Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups: Where to Stay

If you’re planning an adults-only stay at Walt Disney World, there are lots of choices for accommodations that will appeal to the grown-up crowd. Here are a few suggestions to think about for your next stay.

Deluxe Resorts

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge showcases beautiful architecture and is surrounded by savannas with African animals roaming around. It’s far enough from most of the parks that it feels like a quiet retreat from all the bustle.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is themed like a Atlantic City-style boardwalk with several restaurants and nighttime entertainment. This resort is also walking distance from Epcot.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is a beautifully rustic resort modeled from lodges of America’s national parks, and it only takes a quick boat ride to get to the Magic Kingdom.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is great for a romantic Disney getaway with some of the best dining options on property, a full-service spa, and just a short monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom.

Moderate Resorts

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is made up of two separate resorts, French Quarter and Riverside, and are only a short stroll from each other and re-create both historic New Orleans and the laid-back Louisiana bayou. Boat service is available to Downtown Disney.

Value Resorts

The larger-than-life characters and objects that make up the theming of Disney’s value resorts may not appeal to many adults – however, if you want to stick with a value resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort is themed to the trends of the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. The resort has a good food court and, unlike some value resorts, has dedicated bus service.

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One Response to Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups: Where to Stay

  1. Shepard C Willner says:

    Of the adult-based resorts described above, so far I’ve stayed at the Pop Century, and will stay at Port Orleans-Riverside this coming Memorial Day weekend. The other one in the Deluxe category are something to aspire to and dream about for another stay in the near future, e.g., during retirement. I’ve also stayed at the Swan and the Caribbean Beach Resorts, along with the Contemporary Resort and the Disney Institute. Wasn’t the hotel associated with the Disney Institute converted into either Old Key West or another resort? That question is not rhetorical: it needs an answer from this article’s author or from Nancy herself.

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