Walt Disney World guests staying on the park’s property have access to several convenient amenities including free transportation by bus, boat, or monorail to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney, and the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks. A concierge desk is located at every Disney resort to help you make the most of your vacation, and accommodations are available in nearly any price range.
Disney Value Resorts
Disney has four value resorts. The All-Star Music, All-Star Sports and All-Star Movies Resorts are located within walking distance of one another, and are situated near Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each resort is themed appropriately with the pools, gift shop, food court and room decor suited to the name of the resort. Disney’s Pop Century Resort, located near the ESPN Wide World of Sports, has a separate theme for each building, corresponding to various decades of U.S. history. All of these resorts have rooms that open to the outside. Dining is limited to a food court with several counters serving snacks and a variety of casual foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Amenities include cable television and a safe in each room, as well as coin-operated laundry facilities throughout each resort.
Disney Moderate Resorts
Disney’s moderate resorts include the Caribbean Beach Resort, Coronado Springs Resort and Port Orleans Resort. These resorts are all located on various bodies of water, and offer watercraft rentals such as motorboats, pontoon boats, pedal boats, canoes and kayaks. Coronado Springs boasts the largest hot tub on the property with a capacity of 22 people. Each resort has both a food court and a full-service restaurant. Coronado Springs also has a cafe for quick salads and sandwiches, and the Caribbean Beach Resort has a deli and a pastry market. Each resort encompasses several buildings. The rooms open to the outside and include refrigerators.
Disney Deluxe Resorts
Disney’s eight deluxe resorts offer the utmost in luxury. At the Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests with rooms on the savanna see wild animals such as impala, gazelle, ostriches and giraffes roaming just outside. The BoardWalk Inn is located directly on Disney’s Boardwalk and within convenient walking distance to the back entrance to Epcot. The Yacht Club and Beach Club Resorts take water activities to the next level with features such as a lazy river and waterslides. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has a geyser behind the resort that erupts regularly. The Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Resort and Grand Floridian are all located on the monorail for comfortable and convenient access to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Each of these resorts has at least three dining locations that include sit-down restaurants, buffets, cafes and lounges. Amenities include newspaper delivery and refrigerators in all rooms. Guests with club or concierge-level rooms have additional amenities such as a microwave, DVD player, turn-down service and robes. The Grand Floridian provides additional bath amenities and a mini bar in each room.
The Swan and Dolphin Resorts
The Swan Resort and Dolphin Resort are the only accommodations on the property not owned by Disney. However, these resorts have access to the same convenient Disney World transportation including buses and boats to the theme parks. Between them, these resorts offer their guests access to five pools, four tennis courts and 17 restaurants. They are located on an expanse of white sand beach and offer swan-shaped paddle boat rentals. Room amenities include a flat-screen television, mini bar and alarm clock with a dock for MP3 players.
- Walt Disney World Resort: Accommodations
- The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2010; Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa; 2009