Your Guide to Disney World Resorts

January 30, 2015

Planning a trip to Disney World Theme Parks in Orlando, Florida?

If so, you’re probably researching where to stay, what to do and how to squeeze so much fun into one vacation. One of the best ways to enjoy the full Disney experience is by staying at one of the Disney World Resorts.  Yes, the price to stay at a Disney Resort is higher than an off-site property. But, there’s a good reason why! The perks of a Disney Resort stay are endless.

Pool and Exterior View of Disney's Yacht Club Resort - Orlando, Florida, USA

Disney Resort benefits include:

Free Ground Transportation: Disney World hotel and resort guests can board complimentary Magical Express buses at the Orlando International Airport, and be shuttled directly to their resort. Once there, you’ll never need a car as you can use Disney’s Magical Express buses, the monorail, and ferry boats to hop from park to park.

No Hassling with Luggage: With Disney’s free ground transportation from the Orlando Airport, guests can avoid the baggage carousel all together as Disney delivers luggage directly to your hotel room. On your return trip to the airport, which is also free, visitors can save time by checking their luggage and receiving your boarding passes at your Disney Resort. Travel to the airport and let Disney take care of the rest!

MyMagic+: The MyMagic+ program allows Disney visitors to pre-plan their visit, and by doing so they can maximize their fun at the park and minimize line time. All on-property Disney resort guests receive complimentary MyMagic+ bands.

Extra Magic Hours: Take advantage of this unique opportunity to have a more private park experience. Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or remains open up to two hours after regular closing time. Additionally, Disney Water Parks offer Extra Magic Hours during select times of year.

Walt Disney World Resorts are available in three tiers, from value resorts to moderate places to stay to deluxe accommodations. I’ll guide you through each category, so you can easily choose which option is perfect for your family vacation.

exterior view of Disney's Art of Animation Resort in Orlando, Florida, USADisney Value Resorts: A relatively low price point coupled with the standard Disney amenities make value resorts a good option for many families. Many of the Disney Value Resorts feature over-the-top theming geared towards kids, excellent poolscapes, on-site fast food options and kid-friendly amenities like arcades. Value Resort options include:

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

ground view of lake and Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort in Orlando, Florida, USADisney Moderate Resorts: For an upgrade in amenities, Disney Moderate Resorts are the accommodations that strike a decent balance between cost and services. These mid-level resorts and hotels have more elaborate theming, larger play and pool zones, more elegant and varied dining options, as well as more on site options such as fitness centers and lounges. Moderate Resort options include:

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
external view of Disney Contemporary Tower Bay Resort with fireworks behind the building in Orlando, Florida, USA

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Disney Deluxe Resorts: At Disney’s top level resorts visitors will be treated to the white glove experience. Expect high-end amenities with a luxurious touch, including spa services, valet parking, character dining and gourmet restaurants. Each Disney Deluxe Resort has an elaborate theme and backstory, as well as a prime location for easier park access. Deluxe Resorts include:

  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kigndom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Two other on-site Disney Resort options include the high-end Walt Disney World Dolphin and Walt Disney World Swan hotels. These posh hotels are where adults come to play at Disney. Although they are operated by a third-party, both offer all of the benefits of a typical Disney Resort excluding the Magical Express airport transportation.

When you visit the home of the world’s most famous mouse, stay where Mickey and friends call home. You’ll be able to avoid the hassle of travel time, as well as paying parking fees, car rentals and for gas. Plus, you’ll be at the forefront of the magic so you’ll never miss a moment of fun. Choose the Disney World Resort that fits your budget and vacation needs, and be on your way to vacation memories.

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