Disney World Hotels
As Disney World is the most-visited attraction in the world, it has plenty of onsite accommodation to lodge all its visitors. Indeed, with 24 Disney-themed resorts and a further 10 onsite hotels which are not owned by Disney to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start!
Disney World offers a range of accommodation options to suit a variety of budgets and preferences. Most of the onsite accommodation falls into three major categories: value, moderate and deluxe. In addition, a number of the accommodation resorts also offer Disney Vacation Club which is timeshare accommodation. If you are looking for something a bit different, Disney also has cabins and campgrounds where you can stay.
Animal Kingdom: this animal-themed resort is the largest of the Disney resorts and has the largest range of accommodation. Highlights of this resort include the deluxe lodge with beautiful views of grazing wild life.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: here you will find two budget resorts which are modeled on some of Disney’s best-loved family films including The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.
Epcot: this theme park has seven resorts to choose from including two Starwood hotels and three deluxe resorts. Epcot is themed on technology and human achievement.
Downtown Disney: this park has a range of accommodations available including two Hilton hotels and a Best Western hotel. In addition, Downtown Disney is home to the largest Vacation Cub Resort.
The Magic Kingdom: home to the famous Cinderella Castle, the Magic Kingdom has predominantly deluxe accommodation. Highlights of this resort include a country club style resort called Shades of Green and the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the resort’s flagship accommodation.
Top Things to do in Disney World
While this list could be quite exhaustive, there are a few key features which should never be missed. Epcot Center is considered by many to be one of the main attractions. This is considered to be more of an “educational” park and it is thus designed for adults as well as children. Although adults will enjoy unique sections that replicate 11 different countries throughout the world, kids are enticed by the numerous arts and crafts activities within Epcot.
The Magic Kingdom can be thought of as the “post card” attraction here. The castle was designed by Walt Disney himself; thus adding to the majesty of it all. Several different areas are found around Cinderella Castle such as Main Street USA, Liberty Square and TomorrowLand. This is a more child-friendly park and it is the oldest within Walt Disney World. Although it is considerably smaller than Epcot Center, this does not equate to any less fun. Space Mountain and the Pirates of the Caribbean rides are classics here and grown men will find themselves feeling like children again. It is wise to arrive here early, for the lines can be quite frustrating; especially during the height of the tourist season.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a great choice for those who desire a bit of nature in a controlled environment. This area is actually a combination of a zoo and a theme park, thus adding to its overall attraction. Jeep safaris can be enjoyed that pass directly through live animal enclosures, a clever expedition up the side of Mount Everest is available and many of the other attractions are positioned around a central hub known appropriately as the Tree of Life. Although the animals here are meant to appeal to children, there is no reason that adults cannot enjoy such up-close-and-personal encounters.