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Deluxe Resorts at Walt Disney World

[fa icon="calendar"] Thu, Jul 24, 2014 @ 04:11 PM / by Sally Black

Sally Black

Disneyworld Deluxe Resorts

Deluxe Hotels at Disney World are all about luxury and location!

These Disney resorts are the ones that are closest to the parks and offer some of the most magical views from their upgraded rooms. All rooms come equipped either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed, an adult size day bed, iron & board, small refrigerator, Disney toiletries, coffee maker, safe, Ipod dock, free high speed Wifi and a hair dryer. Deluxe rooms offer more space for families to relax, including balconies or patios.

Each of the Disney Deluxe Resorts offer their very own magical theme and style. Here guests will enjoy upgraded furnishings, imaginative architecture and the top of the line immersive experience complete with Disney's magical style.

Prices for deluxe rooms at Disney world resorts start at around $285 per night. Of course prices are all based on demand so bear in mind these nightly prices can more than double during peak times like the December holidays and spring break. Also each Disney Deluxe hotel offers room upgrades based on location, views and even special themed rooms. All of these extra amenities come with their own pricetag. When planning your travel budget remember these prices do not include park admission or any dining. Generally savings are found by bundling your Disney Deluxe room into a vacation package that includes park admission and dining. Of course all of these features can be customized to suit the needs and magical wishes of every family. 

Guests staying at a Disney World Deluxe resort enjoy the convenience of Magic Bands. Magic bands work as your room key, Park admission, hotel dining reservations, fast passes, charging privledges and more. Please note, although the Disney Swan and Dolphin are considered to be Deluxe hotels, both are technically Westin hotels that sit on Disney land. Guests staying in these hotels do not automatically receive Magic bands but can purchase them upon arrival.

All eight Disney Deluxe Resorts are family of five friendly.  Deluxe resorts  sleep a family of 5 with two queen beds and a daybed that can comfortably sleep an adult. The daybed is a chair that converts into a twin size bed. Remember children stay free at Disney hotels and the age for "kids" in Disney hotel rooms is 17 and under. This is especially great families of 5 that have teens.   The Disney Swan & Dolphin hotels are considered to be deluxe properties but technically they are Westin Hotels within Disney park area so some of their features are a bit different.  The Disney Dolphin IS family of 5 friendly but the Swan will only allow 4 guests per room.

Families staying at Disney Deluxe resorts will also enjoy Deluxe dining experiences. All of the Disney deluxe hotels offer quick service dining venues. In addition, they offer some of the most unique and notable dining experiences and restaurants...from a beach luau, to character meals, to world class dining at Victoria & Alberts, foodies will love their visits to Disney deluxe resorts.

Here is a quick over-view to help your family find their perfect Deluxe resort -  

Disney Deluxe Hotels  Deluxe resorts

Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Theme of a jungle safari and the graduers of Africa
  • Located near Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
  • Over 100 species of Animals and birds found on property
  • 1,293 rooms with an 11,000 sq. ft zero entry pool
  • Lodge is 6 stories tall and surrounded by 30 acres of savannah
  • 3 restaurants featuring all the flavors of Africa
  • Simba's Clubhouse offers activities for kids ages 4-12 years
  • Family of 5 friendly - up to 3 kids under 17 stay free

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Disney's Boardwalk Inn

  • Theme of bygone days at the seaside complete with amusements
  • Located within walking distance or short boat ride to Epcot
  • Part of Disney's Boardwalk Entertainment district
  • Located in walking distance of great dining and nightlife
  • 378 rooms located on Cresent lake
  • Family of 5 friendly - up to 3 kids under 17 stay free

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Disney's Contemporary Resort

  • Theme of ultra modern, futuristic Luxury
  • Located in the Magic Kingdom area on Seven Seas Lagoon
  • One of the original Disney World Resorts
  • 750 rooms - 500 in 14 story triangular  tower
  • Monorail comes right into it and walking distance to Magic Kingdom
  • Upgraded suites have best views of the Magic Kingdom/fireworks
  • Award winning California Grill and Chef Mickey Restaurants
  • Family of 5 friendly - up to 3 kids under 17 stay free

Deluxe Disney Hotels       Disney Deluxe Resorts

Disney's Grand Floridian

  • Theme of Victorian charm meets old world Florida style
  • Located in the Magic Kingdom area with Monorail service
  • sits along 40 acres on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon
  • Lavish decor with turn of the century elegance
  • A favorite spot for destination weddings and honeymoons
  • World class spa and award winning Victoria & Albert's Restaurant
  • Family of 5 friendly - up to 3 kids under 17 stay free

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 Disney's Polynesian Resort

  • Theme is a tropical escape to a South Seas Paradise
  • Located near the Magic Kingdom with direct monorail service
  • One of the original Walt Disney World Resorts
  • Beach front, Tiki torches, lush gardens and waterfalls
  • Known for it's Polynesian Luau and Ohana Restaurant
  • 847 rooms located on 40 acres shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon
  • Family of 5 friendly - up to 3 kids under 17 stay free

Deluxe Resorts  Deluxe Resort Disney

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

  • Theme is Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain Majesty
  • Located in the Magic Kingdom with boat & bus access
  • Massive lobby with 80 ft fireplace & authentic Native American carvings
  • 728 guest rooms snuggled against the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon
  • Old Faithful geyser shoots water 12 stories high every hour
  • Cub's den offers activities and a meal for kids ages 4-12 years
  • Family of 5 friendly - up to 3 kids under 17 stay free

Disney Deluxe Hotels  Disney deluxe hotels

Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

  • Theme is New England seaside Splendor
  • Located short walk or boat ride to Epcot. Also near Downtown Disney
  • Located on the shore of Cresent lake in the Boardwalk district
  • Yacht Club is 630 Rooms and Beach Club is 583 rooms
  • Stormalong bay is a 3 acre sand bottom pool with ship slide
  • 4 restaurants including the popular Yachtsman Steakhouse
  • Family of 5 friendly - up to 3 kids under 17 stay free

Deluxe Disney HotelsWalt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels

  • Not a Disney Resort but a Westin Hotel located on Disney Property
  • Located near Epcot, Downtown Disney and the Boardwalk District
  • Guests enjoy WDW transportation, guaranteed park access, free park parking, tee times, extra magic hours
  • Convention center and mandarin spa
  • Guests can purchase magic bands for in park use
  • The Dolphin is family of 5 friendly - The Swan max. occupancy is 4

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Sally Black

Written by Sally Black

Sally is the Founder of Vacationkids.com Travel Agency and author of the book "Fearless Family Vacations". She is also the Director of Travel Agent Initiatives and Training at The Family Travel Association.