So you are planning a trip to Disney and now you need to figure out where you want to stay. Sometimes it can be daunting when trying to pick the best resort. But don’t worry, I have the answers to your questions throughout this area of the website. That way you can make the best decisions on which Disney World Resorts might be best for you and your family.
Should I Stay At A Disney World Resort?
This is one of the most asked questions… Should I stay on property or off? There are a few things to think about when making that decision. Are you traveling with kids? If so, then you might want to look for a Disney resort that is best for smaller children.
Are you only going to Disney while in Orlando? If so staying on property may be best. If you are going to Disney and other surrounding attractions then staying off property may be easier for you.
How many people are you traveling with? For most Families of 5 or less, they can comfortably fit in most resort rooms. If you are traveling with a larger family or group you could get a villa at Disney or 2 adjoining rooms, but those obviously come at a higher cost, so sometimes staying off property may be less expensive.
Some of the benefits of staying on property that you can’t get if you stay off property are being able to book your fast passes at 60 days out vs 30 days for off property. You are also able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours for select parks on select days and either enter the park 2 hours early or stay 2 hours later than non-resort guests. The magical express, free transportation, and luggage service is also only available for resort guests flying into Orlando.
There are also other amenities that you can take advantage of when staying at a Disney World resort. For example, resorts like Disney’s Grand Floridian have some of the best spa’s you can find on Disney property.
The least expensive category is the value resorts. They have smaller rooms and fewer amenities than Moderate and Deluxe resorts. They have the best Disney theming and are great options for smaller kids because of the in your face over the top theming. Each resort has a quick service dining area. Value resorts have some really cool pools themed around the resort as well as splash areas for the little ones and a playground. Bus transportation is provided to all theme parks.
The 6 Disney World Value resorts are:
- 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
The next step up in resorts are the Moderate resorts. They are a little more expensive than the value resorts but you get added amenities for the money. Moderate resorts have a little larger rooms, the resorts are a little more spread out and they also offer table service dining along with quick service. Int he pool area you will find hot tubs for the adults and slides into the pool for the kiddos. Some moderate resorts also offer theme rooms like princess rooms at Port Orleans Riverside and Pirate rooms at Caribbean Beach. The theming of these resorts are less cartoony and are great for a little older kids. Bus transportation is provided to all theme parks, and from Port Orleans Riverside & French Quarter you are able to take a boat to Disney Springs! If you’d like to find out more about Disney’s moderate resorts you can check out our guide to which Disney World moderate resort is best for your situation.
The 5 Disney World Moderate resorts are:
- 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
The most expensive resorts at Disney are the Deluxe. These are fabulous resorts with some really great amenities. Along with being the closest to all of the parks, these resorts also offer more upscale dining with Character meals in some restaurants. They not only offer pool areas with slides and hot tubs they also offer Spa services and fitness centers. Transportation to all of the parks includes buses, boats and from the Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian you can ride in style to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot on the monorail!
The 8 Deluxe Disney World resorts are:
- 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
DVC Resorts & Villas
If you are considering stepping it up a notch and staying at a DVC (Disney Vacation Club) resort or villa. Then I suggest you talk to our friends over at David’s DVC Rental, they are absolutely wonderful and will help you rent the perfect DVC resort or villa for your Disney Vacation. The DVC Resorts and Villas are listed below. But you may want to check out their website for updates.
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
- Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Riviera Resort – Opening December 16th, 2019