For Disney-loving couples, staying at a Disney Resort is the ultimate way to spend a vacation. It doesn’t just tick something off your bucket list but gives you the chance to be closer to the action, get to the parks earlier and get certain perks you can’t get elsewhere, making the experience much more memorable.
With that said, you might not know which Disney World resorts are highly recommended for couples and which are not.
Since the Walt Disney World Resort is typically family-based, you might think there aren’t as many romantic things to do at Disney, but there are plenty and staying in a Disney World resort is one of them.
These resorts offer luxurious accommodations and amenities sprinkled with a bit of Disney magic—but how do you know which resort to choose based on your budget?
In this guide, we’ll cover our favourite Disney resorts, their star rating, price point, and what amenities and recreation they offer. From tantalizing dining options to Disney-related attractions, these resorts each have something to offer couples looking for a Disney getaway! Read on to learn more.
1. Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Resort is conveniently located in the EPCOT resort area, just off the banks of Crescent Lake. This luxurious, beach-themed resort combines the carefree, liveliness of summer with a warm, welcoming, and elegant atmosphere.
As you approach the resort, you’re greeted with a shipwrecked boat, overshadowed by an incredible pale blue-grey building with pure white trim—Disney’s Beach Club Resort indeed emphasizes the beachy vibe.
The sprawling grounds are lined with magnificent magnolias, towering elms, and lush roses in the courtyard and along the walkways leading up to the lobby entrance.
Disney’s Beach Club lobby provides an easygoing atmosphere. French doors, ambient lighting, plants, white wicker furnishings, and intricate rugs decorate the interior, creating an understated elegance. In addition, the elevated ceilings with stick-style embellishments create visual interest.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort Rooms include daily maid service, high-speed internet access, laundry services, and complimentary transportation to nearby Disney Parks. Room rates start at around $600 per night.
This vacation spot is ideal for couples looking for a high-end vacation without the high expense. You and your significant other can swim in or sunbathe near the sand-bottom pool. Or dine in beach-themed restaurants like Cape May Café or Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill. For laid-back, fun, couples can relish in the nostalgia of the on-site arcade.
More active duos can take advantage of the on-site fitness centre, volleyball pit, and tennis courts. Nature-lovers benefit from the marina, where they can rent boats or bikes to explore Crescent Lake or the resort ground.
The spa in Stormalong Bay provides you and your partner with the opportunity to get pampered after a long day at EPCOT or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Before heading back to your room, be sure to stop in at the Beach Club Marketplace Gift Shop for your Disney souvenirs.
2. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Only a hop, skip and jump away from Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a luxurious getaway for couples and families alike.
This impeccable resort stands out—the massive building boasts a conspicuous red roof and sprawling white facade. It appears more like an oceanside manor rather than a hotel. Palms line the walkways and roads leading up to the resort.
You’re likely to be enamoured with the light, airy interior featuring pale green and bronze fixtures throughout. The vibe is upscale yet charming, with the occasional pop of bright colours. The vaulted ceilings and large towering windows let in plenty of natural light.
Rooms feature WiFi, a small refrigerator, flat-screen TV, wall safe, coffee maker, and bath and body products. Guests also enjoy room service, foreign currency exchange, a business centre, laundry services, and a hotel buffet. Rates start at around $600 per night.
Before heading off to Magic Kingdom, couples can get pampered at the full-service salon. You can take your time, too, because getting to the park is a breeze! Magic Kingdom is less than a mile walk along a scenic lakeside path lined with swaying palms.
If you and your partner aren’t up for walking, the Walt Disney World Monorail will transport you. Or, sail across the Seven Seas Lagoon to Magic Kingdom in a water taxi.
After enjoying the nearby attractions, head back to the Grand Floridian and enjoy one another’s company while taking a dip in the Beach Pool. Relax afterwards with a massage.
You can drop in at one of the many restaurants for dinner, including Gasparilla Island Grill, the Grand Floridian Café, or Narcoossee’s. Then, before heading to bed, swing by the Enchanted Rose for a nightcap. Then, for a truly magical night, watch the evening fireworks shimmer in the sky atop Cinderella Castle.
3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Once you’ve entered the grounds of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, it’s as though you’ve been transported across the seas to an African savanna—rustic, natural, and secluded.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge layout is formed in the shape of a horseshoe and is designed in the style of an African kraal. This design provides incredible views of four different savannas where exotic birds, zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and other animals reside.
The building itself was designed after native housing in South Africa—the beautifully constructed thatched roof gives a hut-like feel to the resort’s main building. Native materials were used in the construction to maintain the natural ambience.
Couples entering the lobby are greeted with nothing short of grandeur. Massive hallways with vaulted ceilings branch out from the central room and are lined with incredible African artwork. The majestic, baked-mud fireplace adds a sense of cosiness to the space.
Warm oranges, reds, and rows, as well as earthy textures, bring a sense of nature to the forefront. But guests needn’t leave their room to bask in the beauty of the African theme—each room boasts intricately carved wood furniture and other African-inspired decors.
Amenities include a coffee maker, safe, free WiFi, cable TV, and a refrigerator. Room rates start at around $400 per night.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is not as close to Disney attractions as other resorts—but Disney’s Bus Services will get couples where they need to go, including Magic Kingdom.
Couples enjoying a stay at this resort can relax on their private balcony and watch animals graze in the savanna. Or, they can dive into the natural-looking pool next to the Uzima Savanna and watch the flamingos.
As for dining, grab a cocktail at the Uzima Springs Pool Bar, try African fare including sweet plantains, or choose an American favourite like scrambled eggs or waffles.
4. Disney’s Old Key West Resort
In the Bonnet Creek area, you’ll find Disney’s Old Key West Resort. This resort is designed more like a mini-community. Called “Conch Flats,” the site isn’t just a single building but about fifty villas grouped into tiny little neighbourhoods.
The resort is ambient and romantic, thanks to its leisurely style and quaintness. As a result, it’s an ideal getaway spot for Disney-loving couples.
The grounds boast tropical landscaping, including palm and banana trees. Nautical-themed lights line the pathways, and the chandeliers leading up to the Hospitality House entrance maintain that ocean look.
The buildings are painted in soft pastels and feature gingerbread trim. Scalloped siding combined with unique architectural touches gives this resort a Victorian seaside-home feel.
Inside, the tropical beach vibe is reminiscent of the charming beach homes dotted along the coast of Key West, Florida. Each room includes high ceilings and airy, tropical decor.
Every room also offers a private balcony or patio, refrigerator, wet bar, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, free WiFi, and flat-screen television. An upgraded room has access to more amenities, including a whirlpool tub and a washer and dryer. Room rates start around $500 per night.
Couples looking for a romantic getaway will love that Disney’s Old Key West Resort backs up to a picturesque waterway. There, you can take a water taxi to Disney Springs or just enjoy a leisurely lakeside stroll. If you start feeling hungry, hop on over to Olivia’s Cafe and enjoy island-inspired dishes while you relax in the nautical-themed eatery.
As far as activities go, Disney’s Old Key West Resort is home to four heated pools, a spa, two restaurants, a bar, a gift shop, an arcade, basketball courts, volleyball pits, and a fitness centre.
5. Disney’s Riviera Resort
Life along the Riviera in Europe is relaxing and quiet—and Disney’s Riviera Resort captures this vibe beautifully.
The exterior features a relatively simple colour scheme—reds, blues, whites, and greys—to match the traditional Riviera theme. Fountains and sparkling blue pools give the impression that you’re visiting the Mediterranean coastline.
Upon entering Disney’s Riviera Resort, guests are amazed by the magical-looking chandeliers, dazzling hand-laid mosaics, and intricate Disney-themed artwork. Multiple sitting areas include cosy furniture with soft lighting and large windows to allow natural light to penetrate the room.
Rooms offer Italian and French charm and include a kitchenette or fully-equipped kitchen (depending on the accommodation you select), an ironing board, iron, hairdryer, and coffee maker. Room rates start at around $650.
Couples staying at Disney’s Riviera Resort should take the opportunity to glide across the sky in a whimsical gondola. In addition, you and your partner can visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT from these gondolas.
Food options include European-style fare from Topolino’s Terrace, which sits on the resort’s roof. For breakfast, visit Le Petit Café for a coffee and decadent pastries. Cocktails are available at Bar Riva and European and Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
After a long day of enjoying Disney and eating good food, guests can unwind in the serene, shimmering pool or enjoy some retail therapy at La Boutique, Disney’s on-site merchandise store.
6. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter is located directly next door to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside—and the two resorts share a lot of similarities, including being designed after the lively city of New Orleans.
Additionally, they’re both some of the least expensive Disney resorts, offering a magical experience for less of your hard-earned cash. With that said, it’s a great vacation option for Disney-loving couples on a budget.
French Quarter features a three-story, motel-style structure with a food court and sparkling blue pool. The exterior is magical, offering New Orleans-style architecture, cobblestone roads, old-fashioned gas lamps, and wrought-iron embellishments. Plantlife includes gorgeous magnolias and overgrown vines.
The Antebellum and Mardi Gras inspired decor keeps things romantic, timeless, and exciting when combined with live jazz music.
Rooms feature two sinks, a coffee maker, a small refrigerator, and a safe. Room rates start at around $240 per night.
Couples visiting Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter can splash around together in the Mardi Gras themed pool. Or, take a stroll along the Sassagoula River to visit Riverside for some cajun and creole foods at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory.
Before heading back to the resort for the night, step into Scat Cat’s Club Bar for some live jazz music and southern-inspired drinks.
7. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Also designed to capture the architectural charm of the Antebellum South, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside sits next to the French Quarter. It features rustic, weathered lodges with a classic feel and several buildings designed after southern plantation-style grand manor homes.
Port Orleans Resort Riverside is the place to be for couples looking to step back in time—fountains, old-timey architecture, and manicured gardens give this resort a relaxing, old-fashioned southern-style feel.
Rooms include a mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, safe, dresser, table and chairs, nightstand, telephone, mirror, WiFi, flat-panel TV, ironing board and iron, hairdryer, and toiletries. Room rates start at around $240 per night.
Couples staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside should take some time to visit Ol’ Man Island, where they’ll find a luxurious pool and a fishing hole. Additionally, they can rent bikes at the marina.
For a truly magical, romantic experience, invite your loved one on a horse-drawn carriage ride during the evening of your stay. You’ll fall in love all over again as you trek along the well-lit streets, with live jazz floating through the air.
Afterwards, visit Boatwright’s Dining Hall for a taste of traditional jambalaya or Voodoo Chicken and then grab a drink at the Muddy Rivers Pool Bar.
8. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
An oasis in its own right, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort combines Spanish, Mexican, and Southwest cultures to create a dramatic, romantic paradise.
This lakeside resort utilizes Disney’s magical touch and modern amenities to inspire guests.
Before you even step foot into the lobby, you’ll be awed by this incredible architectural beauty. Seeing it lit up at night is an even bigger treat—the grand entrance is embellished with impeccable archways and creative patterns that are sure to dazzle even the youngest of visitors.
The lobby entrance boasts an intricately carved wooden screen leading to a two-story lobby adorned with lanterns. The ambience of the lightning and bronze screens give the lobby a touch of Spanish magic and sophistication.
From the hotel, Disney’s Bus Service will transport guests to any nearby Disney Theme Parks or Water Parks, as well as Disney Springs or Disney′s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course.
Accommodations at Coronado Springs include desk and chairs, WiFi, flat-panel TV, mini-fridge, hairdryer, digital thermostat, in-room safe, coffee maker, and ironing board and iron. Room rates start at around $250 per night.
Couples searching for good eats can grab some tasty cuisine at the Three Bridges Bar & Grill. The lakefront view is nothing short of romantic, and when combined with the warmth from the nearby fire pit, couples are sure to enjoy some cuddling. Afterwards, walk over to the arcade or catch a Disney movie under the stars.
On hot days, grab your partner’s hand and dive into the pool, or take a dip in the outdoor hot tub—it can seat 22 people!
El Centro has plenty of food and shopping options; you can find a gift shop, food court, and a lounge for some delicious cocktails.
9. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Located near Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge boasts a natural, earthy aesthetic and implements Native American elements. The main lodge is inspired by the Old Faithful Inn, a mainstay for tourists visiting Yellowstone National Park.
The lodge is constructed from beautiful pine wood and displays authentic totem poles. In addition, guests can enjoy viewing Native American artefacts and reading-related myths, legends, and stories.
Couples visiting Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will enjoy transportation to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
Rooms feature a private balcony or patio, an in-room safe, WiFi (for an additional fee), an ironing board and iron, a coffee maker, and a mini-refrigerator. Room rates start at around $400 per night.
Activities for couples range from playing games in the arcade, swimming in Copper Springs Creek, or visiting the spa and fitness centre. For nature-loving couples, you can enjoy a warm nighttime campfire, watch a movie under the stars, or join a fishing excursion.
Additionally, guests can rent bikes and ride around the resort, taking in the natural views and catching a glimpse of animal life.
There are restaurants nearby, including the Whispering Canyon Cafe or Geyser Point Bar.
10. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Couples that enjoy the luxury and beauty of the South Pacific will love Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This tropical oasis sits on the banks of the Seven Seas Lagoon and is just south of Magic Kingdom. Other Disney World attractions are just a few monorail stops away.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort boasts lush tropical gardens, swaying palm trees, and impeccable landscaping with a South Seas theme. In addition, there are beaches, waterfalls, and bamboo tiki torches that add to the outdoor island ambience.
The focal point of the resort is The Great Ceremonial House. This building features a casual atmosphere with island-inspired light fixtures, embellishments, and waterfront views.
Rooms within the resort include Moana-themed details, including furnishings, fixtures, patterns, textures, and colours. Amenities include free WiFi, a small refrigerator, an iron and ironing board, soap, shampoo, a coffee maker, an in-room safe, an iPod dock, and a hairdryer. The resort also provides 24-hour security, a convenience store, daily housekeeping, and facilities, including a golf course. Room rates start at around $600 per night.
Guests can visit the nearby Disney attractions or stay on-site to enjoy the resort’s Oasis Pool or shop at BouTiki or Moana Mercantile.
Couples can enjoy a romantic Asian-inspired meal at Kona Cafe or attend a luau while enjoying dinner at The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. Afterwards, grab a dole whip at Pineapple Lanai and take a boat ride on the sparkling waters at night.
All the services and amenities you have come to expect from Independent are right in the comfort of your own home. While lodging at this fantastic property, guests can enjoy free WiFi in all rooms, 24-hour security, convenience store, daily housekeeping, gift/souvenir shop.
11. Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is more than just a hotel—it features many attractions, including entertainment, dining, activities, and other vacation fun.
Situated between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this mid-range resort is a prime location for couples looking to take in as much Disney fun as they can.
The resort’s vibe is early-to-mid 1900s Eastern Seaboard, as it takes architectural cues from New England’s colonial-style hotels. The Coney Island-style feel gives a timeless vibe, and the quaint, quiet garden courts dotting the resort grounds make it feel like home.
Entering the lobby, you’ll find whimsical designs abound. The interior has almost a fun, upbeat, carnival-inspired style, with images of roller coasters, carousels, colourful rugs, vintage furnishings, and hardwood floors.
Rooms include a spacious closet, a private balcony or patio, climate control, a mini-refrigerator, and a coffee maker. Inside the closet, you’ll find an iron and ironing board, a safe, and hangers to hang your jacket or other belongings. Room rates range from $350 and up per night.
Couples enjoying a vacation together can ride around Crescent Lake on a boat or visit EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to make some magical memories. Afterwards, dip your toes in the Luna Park Pool or rent bikes to stroll around the resort grounds.
At night, be sure to visit The BoardWalk. It lights up at night with bright lights and thumping music. Nightlife-loving twosomes can enjoy the Atlantic Dance Hall or Abracadabar for drinks and magical entertainment.
Grab some Italian-inspired cuisine from Trattoria al Forno or visit the Big River Grille & Brewing Works for a hand-crafted beer and burger. After filling your stomach, stroll along the BoardWalk to check out the shopping options or visit the resort gift shop.
12. The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
As mentioned earlier, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground includes a lodge—but it also provides cabin accommodations for guests looking for a rustic getaway without the dirt, mosquitoes, and heat. Cabin facilities at Disney’s Fort Wilderness resort are near Magic Kingdom, the Walt Disney Resort, Bay Lake, and the lodge.
Situated in the same area as Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, the cabins sit in a pine and cypress forest. Because the cabins are placed in a natural habitat, guests may view wildlife, including ducks, deer, and rabbits.
The cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort are perfect for nature-loving couples. The scenic woodland cabins offer walking trails, an outdoor pool, nature-inspired entertainment, and hearty eats.
With that said, the cabins aren’t as luxurious as other Disney accommodations. They’re comparable to a one-bedroom suite at most other resorts, but they’re unique. Each contains its parking spot, patio table, and grill so that couples can enjoy their time together in seclusion.
Guests are sure to stay comfortable and entertained, as the cabin includes air conditioning, a television, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a dining table. Cabin prices start at around $380 per night.
Additionally, guests have access to storage space, a dishwasher, daily housekeeping, WiFi, shampoo and soap, and a safe.
If you and your significant other want to visit the different Disney-themed properties, you’ll benefit from the internal bus system. A boat launch also provides access to the Magic Kingdom. Alternatively, guests can rent bikes or a golf cart.
On-site heated swimming pools provide guests with a way to relax and unwind, along with fishing, archery, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, pontoon rentals, or tennis. There’s also a sand exercise trail that leads to the lodge.
Guests looking for live entertainment can visit the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review and grab dinner at Trails End.
13. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
An elegant lakeside hotel, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort offers guests a way to relax and indulge in the many nearby attractions.
The resort grounds boast a New England-style flair, with nautical touches and pastel-toned colours. The plush lobby offers comfortable seating and quiet, understated elegance. It has dark hardwood floors, brass fixtures, and antique chandeliers. The seaside theme is prominent with a lighthouse and an outdoor Boardwalk around Crescent Lake.
Disney’s Yacht Club is located next to the Beach Club Resort and is within walking distance to EPCOT and only a stone’s throw away from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Amenities include a business centre, laundry service, spa and health club, wake-up call service, disability services, transportation, and medical equipment use.
Rooms include free WiFI, in-room safes, cable TV, a coffee maker, mini-fridge, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, and microwaves on request. Room rates start at around $350 per night.
The Yacht Club shares Stormalong Bay with Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Couples looking for more privacy can rent a poolside cabana for the day or enjoy the lazy river or a private hot tub.
At night, get closer to your loved one with an outdoor fire and a movie with roasted marshmallows. For an extra romantic night, sign up for a firework cruise on Crescent Lake.
When you’re feeling hungry, check out the grab-and-go selection of sandwiches and salads at The Market at Ale & Compass. Want to try a cocktail? Visit Crew’s Cup Lounge for a drink or two.
For those looking for a more upscale experience, try Yachtsman Steakhouse. Here, you’ll find premium steak or seafood selections, and you and your partner can watch your food being prepared.
For those who want to stay in and cuddle up, in-room dining is available 24 hours a day.
Walt Disney World Travel Planning Guide
🎟️ Where To Buy Tickets for Walt Disney World?
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🏥 Should I Buy Travel Insurance for a Visit to Walt Disney World?
If you’re travelling to Walt Disney World for vacation, then travel insurance is recommended. Basic travel insurance coverage with Safety Wing averages between $5 – $10 per day and offers peace of mind.
However, if a trip to Walt Disney World isn’t part of a vacation. For example, you live locally. Then travel insurance isn’t likely to be necessary.
🚘 Do I Need to Rent a Car for a Visit to Walt Disney World?
You don’t need to rent a car to visit Walt Disney World. Instead, you can take an Uber or Lyft, as the theme park has pick-up and drop-off points.
Parking at Walt Disney World is expensive, so taking an Uber or Lyft can, in some cases, be cheaper.
However, if a trip to Walt Disney World only makes up a portion of your vacation, then you may want to rent a car. I personally use Discover Cars to find the best car rental when visiting the USA.