A Disney World trip is exhausting, so you want to make sure you have a comfortable, budget-friendly place to come back to at the end of the day and unwind. But have you seen how many hotels you have to choose from!? If your indecision is going into overdrive, you need this guide. These are the best hotels at Disney World, and we've broken down what you can expect from each one. Don't even want to be at Disney World in the first place? Oh, there are options for you too, my friend.
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At this resort, the suites are themed to popular movies (Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid). The large-scale decor truly makes you feel like you're walking around in the actual movie, and you know your kids will flip when they see Lightning McQueen and Sally Carrera for the first time. The three themed pools are a bonus, but arguably the best is the Finding Nemo-inspired one, which features underwater speakers.
Art of Animation Resort
This will give you an action-packed Disney trip, and total relaxation in one. It's close to the monorail, the property dining is not to be missed (the Spirit of Aloha dinner show is an experience in and of itself), and the Polynesian bungalows — waterfront properties with private pools — are seriously worth the splurge if you want to feel like you're anywhere but the tourist mecca that is Kissimmee.
Polynesian Village Resort
You really can't go wrong with a stay at either of these two adjacent resorts. They're connected, so they share many of the same amenities, and have arguably one of the best pools Disney has to offer. There's an old-school New England vibe to the decor, and outside, there's a complete with pools, lagoons, and a life-size shipwreck. This is also the spot where you can order the infamous Kitchen Sink sundae (from Beaches & Cream ice cream parlor).
Yacht Club Resort
Beach Club Resort
Disney World hotel ... or Atlantic City at the turn of the century? When you're tired of the parks, you'll have plenty of amusement with food, shopping, and surrounding the hotel. But, when you're ready for Disney fun, the resort is a short stroll to Epcot and just a boat ride to Hollywood Studios.
This resort is the closest you'll ever get to being on a safari in Africa without actually going to Africa. It's got a pool with a waterslide, award-winning dining fusing African and American classics, and you'll find more than on the wildlife preserve. Don't stay here, though, unless you have at least half a day to actually spend on the property. Otherwise, you won't have enough time to truly enjoy the preserve and roam the grounds. And you'll wish you had.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
You fancy, huh? Then this is the place for you. This upscale resort is — as you might expect — pricey, but you'll also get with cabanas to rent, a world-class spa, and one of the best restaurants not only at Disney World, but in the state of Florida: Victoria & Albert (Forbes Travel gave it a four-star rating, and AAA gave it a Five Diamond Award!).
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
This ultra-modern resort has views for days, two pools, and fireworks from the . But arguably the best reason to stay here is the proximity to the Magic Kingdom — it's within easy walking distance to the main gate.
Disney's Contemporary Resort
This luxury hotel will give you an escape to the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to its waterfalls and rock structures, the place feels like a mountain chalet in the heart of Florida. While it's not a resort filled to the brim with activities, it's incredibly scenic, and with all the chaos that is the Disney parks, some R&R back at the hotel isn't a terrible idea.
Built on 45 acres of land, this will let you "island hop" between six themed villages. Expect no shortage of swaying palms, white sand beaches, and pirate-themed everything. If you'd rather spend your vacay in the Caribbean than Disney World, this one's for you.
Caribbean Beach Resort
This charming , situated between rolling green golf courses and the Village Lake, is idyllic enough on its own, but the best part has to be the Treehouse Villas. The 3-bedroom villas are elevated 10 feet off the ground in the woods, with fully equipped kitchens, TVs, grills, and private decks.