Disney World resort comparison

Disney World Resort Comparison

There’s certain no shortage of places to stay at Disney World. In total, there are thirty-four resort hotels on Walt Disney World property, ranging from inexpensive budget accommodations to luxurious, no-expense-spared resorts. You are sure to find a resort that fits your budget and vacation goals. But how do you narrow down the choices with so many options? Keep reading our Disney World Resort Comparison page to find the answer.

Disney classifies its resorts into three basic categories—Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. There are also a number of Disney Vacation Club Villas and even campsites. Resort are found in one of five specific regions of the park – the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, the Epcot Resort Area, the Animal Kingdom Resort Area, the Wide World of Sports Resort Area, or the Disney Springs Resort area.

All of Disney’s Deluxe resorts have earned a AAA Four Diamond rating, but the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is considered by Disney as their highest-tier, luxury flagship resort. As you may have guessed, Disney’s Value Resorts are geared towards families on a budget and offer fun and fully-adequate in-park accomodations. Disney’s Moderate Resorts fall somewhere between Value and Deluxe in terms of cost, room size, tranportation options, and other ammenities.

With that background information out of the way, then let’s now review the hotel properties in greater detail with this Disney World Resort Comparison page. 

RESORTCATEGORYPRICE (MAX 5)LOCATIONTRANSPORTATIONDININGPOOLSMAX OCCUPANCY RATING (MAX 5)
Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary ResortDeluxe Villa💲💲💲💲- from $525Magic Kingdom Resort AreaBoat; Bus; Monorail1 restaurants; 3 lounges; 1 coffee bar112⭐⭐⭐⭐
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness LodgeDeluxe Villa💲💲💲💲- from $450Magic Kingdom Resort AreaBoat; Bus3 restaurants29⭐⭐⭐
The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness ResortModerate 💲💲💲- from $450Magic Kingdom Resort AreaBoat; Bus3 restaurants; 1 lounge26⭐⭐⭐
The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness ResortCampground💲- from $60Magic Kingdom Resort AreaBoat; Bus3 restaurants; 1 lounge210⭐⭐
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness LodgeDeluxe Villa💲💲💲- from $466Magic Kingdom Resort AreaBoat; Bus3 restaurants; 1 lounge012⭐⭐⭐
Disney's All-Star Movies Value💲- from $99Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort AreaBus1 food court24⭐⭐
Disney's All-Star Music ResortValue💲- from $99Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort AreaBus1 food court26⭐⭐
Disney's All-Star Sports ResortValue💲- from $99Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort AreaBus1 food court24⭐⭐
Disney's Animal Kingdom LodgeDeluxe💲💲💲- from $363Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort AreaBus4 restaurants; 2 lounges18⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo HouseDeluxe Villa💲💲💲- from $358Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort AreaBus3 restaurants112⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani VillageDeluxe Villa💲💲💲💲- from $420Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort AreaBus4 restaurants112⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Art of Animation ResortValue💲💲- from $160Wide World of Sports Resort AreaBus1 restaurant36⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Beach Club Resort
Deluxe 💲💲💲💲- from $433Epcot Resort AreaBoat; Bus4 restaurants; 1 lounge37⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Beach Club Villas Deluxe Villa💲💲💲💲- from $482Epcot Resort AreaBoat; Bus4 restaurants39⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disney's BoardWalk Inn
Deluxe 💲💲💲💲- from $472Epcot Resort AreaBoat; Bus4 restaurants; 3 quick-service; 1 lounge39⭐⭐⭐
Disney's BoardWalk Villas
Deluxe Villa💲💲💲💲- from $482Epcot Resort AreaBoat; Bus4 restaurants; 3 quick-service; 1 lounge312⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Moderate💲💲- from $204Epcot Resort AreaBus4 restaurants75⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Contemporary ResortDeluxe💲💲💲💲- from $443Magic Kingdom Resort AreaBoat; Bus; Monorail4 restaurants; 4 lounges; 1 coffee bar210⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Coronado Springs ResortModerate💲💲- from $198Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort AreaBus3 restaurants; 1 lounge48⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & SpaDeluxe💲💲💲💲💲- from $612Magic Kingdom Resort AreaBoat; Bus; Monorail6 restaurants; 3 lounges28⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Old Key West Resort Deluxe Villa💲💲💲- from $372Disney Springs Resort AreaBoat; Bus3 restaurants412⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Deluxe💲💲💲💲💲- from $527Magic Kingdom Resort AreaBoat; Bus; Monorail5 restaurants; 1 lounge29⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Deluxe Villa💲💲💲💲💲- from $546Magic Kingdom Resort AreaBoat; Bus; Monorail5 restaurants; 1 lounge210⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Pop Century ResortValue💲- from $137Wide Wolrld of Sports Resort AreaBus1 restaurant34⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter Moderate💲💲- from $219Disney Springs Resort AreaBoat; Bus1 restaurant; 1 lounge14⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside Moderate💲💲- from $219Disney Springs Resort AreaBoat; Bus2 restaurants; 1 lounge65⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Riviera Resort Deluxe Villa💲💲💲- from $356Epcot Resort AreaBus--12⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & SpaDeluxe Villa💲💲💲- from $372Disney Springs Resort AreaBoat; Bus2 restaurants; 1 lounge512⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Wilderness LodgeDeluxe💲💲💲- from $361Magic Kingdom Resort AreaBoat; Bus3 restaurants; 1 lounge26⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disney's Yacht Club Resort Deluxe💲💲💲💲- from $433Epcot Resort AreaBoat; Bus4 restaurants; 2 lounges48⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & SpaDeluxe Villa💲💲💲💲💲- from $598Magic Kingdom Resort AreaBoat; Bus; Monorail6 restaurants; 3 lounges212⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Walt Disney World Dolphin HotelDeluxe💲💲💲Epcot Resort AreaBoat; Bus6 restaurants; 3 lounges44⭐⭐⭐
Walt Disney World Swan HotelDeluxe💲💲💲Epcot Resorts AreaBoat; Bus4 restaurants; 2 lounges44⭐⭐⭐

Click the green button (+) to see each resort’s cost, location, transportation, dining, number of pools, maximum occupancy, and our rating.

A Guide to Disney World Resorts

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Disney classifies its resorts into three basic categories—Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. There are also a number of Disney Vacation Club Villas and even campsites. Resort are found in one of five specific regions of the park – the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, the Epcot Resort Area, the Animal Kingdom Resort Area, the Wide World of Sports Resort Area, or the Disney Springs Resort area.

All of Disney’s Deluxe resorts have earned a AAA Four Diamond rating, but the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is considered by Disney as their highest-tier, luxury flagship resort. As you may have guessed, Disney’s Value Resorts are geared towards families on a budget and offer fun and fully-adequate in-park accomodations. Disney’s Moderate Resorts fall somewhere between Value and Deluxe in terms of cost, room size, tranportation options, and other ammenities.

Below we compare each of Disney World’s resorts to help you determine which hotel is best for your next vacation. We highlight key features of the resorts, such as the category, location, and some of the resort’s noteworthy advantages. Expand the table above for more resort-specific details and ratings. And keep in mind that all guests staying at a Walt Disney World on-site property receives early access to FastPass+ and Dining reservations, complimentary MagicBands, Extra Magic Hours, Disney Dining Plan eligibility, complimentary transportation to/from the airport, and more. This alone makes staying at a Walt Disney resort a better option than staying at an off-site (non-Disney) resort.

With that background information out of the way, then let’s now review the hotel properties in greater detail with this Disney World Resort Comparison guide.

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Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area

All-Star Movies pays homage to all of Disney’s film legends from Toy Story, 101 Dalmations, and more.

  • World Premiere Food Court
  • Pool themed after Fantasia
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area

All-Star Music is a fun resort that pays tribute to the music indistry.  The hotel offers 1,600 rooms w/ 214 large family suites.

  • Intermission Food Court
  • Pool shaped like a guitar
  • Family Suites
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transporation, etc.

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area

All-Star Sports is a Disney resort that celebrates the world of competitive sports, including tennis, baseball, football, basketball, and surfing.

  • End Zone Food Court
  • Surfboard Motif Pool
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Wide World of Sports Resort Area

Art of Animation is an enchanting Walt Disney World resort themed after Pixar classics like The Little Mermaid, Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King.

  • Dog-Friendly Rooms
  • Family Suites Available
  • Disney Skyliner Transportation
  • Disney World’s largest pool
  • Landscape of Flavors
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transporation, etc.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Wide World of Sports Resort Area

Pop Century Resort pays homageto the decades of fashions, fads, dances, and toys of American pop culture.

  • Everything Pop Shopping and Dining
  • Disney Skyliner Transportation
  • Pool w. Water Jets
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney Moderate Resorts

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The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

The Cabins at Fort Wilderness have an American Frontier theme. They are secluded on 700-plus acres of Disney wilderness but have all the creature-comforts you desire.

  • A good way to “rough it” without sacrificing comfort
  • Bus service throughout, plus golf carts for rent
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Kichenettes to cook at home
  • Pool w/ waterslide
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue show
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Epcot Resort Area

Caribbean Beach Resort is a tropical beachside oasis situated along the 45-acre Barefoot Bay.

  • Rooms w/ pirate theme
  • Disney Skyliner Transportation
  • Pool w/ waterslide
  • Old Port Royale
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area

This American Southwest-themed hotel, set on a 22-acre lake, invokes the spirit and romance of Spanish-colonial Mexico.

  • A “Reimagined” Resort
  • Fitness Centers
  • Club-Access Benefits
  • Pool w/ Waterslide
  • Award-winning dining at Toledo (Tapas, Seafood & Steak)
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Disney Springs Resort Area

Discover this New Orleans-inspired Resort, set along a winding river road and picturesque waterways.

  • Nightlight at Scat Cat’s Club
  • Pool w/ Waterslide
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Disney Springs Resort Area

Port Orleans Riverside is a delightful waterfront hotel that makes you feel as though you are on a Mississippi River cruise.

  • Royal Guest Rooms
  • Pool w/ Waterslide
  • Award-winning Boatwright’s Dining Hall
  • Dog-Friendly accommodations
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney Deluxe Resorts

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area

Guests of this African-lodge style resort hotel can watch exotic animals roam free around the 43 acres of tropical grassland.

  • Exotic animals
  • Award winning dining options
  • Pool w/ waterslide
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Epcot Resort Area

Beach Club is a a fun and relaxing lakeside hotel that is themed after a beachside Eastern Seaboard of yesteryear.

  • Massive outdoor water recreational area
  • Disney Skyliner Transportation
  • Cape May Café
  • Ship Shape Health Club
  • Minnie’s Mother’s Day Chocolate Party
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Epcot Resort Area

BoardWalk is takes its inspiration from the beachfront grand resorts of 1940s Atlantic City. This elegant lakeside hotel is situated at the center of Disney’s BoardWalk, a shopping, dining, and entertainment district.

  • Lively nightlife
  • Disney Skyliner Transportation
  • Pool w/ Waterslide
  • Signature Dining at Flying Fish
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

The monorail runs right through the lobby of this lakeside Resort. Contemporary Resort is located in close proximity and against the backdrop of Magic Kingdom.

  • Resort monorail
  • On the Seven Seas Lagoon
  • Pool w/ Waterslide
  • Award-winning California Grill
  • Disney Countdown to Midnight: A New Year’s Eve Celebration
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Dolphin Hotel

Epcot Resort Area

Disney’s Dolphin (and Swan) is an elegant water-themed hotel designed by noted architect Michael Graves.

  • Pool w/ waterslide
  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Mandara Spa
  • Supervised Children’s Activity Center
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is an Victorian-style hotel celebrating the Sunshine State’s golden era. This hotel is considered Disney World’s flagship resort.

  • World-class health club, spa, and salon
  • Award-winning dining
  • Next to Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom
  • A monorail stop
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Pool W/ Waterslide
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

Polynesian Village is a relaxing resort that captures the culture and atmosphere of the South Pacific.

  • On the Resort Monorail
  • On the banks of the Seven Seas Lagoon
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Swan Hotel

Epcot Resort Area

Disney’s Swan (and Dolphin) is an elegant water-themed hotel designed by noted architect Michael Graves.

  • Pool w/ waterslide
  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
  • Mandara Spa
  • Supervised Children’s Activity Center
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

Wilderness Lodge is a lakeside log-cabin-style resort that takes its inspiration from the grandeur of National Park lodges.

  • Exquisite pools
  • Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Epcot Resort Area

Disney Yacht Club Resort is themed after a Martha’s Vineyard-style grand hotel. Located on Crescent Lake, Yacht Club is designed with authentic nautical details and upscale, classy charm.

  • Outdoor Water Recreation Area
  • Disney Skyliner Transportation
  • Dog-Friendly Accommodations
  • Award-winning dining at Yachtsman Steakhouse
  • Ship Shape Health Club
  • Minnie’s Mother’s Day Chocolate Party
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area

Jambo House is African lodge-style villa situated amidst a 38-acre wildlife preserve where 30 species of animals roam free.

  • Extra space
  • Exotic animals
  • Pool w/ waterslide
  • Award-Winning restaurants
  • Exotic Animals
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area

Set near a vast animal reserve, this African lodge-style hotel offers kitchenettes/kitchens and multi-bedroom units.

  • Extra space
  • Exotic animals
  • Pool w/ waterslide
  • Home of Sanaa,  Indian-influenced African dishes with views of the wildlife
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

Bay Lake Tower is a modern and luxurious experience with dramatic views of the park.

  • Extra space
  • Pool w/ Waterslide
  • Award winning dining at California Grill
  • On the Resort Monorail
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

Boulder Ridge Villas harnesses the majesty of the Pacific Northwest and its outdoorsy elements.

  • Extra space
  • Pool w/ waterslide
  • Storybook Dining at Artist Point w/ Snow White
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins is a lakeside log-cabin-style resort that takes its inspiration from the grandeur of National Park lodges.

  • Extra space
  • A Disney Vacation Club Resort
  • Quietly situated among the pines yet close to the action of Magic Kingdom
  • Access to 2 beautiful pools
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Epcot Resort Area

Beach Club Villas is an elegant lakefront New England-inspired resort hotel.

  • Extra space
  • Large water recreation area
  • Cape May Café
  • Disney Skyliner Transportation
  • Cape May Café
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Epcot Resort Area

BoardWalk Villas is inspired by a 1940s Atlantic City seaside resort.  Experience the charm and romance of this lakeside BoardWalk hotel.

  • Extra space
  • Pool w/ Waterslide
  • Disney Skyliner
  • Signature dining at Flying Fish
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney Spring Resort Area

With gingerbread accents and pastel colors, Old Key West Resort is Victorian-themed resort that conveys a sense of relaxation.

  • Extra space
  • R.E.S.T Beach fitness center
  • Pool w/ Waterslide
  • Olivia’s Café
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

Polynesian Village is a relaxing resort that captures the culture and atmosphere of the South Pacific.

  • On the Resort Monorail
  • On the banks of the Seven Seas Lagoon
  • Disney’s Original Island Escape
  • Savor the Succulent Tastes of the Islands
  • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Epcot Resort Area

Disney’s Riviera Resort celebrates the grandour of Europe and offers a full range of accommodations – from cozy Tower Studios to spacious 1Br, 2Br, and 3Br Villas.

  • A Disney Vacation Club Resort
  • Stylish and artistic touches
  • Full range of accommodations
  • Dining at Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera
  • Disney Skyliner Transportation
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Disney Springs Resort Area

This relaxing lakeside hotel brings the spirit of Saratoga, New York horseracing into the Disney Springs section of Walt Disney World Resort.

  • Extra space
  • Pool w/ waterslide
  • Senses Spa
  • Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is an Victorian-style hotel celebrating the Sunshine State’s golden era. This hotel is considered Disney World’s flagship resort.

  • Extra space
  • World-class health club, spa, and salon
  • Award-winning dining
  • Next to Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom
  • A monorail stop
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Pool W/ Waterslide
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Campgrounds at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

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The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Magic Kingdom Resort Area

The Campsites at Fort Wilderness offer plenty of activities on the 700+ acre, American Frontier themed resort.

  • Campsites are rustic but fully-equipped
  • Bus transportation throughout w/ golf cart rentals available
  • Pool w/ waterslide
  • Pet-friendly accommodations
  • A unique way to stay on Disney property
  • Perks like Extra Magic Hours, complimentary airport transportation, etc.

Enjoy your Disney World vacation!

We hope our Disney World Resorts Comparison page has helped you narrow down your hotel choices.

For more useful Disney World information, please review some additional pages on MagicGuides like our How to Plan a Disney Vacation, Club Level at Disney World, Disney World History, Walt Disney Quotes, Disney World Strollers, and RunDisney Marathon articles.

If you need help planning and booking your magical Walt Disney World vacation, then please contact the Disney travel agents at The Vacationeer. Their services are always helpful and totally free of charge!

Thanks for reading and we hope you have a magical Walt Disney World vacation!

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