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:
Grand Floridian Resort
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.