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Where to Stay at Disney World: Introduction
Disney World - Animal Kingdom Lodge. Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.

Disney World Resort: Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Photo © Teresa Plowright.

Where to stay at Disney World is a big decision: Walt Disney World has an area as big as Boston, and within it are twenty-two very different resorts.

Theming: Some families just love a particular resort because of its theming. My favorite is Animal Kingdom Lodge, which has fantastic architecture and decor, and savannas outside where guests can see African animals.

Location: Disney World is huge, and the drive from a resort to a theme park can take fifteen minutes. Families who favor Fantasyland, or like to see the nightly fireworks at the Cinderella Castle, may want a resort near the Magic Kingdom. Another prime location is the cluster of resorts around the boardwalk and lake beside Epcot.

Resort Type: Choose from Value Resorts, Moderate Resorts, or Deluxe Resorts which typically have an evening kids club, concierge rooms and suites, fine dining, and a spa. Other options include Vacation Club Resorts (which are available for rent by any guests and have residential-style units that can sleep up to twelve), and the unique Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground which has cabins and campsites.

-Head to Disney Resorts BY LOCATION or Disney World Resorts BY TYPE.
-Check prices for resorts near Disney World

But first, the big question: whether to stay on-property or off-property? Many Orlando properties try hard to beat Mickey! Click on the boxes below for factors to consider including perks offered at Disney World Resorts, starting with:

Convenience in getting to/from the airport on the Magical Express

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