While many think of Walt Disney World as a place to bring children, Disney is also a fun vacation for adults. Whether you are traveling for a conference, going on an adult-only vacation, or attending one of the runDisney events, there are plenty of reasons to visit the parks alone, with your spouse, or with friends. When planning your adult Disney trip, you may be trying to find the best Disney hotel for adults.
Walt Disney World has a bunch of different hotel options – in various locations, with many different amenities, restaurants, and themes. So, finding the best Disney hotel for adults can be complicated, because there are so many wonderful options to choose from.
Instead, we’ve included six different Walt Disney World hotels to choose from (as well as two bonus hotels that are on the property). You’ll want to consider your specific situation and vacation plans before deciding which hotel is best. Keep in mind that all of the Disney hotels are kid-friendly, so there isn’t a resort that is strictly for adults. Even the poshest of Disney resorts will have kids staying there.
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Six of The Best Disney Hotels for Adults at Walt Disney World
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter
The first hotel on this list, coincidentally, is the first Walt Disney World hotel that I visited with my children. Port Orleans French Quarter is a moderate Disney resort located in the Disney Springs area. It’s also a small resort, which is pretty different from most of the Disney resorts.
It’s the size and atmosphere of the resort that makes it great for some adult vacations. If you are looking for a more low-key, laid-back resort, Port Orleans French Quarter is a great option. As one of the moderate resorts, it’s less expensive than some of the other resorts on this list, and yet it is still lots of fun.
The resort is connected to a second section, called Port Orleans Riverside. That’s a much busier resort, but all of those activities and amenities are open to those staying on the French Quarter side. It’s also near Disney Springs, and during normal times, there’s a boat ride that can take you right there.
Port Orleans French Quarter offers bus transportation to the four theme parks. That can take a little more time than the other modes of Disney transportation, so you’ll want to consider that before booking.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
If you’d like to be near the Magic Kingdom park, you’ll probably want to stay at one of the resorts located on the monorail. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, one of my favorite resorts at Walt Disney World, is one of the best choices. It was recently renovated and includes some of my favorite restaurants.
The Polynesian is a deluxe resort, with rooms spread out across various buildings. The main building contains the Kona Cafe, a delicious casual restaurant that serves one of my favorite breakfasts on the property. There’s also ‘Ohana, which offers breakfast and dinner, as well as Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, a fun tiki-theme bar.
I like staying at the Polynesian because it’s convenient to the Magic Kingdom and the other monorail resorts. It’s also got a fun, casual vibe with a few quieter areas to relax in.
For a more luxurious stay, the Polynesian also offers villas and bungalows. These are the newest section of the resort, and have lots of great amenities within them.
To get to the other theme parks, you can take a bus. They leave from both the adjacent Ticket and Transportation Center and also from the Polynesian.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is the poshest and more elegant of the Walt Disney World resort hotels. While it is still very welcoming to families with children, I feel that it’s one of the best Disney hotels for adults.
Like the Polynesian Resort, the Grand Floridian is located on the monorail. A new walking path connects it directly to the Magic Kingdom, so you can go right there without taking the monorail. It’s extremely convenient if you are planning to spent a lot of time in the Magic Kingdom.
The Grand Floridian’s grand lobby is very welcoming and luxurious. There are several stores and boutiques in the upper lobby areas, and many other of its amenities are great for adults. A Senses Spa sits at the edge of the property and is the perfect spot for a relaxing treatment.
Many of the Grand Floridian dining experiences are perfect for an adult-only vacation. Victoria and Albert’s is a fine dining restaurant that is only open to guests over the age of 10. There are several different dining options there, including the chef’s table.
Other restaurants at the Grand Floridian include Citricos, 1900 Park Fare, the Enchanted Rose, and Narcoossee’s. All are great for adults. You can also easily take the monorail to the Contemporary and the Polynesian for other dining options during your vacation.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn is one of my favorite areas of Walt Disney World, and the BoardWalk Inn resort is the most convenient to that area. Despite the hustle and bustle of the Boardwalk entertainment district, the resort is relaxing and quiet.
The Boardwalk Inn offers all of the restaurants of the Boardwalk, including the Flying Fish, the ESPN Club, and Trattoria al Forno. It’s also home to several fun bars including Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas (a kiosk – not a full bar), Leaping Horse Libations (at the pool), and Abracadabar (my personal favorite). There are other amenities at the resort, including tennis courts.
Guests of the Boardwalk are closest to Epcot and Hollywood Studios (although it is a bit of a long walk to Hollywood Studios). Friendship boat service is also available to those theme parks, or you could choose to walk. The Skyliner can be taken from either theme park and take you to several Disney resorts including Pop Century, Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Riviera Resort.
If you plan to visit Animal Kingdom Park, Disney Springs, or the Magic Kingdom, bus service is available. I prefer the Boardwalk when I plan to spend more time at Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is another moderately priced resort that is great for adults. It’s huge – with many different buildings circling a large lake. In addition, a brand new building, called Gran Destino Tower, recently opened with even more guest rooms and amenities.
In addition to being a family-friendly moderate resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs offers a large conference center attracting many conventions. Therefore, it has many adult-friendly activities and amenities that are especially popular in the evenings when the conventions are over for the day.
Restaurants and bars at Coronado Springs include the Rix Sports Bar and Grill, the Dahlia Lounge, the Barcelona Lounge, Siestas Cantina (by the pool), El Mercado de Coronado (food court), Toledo (tapas), the Maya Grill, and the outdoor Laguna Bar. With so many options, you can spend most of your evenings at the hotel if you don’t want to venture out.
Coronado Springs Resort is located in the Animal Kingdom area of Walt Disney World, but you aren’t able to walk to the park. Instead, you’ll need to take a bus to all four theme parks. This is the one downside of Coronado Springs, but as a moderate resort, you’ll likely save some money on your trip by booking there instead of one of the deluxe resorts.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Yacht Club (and its sister resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort) is my favorite resort location on the property. It’s located near the Boardwalk Inn between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot’s World Showcase. Guests at the Yacht Club can either choose to walk right to either park or can take a Friendship Boat. To visit Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, or the Magic Kingdom, you’ll have to take a bus.
Because Epcot’s World Showcase offers so many events that appeal specifically to adults, like the International Wine and Food Festival, the Festival of the Arts, and the Flower and Garden festival, this location can be especially attractive because of the close proximity and short walk. Getting to and from the World Showcase is so easy, and can be especially great after a long day.
Both the Yacht Club and the Beach Club share one of the best amenities at a Disney Resort – the large water feature area known as Stormalong Bay. Kids love Stormalong Bay, but as an adult, I also enjoy cooling off in the sandy-bottom pool. It’s one of the most beautiful pools at Walt Disney World.
You may wonder why we’ve specifically listed the Yacht Club if both resorts offering similar amenities. While they are both wonderful resorts, I find the Beach Club to be more fun and vibrant while the Yacht Club is more elegant and laid-back.
Within these resorts, you’ll also find a number of dining options including the Cape May Cafe, the Yachtsman Steakhouse, the Ale and Compass, Martha’s Vineyard lounge, and Beaches and Cream. You’ll also be within walking distance of the restaurants at the Swan and Dolphin, as well as those at the Boardwalk.
The Yacht Club also offers a few retail shops, as well as a business center, and a spa and fitness center. There are also tennis courts available to guests.
Bonus: The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts
As a bonus, I also wanted to include two hotels that are great for adults but aren’t specifically considered Disney resorts. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts are located on Disney property by the Boardwalk and Yacht Club. So, they in an extremely convenient location and are some of the best hotels in the area.
However, guests at the Swan and Dolphin don’t get all of the same amenities as on-property guests. They do, however, get to use transportation between the parks, which can be very helpful.
While the Swan and Dolphin are extremely comfortable hotels with great amenities, they don’t have the same theming at the Disney resorts. So, kids may not be as excited by them. Adults, however, will appreciate the comfortable rooms and the delicious restaurants located there.
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