Disney Deluxe Resorts

Disney on-property resorts really run the gamut in terms of both price and amenities. Their Goldilocks approach to resorts is one of the many things I love about Disney World — there truly is something for everyone and every budget. So, say you want to really go all out and splurge on your next Disney vacation?

Well, a Deluxe resort may be for you.

The Deluxe tier is Disney’s largest tier of on-property resorts, boasting eight resorts, all of which are in prime locations in the Walt Disney World property. While each Deluxe resort has its own unique benefits, there are certain amenities found at all Deluxe properties:

  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Casual table service restaurants
  • Quick service restaurants
  • Room service
  • Indoor bar/lounges
  • Pool bars
  • Fitness centers
  • Hot tubs
  • Club level service ($)

The crown jewels of the Deluxe resorts are arguably the three situated on the Magic Kingdom monorail loop: the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian, and the Contemporary. Not surprisingly, these also tend to be the most expensive Deluxe resorts. Whereas within the Value and Moderate tiers you won’t see huge variations in nightly rates among the resorts, within the Deluxe tier there can really be pretty drastic price differentials. For example, in the low season, you may be able to score a weeknight Standard room at Wilderness Lodge for a rate around $300, while the cheapest room at the Contemporary may be nearly $600 for the exact same night.

Another cluster of Deluxe resorts is nestled around Crescent Lake, within walking distance of EPCOT: BoardWalk Beach, Yacht Club, and Beach Club. While these three resorts offer the same amenities as above, they tend to have much lower room rates than the three Monorail resorts, often in the $400s. Finally, there is Animal Kingdom Lodge in the Animal Kingdom area, which also tends to have lower rates than the Monorail resorts.

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