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How Long Would It Take To Stay In Every Room In Every Hotel At Disney World?

by SharonKurheg

Considering that it’s just a theme park resort, Walt Disney World (WDW) is a huge place. And I mean HUGE. It’s just shy 40 square miles (it used to be a little bigger- about 43 square miles or so – but has annexed small bits off over the years). That means it’s a few square miles smaller than San Francisco. Twice as large as Manhattan in NYC. And 220 times bigger than Vatican City.

WDW just celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, and it’s more popular than ever. When the resort opened on October 1, 1971, it had one theme park (Magic Kingdom) and 2 hotels (The Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Resort). About a month and a half after the grand opening, Fort Wilderness opened, for those who preferred to stay in a campground setting.

Since then, the resort has grown exponentially. It’s now home to:

  • 4 theme parks
  • 4 golf courses
  • 3 miniature golf courses
  • 2 water parks
  • 1 shopping/dining district

And a whole lot of hotels. Read on…

In 2018, Walt Disney World is said to have had more than 58 million visitors. Some of those guests were locals like Joe and me, but the vast majority were (and are) visitors from out of town, out of state and out of the country. They all have to stay somewhere, right?

As per hotel research firm STR Global, Central Florida has 144,125 hotel rooms (as of late 2020). Most people visiting the area stay off Disney property, but if they want the “ALL DISNEY, ALL THE TIME!!!” experience, they can stay at their choice of what is now 31 Disney-owned resort hotels, plus 13 more hotels, that aren’t owned by “The Mouse,” on WDW property (a.k.a. “staying in the Disney bubble”).

These are all the hotels in question:

DISNEY OWNED

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

NOT DISNEY OWNED (but still on Disney property, with many of the amenities of staying at WDW)

  • B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista
  • Doubletree Suites by Hilton Orlando
  • Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Holiday Inn Orlando
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Shades of Green
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve

Note: There are a handful of other hotels on Disney property, with brand names such as Marriott and Hilton, at the relatively new Flamingo Crossings Town Center area, on the far west side of Disney property. Disney owns Flamingo Crossings, but those hotels are “just hotels,” with no special amenities of staying “on site.”

So anyway, that’s 44 hotels. Of course, someone started wondering, “If I stayed in every room of every one of those 44 hotels at Disney World, how long it would take until I had been in all of them?” And, of course, he made a TikTok out of it:

@thisismaxkennedy

How many days would it take to stay in every hotel room in Disney World? #disneyworld #disneyresorts #disneyfacts #disneyparks #disneyhotels

♬ Banana Wind – Instrumental – Jimmy Buffett

Spoiler alert (or if you don’t want to watch the video): he says 95 years. But is that accurate? Let’s see.

Here are the room counts for each hotel (Note – Disney doesn’t mention on their website how many rooms are in each hotel. References were Wikipedia, TouringPlans & AllEars.net for the Disney-owned hotels, and similar types of references for the ones not owned by Disney. I take no responsibility for any errors they may have made in numbers or, in the case of DVC villas, clarification of numbers of villas vs. hotel rooms. Whatever the case, it’s “close enough”):

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort – 428
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – 136
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – 220
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort – 1,604
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort – 1,604
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort – 1,920
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas – Jambo House – 972
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas – Kidani Village – 458
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – 1,984
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort – 576
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas – 282
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn – 378
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas – 378
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – 1,536
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – 655
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – 1,917
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – 867
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort – 761
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – 847
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – 479
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort – 2,880
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter – 1,008
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside – 2,048
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – 1,260
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – 430 (not including Boulder Ridge & Copper Creek above)
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – 656
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort – 300
  • Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser – 100
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – 409
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – 799
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – 147
  • B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista – 394
  • Doubletree Suites by Hilton Orlando – 229
  • Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista- 604 (opening in late 2022, to completed in spring 2023)
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – 1,136
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – 814
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – 496
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – 394
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista – 232
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort – 444
  • Shades of Green – 586
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel – 1509
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel – 756
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve – 349

So if you take ALLLLLL of those hotel rooms, you get a total of 35,982 rooms at WDW. Divide that by 365 days and it would take about 98 and a half years to stay in every single room. A little more than the TikTok guy’s 95 years but really, what’s a third of a decade between friends, right? 😉

Oh, and if you could all of the 144,125 hotel rooms within Central Florida? It’d take just shy 395 years to stay in each and every room.

Know what that is, travel friends? A WHOLE LOT of hotel points. 😉

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