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The Best Disney World Hotels for Families

by Mommy Frog on February 9, 2017 9 Orlando   Video

Even now, with all of our trips to Walt Disney World, we frogs sometimes have a hard time deciding which hotel to stay at. Tad only wants to stay at the hotel that he needs more footage of, Lily wants a nice pool to splash around in, Leap is pretty hoppy-go-lucky, and so the tough decision gets left to me. There are so many choices when it comes to Disney World hotels. Each comes with its own amenities and distinctive Disney flavor! Luckily, we have some go-to's, and we're so hoppy to share them all with you. All of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels are amazing and tadpole-friendly, but we think a few deserve to be called the best Disney World hotels for families.

Now, we think it's only fair for us to pick the best Disney World hotels from each hotel category. After all, it's not really fair to compare a value to a moderate or a moderate to a deluxe. We'd also be remiss if we didn't mention that we're offering discounts on all of Disney World's hotels in addition to Orlando hotels.

We've listed the best Disney World hotels for families here along with a few of our favorite things about them. Click on through the hotel links below. You can view our full reviews and book! (Here is a link to all of our Frog Family Favorite Orlando hotels—look for the lily pad!)

The Best Disney World Hotels by Category

Best Disney World Deluxe Resorts

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Hands down, the most spectacular lobby of all the resorts
  • Amazing animal views from the savanna-facing rooms (and plenty of public viewing areas!)
  • The best buffet on property at Boma - Flavors of Africa

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Best Disney World Hotels for Families - Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

  • Most kid-friendly resort on the monorail
  • Beautiful Polynesian theming and overflowing Lava pool
  • Spectacular on-site dining with Kona, Ohana and Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

Best Disney World Deluxe Villas

Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Best Disney World Hotels for Families - Bay Lake Tower

  • Short walk to Magic Kingdom
  • Some of the nicest villas on property, with sleek, minimalist design
  • Fabulous dining, including California Grill, which offers views of Wishes nighttime spectacular

Disney's Old Key West Resort

Best Disney World Hotels for Families - Old Key West

  • Laid-back island vibe is soooo relaxing
  • Some of the largest and most affordable villas on property
  • Boat service to Disney Springs

Best Disney World Moderate Resorts

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Best Disney World Hotels for Families - Disney's Caribbean Springs Pool

  • Awesome pirate-themed pool and water play area
  • Most rooms sleep five
  • Beautiful landscaping, with a lush, tropical vibe

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

  • More amenities than other moderates, including a spa, fitness center and full room service
  • One of the best pools on property, with a 50-foot pyramid themed to the Mayan ruins
  • Most refined rooms on property, the only one with suites

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside

Best Disney World Hotels for Families - Disney's Port Orleans Riverside

  • Perfect swimmin' hole on Ol' Man Island
  • Boat service to Disney Springs and within 20 minutes of all resorts
  • Beautiful grounds with manicured magnolias and bayou "swamps"

Best Disney World Value Resorts

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

  • True family suites sleep six, and offer a kitchenette and two bathrooms
  • Big Blue Pool is the largest on property and themed after Finding Nemo
  • Our favorite food court, with standard fare and more creative options

Disney's Pop Century Resort

Best Disney World Hotels for Families - Disney's Pop Century Resort

  • Oversized "pop" and Disney icons are fun for the whole family
  • Another terrific food court—try the Tie Dye Cheesecake or POP waffles!
  • There is less walking than at the All-Star Resorts

There you have it—the best Disney World hotels—at least according to us frogs! Which is your favorite? Make sure to hop over to our Where to Stay in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline for more planning resources!

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Planning for Walt Disney World in November Nov 1, 2012 at 7:01 a.m.

[...] Lodge because it feels more like a traditional Christmas). By the way, the Wilderness Lodge is the Frog Family’s very favorite deluxe resort to stay [...]

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‘Surprise! We’re Going to Disney World!’ — Our Latest Trip and Stealth Planning Tips Dec 13, 2012 at 1:41 p.m.

[...] of the Seasons and experience Christmas all over the world at Epcot. And we’re staying at our very favorite deluxe resort — the Wilderness Lodge — which always feels so cozy yet still impressive with its [...]

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Epcot Flower & Garden Review: Both Kids and Adults Will Enjoy This Year’s Festival Mar 19, 2013 at 7:02 a.m.

[...] Port Orleans – Riverside is another great option (and the Frog Family’s favorite moderate resort). It boasts extensive, award-winning landscaping, and nothing beats a stroll along the Sassagoula [...]

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Disney World, Universal & SeaWorld Planning for November Oct 29, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.

[...] the spirit right now, we recommend you check out our video of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (our very favorite deluxe resort) from our trip last [...]

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Disney, Universal & SeaWorld Planning for December Dec 2, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

[...] gingerbread tree at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, our very favorite deluxe resort, has nothing edible on display, but it is a sight to behold. Its exposed timber and pitched roof is [...]

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Top 5 Reasons to Stay in a Disney Hotel Jan 3, 2014 at 3:36 p.m.

[...] Related: The Frog Family’s Favorite Disney Resorts [...]

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Why Animal Kingdom Lodge Is Our (New) Favorite Disney Deluxe Resort Apr 17, 2014 at 10 a.m.

[...] you’ll recall from this post, for the longest time, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge was our favorite Disney deluxe resort. And [...]

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Jamie Greer Sep 3, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.

Hi, I am planning my family's first trip to Disney and Universal right now. I think the advantages to staying on site sound fabulous, but we do want to go to Universal Studios as well. Is there transportation from any of the Disney hotels to Universal?

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FrogBlog Sep 4, 2014 at 8:49 a.m.

Hi Jamie,

Unfortunately, there is not free transportation between the two parks. You should price the cost of transport vs. the cost of renting a car. You might find for your family size, that renting makes more sense and is more convenient. We offer discounts on car rental if you are purchasing tickets. If you don't rent, your options are taxi or shuttle.

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