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). One difference between these hotels and a Disney-owned resort is that you cannot charge items in the parks to your room key. Another is that the Disney Springs area hotels do not participate in Disney’s Extra Magic Hours.
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 near Disney Springs offers spacious rooms that sleep 4 (5 with a rollaway). Some rooms have great views.
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.
Other Disney Springs Area Hotels
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
- Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area
- Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort Area
Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace (formerly Wyndham Palace Resort and Spa) is a 1000+ room convention hotel, and is the closest hotel to the Disney Springs Resort Area. Since it was acquired by Hilton in 2015 it has been undergoing major renovations. The rooms are being freshened up, and the public areas have undergone a complete transformation. The main pool is now a lazy river “float lagoon” with a zero-entry area with a family-friendly feel, and next to it is the brand new Shades Poolside Lounge.
The guest rooms are in the Towers and in the Island Building. The Towers are made up of four buildings, and are connected to the main lobby, restaurants and bars, the spa and fitness center, and other important amenities. The tallest of the Tower buildings is 27 stories high, making views from the top floors of this high rise quite spectacular. The Island Building, on the opposite side of the grounds and closer to the main pool area, houses a combination of standard rooms and one-bedroom “parlor suites.”
We have done repeated walk-throughs of this hotel. While the architecture of the buildings does not admit a great deal of natural light, the clean, contemporary design of the new renovations has lightened and brightened the public and interior spaces of the hotel, and the fresh new ambiance is what you would expect from a Hilton hotel.
The guest rooms have been renovated attractively with a contemporary decor. Virtually all guest rooms at this resort have a balcony or patio. Standard rooms have two Queen beds or a King bed. Island suites have a bedroom that is much like a standard room, plus a separate living room with a pull-out sofa, small fridge, microwave, wet bar and additional half-bath.
The grounds are the largest of the Disney Springs area resorts, and are beautifully maintained. The hotel has multiple pools. Two of them — a new large lazy river pool with a zero-entry area and an outdoor lap pool — are located on Recreation Island, a lovely park-like area between the Towers and Island building. There are plenty of fanciful blue intertubes for use on the river, and numerous lounge chairs and private cabanas for rent. Adjacent to the lap pool is the new Shades Poolside Lounge, which serves fresh American fare including burgers, flatbreads and wraps as well as refreshing drinks and cocktails.
Letterpress Cafe, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, has a hip café feel, loosely designed like a modern printing shop with huge windows facing the resort’s lagoon and pool area. Prices are on the high side, even when compared with similar convention hotels in the area. Letterpress Cafe hosts a Disney character breakfast on Sunday mornings. Close by is Citrus 28, a grab-and-go style deli/market area where you can buy a quick prepackaged snack or breakfast, baked goods, a cup of coffee, etc.
Off the main lobby is Sunnies, a lounge bar open until 1am, and the hotel has 24-hour room service.
If you enjoy spas, the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace has a Kay Casperson Spa, Salon & Boutique in the Tower building. Facilities include a waiting area, plush locker rooms, covered outdoor whirlpool spas, an outdoor lap pool, and many private treatment rooms where you can get scrubbed and massaged to your heart’s content. There is also a very pretty courtyard area outside the spa where you can sit at a small table and relax, and a decent fitness center with everything from treadmills to free weights. A special menu of facials, make-up, manis and pedis are offered for children and teens.
The resort is within easy walking distance of Disney Springs — it’s right across the street from the Marketplace section. The free self-parking is a fair distance away and you’re walking uphill when coming from the parking lot to the front entrance. If you use the valet parking there is a $21 plus tax daily fee.
The majority of the resort’s guests are part of a convention or group, and due to the design of the hotel, it really isn’t possible to segregate the convention-goers from family vacationers. This may affect your experiences here.
The hotel charges a daily resort fee. Rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access (daily fee charged).
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 became the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort Area in November 2010. Formerly 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, though the architecture causes it to be rather dark.
Standard rooms are small (slightly larger than Disney’s All-Stars), have two double beds and can accommodate four people. Rooms in the tower are slightly larger than those in the wings, and 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. The wing rooms have exterior corridors and motel-style bathrooms with a hanging area for clothing (no closet). None of the wing rooms have balconies or windows that open.
The restaurant serves a breakfast buffet, with Disney characters a 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 rather low-end 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, and there is live entertainment (a murder mystery theatrical) on Saturday nights.
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.
The Wyndham has sort of a split personality. The tower rooms are fairly standard 80’s-vintage business hotel rooms. The wing rooms are like motel rooms, or the rooms in a Disney Value resort, but without the theming or other benefits. If you stay at the Wyndham, try to get a tower room, because those are significantly better than the wing rooms.