Deluxe resorts are my favorite resorts on property. I love all of the amenities and features of these resorts, along with how stunning each and every one of them are. I know that you will love them all, too! Here are 7 points you’ll want to know about deluxe resorts at Walt Disney World:
7. Club level rooms and lobbies
Each of the deluxe category resorts also offer club level rooms, which also have their own private club level lobby. The rooms are typically toward the top floors of the resort and very close the private lobby. The lobby keeps food and drinks (even alcoholic options) stocked all day for the guests in this area. The guests also receive access to a private concierge service that will handle every aspect of their vacation for them. Plus, Club level guests have the ability to purchase additional FastPasses if they would like to do so within certain parameters. It is a great way to take the deluxe experience to the next level and have a carefree vacation.
6. Holiday decorations
The Deluxe resorts also get amazing decorations for the holidays. These are beyond a simple Christmas tree and those types of decorations. There are trees, as high as 60 feet trees. In the lobbies of many of the resorts during the holidays you may find a life-size two-story gingerbread house (The Grand Floridian), a gingerbread carousel (Yacht & Beach Club) and many other gingerbread displays. These are sights that you definitely don’t want to miss around the holidays!
5. Room service options
At these resorts the room service isn’t simply just burgers, fries and pizza… you can actually get selections from the delicious full-service restaurants during room service. It is a great way to get to enjoy your favorite meals from the comfort of your room. You can also order room service and utilize 2 dining entitlements on the Disney Dining Plan. This adds even more flexibility to the dining plan. The room service dining options are only this robust at the deluxe resorts, which is just another benefit they offer.
4. Larger rooms
It may not seem like a big deal, but the increased square footage of the deluxe resort make the guest rooms look and feel more spacious and a true home away from home. The added space makes room for a fridge additional seating areas and luggage space and larger, more luxurious bathrooms. These rooms also all have balcony or outside seating areas where the moderate and value resorts do not have private balconies with seating. The balcony is a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and relax.
3. Valet parking
The deluxe resorts are the only resorts that offer the valet parking service. Valet costs $33 per vehicle, per day. A day is counted as 24 hours from the time you drop the vehicle off, so that is also helpful if you drop off later in the evening. You also do not have to be staying at the resort to be able to valet there, which is something that many guests may not be aware of. Anyone that is visiting the resort can valet park. You’ll want to keep in mind Disney’s recent addition of charging resort guests for overnight parking. All Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort guests are now required to pay $25 per night of stay for regular parking with some exceptions.
2. Unique experiences
All of Walt Disney World Resorts have various amenities, entertainment and activities. The deluxe resorts take that to the next level. They have some of the most unique amenities you can find on property. At the Polynesian Village Resort, guests of the resort can take advantage of free hula lessons to learn more about the unique what that stories are told in this culture. At Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests can learn more about the animals that live there and view them with night vision goggles. You can even feed flamingos. At Wilderness Lodge you can be selected to be a flag family, which means that you and your family get to go to the roof to put up the flag each morning. You can also take a tour of the resort to learn more about the architecture and the inspiration behind the resort. These are all amazing experiences!
1. The Villas
Each of the deluxe resorts also host villas. These are Disney Vacation Club villas that can also be booked by other guests. The villas offer laundry services, kitchens or kitchenettes and other amenities that are great for long stays and especially stays for larger families since there are various suites to accommodate various sized groups. The Villas get most of the same amenities of the other resort guests, with just a little difference in how the housekeeping is done at these resorts. They are stunning!