The Best Disney World Resorts for Adults

The Best Disney World Resorts for Adults

A Walt Disney World vacation is the perfect place to get away for Disney-loving adults. With over 25 Disney Resorts to choose from, there is something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for laid-back, budget-friendly, elegant, or secluded, here are our Top 10 Best Disney Resorts for Adults. Ranging from budget-friendly to deluxe. From resorts 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. Whatever you’re looking for, there are Disney Resorts for everyone. If you are a Disney Adult looking for your signature Disney Resort, here are our favorites and the reasons we think they are the BEST Disney world resort for adults.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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 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 a deluxe resort experience and want to revel in the calm, with all the amenities you could want, then Animal Kingdom Lodge is perfect for your next stay. The Best place to stay in Disney World for adults just may be Animal Kingdom Lodge. 

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Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Found on the Disney Boardwalk, Disney’s Beach Club Resort features a lobby that smells of aloe and cucumber, and spaces and furniture colored with variations of blue. Serene describes the atmosphere perfectly. As one of the best Disney Resorts for Adults, Disney’s Beach 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 Yacht 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 Beach 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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Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

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 Bakery to refill your refillable mug. 

The 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, including one of our favorites, 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 BoardWalk Inn may just be the best place to stay in Disney World for adults!

Disney's CAribbean Beach Resort

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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. Check out our top 5 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. 

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Disney’s Coronado Resort Gran Destino Tower

Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World 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. 

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 as a bonus, the Gran DestinoTower 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. 

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Cabins at Fort Wilderness

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds

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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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

By far the most well-known, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is one of the best Disney Resorts for Adults. Including Disney Deluxe Resort luxury, 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. 

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. 

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Swan Reserve rooms

Walt Disney World Swan Reserve Hotel

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! 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. 

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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. 

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.

Pop Century Resort Pools

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Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Another budget-friendly Disney Resort, 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. 

Best Disney World Resort 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, amazing pools, 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’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Resort Gran Destino Tower
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve Hotel
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Best Place to Stay in Disney World for Adults

Hopefully, this list 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 or your signature Disney resort, this list has our favorites. Whatever you’re looking for, beaches, lounges, activities, or proximity to the parks, these resorts offer the best. 

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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