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5 Disney Resorts Everyone Should Stay In Once

Walt Disney World has many amazing Resorts to choose from for an outstanding vacation. The issue can be trying to narrow down where you want to stay. There are Resorts with great pools, others that are close to the Parks, and even some that have fine dining.

Because these Disney Resorts are unique, it can take time to determine the best for your group. We want to look at the five Walt Disney World Resorts that everyone should experience at least once.

Disney Contemporary
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5- Disney’s Contemporary Resort

One of the most iconic Disney Resorts is Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Known as the Resort that has the monorail go through it, Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one that everyone should experience at least once.

The main reason all Disney fans should stay here at least once is because of the history and iconic experience that it has connected to it. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the original Walt Disney World Resorts, opening to Guests in 1971. The creative design that allows the monorail to pass through the Resort itself is something all Disney fans should experience.

The dining options are plentiful as well. If you want something quick, head to Contempo Cafe or Steakhouse 71 Lounge. For a unique dining experience, book California Grill and watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from high up. Chef Mickey’s is always full of excitement and fun if you want to say hello to Mickey and his friends. We will never forget looking down on Chef Mickey’s as a kid from the monorail. A truly magical experience to see.

Finally, don’t forget about the ability to see the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the Resort itself. Disney’s Contemporary Resort offers fantastic views throughout the Resort of the beautiful Magic Kingdom fireworks. It is an entirely different experience when watching the nighttime show outside the Park.

As a Disney fan, take time to experience the magic of Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Stormalong Bay Pool at the Beach Club and Yacht Club

4- Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club Resorts

We will combine these two Disney Resorts as they are on the same Disney property. The location of these two Disney Resorts is why all Disney fans should experience a stay here at least once.

Guests can walk to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT from either Disney Resort. This makes it highly convenient when wanting to experience a festival or head back for Fantasmic. This walking path is easy and beautiful.

Don’t forget about the fantastic Stormalong Bay Pool available at Walt Disney World Resort. Featuring a sand bottom pool, a lazy river, and a fantastic water slide that takes Guests over the walkway, Stormalong Bay Pool is great for a pool day.

The location, pool, beautiful rooms, and fun dining options make Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club a must-experience for Disney fans. Just make sure you plan a pool day.

Disney's Wilderness lodge
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3- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

We think Disney fans should experience Disney’s Wilderness Lodge for many reasons. This hidden gem is close to Magic Kingdom but simultaneously feels remote and far away.

Enjoying a relaxing morning stroll around the beautiful Resort or having a beverage down by the water are the top comfortable experiences at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Numerous dining options, such as Roaring Fork, the quick service location, or Geyster Point, offer excellent entrees for those wanting something back at their Resort at night. You can also enjoy an exciting time at Wysphering Canyon or a delightful meal with Snow White during the Storybook Dining at Artist Point. There are so many great dining options provided throughout the Resort.

The quick and easy boat ride from Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is perfect for a Disney fan. You can enjoy unique views of the Disney property that you might otherwise miss out on. Nothing beats the calming atmosphere of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge as you are wrapping up a day at Walt Disney World.

Savannah view from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
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2- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Every Disney fan should spend one vacation enjoying the magnificent Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. There is nothing else like this lodge anywhere in the USA. Guests can enjoy a savanna outside their window as giraffes, zebras, and other animals explore.

The lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is breathtaking. With a floor-to-ceiling glass window, Guests can enjoy the savanna. Guests are constantly surrounded by wildlife at the lodge. You can enjoy the savanna from numerous locations throughout the Resort, even without a savanna view room.

Animal Kingdom Lodge has two options when it comes to pool areas. The Samawati Springs pool at Kidani Village will please the kids in your group. The pool has a waterslide, and nearby the children can enjoy a water playground with lots of fun squirting and splashing. At Jambo House, Guests can enjoy a beautiful pool (with a waterslide) and a children’s wading area.

The uniqueness of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge makes it one that every Disney fan should stay at once.

View from Topolino's Terrace at the Riviera
Riviera Rooftop views

1- Skyliner Resort

We are going to cheat slightly on this last one. Every Disney fan should stay at a Skyliner Resort at least once. These Resorts are Pop Century, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach, and Disney’s Riviera. We think everyone should experience the ease and convenience of the Disney Skyliner at least once.

Luckily there are Disney Resort options for each price point, making it easy for Guests to find something on the Skyliner within their budget. Not only can you quickly get to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios when staying at one of these Resorts, but you can also easily get to and from the other skyliner Resorts.


Those are the five Disney Resorts we should stay at once. From great pools to unique themes and locations, these five Disney Resorts are just a little of what makes Disney magical.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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