One of the most quintessential parts of a Disney vacation is where you lay your head at night. If you choose to stay in the magic, you may feel overwhelmed with the amount of choices regarding all the different resorts with amenities on property. Why stay in the magic? That’s an excellent question, the simple answer is why not? Walt Disney world boosts an impressive 25 resorts spread out into four categories. Here is the current list:
Just looking at the list gets a little overwhelming but the thing to remember is all these resorts come with certain Disney magic. Disney has its own transportation systems and each resort has one, two or even three modes of transportation to get around the Disney property. These are free to guests staying within the Disney operated hotels. The largest of the options is the Bus System that runs effectively with a precise efficiency only Disney can offer. Then you have some resorts that have the boat system as well. The watercraft option is always fun and time saving. Then comes the monorail system AKA the highway in the sky. Most guests delight in this mode of transportation as you wiz by the iconic hotels and theme parks on the monorail loops. The new and exciting mode of getting around is Disney’s Skyliner! This is an adventurous way to get to certain destinations. Please note that the Skyliner does not go to all Disney World locations. Most of these “cars” have Disney characters on the side of them making them a fun addition to Disney world. They travel like a gondola system, even available to guests using wheelchairs. On a hot summer day, they are not the best options for they do not have air conditioning, but they do have vents that create a cool cross breeze through the car. Those that are afraid of heights may have an issue with this mode of transportation, it is high and fast but oh so fun.
There are non-free options as well, such as Minnie Vans a more upscale Disney taxi ( you can use the lyft app to call for a Minnie van pickup), the price of the trips is based on distance traveled not the number of guests. The driver is in fact a Disney world cast member and the musical selection will be based on your destination. You also have the option to bring your own car to Disney world, however there is a daily fee associated with parking it in the resort parking lot as well as each other parks. You do have the option to park at your resort (for a daily fee) then use the others forms of Disney transportation to your Walt Disney World destination. There are also regular taxies run by Mears Transportation that are authorized to shuffle guests to their destinations (their pricing is regulated where other non-authorized taxi services are not). Uber and regular Lyft drivers are also available but they as well as the taxi drivers can’t get you as close to the theme parks as you may wish.
Each resort offers these transportations in varying degree some have all while some only have one. As part of this blog there will be individualized resort reviews where each resort transportation options will be gone over in detail. So be sure to check out the review on your chosen resort.
Alright let’s talk categories of each resort, value, moderate, deluxe, and deluxe villa each is unique with its offerings for the guests.
Value: Most budget friendly option as far as price of rooms is concerned. Value properties have food courts that serve a variety of food that pleases all pallets whereas the more expensive resorts have signature dinning restaurants. There are few frills at the value resorts with smaller rooms and smaller beds. You can find a king size bed at a value resort, but you must request them they cannot be directly booked. Now surprising as it may be there are suites at two of these resorts one is the famous Art of Animation, and then the All-Star Music resort. Value resorts have larger than life theming and are very immersive in that area. The amenities associated with the value resort category are the fantastic food courts, bus transportation, movies played under the stars, luggage service, swimming pools, and pizza delivery. Look for the individual resort reviews for more on these properties.
Moderate: These are more of a medium price range, not as expensive as the deluxe category but with more amenities than the value category. Moderate resorts boost the same amenities as the value level with addition of pools with slides, on site recreation such as boat rentals or bike rentals, carriage rides exc. The rooms are a tad larger (rooms can sleep 4 to 5 guests); some even have full-service restaurants in addition to food courts with limited room service available. Even the moderate resorts are very well themed, not as brightly over the top as value resorts but extremely immersive.
Deluxe: This category of resorts is the top of the line therefore making them the most expensive category. These resorts boost the large rooms, with elegantly immersive themes that transport you to another world. They have all the amenities of the other two categories, with larger rooms, expanded room service with fast food spots along with signature dining restaurants. Valet parking is available with an associated daily fee. The deluxe resorts have beaches to lounge on (many of the beaches have excellent views of fireworks shows), there are even many kids activities daily such as games, art… Deluxe resorts include more than the bus transportation (think monorail at some, boats at some, or both). This category also happens to have the most resorts available because it’s the most popular category.
Deluxe Villa (Disney Vacation Club)
The Deluxe Villa resorts are a little different than the main Deluxe resorts in that they are Disney Vacation Club resorts (the Disney version of a timeshare). They have the exact same accommodations as the other deluxe resorts. Any guest (even non-DVC members) can stay at one of these resorts to experience the more apartment style rooms. There is the option for a studio style room that is just like a standard guest room at the resorts. The Polynesian for instance only has the studio rooms for their DVC building. There are options at other DVC resorts that are one, two, and three bedrooms. So, for larger families or those that like to spread out or have a kitchen these rooms are ideal.
The ability to add a dinning plan along with park tickets to a resort reservation makes a Disney World vacation an all-inclusive destination. Having a magic band (the coolest technology ever) to open your resort room door and pay for your Mickey souvenirs can make you feel on top of the world with the ease of a Disney World vacation. Add in the transportation options along with the hundreds of phenomenal resort restaurants or food courts you have one ideal vacation. With everything Disney has to offer why would you not stay in the magic? Its worth it!