I am a former member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel and have been on some complimentary press trips at Walt Disney World, but all opinions are my own.
I am always asked questions about traveling to Walt Disney World, and I enjoy answering them. However, it’s always difficult when someone asks where they should stay at Walt Disney World. It’s not a simple question, because there are so many different options. Depending on your budget, the type of trip you want to have, the ages of your kids (if you are traveling with children), and the amount of people in your party, there’s likely to be several great options. If you are choosing a Walt Disney World Resort for your vacation, here are some tips to consider.
Tips for Choosing a Walt Disney World Resort
This article is assuming that you have already decided to stay on property at Walt Disney World. There are loads of different hotel options in the Greater Orlando area, so you’ll first need to make sure that you want to stay on property. Read this article about the benefits of staying on property at Walt Disney World when making your decision.
Figure Out Your Budget
Before choosing a Walt Disney World hotel, you’ll want to determine your vacation budget. Walt Disney World offers three different resort categories – deluxe, moderate, and value. All of them offer great benefits, but the price points and amenities are quite different. I’ve stayed at most resorts at Walt Disney World, and have enjoyed my stay at each and every one of them.
Location of Your Resort Choice
Once you’ve figured out your budget and the ideal price category, you’ll need to think about your vacation plans. Walt Disney World is a gigantic property, and it’s impossible to be near all of the parks. My family, for instance, likes to have dinner at Epcot. So, we usually choose to stay near Disney’s Beach Club Resort, which is right near the International Gateway entrance of Epcot, so that we can walk back to our room at the end of the evening. Other families want to stay on the monorail loop, because they want to spend most of their time at the Magic Kingdom. While you will have to take a bus to the parks if you stay at a moderate or value resort, some of the moderate resorts have boat transportation to Disney Springs (and guests at the cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness can take a boat to the Magic Kingdom).
For convenience to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, look at the Boardwalk Inn, the Beach and Yacht Clubs, and the Swan and Dolphin. The monorail resorts are the best option for convenience to Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
Food at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
All of the resort hotels at Walt Disney World offer at least one restaurant/food court. If you are planning to eat one or more meals at your resort, it’s definitely worth looking at the different food options at the resorts. Of course, you can absolutely go to any resort to eat at their restaurant, but that may not be the most convenient.
For instance, if you don’t like Mexican food, it’s probably not a great idea to stay at Disney’s Coronado Resort, which offers delicious Mexican cuisine. But if you love Mexican food, it’s a fabulous, moderately priced option.
Amenities and Themes at Disney Resort Hotels
Every one of the Walt Disney World resort hotels offer fabulous amenities and themes. Depending on the ages of your children and their interests, you’ll want to evaluate the various options. You should also consider how much time you’ll actually spend in the room and at the resort. If it isn’t going to be much time, the amenities will be less important.
Like many hotels, the majority of hotel rooms at Walt Disney World will accommodate families of four. If you’ve got a larger family, however, there are still some great options. The DVC (Disney Vacation Club) resorts offer family suites, and you can book them even if you aren’t a vacation club member. There are also the family suites at Disney’s Art of Animation and Disney’s All Star Music. Some deluxe resorts can also accommodate five people. Just be sure to double check the resort and room type when booking.
What is your process for choosing a Walt Disney World Resort hotel?
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