Disney World Orlando Hotels

by Lee Grayson Google

Disney World in Orlando features an amusement park constructed in 1971 on approximately 30,000 acres in central Florida. The official park includes a dozen hotels, eateries and entertainment venues on the expansive resort complex. The Disney resort operates 15 hotels for overnight accommodations, and each location offers a special decor centered on one central theme. All resorts also include free shuttle service to Disney World.

Kid-Oriented Disney World Hotels

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, one of the deluxe Disney resort hotels, offers family-friendly lodging incorporating wild animal observation on approximately 43 acres of wilderness preserve. The decor mimics an African safari with formal wildlife displays in the lobby and the grounds. On-site dining includes the Jiko-The Cooking Place and the Boma-Flavors of Africa. Disney's All-Star Music Resort, a 1,604-room and 241-suite hotel, features value family accommodations. Family suites sleep up to six guests. Room themes focus on the music stylings of calypso, country, jazz, rock n' roll and show tunes. Amenities at the music resort include swimming pools shaped like a guitar and a piano, child's playground, food court, games arcade and gift shop. The resort is a nonsmoking facility.

Adult-Oriented Disney World Hotels

The Disney's BoardWalk Inn, another deluxe Disney lodging location, recreates Atlantic City of the 1940s with lakeside accommodations. Guests have the option of resort rooms or separate cottage lodging. Children have on-site amusements, including game arcades, playground and miniature golf, and adult guests can cycle throughout the compound, work out in the fitness club and gym or rent watercraft, including a Se Ray Raycer or pontoon boat, at the resort dock. Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, a 15-acre resort complex, offers guests a choice of accommodations and activities on a 22-acre lake near the Disney World. Resort amenities include the La Vida Fitness Center, a choice of four swimming pools and, for an additional fee, watercraft rentals. Dining options at the resort feature the Maya Grill, for breakfast and dinner and the Pepper Market for all meals.

Value Disney World Hotel

Disney's Pop Century Resort, classified as value accommodations by the Disney hotel services, offers guests an overnight experience that features the decades of the 1950s through the 1990s. Four brightly decorated structures divide the resort into thematic sections for each decade. The main lobby includes the Fast Forward Arcade, with classic and modern games, and the Everything Pop shop, with an adjacent dining court with seven eateries serving diverse food offerings, including salads, waffles and flatbread. The resort also features a choice of three swimming pools and a youth water spray area.

Luxury Disney World Hotels

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and the Disney Yacht Club Resort are both classified by the park as deluxe accommodations. Both resorts focus on water, with a Martha's Vineyard theme for the yacht club and a nod to Florida's historic past at the Victorian-era Grand Floridian. The Victorian resort features two swimming pools, a spa and six on-site restaurants, including Victoria and Albert's and Narcoossee's. The Yacht Club Resort recreates a New England yachting shoreline and includes a health club and water areas, including Stormalong Bay and the 25-acre Crescent Lake, where guests can rent pontoon boats and pedal boats. Dining at the yacht club features the Yachtsman Steakhouse.

About the Author

*I have written chapters and articles for Oxford and Harvard University Presses, ABC-CLIO, and others. Arcadia Press published two of my local history texts and I have also written for numerous "article sites," including Pagewise in 2002. My "How to become a...real estate agent" is available as an online text from a Canadian publisher. *I taught writing courses at a branch campus of Indiana University. *I held a California real estate license and have remodeled four of my own homes and advised others on financing homes, repairing credit to qualify for loans, and managing construction (including meeting local, state, and federal regulations for restoration and development grants). *I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and wrote nearly $75,000 in small education grants (under $1,000). *My travels include frequent road trips in Canada, Mexico, U.S., and Europe. I attended school at Cambridge University and used this as a base to explore the UK and Europe.