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Should You Stay At Disney Hotels?

Should you stay at Disney Resort or one of the other Disney hotels on your trip to Orlando? This is a question we often get asked. One of the coolest options to get in the mood is to stay at Walt Disney World, but there are so many hotels and possibilities that sometimes we don’t know where to start. So in this post I created a small guide so you can get to know the hotel options at Disney World by answering some questions.

  1. How many hotel options does Disney have?
  2. Which hotels are closest to the parks?
  3. What is the price range of hotels at Disney?
  4. Which hotels have access to Monorail?
  5. Which hotels have access to the boats?
  6. What are the advantages of staying at one of the Disney Resorts?
  7. If I need a hotel for 5 or more people, what are the options?
  8. If I want a theme room with Disney characters, what are the options?
  9. Which hotels would you like to stay in a more romantic hotel or to celebrate a special date?
  10. Which hotels have meals with Characters?

How many hotel options does Disney have?

The Walt Disney World complex in Orlando, Florida has 35 hotels, 25 of which are operated by Disney and 10 of which are operated by other companies. From camping to luxury hotel, there are options for all tastes and pockets. The categories are: Campground, Value Resort, Moderate Resort, Disney Deluxe Villa Resort.

Which hotels are closest to the parks?

Disney's Polynesian Resort

The hotels within the Walt Disney World complex are all relatively close to all the parks. But here is a list of the closest park to each hotel.

Magic Kingdom – These are the hotels that are closest to Magic Kingdom Park and some have access via monorail: Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Epcot – The following resorts are located in the Epcot area: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas. Boardwalk has access to a very nice area with the same name, full of shops and restaurants.

Hollywood Studios – In the area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios are Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and also Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

Disney Animal Kingdom – Near this park we find the hotels: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney All Star Sports Resort, Disney All Star Music Resort, Disney All Star Movies Resorts.

Disney Springs – In the Disney Springs area, the closest resorts are: Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, Disney’s Old Key West Resort.

What are the price ranges for hotels at Disney?

What are the price ranges for hotels at Disney?

Disney Resorts has a rating of Value, Moderate, Deluxe Resorts, Deluxe Vila Resorts hotels. Prices range from $80 at the cheapest to over $1000 at the most expensive hotel rooms.

Value hotels are generally the cheapest, but always keep an eye out for promotions, because sometimes Moderate and even Deluxe hotels are a little bit more expensive and make up for it. We already found rooms at Animal Kingdom for US$112.00 while at All Star it cost US$80.00.

Here is the list of hotels by rating:

Value – Those would be the 2.5 and 3 star hotels: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (Alas Cars, Lion King, Finding Nemo and Little Mermaid), Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney All Star Movies Resorts, Disney All Star Sports Resort and Disney All Star Music Resort

Moderate – In this category are the 3.0 and 3.5 star hotels: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter, The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Deluxe Resorts – In this category are the 4 and 5 stars hotels of 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 Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Deluxe Villa Resorts – The villas are usually multi-bedroom apartments, perfect for larger families: Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House or Kidani Village, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Which hotels have access to Monorail?

Orlando Monorail

Staying at the hotels with access to Monorail is a guarantee that you will be able to go to the hotel, take a break when the Magic Kingdom starts to get very full or the summer sun gets very hot and come back later to enjoy the night attractions. It is also a good request for those with children, for the ease of locomotion. The hotels with access to Monorail are: Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Which hotels have access to the boats?

Some hotels offer access to the parks or downtown Disney using boats. A different way to get to and from the hotel is often more pleasant than the bus.

Here are the hotels that offer transportation by boat: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

One important detail is that the boat does not go to all places or parks. Only a few have access by water. Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney are the most common destinations.

What are the advantages of staying at one of Disney Resorts?

The magic of Disney – There is always a little element of surprise in the resorts. Whether it’s a hidden mickey or the ear-shaped towel, it’s hard to explain, but the details here, which are not in any brochure or listed on the sites, make the difference in your stay at Disney.

Disney Magic Express – Airport shuttle to the resort. You get off at the airport, go to the counter, tell your hotel and get on the indicated bus that takes you directly to your hotel. In some cases they can collect your suitcase in the airline company and deliver it directly to your hotel room.

Transportation – Disney has transportation to all parks and also to Downtown Disney with buses, monorail and boats. So you don’t have to worry about parking your car. For those who still want to rent a car, for Disney guests parking at hotels is free and in the parks too.

Extra Magic Hours – The parks offer extra hours for guests, often before the park opens or after it closes (on scheduled days, not every day). It is a good opportunity to use the park in hours that it is not too full.

Disney Dining Plan – When you book at hotels you can also include a dining plan that includes restaurants in the resorts and also in the parks and at some times of the year this dining plan can be free.

Free parking at all Disney parks if you prefer to rent a car.

Entertainment at the pools with activities scheduled every day.

Children 17 years old and under do not pay when staying in the same room as their parents, up to the limit of people allowed in the room.

Magic Bands all Disney guests get the magic wristbands that are the keys to the hotel room and also store their tickets, fast passes, dining plan, Memory Maker, credit card to shop inside the parks, Disney complex hotels and downtown Disney.

60 days to schedule your FastPass+ and choose the most popular attractions in the parks instead of just 30 days in advance for those who are not staying at the complex.

Sending shopping to the hotel if you buy something at stores inside the parks, no need to carry. Just let us know when you want it delivered to your room and you can enjoy the parks without carrying bags.

If I need a hotel for 5 or more people, what are the options?

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Most rooms can accommodate up to 4 people, but some hotels, resorts and villas have options for 5 or more people. Here the list by category:

Value – Perfect for families of up to 6 people, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has options in Alas Cars, Lion King and Finding Nemo and a slightly cheaper option are the Family Suites at Disney All Star Music Resort.

Moderate – in this category you can also find options for up to six people: The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Some rooms at Port Orleans Riverside accommodate up to 5 people as there is a small bed for a child up to 9 years old.

Tip for those going with 2 adults and 3 small children: it is often cheaper to stay in this room at Port Orleans that is in the moderate category than in one of the suites in budget hotels!

Deluxe Resorts for 5 or more people: 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 Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

Deluxe Villa Resorts: Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Disney’s Old Key West Resort (for up to 9 people), Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House or Kidani Village (for up to 9 people), The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (for up to 9 people).

If I want a theme room with Disney characters, what are the options?

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – I’ve done some posts here on the blog about this hotel, like this visit to Disney Art of Animation Resort and I stayed in the car wing. The hotel has four theme areas: Finding Nemo, Cars, Lion King and Little Mermaid. All suites and rooms (in the Little Mermaid wing) are themed.

Pirate Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – Boys who love to play pirate will love the room option which has the beds in pirate boat format and other details to complete the theme.

Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside – I stayed in the Royal Guest Room which is themed with Princess Tiana and other princesses in the best style of New Orleans. Mirrors, art, tableā€¦ lots of details with the characters and at the head of the bed, a surpriseā€¦ fireworks that appear at the touch of a button. The magic Disney!

Which hotels would you like to stay at in a more romantic hotel or to celebrate a special date?

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – The Grand Floridian is the most classic Disney hotel and was one of the first to open. Inspired by the Victorian architecture of Palm Beach in the 60’s, it has a super elegant lobby where there is always an orchestra playing jazz. It is in this hotel that the Victoria & Albert’s Restaurant was chosen as one of the best in Orlando. The rooms can have a view of the Garden or Lagoon and some have a view of the Magic Kingdom. The Spa at this hotel also guarantees romantic moments with massages for two.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort – The Polynesian style gives this hotel a relaxed yet romantic feel. From the reception with a flower necklace (law) to the ambient music, the tropical paradise is perfect for a romantic getaway. It is the setting for many beach weddings with the Disney touch and is a great option to see the fires at night.

Which hotels have meals with Characters?

Grand Floridian- Restaurant Park Fare 1900: Offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The main characters in this restaurant are: Dorothy, Mad Hat, Winnie the Pooh, Mary Poppins and Tigger. I told my experience about the Breakfast with Characters in this restaurant here.

Disney Beach Club Resort – Cape May Cafe: In New England style this restaurant only offers breakfast with characters. The main characters here are: Goofy, Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse.

Disney Contemporary Resort – Chef Mickey’s: This is probably one of the most disputed restaurants with characters in hotels because it has the presence of FAB 5: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck and Goofy. He offers breakfast and dinner. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance and do as soon as possible, it is one of the first to finish.

The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – Mickey’s Backyard BBQ: The BBQ buffet (American style) is a country style evening show and features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Chip ‘n Dale. You can also make Chip ‘n’ Dale Campfire sing a song which is free.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Lilo and Stitch for ‘Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast – Hawaiian-style breakfast has Lilo and Stitch present. Other characters may appear, but it is not guaranteed.

Did You Know?

That you can visit Disney hotels and book lunch or dinner in the restaurants of the Resorts even if you are not staying in them?

There are other hotels within the Disney complex that are not operated by Disney? So before you confirm your reservation, make sure you’re really at a Disney hotel to enjoy all the advantages of the park.

Useful Information:

Website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/
If you want to make a reservation at any of these hotels, we recommend using booking.com

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