Disney World has some of the most incredible hotels in the world, with every detail really planned out and thought of in terms of the value it is going to add to the guest experience. When your resort is at a destination like Disney, it is going to take a lot for anything else to be remotely impressive. Disney World hotels happen to have several really cool features, add ons, and special attractions that every guest should really see regardless of whether or not they are staying in a resort.
These are the hotel features you should stop and see, just to see, on your next trip to Disney World, whether you are staying at that resort or not.
Wilderness Lodge Resort
Often the most unacknowledged of all the Disney World resorts, I think Wilderness Lodge has the monopoly on really cool features that every guest needs to head over to check out. The heated pool features a giant rock waterfall where water pours down from inside the hotel where the spring starts, simulating what you would find out in the national parks of the west. There is also a geyser that goes off at regular times throughout the day, made to simulate Old Faithful out at Yellowstone National Park.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Animal Kingdom Lodge is known for its private savanna and the animals that sleepover with the guests every night. Guests of the parks that are not staying at the Lodge can get a view of the main attraction when they visit the resort and walk out on the elevated viewing platform known as Arusha Rock. In addition to the savanna feature of the Lodge, you can also get a feel for what an actual African village might feel and look like before you even reach the lodge, because as you approach the resort, you only see the village.
Considered the flagship hotel of Disney World, the Polynesian Resort is a favorite of everyone that passes through. Besides the overall feeling of being on an island, the volcano pool is one of the coolest and most unique features, a huge lava creation rising up and spewing warm water. Kids love being able to take a spin down the waterslide that starts at the top. But everyone knows that it is the people that make Disney unique and Auntie Kau’i is the person who has helped make Disney’s Polynesian the place that it is. She is the cultural representative, greeting guests, teaching the hula and helping to create the all around atmosphere.
Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is considered one of the more exclusive resorts at Disney, mainly because it appeals to adults and couples. Set up like a small marina town, the marina is fully stocked and able to accommodate the family that loves being near the water. This feature can be a great way to spend a day or afternoon, once you’ve rented some watercraft and head out on the water for a quick paddle with the lighthouse in sight to guide your way back.