Where Should You Stay at Walt Disney World?
You know that you want to plan a trip, but where should you stay at Walt Disney World? When considering where to stay, there are several things to think about. It is important to consider your budget and the amenities that are important to you. With over 25 different resorts on property and more coming, there are options for every budget. Each resort category has great amenities and benefits and each one will give you the advantages of staying on Disney property, inside “the Disney Bubble”.
First things first, why should you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort?
Staying at a Walt Disney World has several advantages including free transportation to and from Orlando International Airport, free transportation around the resort, the ability to schedule your FastPasses 60 days prior to check-in and much more!
There are four resort categories at Walt Disney World: Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts, Disney Deluxe Resorts, Disney Moderate Resorts, and Disney Value Resorts.
Disney Deluxe Villas/Deluxe Resorts
Disney Deluxe Villas and Disney Deluxe Resorts are the options with the most amenities, oftentimes sharing amenities. For example, Bay Lake Tower is a Disney Deluxe Villas Resort and is part of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, a Deluxe Resort. Most of these resorts are close to the parks, a few within walking distance. Many of these resorts also feature character dining, as well as other table service dining options. There are also quick service dining options. You will find several pools, as well as a waterslide and hot tub. In addition to all the other amenities above, most of the deluxe resorts also have at least two methods of Disney transportation available (e.g. monorail, boats, busses). If you are traveling with a larger party, there are one, two and three-bedroom villas available at many of the Deluxe Villa resorts. Plus, most of the standard rooms will sleep 5. While you will find the highest price tag at these resorts, the value is certainly there for the price. In my opinion, nothing beats the ability to walk to the Magic Kingdom or EPCOT or to step outside on the balcony to watch the fireworks. Luxury and convenience are the two words that come to mind here, as well as Disney’s excellent customer service.
My Favorite: Disney’s Beach Club Resort is my favorite in this category. I love being able to walk to EPCOT, take a boat to Hollywood Studios or a quick bus ride to Disney’s Animal Kingdom or the Magic Kingdom. The pool, in my opinion, is one of the best on Disney property and the service is amazing! Let’s also not forget the wonderful character breakfast at Cape May Café!
Disney Moderate Resorts
Disney Moderate Resorts have many of the same amenities as the Deluxe Villa and Deluxe Resorts. Most of these resorts are spread out and have quite a peaceful feel. They each feature a main pool with a hot tub and water slide and smaller pools. They also have table service and quick service dining options. The theming at each of these resorts is perfect and unique, done is true Disney style. Guests can also choose to have rooms that sleep 4 or 5 people. Plus, at two of these resorts, you will find special themed rooms. At Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, you will find Pirate Rooms and at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside, you will find the Royal Guest Rooms. These are the perfect way to create some extra magic for your own Pirate or Princess!
My Favorite: Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside is my favorite moderate resort. The grounds and architecture at this resort are beautiful. I love the Royal Guest Rooms and the overall theming here. Since Port Orleans French Quarter is a sister resort, guests can also share the amenities there. The pool and water play area are great and I love the added convenience of taking a boat over to Disney Springs.
Disney Value Resorts
Disney’s value resorts are great options for those looking for a Walt Disney World Resort stay on a budget. These resorts are family-friend and budget-friendly, while also allowing you to still stay in the “Disney Bubble”. Each of these resorts has great theming with all of the convenience that comes with staying on property. There are main pools at each of these resorts, as well as other smaller pools. Each resort also features counter service options in their food court areas. While most rooms in this category sleep 4, there are two resorts with family suites that sleep 6.
My Favorite: Disney’s Pop Century Resort is my favorite in the value resort category. The theming here is fun – the different decades – and the customer service is great too! Plus, I can get one of my favorite Disney snacks, a Dole Whip, which always makes me happy! With newly refurbished rooms that include queen beds and access to the Disney Skyliner once it opens, Pop Century is my go-to value resort every time! Another added bonus? If you want to explore Disney’s Art of Animation Resort or try the food court, it’s a quick walk across the bridge!
So, where should you stay at Walt Disney World?
In summary, choosing a budget is a great starting point to decide what the best option is. From there, think about the amenities that are important to you and how you plan to spend your time on vacation. With so many great options for every budget, it’s hard to go wrong!
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