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Overview of Disney's Deluxe Resorts

by Mommy Frog on February 2, 2016 13

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Disney's Deluxe Resorts - BoardWalk Inn

From looking over your balcony at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to see giraffes and zebras enjoying a snack to taking a moonlit stroll along the beach at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you can't get much better than one of Disney's Deluxe Resorts. Here is some helpful information if you're considering staying at one...

Why Choose a Deluxe Resort:

Disney's Deluxe Resorts are more expensive than the rest, but if cost in not a concern, by all means, you should stay at a Deluxe Resort. They offer the most amenities, the most impressive decor, the widest variety of dining options and extensive recreation opportunities. If you plan to spend part of your vacation AT your hotel, a Deluxe Resort is great choice.

Disney's Deluxe Resorts - Disney's Wilderness LodgeOverview of Disney's Deluxe Resort:

From the 43-acre wildlife preserve home to more than 30 species of exotic animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to the 55-foot hand-carved totem poles in the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney's Deluxe Resorts offer the highest level of theming and architectural beauty. The Deluxe Resorts all have interior corridors; your door opens to an indoor hallway and all rooms are housed in one main building.

Disney's Deluxe Resort Rooms:

Disney's Deluxe Resorts - Disney's Beach Club

Standard rooms at the Deluxe Resorts are typically larger than the rooms at Moderate and Value Resorts, but they range in size from resort to resort. Standard rooms at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge are 344 square feet; standard rooms at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa are as large as 440 square feet. There is a maximum occupancy of four people (plus a baby under 3 years old in a crib) in the standard rooms at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. These rooms have two queen beds or one queen bed and bunk beds. Standard rooms at the other Deluxe Resorts can sleep up to five people (plus a baby under 3 years old in a crib) on two queen beds and a day bed. Disney’s Polynesian Resort is the only Deluxe Resort that does not offer standard rooms with King beds.

Disney's Deluxe Resort Amenities:

Disney's Deluxe Resorts - Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Each of Disney's Deluxe Resorts has a main pool complex complete with water slides and hot tubs. The Deluxe Resorts offer on-site recreation such as watercraft rentals, carriage rides, jogging trails and outdoor movies under the stars.

Disney's Deluxe Resorts - Minnie at Disney's Beach Club

Disney's Deluxe Resorts have the most extensive dining options of all Disney hotels; you will find at least one table service restaurant, one fine dining restaurant, a counter service food court, a lounge bar and a pool bar at each. Some of them offer character dining. Additional amenities include a gift shop, children's activity center, arcade and fitness center. Each Deluxe Resort hotel room is equipped with a refrigerator.

Take a video tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Take a video tour of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Take a video tour of Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Disney's Deluxe Resorts - Disney's boat launchComplimentary Transportation at Disney's Deluxe Resorts:

Disney's Deluxe Resorts have a wider variety of complimentary transportation options.

  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Resort are connected to the Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot® via the Monorail. (They are also connected to each other.) They also offer boat transportation between each other and to and from Magic Kingdom.
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has boat transportation to Disney's Fort Wilderness and Magic Kingdom® Park (watch the video), but also offers bus transportation to all theme parks and resort destinations as well.
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District Inn are within walking distance of each other. They are also within walking distance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Epcot®. (You can also take boat transportation to Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® from these three resorts.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge uses bus transportation only. Other theme parks or resort destinations are not within walking distance.

What's your favorite hotel of Disney's deluxe resorts? Hop over to our Where to Stay in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline for more helpful tips!

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 19, 2017 at 7:50 p.m. ulia Says...

Hi! We are considering booking a disney trip the 3-8 or 9th. We are going between the Polynesian and the Wilderness. If you choose wilderness we may stay an extra day. We have two kids, ages 6 (boy)and 2(girl). Convenience is high on the list when deciding where to stay. Do you have any preferences with either of these hotels. Is the Poly worth the extra $

May 19, 2017 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ulia,

Convenience depends on your needs. You'll need to drive or use a Disney bus to get to Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom. If Magic Kingdom is your top destination, the boat launch from Wilderness Lodge is closer, but the Monorail from the Poly will get you there faster. We love both hotels!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

May 19, 2017 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ulia,

Convenience depends on your needs. You'll need to drive or use a Disney bus to get to Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom. If Magic Kingdom is your top destination, the boat launch from Wilderness Lodge is closer, but the Monorail from the Poly will get you there faster. We love both hotels!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 9, 2016 at 3:23 a.m. Bill Says...

My family and I are planning a late Feb-early March 2017 trip. After Presidents' Day, before spring break. Any ideas if and when discounts would come available for rooms at the Contemporary?

Thanks! Love the website

Mar 16, 2016 at 3 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bill,

We do not know when or if discounts will be available for that time, but I would keep an eye out for discounts starting in the fall.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 5, 2015 at 4:38 a.m. Charly Says...

Grand Floridian or Wilderness Lodge if our main focus will be the Magic Kingdom?

Oct 5, 2015 at 6:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charly,

I would go with the Grand Floridian if you can afford it.

Keep hopping!


Jul 30, 2013 at 7:43 p.m. Rachael Bronner Kaplan Says...

The Wilderness is my personal favorite as well... For our trip in November I cashed in a favor and bought some points from a friend of mine and I am going to surprise my daughter with a stay at The Animal Kingdom Lodge.

I can not wait to see the look on her face when we drive up to the resort and tell her that this is where we are staying for tis trip...

Feb 1, 2013 at 6:31 p.m. Matt Says...

We love doing split stays at Disney deluxe resorts on annual passholder + dine packages.

Because these packages do not reqire buying park tickets directly from Disney, we buy them from Undercover Tourist (we even indirectly buy annual passes from Undercover Tourist by using a price bridging strategy).

We have recommended this type of Disney vacation to many of our friends and family and have further recommended Undercover Tourist for their ticket purchases.

Hopefully, we will still be able to do things this way when Disney converts over to the MyMagic+ system.

Jan 16, 2013 at 8:39 a.m. Mary Says...

No hot tub at the poly

May 16, 2012 at 10:38 p.m. Debra Says...

When I was a Travel Agent I use to take my family to Disney World and stay at the Wilderness Lodge often, but now I can't afford it because I had to retire due to a mysterious illnes I received August of 2009 which was the last time I was there! I came home got really sick landed in the hospital in Dec of the same year, when I was discharged I could no longer walk!!! The doctors are still puzzled! Me and my husband are thinking about going back to Disney World, but money is tight but if you hear of any discounts for the Wilderness Lodge, I would appreciate hearing about it. Now that I am not a Travel Agent anymore it's cost more.

Aug 1, 2013 at 3:28 a.m. Sara Says...

Try renting DVC points. It can be great savings if you can book far enough in advance.

May 17, 2012 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Debra, I'm so sorry to hear about your troubles, and I certainly hope you are doing well. The rates at Disney resorts are a little lower during their "value" season. For the rest of 2012, the value season dates are July 15 thru Sept. 27 at Wilderness Lodge. Have you ever considered a Moderate resort? We love staying at Port Orleans - Riverside! Click here to watch a video from our last trip. Hope this helps...Leap

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