Disney World has three tiers of resorts – Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. While there are no “bad” Disney hotels, Disney Deluxe resorts offer guests the best of everything: better transportation options, upscale decor, spacious rooms, amazing dining variety, beautiful pools, on-site recreation services, and loads of other great amenities. If you aren’t scared off by the higher prices, then Disney’s Deluxe resorts will reward you with plenty of extra magic that you won’t get at other hotels

There are 8 Disney Deluxe resorts in total, spread out in different sections of Disney World.

Magic Kingdom Area:
Contemporary Resort
Grand Floridian Resort
Polynesian ResoRT
Wilderness Lodge

Epcot/BoardWalk Area:
Beach Club Resort
BoardWalk Inn Resort
Yacht Club Resort

Animal Kingdom Area:
Animal Kingdom Lodge

One thing that differentiates Deluxe resorts from other hotels is their proximity and accessibility to the theme parks. The transportation options are much more varied and – in general – much better at Deluxe resorts.

Unlike Value and Moderate resorts – where guests are mostly dependent on bus transportation – Disney Deluxe resorts offer transportation options ranging from monorails and boats to buses and even walking to the theme parks.

Guests staying at the Magic Kingdom area resorts have the option of taking the monorail or boats to Magic Kingdom, and buses to the other theme parks and water parks.

And of course, 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.

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera – Table Service
Le Petit Café – Lounge, Quick Service
Bar Riva – Pool Bar
Primo Piatto – Quick Service

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Ale and Compass – Table Service
Ale and Compass Lounge – Lounge, Quick Service (Breakfast)
Crew’s Cup Lounge – Lounge, Table Service
The Market at Ale & Compass – Quick Service
Yachtsman Steakhouse – Table Service
Room Service – Table Service

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Artist Point Dinner – Table Service
Geyser Point Bar & Grill – Lounge, Counter Service
Whispering Canyon Cafe – Table Service
Roaring Fork – Quick Service
Territory Lounge – Lounge, Table Service
Room Service – Table Service

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

SOUTH PACIFIC TROPICS ARE RE-CREATED at this Deluxe resort, which consists of two- and three-story Hawaiian longhouses situated around the four-story Great Ceremonial House, which contains restaurants, shops, and an atrium lobby with slate floors and many species of tropical plants...

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

WALT DISNEY WORLD’S FLAGSHIP HOTEL was inspired by grand Victorian resorts such as the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego and Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire. A complex of four- and five-story white-frame buildings, the Grand Floridian integrates verandas, intricate latticework...

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

THIS 655-ROOM DELUXE RESORT ON BAY LAKE is unique in that its A-frame design permits the Magic Kingdom monorail to pass through the structure’s cavernous atrium. A 90-foot mosaic depicts American Indian children and nature.The off-white central tower is augmented by a three-story Garden...

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

AbracadaBar – Lounge Ample Hills Creamery – Snack Bellvue Lounge Breakfast – Quick Service Big River Grille – Table Service Boardwalk Bakery – Quick Service Boardwalk Funnel Cake – Snack Boardwalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas – Snack Boardwalk Pizza Window – Quick Service Boardwalk to Go ...

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Beach Club Marketplace – Quick Service Beaches and Cream Soda Shop – Table Service Beaches and Cream Soda Shop To Go – Snack Cape May Character Breakfast/Clam Bake Dinner Buffet – Table Service, Character Meal (Breakfast) Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar & Grill – Pool Bar, Quick...

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Boma – Table Service
Jiko – Table Service
Maji Pool Bar – Kidani Village – Pool Bar, Quick Service
Mara – Quick Service
Sanaa Restaurant – Kidani Village – Table Service
Uzima Springs Pool Bar – Pool Bar, Quick Service
Victoria Falls Lounge – Lounge
Room Service – Table Service