Disney World Park Hotels in Florida

by Anne Baley
Take the road less travelled when staying in Disney World.

Take the road less travelled when staying in Disney World.

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Most people are familiar with the biggest hotels in Walt Disney World like the Grand Floridian and the Contemporary. What many people don't realize is that there are 19 different Disney hotels in the park. While some of the smaller hotels may be lesser-known, they all provide the same level of Disney service, from free transportation to exemplary customer service.

Disney's Dolphin Resort

Sophisticated luxury is the word at Disney's Dolphin resort. The beds feature pillow-top mattresses and goose down comforters and the Personal Pantry service allows you to choose your own variety of snacks and beverages to stock in your room. The Dolphin, along with its sister hotel Swan, is home to 17 different restaurants. From Todd English's Bluezoo, an ode to coastal seafood, to the Cabana Bar and Beach club which offers light snacks and mixed drinks by the pool, you can find any dining option you desire. The Dolphin is host to the Balinese-style spa, Mandara, as well as an art gallery and five heated pools.

Shades of Green

Shades of Green is an upscale resort hotel in the middle of Walt Disney World reserved solely for active and retired military members. Shades is surrounded by two PGA championship golf courses, and many guest rooms have balconies overlooking the greens. Standard guest rooms include two queen beds and are some of the largest in Walt Disney World. The Magnolia Spa offers services for guests of all ages while children can enjoy video games, remote control boat races and a large heated pool.

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs is designed to reflect the look of the American southwest. The hotel circles a 22-acre lake, Lago Dorado, and offers a spring-fed fountain and a pool amid Mayan ruins. Guests can relax in one of the largest hot tubs on Disney property or rent a bike for a ride along the Esplanade. Dining options range from the Maya grill with Latin flavors to the lakeside Laguna Bar lounge.

Disney's BoardWalk Inn

The BoardWalk Inn is reminiscent of Atlantic City in the 1940s. The hotel sits right on an old-fashioned boardwalk that is filled with shops, midway games and street performers. Guests can dine at a number of restaurant options including Cat Cora's Kouzzina, offering rustic Greek food, and the seafood specialties of the Flying Fish Cafe. While the parks are the main event, BoardWalk Inn offers specialty cruises, boat rentals and fishing excursions for the whole family.

About the Author

Working in sunny Florida, Anne Baley has been writing professionally since 2009. Her home and lifestyle articles have been seen on Coldwell Banker and Gardening Know How. Baley has published a series of books teaching how to live a frugal life with style and panache.

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