Hakuna Matata. Animal Kingdom Lodge is definitely one for fans of The Lion King. The hotel’s design was inspired by the traditional African kraal, and is home to one of the largest collections of African art in the US. The hotel’s 43-acre wildlife preserve is home to 30 species including zebras, giraffes and gazelles.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Two hours south of Walt Disney World Resort, Vero Beach Resort is about as un-Disney as you can get while still having a distinctly Disney experience. That sounds like a contradiction, but if you take the trip you’ll see what we mean. Located on California’s Atlantic Treasure Coast, the hotel is a great place to unwind.
Vero Beach Resort
Just as the Disney California Adventure Park celebrates all things Californian, so too does this hotel. From the décor to the landscaping, everything about the Grand Californian Hotel is themed to look like a lodge in a national park. As an added perk, guests staying at the hotel also get their own private entrance to the DCA Park.
Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Themed around California’s beachfront boardwalks, the Paradise Pier Hotel is like stepping into a time warp. With nautical themed décor, classic architecture and over-the-top friendly staff (or cast members as Disney call them) it's the kind of place you’ll either love or loathe. Either way, the views are stunning.
Paradise Pier Hotel
Fashioned after a 1940’s hunting and fishing lodge, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort is a great family destination. The resort has a huge swimming pool with waterslide, nightly campfires, and rental bikes so you can explore the area.
Hilton Head Island Resort
Inspired by turn-of-the-century national park lodges, Wilderness Lodge Resort celebrates the great outdoors. From nature trails through pine forests to its whimsical heated pool with waterfalls, everything about the resort is designed to make you feel as though you’re staying in an isolated forest hideaway.
Wilderness Lodge Resort
Good taste goes out the window at Pop Century Resort, a celebration of unforgettable fads from the 1950s to 90s. There are giant foosball tables, a pool themed around a 50s bowling alley, a 60s flower power pool, and more.
Pop Century Resort
Inspired by the spa retreats of the late 1800s, Saratoga Springs is a Victorian-style resort set between rolling golf course greens and a shimmering lake. For a bit of Disney magic, we recommend the 3-bedroom tree house villas. Though it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere, Downtown Disney is just a boat ride away.
Recalling the timeless beauty of the American frontier, Fort Wilderness is a distinctly different Disney experience. For starters, you can camp. Simply pitch a tent in a private camp site or park your RV and enjoy the wilderness that surrounds you. Horse riding, archery, and canoeing are just a few of the activities on offer.
A family favourite, Disneyland Hotel is located right outside the Disneyland entrance. It has three towers themed around the Park’s original lands, and also features a handful Signature Suites based on classic Disney films. The Disney vibe is fairly toned back here, but there are still plenty of ‘hidden mickeys’ for you to spot.