The Best Disney Resorts for Adults in Orlando, Florida

The Best Disney Resorts for Adults in Orlando, Florida

While Disney World may be known as a family vacation destination, it holds a sense of nostalgia for every Disney adult who ever visited the parks. And even more so for those who didn’t. As a family, we never went to Disney World while we were young. The cost, distance and logistics just never made it possible. As adults, that’s another story. Whether you’re looking for laid-back, budget-friendly, elegant, or secluded, here are our Top 10 Best Disney Resorts for Adults. A Walt Disney World vacation is the perfect place to get away for Disney-loving adults. Stepping into the magic of what was only ever seen on tv, is hopeful, and inspiring. Qualities every adult needs more of in life.

And with over 25 Disney Resorts to choose from, there is something for everyone.  Ranging from budget-friendly to deluxe. To the best Disney Staycation Hotels in Orlando. From Disney World Hotels for Adults with beaches to resorts with walking paths, here are some choices  if you’re looking for the best place to stay in Disney World for adults.

Walt Disney World is filled with resorts. Some feel like a part of Disney Parks, others feel like an escape to the seaside. Still, others feel like an upscale boutique. While Disney World does not have an adult only Disney Resort, there are a few that have that vibe. If you’re seeking the Best Disney hotels for adults there are Disney Resorts for everyone. Even better, you can often find cheap Disney hotels on Hotels.com, Booking.com and TripAdvisor.com. Allowing you to earn points, use points and rack up your Disney credit card rewards too. 

If you are a Disney Adult looking for your signature Disney Resort, or just trying to nail down the best Disney hotel for adults, here is our list of the BEST Disney Resort for adults at Walt Disney World. 

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What Does Disney World Have for Adults?

If you’ve chosen to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando as an adult, chances are there is something that is calling you there. Perhaps it’s the professional golf courses, or the award winning customer service. Maybe it’s the 3 Michelin star restaurant, Monsieur Paul in EPCOT. Perhaps it’s drinking around the world at the Food and Wine Festival. Whatever the reason there is plenty of things to do at Disney for adults. Check out our Top 10 Things for Adults at Disney World to make a plan. From a plethora of themed Disney Lounges and Bars, to behind the scenes tours like Wild Africa Trek Tour at Animal Kingdom, if you know what you want to do, choosing a resort will be all the easier.  

Disney World Resort Differences

Resorts at Disney World are divided into three Disney Resort Levels that differ in price, amenities, transportation options and theme. Disney Deluxe Resorts are the most expensive, Moderate Resorts are at an average price, and Value Resorts are budget-friendly. Some have restaurants, some don’t. Others provide easy transportation options, and may even be within Walking Distance of the Disney Parks. Still other Disney hotels offer Club Level Concierge Service Amenities. And some Disney Hotels are part of Marriott Bonvoy, giving you the chance to earn and use your loyalty points on your next stay. Let’s dive into the best Disney World resorts for resorts and what to expect from each.  

Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Best Disney Deluxe Resort for Adults: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

As a Disney Deluxe Resort, you can count on restaurants, lounges, and bar, Club Level and Concierge Amenities and a variety of room choices. As one of our favorite, if not favorite, Disney Deluxe Resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge offers seclusion and calm amidst the generally chaotic Disney World vacation experience. For Disney Adults, this is often a welcome and much-needed breath of savanna-scented air. 

The rooms at Animal Kingdom Lodge are muted with white linens and warm tones that make you feel like you’re in an upscale African lodge. And as some rooms offer savanna views where you can see the animals roaming below, you may find yourself questioning if you really need to go anywhere at all. But if your room doesn’t come with a balcony, you can easily meander to the floors below and take to the covered porches, complete with rocking chairs. 

Another major perk of Animal Kingdom Lodge is the fantastic dining options. Featuring African dishes at Sanaa Restaurant. available for all meals, with To-Go options and Sanaa Lounge. You can also grab buffet dining at Boma. And the Quick service at The Mara offers some of the best foods for a quick breakfast or lunch. And if you’re ready for even more luxury, you can book an Animal Kingdom Lodge Club-Level at Kilimajaro Club Resort Room to get access to foods and specialty beverages all day. 

By far one of the best-themed resorts on Walt Disney World property, if you’re looking for one of the best Disney hotels for adults and want to revel in the calm, with all the amenities you could want, then Animal Kingdom Lodge is perfect for your next stay. 

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Best Disney Deluxe Resort for Adults: Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

If you’re looking for the best Disney Resort for Adults that is in walking distance of Epcot Park AND Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Hotel is it! There’s nothing like staying seaside in the 1920’s atmosphere of Disney’s BoardWalk. And if you’re looking for a vintage feel then Disney’s Boardwalk Inn may be your new favorite resort. Filled with decor from the ’20s and 30s, this resort sits adjacent to an Atlantic boardwalk filled with seaside charm. Here you can listen to the swing band tunes on the vintage radio at Belle Vue Lounge, grab a drink, and head to the Boardwalk Deli to refill your refillable mug. 

The Disney Boardwalk Inn offers rooms with garden views or Boardwalk views and shows off subtle Mickey and Minnie decor. And features a slew of restaurants available. Be sure to grab one of the best breakfasts at Disney World at Trattoria al Forno. You can also enjoy the evening entertainment on the Disney BoardWalk, including jugglers, comedians, dancers, and more.

And if you’re looking for even more things to fill your evening, no other resort has close access to more. Nearby you can check out the dueling piano bar, Jellyrolls, the AbracadBar, the Atlantic Dance Hall, and Flying Fish. If you’re a nightlife loving Disney Adult then the BoardWalk Inn may just be the best place to stay in Disney World for adults! 

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Best Disney Deluxe Resort for Adults: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

One of our favorite places to stay on Disney property is Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This amazing resort features a Pacific Northwest architectural style, and features restaurants, lounges, trails, pools, and a geyser akin to Old Faithful. What’s not to like? One of the top Disney World hotels, we love this nature themed cozy Hotel at Disney World for Adults.

With soft lighting, lots of trees, and the chance to watch the Electrical Water Pageant from the outdoor Bar and Grill at Geyser Point, there is a lot here for Disney Couples. We love the Territory Lounge for evening drinks and Artist Point for dinner. There is also boat transportation to Magic Kingdom making it the perfect place to stay at Disney for adults who attend the Disney After Hours events and parties at Magic Kingdom. 

Disney’s Club Level at Wilderness Lodge is also an option at this resort, which includes a variety of foods for breakfast, appetizers, desserts, drinks, wine, and more. This is absolutely one of our favorite resorts at Disney World. 

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Best Disney Moderate Resort for Adults: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

One of our favorite resorts at Walt Disney World is Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. And it’s by far one of the Best Disney Resorts for Adults. With island communities throughout the resort, there are a variety of locations to stay. The central area, known as Port Royale, includes a pool, Centertown Marketplace, Sebastian’s Bistro, and everything you need for your resort stay. This resort also features hidden hideaways near the central bridge for lounging; so grab a coffee and settle in! While Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort is home to family-friendly rooms, the lack of Disney-theming makes it a great resort for adults looking to take a break from the magic. 

Filled with beaches along the walkway, this resort offers ample opportunities to sit back and relax. And you can head to Banana Cabana, just next to Sebastian’s Bistro, for a drink under the lanai. Or head to Spyglass Grill for snacks and drinks. 

Another bonus of staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is that it’s home to the Disney Skyliner Hub. This means access to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT is extra easy, and just a quick Skyliner ride away. And with so many walking trails at Caribbean Beach, even Disney’s Riviera Resort is just a short walk away, giving you the bonus of extra dining options, gift shops, and beaches. All the makings of one of the best Disney hotel for adults.

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Best Disney Moderate Resort for Adults: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Gran Destino Tower

Another favorite Moderate Resort is the Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World. This is a sprawling resort, themed to the American Colonial Spanish and Southwest American regions. Recently renovated, this resort now includes Gran Destino Tower, which is a lavish space filled with modern elements. Including the Barcelona Lounge which offers specialty coffees and drinks, acting as both a coffee and cocktail bar. One of the best hotels at Disney World for adults, Coronado Springs also offers one of the best Disney Club Level Lounges at the Chronos Club! The only moderate level resort with Club Level concierge services, you can get club level cheaper at Coronado Springs.  

Adults staying at Coronado Springs Gran Destino Tower get luxury accommodations and easy access to both indoor and outdoor spaces for lounging, or work. And makes it the best place to stay in Disney world for adults who are having a longer vacation. And as a bonus, the Gran Destino Tower has rooftop dining at Toledo Restaurant and drinks at Dahlia Lounge. Both of which offer balcony views of three Disney Parks, and fireworks! Plus you get access to amazing walking paths throughout the resort. And a waterside quick service bar and grill at Three Bridges restaurant. As one of Disney’s largest resorts, this one is out of the way and offers bus access to the parks and Disney Springs. 

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Best Disney Moderate Resort for Adults: Disney Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

We recently discovered the French Quarter Disney Resort and couldn’t be more thrilled at how great this Disney Hotel for Adults is. With an on site Disney Bar and Lounge, at Scat Cat’s Club, this is the best Disney Resort for Couples. Mainly because if you’re looking for great food, entertainment, recreation live music, and a boutique atmosphere, French Quarter has it all. 

Proximity to the Golf Courses at Saratoga Springs, Beignets at the ready, and walking paths to Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort make this Disney hotel for adults, loaded with options. Whether you’re visiting Disney for the food, shopping, or hoping to get your daily steps in, French Quarter offers a subtle Disney hotel theme and great location. 

Primarily offering Bus service to parks,  you can grab the boat to Disney Springs, and head to wherever you like from there. We most liked this resort for the calm, beautiful architecture, and boutique atmosphere making it one of the best Disney world resorts for adults. 

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Best Disney Value Resort for Adults: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds

If you’re a nature loving Adult, or looking for camping opportunities, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds offer a great reason to relax, whether on the beach, on the trails, or at the dog park. This resort offers campsites, RV sites, and Cabins. All of this makes this one of the best Disney Resorts for Adults looking to stay on a budget. Especially since Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds offer so many things for Disney Adults looking to escape.

We highly recommend Renting an RV at Fort Wilderness for your stay. While Disney doesn’t offer this service specifically, you can find some great third-party options of places like RV share that will come and hook up and tear it down for you. We also loved staying at the Disney Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins. 

This resort has two main areas, the Settlement, and the Meadows. The Meadows is the central location at the resort featuring kayaking, canoeing, a pool, a gift shop, and the outdoor movie theater. While it’s true that all the nighttime movies at Disney Resorts are Disney flicks, it’s still a great reason to take a break. The Settlement includes Trails End Restaurant, a gift shop, boat rental, and golf cart parking. One of the best things at this resort is the chance to rent a golf cart and drive around. Because really there is nothing better than to explore. We also love that this resort is just a boat ride from Wilderness Lodge and Magic Kingdom. 

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Best Disney Value Resort for Adults: Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Since we visit Disney World often we’re usually looking for a balance between easy and calm. And in the Value Resort Category that’s something hard to find. Luckily, there’s Pop Century Resort, featuring some nostalgia and Skyliner service, making it the best hotel for adults at Disney world, on a budget. Featuring additional transportation options, proximity to other resorts and a fun theme Pop Century Resort at Walt Disney World is by far the best Disney Resort in the Value Category. And for adults, it offers more amenities than you would assume! With a variety of buildings featuring certain decades, you’ll find plenty to explore on the grounds.

This resort shares walking paths and the Disney Skyliner with Disney’s Art of Animation Resort next door, giving you even more places to wander. Surrey bikes and runDisney trails are also available here. Plus, the commissary here offers up some of the best foods and seasonal snacks. With access to the Disney Skyliner, you also get easy access to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios. Being able to skip bus transportation and to Resort Hop is a major bonus of staying at Pop Century. While this resort doesn’t have a lounge, you can grab drinks in the commissary refrigerated section. Or head over to Bar Riva at Disney’s Riviera Resort for a night out. 

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Best Disney Marriott Bonvoy Resort for Adults: Walt Disney World Swan Reserve Hotel

There are a lot of resorts in Orlando for adults. But if you’re looking for something centrally located to Disney and Universal Studios. And somewhere you can use your travel points, then read on. As travel point earning grown ups, we think the Best Disney Resorts for Adults can help you earn point on your loyalty cards. As such, the Marriott Bonvoy Resorts at Disney World, are some of the best.  If you’re looking for something with a minimal amount of Disney-theming, and far enough removed from the chaos to help you feel like you’re on vacation, try Disney’s Swan Reserve. This resort is part of the trifecta of hotels just outside Disney’s Boardwalk; Disney’s Dolphin, Swan, and Swan Reserve. These hotels all share amenities, including pools, activities, gyms, etc. You literally get three resorts in one by staying here. 

Walt Disney World’s Swan Reserve Hotel also includes a cafe, gym, pool, and luxurious lounge for any late-night you’re hoping to have! Making it the best Disney world hotel for couples. The rooms here are beautiful, and offer a variety of views, including the EPCOT ball itself! This resort is within walking distance of both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios and offers a secluded escape. 

Included in the Disney bus transportation route, via Mears, you can also get to any of the parks, and Disney Springs easily. Or head to any of the Boardwalk Resorts to catch transportation. Absolutely one of the best hotels for adults in Disney world who want to be close to the action, but have the privacy and upscale amenities you’re used to. 

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Runners Up Hotels for Adults at Disney World Orlando

There are many places to stay in Disney World, but if you’re looking for something outside of the parks, know that there are also other options! There are Hotels in Orlando Florida that are within walking distance of Disney Springs. And if you’re heading to Universal Studios, consider our favorite hotel for adults at Universal, Orlando, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Whatever you choose, be sure to check out our money saving tips on hotels in our How to Book a Disney Hotel with a third party, so you can earn your points, miles, and get cash back. It’s easy to find the Best Disney Resorts for Adults when you know where to look!   

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

If you’re looking for a tropical hideaway, then the Polynesian Village Resort could be your next signature Disney Resort! As one of the best Disney Resorts for Adults, the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World has Lounges, Activities, and Dole Whip! And if you’re looking to book a waterside villa, you’ll get access to a private deck, kitchen, and enough room to lounge about in. Making it absolutely one of the best Disney world resort for adults who want a little more privacy.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort includes the Tambu Lounge, at Ohana, home to the famous Lapu Lapu drink served in half a pineapple. And as home to Ohana, serving up their Ohana Bread Pudding, there will be no shortage of island flavors to eat here. You can even count on a flight of mimosas if you’re having Breakfast at Kona Cafe, and specialty coffees at Kona Cafe. 

Adult-friendly things to do at the Polynesian Resort include shopping, boat rentals, a pool, Trader Sams Grog Grotto, beaches with lounge chairs, and walking paths to bring you to Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and even farther to Magic Kingdom. Plus, if you’re in for some free evening entertainment, you can head to the beach to watch the Electrical Water Pageant. As one of the best hotels near Magic Kingdom, the Polynesian has  a lot to offer if you’re looking for a little island lifestyle at Disney. 

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Considered by many to be the best resort at Disney world for adults, the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is expensive, but elegant. With a multi-story lobby decorated in Victorian fashion, and on-site amenities, there is plenty to do here. Specialty gift shops like Basin are available alongside spa services and unique gift shops.

As an additional perk, there is a Walking path to Magic Kingdom right near the pool, helping you get easy access to the park, without the transportation worries. You can also walk over to the Polynesian Resort, giving you even more opportunities to explore the resorts. As the Disney Resorts on the Monorail are some of the best Disney world resorts for couples, be sure to explore them all. 

The Grand Floridian Resort features large rooms, balcony views, and a variety of restaurants on the property. The Grand Floridian Cafe, the World-Renowned Victoria and Alberts, and our favorite Disney Lounge, Enchanted Rose, are also at this resort. If you’re planning a Girl’s Trip to Walt Disney World be sure to head to the Garden View Tea Room for high tea and small treats. Another reason we love his resort is its Monorail and Boat Access, making home a whole lot closer for those late nights at Magic Kingdom. By far one of the best Disney Resorts for Adults on property if you can afford it.  

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Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

By far one of the best Disney world hotels for adults, the Yacht Club just screams grown up elegance. Found on the Disney Boardwalk, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort features a lobby that smells of aloe and cucumber, and spaces and furniture colored with variations of blue and gray. While this is not an adults only resort Disney World guests staying here are often adults without children, active older adults, and Disney couples. Without much Disney theming or children’s activities’, serene describes the atmosphere perfectly. As one of the best Disney Resorts for Adults, Disney’s Yacht Club offers villas and resort rooms with garden and balcony views.

One of the main attractions of this resort is that it shares amenities with Disney’s Beach Club. This means you get access to a gym, pools, and the Marketplace at Ale and Compass. The Marketplace is a gift shop and quick-service dining counter that offers sandwiches, salads, and pre-packaged foods. The Beach Club also features a variety of restaurants, including Cape May, which is perfect for seafood lovers. And the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop offers meals, and gourmet ice cream shakes, also available to go. 

Another major perk of Disney’s Yacht Club is that it is Within Walking Distance of EPCOT Park and Hollywood Studios. What’s more, is that you can also hop on the Disney Skyliner for easy resort hopping to the Skyliner Resorts.  

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What are the Best Disney Resorts for Adults?

There are many great Disney World Resorts for Adults, and not all of them cost an arm and a leg either! Each one of the resorts on this list includes fewer rowdy groups, great pools, and good transportation. Some of these even include Disney Lounges, award winning restaurants and beaches, and some resorts are within walking distance of Disney Parks. The best Walt Disney World Resort for adults could be any of these!

Disney Hotels for Adults at the Deluxe Level

Disney Deluxe Resorts offer some of the best Disney Resorts for Adults at Disney World. With a slew of amenities, transportation options, and entertainment, you can’t beat the vacation feeling of these hotels at Disney World. 

Disney Hotels for Adults at the Moderate Level

Some of the Best Disney Resorts for Adults at the Moderate Level come with perks of their own. Because it really is all about what you’re looking for. For a real vacation feeling, we recommend Caribbean Beach. But if you’re looking for something unique and away from the Disney chaos, Coronado Springs has a lot to Offer. 

Disney Hotels for Adults at the Value Level

In Value category, Disney Resorts for Adults are few and far between. Mainly because so many families stay cheaply at these resorts. However, if you head to Fort Wilderness, a personal campsite, RV site or Cabin is yours for the taking. Adding in more privacy and freedom than you’d find in a regular hotel. And at Pop Century, the access to the Skyliner, and other resorts makes this one of the most convenient places to stay at Disney World. 

Disney Marriott Bonvoy Hotels for Adults 

By far one of the most upscale Disney hotels, the Swan Reserve doesn’t typically attract families. Making it a calm, more private, and luxury Disney experience than you can get elsewhere. Plus, Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course is just across the parking lot! 

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Best Place to Stay in Disney World for Adults

Hopefully, this list of the best hotels for adults in Disney World has given you a great start to finding your next place to stay at Walt Disney World. While you can visit any Disney Resort, without staying there, there is something to be said for easy access. If you’re looking for the best place to stay in Disney World for adults this list has our favorites. Whatever you’re looking for, beaches, lounges, activities, or proximity to the parks, these best wdw resort options offer your best chance at an Adult Only Disney World Vacation.  Hopefully this list of  Best Disney Resorts for Adults has helped you find your next favorite! 

A roundup of all the BEST Disney Resorts for Adults. With fewer crowds, more amenities, on site restaurants and more. Here are our top 10 picks

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Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.


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