Monday, February 17, 2014

Walt Disney World Resorts: Which One Should You Choose?

The first decision to make once you decide to go to Walt Disney World is “Where should we stay?”  Each Disney Resort is heavily themed.  They all have a story behind them and the level of detail that the Imagineers go to tell that story is unparalleled.  

There are many resort options in a wide range of prices.  Here is a list of all the Disney-owned choices.  I have included some basic details for comparison.  For additional information and photos, check-out the Walt Disney World website.

 For the best prices, ALWAYS look under the “Special Offers” link on the WDW website or ask for available special offers from your travel agent. Price ranges vary greatly based on time of travel and room category.

Regardless of which room category that you choose, all Disney guests receive the same basic perks including:
*Complimentary Magical Express airport transportation and bag pick-up
*Complimentary Disney transportation on-property including all boats, trams, monorails, and busses (no rental car needed)
*Complimentary parking at all parks with your own vehicle ($15 per day value)
*Extra Magic Hours at the parks (morning or evening park hours open only for WDW resort guests)
*Fastpass plus advance attraction scheduling (this may extend to off-property guests soon)
*Pool games, resort activities, nightly movies under the stars
*Complimentary package delivery to your Disney resort room
*Complimentary resort wheelchairs (first come first serve basis)
*Entrance into the parks on high capacity days (Once full capacity is reached, even resort guests are turned away.)  

VALUE RESORTS: Approximately $100 per night
Whimsical designs. Rooms include 2 double beds or one king. Exterior room entrances. Large pools. Food courts and pool bars. Bus transportation only.

 *Pop Century-Pop Culture Through the Years

Pop Century Pool
Pop Century Pool

*All-Star Music-Various Musical Themes Including Country and Broadway
*All-Star Sports-Various Sports Including Football and Baseball
*All-Star Movies-Various Disney Movies Including Toy Story and 101 Dalmatians

Andy's Room at All-Star Movies
Andy's Room at All-Star Movies

*Art of Animation (mostly family suites, salt water main pool)-Disney Animation

MODERATE RESORTS: Approximately $190 per night
Queen or double beds. Exterior room entrances. Pool with slides and some hot tubs.  Food courts, table-service service restaurants, pool bars, and lounges.  Bus or boat transportation.

*Caribbean Beach (Pirate Room upgrade option)-Tropical Beaches and Pirates
Caribbean Beach Pirate Room (upgrade)
Caribbean Beach Pirate Room (upgrade)

*Coronado Springs-Southwest and Mexico
*Port Orleans French Quarter-New Orleans
*Port Orleans Riverside (Royal Guest Princess Rooms upgrade option)-Bayou/Princess Tiana

Port Orleans Riverside Royal Guestroom (upgrade) THE HEADBOARDS HAVE FIBER-OPTIC FIREWORKS!!!
Port Orleans Riverside Royal Guestroom (upgrade) HEADBOARDS HAVE FIBER-OPTIC FIREWORKS!!

*Ft. Wilderness Campground and Cabins (accommodations vary)-Family Camping

Deluxe Resorts: Approximately $300 per night
Two queen beds, daybeds and bunk beds available in some resorts. Interior room entrances and elaborate lobbies.  Most rooms have balconies.  Elaborate pools including slides and hot tubs. Gyms. Table-service restaurants including fine dining and lounges. Some have limited counter-service options. Bus, boat, and monorail transportation. Spa services and private-level concierge-service rooms are available at select resorts.

*Grand Floridian-Victorian Luxury
Grand Floridian Lobby
Grand Floridian Lobby

*Polynesian-Hawaiian Tropical
*Contemporary-Sleek Modern
Contemporary Concourse/Monorail Level
Contemporary Resort Concourse/Monorail Level

*Boardwalk-Turn of the Century Boardwalk

Boardwalk Pool
Boardwalk Pool

*Beach Club-Beach Luxury sister resort to the Yacht Club
*Yacht Club-New England Seaside

Yacht Club
Yacht Club

*Wilderness Lodge-the Great Outdoors of the Northwest

Wilderness Lodge Lobby
Wilderness Lodge Lobby

*Animal Kingdom Lodge-African Safari

Animal Kingdom Lodge Bunk Bed Room
Animal Kingdom Lodge Bunk Bed Room

Animal Kingdom Lodge Savannah View Room
Animal Kingdom Lodge Savannah View Room

Villas: Approximately $400 and up.
Similar amenities as deluxe category resorts.  Accommodations range from deluxe studios with one queen bed and a wet bar to multi-bedroom villas with full kitchens.

*Old Key West-Laid-back Florida Keys
*Saratoga Springs and Tree houses-Equestrian

Saratoga Springs Deluxe Studio Villa
Saratoga Springs Deluxe Studio Villa

*Villas at the Grand Floridian
*Bay Lake Towers at the Contemporary Resort
*Polynesian Resort Villas (Coming Soon)
*Villas at the Boardwalk

Boardwalk Resort One and Two-Bedroom Villa Full Kitchen
Boardwalk Resort One and Two-Bedroom Villa Full Kitchen

*Villas at the Beach Club
*Villas at the Wilderness Lodge
*Villas at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village

Regardless of which Disney resort you choose, some amazing magical moments await.  

If you have questions or comments about any Walt Disney World Resorts, please leave a message in the comments section below or contact, sponsor of!

Accessibility: Accessible accommodations are available at all Disney resorts.

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