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10 Tips for Choosing Which Walt Disney World Resort Is Right for You

Riviera Resort

Staying right in the middle of the magic at a Walt Disney World Resort is the key to ensuring your vacation is fun, carefree and low stress. Fast forward to vacation planning time, you have made the wise decision to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort…now you just need to select and book the best resort option for your family. (Disney Riviera Resort Pictured - Photo credit Disney)

1. Know your park plan

Contemporary Monorail

Decide on your park plan prior to diving into resort booking so you understand what area of the Walt Disney World property you need to focus your attention on. Staying as close as possible to the park you will spend the most time in will save you the commute time each day. The real idea behind staying on the property is for convenience; make sure you can take full advantage of that convenience by actually using your location to your advantage with smart planning.

2. Decide on your lodging budget

Animal Kingdom Lodge
Animal Kingdom Lodge Room

Researching the cost of resorts and deciding how much of your vacation budget will be allocated for resort lodging is very important in the planning process. The great news is Disney resorts that range from value to deluxe outshine “real world” hotels on every level; regardless of the resort you choose you will be happy with your Walt Disney World resort experience. Ensure that you are happy with the resort you choose while staying within your budget comfort zone.

3. Narrow down the size of your travel gang

Having a decisive head count of your travel gang is imperative to booking the correct Walt Disney World resort. Are you looking for a resort that can sleep 5 guests to a room? Would you prefer a set of adjoining rooms? Are you looking for a junior suite that can sleep your whole travel gang with a kitchen and dining area? Knowing a decisive number of people in your travel party and; understanding how much everyone is willing to spend before booking your resort room is very necessary for booking the resort room that best suits your needs.  

4. Explore transportation options at each resort you are considering

Skyliner Station

With bus, boat, ferry, monorail and walking transportation options available you will have no trouble finding your way around Walt Disney World. However, for those interested in cutting as much transport time off their park commute each day or those opposed to certain transportation options, investigating transport to your resort is important.

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