These Are the Most Magical Hotel Rooms at Walt Disney World
Disney resorts like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa unsurprisingly have some of the best rooms on property — it is called grand, after all — but you’ll never believe what wild options are available at places like Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, and Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort.
These Disney Resort rooms will give you a birds-eye view of zebras, Cinderella Castle or even “Star Wars”-themed fireworks, depending on where you choose.
They’re private, too. Suites of this caliber are hidden away from most guests, as most can’t even be found by booking on Disney’s main website. But you can browse them all here, so regardless of if you’re looking for some vacation envy or to book a truly luxurious Disney trip, there’s something to peek at.
Who cares if you never use the state-of-the-art kitchen, throw a party to fill seats at that long dining table or are in the park for too long to enjoy an in-room hot tub? If you’re looking to live the life of grandeur while in the most magical place on earth, these presidential suites, standalone cabins and waterfront bungalows are worth the splurge.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
What happens when you combine the magic of a safari with the most decked-out Disney resort? Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, of course. This deluxe Disney resort is home to some of the finest dining and most impressive wine lists, and is surrounded by a savannah with awe-inspiring creatures that can be viewed directly from rooms. Both the artwork in the hallways and the activities throughout are impressive, with evening s’mores, storytelling and live musical experiences.
Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Royal Asante Suite
Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Royal Asante Suite is one of Disney World’s finest. It’s so good, in fact, it trumps every other perk of staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Guests residing in this one-bedroom grand suite can peer down at giraffes from the wrap-around balcony, enjoy the African art from the circular living room, or relax in the incredible walk-in shower and freestanding tub. Who needs Sanaa’s restaurant savannah views or Animal Kingdom Lodge’s animal lookouts when you can experience everything from your bedroom?
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is Walt Disney World’s most upscale offering, bringing simple sophistication to the theme park experience. The Grand, as it’s known, utilizes Victorian design and serene touches for an ambiance unlike any other. Take a load off in the lobby while listening to the live house orchestra or pianist, dine at one of the resort’s top-rated restaurants, or enjoy the life-size gingerbread house during the holiday season.
If the Grand hotel itself wasn’t grand enough, the Grand Suite will surely make for a perfect trip. The old world charm and elegance seen throughout The Grand Floridian extends to this perfectly appointed room and its polished details. If the two-bedroom stunner with its marble shower and enormous jacuzzi spa doesn’t delight, the oversized living room windows allowing guests to see what fun awaits at the Magic Kingdom in the distance absolutely should. Everything about the Grand Floridian’s nicest suite is romantic, and with Disney’s Wedding Pavilion a stone’s throw away, this is the ideal honeymoon choice across all Disney resorts.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Suites aside, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is the perfect choice for the luxury-inclined traveler. It offers everything a Mickey-loving guest could want, from character breakfasts and Disney planning services to an on-site housemade Italian gelato shop and delightful water activities. Though not operated by Disney, guests are never far from the magic, as round-trip bus service is continuously offered to the parks and its Capa restaurant offers views of fireworks from Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom every night.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando offers a variety of suites, but its top-of-the-line option is the Royal Suite, which could double as a dream Disney apartment. It stands apart, but not just because of its open living room with its immense balcony, pearlescent office or fireplace-flanked dining room. It’s the design choices, which feature the finest finishes and deluxe touches, that make this suite feel ultra upscale.
Not enough? Believe it or not, this grand hotel suite can expand to a 9-bedroom residence with connecting rooms. And, if that’s somehow still not enough room, the entire sixteenth floor can be rented as a whole unit. (Good luck making it to the parks with a living space like that!)
Beach Club Resort
Ideal for multi-generational families, Disney’s Beach Club Resort is a New England-inspired dream with a quaint coastal design of pale blues and crisp whites. This Disney resort is known for its three acre on-site waterpark Stormalong Bay, which has a lazy river, shipwreck water slide and sand-bottomed pool, as well as its Beaches & Cream ice cream parlour beloved by visitors young and old alike. It’s biggest perk, though, is being steps away from Epcot’s World Showcase, letting guests embrace the magic of “Frozen,” futuristic attractions and many worldwide watering holes conveniently.
Clean and modern with top-of-the-line amenities, the Newport Suite couldn’t be a better choice for business travelers or Disney resort guests who aren’t too thrilled by theming. With its wide-scale dining room, massive bedroom and living room fireplace, this Presidential Suite feels more like a posh apartment than a Disney resort room.
Like its sister suite, the Nantucket Suite at Disney’s Beach Club Resort hotel is similarly divine, with a clean, fresh aesthetic and elegant touches throughout. As the Disney resort’s Vice Presidential Suite, it’s smaller in scale, but has a dignified touch with its wide-ranging views, marble bathroom and seaside color scheme. Not quite swayed by either? Inquire about the Admiral Suite at the neighboring Yacht Club Resort, which is in the process of undergoing renovations.
Polynesian Village Resort
Visitors continually return to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort for one reason: it is peak relaxation. With lush vegetation, palm trees and pools with volcanos and waterslides, it’s an irresistible complement to the chaos of visiting Disney parks all day. From this Disney resort, guests can watch Magic Kingdom’s fireworks on the beach, take in movies on the Great Ceremonial House Lawn or enjoy a bevy of dining outposts serving up tropical delights like Dole Whip pineapple soft-serve and Hawaiian-style Kona coffee.
Bora Bora Bungalows
The very best room here isn’t inside this Disney resort hotel, but behind it. Take a wooden walkway to the collection of Bora Bora Bungalows, where the surf-centric touches of these overwater rooms are as impeccable as the surrounding sights. Built just a few years ago, these grand hotel rooms have modern conveniences as well as delightful tiki touches, like a hula bobblehead and thematic artwork throughout. If the views of Cinderella Castle weren’t a selling point, the bathrooms’ in-mirror televisions may be, as well as the adjoined outdoor area with its individual plunge pool and hanging waterfront chairs.
Flanked by pine trees and wooden touches, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has nods to America’s National Parks throughout. Grab a rocking chair by the fire, tiptoe over the flowing stream or simply take in the brilliant wood carvings and rustic decor; there’s no shortage of things look at. It only gets better outdoors, where the rustling Silver Creek Falls waterfall sooths guests on their way to the parks or to see Fire Rock Geyser, modeled after Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful, erupt each hour.
Copper Creek Cabins
When the Copper Creek Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge open in 2017, they’ll be Disney’s newest class of unparalleled resort rooms. Though this Disney resort offering adds a woodsy flair to the detached rooms introduced with the Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, these waterfront cabins are far from “roughing it”. The surrounding outdoors are honored here by a screened-in wrap-around porch hosting a private hot tub, and with floor-to-ceiling windows and an indoor-outdoor fireplace, these are bound to be the coziest rooms of all Disney resorts across property.
The old-school Atlantic City-inspired Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is at times whimsical, at others downright quaint. Taking inspiration from Coney Island and the coastal cities surrounding it, the cozy Belle Vue Lounge bar, carnival-themed Luna Park pool and rentable surrey bikes make for a guaranteed good time. It’s not just BoardWalk in name, either — the grand hotel boasts impressive nightlife, dining and activities on its full-scale waterfront boardwalk down below. Lick unique scoops at Ample Hills Creamery after playing midway games, sip cocktails and potions at Abracadabar or enjoy one of Disney’s best meals at Flying Fish Cafe; the options here are endless.
This Disney resort’s grand hotel suite brings the charm of a ‘30s mansion into a comfortable yet expansive room. Thoughtful touches throughout the Steeplechase Suite, like ceiling fresco paintings, feel of another era while the elegant bedrooms, dining room and wide waterfront balcony are nothing short of upscale. If you’re keen to use vacation as an escape from a constantly buzzing phone, this Disney resort suite is just the thing.
Vice Presidential Sonora Suite
Up above Disney’s BoardWalk, the resort’s Vice Presidential Sonora Suite is just as lovely as the magnificent Steeplechase Suite, but simply smaller in scale. Perhaps staying here, one might feel a bit less bad about spending the entire day in the parks instead of taking in the endless luxury.
The famous A-frame structure of Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of Walt Disney World’s most iconic structures, as well as a nostalgic sight that simply can’t be missed. The monorail still passes through its center (like it did back in 1971!) and despite the many technological advancements since then, the site of it from inside the hotel is just as exhilarating. The Disney resort’s lobby restaurant, Chef Mickey’s, is one of the most popular character dining options available, while its elegant California Grill offers unparalleled 15th-floor views of the Magic Kingdom and its fireworks show each evening.
The famed hotel’s Presidential Suite is a straightforward room, sure, but what most people excitedly dine at the upstairs restaurant for is simply a bonus of this upscale suite. Its lengthy balcony offers the best view of any Disney resort in Walt Disney World, hands down. When guests are done taking in the sights of Space Mountain, Cinderella Castle or the monorail whizzing towards the park, the inviting master bedroom, with its multi-jet shower and well-appointed dining room are welcoming escapes. Or, better yet, simply open the curtains and enjoy the stellar sights from anywhere inside this incredible Disney resort suite.