Top 3 Luxury Hotels to Stay at When Visiting Disney World and Prefer a Disney Resort

That is correct!  When it comes to a true Disney vacation, there is no better way to stay than in a Disney resort hotel.  A member of the Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals team recently experienced a luxurious Disney vacation with their children, and returned with much to report! 

The top 3 Disney hotels are (in no particular order):

1. Disney Contemporary Resort

2. Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

3. Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge

Contemporary Hotel Disney Monorail

Disney Contemporary Resort 4th floor monorail

Disney Contemporary Resort

Disney Contemporary Resort Exterior

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Located inside Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the only hotel to have the Monorail system actually pass through the main lobby, with access from the fourth floor.  This contemporary style tower overlooks Space Mountain, Cinderella Castle and 4.5 miles of shoreline along Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon.
The Contemporary Tower also includes most of Disney’s facilities, including Registration, Guest Services and the 4th floor Grand Canyon Concourse, making it quite convenient.

Amenities of Disney’s Contemporary Resort include:

•    2 restaurants, including award-winning California Grill, located on the 15th floor with outstanding views of the nightly fireworks.  Follow link for 5-Star tipping tips!
•    Sparkling pools, a 17-foot high curving slide, and wading pools for the kids
•    Recreational facilities
•    Health club
•    Tennis courts
•    A marina
•    Convention facilities
•    Watercraft rentals
•    Fishing excursions
•    A 24-hour modern game room

Grand Floridian Disney

Disney Grand Floridian Exterior

Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
This is a Victorian-style resort offering a plethora of activities for the whole family, world-class dining, entertainment and luxurious accommodations via six red-gabled buildings situated along the white sandy shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon.  Awesome views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, Cinderella Castle and nightly fireworks display can be found here.

Disney Floridian Resort Tea Party

Disney Floridian Resort Tea Party

Disney Grand Floridian Spa

Disney Grand Floridian Spa

Amenities of the Grand Floridian include:

•    2 gorgeous pools, wading pool and beach pool with cascading waterfalls and a waterslide
•    World-class spa
•    Health club
•    6 restaurants, including Victoria & Alberts and Narcoossees
•    Watercraft rentals, watersports
•    24-hour modern game room
•    My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party at Garden View Tea Lounge (additional cost, well worth it!)
•    Wonderland Tea Party and Mousketeer Club events for children are supervised, allowing the adults to explore a night out Disney style.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge
The Animal Kingdom Lodge offers up an animal lover’s dream hotel, sprawling across 43-acres of wildlife preserve.  With authentic African-inspired architecture and sweeping views of the surrounding savanna brimming with exotic animal inhabitants!

This lodge style resort features thatched ceilings, oversized beams, hand-carved golden toned furnishings and real African artifacts.  Kids love the mammoth mud fireplace in the main lobby, surrounded with African artifacts.  Just outside of the main lobby, children can stand on Arusha Rock, and elevated rock structure, and see animals up-close!

Boasting over 30 species of natural wildlife roaming the savannas, the Animal Kingdom Lodge offers safaris and exciting animal encounters.  Throughout the Disney resort, there are special alcoves and glass windows to view the surrounding wildlife.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Dining

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Dining

Amenities include most of those listed above, and the following:

•    2 award-winning restaurants:  Jiko and Boma-Flavors of Africa
•    Uzima pool, an 11,000 square-foot zero-depth entry pool with a 67-foot-long slide
•    Simba’s Cubhouse, another supervised activity for children affording the parents a night out to explore

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Exterior

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Exterior

 We hope you found this Disney resort guide helpful!  Don’t miss our fleet of luxury rental cars, additional luxury travel tips and more on your way out, you may want to recoup in Miami after your exhausting Disney Orlando vacation!