Welcome back to DADventure Disney’s round table of some of my favorite Disney Fan Parents on Instagram.
Every week, I work alongside this merry band of Disney fan parents to find our Top 10 favorites in all things Disney. See ALL our lists by clicking HERE!
This week, the Disney Parent Panelists are: @dad_at_disney, @daddingatdisney, @dismoms, @disenchanted.dad, @disneymagicmam, @disneymommingsohard, @disneyparksmom, @that_disneyworld_dad, @thediaryofadisneydad, @the_pixie_mom, @truedisneymom, and yours truly @dadventuredisney.
Our topic this week: Top 10 Favorite Walt Disney World Resorts!
At Disney, choosing your resort is a LOT more than figuring out where you’re going to sleep at night after the fireworks. You have to consider the pools (Top 10 Disney Pools), the transportation (All About The Skyliner), the food!
This week 12 different Disney Parents Panel members submitted their favorites. I tallied them up, sorted them out and now we know what our Top 10 Walt Disney World Resorts are.
We submitted 17 different resorts. For the purposes of this list I combined a few such as the Beach Club and Yacht Club as they share the same property. The Contemporary and the Towers. Both the Port Orleans and all of the All-Star Resorts.
The breakdown: We nominated 3 value resorts, 4 moderate resorts, 7 deluxe resorts and 4 deluxe villas resorts.
Let’s take a look at what made our Top 10!
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Top 10 Score: 2.00, nominated on 3 of 12 ballots.
Inspired by historic Saratoga Springs—a late-1800s’ New York retreat famous for its spas and horse racing—this charming, Victorian-style Resort hotel is nestled between rolling golf course greens and the shimmering Lake Buena Vista. Delight in stately Studios and multi-bedroom Villas, dazzling pools and a spa. You can also explore the fun activities and exciting dining options of Disney Springs, just a boat ride away.
@the_pixie_mom – Some amazing snacks.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Top 10 Score: 2.42, nominated on 8 of 12 ballots.
Check in to the Resort hotel that’s a story in itself, where the enchantment and magic of Disney and Disney•Pixar animation come alive. Want your own adventure? Rent a surrey bike for a scenic ride around the lake. Feel like tooning out? Dive in to our 3 delightful pools or kick back at The Drop Off Pool Bar.
Be Aware: The Big Blue Pool will be closed for refurbishment beginning in fall 2020
Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts
Top 10 Score: 2.50, nominated on 8 of 12 ballots.
Port Orleans Riverside:
Delight in this Disney Resort hotel that evokes the casual charm of a bygone era. Enjoy quiet leisure pools, hire a horse-drawn carriage and relax at one of our one-of-a-kind “watering holes.” Stroll over to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter for beignets, Big Easy atmosphere and all that jazz. Or, head down the river a piece to discover the exciting goings-on at Disney Springs.
Port Orleans French Quarter:
Revel in the romance and pageantry of New Orleans’s historic French Quarter at this Moderate Resort hotel, where cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms evoke the Antebellum era and colorful Mardi Gras characters and jazz keep things lively. Then stroll along the lushly landscaped Sassagoula River to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, where the bayou beckons, as do Cajun and Creole specialties.
@daddingatdisney – Great value for a moderate resort.
Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
Top 10 Score: 2.46, nominated on 5 of 13 ballots.
Experience the charm and whimsy of turn-of-the-century Atlantic City at this waterfront Resort hotel. Make a splash at Luna Park Pool and delight in a massage at the state-of-the-art fitness center. Discover carnival games, unique dining and exciting nightlife on the Coney Island-style boardwalk. Strung like saltwater taffy along the shimmering Crescent Lake, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is located within walking distance to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
@dismoms – You can walk to Epcot, best during Food and Wine Festival.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Top 10 Score: 4.42, nominated on 9 of 12 ballots. 1 first place vote.
Retreat to this ultra-modern Disney Resort hotel and discover award-winning dining, spectacular views and dazzling pools. Whether you’re staying in the iconic A-frame Contemporary tower or the nearby Garden Wing, you can walk to Magic Kingdom main gate or catch the Resort Monorail as it breezes through the tower. Inside, a 90-foot-tall mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair—responsible for the distinct look and feel of the “it’s a small world” attraction—celebrates the Grand Canyon and the American Southwest.
@daddingatdisney – Classic Disney!
Be Aware: Road closures scheduled in January and February 2020. See Details.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Top 10 Score: 4.75, nominated on 11 of 12 ballots. 1 first place vote.
Escape to the rustic majesty of America’s Great Northwest. Inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge celebrates American craftsmanship and honors the beauty of the untamed wilderness. Soak in the splendor of the great outdoors, from nature trails through pine forests to rocking chairs that overlook a murmuring creek. Inside, discover towering totem poles, headdresses and more, and enjoy the rustic elegance of the stone hearth and roaring fireplace.
Disney’s Beach Club & Yacht Club Resorts
Top 10 Score: 3.23, nominated on 6 of 13 ballots. 1 first place vote.
Beach Club Resort:
Make your getaway to the casual elegance of this charming, New England-style Resort. Relax as you enjoy exquisite dining, a soothing massage or the serenity of our leisure pools and whirlpool spas. Or, rejuvenate with a bike ride, some tennis or a workout in our fitness center. With gracious amenities and picturesque surroundings, Disney’s Beach Club Resort is an enchanting getaway—just minutes from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Yacht Club Resort:
Delight in the formal grace of a grand New England-style yacht club at this lakeside hotel. Relax in the inviting elegance of a plush lobby replete with nautical touches, explore the whimsical Stormalong Bay and rent a variety of watercraft from Bayside Marina. Sharing many amenities with its pastel-toned sister, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot and a convenient boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Top 10 Score: 6.33, nominated on 10 of 12 ballots. 3 first place votes.
Victorian elegance meets modern sophistication at this lavish Disney Resort hotel. Relax in the sumptuous lobby as the live orchestra plays ragtime, jazz and popular Disney tunes. Unwind outdoors, indulge in a luxurious massage and watch evening fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella Castle. Just one stop to Magic Kingdom park on the complimentary Resort Monorail, this timeless Victorian-style marvel evokes Palm Beach’s golden era.
@the_pixie_mom – If you can’t afford it, it’s still fun to visit and walk around.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Top 10 Score: 6.50, nominated on 10 of 12 ballots. 1 first place vote.
Make your getaway a safari adventure. With views of exotic animals grazing on nearby savannas, this one-of-a-kind destination features world-famous Disney hospitality and indulgent “creature” comforts. Come luxuriate in our dazzling pools and relaxing whirlpools, indulge in signature dining experiences and rejuvenate yourself at Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center.
@the_pixie_mom: Best food, best views, just the best!
@dismoms – So many activities at the resort. You could spend days there without hitting the parks. A Savanna view is a must. Watching the animals as you sip your coffee is the perfect way to wake up.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Top 10 Score: 6.83, nominated on 11 of 12 ballots. 2 first place votes.
Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific at this oasis of tropical palms, lush vegetation and so much more. From moonlit nights immersed in the outdoor island ambience to the exotic tastes of our world-class restaurants, discover the signature tropical atmosphere that’s made Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort a favorite Disney destination since 1971.
@dismoms – Walk to Transportation Center, electric water pageant and fireworks views from the beach. Been my family’s favorite since childhood.
WOW! My favorite didn’t even make the list! The poor Caribbean Beach Resort didn’t quite make it into the Top 10. I’m sure that’s going to change once the Skyliners are up and running again.
Not nominated at ALL was Disney’s Copper Creek Resort. Interesting.
6.83 – Polynesian
6.50 – Animal Kingdom Lodge
6.33 – Grand Floridian
5.08 – Beach Club & Yacht Club
4.75 – Wilderness Lodge
4.42 – Contemporary
4.17 – Boardwalk
2.50 – Port Orleans
2.42 – Art of Animation
2.00 – Saratoga Springs
1.83 – Coronado Springs
1.67 – Pop Century
1.42 – Caribbean Beach
0.83 – Boulder Ridge
0.50 – Old Key West
0.42 – ALL the All Star Resorts
0.42 – Swan & Dolphin (not REALLLY a Disney resort)
0.17 – Wilderness Cabins
What did you think of our list? What’s your go-to resort? Do you always stay at the same one or do you move around each visit? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Instagram and Facebook pages.
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