Who says you have to be in the Walt Disney World parks to have a great time on vacation in the most magical place on Earth? Believe it or not, there are a lot of things you can do at Disney without a ticket to the park.
Some Disney resorts are favored for their proximity to parks, such as Disney’s Beach Club Resort or Contemporary Resort. On the other hand, some hotels are more suitable for a stay.
Come with us as we discount the best Disney hotels to stay in if you never want to leave your Resort.
Disney’s Riviera Resort is Disney’s new hotel and has the theme of the French and Italian Riviera, places that had a special place in the heart of Walt Disney.
When you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in Riviera Resort, make Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera your home away from home. First course, and Le Petit Café! When you’re done eating at Toppolino’s Terrace, be sure to stop by the balcony and enjoy the stunning rooftop views.
If you’re looking for something fun, you can take a ride with Disney’s Skyliner. Riviera Resort has its own Skyliner station and the drive from here to EPCOT is a sight to behold (and lasts about 10 minutes).
The Riviera Resort also has a gym with technology-laden machines, two swimming pools (one leisure, one main), poolside activities, a pool bar (don’t miss the Riva Bar!) , A splash pad and a lounge for Disney fans.
If you want to get out of your resort without going too far from home, the Riviera Resort is within walking distance of the Caribbean Beach Resort. Guests can enjoy a drink at Banana Cabana or sample Caribbean-inspired food at Sebastian’s Bistro. Then just head back to Riviera Resort (or take a two-minute walk with the Skyliner!) To grab some French pastries at Le Petit Cafe before bed.
For more information, see Disney’s Riviera Resort fact sheet
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is one of the first Walt Disney World Resorts, but if you think its ’70s pedigree means it’s old-fashioned, keep in mind that the Poly is far from outdated.
Among the views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks (they pump music to the beach so you can listen to it throughout the show!), The delicious pool (slide down a volcano? Yes, please!) And delicious dining options (‘ Ohana, Capt. Cook’s, Kona Cafe and more!), There is so much to love at the Polynesian Resort. One thing you won’t want to miss is the electric water contest, which floats in the Seven Seas lagoon.
The Polynesian resort also has a boat rental on the pier. Note that all mcustom boat rentals are temporarily unavailable, but we will be sure to update them when they return. When they do, plan an excursion that will provide you with a view of the resort and its surroundings that you have never seen before.
Did we mention that Polynesia serves Dole Whip ?! You can stop by Pineapple Lanai and enjoy this beloved Disney dessert! A dinar! The dinner! You know what, you just have to get it a bunch of times while you’re at it.
The Polynesian Resort is located in the Monorail loop, so you can take a detour when you want to get away for a bit. Stop by Magic Kingdom and stop to explore the other two monorail complexes: Grand Floridian and Contemporary. Or try some food and drinks at the monorail crawl.
Take a walk on the monorail.
Click here for more information on Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
We complete our list of luxury resorts done for accommodation is Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, located a short drive from the Magic Kingdom. But for a vacation away from the Disney parks, the Wilderness Lodge still has a lot to offer.
In addition to the obvious activities of staying at the hotel (pool, dining room, hanging out in the amazing lobby, etc.), you can also take a walk next to Fort Wilderness Resort (check out the walk here)ent bicycles, visit Tri-Circle-D Ranch you go fishing!
After a busy day, you may feel hungry! Luckily, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge serves good food. You can visit Whispering Canyon Cafe to joke, Roaring Fork for fast but quality food, and Artist Point (temporarily closed but offering a fabulous meal).
Although not currently available, Wilderness Lodge also offers carriage rides in a horse-drawn carriage. And you’ll want to check with the front desk to see if they have scavenger hunting; this is a fun way to explore your resort and maybe get a small prize at the end.
PHOTOS: A first look at the renovated hotel rooms at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Port Orleans Resorts
Both Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter (both reopened in October) are extremely popular moderate Disney Resorts, and for good reason. Between the fun of New Orleans and the bayou theme, a quiet atmosphere and an ideal size, these resorts are a fan favorite.
As for things to do, you can take a Sassagoula water taxi (which currently does not work) to Disney Springs and enjoy a day of shopping …
… or snack on some donuts in the French Quarter while we listen to relaxing jazz in the background.
The best part is that you can experience twice as many activities, as the two resorts are right next to each other and guests of either resort can use the amenities of the sister resort. So if you like a Resort-themed pool, you’ll get two for one in Port Orleans.
The food at Port Orleans Resorts is also appealing, and if you stay here you’ll have two food court options (get the jambalaya at Sassagoula Float Works in the French Quarter) and a table service option, plus two fun activities. pool bars!
Click here for more information on the reopening dates of Port Orleans Riverside and Disney’s French Quarter.
The huts of Fort Wilderness
Fort Wilderness cabins are great for getting an entire cabin, not a small small room, so there are no standing feet at night. Here you can rent bikes to explore acres of wooded trails, ride a horse on the Tri-Circle-D Ranch, go fishing or try archery.
If you feel like driving, you can even rent a golf cart and explore the resort. You cannot do this at any of the other resorts.
If you want your accommodation to be relaxed and have the feeling of being away from it all, Fort Wilderness cabins will provide you with the space for that, while still being very close to the magic.
Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground fact sheet
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a fun tropical resort perfect for island lovers.
Like the other resorts we’ve discussed, Caribbean Beach Resort offers under-the-star movies at night and pool activities. Also, the main pool does not have one, but two slides!
One of the biggest advantages of staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort is access to Skyliner. This resort houses the center of the cable car, so you can stroll through the Skyliner during your stay and explore some of the other resorts in the Skyliner Loop.
Depending on the beach theme, the Caribbean Beach Resort offers sunbeds and hammocks, so you can spend your stay relaxing in the water.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Save us a run of the Caribbean beach the next time you go!
Caribbean Beach Resort fact sheet
Disney’s Pop Century Resort is a blast from the past that is great for kids.
This resort is a lot of fun to explore, from the shadow boxes in the lobby that contain treasures from decades past to the fun characters scattered throughout the resort, it’s endless fun. You can also read curious facts about billboards around the resort, see how the Skyliner flies overhead and see all the buildings of the decade.
During the day, you can take part in activities such as tying a T-shirt with cast members (for a small fee) and visiting the venue (yes, be a kid again!). In the evening, you can watch a Disney movie under the stars or enjoy an ice cream by the pool.
Pop Century Resort also has access to Skyliner; there is a station on the Generation Gap Bridge, between Pop and Art of Animation, so you can jump from resort to resort and explore as many different places as you want.
Click here for more information on Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Art of animation
Speaking of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort … this Value Resort pays homage to four classic Disney animated films: The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, i Cars!
If you or your family enjoy exploring, this resort has cleverly designed themed areas that don’t miss a trick; even the landscaping matches the section of each Resort movie.
The big blue pool here is … BIG. How really great! In fact, it is the largest individual pool on the property.
In addition, you and your family can enjoy the movis under the stars, several rsorcery activities and take a trip to Disney with the Skyliner, which shares this station with the Pop Century Resort.
Click here for more information on Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
There are so many great places to stay in and around Walt Disney World, but hopefully this list will help you decide where to stay if you’re thinking about staying away from a short stay.
What is your favorite Disney resort for a stay? Let us know in the comments.
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