Disney World Hotels by Category

Disney World resorts can be categorized a number of ways. Disney itself divides them by price and quality, with a spectrum that ranges from, on the high end, the so-called "deluxe" resorts like the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Grand Floridian; to "moderate" hotels like the Coronado Springs and Port Orleans resorts; to less expensive "value" properties like the All-Star Movies and Pop Century resorts. (There's another quasi-category, "deluxe villas," which approximate the deluxe resorts in quality but feature multiroom suites.) A majority of the resorts fall into the deluxe category; they tend to have larger and better maintained rooms, more (and higher end) dining options, and more amenities, including elaborate pools and kids' clubs. Rooms at the four value hotels tend to be significantly smaller and -- though renovated on a regular basis -- less well maintained; their amenities, meanwhile, are generally utilitarian, with no-frills pools and relatively few sit-down restaurants. The five moderate hotels, as you'd expect, split the difference.

Additionally, two of the nine so-called "official" Disney hotels -- Walt Disney World Dolphin and Walt Disney World Swan -- are on the Disney property. (The other seven are in Lake Buena Vista, close to but outside Disney World.) These two have the Disney name but, like the other "official" hotels, are not owned by Disney and offer some, but not all, of the perks and privileges that guests at Disney hotels get.

Finally, there are three hotels located within Disney World that are neither owned by Disney nor "official" Disney properties: the Wyndham Bonnet Creek, the Hilton Bonnet Creek, and the Waldorf Astoria resorts. We've created a list of all the properties in Disney World, by type, below.

Deluxe:

Deluxe Villa:

  • Animal Kingdom Villas -- Jambo House
  • Animal Kingdom Villas -- Kidani Village
  • Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary
  • Beach Club Villas
  • Boardwalk Villas
  • Old Key West
  • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Wilderness Lodge

Moderate:

Value:

"Official" Disney resorts located on the Disney World property:

(Note: These hotels are not owned by Disney and do not offer all the perks of Disney-owned hotels):

  • Walt Disney World Dolphin (Sheraton)
  • Walt Disney World Swan (Westin)

Non-Disney, non-"official," hotels on the Disney World property:

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