The Walt Disney World® Resort has several deluxe resort accommodations, but some of the best are right outside the Magic Kingdom’s® doorsteps. The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge are all Magic Kingdom® Park-affiliated hotels, and you can’t go wrong with a stay at any of them!
The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is the flagship resort on property. This 900-room resort with a Victorian theme defines elegance with elegant décor, full-service restaurants and top-notch Disney service at every angle. The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa also offers business services, a health club, a luxurious full-service space and plenty of on-site activities (not to mention a great location just minutes away from the Magic Kingdom Park’s doorsteps). This hotel, along with Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort, are also along the monorail system, meaning you can access the Magic Kingdom® Park in an extremely easy manner. In addition to the monorail, there are also resort boat launches that run continuously between the Magic Kingdom® Park, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Resort.
Right next to the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is one of the other deluxe resorts that is hard to beat at Disney – Disney’s Polynesian Resort. This beautiful hotel has a Polynesian flare, from the burning tiki torches at night to the leis that greet every guest when they enter the doors. Disney’s Polynesian Resort also has multiple restaurants (including a nightly luau and Ohana, a Polynesian feast fit for a king), two swimming pools (including a zero entry pool with a slide inside of a volcano), an arcade and a beach with hammocks for lounging and relaxing after a busy day in the parks.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort was the very first Walt Disney World® Resort hotel and is the only one that the monorail system directly passes through. This 15-story A-frame tower has over 1,000 rooms, six shops, three restaurants, two lounges, a full health club, a pool and an arcade. This resort has recently been renovated as well, so it offers the very latest amenities of any resort on property.
Finally, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge looks like a giant log cabin with two authentic totem poles out front that recalls the grandeur of the grand National Park lodges of the American Northwest. This resort offers over 700 rooms with either queen-size beds and bunk beds or two sets of bunk beds, room service, a health club and additional services. If you are a guest here, be sure to check out the authentic geyser out back by the pool area. The only downside to this rustic hotel is that it is not along the monorail system, so you will have to take a boat ride or catch a bus to get to the Magic Kingdom® Park.
No matter which resort you choose to stay at, you will always have the privileges that are associated with staying at a hotel at the Walt Disney World® Resort. You will enjoy Extra Magic Hours (before the parks open and after they close), in which only resort guests get to experience the best attractions with much lesser crowds. If you are flying into Orlando International Airport, you can also take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express® Transportation, which picks you up and takes you to your Walt Disney World® Resort free of charge. Transportation is also complimentary on-site at your resort hotel, as you can hop on a bus and be shuttled anywhere on property without ever having to spend a dime to park or worry about how to get where. There are other resort benefits as well, such as the Disney Dining Plan, an offer where you can save 40 percent on dining on over 100 restaurants across property, as well as complimentary package delivery and amazing facilities that only Walt Disney World® Resort guests can enjoy.