Swift Travel Guide to Deluxe Resorts at Walt Disney World®

Discover Unforgettable Luxury at Walt Disney World® Deluxe Resorts.

Immerse yourself in the enchantment of Walt Disney World® by indulging in the timeless luxury of the Deluxe Resorts. Nestled within the heart of this magical destination, these  accommodations redefine the meaning of opulence and create an unforgettable holiday experience for every guest.

Step into a world of refined elegance and impeccable service as you enter one of the Deluxe Resorts. Each resort boasts its own unique theme, inspired by Disney’s timeless stories and beloved characters. From the grandeur of Victorian elegance at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to the African savanna-inspired oasis at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, there is a Deluxe Resort to captivate every imagination.


Why Stay at a Deluxe Resort?

Staying at a Deluxe resort allows guests to experience the best of the Disney Resorts and all the perks that come with that.  Proximity to the Magic Kingdom® allows guests staying at the monorail resorts (Grand Floridian, Polynesian & Contemporary) to hop on board and be transported to the parks within minutes.  These resorts are so close you can even walk!  Deluxe resort guests also receive extra evening Magic Hours meaning you get to spend longer in the park with smaller crowds.


Why Book with Swift?

We understand that a trip to Orlando can be daunting, with so much choice, coupled with the distance and cost, it can all appear overwhelming.  Our experts have done these trips themselves, visiting and staying in the hotels with their families so they understand the ins and outs of every aspect.  Call Swift Travel today so we can discuss how we can tailor your holiday and save you money in the process.  We have access to exclusive air fares and, most importantly, are always up to date on the best Walt Disney World® offers, ensuring you are getting the best value for money possible.



At the Deluxe Resorts, every moment becomes a cherished memory. From watching fireworks illuminate the night sky from your private balcony to strolling along picturesque waterfronts, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world where dreams come true.


Still not sure? Call us for a chat today and we can find the best resort for your family's needs.

Polynesian Resort Disney

1. Disney's Polynesian Resort ££££

Consistently topping the list for Walt Disney World®’s best resort, the Polynesian is a breathtaking destination that offers travellers the chance to escape to a world of natural beauty and tranquility.  With its Pacific Ocean theming, excellent transport links via bus, monorail and ferry to the theme parks, this is our top pick for the Deluxe Resorts.

With character dining at the famous ‘Ohana’ restaurant (we recommend the coconut bread pudding!) or speciality cocktails at Trader Sam’s Grogs Grotto, there is something for all the family. Located in the Magic Kingdom® resort area, you will be so close to the magic, you can watch the nightly fireworks from the beachside lagoon.

2. Disney's Contemporary Resort ££££

An architectural marvel, Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a sight to behold as the monorail travels directly through the A-Frame. Guests need not worry about the noise, its whisper quiet (our experts have first hand experience!).

Disney’s Contemporary Resort also features two pools, including a quiet pool for adults and a larger pool with a waterslide and splash area for kids. Other amenities include a fitness center, tennis courts, and a marina where guests can rent boats and other watercraft.

The resort offers a wide range of dining options, from casual bites to fine dining experiences. Guests can enjoy a delicious meal at California Grill, which offers panoramic views of the Magic Kingdom® and nightly fireworks shows. Other dining options include Chef Mickey’s, where guests can dine with their favourite Disney characters, and The Wave…of American Flavours, which offers contemporary American cuisine.

Yacht Beach Club Disney

3. Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts £££

Indulge in the timeless charm of a New England-style seaside resort. Immerse yourself in the nautical-themed ambiance, where elegant decor and sophisticated details create an atmosphere of refined relaxation. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be greeted with warm hospitality and a sense of grandeur that only Disney can deliver.

Embark on a journey of endless fun and excitement. The Swift Travel experts picked this as the best pool on property, where you can dive into an expansive sand-bottom pool, Stormalong Bay, where water slides, lazy rivers, and whirlpools await.  This offers you the benefit of a waterpark in your hotel, which pushes this resort up into our top 3.

Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk or rent a bike to explore the scenic surroundings. And don’t forget to catch the nightly fireworks show over EPCOT® from their exclusive viewing area – a truly magical experience for the whole family.

Grand Floridian Disney

4. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort ££££

Step into a bygone era of glamour and refinement. The Grand Floridian’s stunning architecture, ornate furnishings, and impeccable service evoke the grandeur of a bygone era. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be transported to a world of timeless elegance and indulgence.

One of the Walt Disney World®’s opening day resorts back in 1988, this has remained one of the most prestigious hotels in the Disney empire. For guests who like to unwind after a long day at the parks, book an appointment at the Grand Floridian Spa for some much needed R’nR or if you are preparing for your big day, it even has its own wedding venue!

Animal Kingdom Lodge Disney

5. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge ££££

Step into a world of enchantment and wonder. The Animal Kingdom Lodge’s stunning architecture, authentic African decor, and breathtaking views of the savanna create an atmosphere of awe-inspiring beauty. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be captivated by the sights and sounds of the wild, and enveloped in the warmth of African hospitality.

The only resort to be located in the Animal Kingdom®, the real highlight of this deluxe resort is the view of the game reserve right outside your window.  If you are travelling with children who love animals, this is a must-stay resort where giraffes, zebras and gazelles roam freely around the savanna.

Savour delectable cuisine inspired by the flavours of Africa at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s award-winning restaurants. From the exotic spices of Jiko – The Cooking Place, to the family-style feasts at Boma – Flavours of Africa, the dining options cater to every palate. And for a taste of something sweet, guests shouldn’t miss The Mara, where they’ll find irresistible desserts and snacks.

Boardwalk Inn Disney

6. Disney's Boardwalk Inn £££

Transport yourself to the heyday of the Atlantic coast in the early 20th century. Disney’s BoardWalk Inn exudes a timeless charm, with its elegant architecture, vibrant colours, and whimsical details reminiscent of seaside boardwalks of yesteryear. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be immersed in a world of nostalgia and whimsy.

Step outside and discover a vibrant world of entertainment. Stroll along the lively boardwalk, where street performers, bustling shops, and charming cafes create an atmosphere of excitement and joy. Indulge in classic carnival games, rent a surrey bike for a leisurely ride, or enjoy an evening of live music and dancing at the Atlantic Dance Hall. The possibilities for fun and laughter are endless.

For adults, wanting to cut loose, we strongly recommend Jelly Rolls’ Piano Bar, open till 1.45am.  For a more mature crowd, good drinks and entertainment, we would encourage a visit!

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