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10 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Walt Disney World Resorts

Guests who enjoy a vacation in Walt Disney World can spend their days experiencing thrilling and classic attractions, dining in unique restaurants, shopping in exclusive stores, enjoying live performances, and exploring the four theme parks. With so many great experiences to have while in Walt Disney World, the best way to stay close to the magic at all times is to stay on property at a Disney Resort. There are over twenty Disney Resorts ranging vastly in theme, location, size, amenities, and décor but each option is truly amazing for guests to enjoy. While guests might choose a specific Disney Resort to stay at for the duration of their vacation, they are not limited to enjoying on that resort as they can wander freely and explore the other amazing locations as well. Here are ten tips for getting the most of Walt Disney World Resorts!

10. Know Your Budget 

With over twenty different options, choosing a Disney Resort can be a daunting task. Guests can narrow down their difficult decision by first figuring out what their exact budget is for accommodations. Once guests have a number in mind, they can look at the three categories of Disney Resorts which include Deluxe (the most expensive), Value (the most reasonable), and Moderate (falling somewhere in between). Guests who have an idea of their exact budget can then choose from several options in that category of resort, making their decision a lot easier. Keep in mind, Disney is now charging overnight parking fees for resort guests. You’ll want to be sure to check out the parking fees when sorting through your budget as Value resort fees are cheaper than Deluxe resorts fees.

9. Size

When choosing a Disney Resort, there are several important factors to consider. Guests should be sure to look at the size of each Disney Resort as there are some extremely large ones and others that are more compact. Those who are looking for a Disney Resort with expansive grounds and lush scenery might consider Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort which features vast walkways and beautiful buildings situated around a large central lake. Those looking for a more compact option might want to consider Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort which is small in size and oriented around a main lobby, dining area, and single bus stop.

8. Location

Location also plays a factor in choosing the perfect Disney Resort. Guests who are going to spend the majority of their time in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot might want to consider staying in a Disney Resort on the monorail line. Such resorts include Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Guests who are looking to spend a lot of time in Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios might want to look at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, or Disney’s Beach Club Resort which are all situated on Crescent Lake.

7. Transportation

Each Disney Resort features complimentary Disney transportation to and from the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. The transportation is efficient, reliable, and by far the most convenient way to get around Walt Disney World. Depending on the specific Disney Resort, guests can have access to the Monorail, the Skyliner, buses, boats, and ferries or a combination of the above.

6. Pools

Each Disney Resort is also home to at least one amazing pool to be enjoyed by guests. Those who are looking for the ultimate pool experience should opt to stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort or Disney’s Yacht Club Resort for exclusive access to Stormalong Bay. The three acre aquatic area features a lazy river, hot tubs, sand bottomed pool with zero depth entry, and elevated deck for enjoying the sun.

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5. Make Time To Relax

One of the best ways to make the most out of a Disney Resort is to spend time there relaxing! Guests can lounge poolside, enjoy recreational activities like movies and campfires, nap in comfortable rooms, bask in spa treatments, and simply stroll through beautiful scenery and landscaping. By relaxing at Disney Resorts guests ensure that they are well rested and in high spirits to make the most of their time in the Disney Parks!

4. Watch Stacey

Disney Resort guests have access to television channels which offer unique information about Disney Parks, the Disney Vacation Club, and Disney Springs. A popular channel that many guests love enjoying while staying at a Disney Resort is the must do list hosted by Stacey! Stacey travels all around Walt Disney World showing guests the absolute must do experiences for each vacation. She is energetic and tons of fun to watch!

3. Explore Lobbies

In addition to enjoying their own Disney Resort, guests should also dedicate some time to exploring some of the other Disney Resorts scattered around Walt Disney World. Each Disney Resort features a beautiful lobby that is themed specifically to that location’s theme. Guests who visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge can enjoy a massive lobby with authentic African artwork and sweeping views of the savannah. Those who visit Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort can enjoy an airy atrium with plenty of tiki and island touches.

2. Explore Grounds

In addition to amazing lobbies, each Disney Resort features beautiful grounds which were made to be enjoyed and explored. Guests who stop by Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort or Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort can stroll along the shores of the mighty Sassagoula River and those who explore Disney’s Art of Animation Resort can feel as though they have stepped into classic Pixar and Disney animated films including Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid.

1. Try A New Restaurant

Each Disney Resort is home to a dining location which is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Some Disney Resorts feature only a quick service dining location, some feature that and a full service location, and some feature many different options to enjoy. Guests who are looking to make the most out of Disney Resorts while in Walt Disney World should aim to try a brand new restaurant in a Disney Resort that they have never enjoyed before. Some great options include Toledo at Disney’s Coronado Springs, Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.