The Top Five Best Disney Resorts

The magic of Walt Disney World is about more than the theme park. Several of the hotels and resorts near and in Walt Disney World have themes as well, extending the ambiance even after you have left the rides, shows, and attractions for the day.

Here’s a countdown of the top five best Disney World Resorts.

1. Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa’s decor is a nod to the Victorian era. The grounds mirror the quiet elegance of Palm Beach’s golden era. After your day in the park, you can enjoy the world-class spas, white sand beach, and live music at the resort. Just one stop away from the Magic Kingdom, the Grand Floridian has a spectacular up-close view of the fireworks over Cinderella Castle.

2. Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

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Live jazz music at the Scat Cat’s Club and the wafting fragrance of magnolia blossoms evoke the spirit of New Orleans at the Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.  Cobblestone streets, wrought-iron fences, and of course, Mardi Gras characters channel some of the best of the Big Easy. A pool with a water slide for the kids and horse-drawn carriage rides top the list of amenities offered at this lively resort.

3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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For those interested in a staying at a resort with a touch of safari, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the perfect choice. The lush resort mimics a traditional African homestead, with more than 200 animals and birds in residence. There are more than 30 species of exotic wildlife on a 43-acre wildlife preserve, including zebras, giraffes, flamingos, and kudu — just as you might find on the savanna. Fine dining and a children’s center make this resort ideal lodging for the entire family. Start your adventure here.

4. Disney’s Beach Club Resort

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Everything you love about the beach is available at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The resort is within walking distance of Epcot Center and features the dazzling pools, lagoons, and spas of Stormalong Bay. The 3-acre Beachside Water Recreation Area is home to one of the highest hotel water slides at Disney, and the replica of a life-sized shipwreck. You may also enjoy fine dining and a state-of-the-art health club on the property.

5. Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

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This waterfront resort has the feel of old-school Atlantic City with ragtime music and carnival attractions. The Coney Island-Style boardwalk hosts cottages, private courtyards and luxuriant gardens. The resort is within walking distance of both Epcot Center and Hollywood Studios. Because you’re on the water, expect the decadence of fresh seafood at the Flying Fish Cafe. You can also take a dip at the carnival-themed pool.

Don’t let the magic stop when you leave the park for the day. Get the entire Disney World experience with the one of the world-class resorts.