What Other Non-Theme Park Disney Destinations Exist?
In addition to the twelve Disney theme parks (located on six resort campuses in four countries), there are several other Disney Destinations.
Standalone Disney Resort Hotels
There are three Disney resort hotels that are not located near any theme parks.
Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa / Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas
- Location: Ko Olina, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
- Opening Date: August 29, 2011
- Location: Longview Island, Hilton Head, South Carolina, United States
- Opening Date: March 1, 1996
- Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States
- Opening Date: October 1, 1995
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line has five cruise ships which sail from 15 ports around the world. There are 11 general itinerary types, with multiple variations of each. Select departures include days (or entire voyages) with special theming. Disney Cruise Line has led several industry innovations, including the first ever fireworks at sea on select itineraries, as well as an innovative rotational dining concept in which the serving team “follows” diners to a different restaurant each night.
Disney Cruise Ships
- Disney Dream — Maiden Voyage January 26, 2011
- Disney Fantasy — Maiden Voyage March 31, 2012
- Disney Magic — Maiden Voyage July 30, 1998
- Disney Wish — Maiden Voyage July 14, 2022
- Disney Wonder — Maiden Voyage August 15, 1999
Disney Cruise Departure Ports
- Barcelona, Spain
- Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Dover, England
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Galveston, Texas
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Miami, Florida
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- New York, New York
- Port Canaveral, Florida
- San Diego, California
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Southampton, England
- Vancouver, Canada
Disney Cruise Itineraries
- Pacific Coast
- Panama Canal
Disney Cruise Themed & Holiday Sailings
- Marvel Day at Sea cruises
- Pixar Day at Sea cruises
- Halloween on the High Seas cruises
- Very Merrytime cruises
Adventures by Disney
Adventures by Disney offers dozens of guided tours in nearly 40 countries on every continent. Offerings include Land Adventures (traditional guided group tours), Escapes (shorter land adventures), River Cruises, Expedition Cruises, Private Jet Adventures, and Private Adventures. Most trips are open to families (though minimum age guidelines may apply, but some select departure dates are exclusive to adults.
Each trip includes a fully-planned itinerary, unique personal touches, and occasional specialty VIP/private access to attractions in the destination, all for at a single combined price. At least two Disney employees to serve as Adventure Guides to ensure a hassle-free travel experience.
We maintain a complete list of Adventures by Disney trips and the countries to which they travel.
Disney Vacation Club
Disney operates a timeshare-style vacation ownership program called Disney Vacation Club. To date, DVC has built 16 resorts; these resorts feature larger, family-style accommodations such as studio, 1-, 2-, and 3- bedroom vacation villas, along with occasional specialty accommodations such as treehouse villas or over-water bungalows.
To become a member, one must purchase a real estate interest in one of the DVC resorts. Unlike a traditional timeshare which locks owners into the same week / accommodation each year, DVC members receive an annual allotment of so-called “vacation points” which are used to flexibly book resort stays.
These stays are typically at the DVC-owned resorts, but members may also exchange their points to stay at traditional Disney hotels, travel on Disney Cruise Line or with Adventures by Disney, or stay at certain non-Disney owned hotels and timeshares.
For those who seek a more traditional timeshare experience, a limited number of DVC memberships are sold under a “Favorite Weeks” structure (previously called “Guaranteed Weeks”). Members under this structure are automatically booked in the same accommodation type the same week each year, but still have the option to opt out on a year-by-year basis and instead receive flexible use points for that year.
Most of the DVC-owned resorts are located at Walt Disney World, but four are elsewhere in the United States. None are located internationally.
DVC Resorts at Walt Disney World in Florida
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
DVC Resorts elsewhere
- Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas — Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii, United States
- Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort — Longview Island, Hilton Head, South Carolina, United States
- Disney’s Vero Beach Resort — Vero Beach, Florida, United States
- Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa — Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
Unoccupied DVC accommodations are also offered on a cash basis to those who are not members. At Walt Disney World, these are marketed to the public as “Deluxe Villa” accommodations.
There are several residential/commercial communities which are not technically Disney vacation destinations but still have significant ties to the Disney company.
Just south of Walt Disney World resort in Osceola County, Florida is the town of Celebration. This planned community was originally developed by the Walt Disney Company, and sits at the southern tip of Disney World’s major north-south thoroughfare, World Drive.
A portion of the Walt Disney World Resort area in Florida is designated as the Golden Oak neighborhood. This luxury resort living complex features multi-million dollar homes and offers residents extensive membership perks at the resort.
Storyliving by Disney
Disney has announced a new concept of planned communities for those aged 55+. These developments, named Storyliving, will focus on offering unique programming for its residents through a dedicated staff of Disney Cast Members. The first such development to be announced is Cotino in the Rancho Mirage / Palm Springs are of California. The company says it is also researching other areas for similar communities in the future.
Val d’Europe / Marne-la-Vallée
Val d’Europe is a sector of the planned community Marne-la-Vallée, located near Paris, France. Marne-la-Vallée as a whole predates Disneyland Paris by several decades, but the Val d’Europe sector was created concurrently with the development of the theme park. The Disney company had significant input as to Val D’Europe’s development and received land in the area as part of the agreement.