In the past 6 years I have only stayed in #WDWResorts because for me, the proximity to the park alone, was the best selling point. But after visiting a few properties and learning more about the resorts, I wanted to share why convenience is just one of the many factors you should consider, when booking your next trip to Orlando!
#1 Location, Location, Location
When you think about the hassle of driving to the parks everyday, paying for parking or staying at a non #WDWResort and paying extra for the shuttle – the fees add up and the time lost, will cost you a lot at the end.
It’s like booking that inexpensive airline ticket, but they charge you $ 75.00 per carry-on luggage, so at the end, you end up paying more for it and not having the comfort and flight/airport flexibility that other airlines will give you!
For me, it’s all about location! The proximity to the parks and complimentary transportation resort guests enjoy, make the trip not only more enjoyable but also more affordable at the end, since some hotels charge up to $ 120.00 per family for access to shuttle to the parks alone!
#WDWResorts offer multiple forms of transportation, from buses, which run on an ongoing schedule (even on Extra Magic Hours) and the boat rides from select hotels, which are my absolute favorite way to go to Epcot!!
For more information on availability, hours and transportation schedule, please check HERE.
# 2 An Option For Every Budget
From value properties to DeLuxe Resorts, there’s an option for every budget!
I’ve heard people say “I didn’t book a WDW resort because of the price”, but that’s because they don’t know the wide price range that will meet even the most modest budgets!
Here is a quick overview:
There are currently more than 25 Disney Resort hotel locations to pick from when staying at Walt Disney World Resort, from budget-conscious value Resort hotels to luxurious deluxe Resort hotels.
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
The Value Resorts are where you get to enjoy properties such as The Disney’s Art of animation Resort, which we recently visited!
The Value Resorts have:
- The largest pool outside the water parks
- Cars and Finding Nemo Suites
- And so much more….
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
We stayed at Disney Port Orleans Resorts and I will be sharing my full review with you soon, but for now, you get to enjoy some of our favorites:
- The Boat Rides
- The Restaurant BoatWrights and the unforgettable Shrimp and Grits!!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
We have stayed at the Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk Inn and Grand Floridian and I can assure you, each resort has character and unique features worth checking out! Animal Kingdom is next on my list!!
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Located close to all the magic of the theme parks, Disney Deluxe Resorts are designed to deliver an amazing experience at Walt Disney World Resort. Each Disney Deluxe Resort is uniquely themed with style and architecture — and offers a wide variety of benefits, amenities and services that will make your Disney vacation extra magical.
Enjoy near-perfect proximity to Epcot at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Savor an elegant escape at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Or delight in the ultra-modern design of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Whichever Disney Deluxe Resort you choose, you can look forward to a soothing escape from the energy of the theme parks—and from the everyday—even though you’re mere moments away.
We’ve stayed at the Disney Boardwalk Villas and the spacious room and all the amenities made this resort top on my favorite list!
#3 Extra and Extra Extra Magic Hours (NEW)
“Extra” Extra Magic Hours – Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels will also have the chance to enjoy “Extra” Extra Magic Hours—available exclusively in Pandora – The World of Avatar from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM, May 27 to July 4, 2017. More HERE!
Extra Extra Magic Hours 11-1 AM due to Pandora Opening From May 27th- June 5th for Animal Kingdom Resort Guests ONLY!
#4 Dining Options
So many dining options in each resort, #WDWResort guests enjoy the opportunity to try different restaurants and have access to the resort’s dining areas, giving them so many dining options that other guests don’t have.
Non Resort Guests don’t have access to amenities, just dining areas. Resort guests enjoy a wide variety of dining options right there, in their own resort!
- Like the Sanaa Restaurant at Animal Kingdom Resort:
- Cape May Character Breakfast
- Authentic Dishes at The Flying Fish
- The Magic of the AbracadaBar with drinks that change colors and walls that transform every time you look at them:
#5 Extended Magic
There’s nothing like the feeling of arriving at a #WDWResort and being received with Welcome Home!
That’s what you’ll hear from the time you arrive at the airport and have access to the Magical Express Shuttle to the Happy Greeting at the front door, the very helpful front desk and concierge and you get the ability to have it all connected to your magic band! Yes, it’s that simple!
Their mission is to make your trip magical, pleasant, comfortable and reduce the time used to get to activities – other than changing into your shorts and heading to the parks or floating at the pool!
Your check out is automatically prepared and delivered to your door and your flight is confirmed and boarding pass printed, all to help you worry less and enjoy more!
It doesn’t get any more magical than that!
If none of the above convinced you, the My Disney Experience site will help you experience resort features to help you navigate through your trip planning; anything from your resort reservation, fast passes and special meals reservation to meal planning and other amazing options that you have access to, while using the app.
These are just a few reasons why my family and I will not plan a family trip to Orlando without staying at a #WDWResort!
I will be sharing more information and features I love on future posts! Stay tuned!
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