Disney Springs Area Hotels
The Disney Springs area hotels (formerly called the Downtown Disney Hotels) are on Disney property, but not owned or operated by Disney. They are all located along Hotel Plaza Boulevard, close to the Disney Springs complex, and their proximity to the Disney World theme parks makes them highly desirable among non-Disney-owned hotels.
The seven resorts in this group run their own bus system to the Disney parks, and from some of them it’s easy to walk to Disney Springs and pick up Disney’s own bus transportation, which runs to the Disney World resorts (this is especially convenient if you want to eat in a Disney resort restaurant).
New!Beginning February 8, 2018 through December 31, 2018, several Disney Springs area hotels give guests access to 60-day advance Disney FastPass+ reservations. Current participating MouseSavers Preferred Hotels are Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Hilton Buena Vista Palace and the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton. We anticipate that the B Resort and Spa and Best Western will announce participation within the next few weeks.
New!Beginning January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, the Disney Springs area hotels will participate in Disney’s Extra Magic Hours.
One difference between these hotels and a Disney-owned resort is that you cannot charge items in the parks to your room key.
We tour each hotel in the Disney Springs group on a regular basis, and stay regularly at the ones listed as MouseSavers Preferred. On these site inspections we tour the lobbies and restaurants, check out amenities such as pools and exercise rooms, and look at multiple guest rooms.
All of the hotels in this group offer good basic amenities, including an in-room safe, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, coffeemaker, dataport on the phone(s), and a Disney gift shop that sells theme park tickets.
Click on the links below to see extensive reviews and photos of these outstanding “best buy” hotels in the Disney Springs area!
B Resort and Spa located in Disney Springs Resort Area – Brand-new, upscale “lifestyle” hotel featuring newly-renovated rooms that sleep up to 5 (with a sleeper chair). This resort has high-end amenities, a zero-entry pool, and playful décor that will appeal to anyone who loves modern, unpretentious design.
Best Western Lake Buena Vista in the Walt Disney World Resort – Moderately priced full-service hotel in the Disney Springs Resort area that offers spacious rooms that sleep 4 (5 with a rollaway). Some rooms have great views. MouseSavers readers get 20% off rates and FREE parking!
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort – The only all-suite hotel in the Disney Springs area offers extra space for families. MouseSavers.com readers get FREE continental breakfast! One-bedroom suites sleep up to 6 people.
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Disney Springs Resort Area – Offers extensive dining and shopping. Kids eat FREE with a special MouseSavers.com offer! Standard rooms sleep up to 4 people.
Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Newly refurbished with fantastic lazy river. Easy walk to Disney Springs. Standard rooms sleep up to 4. Some of the high rooms have great views.
Other Disney Springs Area Hotels
In February 2010 Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area reopened following a top-to-bottom makeover of the guest rooms, restaurant and lounge, lobby, atrium and pool.
While it has been freshened up quite a lot, this remains a pretty basic hotel with limited facilities. The architecture is dated and somehow feels like a motel, even though all of the rooms open onto interior corridors. It is a 14-story building surrounding an atrium lobby.
Rooms offer the standard amenities you’d expect from a Holiday Inn, with two Queen beds or one King bed. The atrium lobby has a restaurant/bar on the ground level, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. A grab-and-go area nearby allows you to pick up a few quick-service food and beverage items.
There is a nice new zero-entry pool and whirlpool spa, which are overlooked by room balconies. There is no shade at the pool except if the sun is in the right position, in which case the building shades it.
In addition the hotel offers a small, very basic fitness center, self-service laundry room and a game room for kids. There is both self-parking (for a fee) and valet parking (for a fee).
This hotel has always had a sort of split personality, in that it has a tower with business-style hotel rooms and a pair of garden wings with motel-style rooms with exterior corridors. The two types of rooms appeal to somewhat different travellers, so Wyndham finally decided to deal with this difference by splitting into two hotels: the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista and the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista. The split is somewhat conceptual, since it’s still all in one large contiguous building, with fully shared amenities like pools and restaurants. Prior to 2015 the whole property was called the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, and before that it was the Grosvenor Resort and then the Regal Sun Resort. Some desperately needed renovations were done in late 2007/early 2008. The lobby decor has been updated and now looks fresh and pleasant with a “beachy” vibe.
Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista rooms are in the two lower wings. The rooms are small (slightly larger than Disney’s All-Stars), have two double beds and can accommodate four people. Wyndham Garden rooms have exterior corridors and motel-style bathrooms with a very small closet area. None of the wing rooms have balconies or windows that open. The rooms are very comparable to a Disney Value resort in terms of layout and amenities, but without the theming.
Wyndam Lake Buena Vista rooms are in the tower and are larger than those in the wings. Most have small balconies. The higher floors on one side have fairly good views of the Disney Springs area, and of Epcot in the distance. Rooms include a desk and are generally comparable to other tower hotels in the Disney Springs hotel area.
The restaurant serves a breakfast buffet, with Disney characters three days a week, as well as lunch and dinner. A small bar with a pool table is adjacent to the restaurant. There is another bar in the lobby, open seasonally. There’s a convenient quick-service market selling snacks and drinks in the lobby. Limited room service is available.
The pool area has been updated. There are two pools: one is now zero-entry with a children’s splash area. There is a large heated spa. The pool area has a bar/snack stand, open seasonally. There’s absolutely no shade around the pool, so bring lots of sunscreen. For kids there is a game room/video arcade.
The hotel has very limited parking, and has gone to valet-only service, for which there is a daily fee. There is a Dollar rental car desk in the lobby.