1 . Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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When we heard that Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort combined legendary theme parks and the tropics – two of our favorite things – into one ultimate Disney destination, we knew we had found our No. 1 choice for our list of Top 10 Disney Resorts and Hotels.

At this Lake Buena Vista getaway with more than 2,100 guestrooms arranged into six Caribbean Island-inspired villages, you’ll get top-quality accommodations and hospitality you’d expect from a Walt Disney World Resort hotel but with a completely fresh tropical twist. And that’s our favorite part about this massive beachside paradise; while Disney’s Epcot theme park is within walking distance from the resort, you’ll feel like you’re worlds away from the mainland when you stay here. Vivid buildings enveloped by clusters of palm trees; the 45-acre Barefoot Bay surrounding more than 200 acres of lusciously-landscaped grounds – it’s a tropical paradise that could have been plucked from the very dream stuff of Disney himself.

Highlights

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is located within walking distance of the Epcot theme park and near Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park and Disney’s Boardwalk area – all accessible using the complimentary Walt Disney World Resort Transportation System.

Fun facts

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort’s Old Port Royale pool is inspired by a Spanish fortress. Port Royale is also the setting for both the movie and the Magic Kingdom theme park’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

Related Onsite Offerings

Six swimming pools, 1.4-mile scenic Barefoot Bay promenade, beach volleyball, Parrot Cay island playground, bicycles, sailboats, pontoon boats, canopy boats, canoes, pedal boats and Sea Raycer boats by Sea Ray.

2 . Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (407) 824 - 3000

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Our No. 2 Top 10 Disney Resorts and Hotels pick is Walt Disney World Resort’s No. 1 flagship hotel. You’ll understand why when you see Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa sitting along the white sand shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, in perfect eyeshot of sparkling Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom.

There’s no need to wish upon a star when you stay at this Victorian-style Disney Deluxe Resort. Everything you could ask for is waiting within the whitewashed walls of six stately red-gabled buildings dotting the resort grounds. From the five-story Grand Lobby where you’ll begin your Disney adventure, to the vivid stained-glass domes raining an artist’s palette of light over you as you explore the confines of your Floridian escape, you’ll be enchanted by more than just the nearby Magic Kingdom. You don’t have to admit it, but we bet you’d be interested in spending a day with Cinderella at her castle. So forget your glass slippers and hop on the handy-dandy monorail system that connects the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom. You’ll be there quicker than you can say Cinderelly!

Fun facts

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa opened on July 1, 1988.

Highlights

When you stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, you can take advantage of preferred access and proximity to five championship Walt Disney World golf courses.

Related Onsite Offerings

Two pools, spa, health club, salon, childcare services, watercraft rentals, concierge service, convention center, laundry facilities and business center.

3 . Disney's Polynesian Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

CALL DIRECT: +1 (407) 824 - 2000

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It’s okay if you’re not familiar with Disney’s Lilo and Stitch – you will be when you experience the unforgettable Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at our No. 3 Top 10 Disney Resorts and Hotels choice, Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Lush flora, thatched roofs and lively koi ponds set the stage for your Disney encounter at this Lake Buena Vista destination. It sits next to the Seven Seas Lagoon and across from the Magic Kingdom, giving you a quick escape to Cinderella’s Castle – but we bet you won’t want to escape from this tropical dream very fast. Meander through more than 75 different indigenous plant species adorning the inside of the Great Ceremonial House – built to resemble a royal Tahitian assembly lodge. While grass skirts aren’t required, you’ll definitely feel the spirit of the South Pacific move your hips with the authentic drum beats and chants at the famed dinner show. This Polynesian welcoming of the night includes a dazzling torch-lighting ceremony and an impressive fire-knife dance – and of course, a delicious Tahitian feast!

Fun facts

Disney's Polynesian Resort opened on October 1, 1971.

Highlights

Watch the glittering, musical Electrical Water Pageant held nightly on the Seven Seas Lagoon, easily seen from Disney's Polynesian Resort.

Related Onsite Offerings

Traditions throughout Polynesia are featured at Disney's Polynesian Resort, including dances from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand and Hawaii.

4 . Disney's Contemporary Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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We always thought Disney was synonymous for kiddie things, like Mickey Mouse and princesses and that flying Dumbo ride. Well, our childish ideas were shattered when we stepped into Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We had no clue that Disney could be this chic!

Rising from the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon is this towering A-frame high-rise resort. It may look like a simple hotel from the outside, but step indoors and you’ll see that there’s much more than thee eye can see. While the resort upholds an ultra-mod style, the only things that are minimal here are the decorations. You’ll have more than 650 rooms to choose from to start your fun-filled Florida adventure in, and super-friendly staff to help you figure out which theme park to visit first. And with the Magic Kingdom within walking distance, you’ll get there in no time!

Fun facts

The 90-ft., floor-to-ceiling ceramic mural at Disney's Contemporary Resort was designed by Walt Disney Imagineer Mary Blair, known for her contributions to Magic Kingdom’s “It’s a Small World” attraction.

Highlights

Watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from Disney's Contemporary Resort’s award-winning California Grill restaurant on the 15th floor.

Related Onsite Offerings

Pool, massage center, fitness center, watercraft rentals, shopping and beach.

5 . Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Hold onto your safari hats because you’re about to get up close to the likes of Disney’s The Lion King characters living at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Here, you’ll step out of the city and into the African savannah where more than 30 species of wildlife roam 33 preserved acres.

The exotic wild and the Western world combine to create a completely unforgettable experience at this Florida destination. We’ll ask you this: when have you ever had the chance to observe wildebeest and leaping gazelle from the comforts of a luxury resort guestroom? And we’re not talking about watching the Animal Planet on TV! The African-inspired architecture and the kraal African-village landscape design of the lodge make you feel like you really are deep in Africa. And you’ll feel especially close to nature when you climb onto the Arusha Rock, overlooking the grasslands and Arusha, Sunset and Uzima savannahs. And don’t forget to pick your African Zulu baskets and hand-loomed clothing at the onsite Zawadi Marketplace!

Fun facts

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge opened on April 16, 2001.

Highlights

Thousands of indigenous African shrubs and grasses, including the most recognized canopy tree of Africa, the copperpod, are part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Related Onsite Offerings

Animal-themed family activities, spa and health club, children's activity center and zero-depth entry pool with a slide.

6 . Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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You won’t find the seven cities at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, our No. 6 pick on the Top 10 Disney Resorts and Hotels list, but you will find the exotic beauty and adventure that drove legendary Spanish explorer Don Francisco de Coronado to keep looking.

Created to exude the spirit and romance of Spanish Colonial Mexico, this American Southwest-themed Disney Moderate Resort hotel will captivate you – it did us, at least. Coronado Springs is a shining example of Disney’s fantasy-like perfection – from the bubbling spring-fed Fountain of the Doves to the ancient Mayan ruin-themed Dig Site pool and the 22-acre Lago Dorado lake next to the resort. It’s a short distance from Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, leaving you ample time to explore after your siesta in your lavish suite or guestroom in The Casitas – an urban terracotta paradise, the rustic Ranchos pueblos or atop a swaying hammock in a Cabana.

Fun facts

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort officially opened on August 1, 1997.

Related Onsite Offerings

Onsite restaurants, health club, salon, concierge services, laundry facilities, babysitting services, business center, shopping and meeting facilities.

Highlights

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort features a 22-person hot tub, one of the largest at any Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Did you know that Mickey Mouse and his gang live in France, too? We didn’t until we hopped a plane and headed to Disneyland Hotel set in the enchanting Eiffel Tower city. Nothing says classic Disney more than our No. 7 pick on the Top 10 Disney Resorts and Hotels list!

Let us explain. We understand that all the resorts and hotels on our list are Disney-related, but with such a variety of extravagant themes, sometimes it’s easy to forget that you’re even at a Disney resort. Not at this Parisian hotel, however. From the Mickey-shaped flower beds and shrubbery adorning the lawns of this hotel, to the Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse and other character daily meet and greets, there’s no way you’ll forget that the reason you’re staying there is for Disneyland Park! We know you’ll probably want to keep your Mickey ears on all day, but if you decide to ditch them before heading to the nearby Walt Disney Studios Park or Disney Village, your hotel room is only steps away!

Related Onsite Offerings

Room service, spa, fitness center, pools, whirlpool, onsite restaurants and children’s activities.

Highlights

Disneyland® Hotel in Paris is only a three-minute walk to Walt Disney Studios Park and Disney Village

Fun facts

When you stay at Disneyland® Hotel in Paris, everyone gets a FASTPASS!

8 . Disney's Grand Californian Hotel

Anaheim, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (714) 635 - 2300

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Are you interested in Chip ‘n Dale? Not the dancers, silly, the Disney Rescue Rangers! Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel gives you the chance to meet them and plenty more of your favorite characters, plus puts you steps away from both Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventures Park!

With this grand timber-built hotel’s excellent location, you probably will be spending most of your time scooting in and out of the famous Disney theme parks – but we guarantee you’ll love a day at the hotel, too! One Lime and Ginger Salt Glow body treatment and meditative Zen Buddhist tea ceremony tradition at the onsite Mandara Spa will melt your Mickey-related stresses away, and prepare you for a day in the bustling Downtown Disney District. If you want to go all out on you Disney vacation, become a Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Concierge level guest. Priority check-in means you’ll get to the theme parks faster. And with complimentary movies in your guestroom waiting for your return, you can fall asleep to soft voice of Snow White and the melodic whistling of the seven dwarves.

Fun facts

The seven-foot murals in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel’s Storytellers Cafe salute rustic tales set in the Golden State, including Mark Twain's "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."

Highlights

You can enjoy the view of Disney's California Adventure™ park from the porch of the Hearthstone Lounge at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.

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Onsite restaurants, spa, pools and children’s programs.

9 . Disneyland Hotel

Anahiem, California

CALL DIRECT: +1 (714) 781 - 4000

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For more than 50 years, Disneyland Hotel California has been a cozy resting place for exhausted but satisfied little Mouseketeers. Now add to its history and make our No. 9 Top 10 Disney Resorts and Hotels your Disney family vacation destination!

This Three Diamond Deluxe Disney Hotel has had decades to perfect the art of Disney vacationing – and we must say they have succeeded! Unlike the ultra-mod minimalist approach to hotel décor like Disney’s Contemporary Hotel, Disneyland Hotel welcomes you with a home-like ambiance and classic Disney details, like a bronze Minnie Mouse statue, that continue into your luxe guestroom or suite. There are just enough Disney touches here; Goofy will still welcome you to the hotel but the nearby Downtown Disney District is where you can visit with all of the gang. For you wee ones who just can’t bear a day without Disney princesses or Mickey, the highly-themed family character guestrooms are perfect!

Fun facts

Disneyland Hotel’s Peter Pan-themed pool area is 5,000 sq. ft.!

Highlights

Eat with Chef Goofy and his wacky staff of Disney characters at Disneyland Hotel’s Goofy’s Kitchen.

Related Onsite Offerings

Pools, onsite restaurants, workout room and fitness center.

In the city of Sanrio’s Hello Kitty there is another iconic face that can be found. Or should we say there are a set of iconic mouse ears that can be found? Tokyo Disneyland Hotel rounds off our Top 10 Disney Resorts and Hotels list, giving you an international twist on a famous American symbol.

Situated next to Tokyo Disney Resort’s Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, this 705-room hotel is a welcoming sight for homesick Americans tourists and excited Japan natives alike. Boasting Victorian-style architecture and rich décor, you’ll feel like Cinderella herself in this palace paradise – especially since many of the hotels amenities, like the gardens, are specially designed around specific Disney characters. You don’t have to sacrifice your more discerning taste in the name of Disney. You can let your love for the friendly characters show with your choice of elegant, themed rooms, like the Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Room or the Disney’s Snow White and the Room. You won’t find a single stuffed animal or low-grade character sheets here, just tasteful detailing to the already elegant rooms, like the faces of the seven dwarves worked gracefully into the wallpaper pattern or pretty portraits hanging above high-end furniture.

Highlights

You don’t have to be able to say Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to experience this magical salon at Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.

Fun facts

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel’s spacious and lavish lobby features ceilings nearly 100 feet high!

Related Onsite Offerings

Onsite restaurants, gardens, salon, spa, banquet rooms and shops.

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