The Deluxe Villas at Disney World | Magic in the Planning

Our Guide to the Deluxe Villas at Disney World

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The Deluxe Villas at Disney World can be a great option if you’re looking for more “deluxe” accommodations or are traveling with a larger party. They are primarily a feature of the Disney Vacation Club, which is a timeshare program for frequent Disney vacationers. The good news is that non-DVC members can book Deluxe Villas for their Disney World vacations just as they would any other Disney Resort. These special resorts offer deluxe amenities, close proximity to the parks, and larger rooms.

 


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Walt Disney World offers a wide range of resorts to stay at if you want to stay on Disney property for your vacation. The Value Resorts are well-themed but don’t offer much more than basic hotel rooms when it comes to amenities… other than park transportation which is a huge plus! A step above that is the Disney World Moderate Resort, which offers more in terms of amenities and pools. Deluxe Resorts, however, feature fine dining, elaborate theming, and incredible views.

Disney Deluxe Villas are actually part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). They offer most of the same amenities as the Deluxe Resorts, but they are often classified separately due to their unique accommodations. DVC is a private timeshare membership for the ultimate Disney vacationers. Members use purchased points to reserve their rooms. And while members get first dibs on available rooms, regular guests are able to book these rooms based on availability. Disney simply converts the points to cash rates, and the best part is that most of the resorts are included in special promotions.

Most Deluxe Villas are located within a larger Deluxe Resort. For example, Bay Lake Tower is located within Disney’s Contemporary Resort. But a few of the villas are independent resorts. All of the perks of staying on Disney property still apply including Disney transportation.

As far as which Disney Deluxe Villa is the best… that is ultimately up to you.

 

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Location: Magic Kingdom Resort Area

This modern tower offers beautiful views of the resort and Magic Kingdom Park, along with spacious villas that can sleep up to 12 guests. Bay Lake Tower is connected via a bridge to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which allows guests to enjoy its amenities and dining options. Guests of the tower will have access to the monorail, and it is also a short ten-minute walk to Magic Kingdom.

The Monorail at Disney's Contemporary Resort | magicintheplanning.comRoom Types: From Deluxe Studios to 3 Bedroom Grand Villas, these rooms can accommodate anywhere from 4-12 adults with a wide variety of sleeping arrangements. Studios include a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave, while villas offer a full kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and multiple bathrooms (2-4 depending on the size of the villa.)

Dining Options:

  • California Grill | $$$$
    • Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Seafood, Sushi, Fine/Signature Dining
  • Chef Mickey’s | $$$
    • Breakfast and Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Buffet, Character Dining
  • Contempo Café | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | American, Mobile Orders, Quick Service, Fast Casual
  • Steakhouse 71 | $$-$$$
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Steakhouse, Casual Dining
  • Contemporary Grounds | $
    • Snacks | American, Quick Service, Coffee
  • Cove Bar | $
    • Bar Service | American, Quick Service
  • Outer Rim | $
    • Bar Service | American
  • The Sand Bar | $
    • Bar Service | American, Quick Service

Recreation: The feature pool offers a 17-foot-high waterslide. There is also a leisure pool and water features (including a futuristic water playground). This resort also features The Game Station, basketball, lakeside yoga, cabana rentals, fishing, motorized boat rentals, volleyball, tennis, jogging trails, resort campfire, movies under the stars, Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage, and Specialty Cruises. (*Some of these recreational activities require an additional fee.)

Amenities/Transportation: This resort offers all of the typical deluxe resort amenities including monorail, boat, bus, and taxi/limo transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. They also offer a view of Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant, a resort concierge, and a fitness center.

 

Boulder Ridge Villas and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Location: Magic Kingdom Resort Area

There are two Disney Vacation Club options located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. The Boulder Ridge Villas are in their own wing between the bus stop and the main lobby, while the newer Copper Creek Villas are located off the lobby of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. With spacious villas and rustic cabins, these accommodations offer the perfect balance of comfort and adventure. Plus, guests can enjoy access to the lodge’s many amenities, including dining, shopping, and outdoor recreation. 

Room Types: From Deluxe Studios to 3 Bedroom Grand Villas, these rooms can accommodate anywhere from 4-12 adults with a wide variety of sleeping arrangements. Studios include a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave, while villas offer a full kitchen, living and dining areas, and a washer and dryer. Some villas even include multiple bathrooms (1-3 depending on the size of the villa.) Cabins are also available accommodating up to 8 adults. They include 2 full bathrooms, a full kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and a private porch with a hot tub.

Dining: 

  • Whispering Canyon Cafe | $$
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Unique/Themed Dining
  • Geyser Point Bar & Grill | $
    • Lunch, Dinner, Bar Service | American, Quick Service
  • Roaring Fork | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | American, Mobile Orders, Quick Service
  • Territory Lounge | $
    • Bar Service | American

Recreation: There are two unique pools, Copper Creek Springs Pool and Boulder Ridge Cove Pool. Pool areas also include whirlpools, lounge chairs, and child play areas. Other activities include bike rentals, motorized boat rentals, fishing, movies under the stars, jogging trails, Buttons and Bells Arcade, campfire activities, and Backstage Magic (a 7-hour behind-the-scenes tour with Adventures by Disney.)

Amenities/Transportation: This resort offers all of the typical deluxe resort amenities including boat, bus, and taxi/limo transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. They also offer a view of Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant, a resort concierge, a salon, and a full-service fitness center and sauna.

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House & Kidani Village

Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Resort Area

This breathtaking resort offers guests the opportunity to stay in luxurious accommodations while surrounded by the beauty of nature. Jambo House is located in the main part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, while Kidani Village is a separate resort on the property. Both offer all of the amenities and dining options of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. With views of exotic animals and lush landscapes, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. 

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Room Types: From Deluxe Studios to 3 Bedroom Grand Villas, these rooms can accommodate anywhere from 4-12 adults with a wide variety of sleeping arrangements. Studios include a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave, while villas offer a full kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and some offer multiple bathrooms (up to 4 depending on the size of the villa.)

Dining: 

  • Jiko – The Cooking Place | $$$
    • Dinner (reservations accepted) | African, Fine/Signature Dining
  • Boma – Flavors of Africa | $$-$$$
    • Breakfast and Dinner (reservations accepted) | African, American, Buffet, Unique/Themed Dining
  • The Mara | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and Late Night | African, American, Mobile Orders, Quick Service, Fast Casual
  • Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar | $
    • Lounge | African
  • Victoria Falls Lounge | $
    • Lounge | American
  • Uzima Springs Pool Bar | $
    • Bar Service | American, Quick Service
  • Sanaa | $-$$
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (reservations accepted for lunch and dinner only) | African, Indian, Unique/Themed Dining
  • Sanaa Lounge | $$
    • Lounge | African, Indian
  • Maji Pool Bar | $
    • Bar Service | African, American, Quick Service

Recreation: Pools include the Uzima Springs Pool and the Samawati Springs Pool (located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani). You will also find splash areas for younger children to explore at Uwanja Camp and Departure Zone. This resort also includes Jambo House Campfire Activities, the Hakuna Matata Playground, Pumbaa’s Fun and Games Arcade, movies under the stars, and Wild About Painting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Amenities/Transportation: This resort offers all of the typical deluxe resort amenities including bus and taxi/limo transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. They also offer locker rentals, a resort concierge, a full-service spa, and a fitness center.

 

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Location: Epcot® Resort Area

Located just steps away from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this resort offers spacious accommodations and stunning views. Enjoy access to an array of on-site amenities at Disney’s Beach Club Resort including Stormalong Bay, which is easily one of the best pools in Walt Disney World.

Room Types: From Deluxe Studios to 2 Bedroom Villas, these rooms can accommodate anywhere from 4-8 adults with a variety of sleeping arrangements. Studios include a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave, while villas offer a full kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and more bathroom space. (1 Bedroom Villas features 1 bathroom with 2 sink areas, and 2 Bedroom Villas feature 2 full bathrooms.)

Dining:

  • Cape May Cafe | $$$
    • Breakfast and Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Seafood, Buffet, Casual Dining, Character Dining (at breakfast only)
  • Beaches & Cream Soda Shop | $$
    • Lunch and Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Casual Dining
  • Beach Club Marketplace | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | American, Mobile Orders, Quick Service
  • Martha’s Vineyard | $
    • Lounge | American
  • Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill | $
    • Lunch | American, Quick Service
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant | $$
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Casual Dining
  • Ale & Compass Lounge | $
    • Lounge | American
  • The Market at Ale & Compass | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | American, Mobile Orders, Quick Service
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse | $$$
    • Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Steakhouse, Fine/Signature Dining
  • Crew’s Cup Lounge | $$
    • Dinner | American

Stormalong Bay | Magic in the PlanningRecreation: Pools include Stormalong Bay (3 acres of fun!) as well as three additional leisure pools. This resort also features poolside cabana rentals, Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf, a Pirate Adventure Cruise, resort campfire activities, movies under the stars, motorized boat rentals, fishing, tennis, volleyball, jogging, and the Lafferty Place Arcade.

Amenities/Transportation: This resort offers all of the typical deluxe resort amenities including boat, bus, and taxi/limo transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. There is also a Disney Skyliner station located at the International Gateway to Epcot, which is just a short walk away. They also offer a resort concierge, a full-service spa, and a fitness center.

 

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Location: Epcot® Resort Area

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas offer an enchanting blend of Disney’s renowned service and luxurious accommodations. This resort features exquisite dining options, exciting entertainment, and a prime location just steps away from Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Room Types: This resort offers Deluxe Studios, which can accommodate up to 5 adults, as well as 1 Bedroom Villas, which can accommodate up to 4 adults. Studios include a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave as well as a balcony. The villas offer a full bathroom with two sink areas, a full kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and a balcony.

Dining:

  • Flying Fish | $$$
    • Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Seafood, Fine/Signature Dining
  • Trattoria al Forno | $$
    • Breakfast and Dinner (reservations accepted) | Italian, Casual Dining
  • Big River Grille & Brewing Works | $$
    • Lunch and Dinner | American, Casual Dining
  • BoardWalk Deli | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | American, Bakery, Mobile Orders, Quick Service
  • BoardWalk Ice Cream | $
    • Snacks
  • Carousel Coffee | $
    • Snacks | American, Bakery, Quick Service
  • Pizza Window | $
    • Lunch and Dinner | American, Mobile Orders, Quick Service
  • AbracadaBar | $
    • Lounge | American
  • Leaping Horse Libations | $
    • Snacks | American, Quick Service
  • BoardWalk Joe’s Marvelous Margaritas | $
    • Snacks | American, Mexican, Quick Service
  • Belle Vue Lounge | $
    • Lounge | American
  • Funnel Cake Cart | $
    • Snacks | American

Recreation: Pools include the carnival-themed Luna Park Pool as well as two additional leisure pools. This resort also features Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf, resort campfire activities, movies under the stars, Surrey bike rentals, fishing, tennis, jogging, a playground, the Side Show Games Arcade, and Yoga on the Lawn.

Amenities/Transportation: This resort offers all of the typical deluxe resort amenities including boat, bus, and taxi/limo transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. There is also a Disney Skyliner station located at the International Gateway to Epcot, which is just a short walk away. They also offer a resort concierge, a full-service spa, and a fitness center.

 

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Location: Disney Springs Resort Area

Disney’s Old Key West Resort is the original Disney Vacation Club Resort, making it the oldest. With beautiful villas that perfectly capture the relaxed and friendly vibe of the Florida Keys, this resort is the ultimate destination for relaxation and family fun. Guests can enjoy the lush landscaping, delightful dining options, and top-notch amenities such as multiple pools and a fitness center.

Room Types: From Deluxe Studios to 3 Bedroom Villas, these rooms can accommodate anywhere from 4-12 adults with a variety of sleeping arrangements. Studios include a mini fridge and a microwave, while villas offer a full kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and more bathroom space or additional bathrooms depending on the size of the villa.

Dining:

  • Olivia’s Cafe | $$
    • Brunch and Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Casual Dining
  • Good’s Food to Go | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | American, Quick Service
  • Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks | $
    • Lunch | American, Quick Service
  • Gurgling Suitcase | $
    • Lunch and Dinner | American

Recreation: Old Key West has one feature pool and three leisure pools. This resort also features campfire activities, movies under the stars, an exercise room, a community hall (foosball, video monitors, air hockey, games, toys, etc.), bike rentals, surrey bike rentals, fishing, tennis, pickleball, a basketball court, volleyball, jogging, and multiple playgrounds.

Amenities/Transportation: This resort offers all of the typical deluxe resort amenities including boat, bus, and taxi/limo transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. They also offer a state-of-the-art fitness center with a sauna.

 

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

Location: Magic Kingdom Resort Area

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is a luxurious resort that offers an authentic Polynesian experience. This resort features overwater bungalows and villas that are perfect for families and couples, and guests can enjoy stunning views of the Seven Seas Lagoon. The resort also features great dining options, a beautiful beach, and exciting water activities.

Room Types: This resort offers Deluxe Studios, which can accommodate up to 5 adults, as well as Bungalows, which can accommodate up to 8 adults. Studios include 1 full bathroom with 2 showers, a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave, and a porch or balcony. The bungalows offer 2 full bathrooms, a full kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and a private deck with a plunge pool.

Dining: 

  • Barefoot Pool Bar | $
    • Bar Service | American, Quick Service
  • Capt. Cook’s | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | American, Seafood, Mobile Order, Quick Service
  • Pineapple Lanai | $
    • Snacks | American, Quick Service
  • Kona Cafe | $$
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Seafood, Casual Dining
  • Tambu Lounge | $
    • Lounge | American
  • ‘Ohana | $$$
    • Breakfast and Dinner (reservations accepted – breakfast features Lilo & Stitch) | American, Polynesian, Character Dining, Family Style, Unique/Themed Dining
  • Oasis Bar & Grill | $
    • Bar Service | American, Quick Service
  • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto | $
    • Lounge | Polynesian, Casual Dining, Unique/Themed Dining
  • Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace | $
    • Lounge | American, Polynesian
  • Kona Island | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | American, Sushi, Casual Dining

Recreation: This resort offers the newly renovated Lava Pool (which features a volcano, a waterfall, and a 142-foot-long waterslide) as well as the more relaxing Oasis Pool. Other recreational activities include movies under the stars, motorized boat rentals, campfire activities, fishing, volleyball, and a jogging trail.

Amenities/Transportation: This resort offers all of the typical deluxe resort amenities including monorail, boat, bus, and taxi/limo transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. They also offer a view of Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant, a resort concierge, and a full-service spa.

 

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Location: Epcot® Resort Area

Disney’s Riviera Resort is a stunning European-inspired haven that offers the ultimate in luxury and relaxation. Located near Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this resort boasts stunning views of the surrounding area, world-class amenities, and elegant accommodations. With a range of dining options, including a signature rooftop restaurant, and a stunning pool area, guests can experience the best that Disney has to offer.

Disney's Riviera Resort | Magic in the Planning

Room Types: This resort offers Tower Studios and Deluxe Studios, which can accommodate 2-5 adults, as well as 1-3 Bedroom Villas, which can accommodate up to 12 adults. Studios include a small kitchenette with a sink, a microwave oven, and a toaster. The villas offer a full-size kitchen with a larger refrigerator, a microwave oven, a standard oven, a cooktop, and a washing machine and dryer. (2-3 Bedroom Villas offer multiple bathrooms.)

Dining: 

  • Bar Riva | $
    • Lounge
  • Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera | $$$
    • Breakfast and Dinner (reservations accepted – breakfast features Mickey & Friends) | French, Italian, Character Dining, Fine/Signature Dining
  • Le Petit Café | $
    • Lounge | American, Quick Service
  • Primo Piatto | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Late Night | American, Mobile Order, Quick Service

Recreation: This resort offers two pool areas – a family-friendly area to swim and play as well as a more serene pool for those needing to unwind and relax. They also feature campfire activities, movies under the stars, and a fitness center.

Amenities/Transportation: This resort offers all of the typical deluxe resort amenities including bus and taxi/limo transportation. It is also on the Disney Skyliner allowing guests direct skyliner access to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

 

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Location: Disney Springs Resort Area

Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is one of the largest resorts at Walt Disney World, and it is also a dedicated Disney Vacation Club Resort. Guests will enjoy spacious accommodations inspired by the historic Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, complete with modern touches and delightful Disney magic.

Room Types: This resort offers Deluxe Studios (sleeping 4 adults), 1-3 Bedroom Villas (sleeping 5-12 adults), and Treehouse Villas (sleeping 9 adults). Studios include a kitchenette, a microwave, a toaster, and a small refrigerator. 1 Bedroom Villas include a full kitchen, a washer and dryer, and cookware/dishware. 2-3 Bedroom Villas, as well as Treehouse Villas, also include 2-3 bathrooms depending on the villa size.

Dining: 

  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill | $$
    • Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Casual Dining
  • The Artist’s Palette | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | American, Mobile Orders, Quick Service, Fast Casual
  • The Paddock Grill | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner | American, Quick Service
  • The Turf Club Lounge | $
    • Lounge | American
  • On the Rocks Pool Bar | $
    • Bar Service | American, Quick Service
  • Backstretch Pool Bar | $
    • Bar Service | American, Quick Service
  • Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Café | $
    • Snacks | American, Quick Service

Recreation: This resort offers two feature pools as well as two leisure pools and another leisure pool at the Treehouse Villas. They also offer campfire activities, movies under the stars, a community hall (with complimentary ping-pong, foosball, arts and crafts, video games, DVDs, board games, and more), bike rentals, surrey bike rentals, fishing, tennis, a basketball court, jogging trails, 3 playgrounds, an arcade, a health club, and close proximity to Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.

Amenities/Transportation: This resort offers all of the typical deluxe resort amenities including bus and taxi/limo transportation. It also offers boat transportation to Disney Springs.

 

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Location: Magic Kingdom Resort Area

The Villas at Grand Floridian are located in one large building on the far side of the Grand Floridian Resort, and it has a covered walkway to the main building. Featuring spacious accommodations with picturesque views of Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom, these villas offer the perfect combination of elegance and fun.

Room Types: This deluxe resort offers everything from studios to 3 Bedroom Grand Villas accommodating up to 12 adults. Studios include a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave as well as a porch or balcony. 1 Bedroom Villas include 1 full bathroom with 2 sink areas, a full kitchen, living and dining areas, a washer and dryer, and a balcony. 2 Bedroom Villas offer 2 bathrooms, while 3 Bedroom Villas offer 4 bathrooms. This resort also offers “Resort Studios,” which include a beverage cooler, coffee and tea station, and a patio or balcony.

Dining: 

  • Narcoossee’s | $$$
    • Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Seafood, Fine/Signature Dining
  • Grand Floridian Cafe | $$
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Casual Dining
  • Enchanted Rose | $
    • Lounge | American
  • Gasparilla Island Grill | $
    • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and Late Night | American, Mobile Order, Quick Service
  • Beaches Pool Bar & Grill | $
    • Lunch | American, Quick Service
  • Courtyard Pool Bar | $
    • Bar Service | American, Quick Service
  • 1900 Park Fare | $$$
    • Breakfast and Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Buffer, Character Dining
  • Cítricos | $$$
    • Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Fine/Signature Dining
  • Cítricos Lounge | $
    • Lounge | American, Mediterranean
  • The Dining Room at Victoria & Albert’s | $$$$
    • Dinner (reservations accepted) | American, Fine/Signature Dining

Recreation: The Beach Pool overlooks the Seven Seas Lagoon and includes a 181-foot-long waterslide. There is also the Courtyard pool for a more leisurely experience. This resort also offers an aquatic play area, poolside cabanas, motorized boat rentals, specialty cruises, movies under the stars, Arcadia Games, basketball courts, jogging, and campfire activities.

Amenities/Transportation: This resort offers all of the typical deluxe resort amenities including monorail, boat, bus, and taxi/limo transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. They also offer a view of Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant, a resort concierge, and a full-service spa.

 

 

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