3. Deluxe Resorts
There’s so much that defines and distinguishes Deluxe Resort accommodations at Walt Disney World. In addition to the overall grandeur in versatility, splendor, and the vast number of onsite amenities each one boasts, one of the first things that many guests realize immediately upon booking a stay here is the variation of different room types. In addition to a vast assortment of standard rooms, typically ranging from the 340s to 400s in square footage (depending on where you stay), these resorts, in many cases, also offer up options for suites and sometimes even deluxe rooms. In general, most standard rooms are able to comfortably sleep up to five guests, plus a crib. Some of the suites can even accommodate more. You’ll find the option for Club Level Concierge Service at Deluxe Resorts as well, with such room designations located within special buildings or separate housing areas in direct operation under these extended benefits and perks.
The lineup of Disney World Deluxe Resorts includes the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, both the Yacht and Beach Club, the BoardWalk Inn, the Contemporary, Polynesian Village, and the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Each one stands out with its own unique persona, following a carefully structured resort-wide theme as depicted in décor, architectural style, color choices, and even floral and vegetation accents. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge guests find themselves immersed in a setting that embodies the heart and soul of an African wildlife preserve, laden with traditional architectural touches and is even home to more than 200 hoofed animals as well as many wild birds amidst the resort’s four surrounding savannas. In celebrating the good old American spirit of the Northwest Disney’s Wilderness Lodge follows a theme that honors the emergence of the National Park Service in the early 20thcentury and appreciates the natural, pristine beauty and splendor of the nature. Disney’s Yacht Club and Disney’s Beach Club both take on a graceful New England coastal persona, with the Yacht Club embodying a more stately refined elegance of waterfront lodging and the Beach Club demonstrating a more casual, quaint cottage vibe with calming pastel hues. A stay at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is like a trip back in time to old turn-of-the-20thcentury
Atlantic City, with its carnival-like atmosphere and social promenade packed with ongoing diversions. The design pattern and structure for Disney’s Contemporary is very unique and somewhat hard to define, as it reflects on a modern-futuristic style as envisioned in the past, making it somewhat retro and “contemporary” at the same time—a hotel that’s always in style. Discover the pleasures of paradise at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, with its surrounding South Pacific motif and overall tropical ambiance. Then at Disney’s Grand Floridian you will experience all the Victorian-era seaside elegance and grace of the day, which was the design inspiration for many early American hotels and estates around the state in the late 19th century during a time that was once known as Florida’s Golden Age.
Whichever room you choose to stay in and at whichever resort you choose to stay at, keep in mind that Disney World Deluxe Resorts come with a profuse array of onsite amenities and services to be enjoyed across the board. With just one resort exception (Animal Kingdom Lodge) most Deluxe accommodations boast beach access and provide guests with boat and other watercraft rental options. Another perk about staying at any Disney Resort is full access to various wonderfully themed pools and many other onsite activities to enjoy.
From shopping to a vast abundance of pursuits, you’ll never be in lack at these resorts. And as for the defining dining options of each one, in addition to on-location food courts, these resorts all present a delectable array of other enticing mealtime selections as well. Some choices take on a more casual family-friendly ambiance while others present more elite fine dining experiences to behold. The Grand Floridian, for example, is home to a lavish selection of famed fine dining venues like Victoria & Albert’s, Narcoossee’s, Cítricos, and many others. Likewise, Artist’s Point at Wilderness Lodge is a refined favorite, as is the Contemporary’s California Grill, the Yacht Club’s Yachtsman Steakhouse, Flying Fish at the BoardWalk Inn, and Jiko—The Cooking Place at Animal Kingdom Lodge. In fact, the latter even boasts a wonderful opportunity to pair dining with an onsite safari experience. Many Deluxe Resort restaurants also provide kids with unique character dining experiences as well. The Grand Floridian’s 1900 Park Fare, for example, offers two great dining opportunities for both breakfast and dinner (as well as special tea time engagements). The Contemporary is home to Chef Mickey’s—a diehard favorite of families, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has the Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch at ‘Ohana. They also boast an elaborate dinner show known as Disney’s Spirit of Aloha, which is renowned all around Walt Disney World Resort.