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The Best On-Property Resorts for Disney World

Disney World has 35 on-property hotels and resorts, and they all have different personalities and amenities. Staying in the park is more convenient, because you don’t have to travel back and forth from another location everyday; it’s also good because you can sneak back if you need to change or take a well-earned nap. Here are the ones that offer the most comfort, convenience, perks and value.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Insider likes this budget-priced hotel because it is priced right, was recently remodeled and has an amazing pool area with a 50-foot replica of a Mayan pyramid. There’s also a large outdoor hot tub and on-site restaurants. The new Gran Destino Tower was recently added to this hotel, but you’ll have to pay a bit more to stay in that section. The nightly room rates at the Coronado range from $178 to $290.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Also on the more affordable side, this family-friendly resort hotel costs from $179 to $267 a night and features a pool bar, three pools and a playground. Just about everything here follows the theme, which can be a lot of fun for younger kids. The Disney Skyliner stops here too, which is very convenient. There aren’t as many restaurants and bars here though, so if you like to dine and drink where your stay this might not be the best choice.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, French Quarter

This New Orleans-themed boutique hotel costs from $224 to $295, and has fragrant magnolia trees, wrought-iron balconies and cobblestone streets. The amenities here really stand out; you can have Crawfish Etouffee at the Scat Cat’s Club Lounge, sip Southern cocktails and sample Mickey-shaped beignets.

Disney’s Riviera Resort

This is Disney’s newest luxury resort, and Trip Savvy raves about its East Skyliner aerial gondola access, rooftop restaurant (four restaurants in total), two swimming pools and splash pad. While it has less of a traditional Disney feel, it was inspired by Walt Disney’s trips to the South of France. There’s also a poolside bar, and views of the fireworks at Hollywood Studios. They have five room types, ranging from their tower studios to 3-bedroom grand villas; check their website for pricing.

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Guests who stay at this lovely property can walk or take a water tax to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT, and also have Skyliner access. It features an incredible turn-of-the-century Coney-Island-styled boardwalk that has its own music halls, shopping, carnival games, bars and restaurants. There are three pools, miniature golf, movies and other fun things to do here. This is a high-energy hotel, designed for guests who want to be where all the action is; room prices can be found on their website.

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

This upscale resort is close to Magic Kingdom, but feels like it’s a world away. It has an 1860s Pacific-Northwest theme that focuses on America’s National Parks, and has beautiful, natural scenery that sets a calming, more relaxing tone. You can swim in the beautiful pool, rent bikes and motorized boats, watch movies under the stars and even go fishing here. Mousesavers shows that the room rates here range from $439 to over $2.000 a night.

Walt Disney World Swan Reserve

Added to The Swan and Dolphin in 2021, this unique boutique hotel is not an official Disney hotel (Marriott owns it), but it’s on the property and has water taxi access to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. It has an incredible pool complex with a sand beach, a pedestrian bridge to Disney’s BoardWalk and 18 restaurants, to-go food spots and lounges and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The rooms here start at $273 a night.

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