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6 Best Resort Lobbies at Disney World

Guests who travel to Walt Disney World should be sure to stay on property at a Disney Resort for the most magical experience possible. With over twenty options to choose from, each Disney Resort features a unique theme that is conveyed through atmosphere, décor, artwork, details, architecture, dining, shopping, amenities, pools, recreation, and landscaping. In addition to choosing a Disney Resort to stay in, guests can also visit any of the other Disney Resorts throughout their vacation to explore the lobbies, dining, shopping, and recreation offered. While each Disney Resort is beautiful, there are some in particular which feature lobbies that are simply out of this world. These lobbies feature breathtaking views, kinetic energy, cozy fireplaces, and tropical landscaping making them wonderful places to visit and enjoy on each vacation. Here are the six best lobbies at Walt Disney World.


6 – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

One of the most popular resorts in Walt Disney World is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort which is nestled on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon. This popular Disney Resort brings the serenity of the South Seas to life with tiki details, white sand beaches, gently swaying palm trees, and beautiful views straight across the water to the Magic Kingdom. The lobby of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is called the Great Ceremonial House and features an open air concept with tile details, tropical plants, and beachy looking glass balls which hang from the soaring atrium ceiling. Guests who spend time in the Great Ceremonial House can dine at Kona Café, Capt. Cook’s, Kona Island, or ‘Ohana, sip on drinks at the Tambu Lounge or Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and go shopping at BouTiki or Moana Mercantile. With so many great experiences waiting in such a beautiful location, it is no wonder why guests love the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Polynesian Lobby

5 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Also found on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort which features Victorian era styling that evokes a sense of sophistication that is bound to make any guest feel like aristocracy. Soaring five stories high, everything about this lobby is indeed grand! The size alone is impressive, but add in amazing details like the massive chandeliers and the very unique bird cage elevator, and it’s not hard to figure out why this resort inspires a sense of awe unlike any other. To top it off, the Grand Floridian features a lobby orchestra to finish off setting the perfect mood.

4 – Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

Guests who are looking to enjoy the charm and festivity of New Orleans’ French Quarter definitely need to visit Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. The lobby of the Disney Resort is a massive glass atrium with tons of beautiful wrought iron details and a gently gurgling fountain. Those who spend time in the lobby can shop at Jackson Square Gifts & Desires, sip on drinks at Scat Cat’s Club, play games at South Quarter Games Arcade, and choose from wonderful meals at the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory. With beautiful charm and plenty of things to enjoy, the lobby at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is amazing.



3 – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

The newest resort in Walt Disney World is Disney’s Art of Animation Resort which brings animated classics to life. The grounds of the Disney Resort focus on The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Little Mermaid, but the lobby is a celebration of all things animated. Guests who check in can enjoy a unique chandelier which is comprised of dozens of sketches and artwork featuring beloved Disney characters. Guests who spend time in the beautifully decorated lobby at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort can dine at the Landscape of Flavors and shop until they drop at the Ink & Paint Shop.

Chandelier-Art of Animation

2 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

One of the most impressive Disney Resorts directly ties into the newest Disney theme park. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge features a massive lobby that is decked out in dark wood and countless authentic artwork, artifacts, and items from Africa. The most stunning part of the lobby at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the large wall comprised of mostly glass panels which overlooks the savannah outside. Guests who spend time there can enjoy beautiful details, sip con concoctions at the Victoria Falls Lounge, and dine on delicious cuisine at Boma – Flavors of Africa.


1 – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Located on the shores of Bay Lake near the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon is a Disney Resort which evokes the comfort and adventure of the National Park’s beautiful lodges. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge features a massive lobby with rustic wood accents and many levels overlooking a central atrium. Each level of the lobby brings new details for guests to enjoy including cozy fireplaces and arm chairs, artwork, and authentic details. Found within the lobby at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge are Whispering Canyon Café, Territory Lounge, Artist Point, Roaring Fork, and the Buttons and Bells Game Arcade. With so many amazing places to enjoy the atmosphere, cuisine, and games, it is no wonder why so many guests love to visit the lobby at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!

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About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello is a huge fan of Walt Disney World and has been visiting yearly since she was an infant. With many trips under her belt, she loves to take her time in the parks and discover lots of small details and secrets in between attractions. When not learning about the history of Walt Disney World, Caitlin loves to eat and drink at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, sip on a Lapu Lapu at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and stroll through the streets of Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. In between trips, Caitlin resides in New York working as a Teaching Assistant in a Pre-K classroom.