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Disney Resort Hotel Experiences We’re Crazy About Trying!

From low key to lux there are so many awesome options to consider when choosing a Walt Disney World Resort for your vacation. Most Disney fanatics have a favorite resort and a list of resort experiences on their Walt Disney World bucket list. This article is all about resort hotel experiences we are crazy about trying on future vacations.


1. Staying in the A-Frame Building, Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary Resort is a Disney original and is among the first resorts that opened to the public when Walt Disney World opened in 1971. The resort gives us all the classic Walt Disney World vibes. Some of its hallmark features include the sleek A-frame building with resort rooms, shops, hotel lobby and dining options inside. The monorail system runs through the A-frame building making it a hub for this resort. Over the years the Contemporary Resort has expanded to include additional resort rooms that sprawl outward from the original A-frame structure. It comes as no surprise that staying in an A-frame resort room is much pricier than staying in another room at this deluxe resort.  Still, waking up to the monorail running right outside my hotel room door is as a resort experience I must try someday!

Contemporary Resort Monorail

2. Sleeping in a Savanna View Room, Animal Kingdom Lodge

Staying in a savanna view room at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge would be a surreal experience for any animal lover. While all the rooms at the resort are beautifully themed and comfortably furnished, a savanna view room at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge or Kidani Village would be an absolute dream. Forget a park visit, I could spend the day admiring giraffes and zebras from my resort room, hanging out in the gorgeous pools, and enjoying African wines at Victoria Falls Lounge.

View out the window from Animal Kingdom Lodge
View out the window from Animal Kingdom Lodge

3. A Family Camping Trip- Disney Style, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

A crossover vacation that channels the great outdoors with a dose of Disney magic is a resort experience on my family’s bucket list. Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground offers an array of camping options to fit your family size, comfort level and travel style. Renting an RV to park at the resort (or bringing your own) is a fun way to experience the outdoors while enjoying indoor comforts as well. For guests looking to get a little closer to nature, tent camping spots are available to rent at Fort Wilderness. If a more traditional setup works best for your family, consider a Fort Wilderness cabin. Our biggest draw to this resort is the array of activities unique to this resort. With activities like horseback riding, archery, awesome pools and fishing excursions (just to name a few) a visit to Fort Wilderness Resort is a experience we cannot wait to try!

Fort Wilderness Campground

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4. Enjoying a Massage at a Disney Spa

NOTE: Disney’s Spa Services are temporarily closed during this phased reopening.

When you think Disney Resorts you may think of a comfortable room that is your home base between park days. However, Disney Resorts can be so much more. In fact, several resorts are home to incredible spas that are ready to pamper guests with treatments like facials, nail services, massages, wraps and a myriad of other treatments. What would be more luxurious than a visit to a Disney Resort Spa to unwind with a massage? Visiting Ship Shape at Yacht Club Resort, Mandra at the Dolphin Hotel, or Senses at Grand Floridian are just a few of the options for folks looking to unwind with spa treatments on vacation.

Senses Spa
Senses Spa (Credit: Disney)

5. Horseback Riding, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

You don’t have to be a guest at Fort Wilderness Resort to take part in this fun activity. Channeling my inner Merida on a horseback trail ride through the trails surrounding Tri-Circle-D Ranch is a must do resort experience. Reservations can be made online prior to your visit. Don’t worry, no prior riding experience is needed, a guide will lead you on the ride. Trail rides last forty-five minutes and are fifty-five dollars per person.

Credit: Disney

6. Staying in an Overwater Bungalow, Polynesian Village Resort

This resort experience is like no other on the property. You’ve likely seen the gorgeous photos of overwater bungalows in French Polynesia. No need to hop on a flight across the globe, Walt Disney World has you covered. If you are looking for a taste of island life right in Florida and are willing to splurge, look no further than this awesome resort experience. Bungalows overlook seven seas lagoon with a beautiful view of the Magic Kingdom. Equipped with a full kitchen, separate bedrooms, in-room washer and dryer, living and dining areas, this is truly a memorable resort experience. Lounging in a hanging chair on the back porch of a bungalow at Polynesian Resort is without doubt on our Disney Resort bucket list!

About Katie

I love talking and reading and breathing and everything Disney. I am married to an amazing man who also has a love for Disney. I love Walt Disney World and we try to visit as often as we can. I am thankful for a mom who raised me to have such a love for Disney and of course for Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse! My favorite characters are Minnie Mouse and Belle. I have an English Degree and I love to write so I am so excited that I am able to put my love of writing and Disney together. Thank you for reading my articles and sharing in my love for Disney!