If you really want to live the high life during your stay at Walt Disney World Resort, the Deluxe resort hotels are definitely what you should be looking for. Most of these luxurious resorts provide a full experience on their own, prior to even getting into the parks. Along with the expansive rooms, signature dining areas, and unbeatable recreational activities, deluxe hotels offer a wide range of standard benefits. Some perks include childcare services, designated smoking areas, laundry/dry cleaning services, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort, locker rentals, top-notch spa services and fitness centers, and resort concierge, along with other awesome services. Guests at moderate hotels also have access to transportation options like Minnie Vans, Disney Bus Transportation, and Disney’s Magical Express.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is arguably the most unique hotel experience in the entire resort. The safari adventure hotel is likely the only place you can wake up to the sight of animals right outside your window!
Rooms & Suites
Standard rooms at the Animal Kingdom Lodge sleep up to four guests with a choice of rooms featuring queen beds, king beds, bunk beds and day beds in whatever combination that best fits your needs. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a telephone with voicemail, an iron/ironing board, an in-room safe, hair dryer, coffee maker, and mini fridge. Room rates vary based on preferred view.
- Standard Rooms – starting from $345 per night
- Pool View Rooms – starting from $396 per night
- Savanna View Rooms – starting from $497 per night
Club Level rooms and suites offer the same standard amenities in addition to secured key access to the club level lounge (which serves refreshments daily from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM), complimentary health club access, concierge services at the Kilimanjaro Club, newspapers in the lounge, complimentary fax assistance, and personalized front desk/guest services. Club level rooms sleep four guests, and suites sleep up to six.
- Savanna View Rooms – starting from $567 per night
- Standard 1-Bedroom Suites – starting from $947 per night
- Savanna View 1-Bedroom Suites – starting from $997 per night
- Savanna View 2-Bedroom Suites – starting from $1603 per night
Due to the size of the resort, there is a remarkable number of dining locations on the property. Jiko – The Cooking Place is open for dinner and serves African, Indian and Mediterranean inspired cuisine. The menu changes seasonally, guaranteeing that the steak, seafood, chicken, vegan and vegetarian dishes are always made with the freshest ingredients. Offerings range from oven fried flatbreads to oak-grilled filet mignon and so much more. Because this is a signature dining experience, there is a minimum dress code requirement. Men should come dressed in khakis, slacks, or dress shorts with a collared shirt. Women can wear dresses, capri pants, skirts or dress shorts. Guests may not wear tank tops, flip flops, swimsuits, cover-ups or ripped clothing.
For a more casual dining experience, opt for Boma – Flavors of Africa. The family-friendly buffet is open for breakfast and dinner, offering dishes that highlight flavors from over 50 different African countries. For breakfast, options include made-to-order omelets, french toast, African pastries, carved ham, fresh fruot, and corn beef Bobotie (a traditional South African meal). At dinner, guests can pair grilled seafood, roasted meats, and vegetarian specialties with a variety of South African wines.
Quick service locations Sanaa and The Mara are both open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the go and The Mara is also open for late-night snacks as well. Guests over 21 can indulge in beer, wine, spirits and appetizers at Sanaa Lounge, Cape Town Lounge & Wine Bar, or Victoria Falls Lounge (which overlooks Boma restaurant). The Maji and Uzima Springs pool bars are open daily for guests to enjoy cocktails, wine, draft beer, frozen drinks and sangria while lounging poolside. Both locations also serve salads, sandwiches and other snacks.
The Uzima Springs pool is an 11,000 square foot tropical oasis with a 67 foot-long water slide. The resort’s other swimming area, located in Kidani Villas, is called Samawati Springs Pool. In addition to a 4700 square foot pool with a 128 foot-long waterslide the area also features Uwaja Camp, a water playground with three distinct zones that separate age groups:
- Observation Station: For kids who are four years old or younger
- Departure Zone: For kids between five and seven years old
- Base Camp: For kids who are eight years old or older
Other recreational activities include the Hakuna Matata playground, Pumbaa’s Fun & Games Arcade, movies under the stars by the Uzima Springs pool, and Jambo House campfire activities.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Rooms & Suites
Guest rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort sleep up to five guests with a choice of two queen beds and a day bed or a king bed and a day bed. Amenities in these rooms include free Wi-Fi, a telephone with voicemail, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, mini fridge, coffee maker, and a soaker tub in the bathroom .
- Standard View Rooms – starting from $485 per night
- Lagoon View Rooms – starting from $618 per night
- Pool or Marina View Rooms – starting from $564 per night
Club level rooms and suites feature all of the standard room amenities in addition to secured key access to the club lounge (refreshments served from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM) and complimentary newspapers, complimentary health club access, and personalized front desk/guest services. The club level rooms also sleep up to five guests with two queen beds and a day bed in each room.
- Club Level Garden View Rooms – starting from $664 per night
- Club Level Lagoon View Rooms – starting from $821 per night
- Club Level Theme Park View Rooms – starting from $906 per night
- Club Level 1-Bedroom Suites – starting from $1222 per night
Disney’s Polynesian Resort offers a character breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch at Ohana restaurant. The breakfast buffet includes Hawaiian inspired dishes such as island-style fried potatoes, Hawaiian pork sausage, and Hawaiian style ham topped with pineapple compote in addition to traditional breakfast foods like scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, and pastries. For dinner, the restaurant offers a Polynesian themed dinner experience featuring fun activities for the whole family. In addition to delicious dishes like sweet & sour chicken, oak-grilled shrimp and steak, dumplings, stir fried vegetables, and lo mein noodles, diners can enjoy live island music and join in coconut races and hula dancing.
The family friendly Kona Cafe serves continental cuisine with an Asian flair for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast options range from cinnamon banana stuffed tonga toast and macadamia pineapple pancakes to savory egg dishes. In addition to an on-stage sushi kitchen, there is a full variety of lunch and dinner offerings from noodle bowls and stir fry to fresh fish and steak and everything in between! You can find similar offerings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Captain Cook’s, another quick service dining area at the resort. Captain Cook’s is also open for late night snacks.
To get the iconic Dole Whip without having to go into the Magic Kingdom, head to Pineapple Lanai where you’ll find Disney’s most infamous snack served in soft serve form or as a float in addition to other sweet snacks.
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a great place to stop for a relaxing bite to eat or a refreshing cocktail after a long day in the parks or exploring the resort. The lounge is open to families all day long until 8:00 PM, when it switches to an adults-only (21 or older) spot. In the evenings, guests can enjoy appetizers and drinks from the full service bar along with live Hawaiian musical entertainment.
Outdoors, enjoy live music and tropical cocktails at Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace. This lounge offers the complete island vibe with exotic drinks like the Polynesian Pearl or the Tahitian Torch. At Oasis Bar and Grill, guests can enjoy a lunch of fish tacos or kalua pork sliders and sip on tropical cocktails or Hawaiian beer poolside at the Oasis pool. The Barefoot Pool Bar also served cocktails, beer, wine and smoothies for guests who want to cool off with a drink while lounging poolside.
There are two different pools at Disney’s Polynesian Village. The Lava Pool offers fun for everyone with a giant volcano and a 142 foot-long waterslide. The more relaxing option is the Oasis Pool, an all ages leisure pool hidden amongst a lush garden. To take your relaxation up a notch, you can reserve your own private shaded area near the pool with cushioned lounge chairs, towels and more. Other recreational amenities include motorized boat rentals, catch & release fishing, volleyball, a jogging trail,movies under the stars on the Great Ceremonial House lawn, and campfire activities.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Rooms & Suites
Standard rooms are all equipped with free Wi-Fi, a telephone with voicemail, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, soaker tub in the bathroom, coffee maker and mini fridge. Each room can sleep up to five guests. Room options include garden view, lagoon view, or theme park view.
- Outer Building Rooms – starting from $584 per night
Club level rooms and suites offer turndown service, secured key access to the club lounge, complimentary newspapers, complimentary health club access, and DVD players in each room in addition to the other standard room amenities. Each of these rooms can accommodate up to five guests, with the exception of the suites which can sleep between six and eight guests.
- Outer Building Standard Club Level Rooms – starting from $700 per night
- Main Building Standard Club Level Rooms – starting from $920 per night
- Main Building Deluxe King Club Level Rooms – starting from $973 per night
- Main Building Theme Park View Club Level Rooms – starting from $1039 per night
- Outer Building Club Level 1-Bedroom Suites – starting from $1278 per night
- Outer Building Club Level 2-Bedroom Suites – starting from $2077 per night
Disney’s Grand Floridian is one of the fanciest deluxe resorts on Disney World property, and offers several fine table service dining experiences. Citricos (American/Mediterranean Cuisine), Narcoossee’s (American/Seafood Cuisine), and Victoria and Albert’s (American Cuisine) are all only open for dinner and require guests to follow a business casual dress code.
For more casual breakfast, lunch and dinner dining, opt for the Grand Floridian Café or Gasparilla Island Grill. Both quick service locations serve classics like Mickey waffles, burgers, soups and salads, pizza and sandwiches.
At 1900 Park Fare, guests can enjoy unique character dining opportunities for brunch, dinner and tea time! The Supercalifragilistic Breakfast is an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring characters like Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh. Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner is a royal buffet hosted by Cinderella and Prince Charming, with special visits from other Storybook characters during a meal of seafood, salad, pasta, and beef specialties. Kid-friendly buffet items include chicken, pizza, and macaroni and cheese. For a mid-day snack, kids ages 4 – 12 can attend the Wonderland Tea Party, an hour long “unbirthday party” hosted by Alice, the Mad Hatter, and other Wonderland friends. The tea party takes place every Monday through Friday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Adults 21 and over can enjoy live jazz music and classic cocktails like a Side Car or a Manhattan at Mizners Lounge, open from 1:00 PM – 12:00 AM upstairs at the resort’s lobby building.
Poolside Dining includes the Beaches Pool Bar and Grill and the Courtyard Pool Bar. Beaches is located on the sandy beaches of the Beach Pool and serves wine, draft beer, and specialty cocktails such as the Sunshine Margarita in addition to snacks like salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Sit at the gazebo bar or opt for poolside service at this location. The Courtyard Bar, obviously located by the Courtyard Pool, features two televisions, a ping pong table, and full bar serving beer, wine, sangria, specialty cocktails and light snacks at the bar or served poolside.
The Beach Pool is the best place to hang out for guests who want to make a splash, with a 181-foot long water slides, cascading waterfalls, and a water play area for little ones. For a more relaxing experience, the nearby Courtyard Pool offers a quieter swim and a whirlpool spa nearby. Cabanas are available for rent at The Beach Pool and are equipped with the following amenities:
- 2 padded lounge chairs
- A cast member attending to the cabana’s guests
- Ceiling fan
- Complimentary sunscreen and skincare products
- Fruit basket
- Mini refrigerator filled with complimentary sodas and water
- Padded sectional couches
- Smart TV with cable access
- Snack Basket
In addition to the two pools, the resort’s other recreational amenities include motorized boat rentals, catch and release fishing, basketball courts, jogging trails, campfire activities, and arcade games.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Rooms & Suites
Guest rooms at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge sleep up to four guests and offer standard amenities in each room including free Wi-Fi, a telephone with voicemail, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, soaker tub in the bathroom, coffee maker and mini fridge.
- Standard Rooms – starting from $379 per night
- Bunk Bed Rooms – starting from $431 per night
Additional perks are available in club level rooms such as turndown service, secured key access to the club lounge, complimentary newspapers, and complimentary health club access. Standard rooms can accommodate up to four guests, and standard rooms can sleep up to six.
- Standard Club Level Rooms – starting from $555 per night
- Deluxe Club Level Rooms – starting from $708 per night
For breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge guests have three different options. Whispering Canyon Café is an Old West themed buffet dining experience that serves up classic country favorites such as omelets, St. Louis style pork ribs, and cheesecake served in a mason jar. In addition to the down-home style dining, kids can participate in fun activities like coloring, building with Lincoln Logs, sing-alongs, and hobby horse races. At Roaring Fork, enjoy classic American quick service options like eggs and Mickey waffles for breakfast and burgers and sandwiches for lunch and dinner. Geyser Point Bar and Grill is a waterfront walk-up window located by the Copper Creek Springs Pool that offers awesome views of Bay Lake as well as delicious meals such as a bison burger or a portobello salad.
Territory Lounge is a rustic bar open from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM that provides a cozy environment for adult guests to sit back and relax in while enjoying cocktails, small plates, and desserts.
Guests can dine with Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy every evening at Artist Point with an amazing Storybook Dining feast that even includes a special appearance from the evil Queen herself!
There are two different swimming areas to enjoy at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. The Copper Creek Springs Pool is a naturally heated pool with a brand new activity play area for kids. The Boulder Ridge Cove Pool is a more relaxed environment, with six shaded seating areas and a whirlpool spa.
Other fun activities include bike rentals, motorized boat rentals, catch and release fishing, jogging trails, campfire activities, movies under the stars between the marina and Geyser Point Bar & Grill, and the Buttons and Bells Arcade.
Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club Resorts
Rooms & Suites
At the Yacht & Beach Clubs, standard and deluxe rooms include free Wi-Fi, a telephone with voicemail, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, soaker tub in the bathroom, coffee maker and mini fridge. Standard rooms sleep up to five guests per room, while deluxe rooms can accommodate up to six. Room options include standard view, water view, garden view or woods view.
- Standard Rooms – starting from $402 per night
- Deluxe Rooms – starting from $553 per night
Club level rooms and suites offer all of those same amenities plus evening turndown, secured key access to the club lounge, complimentary fax assistance, complimentary health club access, newspapers in the lounge, personalized front desk/guest services, and a DVD player in each room. Room options include standard view or water view.
- Standard Club Level Rooms – starting from $595 per night
- Club Level 1-Bedroom Suites – starting from $865 per night
- Deluxe Club Level Rooms – starting from $865 per night
- Club Level 2-Bedroom Suites – starting from $1551 per night
You can start the day with a quick breakfast or stop for a casual lunch/dinner at Beach Club Marketplace (Beach Club) or Ale and Compass (Yacht Club). Both serve classics like sandwiches, salads, soups, and other light snacks throughout the day. For a character filled breakfast experience, head to Cape May Café. Minnie hosts a Beach Bash Breakfast buffet with offerings such as Mickey waffles, scrambled eggs and seasoned potatoes as her friends stop by dressed for a day at the beach. At dinner, you can enjoy an ultimate seafood spread with a buffet of slams, mussels, crab legs and shrimp as well as chicken, ribs and more. Dinner at Cape May Café does not include character appearances.
Fine dining at the Yacht Club Resort can be found at Yachtsman Steakhouse, which transports guests to New England in a nautical dining room with high quality menu items from Prime New York Strip steak to Black Grouper and Lobster pasta.
For a midday sweet snack, head to Beaches and Cream Soda Shop where you’ll find major treats like the Milky Way Sundae or the Kitchen Sink which feature EIGHT scoops of ice cream under a heap of every single topping the shop has. You can also grab lunch and other snacks such as chili cheese fries here.
If you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail, make your way to the Crew’s Cup Lounge (Yacht Club) or Martha’s Vineyard (Beach Club), where 21+ guests can enjoy signature drinks, draft beer and wine along with appetizers and small plates. At Stormalong Bay, guests can take a break from swimming to indulge in ice cream, snacks, frozen drinks, and draft beer at Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill.
The Yacht and Beach Club Resorts share Stormalong Bay, a three acre pool area with a life-sized replica of a wrecked ship, a 230 foot long waterslide, a lazy river, and three whirlpool spas. For a quieter time in the water, opt for one of three relaxing leisure pools around the property.
Guests of Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts can also enjoy a variety of other recreational activities such as the Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Mini Golf Courses, motorized boat rentals, campfire activities, movies under the stars, tennis and volleyball courts, catch and release fishing, jogging trails, and the Lafferty Place Arcade located near Stormalong Bay.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Rooms & Suites
Each guest room at Disney’s Contemporary Resort can accommodate up to five guests with a choice between two queen beds and a day bed or a king bed and a day bed. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, a telephone with voicemail, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, soaker tub in the bathroom, coffee maker and mini fridge.
- Standard View Garden Wing Rooms – starting from $410 per night
- Garden View Garden Wing Rooms – starting from $415 per night
- Deluxe Garden Wing Rooms – starting from $496 per night
- Lake View Main Tower Rooms – starting from $579 per night
- Theme Park View Main Tower Rooms – starting from $628 per night
On the club level, each room and suite offers all of those same amenities plus evening turndown service, secured key access to the club lounge, complimentary fax assistance, complimentary health club access, newspapers in the lounge, personalized front desk/guest services, and a DVD player in each room.
- Standard Atrium Club Level Rooms – starting from $733 per night
- Theme Park View Atrium Club Level Rooms – starting from $788 per night
- Garden Wing Club Level 1-Bedroom Suites – starting from $1130 per night
- Garden Wing Club Level Hospitality Suites – starting from $1190 per night
- Bay Lake View Club Level 1-Bedroom Suites – starting from $1452 per night
- Bay Lake View Club Level 2-Bedroom Suites – starting from $2141 per night
The Contemporary offers a much smaller variety of dining areas in comparison to the other deluxe hotels at Walt Disney World Resort. The star of the resort is Chef Mickey’s a character dining experience that is open for breakfast, brunch and dinner. In addition to an all-you-can-eat buffet, expect special appearances from Mickey, Minnie and other friends.
You can find another buffet style dining experience at The Wave…of American Flavors, which serves American cuisine with an international flair. For quick service breakfast, lunch and dinner, try Contempo Café where you’ll find steel-cut oats, eggs, French toast, burgers, sandwiches and pizza.
The hotel’s fine dining restaurant is called California Grill located at the top of the resort, serving gourmet brunch and dinner accompanied by soft live music.
Poolside, choose from Cove Bar near Bay Lake Tower or the Sand Bar near the main pool. The Sand Bar offers burgers, hot dogs, tropical cocktails, draft beer, and sangria. Cove Bar is a private bar only open to guests of Bay Lake Tower and Disney Vacation Club Members. Here, you can enjoy specialty cocktails, beer, wine, wraps and salads.
The resort’s main “Feature” Pool is fun for guests of all ages with two hot tubs, a 17 foot tall waterslide, white sand beaches, a water playground with fountains and waterspouts, and a nearby poolside bar serving cold drinks and snacks. Guests spending the day by this pool can rent a poolside cabana by the hour or for the full day, which is equipped with:
- Bluetooth speaker
- Ceiling fan
- Complimentary skincare products
- Fruit tray
- Mini refrigerator filled with complimentary sodas and water
- Padded furniture (chairs and couches)
- Phone for internal calls (within the resort)
- Television with cable access
Guests looking for a quieter experience can hang by the Bay Lake Pool, an all-ages leisure pool that discourages loud noises and splashing. Other activities around the property include yoga on the lawn, catch and release fishing, motorized boat rentals, volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, jogging trails, campfire activities, movies under the stars behind the Contemporary Tower, and the Pixar Play Zone.
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
Rooms & Suites
Guest rooms at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn sleep up to five guests and offer standard amenities in each room including free Wi-Fi, a telephone with voicemail, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, hair dryer, soaker tub in the bathroom, coffee maker and mini fridge.
- Standard View Rooms – starting from $439 per night
- Garden View Rooms – starting from $464 per night
- Water View Rooms – starting from $554 per night
Club level rooms and suites feature all of the standard room amenities in addition to secured key access to the club lounge and complimentary newspapers, complimentary health club access, evening turndown service, continental breakfast, midday snacks, evening wine and cheese, access to Disney signature services, and personalized front desk/guest services.
- Standard Club Level Rooms – starting from $639 per night
- Deluxe Club Level Rooms – starting from $771 per night
- Outer Building Club Level Garden Rooms – starting from $830 per night
Flying Fish is the resort’s signature table service restaurant, offering a fine dining experience with seasonal menu items. Open only for dinner, Flying Fish serves sophisticated takes on familiar steak and seafood dishes made with the best seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Here guests will get the full experience, with the unique opportunity to watch the restaurant’s master chefs create their meals in an open kitchen from the comfort of their beautifully set table. A more casual spot for lunch and dinner is the Big River Grille & Brewing Works, a restaurant/microbrewery that serves a wide variety of hand-crafted brews and American pub fare. In addition to delicious menu offerings like barbecue ribs and white cheddar mashed potatoes, diners can watch an onsite brewmaster handcraft six different specialty beers from behind floor to ceiling glass windows. Sports lovers can ensure they won’t miss a single game while on vacation by dining at the ESPN Club. The sports bar restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, has almost 100 monitors (even in the bathroom!) that play just about any televised sporting event from global satellite feeds. Besides the unbeatable athletic entertainment, the ESPN Club also offers a ton of amazing dishes such as sea salted onion rings and Guinness beer-battered fish & chips as well as specialty cocktails and several craft beers on tap.
Start your day with a character encounter at Trattoria al Forno, which features a breakfast filled with delicious entrees and appearances from Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider. The dining experience includes a beautiful spread of seasonal fruit and fresh baked pastries for the table in addition to a choice of entrees from a menu of offerings such as fluffy buttermilk pancakes, a breakfast calzone with eggs and cheese, or a frittata with roasted red peppers, prosciutto, onions, potatoes and cheese. For dinner, Trattoria al Forno serves authentic Italian entrees, desserts and wines.
Guests at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort have plenty of options when it comes to grabbing a quick snack, with options like Ample Hills Creamery, The To-Go Cart, Boardwalk Bakery, and Funnel Cake Cart. The 21+ crowd can head to Belle Vue Lounge or Abracadabar to indulge in signature cocktails, beer and wine. Belle Vue Lounge is a sweet sitting area inspired by the 1930s where patrons can enjoy old radio programs and board games as they sip on cocktails. In Abracadabar, guests will experience the magic of illusion in the old school social club that serves up delightful concoctions and extraordinary tricks!
Poolside, the carousel-themed Leaping Horse Libations bar serves specialty cocktails, frozen drinks, beer, wine and sangria to guests lounging by the Luna Park Pool. Snacks and sandwiches are also available here.
The Luna Park Pool is the resort’s primary swimming area. Themed like a 1920s carnival, the 184,217-gallon watering hole features a 200 foot long waterslide, elephant statues spouting bursts of water from their trunks, a whirlpool spa, and a kiddie pool area for little ones. There are also two leisure pools on the property, offering a more relaxing experience. Guests also have access to the Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Mini Golf Courses, surrey bike rentals, a playground, the Side Show Arcade, yoga on the lawn, movies under the stars, catch and release fishing, tennis courts, jogging trails, and campfire activities.
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