Disney World Hotels – Resorts in and near Disney

Deciding where to stay at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, can be one of the most important decisions affecting the quality of your Disney vacation. Since I have stayed in many of the hotels and resorts in and around Disney World, I wanted to take some time to expand on the information I have shared before on my podcasts and website about hotel options. In this blog and podcast, I will highlight hotels and resorts near Epcot, Disney Springs, and the Magic Kingdom, including resorts located directly on the monorail. Click the audio bar at the end of the post to listen to my podcast that has even more information!

Magic Kingdom area recommendations:

Disney Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney Grand Floridian Villas (prices begin at about $600 per night)

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Grand Floridian Resort Hotel

Disney’s most lavish resort, the Grand Floridian, is a deluxe Victorian designed property made up of large hotel rooms and villas surrounding the lake and looking out toward Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom. It is directly on the monorail that takes guests to the Magic Kingdom and to the transfer station to the Epcot monorail, so it is extremely easy to get to these two parks. Boats also go directly from the Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom. The hotel has an exclusive Club Floor with access to a private lounge that serves a free daily continental breakfast, snacks, beer and wine, and desserts in the evening.

The Grand Floridian Villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) program, but they are often available to reserve for regular guests as well. There are studios, as well as 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas. The villas have complete kitchens, living rooms, spa-type master bathrooms, and washer/dryer combinations.

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Grand Floridian Resort – Interior

Disney Contemporary Resort and Disney Contemporary Tower villas (prices begin at about $450 per night)

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Contemporary Resort

Disney’s futuristic Contemporary Resort is the only hotel that the monorail runs right through the fourth floor concourse! Nestled along a lake that has boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom, this gives you a water option to access Magic Kingdom, as well. From the monorail, guests can also transfer to the Epcot monorail, so it is extremely easy to get to Epcot as well as Magic Kingdom. The hotel has an exclusive Club Floor with access to a private lounge that serves a free daily continental breakfast, snacks, beer and wine, and desserts in the evening.

The Tower villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) program, but they are often available to reserve for regular guests as well. There are studios, as well as 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas. The 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas have complete kitchens, living rooms, spa-type master bathrooms, and washer/dryer combinations.

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Fireworks – View from Contemporary Resort

Disney Polynesian Resort and Bungalows (prices begin at about $550 per night)

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Polynesian Resort

This Hawaiian style property is made up of large hotel rooms and bungalows surrounding the lake the look out toward Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom. It is directly on the monorail that takes guests to the Magic Kingdom and to the transfer station to the Epcot monorail, so it is extremely easy to get to these two parks. Boats also go directly from the Polynesian to the Magic Kingdom. The hotel has an exclusive Club Floor with access to a private lounge that serves a free daily continental breakfast, snacks, beer and wine, and desserts in the evening.

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Polynesian Resort – Bungalows

The Bungalows are part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) program, but they are often available to reserve for regular guests as well. Some of the bungalows are built directly over the water and have their own small plunge pool. These are about $2,500 per night, but they do sleep up to eight adults. There are studios, as well as 1- and 2-bedroom bungalows. The 1- and 2-bedroom bungalows have complete kitchens, living rooms, spa-type master bathrooms, and washer/dryer combinations.

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Hidden Mickey – Polynesian Resort – Lobby

Disney Fort Wilderness Lodge and Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins – (prices begin at about $375 per night)

This rustic lodge is sited on a lake that has boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom. From the Magic Kingdom monorail, guests can also transfer to the Epcot monorail, so it is extremely easy to get to Epcot as well as Magic Kingdom. The hotel has an exclusive Club Floor with access to a private lounge that serves a free daily continental breakfast, snacks, beer and wine, and desserts in the evening.

The villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) program, but they are often available to reserve for regular guests as well. There are studios, as well as 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas. The 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas have complete kitchens, living rooms, spa-type master bathrooms, and washer/dryer combinations. The new Copper Creek Cabins sleep up to 8 adults, overlook the lake, have individual hot tubs, and cost about $2,000 per night.

Cabins at Fort Wilderness (prices begin at about $350 per night) and Campsites (prices begin at about $60 per night)

The cabins are actually individual trailers that have a separate bedroom with a double bed and a set of bunk beds and a full kitchen with a living area that includes a pull down double Murphy bed. Guests can rent golf carts for $60+ per day to use to make your way around Fort Wilderness. This resort is situated on a lake that has boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom. From the Magic Kingdom monorail, guests can also transfer to the Epcot monorail, so it is extremely easy to get to Epcot as well as Magic Kingdom.

Epcot area recommendations:

Disney Yacht & Beach Club Resort and Disney Beach Club Villas (prices begin at about $450 per night)

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One of the best and most expensive Disney resorts, this complex of three connecting resorts shares the best pool in all of Disney World with a sand bottom, various play areas and slides, a large children’s area, and a small lazy river area in a deep water section. You must show your wristband from one of the three resorts in this complex in order to use the main pool. The resorts also have a number of other pools and hot tubs. They are the closest hotels to Epcot. You can walk to the back gate of Epcot from here.

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Yacht Club Resort

The Yacht Club and Beach Club hotels face the lake that looks out onto the Boardwalk area, so many of the rooms have nice lake and/or pool views. Their rooms are essentially the same with two queen beds or one king bed and many have a single sleeper sofa, as well. Every room in the Yacht Club has a balcony, but many rooms in the Beach Club do not have balconies. The Beach Club is closest to Epcot, but the Yacht Club is closest to the boat dock for the complex. Both the Beach Club and the Yacht Club have a Club Floor with access to a private lounge that serves a free daily continental breakfast, snacks, beer and wine, and desserts in the evening.

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Beach Club Resort

The Beach Club Villas are between the Beach Club resort and the parking lot, so you will not have a lake view. Many of the villas do look out to lovely gardens. The Beach Club Villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) program, but they are often available to reserve for regular guests as well. There are studios, as well as 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas. The 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas have complete kitchens, living rooms, spa-type master bathrooms, and washer/dryer combinations. From the complex, it is possible to walk or take a boat from the dock to Disney Hollywood Studios. Also, if you have Park Hopper tickets, you can walk through Epcot and take the monorail to the Magic Kingdom. Disney buses are available to all Disney areas.

Disney Boardwalk Inn and Villas (prices begin at about $500 per night)

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Boardwalk Resort

On the other side of the lake from the Yacht and Beach complex, the Boardwalk Inn is similar to the Yacht and Beach Club. The DVC Boardwalk Villas are similar to the Beach Club Villas. The pricing is also in line with the comparable options at the Yacht and Beach Club. The main pool is not quite as large or as nice as the Yacht and Beach Club, but it is still a very nice main pool. It is easy to walk to Epcot and to walk or take the boat to Hollywood Studios.

Disney Caribbean Beach (prices begin at about $200 per night)

This moderately priced resort has rooms with two queen beds or a king bed. Some of the rooms with two queen beds also have a child-sized pull down bed. The resort is made up of a number of buildings that surround a lake, each with its own pool area. There is a main food court area and a large main pool area with a fun pirate ship for kids. There are boat rentals available at the small dock, and even a pirate cruise that children will enjoy (for a fee). Transportation to the parks is via bus only. There are frequent buses (every 20 minute buses) to all the Disney locations. Epcot and Hollywood Studios are the closest parks. The resort is undergoing major renovations in late 2017 and until an indefinite time in 2018.

Disney Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts (prices begin at about $150 per night)

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Pop Century Resort

Pop Century and Art of Animation are Value Resorts are located on either side of a small lake near Epcot and Hollywood Studios via bus. The Art of Animation has small family suites that sleep up to six adults beginning at about $300 per night in Value Season. The resorts each have a large food court area and large pools. There are frequent buses (every 20 minute buses) to all the Disney locations. Epcot and Hollywood Studios are the closest parks.

Book all of the above Disney hotels, and the Saratoga Springs resort described in the Disney Springs section below, at the official Disney resort website link:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/

Starwood Swan and Dolphin (prices begin at about $325 per night)

The other two hotels along the lake between the Yacht and Beach Club complex and the Boardwalk Inn and Villas, Starwood’s Swan and Dolphin resorts, are not Disney-owned hotels but they are part of the FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours programs. Prices and rooms are comparable to the Yacht, Beach and Boardwalk Inn. There are some differences. Other than some Disney themed merchandise for sale in gift shops, you will see very little evidence that you are near Disney. Unlike Disney properties, there is a daily parking fee and a daily resort fee.

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Swan Resort

The main pool is beautiful with a large grotto area with a large waterfall and a small slide. Swan boats are available for rental to pedal around the small pond beyond the main pool area. The Swan and Dolphin share a boat dock between them. Boats go to Epcot and Hollywood Studios approximately every 20 minutes. Both resorts are served by free Disney bus service. You can use your SPG points for free nights, if you have earned these through the SPG/Marriott program. Book reservations directly with Starwood.

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Dolphin Resort

Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) Area Hotels:

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Disney Springs

Saratoga Springs (prices begin at about $400 per night)

Saratoga Springs is a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort located along the lake at Disney Springs. The DVC villas are similar to the Beach Club and Boardwalk Villas. The pricing is usually less expensive than the comparable options at the Beach Club Villas and Boardwalk Villas. The main pool is not quite as large or as nice as the Yacht and Beach Club, but it is still a very nice main pool. It is easy to walk to Disney Springs or to take a boat from the dock near the main building to Disney Springs. Bus transportation is available to all Disney locations.

The following seven Disney Springs hotels are operated independently of Disney, but offer unique Disney benefits. This includes free shuttle services every 30 minutes from the hotels to Disney’s four theme parks and two water parks. Check the Disney Springs hotels website link here for current additional benefits:

http://disneyspringshotels.com/disney-advantage/

The hotels are listed below in the order of proximity to Disney Springs.

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista (prices begin at about $250 per night)

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Hilton – Lake Buena Vista

The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is one of two Hilton hotels in the Disney Springs area. This one is the closest hotel to Disney Springs. The resort has two heated swimming pools, a Jacuzzi Tub and a children’s pool. The Sunday breakfast at their Covington Mill restaurant includes and opportunity for children to have their pictures taken with Disney characters. There is a $30 per night resort fee for this hotel. If you are a member of Hilton Honors, you can use Hilton points for free nights, if you have earned these through the program. Book reservations directly with Hilton.

Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs (prices begin at about $150 per night)

The hotel is composed of two 5-story buildings housing 394 large rooms with exterior entrances. All rooms have a mini refrigerator. The hotel has a fitness center, two lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball court, basketball court and a game room. The huge pool area, the Oasis Aquatic Playground, features two pools, interactive water features, and a large hot tub. A Disney character breakfast is available for a fee on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. There is a $30 per night resort fee at this hotel. If you are a member of Wyndham Rewards member, you can use Wyndham Rewards points for free nights, if you have earned these through the program. Book reservations directly with Wyndham.

Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace (prices begin at about $125 per night)

The other Hilton in the Disney Springs area is the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace. The large, contemporary hotel features a new beach-entry pool and a float lagoon. There is a Disney character breakfast every Sunday at the LetterPress restaurant. There is a $30 per night resort fee at this hotel. If you are a member of Hilton Honors, you can use Hilton points for free nights, if you have earned these through the program. Book reservations directly with Hilton.

Holiday Inn Orlando Disney Springs (prices begin at about $150 per night)

This 323-room hotel is the only Holiday Inn hotel in the Walt Disney resort area. It features a heated beach entry swimming pool and a tropical outdoor Whirlpool. There is a $12 per night service charge at this hotel. If you are a member of IHG Rewards, you can use IHG points for free nights, if you have earned these through the program. Book reservations directly with IHG.

B Resort & Spa (prices begin at about $150 per night)

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B Resort – Disney Springs Area

The B Resort and Spa features 394-newly renovated guest rooms and suites. There is a zero-entry pool, free Wi-Fi, and the B Indulged® by AVEDA full-service spa. There is a $30 per night resort fee. Book through the hotel at the following link:

http://www.bhotelsandresorts.com/b-resort-and-spa/about-b-resort?_ga=2.130992911.120862161.1510692151-704104854.1510692151

Best Western Lake Buena Vista (prices begin at about $150 per night)

The large, 18-story Best Western Lake Buena Vista hotel is surrounded by 12 acres of tropical landscaping that show cases the natural wildlife. The 325 rooms and suites each have a private furnished balcony or atrium offering views of the Disney Springs area. There is a $14 service fee per night at this hotel.

If you are a member of Best Western Rewards, you can use Best Western Rewards points for free nights, if you have earned these through the program. Book reservations directly with Best Western.

Double Tree Suites by Hilton Orlando (prices begin at about $175 per night)

The only all-suite hotel in the Disney Springs area, the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando, offers 229 one and two bedroom suites. The large suites have a private bedroom plus a separate living room that includes a queen sleeper sofa, dining/work area and wet bar. There is no resort fee at this hotel.

If you are a member of Hilton Honors, you can use Hilton points for free nights, if you have earned these through the program. Book reservations directly with Hilton.

Check out my post on Disney Springs Dining options here:

Disney Springs – 18 Dining Options

Bonnet Creek Resort Area Hotels:

The Bonnet Creek resort area is located near Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort. The hotels provide complimentary shuttle services to the four Disney theme parks.

Hilton Properties:

The Bonnet Creek area features the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and the adjacent Waldorf Astoria Orlando by Hilton. These hotels share amenities, including a 3-acre lazy river pool, a championship golf course, and the Waldorf Astoria Spa.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek (prices begin at about $250 per night)

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Hilton – Bonnet Creek Area

The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is located on a 482-acre nature preserve. According to TripAdvisor, it is the top rated Hilton Resort in Orlando on TripAdvisor. The resort features1,009 family-friendly guest rooms, some with a bunk-bed in the entry foyer area of the room. There is a $35 per night resort fee for this hotel. If you are a member of Hilton Honors, you can use Hilton points for free nights, if you have earned these through the program. Book reservations directly with Hilton.

Waldorf Astoria (prices begin at about $350 per night)

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Waldorf Astoria Orlando – Bonnet Creek Area

The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is located adjacent to the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. The resort features large, luxurious guest rooms. There is a $35 per night resort fee for this hotel. If you are a member of Hilton Honors, you can use Hilton points for free nights, if you have earned these through the program. Book reservations directly with Hilton.

Wyndham Properties:

The Bonnet Creek area also features two Wyndham properties. The two Wyndham properties share two lazy rivers, several pools, and a walking path through large complex of tropical foliage.

Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek (prices begin at about $250 per night)

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Wyndham Grand Resort – Bonnet Creek Area

The Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek is a Mediterranean-inspired AAA Four-Diamond-rated resort offering 400 spacious guest rooms and suites, some with bunk beds, private balconies, and views of Disney World. There is a $25 per night resort fee at this hotel. If you are a member of Wyndham Rewards member, you can use Wyndham Rewards points for free nights, if you have earned these through the program. Book reservations directly with Wyndham.

Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort (prices begin at about $250 per night)

This is a time-share resort that can be reserved through Wyndham for one night or more. Suites can accommodate from four to twelve guests and range from 902 to 2,510 square feet. The suites offer separate bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, and a washer/dryer. If you are a member of Wyndham Rewards member, you can use Wyndham Rewards points for free nights, if you have earned these through the program. Book reservations directly with Wyndham.

Additional Things to Consider before Booking a Hotel:

Like the parks, Disney hotels are most expensive during “Peak Season” holiday times and when the weather is the most pleasant in Orlando. “Peak Season” prices can be double lower “Value Season” pricing. If you stay at a Disney resort, you will have the option of making ride and attraction “reservations” called FastPass+ reservation 60 days in advance. This can be especially helpful if you want to visit some of the more popular attractions or ride some of the more popular rides rather than spend your valuable time waiting. (If you have purchased tickets in advance, but if you do not have a Disney hotel reservation, you can make FastPass+ reservations 30 days in advance.) See Disney’s facts here about FastPass+:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/fast-pass-plus/number-selections/

Disney hotel guests also benefit from Extra Magic Hours. During this time, a theme park will open early or stay open late for an hour or so late just for Disney resort guests. Disney resort guests also get free parking at all the parks, free transportation via bus and resort monorail throughout Disney World.

All Disney resorts can be booked online at the website below. Be sure to check the “specials” tab for general available discounts. All Disney owned resorts have free parking and free Wi-Fi. If you are an Annual Passholder, also make sure you are signed in to your Disney online account in order to see the Annual Passholder discounts available:

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/

For 10 Tips about Disney World, check out my podcast and blog post 002…..

https://oneperfectdayin.org/2017/03/17/one-perfect-day-in-podcast-002-focus-disney-world/

For even more information about Magic Kingdom, check out my Amazon paperback book here:

Amazon Paperback – One Perfect Day in Disney World: Magic Kingdom

and my Magic Kingdom Kindle book here:

Kindle version – One Perfect Day in Disney World: Magic Kingdom

For even more information about Epcot, check out my Amazon book here.

Amazon Paperback – One Perfect Day in Disney World: Epcot

and my Epcot Kindle book here:

Kindle version – Amazon Paperback – One Perfect Day in Disney World: Epcot

You might also like my review and map of Epcot World Showcase Dining:

Epcot World Showcase Dining Map, Fact Sheet, Podcast 33

I hope this information is helpful to you. Please note that I have stayed at most of these hotels, and I am providing my personal opinions to help you plan. I am not affiliated with Disney, any Disney partners, or any of the hotels listed. I am a fan of Disney and love staying in or near Disney World. Be sure to check all information on the official websites before confirming your travel plans.

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Until next time, I hope all of your travel days are just perfect!

Cindy


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