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Walt Disney World Resort
How to Choose Your Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort
March 27, 2024

UPDATED MARCH 2024. Are you looking for the best Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort for your vacation? This article outlines all 8 uniquely themed deluxe accommodations at Walt Disney World and the 12 Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts along with our personal advice and opinions on these properties.

From four headlining theme parks, two splash-tastic water parks, an entertainment district and more than 25 Walt Disney World Resort hotels, we are here to help you have the best vacation yet, at the best Disney Resort property for your group.

What are the Deluxe Resort Hotels at Walt Disney World?

There are 8 Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts all surrounded by the magic of the resort in Orlando, Florida.

Deluxe Resorts are the most expensive hotels available at Walt Disney World Resort complete with access to premium features, signature Disney services, Extended Evening Hours and more.

Here is the complete list of all the Deluxe Resort Properties at Walt Disney World: Our team at Get Away Today loves to stay at each Walt Disney World hotel throughout the year.

Get Away Today recommends . . .

What are the Deluxe Villas at Walt Disney World?

There are 12 Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts providing families with all the perks of home while enjoying the magic of Orlando, Florida.

Deluxe Villa Resorts are the most spacious and luxurious properties available at Walt Disney World Resort complete with access to premium features, signature Disney services, Extended Evening Hours and more.

Here is the complete list of all the Deluxe Villa Resorts at Walt Disney World: Get Away Today recommends . . .
  • Disney's Riviera Resort for its tranquility, beauty, and access to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. The rooms and artwork are stunning!
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort to be steps away from the Magic Kingdom.
  • The two bedroom villas at Bay Lake Tower and Kidani Village as well because they have three bathrooms.
  • Choosing a deluxe studio vs a regular deluxe resort room to have a kitchenette, including a microwave.

What makes a Walt Disney World hotel Deluxe?

Walt Disney World groups their onsite hotels into four categories:
  1. Deluxe Villa
  2. Deluxe Resort
  3. Moderate Resort
  4. Value Resort
In this article we will go over Walt Disney World’s deluxe properties, including their deluxe villa options.

Choosing a deluxe property means you can expect theming and an experience unlike any other! While Deluxe Resort hotels do have a higher price tag, they usually come with amenities and service that warrants the higher price tag.

Here are some things that qualify a resort as Deluxe at Walt Disney World:
  • Various transportation options throughout Walt Disney World Resort
  • Rooms that are typically larger than those at other Disney Resort hotels
  • Get Away Today’s Concierge services to assist you with your vacation planning
  • Various dining experiences on property including quick service, table service, lounge bar and pool bar
  • Recreation choices like watercraft rentals, fishing, arcades and health clubs
  • Valet parking (fee) or free self parking
  • Multiple pools including a waterslide
  • Poolside and Resort activities
  • Extended evening theme park hours
  • Interior room entry

What is the difference between Deluxe Hotel and Deluxe Villa?

When you stay at a Walt Disney World Deluxe Villa, you’ll enjoy the same benefits offered at Disney Deluxe Resorts—along with spacious accommodations that go beyond the traditional hotel room.

Choose from 1-, 2- and 3-Bedroom Villas—as well as Cabins and Bungalows—with the following features:
  • A full kitchen, so you can prepare meals and snacks from the comfort of your villa
  • Spacious living and dining areas where your family can share even more quality time together after you return from the parks
  • Separate bedrooms that offer space, privacy and tranquility – so it’s easy to rest, relax and recharge after each exhilarating vacation day
  • A washer and dryer so you can pack lightly and avoid airline baggage fees
  • Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts also feature Deluxe Studios for smaller groups, yet stocked with a kitchenette making a great option for shorter stays

Do Disney Deluxe Resort Guests get Extra Hours?

Yes, staying on property means you get access to early theme park entry along with extended evening hours. It’s important to note only guests of Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts get access to extended evening hours. You must also have valid theme park tickets and reservations.

Extended evening hours are typically held at Magic Kingdom park on Wednesdays, and EPCOT on Mondays. You can view the specific times for each event night on the My Disney Experience app.

Among the perks of extra hours, when you visit during extended evening hours you also have access to an extra opportunity to join the Virtual Queue

Which hotels participate in extended evening hours?

Lower crowds and more rides is something we love sharing with our Get Away Today guests. The following hotels and villas qualify for extended evening hours.

Disney Deluxe Resorts

Disney Deluxe Villas

Other Select Hotels*
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
  • Shades of Green Resort (can only be booked directly as a benefit for members of the military)

*Although these resorts receive many of the Deluxe Disney Resort Hotel benefits, such as Extended Evening Hours, guests at these hotels do NOT receive Get Away Today’s concierge services, only available with Disney Resort Hotels.

What is the most affordable Walt Disney World Deluxe hotel?

Typically, the most affordable Disney Deluxe Resort is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. However, Get Away Today offers savings during select dates throughout the year on deluxe and villas. Plus, with our concierge services, you’ll never pay more than you need to to stay in the magic.

What is the most luxurious Walt Disney World Deluxe hotel?

Most people consider Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to be the most luxurious of all the Walt Disney World Resort properties, but it also depends on what theming and amenities are most important to you. We also love Disney’s Riviera located on the Skyliner route.

Which Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort Should I Book?

We hope this guide has helped you narrow down your deluxe resort and deluxe villa options and we would love to help you make your Disney World vacation dreams come true.

Remember, booking with Get Away Today doesn't cost you any extra, and the same goes for use of our concierge services. In fact, you'll most likely save money by getting the best value for your vacation to begin with, and then may even save more with our price monitoring.

You can see sample Walt Disney World vacation package prices here. Or, you can just give us a call at 855-GET-AWAY or click here to get a free, personalized Walt Disney World Resort vacation quote.

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