Summer is coming, and that means many families will be heading to Disney World! There are so many different Walt Disney World Resorts to choose from, and sometimes it can be a tad overwhelming. To help you sort through your options, here are the details on 12 places to stay when visiting Walt Disney World.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House, inspired by the traditional African kraal, allows you to experience your safari adventures. From the Jambo House, you’ll have stunning views of four savannahs filled with 200 roaming animals and birds!
To continue with the Africa-theme, there are also a few restaurants inspired by the world’s second-largest continent. Jiko – The Cooking Place, Boma-Flavors of Africa, and Sanaa all highlight the beautiful, varied cuisines of Africa. Also, there are a handful of bars and lounges at the Jambo House. A unique dining experience at this accommodation is the Wanyama Safari and Dinner. Take a private safari with an experienced guide before settling down for a tasty multi-course meal.
As with the majority of Disney hotels, the Jambo House is very family-friendly. Complete with themed pools, campfire activities, the Hakuna Matata playground, Disney movies under the starts, and Pumbaa’s Fun and Games Arcade, your kids will be living the dream.
Rooms at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House start at $352 per night.
With the elegance of a New England yacht club, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is an accommodation that is primarily catered to adult couples rather than children. Enjoy activities like tennis, fishing, volleyball, and boating. Because it is a Disney Hotel, there are also kid-friendly experiences, including roasting marshmallows over a campfire, setting sail on a pirate adventure cruise, and playing video games at the Lafferty Place arcade.
The dining options at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort also embody the scents and flavors of the U.S. northeast side. Families can savor the delicious flavors of Cape May Café and Beaches & Cream Soda Shop. However, adults may prefer the more sophisticated plates (and glasses) served at Ale & Compass Restaurant, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Crew’s Cup Lounge, and Martha’s Vineyard.
Rooms at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort start at $411 per night.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort focuses on the magic of Disney Pixar movies, including Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid!
Boasting the largest resort pool in the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a family-friendly resort. It is one of the only resorts that are dog-friendly as well, so feel free to bring your furry family member along with you on your trip! There are also a few dining options offered at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, including Landscape of Flavors, The Drop Off Pool Bar, and Disney Resorts Pizza Delivery.
Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort start at $157 per night.
Embracing the spirit of the Caribbean, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is an excellent place for a combination of both relaxation and fun. This resort is the only Walt Disney World Resort that offers pirate-themed rooms!
As implied by these pirate rooms, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is another one of Disney World’s family-friendly resorts. Your kids will also be able to enjoy six pools, campfire activities, movies under the stars, a pirate adventure cruise, fishing, and even solving pirate-inspired mysteries!
The dining options at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort also embrace the island vibe. Sebastian’s Bistro, Centertown Market, and Spyglass Grill all offer dishes that will please adults and children alike.
Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort start at $208 per night.
Rural Louisiana is transported to the middle of Florida at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. This adult-friendly Walt Disney World Resort boasts a couple of pools, poolside yoga, horse-drawn carriage rides, bike rentals, and more! Plus, you’ll be able to savor some Southern home cooking – including everything from shrimp and grits to jambalaya to fried okra – at Boatwright’s Dining Hall and Riverside Mill Food Court. And if you’re looking for a late-night drink to help you unwind, River Roost and Muddy Rivers will be able to mix up exactly what you need!
Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside start at $227 per night.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn has something for everyone. Inspired by Atlantic City and the boardwalk at Coney Island, this resort boasts fantastic food options and games!
Try your hand at mini golf, take a dip in a pool, or test out your video game skills. And once you need to fuel up from all that fun, you’ll have your choice of casual food joints or fine eateries. If you’re hoping for something fast and delicious, head to the Funnel Cake Cart, the Pizza Window, the To-Go Cart, Ample Hills Creamery, BoardWalk Bakery, or ESPN Club. On the other hand, if you want something a little bit more formal, make a reservation at Flying fish or Big River Grille & Brewing Works.
Rooms at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn start at $450 per night.
Inspired by the American Southwest, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has a bit of Spanish flair. This resort is both family-friendly and couple-friendly.
Spend some time at the pools, arcade, and volleyball court! Or grab some food at one of the many restaurants imbued with Hispanic influence, including Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, Maya Grill, El Mercado de Coronado, and Siestas Cantina.
Rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort start at $217 per night.
Get transported to the great outdoors at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. There are two options for this particular resort: the campsites and the cabins. At the campsites, choose between four types of fully equipped campsites, all of which accommodate some tent and some vehicle: tent or pop-up camping, full hook-up campsite, preferred campsite, and premium campsite. The cabins, on the other hand, are fully furnished and filled with rustic charm! You can even arrive in a pantry full of fresh groceries the moment that you enter! Both of these are fantastic for large families.
Regardless of if you and your family choose to stay at a cabin or a campsite, there will be tons of activities that you can do only at this Walt Disney World Resort. Spot ducks, deer, armadillos, and rabbits! Train like an archer! Hop on a pony! Or even rent a couple of kayaks or canoes!
As for the dining options at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, there are quite a few. Trail’s End Restaurant, The Chuck Wagon, P & J’s Southern Takeout, and Crockett’s Tavern are all fantastic options. However, the most exciting opportunity of all is the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. While enjoying buckets of fried chicken and smoked BBQ pork ribs, watch a fun Southern-style show filled with fun skits and songs.
Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort start at $56 per night. Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort start at $341 per night.
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the newest addition to the Walt Disney World Resorts. This resort is also great for both children and adults alike.
The kid-friendly activities at this resort include Button and Bells Arcade, two different campfires, pools, and movies under the starts. The events catered more towards adult include bike rentals, tennis, fishing, jogging, and the Sturdy Branches Health Club. There is also a combination of casual and refined dining options, including Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White, Whispering Canyon Café, Geyser Point Bar & Grill, and Roaring Fork.
Rooms at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge start at $446 per night.
Disney brings the South Pacific to Orlando, Florida through Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This resort has been a favorite for children and adults alike since its opening in 1971.
As with many other resorts on this list, enjoy movies under the stars, pools, fishing, boat rentals, and campfire activities. The dining options are where Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort truly shines. The character breakfast served at ʻOhana will allow your little ones to meet Lilo & Stitch from the Hawaiian Islands of Kauaʻi. The Pineapple Lanai serves up a local favorite, the refreshing Dole Whip. There is also Oasis Bar & Grill, Kona Café, Kona Island, Capt. Cook’s, and so many more! By far, the most entertaining dining option has to be Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. In addition to the fire dancers and hula dancers, there are also delicious dishes, including Aloha pulled pork, Polynesian ribs, and pineapple-coconut guava cake with chocolate crunch!
Rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort start at $495 per night.
Continuing on the popular vibes of the South Pacific, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows offer a slightly different experience from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. It is also both kid- and adult-friendly.
Along with the pools, movies under the stars, and campfire activities, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows boasts the Electrical Water Pageant. Each night, 14 barges carry a 25-foot-tall screen of light featuring King Neptune in an aquatic, Disney-themed parade! On the whole, the dining options are the same as Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, except Highway in the Sky Dine Around. This five-course meal aboard the Disney monorail takes you on a culinary journey to three different Disney Resorts!
Rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows start at $515 per night.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is catered more towards adults with its elegant Victorian surroundings. Relax in poolside cabanas, set sail on specialty cruises, and watch movies under the stars.
The most elegant and refined part of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa are the dining options. Indulge in Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Cítricos. Dine on the waterfront at Narcoossee’s. Savor award-winning haute cuisine on fine china at Victoria & Alberts. Or if you feel like splurging a bit more, consider the 10-course tasting menu at Victoria & Albert’s Chef’s Table Dinner or the intimate dining room at Victoria and Albert’s Queen Victoria Room Dinner.
Rooms at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa start at $597 per night.