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Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I can't wait for August 5-2017. The Resort , the staff is just amaizing. This has been our vacation spot since 1999. and we have not yet been able to find a better place. It's a quiet place, I can not wait to get there.

We stayed at the Disney resort for 3 nights while in Hilton Head. We had a fun time and the service was great! Noah, a cast member that was working the outside entrance waving to guests, held the shuttle to the beach for us and Julie, a recreation cast member, was very informative and very nice on our drive over to the beach. When you arrive at the resort, you check into the Live Oak Lodge. From there, depending on what building you're in, you'll drive your car and park outside your building. There are two quick serve meal options: Tide Me Over at the main pool and there is one at the Beach House. Both had great meal choices and we liked what we ate. The main pool is a little bit of a walk if you are in one of the buildings closer to the check in area, but not too bad. To go to the beach, you catch the shuttle. You need your room card to access the Beach House entry gates and there is a pool bar, quick service food, swimming pool, ping pong table and foosball table there too. The resort does a good job of offering a variety of activities and one day, it rained, so we played pool and bean bag toss. The pool games are fun and our son loved the slide at the pool. The resort has an "at home" feeling and the service was great! All cast members were very nice and helpful and we enjoyed our stay.

We love Disney's HHI Resort! Since it's a much smaller venue than any at WDW or Disneyland, after a day or so, you see the same cast members in a variety of roles and soon, you know their names! Brittany, the manager of the Beach House, delivered our lunch at the Beach House, drove us to a wine tasting, handed out BBQ to go at the main resort and like Jerome, seems to be EVERYWHERE! It's an awesome staff of people who seem to be genuinely happy to be at work. And those lifeguards can "whip and nae-nae" - their leadership of the dance party was outstanding! Our kids had SO much fun! And Dad rocked the YMCA! So many positives! Some Dos and Don'ts: Do rent bikes for everyone. Travel around the resort and over to the Beach House or shopping center is much easier and fun. Plus, when the adults want to chill on the balcony, the kids can safely go ride around the resort by themselves. Do bring your own breakfast food and snacks (or purchase when you get there from the ENORMOUS Kroger). The only "restaurant" at the main resort is a walk up window and it doesn't open until 9am. Plus snacks are resort expensive. A quick trip saves a little cash. Do ask for marsh view if it's available. For 2 bedroom villas, Buildings 14 and 15 are close to the main entrance and the shuttle. Buildings 29 and 31 are farthest away and are SO incredibly peaceful. Ahhh... Don't bring things you can't carry up a flight (or two) of stairs. There are NO elevators. Don't wait to drive your beach stuff over to the Beach House. The parking lot fills up early - leave at or before 9:30. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

This amazing, cozy resort is old-school Disney customer service and hospitality at it's finest. This is by far the best I've ever been treated at a resort. The staff is super invested in getting to know you and making sure your vacation is amazing. We loved it! We've been home a few days and we already miss Jerome and the gang!

This place is awesome beautiful view over the marsh. It's clean, it's awesome!!! The activities range from the kids to the grown up. Never will I ever turn down a stay at this place ever in my life. Grounds keepers are always working to keep this place up to par. Go take a pic the the Mickey Mouse shrub it is nice

This is a Disney Vacation Club resort, so there are no "typical" hotel rooms here. Rooms vary from efficiency rooms to 3 bedroom villas. The main resort property is located in the Shelter Cove area of Hilton Head, set back in a marshy, wooded area with great views of the Hilton Head marsh. The villas are spacious, clean, and well-furnished, and the grounds are beautiful. Although the main resort area with the villas is not directly on the ocean, Disney has a separate "Beach House" area exclusively for guests (you need your room card to get in), which is a large oceanfront complex consisting of a pool, quick service restaurant, bar, chairs, recreation (e.g., table tennis, pool), house, and parking lot. Be aware that the parking lot at the Beach House can fill fairly early in the day during the summer (usually by 12 or 1). It is a fairly long walk to the beach house from the villas (seems like a little over a mile), so you would probably want to ride the shuttle (which runs all day from the main resort to the beach house and back) if you can't drive over - the shuttle is never crowded, and the wait for the shuttle seems to average about 10-15 minutes (never longer than 30 minutes, in our experience, and sometimes you get lucky, and it is waiting for you). The amenities of the resort are excellent - there is a very good pool and slide at the main resort (where the villas are), as well as a more basic pool at the Beach House. They have shuffleboard, trails through the resort, hammocks, benches, a pier (from which you can fish or crab), bikes, and much more. The beach by the Beach House is big and beautiful, but it can be crowded in the summer. Shelter Cove (in walking distance form the main resort) has shops, dining, entertainment, and a weekly celebration with fireworks. You will not be bored here. Service is typical Disney, which is to say fabulous. We were greeted personally in the parking lot at check-in by a staff member who walked us to the front desk, told us about the resort, checked us in, and helped us with requests. Staff is ready to help with any request - friendly and fast. There are no upscale restaurants at the resort (you can find restaurants of any type elsewhere on Hilton Head), and as far as we saw, there is no spa, but we did not miss either of these because there was so much to do. Also, there is no tennis on resort property, but there are tennis courts (mostly for a fee, but a few public) all over the island. Over all, our family loves this place - there is something for everyone, whether you like beach, marsh, activities, shopping, or nearby dining.

We love going to Disney Hilton Head Resort. We are never disappointed with our stay. This year we went during peak season in June. We usually go at off peak times on vacations to cut back on heat and busy hot spots. However, even though school was out for the summer and lots of people, I never felt like it was too crowded. There was plenty of activities around the resort and easy access to the beach. We rented bikes and the staff were so helpful. The pool was clean and the lifeguards made it a great experience for the kids. All of the staff you encounter are very friendly. We will definitely be back. The price is worth the experience. Big rooms, living space for the family, full kitchen, and we stayed in the rooms that has two rooms and bathrooms so you have a parents side and kids side (the kitchen and living space is in between). Everything in the room was clean and maintained.

Stayed here with the family and friends for 4th of July firework show was awesome pool area, staff and location we enjoyed the resort and the kids had an awesome time I recommend if coming down here stay here.

My husband and I stayed here (along with my in laws) for the first time at the end of June. We found all cast members to be extremely nice and very Disney-like. Michael checked us in at the front desk and was very informative, and he even gave us 'first visit' buttons (just like they do in Disney World). The hotel grounds are woodsy feeling, but very well taken care of. Love the little boat marina that boarders the hotel! The pool onsite is fairly small, so we preferred the pool at the beach house, which overlooks the beach. The beach house is just across the road and the hotel runs a shuttle to it. My husband and I stayed in one of their Deluxe Studios. It had a huge balcony, which we loved. My only complaint is the couch wasn't very comfortable and the walls were thin. We were placed in the main building (one of the rooms right off the check-in lobby), and were woken up on our last day at 5:30am by noisy neighbors. My in laws stayed in a 3-Bedroom Villa. It was huge and had more than enough room for all of us to hang out in the evenings.

Been coming here for over 20 years and it's nice to see the resort come so far! It took a manager from W.PA. to get us here, however, for this small island resort it seems to be worth it! DHHIR sits on a small island in the middle of HHI proper, plantation (all private developments on the main island are named plantations, gives that low country southern feel) called Shelter Cove. Disney's Island sits in Broad Creek which twice a day has an eight foot tide because Broad Creek flows into the ocean. The resort feels like an old fishing lodge (more in the beginning years), however, these last few years so many modern amenities have been added, it feels more like a 5 Star Resort! Bocci ball courts, putting green, checkers, horse shoe pits, hammocks, and clean grilling areas are just some of the additions. Two small restaurants have been upgraded (one at the main Mercantile and the other at the Beach House on the ocean, yes there is a beach house a short shuttle ride away that has it's own pool and beach access), the main pools slide has also been upgraded! I think the best upgrade over the years has been the group of Cast Members working the resort! Serving guests seems to be their NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, which is how it should be at a 5 Star resort! Bicycle paths now permeate what seems to be the entire island of Hilton Head these days. Small asphalt paths have been replaced by concrete and wooden bridges. Disney also rents bikes of all sizes and shapes! There are still a fee issues like any Great Vacation spots, and one for DHHIR is the fact it sits in the middle of HHI. I've watch this Island get what seems to be over developed! SO MANY PEOPLE, in the summer months trying to get on an island from a two lane bridge being fed by two highways (new Bluffton Parkway bridge doesn't seem to help), one is three lanes. On weekends be prepared for SLOW congested traffic onto the main island! I understand there is a plan to widen the bridge in the coming years, however, till then look out because they are still building places to stay on the island. Another issue for DHHIR seems to be a glitch in the original dock lease in Shelter Cove Marina. I was always hoping the kayak and paddle boards that are run from the Disney Island would eventually move to a dock rather than the shore line at the southern tip (depending on the tide getting onto a board or in a kayak can be a sticking muddy mess), however, because for some reason Disney with all their might couldn't find a resolution. Don't get me wrong, the kayak tour that is run from DHHIR is VERY WORTH IT in spite of the launch area because of the amount of information gained from the tour guide concerning the living marsh the island sits in. Nature at its best! I can understand why this area has been names the number one vacation spot in SC, however, with that brings issues. So many people and cars in the summer. Larger stores like a Kroger that seem to become more crowded than ever and help wanted signs that are here every visit (workers can't live on the island and the commute is impossible). Businesses like Sams Club are leaving the Island for Bluffton on the mainland. All in all DHHIR is just a WONDERFUL place for a vacation either with family or your best friend or significant other!!! Me personally I would love to visit yearly in October, which I believe is the best time of the year!!! Weather is awesome and traffic and people are manageable! DHHIR will not disappoint, ENJOY and relax in the Low Country of SC, on an island that still has descendants of the original inhabitants, Gullah, living here which is mandated be the original William Hilton Charter!

22 Harbourside Ln Hilton Head Island SC

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort places you next to Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and within a 10-minute walk of Pirate's Island Adventure Golf. This 123-room, 3.5-star resort has 3 restaurants along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. It's on the beach and also near The Village at Wexford and Singleton Beach.


Enjoy dining at Tide Me Over, one of 3 onsite restaurants. At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


All of Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort's 123 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies, sofa beds, and microwaves. TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Coffee makers, ceiling fans, and safes are also standard.

Property features

Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort features an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and a fitness center. Free self parking and paid valet are available, and there's also a free beach shuttle. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a spa tub, an outdoor tennis court, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Deluxe Studio

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Villa, 2 Bedrooms

Twin 5 | Sleeps 10

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

91% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 949 reviews