Value, Moderate or Deluxe? Which resort is best for you and why! (A 3 Part series!)
As a Disney Specialist – one of the most common questions I am asked is “Where is the best place to stay at Walt Disney Resort?” The answer may surprise most guests when I initially say “I don’t know!”
Let me clarify! Your resort choice is almost as personalized as the style of clothing you wear. Some people prefer “wear – wash – and go” clothing. It’s inexpensive, functional, and quick to put together when you are in a rush. Others prefer to meticulously plan their outfits with high end quality pieces that are timeless, beautiful, and have a look that speaks to the time it took to put that outfit together.
This 3 part series will look at 3 ‘Categories’ of resorts: Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts! Within those categories, there are several resorts with different themes and layouts to suit many different families!
Part 3 of this series will take a look at the Deluxe Category and Deluxe Villa Resorts at Walt Disney World!
Deluxe Category resorts lend themselves to travelers who consider a vacation an important luxury and are looking for extra services, recreation, dining options and unique transportation. Deluxe Villa Resorts are best for those who are travelling in a larger group and are looking for flexible accomodations with kitchen facilities. There are 17 resorts in this category!
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
- The Villas at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
At Disney Deluxe Resorts you will discover the convenience and comfort of staying at one of the crown jewels of Disney Resort hotels, located close to all the magic of the Theme Parks. Disney Deluxe Resorts are designed to deliver an unforgettable experience at Walt Disney World® Resort. Each is uniquely themed with distinctive style and architecture – and offers a variety of benefits, amenities and services that will make your Walt Disney World vacation extra special!
At Disney’s Deluxe Villa Resorts you will experience Disney charm, service and magic, plus the cozy comforts of a picture-perfect home.
Rejuvenation awaits you at two full-service spas designed to delight the senses. Owned and operated by Disney, both spas are conveniently located on site and offer enticing services and amenities, including massages, facials, exercise facilities and more.
Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Senses Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Typical standard room size is 344-440 sq. ft. and will accommodate up to 5 guests (plus 1 infant in a crib). Rooms are equipped with a Coffee Maker, Mini-fridge, Flat Screen TV, Wi-fi, either a King or two QUEEN beds and a day bed. A Balcony or a patio will make your space feel a little larger! Microwaves are available upon request and are usually reserved for families with infants or medical requirements. (There are microwaves available in the food court as well).
Villa accommodations range from 710 sq. ft. to 1,892 sq. ft. for 1-3 bedroom villas and can accommodate up to 12 guests (plus 1 infant in a crib). Villas are equipped with a Coffee maker, Full-size fridge, Microwave, In-Room washer and dryer, Full Kitchen, In-Room high chairs, Whirlpool tub, and your own Balcony or Patio.
Transportation includes Bus Service to all Theme Parks, Water launch service from some resorts to varying destinations, Monorail service from some resorts, and walking distance to some Theme Parks!
These resorts are best for families who:
- Large groups / families traveling together and willing to share accommodations
- Looking for luxury accommodations and extra resort features
- Looking to spend plenty of time at the resorts
- Looking for the convenience of transportation via monorail, boat or walking paths
- Families with special needs who require more space and more facilities within the room for medical needs (i.e. full kitchens to prepare specialized meals, washer/dryer for frequent laundering)
- Extra amenities, concierge service, spa services and on-site recreation
- Character meals / Dinner shows on site
The quick service food locations at these resorts still offer a wide variety of food choices! Vegetarian, healthy options, sweets and treats are all available. The refillable drink stations are located in all the food courts as well! All food courts offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. There are also poolside snack bars and pizza delivery service. Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villa Resorts also offer several choices in casual dining restaurants and Character Dining at some resorts.
Each Resort hotel has multiple swimming pools with waterslides, whirlpools and a children’s pool. Poolside activities and Disney movies under the stars are available. Bicycle and watercraft rentals are available at some resorts along with running trails, beaches, fishing and health clubs.
All in all, Disney’s Deluxe Resorts and Disney’s Deluxe Villa Resorts are a beautiful, luxurious way to spend your vacation at Walt Disney World! I have personally stayed at all 3 categories of resorts (for various reasons on each trip) and love, love, love the service and amenities at the Deluxe Resorts. The convenience of hopping on a boat or the Monorail to get to the Magic Kingdom was well worth the investment. Walking from my Beach Club Resort to Epcot for dinner was super convenient (and I enjoyed Epcot so much more!)
This wraps up the overview of the 3 categories of resorts at Walt Disney World! As always, if you have any questions or are looking for advice on where to stay at Walt Disney World, don’t hesitate to contact us! We offer FREE, NO OBLIGATION quotes any time!