Disney Deluxe Resorts 101: A Comparison of Disney World’s Luxury Accommodations

Deluxe Resorts at Disney World are truly special. They will cost you big money, but there are tons of added bonuses that you just don’t get with moderate or value resorts. Even though they are all called deluxe resorts, they are all very different. Here we have broken them down into five different categories. This way you can see what each resort has to offer.

4. Monorail Resorts

There are three resorts that are located along the monorail loop, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. If you board the monorail from any of these resorts, you can ride directly to the front entrance of Magic Kingdom or to the Transportation and Ticket Center, where you can board a separate monorail and head straight to Epcot. Location is everything with these three resorts, and you’ll be paying for it too.

Each resort on the monorail loop is very similar amenity wise. They all have nice pools, world-class restaurants, beautiful views, and large rooms. Each have distinctly different themes though.

3. Epcot Resorts

The Epcot Resorts, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, are literally in walking distance to Epcot. You can also take a boat ride to Hollywood Studios as well. Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club are sister resorts, so they share many of the same amenities, including an enormous sand-bottom pool. Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is a whole other attraction in itself. There’s nightlife, dance clubs, bars and restaurants, and so on. Walking along the boardwalk, especially at night, is a unique experience.

2. Other

Besides the Epcot and Monorail resorts, there is also Animal Kingdom Lodge, located in the Animal Kingdom area, and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, located in the Magic Kingdom area, but not on the monorail loop. Wilderness Lodge is technically in the Magic Kingdom area because you can take a boat ride straight there, which is extremely convenient.

1. Deluxe Villas

Deluxe Villas are sometimes part of the regular deluxe resorts, but also kind of separated at the same time. The deluxe villas are also used for Disney’s Vacation Club, Disney’s version of a timeshare. Disney’s Saratoga Springs and Disney’s Old Key West are strictly deluxe villas; they are not part of a regular resort. They are also in the Downtown Disney area. Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, and Disney’s Polynesian Resort all offer deluxe villas. Including the newest addition, the bungalows at the Polynesian. Deluxe villas are great because they are a lot larger than standard rooms and usually offer a kitchen or a kitchenette. You are also able to get 1, 2, or even 3 bedroom villas. Perfect for large families.

Deluxe villas are really great, if you are willing to pay the price. Location is obviously one of the best perks about staying at a deluxe resort. But besides that, all rooms have balconies, which moderate and value resorts do not, plus the amount of space in each room is wonderful. So if deluxe resorts are in your budget, and make sense for your family, then they are definitely worth it.

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About Meghann McFadden

Writing has always been my passion. I have had an interest in writing ever since I was young. Similarly, I have always loved Disney. There is not a day that goes by that I'm not reading or watching something about Disney. I am currently finishing up my bachelor’s degree and working as well. I live right outside of Chicago, but visit Walt Disney World Resort several times a year.