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This YouTuber Tried Every Hotel in Disney World so You Can Book the Best One

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by Katie Scott Aiton May 13, 2024

Walt Disney World isn’t just a collection of epic theme parks; it’s a full-fledged vacation destination. There are over 20 different accommodations, and selecting a Disney World hotel that suits your needs will hugely elevate your entire Disney experience.

Are you a solo Disney fan seeking a clean and comfortable crash pad? Or a multi-generational family with varying interests? If you’re traveling with children who would be thrilled with a character dining experience, you might consider a deluxe resort. But with a vast array of options, from budget-friendly to outrageous, how do you pick the right one? To help you out, this YouTuber stayed at every hotel, from the cheapest room at Pop Century to the luxe Animal Kingdom.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

For a budget-friendly stay (as “budget-friendly” as Disney can be,) opt for Pop Century. This resort features playful theming that celebrates iconic pop culture decades from the 1950s to the 1990s. The resort has large pool complexes with waterslides, on-site food courts, and live entertainment. Pop Century prioritizes affordability and fun, making it ideal for families or those seeking a more social Disney experience.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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This sleek, A-frame-shaped resort has a prime location directly across the Magic Kingdom park entrance. It’s one of the original three resorts of Disney World and is beloved for its location. From here, you can enjoy the convenience of walking to the park or hopping on the monorail that glides through the resort. The Contemporary offers modern rooms with Magic Kingdom views (in the central tower), award-winning dining experiences, and stunning pools. However, this luxury comes at a premium price tag.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Zebra Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Photo: Walt Disney World

Animal Kingdom Lodge is simply magical. The horseshoe-shaped resort encloses several savannas teeming with over 200 species of African wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and even flamingos.

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Photo: Walt Disney World
Photo: Walt Disney World

You can observe animals throughout the park and from various vantage points within the resort, including the balconies of higher-end rooms. There are two pool complexes: Uzima Springs Pool, with its thrilling 67-foot waterslide, and Samawati Springs Pool. A stay here is a magical immersive experience but is on the pricier side.

Beyond these three resorts, Walt Disney World offers a vast collection of hotels catering to various themes, budgets, and experiences, so there’s something for every type of traveler. Here’s a current list of every Disney World hotel.

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

There are three types of resorts at Disney World.

Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.
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Disney World offers three main hotel categories for various budgets and travel styles. Value resorts provide basic accommodations with fun theming, like rooms decorated with favorite Disney movies, perfect for budget-minded families prioritizing park time over luxurious amenities. Moderate resorts step up the comfort level with slightly larger rooms, more dining options, and better facilities.

Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows. Photo: Walt Disney World

Deluxe resorts offer the most immersive experiences, elegant design, premium locations close to parks or with transportation options like the monorail mentioned above, and fine dining experiences.

How much does a Disney World hotel cost?

Guest Rooms at Polynesian Village Resort.Photo: Walt Disney World
Photo: Walt Disney World

Disney World hotel prices vary depending on the resort’s category, time of year, and room type. Value resorts like Pop Century are the most budget-friendly, with rates typically around $200 per night, while deluxe resorts can reach upwards of $6,000 per night. Moderate resorts fall somewhere in between, and villas offer multi-room layouts with kitchenettes or full kitchens. However, they come with a premium price tag, but of course, you save on eating out.

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