From theme parks to Hollywood studios, Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort is a town by itself. Guests are pampered with multitudes of resort options ranging in different prices, dining, water parks and other magical recreation.
Pop Century Resort
Located in Lake Buena Vista, Pop Century Resort is one of the value-priced resorts in Disney World. The resort theme is based on the 20th century American Pop Culture – highlighting the central area which is called the “Classic Hall”. The area features a souvenir shop selling Disney merchandise, an eatery from where you can grab sandwiches to munch on-the-go and a 1960s themed bar. For the ravenous guests, most Disney resorts in Orlando have a pizza delivery service to guest rooms and the Pop Century Resort is no exception. This resort holds a high-ranking simply because it’s affordable.
Art of Animation Resort
The Art of Animation Resort is recently built on the abandoned land that was originally intended to be an extension of Pop Century Resort. A family of six can have a lavish stay in the family Suites – inspired by four classics like Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. In addition to the largest pool area in the Walt Disney World Resort, the property also offers a complimentary shuttle service to the theme parks, downtown Disney as well as Orlando International Airport. With the Pixel Play Arcade and a playground, kids will stay busy in their own fantasy world.
Port Orleans Resort River Side
The Port Orleans Resort River Side is connected with the Port Orleans French Quarter as a twin resort that is remodeled to look like New Orleans and Old South. The three-storied buildings of the Magnolia Bend are a white-column mansion housing 256 rooms in each of its four buildings, and the Alligator Bayou is made of 16 two- buildings owning 64 rooms. Guests can enjoy a Southern-inspired dining at the resort’s restaurant, Boatwright’s Dining Hall that faces the Sassagoula River. Keep in mind, Boatwright is only open for dinner.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Evoking the spirit of African savanna that is home to 200 animals and birds, the thatched roof and African artifacts of the Animal Kingdom Lodge convey a relaxed ambiance. Imagine having breakfast from your balcony while you have a close encounter with the giraffes. The dining options include: Jiko and Boma featuring an African-style cooking with a subtle touch of Europe, Mediterranean Coast, and India; The Mara serves American food while Sanaa makes diverse cuisines inspired from the spice route of Europe, China, Africa and India.
Bay Lake Tower at Contemporary Resort
Staying at the Bay Lake Tower at Contemporary Resort means guests can experience the monorail that heads to the Magic Kingdom, for free. This A-frame contemporary tower has a “deluxe” pricing, although guests can gain a 30% discount if the rooms are booked in advance. As one of the three original resorts from 1970, the property also has huge rooms compared to its counterparts in Walt Disney World. While you’re here, be sure to notice the multi-story mosaic designed by Mary Blair.
Since many years, Disney aims to be the best place for a stay-cation where couples come in for honeymoons and kids come to play in this fairytale land.
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