A Guide to Staying at a Magic Kingdom Area Resort

When most people think of Walt Disney World, The Magic Kingdom Resort Area is one of the first places that comes to mind. From the iconic castle to the timeless rides and attractions, this park stands the test of time as one of the most beloved places in the world. When looking at what area of property to book during your Walt Disney World vacation, four resorts comprise the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, and they’re certain to add some extra magic to your stay.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

With the shortest walking distance to the Magic Kingdom entrance, Disney’s Contemporary Resort is perfect for those who are looking for convenience. The resort boasts an iconic A-Frame building where you can watch the monorail come through and new ‘The Incredibles’ themed rooms for the Pixar lover in your family. The Contemporary has multiple restaurants, including a character buffet at Chef Mickey’s, a signature dining experience high atop the 13th floor at The California Grill, and a delicious steakhouse at Steakhouse 71. If you’re looking for a faster option, The Contempo Cafe has great food and even better cupcakes.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Flagship Resort is also their nicest. The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa celebrates the Victorian Era, with beach-inspired red-tiled roofs and a lobby that will make you feel like you’ve been transported in time. This resort has had recent room refurbishments, and they now have enchanting Mary Poppins theming. You will find a boat, monorail, and walking access to the Magic Kingdom. Pro-tip - the walkway is an incredible spot to watch the Electrical Water Pageant every night! For foodies, The Grand Floridian has three signature restaurants, and a soon-to-be reopened character meal. The resort also has a casual sit-down and quick-service restaurant, as well as a Beauty and the Beast themed lounge, Enchanted Rose. For those searching for the ultimate in pampering, spend some time at the spa, followed by lounging by one of the two pools, or kids splash area.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

If a stay in the tropics is your idea of peak relaxation, you should consider staying at The Polynesian Village Resort. You can journey to the Magic Kingdom by boat or monorail, and enjoy one of the best views of the Magic Kingdom fireworks at the resort beach. When you’re taking a break from the parks, the adults in your party can enjoy a drink at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, a beloved tiki bar themed after The Jungle Cruise. Kids will enjoy one of Disney’s best pools, complete with a waterslide, a volcano, and a waterfall. The resort restaurants have something for everyone - with a tropical flair to each of them!

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

With one of the most impressive lobbies at Disney World, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge evokes the rustic charm of the famed lodges of America’s National Parks. Whether it’s relaxing in front of the towering fireplace in the lobby, or spending time at one of the two pools, this resort boasts some of the most immersive theming at Disney World. You will be able to access the Magic Kingdom by boat or bus. For the fan of Disney’s Villains, make sure to check out ‘Storybook Dining’ at the resort, where you can dine with Snow White, several of the Dwarfs, and the Evil Queen herself.

Wilderness Lodge

Who is a Magic Kingdom Area Resort right for?

For families that want to spend the majority of their time at The Magic Kingdom, one of these resorts will be a perfect fit for you. With extra convenience for families with small children (especially if they need a nap!), these resorts provide incredible theming, innovative dining, and bountiful transportation options. If you're looking for a little extra luxury, Club Level is available at all of these resorts. Reach out to our agents today, and let Be Our Guest Vacations plan your next trip!