Disney Demystified- When to Go, Where to Stay, What to Do at Disney World Resort

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2. Where to Stay

There are three types of Disney Resort hotels: deluxe, moderate, and value. Deluxe hotels include Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, BoardWalk Inn, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Polynesian Village, Swan & Dolphin, Wilderness Lodge, and Yacht & Beach Club. These hotels tend to be more expensive because they provide upscale dining options, larger rooms, and unique theming just to name a few. Moderate hotels include Disney’s Old Key West, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, and Port Orleans French Quarter & Riverside. Value hotels include Disney’s All-Star Movies, Music, & Sports, Art of Animation, Pop Century, and Fort Wildness. Both the moderate and value hotels maintain unique themes and great amenities yet are more affordable options. Note that most deluxe hotels have villas for Disney Vacation Club members.
Some guests enjoy staying on Disney property and others like the off-property options. There are seven hotels on Hotel Plaza Boulevard that provide amenities comparable to those on Disney property: DoubleTree Suites, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, Hilton, B Resort & Spa, Holiday Inn, Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa and Best Western. A majority of them have been around since Disney opened in 1971. Some perks of staying at one of these hotels include free bus service to Disney parks, preferred access to Disney golf courses, pedestrian bridges connected to Disney Springs, and much more.

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