal Kingdom Area
  • Theme: African Lodge/African Animals
  • Number of Pools – 2
  • Number of Restaurants – 4
  • Child Care Center? – Yes
  • Room Service Availability – 6am to Midnight

Beach Club Resort

  • Location: Epcot Area
  • Theme: Eastern Seaboard/Beachside Holiday
  • Number of Pools – 4
  • Number of Restaurants – 4
  • Child Care Center? – Yes
  • Room Service Availability – 24/7

Boardwalk Inn

  • Location: Epcot Area
  • Theme: 1940’s Atlantic City
  • Number of Pools – 3
  • Number of Restaurants – 7
  • Child Care Center? – No
  • Room Service Availability – 24/7

Contemporary Resort

  • Location: Magic Kingdom Area
  • Theme: Modern/Monorail
  • Number of Pools – 2
  • Number of Restaurants – 4
  • Child Care Center? – No
  • Room Service Availability – 24/7

Grand Floridian Resort

  • Location: Magic Kindgom Area
  • Theme: Victorian
  • Number of Pools – 2
  • Number of Restaurants – 6
  • Child Care Center? – No
  • Room Service Availability – 24/7

Polynesian Village Resort

  • Location: Magic Kingdom Area
  • Theme: South Pacific
  • Number of Pools – 2
  • Number of Restaurants – 5
  • Child Care Center? – Yes
  • Room Service Availability – 6:30am to Midnight

Wilderness Lodge

  • Location: Magic Kingdom Area
  • Theme: Log Cabin/National Parks Lodge
  • Number of Pools – 2
  • Number of Restaurants – 3
  • Child Care Center? – Yes
  • Room Service Availability – Select Hours

Yacht Club Resort

  • Location: Epcot Area
  • Theme: Martha’s Vineyard
  • Number of Pools – 4
  • Number of Restaurants – 4
  • Child Care Center? – No (but attached to Beach Club Resort which does have a Child Care Center)
  • Room Service Availability – 24/7

4. Is there a difference in the prices of Deluxe resorts?

There can be a fairly significant difference in the cost of Deluxe resort rooms based on the location of each resort in Walt Disney World. Generally speaking, any “monorail” resorts (those connected via the monorail system to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot) are more expensive than the other deluxe resorts. Of the three “monorail” resorts (Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village, and Contemporary), Polynesian Village is currently the most expensive, with the Grand Floridian a close second. Standard rooms at Animal Kingdom Lodge (without a view of the animals) and the rooms at Boardwalk tend to be on the lower end of the Deluxe cost scale.

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