Okay, folks. The Walt Disney World Resort offers a final category: villas. Y’all. These. Are. FANCY. They range in space and price. This can be deceiving because the description of villa seems like the spaces would all be larger or multi-room, but many villas are studios, thus offering a lower end of the price spectrum.
Walt Disney World Villas:
- Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (new!)
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Treehouse Villas
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
In this category, I’ve stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge villas, Bay Lake Tower (my home resort), Beach Club, Boardwalk, Old Key West, and the Polynesian Villas. On our upcoming trip, we’re staying in the largest villa we’ve ever stayed in – a two bedroom villa at Bay Lake Tower. Because Caleigh needs a separate sleeping space and my cousin will be in the second room, we need extra more room! Fun fact: the two bedroom is actually larger in square footage than my first two houses! While the name may sound small, the space isn’t. I promise. We’ll be doing a room tour when we arrive in Disney, so look out for that!
Pros of the Walt Disney World Villas:
- Spaces larger than a studio have FULL kitchens. This is awesome if you plan to cook at all or want to bring leftovers back for a late night snack.
- In-room washer & dryer <– HUGE perk! Why is it that I like to do laundry on vacation? With a child, this is an excellent bonus because we can limit packing and also rewear clothes if accidents happen.
- Views: O.M.G. the views! The Deluxe resorts offer these, too, but you are even closer in most villas.
- Aesthetic Choices: you can bunk in a treehouse, over actual water, or wake up to exotic animals on your balcony all from Walt Disney World
- Like with Deluxe resorts, you are closer to the parks and need less bus transportation
- Extra magic hours!
Cons of the Walt Disney World Villas:
- Money. These are unmagically expensive.
For the Walt Disney World Villas, I would 100% recommend my home resort: Bay Lake Tower
Bay Lake Tower is within WALKING distance to Magic Kingdom and to the monorail that runs right through its parent resort: The Contemporary. This means you can avoid two busses. I also love to ride the monorail loop. The scenery and views are fantastic! Because I am close to the Grand Floridian, it also means I can pop on the monorail to take me to a massage (more on this in future posts).
Perhaps my favorite thing about Bay Lake is that you can see Magic Kingdom at night. With a toddler, we are often confined to our space after bedtime. Once Cal is asleep, we can continue our adult vacation with a bottle of wine on the balcony watching Cinderella Castle changing color. If you time it right, you can see the fireworks, too! The music, the colors, and the smells of Magic Kingdom literally waft into your room. This is MAGICAL.
I think I’d like to explore staying in the Treehouse Villas someday, but maybe not with children.
Would you stay in a bungalow or treehouse? I’d love to hear your thoughts!