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9 Disney Hotels with the Best Views

Book a stay at one of these Walt Disney World Hotels and the fun will continue well after you leave the parks.

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At Walt Disney World, going to the parks is only half the fun—at least it is when you stay at one of these hotels with magical views. Because even when you’ve had a full day or your kids are so tired they can’t move, heading to a hotel with a view makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action, even when you’re already in your pajamas. Don’t miss these 14 insider secrets from a Disney World super-fan

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Best for romance: Gran Destino Tower

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The Gran Destino Tower, a 545-room hotel located inside the larger Coronado Resort, has been winning rave reviews since it opened last July. Disney goers appreciate that it’s conveniently located close to both Animal Kingdom and Blizzard Beach waterpark, its Catalan Modernism design, and its club lounge. When you book a room with a view, no matter which floor of the 15-floor hotel you’re on, you’ll enjoy unobstructed views of Lago Dorado. If you aren’t able to score one, you can still enjoy a lakeside meal at the hotel’s Three Bridges Bar & Grill. Discover 14 hidden gems for grown-ups at Disney.

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Best for first-time Visitors: Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort

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This newer tower at the Contemporary Resort is within walking distance or a short monorail ride away to the Magic Kingdom. Book a park view room that overlooks Cinderella’s Castle and Space Mountain, then even when you’re in your room, you’ll still feel all the excitement of being in the park. Parents appreciate that all the rooms have kitchenettes so you can easily have breakfasts, quick lunches, or snacks in your room. Find out insider secrets for the best Disney World vacation.

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Best for beach lovers: Disney’s Beach Club Resort

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With views looking out over Crescent Lake with Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Dolphin Resort in the background, you’ll feel like you’ve transported to a seaside resort. Rent a mini-power boat to cruise around the lake or hop on the park-provided boat for transport to nearby Hollywood Studios. Disney’s Beach Club Resort is within walking distance to Epcot or you can “fly” to Epcot or Hollywood Studios via the newly opened Disney Skyliners. Find out 17 things you can get for free at Disney World.

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Best for families: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

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Speaking of the Disney Skyliner, it soars directly overhead the Caribbean Beach Resort; guests can also access it for transport to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. With affordable rates and a zero-entry pool with two waterslides, this hotel is a top spot for families. These are more of the top Disney resorts for family vacations

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Best for fireworks: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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A tribute to Palm Beach’s Golden Era, this resort has much to offer, including that it’s one-stop away from the Magic Kingdom on the Monorail, offers a range of dining options from character breakfasts to casual waterfront dining to the award-winning classically elegant Victoria & Albert’s. But one of the best reasons to stay here is that you can catch the Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After Fireworks from the hotel’s grounds, many of the restaurants, and possibly even your room. Traveling over Independence Day? These 23 hotel rooms have the best views of the Fourth of July fireworks.

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Best for night owls: Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

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There’s almost as much to do at night at this original Disney resort as there is during the day: that includes the nightly Electrical Water Pageant over the Seven Seas Lagoon, free movies on the Great Ceremonial House Lawn, Polynesian village Campfire activities, and, last but not least, views of the Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After Fireworks. Wherever you stay, make sure you leave these 18 things you didn’t know were banned at Disney World at home.

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Best for Multi-Park Views: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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The Four Seasons Resort Orlando is practically a resort in and of itself with a 5-acre water park, kids’ club, a character breakfast, numerous restaurants, and a stunning spa. And one of the many perks of staying here is that rooms on the 6th floor and up offer views of both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot—yes, you can see the nightly fireworks from your room. See inside the most expensive hotel room at Disney—it’s at the Four Seasons.

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Best for dog lovers: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

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Traveling with your dog? Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is one of the few Disney hotels that allows pets. You and your pooch will enjoy a stroll alongside the Sassagoula River over to the sister property, Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Book a River View Room to be able to see the water from your room, as well. This is why you never see mosquitoes at Disney World.

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Best for large families: Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

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With three bedrooms that sleep up to nine and a private deck with charcoal grill, the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa offer privacy indoors and out. They’re set among the lush forest canopy and have views of the nearby Sassagoula River. Each villa has a full kitchen and washer and dryer making them ideal for long stays, too. The shopping, dining, and nightlife of Disney Springs is a short (complimentary) boat ride away. Read on to find out about secrets spots at Disney World you never knew existed

Anne Fritz
Anne L. Fritz is senior digital editor at Reader's Digest where she writes and edits mainly travel and pet content, along with shopping guides. She has worked at Woman's Day, Life & Style, Seventeen, EverydayHealth.com, WhattoExpect.com and more. She earned a BA in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University.