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Resorts

Walt Disney World Resorts

Walt Disney World is not only the home to four great theme parks and two world-class water parks (as well as a host of other features) it is also the home to several great hotels, 18 Disney owned hotels (called resorts) and 8 non-Disney owned hotels making it unnecessary for guests to leave Disney property during their magic visit to see the mouse. This page will be devoted to the Disney owned hotels.

Of course staying on Disney property costs more than staying at non-Disney owned hotels or hotels outside of Walt Disney World (off-property) but there are certain perks to booking a room with Disney. Those perks include Disney’s Magical Express and Extra Magic Hours.

If guests fly into Orlando International Airport can arrange for several perks. Make the appropriate arrangements, a simple process really, and Disney will pick up your bags and carry them from the airport to your resort room. They will also pick you up, via Disney’s Magical Express, and carry you to your resort. You have to carry yourself to the room.

All of the Disney resorts have at least counter service, similar to fast food, offerings. Some offer table service restaurants as well. Some of these restaurants qualify as truly world class. Staying at a Disney owned resort also makes you eligible for the Disney Dining Plan.

All Disney resorts also have pools. Some have multiple pools ranging from heavily themed large pools with slides to small quiet pools.

Each Disney resorts also has bus service to all of the theme parks, the water parks and Downtown Disney. They are glad to do the driving and parking while you relax. This service can be a little slow sometimes though and crowding is often an issue. You might have to stand for the ride but in my grumpy opinion it’s still better than trying to drive, navigate and park not to mention remembering where you park.

If you insist on driving your parking at the parks is free for the duration of the stay.

The final perk to be mentioned here, and perhaps the best, is Extra Magic Hours. These are hours that a park is open only to Disney World Resort guests. The Extra Magic Hours are normally one hour before opening or up to three hours after closing for all non-resort guests. As you might expect this cuts down on the line size, especially the morning magic hours when so many guests opt to sleep in but Grumpy is up and running! On one visit Mr and Mrs Grumpy had ridden Aerosmith five times before most people could get into the park! Extra Magic Hours are offered for at least one park per day but during busy season sometimes one park opens early and one stays open late.

Disney’s Resorts are broken into three categories, Value, Moderate and Deluxe. As you probably guessed their is a big difference in price from value to Deluxe. In any case they are all listed below. In future updates we will be giving each resort its own article.

Value

  • All-Star Movies
  • All-Star Music
  • All-Star Sports
  • Art of Animation Resort
  • Pop Century Resort

Moderate

  • Caribbean Beach
  • Coronado Springs
  • Ft. Wilderness Cabins
  • Port Orleans Riverside
  • Port Orleans French Quarter

Deluxe

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Beach Club Resort
  • Boardwalk Inn
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Grand Floridian Resort
  • Polynesian Resort
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Yacht Club Resort
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