What’s your favorite Walt Disney World Resort Hotel? That’s a question I’m frequently asked, and it’s so difficult to answer. Of course, I love Disney, but I’m also obsessed with hotels in general, and I’ve come to appreciate all of the unique qualities of each of the Walt Disney World resorts. So, my favorite resort for a girl’s weekend is different from my favorite family resort. And, my favorite resort while I’m alone is different from when I’m traveling with my kids. When I’m recommending a resort, I always look at the family’s budget, because I don’t believe that you need to break the bank to create lasting family memories. The is especially the case at Walt Disney World, where you may not spend loads of time at your hotel.
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When my kids were smaller, we loved the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Some of my son’s first words were “I shheee aminals” as he sat at the sliding door in our resort that overlooked a savannah. But I don’t love the location of Animal Kingdom Lodge, which is a bit isolated, and the rooms are on the small side. As my kids have gotten older, we prefer the Beach Club Resort, where my kids love playing in Stormalong Bay (the huge pool area). We also love eating at Epcot, so being walking distance is a big benefit.
For a girl’s weekend? I love staying at the Boardwalk Inn, or the Swan/Dolphin Resorts, because the Boardwalk is a great place to hang out at night. When I’m alone (and I’m sure, when the kids get older), I love the Contemporary, because it’s modern, close to the Magic Kingdom, and just so cool! And, of course, the Polynesian is super-convenient, and has some great restaurants (plus the best coffee on property, in my opinion).
For moderate or value resorts, I like Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside, Coronado Springs, and Pop Century. Pop Century is a great value, and is totally fun for kids. Coronado Springs is better for adults, and the rooms are fabulous. As for Port Orleans, it’s a relaxing resort that’s great for families with small kids.
If you want a little more space, I definitely recommend Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, that opened
What’s your favorite Walt Disney World Resort?
See TripAdvisor reviews of these resorts:
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Swan and Dolphin
The Boardwalk Inn
Port Orleans French Quarter
Port Orleans Riverside
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort