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Disney Resorts You Should Visit

The Disney Resorts help create the fantastic magic that is Walt Disney World. We often don’t slow down long enough to enjoy Disney Resorts when visiting. As you plan your Walt Disney World vacation, we encourage you to take time to enjoy not only your Disney Resort but also other Disney Resorts.

We have some of the top Disney Resorts we like to visit during our vacations, and we think you will too. 

When visiting Disney Resorts, remember that you can access them easily using free Disney transportation. Disney buses, boats, monorails, and skyliner provide quick and easy transportation to and from the Disney Parks and Disney Resorts. This free transportation makes it easy to visit a Disney Resort during a quick afternoon break, for a meal, or for a nap. 

Let’s look at some of our favorites to visit during our Disney vacations.

Contemporary Resort
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Disney’s Contemporary Resort

This iconic Disney Resort is one of our favorites to visit each Disney vacation. With the monorail traveling right through the Resort and a walking path to Magic Kingdom, a quick trip to Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a must during a Magic Kingdom day.

We love this Resort for many reasons. Numerous dining options in Disney’s Contemporary Resort are excellent options for a meal. From character dining at Chef Mickey’s to high-end dining at California Grill, Guests can find something for everyone to enjoy.  

Our recent favorite is Steakhouse 71 Lounge. This newly remodeled lounge is perfect for quick and delicious meals. The burger is one of the best at Walt Disney World.

Not only do we love the dining offered at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, but we also enjoy both the shopping and open areas. Walking around the stores as the monorail goes by is fun, but we also enjoy finding a quiet spot to enjoy a quick nap or just people-watch.

Although we love Magic Kingdom, we love walking over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Gran Destino Tower
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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

This moderate Disney Resort isn’t as easy as walking to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, but it is worth the bus ride. With the addition of Gran Destino Tower, Disney’s Coronado Springs is a Resort not to be missed.

Consider visiting as the evening hour starts to set in to enjoy beautiful views around the lake. Have a drink at one of the many lounges or have a whole meal at Three Bridges, the outdoor dining option located in the center of the lake.

Disney’s Coronado Springs is also home to Sangria University. Here is where Guests learn how to make their sangria while tasting a variety of specialty ones.

Disney’s Coronado Springs has some fantastic sights to enjoy throughout the Resort and a variety of dining options that everyone can enjoy.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

One of the most breathtaking Disney Resorts is Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This magical Resort transforms Guests into an African safari where they can enjoy the sights and sounds of the savanna right from their Resort room.

Not only are there amazing views throughout this Disney Resort, there are also great dining options. Guests can enjoy great sit-down meals at Boma and Sanaa. At both of these dining options, Guests can enjoy African-flavored entrees.

Like Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge gives a lot of excellent views, dining, and activities for Guests to enjoy.

Disney Riviera
Disney Riviera

Disney’s Riviera Resort

If you want to enjoy the skyliner, we recommend a trip to Disney’s Riviera Resort. This elegant Resort is a perfect escape for an afternoon of great food and relaxation.

Make a reservation for the extremely popular Topolino’s for a fun character breakfast or an elegant dinner. We also enjoy the quick-service option at Primo Piatto. 

Make sure that you enjoy a walk around this beautiful Resort. We love the mosaic featuring Peter Pan and Rapunzel. The cozy lounge is also a nice relaxing area to enjoy.

Caribbean Beach Resort
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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Right next door to the beautiful Riviera is Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. As the hub of the Disney Skyliner, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is easy to get to when visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT.

The beautiful grounds of this Resort make it an excellent option for walking and relaxation. Try a drink or the delicious rolls at Banana Cabana, the pool bar. 

We also recommend trying Sebastián, the family-style meal with a Caribbean flavor. When you need a break from the crowds, take the skyliner to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort

For another iconic Disney Resort, we highly recommend a trip to Disney’s Polynesian Resort. A quick monorail or boat ride from the Magic Kingdom, we love the relaxing atmosphere of Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Schedule a meal at Ohana or Kona, two fantastic dining options. Hit up Trader Sam’s for a drink and great entertainment. Or just walk around and take in the beautiful atmosphere.

It is nice to step away and relax during a day at Magic Kingdom during a tropical escape such as at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

During your next Walt Disney World vacation, we highly recommend enjoying some of Disney’s amazing Resorts.  These Resorts are part of what makes Disney magical. Enjoy the offerings at your Disney Resort or visit others on this list. We love all that Disney Resorts have to offer, and we think you will too.


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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