Choosing Disney resort hotels is a good step to take if convenience is the main priority of your trip. These resort hotels have some of the best locations, and are often connected to the theme parks by monorail. This means that you won’t have to worry about boarding a bus or remembering where you’ve parked the car after a long day in the theme park. Many families, couples, and groups prefer the convenience of a Disney resort vacation, although some of these hotels do carry significantly higher price tags than other hotels in the area.
A resort at Disney World can fall into different categories. In order to stay near the theme parks, you don’t need to break your budget, you just need to do a little research. There are three basic categories to Disney resort hotels: deluxe, moderate, and value. Within these three categories, it is up to the individual family to decide what type of Disney resort vacation they are looking for. Some families plan on spending every waking moment in the theme parks and think it is a waste of money to choose one of the deluxe resorts. On the other hand, a deluxe resort at Disney World delivers a level of service and value that is really special.
The deluxe Disney resort hotels are the most famous ones. Disney’s Polynesian Resort (pictured), Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Grand Floridian, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, and others are considered the deluxe, or luxury accommodations. While these resorts do carry a higher price tag than those in the moderate or value category, they are also conveniently located to the theme parks, offer great service, and are stunning in their décor. Expect dining and activities to be at this same deluxe level—spa treatments are available at some hotels and dining is a step above other hotels.
If you’re looking to plan a resort vacation somewhere in the middle of the scale, choose the more moderate resorts for your Disney trip. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, and more are all in the moderate category. These properties don’t offer the same level of service and amenities that the deluxe hotels do, but they are still of very high quality. Extra amenities such as spa services and fine dining might not be present, but these resorts are still beautifully decorated and offer good transportation to the theme parks. They are not however part of the monorail system.
Families who are planning a budget trip can still stay at a resort at Disney World. Disney value resorts include the All-Star Movies Resort, the All-Star Sports Resort, the Art of Animation Resort, and more. These resorts will still have that Disney touch, but are designed for budget travelers. If you’re looking for deals, this is the place to find the best value and last minute deals. Another option for budget travelers is vacation rentals or villas. Especially if you’re traveling as a group there can be great value in choosing condos over hotels.
Resorts might be more commonly associated with Florida, but Disneyland in California has resort options as well. The Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel all offer resort packages for travelers, and Disney has some deals with nearby accommodations, called “Good Neighbor Hotels” as well, so if you have preferred status at a particular hotel chain, for instance, you can still book rooms at a hotel you like and get the benefit of the resort deals Disneyland offers. Wherever you stay at Disneyland or Disney World, you are sure to enjoy the quality family time that this magical place provides.