There are a variety of hotels located on the grounds of the popular Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida. In addition to Disney-owned properties, hotel chains such as Hilton and Best Western also operate hotels right on the resort property. You can choose the hotel that best meets the needs of your vacation and your wallet. When planning a vacation, note that prices vary by season.
Types of Hotels at Disney World
The Walt Disney World resort complex is phenomenal, with dozens of hotels to choose from in all price ranges. Constant improvements include adding new villas and suites to several of the deluxe hotels as well as increasing options in the moderate and value categories. No matter which hotel you choose, you will find that Disney magic and high-value customer experience are the goals of the staff.
Disney's deluxe resorts are generally the most luxurious. They offer fitness facilities, meeting and conference spaces, and dozens of unique amenities that give each individual property a distinct theme. The standard deluxe hotels accommodate between four and five guests per room. For parties of six or larger that want to share a room or a suite, check the deluxe villas for expanded options.
- Contemporary Resort: Modern flair is prevalent in this hotel with a distinctive A-frame design and the monorail track through the structure. This resort also boasts phenomenal views of the Magic Kingdom, including the nightly fireworks displays. Prices start at $315 per night.
- Animal Kingdom Lodge: This rustic, African-themed hotel sits on 33 acres of grassland that is home to more than 30 animal species. Guests can participate in animal feedings and safari tours or relax in the pool while enjoying the waterslide and other features. Prices start at $265 per night.
- Beach Club Resort: This hotel boasts a New England nautical theme, complete with seven whirlpool spas, a three-acre water playground, white sand beaches, boat rentals, and other beach amenities. Prices start at $355 per night.
- Boardwalk Inn: The Atlantic City theme of this resort is apparent through its carnival games, roller coaster models, boat rentals, and water slide. Prices start at $345 per night.
- Grand Floridian Resort: This Victorian-style hotel is the pinnacle of Disney luxury, with direct monorail access and vintage architecture. This resort is also home to the pristine wedding pavilion that hosts hundreds of nuptials each year. Prices start at $480 per night.
- Polynesian Resort: The tropical flair of the South Pacific brightens up this resort, and the volcano-themed pool, direct monorail access, nearby world-class golf courses, and numerous water sport rentals make it a favorite option for outdoor enthusiasts. Prices start at $405 per night.
- Wilderness Lodge: The log cabin design of this hotel fits well with the pine tree landscaping, and guests can enjoy both hot and cold spas, fireplace storytelling, a signature geyser, and horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides. Prices start at $265 per night.
- Yacht Club Resort: The maritime flair of this resort shows in its aquatic color scheme and nautical décor as well as the boat rentals, model ships, and lakeside water park that make it unique. Prices start at $355 per night.
Moderate Disney resorts are priced as low as $159 per night, making them a more affordable option for many families. These mid-range hotels offer a variety of amenities and themes as a standard facet of the Disney magic. When booking your reservations be sure to check with the staff about special events and entertainment options offered at the resort.
- Fort Wilderness Resort - Located on 750 acres of lush pines and cypresses, the rustic atmosphere of Disney's Fort Wilderness embraces an American Frontier theme. Families can unwind from their time in the parks with long walks down quiet trails. Storytelling around the campfire is also available most evenings. Guests staying on the far end of the sprawling resort may rent a golf cart to navigate the property. Rooms can accommodate four to five guests comfortable and prices begin at $285 per night.
- Caribbean Beach Resort: Tropical island villages dot this property. Guests can enjoy bike rentals, the jogging trail, and six pools all enhanced with Caribbean colors and themes. In addition to standard resort rooms, families can book the specially themed pirate rooms to enhance the their stay. Rooms sleep four, and prices start at $159 per night.
- Coronado Springs Resort: Mexican, Mayan, and southwestern accents add cultural distinction to this hotel. Features include three pools, an on-site arcade, volleyball courts, and a jogging trail. The rooms are spacious and sleep four comfortably. Prices begin at $164 per night.
- Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter: Inspired by the romance of the historic French Quarter, the hotel offers horse-drawn excursions and the sense of Mardi Gras every day. Rooms sleep up to five and prices begin at $159 per night.
- Port Orleans Resort - Riverside: The flavor of old Louisiana and the nostalgia of Mark Twain combine in this laid back hotel complete with five pools, water sport rentals, bike rentals, and fishing. Rooms sleep five and prices start at $159 per night.
Value resorts are a great way to experience Disney service without as high a price tag as many of the other properties. Each hotel features swimming pools, a gift shop, food court, and activities in the same theme as the hotel itself.
- Art of Animation Resort: The most recent addition to the Disney property opened in 2012 and offers a wide selection of room types to accommodate all family sizes. Most of the suites are large enough to comfortably accommodate six while standard rooms sleep four. Room themes include Finding Nemo, Cars and The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. The resort is adjacent to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Standard rooms begin around $126 per night and suites at $249.
- Pop Century Resort: This resort's guest rooms are located in ten whimsically decorated four-story buildings. Themes feature different decades from the fifties to the nineties, with memorable icons from every decade. Rooms sleep four and start at $89 per night.
- All-Star Movies Resort: Guest rooms are located in five different story-themed areas including Toy Story, 101 Dalmatians, The Mighty Ducks, Fantasia and The Love Bug. Standard room pricing begins around $84 per night. Statues of legendary Disney characters can be found throughout this hotel, including Sorcerer Mickey overlooking the Fantasia pool. Rooms sleep four and start at $89 per night.
- All-Star Music Resort: Like the Art of Animation resort, the All-Star offers family-sized suites in addition to their standard rooms. The suites sleep six and begin at $198 per night. Standard rooms are priced at $84 a night. The resort offers musical themes from calypso to jazz to piano and more. The playful décor offers a fun setting for music lovers of all ages.
- Disney's All-Star Sports Resort: The sections are themed after different sports including Home Run Hotel, Hoops Hotel, Touchdown!, Surfs Up! and Center Court. The largest of four all-star resorts, standard rooms that sleep four begin at $84 per night. The athletic atmosphere appeals to sports fans of all ages.
In addition to their hotel offerings, Disney World features a campground at the Fort Wilderness Resort. Guests can choose a tent spot where they can set up their own for just $45 a night or a full hook-up spot to park their camper at $64 a night. Each site is limited to ten guests. Parties larger than ten will need to book two spots.
Disney Deluxe Villas
The Deluxe Villas offer Disney guests a different level of service with exclusive suites that include unique amenities depending on the resort. Priced higher than most other Disney hotel options, the villas include two bedroom condos, stand alone cottages and more.
- Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House: The larger suites and condo type accommodations are located on the fifth and sixth floor of the main building. Villas begin at $300 per night with the price increasing based on location, view, and amenities. Guests staying in the Deluxe Villas also have access to the exclusive sunrise safari.
- Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village: The African lodge-style with multi-bedroom units. Different units offer kitchens and kitchenettes. Villas begin at $355 per night for standard views and increase based on location, size of the suites and view. Guests may enjoy the exclusive sunset safari and private drive on the savannah.
- Bay Lake Tower: A recent addition, was designed to reflect the Contemporary, an original Disney World resort. The building's angle offers the best views on the Disney property. Villas include studios with kitchenettes to two bedroom suites with full kitchens. Rooms begin at $415 per night and price varies based on view and size.
- Beach Club Villas: Beach Club villas were designed to combine leisure and romance. The resort offers a variety of studios and villas right on a three acre water wonderland and beach-adjacent to the Yacht and Beach Club Resort. The resort is perfect for honeymooners, long-time couples and families alike, with quiet and active areas for interests of all kind including catch-and-release fishing. Prices begin at $345 per night.
- BoardWalk Villas: Located adjacent to the Boardwalk Inn, the villas offer the sights and sounds of the carnival and ragtime along the boardwalk. The villas offer a variety of sizes and some rooms feature whirlpool baths and kitchenettes. Prices start at $345 per night.
- Old Key West Resort: Mingling Victorian grandeur with a restive atmosphere, the old resort is located along the waterways and adjacent to the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, it's the ideal vacation spot for the golfers and their families. Rooms come in studio, one, two, and three bedroom villas. Prices start at $315 per night.
- Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: The resort offers a deluxe villa designed with equestrian lovers in mind. The resort also features a section of luxurious and beautiful treehouse villas that sleep up to nine guests. Prices start at $315 per night.
- The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge: Located adjacent to the Wildness Lodge, the five story tower boasts varied size rooms with kitchen amenities and in some cases full kitchens. Prices begin at $355 per night.
Orlando and Kissimmee Florida are also home to hundreds of non-Disney hotels, motels, and resorts. All major hotel chains are represented in this vacation destination, and interested guests can contact their preferred chain for locations and availability in close proximity to Disney World. Several non-Disney operated hotels are located on Disney property and can offer vacationers a valuable alternative to resort-owned property. Many nearby hotels also offer free shuttles to Disney parks as well as discount Disney tickets, making them a worthwhile choice. Like other hotels, rates vary based on the season.
A few examples of non-Disney properties located on the resort's grounds include:
- Best Western Lake Buena Vista: Standard rooms sleep four per room, although rollaway beds are available for an additional fee. Many rooms overlook downtown Disney. Standard rates begin at $75 per nigh and include a free daily continental breakfast. Disney view rooms are extra.
- Doubletree Suites by Hilton: Rooms sleep four while suites sleep six. Located next to Downtown Disney, the hotel offers all of Doubletree's standard amenities and shuttle transport to the various parks. Self-parking is available at $10 per day. Price starts at $109 per night.
- Hilton: Most rooms offer two double beds or one king and sleep up to four people. What makes this resort stand out though are the opportunity to stay in a PURE room that has been treated to eliminate allergens. Prices per night vary and are based on availability.
- Royal Plaza: One of the larger non-Disney owned hotels on the property, rooms can sleep up to five and include a foldout bed in the loveseat. Rooms in the hotels tower are larger and may have upgraded bathrooms with whirlpool baths. Prices start at $99 per night and triple AAA members receive a discount.
Many Accommodation Choices
There are many accommodations options for guests interested in staying at one of the many hotels at or near Disney World. For more information about specific Disney resorts, visit the official website.