Choosing Your Resort Hotel - Walt Disney World
Updated: Jan 17
So you're ready to head to the Walt Disney World Resort. You've picked out your dates and may even have an idea of what attractions you'd like to see in the parks. We're almost ready to get started planning all of the magical details of your trip. To get started let's take a look at your resort hotel options. Did you know there are over 25 resort hotels to choose from on Disney property?
These options are broken down into three categories that you'll hear frequently mentioned: Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. Each category includes multiple resorts to chose from within the category too. Sounds like a lot right? It can be, but don't worry I can help walk you through the process.
Art of Animation Resort
If you're all about spending time in the parks and want to get the most bang for your buck the Value may be an ideal option for you. The themes of many of these resorts will truly bring the Disney magic to life with larger than life sculptures and other unmistakable Disney touches. If you have a love for camping Disney also has you covered with the Campsites at the Fort Wilderness Resort. This is a great option to mix your love for the great outdoors with Disney.
These resorts have basic amenities including pool, gift shops, food court, pool bar, and video game room. All rooms feature an exterior entrance and are relatively basic in features. Value Resorts typically rely on bus transportation, but some also have access to the parks via Disney's newest form of transportation the Skyliner and Water Taxi. Traveling with a larger party? You may want to check out the Suites at the Art of Animation.
Keep in mind that these resorts are a bit larger than others and do involve additional walking. Wanting to get a bit closer to the amenities at a value? We can upgrade your room to be closer to the action.
Port Orleans Riverside Resort
Moderates will offer additional amenities and extensive theming. Amenities include quick service, table service dining (at all except Port Orleans Riverside), onsite recreation, pool bar, video game room, and gift shop. These resorts still feature exterior corridors with the exception of Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs Resort.
While these rooms are still feature basic elements select resorts offer incredible theming like the Royal Guest Rooms at Port Orleans - Riverside and the Pirate Rooms at Caribbean Beach Resort. All of the moderate resorts offer bus transportation. Some offer Skyliner or Water Taxi transportation as well.
Needing an option that would fit a slightly larger than average party? Check out the Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. These accommodations feature spread out layout and a kitchen for use during your stay. You can even order groceries and Mousekeeping will clean your dishes too.
Yacht Club Resort
Wanting to get even closer to the parks and stay at a place with breathtaking theming? A Deluxe may be your preference. These hotels are truly one of a kind in appearance offering elegant theming, incredible pools, and luxury dining in addition to regularly expected amenities. The rooms in each resort are very well themed and provide a little extra luxury that you won't find in a moderate or value room.
While each resort is very different than the next, they all offer incredible proximity to the parks and most offer a variety of transportation options. Some of these are located within walking distance, may offer a quick monorail ride to the parks, water taxi, or bus (it'll depend on which park you're trying to get to from which resort). Animal Kingdom Lodge is the only deluxe resort with one means of transportation - bus. Even still viewing animals roaming around the resort grounds can definitely make up for what it lacks in the transport options.
Staying with a large party and interested in a Deluxe accomodation? Be sure to check out some of the amazing Deluxe Villa options.
Sure there are a ton of options to choose from and so many factors to keep in mind. As a travel agent specializing in Disney Destinations, I'm happy to help you sift through all the details and find the perfect resort for you and your travel companions. Just fill out a quote request form or contact me directly so we can get started planning your next incredible adventure!
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