Disney Resorts…a Brief Overview

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If you know anything about Walt Disney World…you know there are a ton of resorts available on Disney property just waiting for you to visit. I’ll be honest, I am still learning myself…but I will do my best to share what I have learned so far.

Disney has 3 levels of resorts….value, moderate and deluxe. But keep in mind…just because it is a value resort, does not mean it lacks any of the Disney Magic and Disney experience people have come to love.

Let’s start with a list by type.

Value Resorts:
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Moderate Resorts:
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

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 Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Shew…long list, right? When you are deciding on what resort to stay in for a Disney vacation…there is literally something for everyone.

Want the most bang for your buck? Value is the way to go.

Have a little more to spend and want a top-notch experience with a bit more luxury? Go for the Deluxe.

Or do you want something in between? Then go the moderate route.

We personally stayed at Pop Century on our trip and I was sold. It may be a value resort, but I loved it. Granted, the rooms are a little small…but are you really at Disney to hang out in your room? 3 pools, a good-sized food court, a pretty decent gift shop and dedicated bus service makes Pop Century a no-brainer. I’ve heard good things about the other value resorts as well…but this girl is sticking with Pop Century until I have the money for one of the deluxe resorts!

We also got to walk around the Grand Floridian Resort while killing some time before a dinner reservation and it is an absolutely stunning resort. When I think opulent…I picture the gorgeous lobby with music playing and lots of chairs and couches to lounge on while enjoying the entertainment.

I’m sure some people are probably thinking….why should I stay on Disney property? Isn’t it more expensive?

Well, I will give you a few great reasons.
1. Chances are most offsite hotel prices would be comparable to that of a value resort.

2. Disney Transportation – no need to drive or pick up a rental car. Between all the onsite transportation options and the Magical Express from the airport you will ultimately save money.

3. Parking – If you are not staying onsite, you have to pay for parking at every park everyday. Standard parking is $20 per day….5 days would be $100 for parking alone! If you are a Disney Resort guest, parking is complimentary.

4. The Dining Plan – Only onsite guests have the ability to book the dining plan.  This might not be for everyone, but I love the convenience of it!

5. The “Disney Bubble” – When you stay onsite you get to stay completely immersed in Disney.  Just check the carpet in your room…you’re sure to find a few hidden Mickeys!

So where do you stand? What is your go-to resort? Or do you prefer to stay off-site? Let me know in the comments!


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