If you want a home away from home during your stay at Disney World hotels, consider one of the deluxe Disney villas. You’ll have eight different Disney resorts from which to choose, and you’ll also have a choice in the type of villa you select.
These range in size from a studio to a three-bedroom villa with four bathrooms! Each villa community offers full kitchens, living rooms, dining areas, whirlpool tubs, TVs with DVD players, swimming pools, valet parking, in-room washers and dryers, and private balconies or patios.
If you’re going to Disney World, you’ll probably have kids in tow. Be sure to take advantage of the special kids’ activities provided at each deluxe villa site, too.
The Disney deluxe villas are perfect for longer stays. Washing and drying your clothes will be super convenient, and you can prepare all your own meals. Families will be able to “spread out,” too.
These units are especially suitable for two couples traveling together, in addition to being ideal for families with children. Below are descriptions of each Walt Disney World deluxe villa community.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Jambo House was modeled after a traditional African Lodge and is surrounded by grasslands and more than 30 species of wild animals. The lodge has thatched ceilings, exposed beams, hand-carved furnishings, and authentic artifacts from Africa. The village is designed to provide guests with sweeping views of the savannas and their wildlife.
Two on-site restaurants offer African cuisine, along with kids’ menus and vegan dishes. Work off a great meal in the fitness center or in the 11,000-square foot pool – the kids will have a blast on the 67-foot long slide.
Children will also enjoy Pumbaa’s Arcade, the Hakuna Matata Playground, and Simba’s Activity Center. Several exotic animal encounters are also available.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Staying at the Kidani Village Villas is almost like being on safari. It sits on a 21-acre wildlife preserve, where animals of the Serengeti savanna and wetlands roam freely. The preserve is open around the clock, so guests will be rewarded with some amazing vistas.
The rooms are lavishly appointed with ornate furnishings, architectural accents, and artifacts, all of which combine to add a distinct African-lode look and feel. Guests have a choice of a studio, one bedroom, two bedrooms, or three bedrooms.
Kidani Village includes a water playground, a game room, an arcade, tennis courts, a fitness center, a jogging trail, bike rentals, and a barbecue pavilion with picnic tables. The beautiful swimming pool includes a 128-foot water slide. Guests can take advantage of several animal-encounter opportunities, too.
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Located in the Magic Kingdom area, Bay Lake Tower is ultra-chic and perhaps the most convenient of all Walt Disney World resorts. The covered Sky Way Bridge takes you to restaurants, shops, and a monorail station.
Adults and kids will find lots to do here. There’s a pool with a glass-encased water slide, along with basketball, ping-pong, foosball, a fitness center, shuffleboard, tennis, an arcade, fishing, beach volleyball, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and parasailing.
Guests can rent boats and jet skis, or hang out on the white sandy beach. Special programs are offered for kids, and they won’t want to miss the pirate voyage, the fireworks show, or the nightly Electrical Water Pageant that passes by the resort.
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Located in the Epcot area, Disney’s Beach Club villas resort is reminiscent of a New England seaside village. The villas are adjacent to the snow white sands of Crescent Lake, where guests can enjoy a cruise, catch a fish, rent a pontoon boat, or experience the thrills of a jet ski.
Another place to enjoy the water is Stormalong Bay, a three-acre water park that includes waterfalls, a lazy river, a deck for tanning, and a waterslide. There are also three swimming pools and seven spas on the property.
Other activities include jogging, volleyball, tennis, and biking. Adults will enjoy getting a massage or working out in the health club, and kids will love their own activity center – the Sandcastle Club.
Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
Looking for Walt Disney World resorts with really fun atmospheres? Disney’s Boardwalk Villas, located in the Epcot area, fit the bill. They’re designed to resemble Atlantic City in its heyday, with pastel cottages, a Coney Island boardwalk, midway games, ragtime music, and a pool with a circus theme.
If you need more entertainment options, you can play miniature golf, enjoy a game of tennis or ping-pong, rent a bike, jog on a wooded trail, lift weights, rent a pontoon boat or a jet ski, catch a bass, or take a leisurely cruise on the lake.
Onsite eateries include a bakery, a sweets shop, a pizzeria, a grill and microbrewery, a sports-themed restaurant, and fine dining. There’s also a lounge that serves pastries, coffees, and bar specials.
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney World hotels and Walt Disney World Resorts strive to provide charming lodgings for guests, and this one accomplishes the feat in spades.
Located in the Downtown Disney area on the island of Conch Flats, the architecture is in soothing pastels, with a Victorian influence. Guests are surrounded by water, golf course fairways, palm trees, and a sandy beach. There’s even a lighthouse!
The resort has four swimming pools, a playground, a sauna, a basketball court, two arcades, bike rentals, a fitness center, a jogging path, a beach volleyball court, three tennis courts, shuffleboard, shopping, and a community center that offers board games, foosball, ping-pong, and videos.
For fun on the water, rent a canoe, a pedal boat, or a pontoon boat. The on-site restaurant serves American and Floribbean cuisine.
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
Located in the Downtown Disney area on Village Lake, this Walt Disney World resort encompasses 65 acres. It’s based on the famous 19th century Thoroughbred racing resort of Saratoga Springs. Guests have a choice of six sections, including the Treehouse Villas, which are elevated ten feet above the ground on the banks of a river.
Recreational activities include jogging trails, golf, basketball, a playground, swimming pools, hot tubs, tennis, an arcade, outdoor movies, bike rentals, shuffleboard, ping-pong, and a luxurious spa.
Throw some burgers on the grill and sit down to a family picnic at the barbecue pavilion, or treat yourself to a dip in an awesome pool complete with boulders, waterfalls, and a water slide. Two restaurants and a lounge offer on-site dining.
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge are located in the Magic Kingdom area and bear a realistic resemblance to national park lodges of the early 20th century. The grounds include creeks, springs, waterfalls, a sandy beach, and an erupting replica of Old Faithful.
As with all Disney World hotels and Walt Disney World resorts, there’s plenty to do here. Build sandcastles, fish, rent a bike, hit the jogging trail, work out in the fitness center, relax in the sauna, watch a movie under the stars, or frolic at the 24-hour playground.
Guests can also rent boats and jet skis. The resort also features swimming pools, hot tubs, and three restaurants.
As you can see Disney has fantastic deluxe villa resorts to choose from. Each one has it’s own unique theme so you can pick one you like. Some are located next to different Disney theme parks so keep that in mind if you want to be close to a particular one.
A deluxe Disney villa is the ultimate experience for your Disney vacation. Check them all out and choose the best for you, or choose different ones each time you visit Disney World!