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Learn the 5 best Disney Resorts at Walt Disney World here!  After a lot of careful research (okay, that was the fun part), I’ve come to a conclusion.  These 5 resorts are tested and will not let you down.  Try one of these on your next vacation.  You will not regret it!

So, without further ado…

1. Animal Kingdom Lodge

Savannah View

View From our Room at AKL

Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the best themed resorts at Disney World.  First, from its giant foyer with authentic African art, to the incredible savannah out back, complete with its own safari with giraffes, zebras, etc., AKL has something for everyone.  Second, Boma and Jiko are phenomenal restaurants in the Lodge.  Boma is an incredible buffet with an African flare.  Jiko is an upscale restaurant with an African-inspired menu.  They are both wonderful in their own right.  Third, the AKL pool is incredible, the African staff is amazing, and there is one of the best gift shops in all of Disney World right there in the lobby.  You will not be let down when it comes to Animal Kingdom Lodge.

2. Bay Lake Tower

BLT View

View from Bay Lake Tower

BLT is the DVC tower right next to the Contemporary.  First, with views of Bay Lake or Magic Kingdom, it is at an incredible location.  It is technically on the monorail as part of the Contemporary Resort, but the best part is – you can walk to Magic Kingdom!  Second, BLT has the Top of The World Lounge on top of it.  If you or one of your friends are DVC members (you have to be one to get in), definitely check this place out.  It has an incredible view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks every night. Third, you’re also a short stroll from two of our favorite restaurants over at the Contemporary: Chef Mickey’s and California Grill.  Both are amazing in their own right.

3. Polynesian Village Resort

boys in front of the poly

The Polynesian Beach & Bungalows

The Polynesian Village Resort is another very well-themed resort on the monorail loop.  First, this sits directly across the lake from the Magic Kingdom.  Second, they have one of the best restaurants on property with O’hana, which compliments one of the best bars on property with Trader Sam’s.  Visit both, you won’t regret it.  Third, the pool is incredible and well-themed for families.  If you’ve got enough money, the bungalows can be rented and you will be able to stay right on the lake and see some incredible views of the fireworks.  Don’t miss out on an opportunity to stay at the Poly.  Oh, and you can get Dole Whips here!!!!

4. Saratoga Springs

All of us at Saratoga

The Family in Front of Saratoga Springs

We absolutely LOVE Saratoga Springs.  To be fair, it is a very nice resort and has a great pool and gym.  First, it is huge.  So, there is a ton of trails to run or rent their surrey bikes.  Second, the best part about it is the fact that you can walk over to Disney Springs.  We absolutely love love love Disney Springs.  It is a great shopping district with incredible restaurants and our favorite place to hang out when we aren’t in the parks.  Third, it typically has availability, even if you have waited until the last minute.  Consider Saratoga Springs for your next stay.

5. Grand Floridian

kids in carriage

Kids in Carriage Outside of Grand Floridian

Ok, while this is not my favorite to spend a ton of time at just because of the theming (it’s a little stuffy for me), it is still awesome.  This is a great resort.  First, you have some of the best restaurants on property.  Second, it’s on the monorail in a tremendous location.  Third, the Christmas decorations are the best on property.  We’ve only stayed at this one once, but it was during Christmas.  Between the life-sized gingerbread house and the giant Christmas tree, it was truly breathtaking.  Therefore, I would suggest this one to anyone staying in the Christmas season for sure.

Have you heard our podcasts?  Here’s one we did specifically on Disney World Resorts.

Hopefully, a few of these have inspired you.  They are all truly breathtaking and wonderful places to stay for your vacation.  Let us know if you have any questions or would like more information about any of these or any others.  As always, we can be reached at  Enjoy!

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