Places To Stay

Walt Disney World has 4 main categories of resorts for guests to choose from. All are beautifully themed and so much fun. The four categories are Value, Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villas and all vary in price with the value resorts being the cheapest and so on.  My favorite resort (as of right now) happens to be Caribbean Beach Resort.  Caribbean Beach Resort is in the moderate family, its rooms are very spacious and beautifully themed, and the pool area is a lot of fun!

ADVANTAGES TO STAYING ON WALT DISNEY WORLD PROPERTY

Everyone staying on the Walt Disney World Resort property can take advantage of the Magical Express, which will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your resort.  It is a complimentary service to you, but don’t forget to reserve your spot on the shuttle ahead of time!  You can also take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours.  Each day on the the Disney theme parks opens an hour early or stays open an extra 2 hours only for Walt Disney World Resort Guests!  This is a great bonus!  Another perk of being an on property guest is the bus, monorail and water ferry service.  You do not have to drive anywhere!  Let the professional bus drivers whisk you anywhere you want to go!  We LOVE the bus system at Walt Disney World, and to be honest, one year it was my daughters favorite part of our whole vacation. Ha!  Also being a Walt Disney World Resort guest means you can have all of your purchases shipped back to your resort.  That way you don’t have to spend all day lugging around souvenirs.  You can also charge purchases for food, souvenirs and just about everything in between all back to your room.  It is really convenient!  While being a Walt Disney Resort Guest you may also purchase a “Resort Mug” which is good for the duration of your trip.  You may get unlimited coffee and soft drink beverage refills in your resort mug at (only at) your home resort. (Please note these are NOT refillable at the Parks.)  Probably the biggest advantage to staying on property is the Disney Dining Plan option.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE

There are differences in all the categories.  At the value resorts the rooms are smaller.  There are normally 2 double beds or 1 king bed.  All value resorts have a pool, but with no slide.  There will also be  food court, play ground, laundry facility, and a gift shop.  The themeing is beautifully done and a lot of fun!  We have stayed at Value Resorts several times and I love them!  The moderates tend to be a little more spruced up.  The themeing of the resort is a little more elaborate.  The rooms are bigger and the pools have a slide! So fun!  The moderate rooms usually have 2 double beds or 1 king.  There is also a full service restaurant at the moderate resorts and a food court.  You also have different bus stops so you can get off closer to your room, which is pretty convenient.  The Deluxe Resorts are well… Deluxe.  You have large rooms, bell staff, concierge services, restaurants, lounges, valet parking, and are really just beautiful!  All of the Deluxe resorts are very close to at least 1 of the theme parks.  A lot of the Deluxe Resorts also have the monorail, which is a very fun way to get around Walt Disney World.  The Deluxe Villas sleep a larger number of people and also have a small kitchen, washer and dryer, multiple bathrooms and can also have multiple bedrooms.

Whichever level of resorts you choose, be prepared to have a great time!  Disney does everything one hundred and ten percent and any resort you choose will be fantastic.  I really mean that!  I have been to every resort and each one is so cool in its own way!

Below is a list of the Walt Disney World Resorts by price category.  If you click the link you will be taken to the official Walt Disney World website so you can see pictures and descriptions of each resort.

VALUE RESORTS

Disney’s Pop Century Resort  Favorite Value.  Try the TieDye Cheesecake!

– Disney’s Art of Animation

Disney’s All Star Sports

– Disney’s All Star Music

– Disney’s All Star Movies

 

MODERATE RESORTS

– Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

– Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Favorite Moderate Resort.  Such a fun pool area!

– Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside

– Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter

– The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

 

DELUXE RESORTS

– Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

– Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

– Disney’s Contemporary Resort

– Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Polynesian Resort Favorite Deluxe Resort.  Dinner at Ohana is our family fav!

– Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

– Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

– Swan and Dolphin

Deluxe Villa Resorts

– Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

– Disney’s Old Key West Resort

– Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

– Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Kidani Village

– Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

– Disney’s Beach Club Villas

– The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

– Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Jambo House

DVC Timeshares

DVCTimeshares.com–  The Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts are all a part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) family of resorts. This timeshare club offers guests the ability to purchase their very own piece of their favorite Disney Resort and go back year after year. It can be pretty pricey when purchased directly from Disney,  but there are sites which allow you to purchase or even rent units from individual owners, drastically reducing cost. Check out DVCTimeshares.com, a rather new company dealing with Disney Vacation Club properties in the secondary market with many suites available to buy or rent out. You can learn more by clicking the link at the beginning of this paragraph which will bring you to their official website.