Deluxe Resort Reviews

Disney World Deluxe Resort hotels have the following amenities:

  • Elaborately Themed Pools with waterslides
  • World Class Restaurants
  • Room Service
  • Valet Parking
  • Whirlpools
  • Babysitting
  • Bell Services
  • Concierge Available
  • Fitness Center/Spa

Deluxe Disney resort hotels, are great for those who want to spend time at their hotel, as well as in the parks, enjoying extra amenities, such as fine dining, boating and spa facilities.

They’re also great for those who have only two or three nights to spend in Walt Disney World and want to maximise their time as much as possible, as all Disney World Deluxe hotels are close to at least one main theme park.

Walt Disney World Deluxe hotels all feature an extra mode of transport which allows guests to get to one of the main Disney World theme parks more quickly. For example, the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom area resorts – The Grand Floridian, The Polynesian and Contemporary hotels, are all on Disney World’s monorail line, which makes getting to the Magic Kingdom a snap. Whilst, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge offers a speedy boat service to the Magic Kingdom.
Epcot area deluxe resort hotels – Walt Disney World’s Yacht and Beach Club and Boardwalk Inn, are within walking distance of MGM Studios and Epcot. Lastly, Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge hotel, whilst not offering additional transportation, is only a stones throw by bus from the Animal Kingdom park. It’s so close that guests have spectacular views of the animals, right from their Disney Hotel.

For long stays, Deluxe Disney hotels, may not be suitable, particularly for those on a budget. They may also not be worthwhile for those who just want a convenient base inside Walt Disney World, if they would not use the extra amenities.

Disney World – Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Review

Disney’s Grand Floridian resort and Spa was modelled on the Coronado Springs resort in San Diego, and echos the elegance of an era gone by. One monorail stop from the Magic Kingdom, this beautiful resort has top notch facilities including a beautiful spa, themed pool and hot-tubs, several sit down restaurants and a variety of exclusive shops.

Pros

Without a doubt, this is Disney’s most luxurious resort, with far more amenities than any other resort.

Luxurious surroundings and out of this world dining experiences.

So close to the Magic Kingdom – you hardly have time to get on the monorail and it’s time to get off.

Wide choice or recreational activities.

Fairytale decor and luxurious rooms.

Cons

Price – this resort is extremely expensive, even with a discount. For those not spending too much time in the resort, the price may not be worth the extra amenities.

Restaurant prices – the restaurants here are extremely expensive, particularly the renowned Victoria and Albert’s.

Theming – may be to posh for some – especially those wanting a more relaxed atmosphere.

Disney World Polynesian Resort Review

This resort is so authentically themed that it’s easy to forget that you are in Walt Disney World, and not the South Pacific. It’s only a short ride on the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. What’s more, you can also walk through the beautiful gardens and take the monorail to Epcot.

This resort has the friendliest of staff, two sit down restaurants and several sporting activities, including boat and bicycle rental. It also has the best children’s club on site – the Neverland Club.

Pros

Beautiful relaxing surroundings.

Lovely views from all the rooms – even the garden views are pretty and the lagoon view rooms are exceptional

Wonderful themed pool with slide.

Two sit down and one counter service restaurant.

Excellent recreational activities.

The famous WDW Polynesian Luau show is held here.

Large and comfortably furnished, spacious rooms, fitting with the Polynesian theming.

The only resort with monorail service to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

Cons

Expensive – even with a discount.

Rooms are located outside the main building in longhouses, which is not to everyone’s taste.

No fancy dining here – both sit down restaurants are good, but suited more to family dining than a romantic meal for two.

No full service spa.

No outdoor hot-tubs.

Disney World – Contemporary Resort Review
The Contemporary Resort, in Disney World was built in the early seventies, making it one of the oldest Disney Hotels It has futuristic theming, which can sometimes feel a bit stark. This Disney World hotel is the resort that the monorail runs through – the one which kids seem to love.

Great shops and amenities can be found here, as well as some of the best restaurants on Disney World property, including the famous California Grill, and Chef Mickey’s – the liveliest character restaurant in all of Walt Disney World.

Pros

Convenient to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom – this resort is the first stop when the monorail drops off from the Magic Kingdom, and the only resort in Walt Disney World, from which you can actually walk to the Magic Kingdom.

There’s a great choice of sit-down and counter service dining here to suit both adults dining alone and families.

There is a large selection of shops here, in comparison to other Disney hotels.

Lots of recreational activities. This is the only hotel in Disney World, which offers paragliding.

Large rooms with extremely attractive decor. The rooms at this disney hotel were only recently refurbished. The Magic Kingdom views from the upper floors of the Contemporary resort, are the best in Disney World.

Cons

Prices are high – particularly for Magic Kingdom and tower rooms.

The theming is a little bland in comparison to other Walt Disney World hotels.

Garden view rooms are cheaper but they are a hike from the main building.

This is one of the noisiest hotels in Disney World. The lobby can be extremely noisy – particularly when Chef Mickey’s is open.

Disney World – Wilderness Lodge Resort Review

Our of all the Disney hotels, this deluxe Walt Disney World resort has the most elaborate and stunning theming of all the Walt Disney World resorts. Themed on America’s Northwest, you’ll feel as though you’re right in the middle of Yellowstone here, even though you’re only a short boat ride away from the Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge hotel has two sit down and one counter service restaurants. There’s a themed pool, with hot tubs which overlook a geyser. Watch out for the geyser erupting every hour. Amenities at Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge hotel, include boating and cycling and there is a good sized gift shop.

Rooms are slightly smaller than those at some of the other Walt Disney World deluxe resorts – but there are many rooms that have a double bed and bunk beds, which makes this disney hotel a good choice for families.

Pros

Room prices are lower than at the other Disney World deluxe resorts.

Outstanding theming. If you love the feel of the wilderness, you’ll love this Walt Disney World’s Wilderness Lodge hotel.

Great restaurants – The Whispering Canyon Cafe is family style dining. The Artists Point would suit both families and couples looking for a more romantic experience.

Good choice of recreational activities including boating on Walt Disney World’s Bay Lake and cycle hire. The cycle paths to Disney World’s Fort Wilderness are lovely.

Just a convenient boat ride to the Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Buses to the other parks.

Beautifully themed pool, and hot-tubs overlooking the geyser which erupts hourly.

This is the only Disney hotel with rooms that have bunk-beds – ideal if you have kids who don’t want to share anymore.

Cons

If you’re used to the Disney World hotel monorail service, the boats may not get you to the parks as quickly as you would like.

The counter service restaurant isn’t great – but this is being refurbished in 2006.

In room dining is more limited in choice than at the other deluxe disney hotels.

Rooms are slightly smaller than those in the other Walt Disney World deluxe hotels, and the furnishings are less luxurious.
Disney World – Yacht and Beach Club Resort Review

We have reviewed the Yacht and Beach Club together, because in our opinion, they are both much the same, aside from the decor, which is more sophisticated at the Yacht Club and more relaxed at the Beach Club.

The Yacht Club is slightly closer in walking distance to the Boardwalk, whereas the Beach Club is a shorter walk to Epcot.

Pros: Walking distance to Epcot or MGM.

Great restaurants within the resort, and an even wider choice at the Boardwalk or Epcot – just a short walk away.

The amazing themed pool – great for adults and older kids.

Fantasic dvc amenities – there’s even a kitchen in the studios and the villas each have a huge whirlpool tub en-suite.

Right in the centre of things.

Cons: May feel too busy at times.

The pool is extremely spread out and difficult with children under 8, as you tend to spend the majority of your time running round the pool after the little ones.

If you wind up your day in Future World at Epcot – you may have a long hike ahead of you, as buses from Epcot don’t go to the Yacht and Beach Club areas.

Disney World – Boardwalk Inn Resort Review

coming soon

Disney World – Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Review

Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, is probably almost as dramatic as the Wilderness Lodge, and has a similar appeal in theming – only it is set in Africa, as opposed to the Wilderness, if that makes sense. The pool at this popular Disney Hotel is absolutely huge, and the views of the Savannah are absolutely stunning.

To me, the Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge come in a different category to the other deluxe Disney World hotels. They both lack some of the amenities of the other deluxe resorts and rooms on average, are a little smaller, but they are more dramatically themed than any of the other Walt Disney World deluxe hotels put together.

Pros – Breathtaking views of the Savannah. You would not get views like this outside of Walt Disney World unless you were on an African safari.

Great restaurants – Both Jiko and Boma are rated highly by repeat visitors. Whilst we love the food at Jiko, we found the service below par, but many guests go back time and again. Food at Boma, which is a buffet is also highly rated, with many who are not staying at AKL reserving tables there. We found the food to be good but, Boma is extremely noisy.

Beautiful atmospheric theming – you would think you were in Africa if it weren’t for the crowds.

Cons – It is very crowded and busy. Guests not staying here are only allowed inside if they have a restaurant reservation – so expect the restaurants to be crowded and do reserve.

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