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Think About This Before Booking Your Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World isn’t just the four theme parks, it is also made up of numerous resorts that offer great accommodations for Guests. Disney resorts are broken down into Value Resort, Moderate Resort and Deluxe Resort/Deluxe Villas categories, each providing something different for Guests. A Value Resort are a fantastic option for those on a budget or who don’t feel like they need a lot of amenities. The moderate resort provide more space when it comes to the room as well as a few more accommodations. At the Deluxe Resort level, you are getting the best of the best when it comes to amenities and location. When you are choosing which Walt Disney World Resort you want to stay at there is a lot that can go into your decision. Price is obviously key, but we have a few other things you might want to think about before booking your Resort.

Location From the Theme Park

If you haven’t been to Disney World before you might be surprised at how big it truly is. When thinking about which Walt Disney World resort you want to book, consider the location within the Disney property. Consider where you have your Park Pass Reservations at and which Disney theme park you plan to spend the majority of your time visiting. Animal Kingdom Lodge is an outstanding Resort but if you are planning on visiting the Magic Kingdom daily, this might not be the best option. You might want to look into a monorail Resort like Disney’s Contemporary Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Heading to a festival at EPCOT? Then make sure your Disney Resort is closer to EPCOT such as Disney’s Boardwalk Inn or Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club. Time is money when visiting Walt Disney World and you don’t want to spend the majority of that time trying to get to the Park. Instead, think about where you want to spend your time and book a Walt Disney World resort that will help your transportation time be less to the Theme Park.

Transportation Options

Along the same lines as location to the Disney Park, think about transportation options to the Theme Parks. A lot of Disney Resorts at the Moderate and Deluxe level offer more than one mode of transportation, which can help limit your transportation time to the Disney Parks. The Skyliner can cut down on your travel time to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well as EPCOT. If you plan to spend a majority of your time in Batuu or visit the countries in the World Showcase, being at a Skyline Resort might be super helpful. Have little ones that will want to be in the Magic Kingdom all the time? Consider staying near the Magic Kingdom to make your travel time less. The three Monorail Resorts offer an excellent option as does Fort Wilderness and Wilderness Lodge with their boat transportation. The All-Star resorts offer only bus transportation so keep that in mind. If you prefer not to wait on a bus, these Resorts might not be the best option for you. Look into what transportation is offered at the Resort as well as if it is bus transportation, how many stops are there? For the All-Stars (the Value Resort), there is only one bus stop at each Resort which can be good or bad. It makes it easy to know where to go, but it also can make for really long lines during peak times. On the other end, a Moderate Resort with bus transportation have multiple stops meaning not as long of lines, but you also have to wait as the bus stops multiple times. It might seem silly to investigate the transportation of a Resort, but you don’t want to be surprised when you arrive. Know your options and what will work the best for your family.

Size of Resort

As you think about what Disney Resort you want to stay at while at Disney World, think about the size of the Resort and how that might impact your vacation and experience. Resorts such as Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Saratoga Springs and Spa as well as Old Key West are extremely large Resorts making it a longer process to get to places such as bus stops as well as food and beverages. After a long day, another long walk to your Resort room might not feel very magical. Consider what would be the most convenient for your family. If you want to be close to transportation, pools and food these larger resorts won’t be where you want to be. Instead, consider some smaller Resorts such as Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter or Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Overall, Disney Resorts are big as they accommodate a lot of Guests each and every day. Look into how they are laid out as this might impact if it is a good choice for your family.

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Size of the Rooms

Not all Disney Resort rooms are created equal. Even though most Resort rooms will state that it can fit four adults, this doesn’t always mean comfortably. Rooms at Value Resorts are around 260 square feet making it a tight fit if you have four adults with their luggage. Moderate and Deluxe Resorts offer larger rooms as well as more storage giving Guests more room to spread out and not feel like they are tripping over one another. Think about what you are bringing with you and how it will fit into a Resort room. If you are taking a long trip, you might not want to try to jam into a Value room.

Amenities Offered

Finally, as you look at what Resort you want to stay at for your Disney World vacation, make sure to look into what amenities are being offered at the different Resorts. As you go up in price, you also go up in amenities. At the Value Resorts, you will find the basic amenities you would need. You will have one food court, a pool bar and basic swimming pool. At the Moderate Resorts, the main pools have slides and pool bars, but quiet pools are also offered. You can choose from a few dining options as well. When you hit the Deluxe level, you will have the best of the best when it comes to amenities. There are outstanding pools and great dining options. Think about if you will be spending a lot of time at your Disney Resort to help you determine what amenities are going to be a must have while visiting.


We know most Guests focus on the price when determining what Disney Resort to stay at on their vacation. We hope that the additional thoughts will help you make the best choice when it comes to where to stay during your magical vacation to Disney World.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.