When planning a family vacation to Walt Disney World you have 31 resorts to choose from, four theme parks and two waterparks to visit, and a choice of resorts and dining options. And let’s not forget that a trip to Walt Disney World is not complete without a visit to Disney Springs!
The main attractions when visiting Walt Disney World are the four amazing theme parks. Each offers its own adventure and your family will have so much fun exploring them.
Magic Kingdom Park
The world’s most famous theme park is truly a magical place. Divided into six themed lands—Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Main Street USA, and Tomorrowland—there is so much to see and do.
Whether you want to ride Space Mountain or enjoy the famous Pirates of the Caribbean ride or get wet on Splash Mountain, there are attractions for every age.
In addition to rides, Magic Kingdom offers shows, character encounters, fireworks, parades and more!
Epcot is essentially two parks in one. Future World’s attractions travel around the globe, under the sea, and into outer space. Popular rides include Soarin’ Around the World, Test Track and Mission: SPACE.
World Showcase features 11 countries to visit. It’s a wonderful opportunity to try cuisine from around the world and shop for souvenirs.
Frozen fans will not want to miss The Frozen Ever After boat ride in the Norway Pavilion. Epcot’s popular International Food and Wine Festival is held every fall and a must-do for foodies.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Step into a galaxy far, far away at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open! Legendary Star Wars stories come to life here and put you right in the middle of the action on thrilling, interactive rides.
Young children will have fun exploring Toy Story Land and living out their very own Toy Story. If you are looking for evening entertainment, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has the most nighttime entertainment options, including Fantasmic!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Encounter wild animals on Kilimanjaro Safaris as you ride in an open-air vehicle for a guided tour of an African savanna. There is even an after-dark safari tour so you can see the animals in a whole new light.
Other highlights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park include Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Expedition Everest, and the musical extravaganza, Festival of the Lion King.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
If you’re ready to cool off and play in the water, spend a day at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. Home to one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-falling waterslides, the thrill-seekers in your family will love plunging 12 stories in a near-vertical drop. For little ones, there is a polar-themed play area with experiences tailored specifically for them. If you want a low-key, relaxing day, enjoy the pool and beach.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
This water park is currently closed as it is being refurbished.
For unique, one-of-a-kind stores and restaurants, spend an afternoon or evening at Disney Springs, an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex. Be sure to stop by World of Disney to browse the world’s largest collection of Disney merchandise.
In addition to over 100 stores, a variety of restaurants, and live entertainment, Disney Springs offers fun experiences such as helium balloon rides, bowling, water taxi tours, and virtual-reality adventures.
This quarter-mile promenade features restaurants, shops, and nightlife. There are kid-friendly dining and entertainment options as well as romantic restaurants and lounges perfect for date night.
There are 31 Walt Disney World Resort hotels to choose from for your stay. They range from budget-conscious value hotels to luxurious deluxe villas.
We’ve categorized the resorts as Value, Moderate and Deluxe to help you identify the best choice for your family’s stay.
Disney’s value resorts are a great option if you are looking for budget-friendly accommodations with the perks of staying on a Disney property. There are five value resorts with traditional hotel rooms and family suites. Like many of the other Disney properties, you enjoy free transportation to and from the airport, extra magic hours, charging privileges, resort package delivery, advance dining reservations at 180 days prior to arrival, and FastPass selections 60 days prior to arrival. Value resorts will have limited dining options, smaller accommodations and offer guests one bus stop for transportation.
Disney Value Resorts
- Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Disney’s moderate resorts offer more amenities than a value resort and fewer amenities than a deluxe resort. There are five moderate resorts located on Walt Disney World property. In addition to the amenities offered in a value resort, you will find several dining options including table service restaurants, limited room service menu or pizza delivery, pools with waterslides, and bus transportation throughout the resort. It is a great compromise if you are looking for slightly larger rooms with tasteful themes.
Disney Moderate Resorts
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort
Disney’s deluxe resorts offer guests luxury, convenience, and amenities all in one package. With eight deluxe resorts located on the property, you’ll find one that meets your family’s needs. Deluxe resort rooms usually fit a maximum of five guests and this makes them an excellent choice for larger families that would like to stay in the same room. Some of the amenities include room service, quick service dining options, a sit-down restaurant, and fitness centers and spas. Deluxe resorts are conveniently located near one of the four theme parks.
Disney Deluxe Resorts
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Deluxe Villa Resorts
Disney’s deluxe villa resorts give you all the comforts of home. The rooms vary from a Deluxe Studio Villa to a Grand Villa that can hold multiple families. Studio Villas offer a kitchenette while the one, two and three-bedroom villas offer a fully stocked kitchen, multiple bathrooms, living area, and washer and dryer. These resorts are conveniently located throughout the Disney property.
Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
- Copper Creek Cabins & Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani & Jambo House
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Walt Disney World offers a variety of dining options for every cuisine, style, and budget. From character breakfasts to buffets to spectacular rooftop restaurants, you’ll find dining experiences to suit your tastes.
Magic Kingdom Park
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Cinderella’s Royal Table is located in the heart of the Magic Kingdom in Cinderella’s Castle. Dine with Disney princesses in the fairytale setting while taking in the stunning views of the Magic Kingdom. Cinderella’s Royal Table serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations can be difficult to obtain so this restaurant must be booked 180 days prior to arrival.
The Crystal Palace is located in the middle of the Magic Kingdom. Here you will find your friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood. Feast on an all-American style buffet for breakfast, lunch or dinner with Winnie the Pooh and friends.
Liberty Tree Tavern
The Liberty Tree Tavern is located in Liberty Square. If you are looking for a traditional Thanksgiving menu all year round, this is the place to be!
Be Our Guest
Be Our Guest is located in the heart of Fantasy Land inside the Beast’s Enchanted Castle. The restaurant is open as a quick service location for breakfast and lunch. During breakfast and lunch, you can choose to enjoy your meal in The Grand Ballroom, The West Wing or The Castle Gallery. Dinner is a prix fixe menu and includes a choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert trio. Due to its popularity, guests need to make dining reservations for all meals.
Via Napoli is located in the heart of the World Showcase. Nestled in the back of Italy is this hidden gem. Feast on Italian favorites such as pizza and pasta. Make sure you save room for a traditional Italian dessert!
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Akershus is located in the World Showcase in the Norway Pavilion. Dine with your favorite Disney princesses for breakfast, lunch or dinner. All meals are served family-style so there is plenty of food to share.
Le Cellier is located in the World Showcase in the Canada Pavilion. Le Cellier features soups, steak and seafood options. Le Cellier is open for lunch and dinner and is one of the most booked restaurants in Walt Disney World.
Coral Reef features a unique dining experience for all guests. Located in Future World, guests will dine with views of the aquarium. Watch the turtles, fish, and sharks swim by while you enjoy your meal. Coral Reef is primarily a seafood restaurant, but you will find a limited number of non-seafood dishes. Coral Reef serves lunch and dinner.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Tusker House is located in Harambe Market in the Animal Kingdom. If your family wants to meet Donald Duck and friends, this is the place to be! Serving traditional African dishes mixed in with American flare, there is something for everyone. Tusker House also includes the Rivers of Light dining package which consists of reserved seating for this spectacular show.
Flame Tree Barbeque
Flame Tree Barbeque is a quick service location in Animal Kingdom. Flame Tree serves up a selection of smokehouse favorites. If you don’t like meat, no problem. They also offer a new plant-based option along with salads. Looking for dessert? They have you covered with a variety of seasonal cupcakes.
Yak and Yeti
At the base of Mt. Everest is Yak and Yeti serving Pan-Asian inspired dishes. Guests can enjoy quick service and table service options.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Mama Melrose is located in the backlot of Hollywood Studios. Guests will enjoy traditional Italian cuisine. This location also participates in the Fantasmic dining package that consists of reserved seating at a later show.
50’s Prime Time Café
50’s Prime Time Café serves good old fashioned comfort food including fried chicken, mac and cheese, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and milkshakes. Guests are taken back to the 50’s and seated in a kitchen setting. Your servers take on the role of family members. Remember to eat those vegetables!
Hollywood and Vine
Disney Junior Characters are the main attraction at this dining location for breakfast and lunch. No characters are featured at dinner. Guests will feast on an array of American dishes and desserts at the buffet. This location also participates in the Fantasmic dinner package.
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