A guide to Best Hotels in Walt Disney World Resort
In true Disney fashion, the hotels within the Walt Disney World Resort are epic. Themed after everything from the Caribbean to the South Pacific, the big bad world of sports and New Orleans, they’re getaways within a getaway just minutes from your favourite Disney theme parks. And of course the shuttle service to those parks, and to the shops and restaurants at Disney Springs, is complimentary.
Part of Disney’s value line, All Star Sports is centred on just what it sounds like – the world of sports. With larger than life pools and sports fields, it’s a top spot for families. On-site is a games room, food court and pool bar, too, though your dining options multiply at Disney Springs.
Florida holidays collide with the Caribbean more than normal at this Disney resort, where the pastel-coloured buildings are designed to look just like those in Aruba. The hotel is separated into six villages that represent the Caribbean islands, and between them you’ll find seven pools, a restaurant and food court, a pirate adventure cruise and outdoor films.
You’ll know you’ve reached Disney’s All Star Music resort when you see the giant trombones outside and a pool lined with huge piano keys. Like the others in the All Star brand, the music branch is a value hotel complete with a fabulous pool scene, a food court and pool bar.
The gorgeous Colonial Mexican decor at this big time hotel are what’ll strike you first upon your arrival, but the Mayan pyramid anchoring the pool scene will get you next. There’s a waterslide and three separate pools plus an arcade for little ones. The Maya Grill dishes up Latin cuisine and there’s a food court, bar and lounge.
Tucked right along a riverbank, the Disney Port Orleans Riverside brings a little bit of Louisiana to America’s east coast. The buildings are modelled after white-columned Louisiana mansions and a steamboat ticket station, while the pool area is shared with the French Quarter hotel. In the ways of food, you’ll find a Cajun-centric dining hall plus a classic food court dishing up burgers, Italian and barbecue. Pick an All Inclusive Disney World holiday here and feast to your heart’s content.
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is one giant Mardi Gras party all the time with a lively food court and pool scene. The pool is dominated by a 16-metre long slide modelled after a serpent, while the rest of the place is designed to look like Louisiana’s French Quarter.
The Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort dominates the skyline with stacks of hotel rooms crowned by swan and dolphin sculptures. The interior is modern and stylish, complete with 17 restaurants. Outside there are seven pools, plus a water taxi service that’ll get you to Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios.
Ahoy, nautical enthusiasts – this mega resort is one giant boat house, crisscrossed with swimming pool lakes and an actual lake featuring its own lighthouse. The family-friendly activities are far reaching, and with seven restaurants – including a cream soda shop – boredom won’t be in your vocabulary during this trip.
Hidden by groves of pine trees, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge emanates the American Northwest with rustic decor complemented by hints of Native American culture. The Silver Creek Springs pool area is complete with rock waterslides while the Bay Lake offers holidaymakers their very own manmade sandy beach.
Steeped in distinctly Polynesian vibes, the Disney Polynesian Resort is a South Pacific paradise with coconut palms, a manmade sandy beach and luau Hawaiian food and party vibes at dinnertime. Here, you’ll find a volcano slide swimming pool, five spots to eat, including American restaurants with Asian influences, and live shows to accompany dinner.