There are over 25 hotels within the 43 square miles that make up the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. Within those hotels, Disney categorizes their hotels by “classes”; Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villas.
The Deluxe class of Walt Disney World Hotels offer the finest accommodations available in full-service hotels and usually closer to the theme parks than the Value or Moderate classes of accommodations.
There are currently eight hotels at Walt Disney World in the Deluxe class of resorts
Magic Kingdom Resort Area
Within the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, there are four Deluxe hotels, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. All of the hotels with the exception of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge are connected to the Magic Kingdom (and Epcot with a transfer at the Ticket and Transportation Center) by monorail. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is connected to the Magic Kingdom by boat and to the other theme parks and hotels by bus.
The hotels in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area are the most well known hotels at Walt Disney World, including the iconic A-frame Disney’s Contemporary Resort Hotel. Disney’s Contemporary Resort hotel and Disney’s Polynesian Resort hotel opened with Walt Disney World on October 1, 1971 but have been updated and modernized. And for old Florida charm, and a world class spa, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is the place to stay.
Epcot Resort Area
The Epcot Resort area consists of three hotels; Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. All three resort hotels are on Disney’s Boardwalk which encircles a lake a features shops, restaurants, a dance hall, and entertainment on the boardwalk.
All of the hotels in the Epcot Resort Area are connect to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios by boat. The boardwalk also connects to the back side of Epcot where there is an entrance located between the United Kingdom and France World Showcase pavilions. There is also a walkway to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Animal Kingdom Resort Area
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the only hotel in the Animal Kingdom Resort Area and is connected to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and the other theme parks and hotels of Walt Disney World by bus.
Unique to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the chance to wake up to a view of the African savanna complete with gazelles and giraffes. The savanna view rooms overlook this picturesque and offer a great view of all the wildlife from your room’s balcony.