For many folks embarking on a Walt Disney World vacation, nothing but accommodations at an official Disney World Hotel will do. For others, however, it’s all a matter of what’s most convenient or discounted, especially if you’re looking for something a little more extravagant like a spacious suite. While it’s true that Disney Deluxe Resort designations offer many such options, several of Disney’s Good Neighbor Hotels also stand out in offering luxury, space, and stellar onsite amenities. What’s more, because they carry an official status for being Good Neighbor Resorts to Disney, you know that you can expect many of the same elevated qualities and standards that truly call out Disney magic, like special perks and benefits, and even arranged transportation to and from Disney Park locations and other surrounding Disney venues. While the actual list is rather extensive, to say the least, here are just a couple of luxury Disney World Good Neighbor Resorts you may not know about.
Caribe Royale Orlando
Although located just minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of some faraway island oasis at this luxury Resort, with its 53 acres of lush, tropical land. All accommodations here are comprised of suites and villas and boast the optimal comforts of a home away from home. Pet-friendly accommodations are also available.
As far as Resort amenities go, Caribe Royale has plenty of standout features right onsite. These include five dining establishments, sports courts, an arcade, a state-of-the-art fitness center, professional spa services via the Island Spa, bike and fishing rentals, and so much more. Swimming is also kind of a big deal here, especially considering their impressive swimming pool, which features a 75-foot waterslide and waterfall, a separate splash area for children, and two hot tubs. Villa Guests may also enjoy an exclusive private pool and hot tub just for them.
Onsite concierge services make getting Disney Park tickets easy. Getting to Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks, and even the Disney Springs area is done with convenience and ease through the daily transportation services they provide to Resort Guests.
Blue Tree Resort at Lake Buena Vista
Only about a mile and a half away from Walt Disney World Resort, Blue Tree Resort is another awesome recommendation for those looking to stay in a classy and stylish spacious suite accommodation. Comprised of 275 suites total, all include fully equipped kitchens with a separate dining area, living room, bedrooms, a fully enclosed screened porch, and other home comforts and essentials.
As for Resort-wide amenities to enjoy onsite, you can take delight in many recreational experiences, from sports courts to even a miniature golf course, a nice game room setup to an awesome state-of-the-art fitness center. Like most Resorts, swimming is premium here with four different outdoor pools to choose from, three of which are heated.
Because you are right in the heart of Central Florida action, you’re never far from great shopping and dining experiences, as well as champion golf courses and other area entertainments and highlights. And this of course includes the commute to Walt Disney World Resorts and other Orlando theme park locations. In fact, complimentary shuttle services operate throughout the day, taking you to Disney Parks and other locations accordingly. And the helpful concierge is on hand to help you with all your vacation planning and ticket purchases and can even offer you some truly excellent, customized vacation packages.
Floridays Resort Orlando
A true testament to what it means to be on vacation in Florida, you will find Floridays just under three miles from Walt Disney World, nestled unassumingly on 20 pristine, landscaped acres. It’s the perfect place for beachgoers and theme park enthusiasts alike, who come looking for extra spacious multi-bedroom suite accommodations that are both pet-friendly and feature a fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living area, and even a washer/dryer all in-house.
There are plenty of onsite amenities and recreational offerings to make your stay both fascinating and fun. From seasonal family-friendly activities that sometimes include live DJs and Dive-In Movies by the pools, to a game room, fitness center, onsite dining, and more, Floridays certainly boasts plenty of highlights. But swimming and the luxury of relaxing and beaching certainly are the supreme offerings here. In fact, the Resort even boasts its own sandy beach area, as well as a zero-entry pool, therapeutic splash pool, Jacuzzi, and Children’s Water Playscape with Splash Pad.
Again, being of the Disney Good Neighbor status among hotel rankings, you can count on the committed concierge desk for all your Disney vacation planning needs, including special discounts when applicable. And of course, there are trusty shuttle services available to take you to wherever it is you are going.
The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando
Booking a stay at this Resort, which can easily be enjoyed as a standalone vacation destination on its own, will certainly optimize any Disney World vacation. Accommodations are presented as multi-bedroom residential-style suites, complete with full kitchens, separate dining and living areas, in-house washer/dryer setups, and screened-in balconies.
As far as onsite amenities and highlights go, there are just so many to take note of. First, you have multiple onsite dining establishments, including bars, not to mention a resident marketplace. Other highlights include activities centers (and various ongoing activity events), stellar spa services via their in-house Escape Spa, a 24-hour fitness center, a scenic pier and lake, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf, and of course everything that comes with the popularity of swimming—maxed-out. If the name isn’t a dead giveaway, they really are all about water park fun and excitement here, with their all-encompassing Surfari Water Park, which consists of a FlowRider double-surf simulator, water slides, a 695-foot lazy river, a zero-entry pool, and a special kids’ activities pool in addition.
While there’s plenty to bask in here without ever leaving the grounds, given the status of this being one of Disney’s Good Neighbor Hotels, you’re more than likely going to want to visit Walt Disney World Resort, which is just minutes away. And thankfully, they have trusty shuttle services operating throughout the day, taking you here and to other Orlando theme park destinations. The concierge will help you with all your ticket-purchasing needs as well as in making any and all other needed arrangements.
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
Here’s another Resort that seemingly has every optimal offering all under one roof. Guests choosing this luxury hotel may choose from accommodating suites ranging anywhere from one to four bedrooms. All include full kitchens with separate dining areas, a living room, in-house washer/dryer setups, and private balconies.
There’s plenty to be said about the myriad onsite amenities and recreational offerings as well. Some of their standout highlights include onsite dining and shopping, a game room, a fitness center, and even the full-service Reflections Spa-Salon. But again, it’s the poolside recreations that truly stand out. Their Pirate’s Plunge Pool is among their most popular attributes and even features the impressive centerpiece of a 61-foot pirate ship and water slide component. There’s also an awesome sun deck for those looking to get in a little sunbathing.
You’re never far removed from any of the action of Central Florida when you stay here. Not only are you just minutes away from Walt Disney World Resort via their neatly arranged shuttle services, but you can also ride on over to various other area callouts as well, including the on-property adjoining Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. Again, onsite concierge services will see to all your ticketing arrangements as well as all other needs.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando
From the moment you arrive at this tropical island epitome, you’ll be awe-inspired by the surrounding upscale amenities. From the bright floor-to-ceiling lobby views to the overall tropical ambiance and accompanying sounds, it’s an experience that can only be described as pure paradise. And those complimentary cocktails upon arrival only accent the overall experience even further.
For those who may be in the market for accommodations other than suites exclusively, the variety of room options awaiting you at Margaritaville will not disappoint. Offerings span 186 guest rooms, which range from “above standard” standard lodgings to multi-room suites, villas, and cottages. While what each lodging provides does vary based on specific distinctions, you can expect premium provisions in every instance.
There’s plenty to delight in around the Resort in the way of upscale amenities and recreational endeavors. Some of their featured highlights include onsite dining, relaxing spa services, a fitness center, a game room, a sauna, three separate onsite pools, a hot tub, and plenty of ongoing activities and events to please the entire party.
Margaritaville is of course famous for being in close proximity to Walt Disney World Resort. And a committed concierge is there to help make all Disney vacation dreams come true with ticket purchases, planning, and complimentary shuttle services to take you directly to Disney Parks. But it’s also worth mentioning that Margaritaville is in close range of many other local highlights, as well. Some beloved detours Guests enjoy immensely include the nearby Sunset Promenade and Island H20 Water Park. All the same, Disney detours tend to be the most popular, but that’s just to be expected.
This is by no means the extent of the broad array of Disney Good Neighbor Hotel options located within the Greater Orlando Area. Innumerable others, both of major brand name acclaim and less renowned statuses make up the grand scene as well. What it all comes down to is for each and every visiting party vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort to do their own research and make decisions personally befitting to them, considering location, amenities, perks, and of course the accommodations themselves in the process.