Eight Amazing Rooms Every Disney Fan Should Try
Every Disney vacation should come with a sprinkle of magic.
When you’re new to Walt Disney World, you may not know how to make that happen, though.
Believe it or not, one of the easiest ways to guarantee an unforgettable vacation occurs when you book your room.
Some hotel options will elevate your entire vacation because they’re so spectacular.
Here are eight room types that every Disney fan should try at some point.
Cabins – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Okay, due to alphabetization, I’m leading with the most expensive option on this list. Don’t stress about it, though. This is the exception, not the rule.
Still, everyone should create a bucket list of Disney things to do during their lives.
High on that list should be a hotel stay at one of Walt Disney World’s most epic rooms, the Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
These villas function as standalone housing on the shores of Bay Lake. You won’t even notice them unless you’re looking for the hidden trails.
Once you reach your Cabin, you’ll appreciate how the other half lives. Think of them as two-bedroom cottages, complete with fireplaces and hot tubs.
Oddly, the hot tub resides indoors but in a screened area that allows you to look out at the water. It’s a breathtaking view of Bay Lake.
Fittingly, you’ll even discover a picnic table area across from the hot tub. It’s a marvelous place to eat a meal. I recommend barbecue for thematic purposes.
These Cabins aren’t cheap, but their quality more than justifies the price:
Lion King Suite – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Art of Animation falls into the Value Tier of Walt Disney World resorts. However, some of its family suites stand in a league of their own.
Each suite comes with a theme connecting it to a specific animated movie. Choices include Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Little Mermaid.
The most popular one is undoubtedly The Lion King, which makes sense given that it’s the most successful of Disney’s animated franchises.
The appeal of these family suites comes from their spaciousness. They’re 565 square feet and one of the few hotel rooms to sleep six.
In fact, you could bump that up to seven if you have a child under three.
There aren’t many places in Orlando where a traveling party of that size would be comfortable.
Also, characters from The Lion King appear in all parts of the hotel suite. You can watch this video to appreciate the thematic touches:
For fans of The Lion King, a stay here will put a song in your heart…probably Hakuna Matata.
One-Bedroom Villa – Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Sometimes, you just want space when you stay at Walt Disney World.
That’s what you’ll get when you book a one-bedroom villa at Old Key West.
These suites consist of 942 square feet of space, making them the equivalent of many apartments.
Disney utilizes the space well, too. The master bedroom includes two sitting areas, while the living room area may be bigger than the one in your house.
A love seat, a sofa, and a chair provide ample seating. Plus, the last two fold out into beds when you need a quick nap or have an unexpected guest.
Also, while I’m not someone who cooks at Disney, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the ample kitchen section, complete with a hidden TV behind the island.
PS: Some of these rooms come with an unexpected bonus. They’re right beside Lake Buena Vista golf course.
Pirate Room – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Is Pirates of the Caribbean your favorite Disney attraction? Do you have a child who dreams of a pirate’s life?
If you answered yes to either question, Disney has your hook-up. At Caribbean Beach, you’ll find a standard hotel room…with a twist.
The theming embraces the ways of Jack Sparrow and crew, which you’ll recognize the moment you enter the room.
You can’t help but notice the pirate bed as you walk inside. The bedframe includes a curve that mirrors that of a hardy sea vessel.
The headboard consists of the steering wheel and other elements that resemble the deck of a ship.
Your eyes will follow this headboard up the wall, where a sail and a crow’s nest complete the effect.
You’re sleeping on a pirate ship tonight, me matey!
Best of all, these rooms cost only about 10 percent more than regular ones on most dates. So, they’re easily affordable!
Royal Room – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside
Pirate Rooms aren’t your only option, either. Maybe you have more refined tastes.
If so, you should choose a different Moderate Tier resort, the one at Disney’s Port Orleans.
Princess Tiana will formally welcome you to this room, which you’ll realize when you glance at the table.
Imagineers have embedded a royal letter into the table’s facing. Tiana wants you to know how happy she is that you’ve chosen the Royal Room.
Regal touches adorn the walls. The curtains are so thick that they could snuff out a fire in an active volcano.
House banners hang beside the mirror, and they trace the lineage of several past royals. Actually, they’re silhouettes of beloved Disney Princes.
Princess Tiana stars in this room, though. The space above the hotel bed features a nighttime view of the bayou.
All you’ll need is a Cajun firefly to complete The Princess and the Frog vibe.
Savannah View – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
When is the last time you sat in your room and watched zebras play?
Unless you’ve spent the night on safari or at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, the answer is never.
Disney officials learned from the creation of Disneyland Hotel, a property it didn’t own at first.
Since then, every Disney theme park has come with a nearby hotel. In this instance, Animal Kingdom Lodge even mimics the park itself.
Several savannahs reside at the hotel, and each one contains natural habitats for several animals.
When you book a Savannah View room, you can watch the action unfold beneath you. It’s an unforgettable show, and you should keep your phone handy.
You never know when a viral video might break out.
Anytime I stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, I won’t even consider a room unless it offers Savannah View.
Theme Park View – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Of course, we’re all theme park fans. Specifically, we adore all things Disney.
So, a view of animals in a savannah sounds delightful. However, the idea of gazing out at Cinderella Castle seems impossible to top.
This view is possible at several of Disney’s monorail resorts. Most people’s favorite comes from the Contemporary, though.
Some rooms at this A-frame hotel overlook Space Mountain and other parts of Tomorrowland.
While those buildings are closer to your balcony, the most stunning view is out in the distance.
Cinderella Castle lights up the night and stands as a shining beacon to Disney’s excellence.
When you book Theme Park View at the Contemporary, these lights will be the last thing you see at night.
Treehouse Villas – Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
In the days before the introduction of Cabins, the most rustic option at Walt Disney World didn’t come from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
In a huge upset, Saratoga Springs, the horses and golf hotel, offered the most secluded rooms on campus.
These Treehouse Villas reside beside the waters of the Sassagoula River that connects Port Orleans and Old Key West to Saratoga Springs.
As you ride down the river, you may notice these gorgeous octagonal villas sit on stilts that create the illusion that they could walk off at any time.
By climbing the stairs, you feel like you’ve escaped the urban jungle and entered the wilderness.
In this hotel room, you’re no longer at Disney. You’re living off the grid in a stunning rustic setting.
Families with two young children will especially adore these villas. They include bunkbeds made almost entirely of wood!
When you want to marry a Disney vacation with some extreme privacy, the Treehouse Villas represent your optimal choice.
Now that you’ve heard how great all these rooms are, you should speak with a MickeyTravels agent to turn your new dream into a reality!