Choosing accommodations in WDW is one of your most important decisions. You can choose to stay within the grounds of WDW (referred to as "on-site" accommodations) or elsewhere in the Orlando area (referred to as "off-site" accommodations). Every option has it’s benefits and it’s draw backs, but there truly is something for everyone.
Did you know that including the seven Disney Vacation Club properties that the Walt Disney World Resort offers 35 resort hotels for it’s guests to stay in at a variety of price points. That’s nearly 28,000 hotel rooms; including 3,187 DVC units (2-bedroom equivalents); and 799 campsites. That means that Disney’s Resort hotels can host more than 112,000 guests a night!
If you decide to stay on-site, you should know that WDW refers to its hotels as "resorts" and has several categories of "on-site" accommodations to choose from:
Disney’s Wilderness Cabins (from $270/night) & Disney’s Campsites (from $44/night):
“Roughing it” will have a whole new meaning when you pull in for the night at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. With all the amenities of a quality resort hotel this is camping you can’t find anywhere else.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (409 cabins/799 campsites).
Disney’s Value Resorts (from $82/night):
Disney’s most economical option, the value resorts offer a combination of standard hotel rooms as well as family suites. These no frills accommodations are set in bright kid friendly theming that is just perfect when you just need a spot to rest your head at night. Value Resorts also have guest laundry facilities, pools, a pool bar, a central food court, and direct access to the Disney Parks via the Disney bus system.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (864 rooms/1,120 family suites), Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort (1,920 rooms), Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (1,704 rooms/215 family suites), Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort (1,920 rooms), Disney’s Pop Century Resort (2,880 rooms).
Disney’s Moderate Resorts (from $149/night):
The moderate resorts step it up a notch from the values with more immersive theming and a grown up style. The recreational options of these resorts are more plentiful, as are the dining and entertainment choices. The pools are more elaborately themed with the addition of hot tubs, some offer bike rentals and carriage rides. The dining at Disney’s moderate resorts is also more advanced with both counter and table service restaurants as well as an interior lounge. All moderate resorts are served by the Disney bus system and some have boat access to Downtown Disney.
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside (2,048 rooms), Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter (1,008 rooms), Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (2,112 rooms), Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (1,917 rooms).
Disney’s Deluxe Resorts (from $240/night):
Deluxe properties immerse their guests in theming like no other place. These are Disney’s top of the line resorts with luxe amenities, premier service, and the most square footage to a standard room. Eat, Sleep, Shop and Play just steps from the Disney Parks. These resorts offer plentiful on site dining options with counter service, table service, pool bars, lounges, and in room dining all available. The pool areas are elaborately themed with the inclusion of splash zones, slides and hot tubs, often near a marina for watercraft rental. These properties offer valet parking, and full laundry services to their guests. Some deluxe have enhanced transportation with park access via boat or monorail as well as the bus system.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (972 rooms), Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (727 rooms), Disney’s Contemporary Resort (655 rooms), Disney’s Polynesian Resort (847 rooms), Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (621 rooms), Disney’s Beach Club Resort (576 rooms), Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (867 rooms) and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn (372 rooms).
Disney’s Deluxe Villa Resorts (from $275/night / NOTE: units are 2-bedroom equivalents):
Disney Vacation Club Members have purchased a real estate interest in the resort hotel of their choice. They have a wide range of room styles to choose from at their “home” resort, or the ability to use their membership points at other DVC properties as well as at over 500 exchange locations world wide. Disney also holds aside a certain number of Villas every night that can be rented out just like the standard hotel rooms, so this vacation club truly is for everyone.
Disney’s Old Key West Resort (558 units), Disney’s BoardWalk Villas (282 units), The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (114 units), Disney’s Beach Club Villas (177 units), Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (924 units), The Villas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (449 units), Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (295 units).
Official Hotels of Walt Disney World Resort:
These properties are located within the 43 square miles of WDW, but are run by companies other than Disney. Though they don’t have as many benefits as staying at a Disney rune hotel. Guests at this location have the benefit of a guest shuttle, 180 + 10 ADR booking, advance discounted tee times at the golf courses and much more!
Walt Disney World Swan (756 rooms), Walt Disney World Dolphin (1,509 rooms), Buena Vista Palace (1,013 rooms), Regal Sun Resort (626 rooms), Doubletree Guest Suites Resort (229 rooms), The Hilton (814 rooms), Holiday Inn (323 rooms), Hotel Royal Plaza (394 rooms) and Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel (325 rooms). Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort (586 rooms) is a U.S. Armed Forces Recreation Center for vacationing servicemen and women from all branches of the armed forces.
No matter where you stay on Walt Disney World Property you’ll be treated to style and comfort that will likely spoil you for all other travel. Disney service is legendary and the term “Be Our Guest” can’t apply to a more people in such fantastic ways anywhere else on the planet.