3. Deluxe Resorts:
Disney has 8 luxury resorts – the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian, the Contemporary, the Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Beach Club, the Yacht Club and the Boardwalk Inn. These resorts are all differently themed and are the ultimate in luxury! If you stay in one of these, you really need to build in time to simply enjoy your resort because they are truly destinations in and of themselves!
These resorts offer the largest rooms on property, ranging from 380 to 420 square feet. The rooms offer a King bed and a daybed or 2 Queens and a daybed and sleep up to 5 people. At this level, everything is a little higher quality, with higher quality linens, more luxurious bathrooms and even television in the bathroom mirrors in some rooms. Only the luxury resorts have balconies.
With the exception of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, these resorts are all located in either the Magic Kingdom area or on Disney’s Boardwalk, both of which are very close to 2 of the 4 Disney parks. The Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Contemporary are all located on Disney’s monorail, which allows the fastest and easiest form of transportation to Magic Kingdom and the transfer point to the Epcot monorail. All of the Magic Kingdom area resorts also have access to ferryboat transportation to the parks. The Boardwalk Inn, Beach and Yacht Club are all located on Disney’s Boardwalk, which is conveniently located between Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Guests can walk or take a ferryboat to either of these parks from their resorts.
These hotels all have multiple restaurants, including some of Disney’s finest signature restaurants and some that offer some of Disney’s best character dining. Because of their close proximity to each other, there is a much wider range of dining and entertainment available at these hotels. All of the monorail resorts have views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks and entertainment is available all day in the boardwalk area, including music and buskers.
There are even more amenities available at the luxury resorts, such as club level rooms with an exclusive concierge. These resorts have fitness centers and luxury spas, as well as boat rentals, a range of water sports and even yacht rentals at the Grand Floridian. The sky is pretty much the limit at Disney’s deluxe resorts!
All on-site Disney resorts are fabulous! There is no such thing as a bad Disney resort! But there are different degrees of fabulous available across the 3 categories that can really alter the quality of your stay. You just have to pick which level of fabulous is right for you!