I am a former member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel and have been on some complimentary press trips at Walt Disney World, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase / click through one of these links may result in a commission paid to us.
Magic Kingdom Hotels
When you visit Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, you’ll find that there are so many amazing family-friendly hotel options. It can be challenging to find the right one. If you plan to spend much of your time at the Magic Kingdom, you may be specifically looking for Magic Kingdom hotels. Although any of the Walt Disney World resort theme parks are easily accessible from all of the hotels, some are closer and are specifically in the Magic Kingdom resort area.
Here are the closest Magic Kingdom hotels within Walt Disney World. Have you stayed at any of these hotels? Which is your favorite?
Hotels on the Walt Disney World Monorail
Walt Disney World transportation includes buses, boats, and the monorail – but arguably, the monorail is the most exciting and iconic. The Disney monorail travels two separate routes. One is a loop around the Magic Kingdom park, Contemporary Resort, Ticket and Transportation Center, Polynesian Resort, and Grand Floridian Resort. The other monorail travels between the Ticket and Transportation Center and Epcot. To get to Epcot from the Magic Kingdom, you’ll transfer at the Ticket and Transportation Center.
I loved staying on the monorail when my kids were younger, because you don’t need to fold a stroller to ride. It was so much easier than riding the buses, where the kids will need to get out of the stroller and you’ll need to fold it. Keep in mind, however, that if you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll need to take a bus to get there.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
If you’d like to walk to the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort is your best option. It’s got a convenient walking path right to the park, and it only takes a few minutes to walk there. Disney’s Contemporary Resort is best known for the monorail running right through it, and this modern resort offers the recognizable tower, a garden wing, and Bay Lake Tower. This resort sits on the waterfront between the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.
Amenities at the Contemporary include the main heated feature pool, which includes a waterslide. There’s also a water playground, the quieter Bay Lake Pool, as well as two hot tubs. At the pool, you can enjoy food and drinks from the poolside bar.
Rooms at the resort have 2 queen beds and a daybed, or a King bed and a daybed. The decor is modern and the rooms are a nice size. The Contemporary is in the deluxe category. Despite the monorail running through the main tower, it’s still very quiet in the rooms.
Within the Contemporary, you’ll find several restaurants.
California Grill: This restaurant located on the 15th floor of the main tower offers world-class cuisine in a beautiful environment. Book your reservation during the Magic Kingdom fireworks for a perfect vantage point.
The Wave … of American Flavors: The Wave is one of my favorite Walt Disney World hidden gems. It offers delicious healthy food in a casual environment. We like visiting the Wave for dinner during our day at the Magic Kingdom – it’s a quick walk and a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the theme park.
Chef Mickey’s: Want to dine with Mickey and friends? You’ll want to book a meal at Chef Mickey’s, where you can see characters and enjoy a buffet meal. It’s very popular so book it well in advance.
Other options include the table service Contempo Cafe, the Contemporary Grounds coffee kiosk, a beach bar, and several lounges.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Arguably the most luxurious of the Magic Kingdom hotels, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa offers Victorian charm in a sophisticated environment. It’s definitely a fantastic location for a luxury trip, but young kids may prefer a theme that is more kid-friendly.
Amenities at the resort include a world-class spa, a pool with a 181-foot-long water slide, a kiddie pool, a whirlpool spa, and a quiet pool. Within the resort, you can get rooms in the main building, or in one of the outer buildings.
In addition to club rooms, there are a variety of different room views that you can choose from, including garden views, lagoon views, and theme park views. Within the resort, you’ll also find some resort shops.
For a special vacation experience, consider booking a treatment at the spa. I’ve had a massage there, and it was one of the best spa experiences that I’ve had.
There are a variety of restaurants and dining experiences at the resort:
Citricos: Offering Mediterranean inspired cuisine, Citricos is a signature dining experience.
Narcoossee’s: This waterfront restaurant sells seafood, steak, and more. It’s also a signature dining experience, so you’ll want to check the dress code before you leave on vacation.
Victoria & Albert’s: The most luxurious of the Walt Disney World restaurants is Victoria & Alberts. This restaurant, which only allows children 10 and over, also offers a chef’s table.
1900 Park Fare: Princess lovers may enjoy dinner at 1900 Park Fare, where you’ll find Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Evil Stepsisters, and the Stepmother.
Other dining experiences at the resort include a pool bar, the Grand Floridian Cafe, Gasparilla Island Grill, and several lounges.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
When my kids were little, our favorite Magic Kingdom hotel was Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. It’s so convenient, because you can walk to the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) to take the monorail to Epcot. We also love the theme of the hotel, as well as the family-friendly restaurants and amenities.
The Polynesian Village Resort is made up of multiple buildings, rather than one main building. There are also the bungalows and villas, which are the newer section of the hotel. There are a variety of different room views available, including standard views, lagoon views, theme park views, and pool/marina views.
Amenities at the resort include the zero-entry Lava Pool with 142 foot-long water slide as well as the Oasis leisure pool. There are other recreation activities as well, including Movies Under the Stars and campfire activities.
We’ve always loved the restaurants at the Polynesian, even when we aren’t staying there. These include:
Kona Cafe/Kona Island: My favorite breakfast on property is at the Kona Cafe, which has the most delicious Tonga Toast. It’s well worth the diet splurge. They also have fantastic coffee, which is perfect for starting your day. If you like sushi, visit Kona Island which offers delicious sushi.
‘Ohana: Have breakfast with Stitch and friends at this Polynesian-themed restaurant that is so fun for kids. My son loved Lilo and Stitch as a toddler, so this was always a must-visit. For dinner, you can enjoy a Hawaiian-themed dinner (but with no characters).
Other dining options at the Polynesian are Pineapple Lanai, Trader Sam’s, Captain Cook’s, a pool bar, and several lounges.
Other Magic Kingdom Hotels
There are two other hotels within the Magic Kingdom area that are not on the monorail. If you are a guest at one of these resorts, you can take a boat to the Magic Kingdom, and a bus to the other theme parks.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
I absolutely love the Pacific Northwest-themed Wilderness Lodge. It’s charming and cozy, and evokes a nostalgic feel. Built in a similar style to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, it includes the main lodge as well as the newly-built Copper Creek villas and cabins.
Room types include club-level rooms, standard view, nature view, and courtyard rooms. For families, there are also bunk bed rooms which include one queen bed and one set of bunk beds. As a parent with a boy and a girl, I really appreciate having bunk beds so the kids don’t have to share a queen bed.
Amenities include the Salon by the Springs, which offers hair and nail services. There’s also the Sturdy Branches Health Club if you want to work out during your vacation. If you’d like to swim, there are two pools. The Copper Creek Spring Pool features a 67 foot water slide and hot and cold whirlpool spas, while the Boulder Ridge Cove Pool is a zero-entry pool spa with a whirlpool spa.
Restaurants on property include:
Whispering Canyon Cafe: This old West themed restaurant offers a fun buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Artist Point: As of December 2018, Artist Point now offers a new character dining experience. Families can now meet Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy for dinner is this beautiful restaurant.
Geyser Point Bar & Grill: This waterfront restaurant came with the recent expansion of the Wilderness Lodge. There’s also a quick service restaurant where you can get grab a bite.
Other dining options at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge are the Roaring Fork and the Territory Lounge.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness
The most unique lodging option at Walt Disney World is Fort Wilderness. This property includes cabins that are perfect for a large family, as well as a full RV hookup sites and tent sites.
If you are traveling with your RV, you’ll have several options for sites. These include a full-hookup site with room for RV and small tent, preferred sites (near the marina), and premium sites that can accommodate a bigger RV.
The cabins sleep up to six and include one queen bed, a sleeper sofa, and a set of bunk beds. They also have a living room and kitchen area with refrigerator, 2 burners, a microwave, and a dishwasher.
There are so many unique activities and amenities at Fort Wilderness. These include the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool (with a water slide) as well as the Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool. There’s also the Tri-Circle-D Ranch where you can ride horses and ponies or take a carriage ride, Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long, Movies Under the Stars, and much more.
You can prepare meals in your cabin or RV, but there are also restaurants at Fort Wilderness:
Trail’s End Restaurant: This delicious Old-West restaurant offers a buffet for breakfast and dinner.
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue: Watch a lively dinner show while enjoying a delicious meal. Make reservations for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue early, as there are several different seating options, and it’s a popular show.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ: Choose from lots of great options at this BBQ buffet, and see Mickey and Friends. There’s also the option to purchase category 1 seating where you’ll have early access to the venue, priority seating, and the option to see the characters early.
Other dining options include the Chuck Wagon, P&J’s Southern Takeout, Crockett’s Tavern, and more.
There are other hotels that are convenient to the Magic Kingdom, including all of the Walt Disney World resort hotels, the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World, the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, and the Swan and Dolphin Hotels.