An exotic African village, a lush tropical oasis, a Victorian bayside retreat, or a nostalgic boardwalk experience all located within miles of each other. These are the Deluxe Resorts. Included in this category is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Boardwalk Inn, Beach Club Resort, Yacht Club Resort, and the iconic Contemporary Resort. Walt Disney World offers three distinct categories of resorts; Value Resorts, Moderate Resorts, and Deluxe Resorts. Deluxe Resorts are the most expensive of the group but also the most memorable. A night at these luxurious resorts starts at $300, often a couple hundred dollars more expensive than the moderate and value counterparts. Here are 8 reasons that Deluxe Resorts are worth the extra money.
8. Larger Rooms and Suites-
If you have a larger family or just like extra room to stretch your legs then the guest rooms at Deluxe Resorts are for you. These rooms can accommodate a larger group and prevent you from renting multiple standard rooms at a moderate or value resort. Most standard rooms at Deluxe Resorts sleep 5 plus room for a crib. Family Suites and Villas are also available.
The Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Polynesian Village Resort are the lucky few located on the monorail line. The ease of monorail travel is worth the extra money.
6. Creative Theming-
The unique themes at these resorts follow you from your first step on property. They are beautifully decorated and every detail is considered from lobby to guest room all the way to the swimming pool. You truly feel as though you are transported to the theme’s destination. Yes, a Deluxe Resort is pricey, but not quite as expensive as actually traveling to Africa or Hawaii. It is the next best to the real thing!
5. Extra On-Site Recreation-
The added amenities from on-site recreation options at Deluxe Resorts is a value for the extra expense. You can find anything from the Grand Floridian’s full service spa and hair salon to the Polynesian’s marina with bike and boat rentals. Having these amenities at your fingertips can easily fill the gaps in a longer Disney vacation.
Many Deluxe Resorts offer children activity clubs on property. These clubs provide childcare with crafts, movies, and food. The parents can have a nice dinner out while the children are having safe fun back at the resort. The service is an additional fee and reservations are required. In-room babysitting services are also available.
These resorts boast the best pools that Disney has to offer. They are wonderfully themed including hot tubs, slides, kiddie splash areas, and quiet pools. There is something to suit everyone’s swimming fancy. This makes Deluxe Resorts a good option for couples or guests traveling without children too. It is nice to know you will have a relaxing pool away from loud splashing kids. A perk that may be worth the extra money to a romantic couple!
My favorite thing about Deluxe Resorts are all the dining options. Some of the best Character Dining experiences can be found at these resorts. Chef Mickey at the Contemporary Resort, Ohana at the Polynesian Village Resort, and 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa just to name a few. How wonderful it is to be steps away and not have to take time to lug yourself across Disney to get to breakfast! The Deluxe category also offers excellent quick service, fine dining and casual sit down dining options. Many have unique pool bars and hotel lounges as well. Don’t forget the ease of room service and pizza delivery, it is a full service experience.
1. Location, Location, Location-
Bottom line is you pay for convenience. The top reason many guests choose to spend the extra money for a Deluxe Resort is the location. The resorts closer to Magic Kingdom naturally cost more money than the outlying ones. You can actually walk to Magic Kingdom from Disney’s Contemporary Resort. A guest of a Deluxe Resort will spend far less time traveling to their park destination. Last year my family had a wonderful stay at the value resort, Art of Animation. This year we specifically chose a Deluxe Resort on the monorail instead. We were unhappy with the travel time from our Value Resort and decided we wanted a quicker commute to the parks. If your interested in spending more time in the park and less time on the bus then a Deluxe Resort is for you!