How to Plan Your Senior Trip, Deluxe Resorts

Hello again MouseTeens! Previously we covered Disney’s Value and Moderate Resorts as great options for your Senior Trip.  Today we throw budget out the window and dream big by showing you Disney’s Deluxe Resorts as another option!

Magic Kingdom Deluxe Resorts

These resorts surround Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. They are on the monorail line (Except Wilderness Lodge.)and have ferry service to Magic Kingdom. Each Magic Kingdom Deluxe Resort has Disney Vacation Club Villas available.

  • Contemporary Resort- An iconic A-Frame tower that has the monorail gliding through. This is one of the original Walt Disney World Hotels. It is modern themed and home to Chef Mickey’s, the only restaurant you can meet the Fab 5 together. Bay Lake Tower, a DVC property, is attached.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is located next door to the Magic Kingdom.

  • Polynesian Resort- Themed after the Pacific Islands, this is also an original resort opening in 1971. The new DVC Bungalows sit on the water with a fantastic view of Magic Kingdom Park. John Lennon signed the paperwork to break up the Beatles at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.


    Disney’s Polynesian Resort

  • Grand Floridian- Walt Disney’s flagship resort is themed after the fancy seaside resorts at the turn of the century. If you win the Powerball and want to treat me for writing this article, please buy me a DVC Membership for the Grand Floridian.


    Disney’s Grand Floridian

  • Wilderness Lodge- Cozy yet grand. You are transported from Florida to the great national park lodges of America’s west. Explore the grounds and try to find Firerock geyser erupting.


    Disney’s Wilderness Lodge


EPCOT Deluxe Resorts

Located walking distance to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, these resorts are located around Crescent Lake. You can also enjoy the sea breeze on the Friendship Boats as they transport you to the nearby parks and resorts.

  • Yacht and Beach Club Resort- These two nautical resorts are connected and share some amenities, like the giant Stormalong Bay pool that includes multiple slides and a lazy river. This resort is steps away from EPCOT’s World Showcase. The Beach Club has DVC Villas available.


    Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • Boardwalk Resort- The 1930’s Atlantic seashore comes to life with a variety of shops, restaurants, dance clubs, and carnival games on the boardwalk. Sports fans will appreciate catching a game at the ESPN Zone. If you are the creative type, dine with an Imagineer at Flying Fish Cafe. Behind is the Inn and DVC villas which carry the theme.


    Disney’s Boardwalk Inn


Other Deluxe Resorts

  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs- Across the lake from Disney Springs sits a Disney Vacation Club Resort themed after Upstate New York. It has Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course running through it and many horse motifs. You can take a boat to Disney Springs and buses to the parks.
  • Disney’s Old Key West- The original Disney vacation club resort is on the other side of the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. It offers some of the largest villas on Disney property. It has a Florida keys theme with a Mickey Sandcastle slide. Olivia’s Cafe has the best restaurant name at Disney, although I may be a little biased. There is a ferry to Disney Springs and buses to the parks.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge- A truly unique resort experience, there is a savannah with African animals that roam right up to guest rooms. It is located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. There are Vacation Club villas at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo House, as well as in a separate lodge right next store, Kidani Village. There is bus service to the parks and Disney Springs.

    Animal Kingdom Lodge

    Jambo House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


Where to Book: The official Walt Disney World website is a good place to book, especially for first time vacation planners. Although the deluxe resorts can be pricey, good discounts are often available.  If there seems to be limited availability, try Expedia.com. Sometimes they will show more availability. This happened with the Wilderness Lodge in 2009 when it wasn’t available on the Disney website. Many times they will also have the same special deals or a better rate. There are many online Disney specialized travel agents, like Dreams Unlimited Travel. They will find you a deal and you don’t have to pay extra. Keep an eye open for the Disney approved and trained agents.

That will do it for the on-site Walt Disney World resorts!

In my next installment I’ll give you some ideas on how to plan your days in the parks.




Photo credits to Walt Disney World.





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Olivia, 19,is currently pursuing a Hospitality Management degree in Texas. But over the summer you may find her making magic at Walt Disney World! Some of her Disney favorites include Dinosaur, Dole Whips, UP, and the Polynesian Resort. Follow her on Instagram @oliviarosalindreed and Twitter @orreed.
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