Disney World Villa Resorts

by Pamela Wright

If you're visiting Disney World and looking for more space than a traditional hotel room, you're in luck. Disney World has four main villa resorts, each with its own atmosphere and theme. Options at each of the resorts include villas with kitchenettes or full kitchens and plenty of space to relax in separate living, sleeping and dining areas.

Disney Boardwalk Villas

You'll feel like you've returned to Atlantic City in its heyday as you saunter the lively, quarter-mile boardwalk that skirts the front of these Disney villas. Street performers and midway games add to the Coney-Island atmosphere. The same colorful ambiance continues at the villas, where you'll find a Circus-themed, lagoon-style pool with elephant waterfalls and fountains. Studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom villas are available, with separate living and dining areas. Studios come with mini kitchens that include microwaves and refrigerators. Larger units come with fully-equipped kitchens. All rooms have bright white walls and white painted woodwork, punctuated with tropical floral fabrics. The resort, set on the shores of a 25-acre lake and surrounded by courtyards and gardens, has a playground, health club and game room. Boat and bike rentals, along with guided fishing excursions, are also available at the resort.

The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

This five-story villa complex sits next to Disney's Wilderness Lodge and shares its Western national park lodge theme. Lodgepole pine logs and stone fireplaces serve as focal points in the lodge and villa complex. Rock formations, gurgling springs and waterfalls surround the property. Studio, one- and two-bedroom units have either a kitchenette or full kitchen. Rooms are decorated in woodsy brown and yellow colors, with red accents, and have tiled bathrooms. There's a small sandy beach on the property, along with a playground and a Geyser-themed swimming pool featuring a sprouting fountain, mimicking the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

Disney's Beach Club Villas

The New England seaside was the inspiration for this villa complex. Sit on the shores of 25-acre Crescent Lake, and enjoy the resort buildings decked out in warm pastel yellow, coral and pink colors, accented by white-painted wood balconies and railings. The tropical hues continue in the rooms, with soft yellow and gold walls; white woodwork; and floral, checked and striped fabrics. Studio units with kitchenettes and one- and two-bedroom villas with full kitchens are available. All have private balconies with lake views. A highlight of the resort is its three-acre waterpark, including falls and slides. There are also three other pools and seven outdoor whirlpool spas at the resort.

Old Key West Resort

This Disney property, located in the Downtown Disney area and situated along the fairways of the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, has studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. Rooms are bright with pastel-colored walls and green, pink and yellow fabrics and simply furnished with light oak furniture and wicker chairs. Studios include a kitchenette; larger units have full kitchens. All villas have private balconies or patios overlooking gardens and golf fairways. The resort has four pools, a fitness center and two game rooms.

About the Author

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University