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Thinking About Staying at a Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort? Read This First!

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Whether you exclusively stay at deluxe resorts or you are looking to splurge on your next visit to Walt Disney World, the options for where to stay within this category can be overwhelming. With so many things to consider when making the decision, between cost, theming, amenities, and more, it never hurts to do some research into which resort is right for you. 

The solo-traveler: Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Solo trips to Walt Disney World are vastly underrated. Visiting the resort by yourself allows you to take all the time you like to really take in all of the details and enjoy spending time at your resort. Animal Kingdom Lodge is full of detail in its design making it an excellent choice for spending time alone. You will not feel like you need to constantly hold a conversation or find some other distraction while in the resort, as the lobby alone offers to many elements to look at including not only décor but also authentic artifacts.

The resort’s recreational offerings include educational opportunities with cultural representatives, where guests can learn about various countries in Africa as well as the animals that live on the savannah. Other events include jewelry making and tours of other parts of the resort like Boma, where guests can learn about how design elements in the restaurant are inspired by authentic African architecture and history.

All about the kids: Contemporary or BoardWalk Inn

Disney's BoardWalk Inn

Image: Brittany DiCologero

Each Disney resort as you’d imagine has so much to offer families vacationing together. For the most “classic” family Disney trip on a deluxe resort budget however, staying at the Contemporary is a must. From Chef Mickey’s to the short walk to the Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary appeals to families visiting with kids by combining the convenience in location to the park with quintessential “Disney” experiences.

Another excellent choice while visiting with the kids is Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. The BoardWalk is adjacent to Epcot’s International Gateway, and is accessible via a short walking path or by boat. And while at the BoardWalk, families can take part in recreational offerings like surrey rides, and enjoy family-friendly dining with the character breakfast at Trattoria al Forno. 

For the honeymooners: Polynesian Village or Grand Floridian 

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Image: Brittany DiCologero

Any deluxe resort can really be a perfect choice for a honeymoon stay, but two stand out in particular. For that classic Hawaiian beach vibe while still spending time at Walt Disney World, you can’t go wrong with the Polynesian Village Resort. Although you may not actually be spending the honeymoon at the beach, you’ll definitely get a feel for the islands. Learn how to dance the hula in the resort’s lobby, attend a luau, or splurge on a stay in one of the resort’s bungalow to enhance that Polynesian honeymoon feel.

Speaking of splurging, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is really the ultimate splurge. If your honeymoon has been a long time coming or you are just looking to splurge a little extra to celebrate you and that someone special this may be the resort for you. The luxurious Victorian setting comes with all the modern amenities you’d crave while on your honeymoon while still retaining the elegant theming. The resort comes with an array of dining, shopping, and recreational experiences, as well as a full service spa for the ultimate post-wedding escape.

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