It is a fairly well established fact that Walt Disney World on-site resort hotels are a step above your average Days Inn or La Quinta in both theming and service. But as far as in-room amenities go, they are fairly standard. All standard resort hotel rooms include televisions with input panels, dressers/nightstands, a table and chairs, a furnished bathroom with separate sink/vanity, a safe, and a small dorm sized refrigerator. Yes, all resort hotel rooms include a small fridge. It is not, as in days past, something that needs to be specially requested. These fridges are not especially large but they are sufficient for storing medical necessities, baby formula, and a few other everyday essentials like coffee creamer, juice, or last night’s leftovers. But exactly how big are they? Let’s investigate, shall we…
As you can see by the side-laying water gallon, larger items are a tight squeeze but the shelves do move around to allow you to fit as much of a variety of items as possible. As you can also see from the location of the water bottle, one thing that these fridges do lack is a freezer component. So your frozen fruit, Hot Pockets, and Mickey Premium Bars are all unwelcome in your hotel room. More seriously, this could be of concern for anyone who might rely on the freezer for medical items. Ice is, of course, available free of charge from resort ice machines.
The door holds a bit more than you might expect. A half gallon of milk fits on the taller bottom shelf, as would a two-liter soda and, perhaps more importantly, a bottle of wine. The top shelf could handle soda/beer cans, juice boxes, or, for the purposes of this picture, an average sized apple.
It is also important to note that the refrigerators in most rooms are located inside of some type of decorative furniture, sometimes as a stand-alone or often inside a larger dresser-type unit. Occasionally the doors to these units open in the opposite direction of the door to the fridge, which can be awkward. They are also generally located at floor level. This could be somewhat of an issue if someone has difficulty bending down. They are also at perfect level for curious toddlers or preschoolers to open.
The particular refrigerator in my room at Port Orleans Riverside in May 2016 was a 2.4 cubic foot Magic Chef compact refrigerator. Similar units should be in all rooms at Walt Disney World. If for some reason one is not in your room when you arrive, just ask for one at the front desk and one should be provided to you free of charge. Full size “normal” refrigerators with freezers can be found in Vacation Club resort villas and the Fort Wilderness cabins. Only the smaller sized versions are available at the Art of Animation family suites (though some may have freezers.)
The smaller dorm sized fridges shown in this article are perfectly acceptable for storing a few necessities and maybe some leftovers. If you are the type of person who likes to bring along a lot of food or likes to always have a lot of cold drinks and beer available, it might be more beneficial to bring a cooler if driving or to pack a collapsible cooler or pick up a small one that you don’t mind leaving behind. For the run-of-the-mill Walt Disney World resort guest, however, they are a perfectly useful and welcome addition to guest rooms.