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Why Dad Prefers Disney Hotels or Disney Resorts

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Disney Hotels, or Disney Resorts, are just an extension of Uncle Walt's Dream. When Uncle Walt opened Disneyland he wanted to provide families a safe, clean environment where everyone in the family could have a great time. He just ran out of room. When Walt designed Walt Disney World he wanted to include world class accommodations. At the Walt Disney World Hotels, Walt's boys (and girls) have taken the vacation resort to the next level.


Yes, Dad prefers the Disney Resorts over the hotels near Disney World. Let me show you why ...

It just doesn't get any better than this

The view from the beach at the Polynesian Resort, Dad's favorite Disney Hotels

Photo by Express Monorail

The Value Resorts

Disney's Value Resorts, or as Dad calls them, the Disney World Discount Hotels, have loud colors, big icons and lots and lots of small rooms. They are the least expensive of the Disney Hotels, and are frequently booked to capacity.

Dad's Guide to Value Resorts

The Pop Century

Disney  Pop Century Hotel
Dad likes the Pop Century a lot. Uncle Walt would be proud of the colors and themeing of this very unique Resort. This value priced Disney Hotel makes staying in a Walt Disney World Resort affordable to almost everyone.


The Pop Century is truly a unique Resort and is Dad's favorite non-Deluxe hotel. Disney or not. It's a great value. Check it out.

Dad's Pop Century Page

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Disney Hotels Art of Animation

The Art of Animation is Disney's newest hotel and boy is it cool. Located next to the Pop Century this hotel celebrates some of the newer Disney movies.


There is something for everyone. The Little Mermaid, Cars, The Lion King and Finding Nemo sections are amazing. The themes here are just incredible.

Dad's Art of Animation page

The All Star Movies

The All Star Movies Resort is one of the cheap Disney World hotels
Disney All Star Movies Resort is all about Disney's classic movies. Each section of the resort is from a different movie.


There is the Fantasia Section with dancing broomsticks, the Toy Story section with all the characters from Toy Story. In the Herbie the Love Bug section Herbie is all over the place. The Mighty Ducks and 101 Dalmatians round out the other two sections.

Dad's All Star Movies main page

The All Star Music

The All Star Music Resort is one of the cheap Disney World hotels
The All Star Music Resort celebrates music of all styles. Each of the 5 sections of the hotels highlights a different genre of music. There is a Country Music section, a Jazz section, a Broadway Musicals section, a Calypso section and of course a Rock and Roll section.


The All Star Music Resort is the original home of the Family Suite rooms. Family Suites are two connecting rooms with a refrigerator added. Check one out at ...

Dad's All Star Music main page

The All Star Sports

Disney Hotels include the All Star Sports Resort
For kids that love sports this place is paradise. Each part of this hotel is devoted to a different. There is a football section, a baseball section, a tennis section, a basketball section and a soccer section. Each has icons of the sport that can be as much as 60 feet tall.


You just never know when a football game is going to break out on the almost full sized (concrete) football field. (That hurts just thinking about it.)

Dad's Disney All Star Sports page


See Dad's advice for a one night hotel near Disney World.

Moderate Resorts

In the early 80's Michael Eisner had an epiphany. Disney was growing, but something was missing. Mr. Eisner and the rest of Uncle Walt's boys noticed that hotels were springing up outside of the main gates and this spawned an idea. What would happen if Disney World has some affordable, for the masses, Disney Hotels? Yeah, the Contemporary and the Polynesian Resorts were beautiful, but expensive, could Disney actually compete with Motel 6?


Disney started their hotel building campaign with the Moderate Resorts, then, when that was successful, progressed to the Value Resorts.

Coronado Springs

Disney Hotels the Coronado Springs Resort
The Coronado Springs Resort is Disney's convention resort. This sprawling moderate resort is decked out with Southwestern flair.


This hotel has more room options than any other of the Disney hotels. From the standard moderate room to huge suites there is something for just about any taste.

The Coronado Springs hosts lots of conventions during the year. Maybe you can go to one.


Dad's Coronado Springs main page

Caribbean Beach Resort

The Caribbean Beach Resort is the most colorful of all the Disney Hotels
The Caribbean Beach Resort takes you right to the islands mon. Sit back and feel the tropical breezes as you sip your favorite beverage by the pool. The colors in the hotel are amazing. It's the most colorful hotel in all of Disney World.


This is also the home of Pirate Suites. Let loose your inner pirate (but please no plundering). The Pirate Suites are decked out in dark woods and Jolly Rogers. Arrgh!


Dad's Disney Caribbean Beach Resort page

Port Orleans

The Port Orleans Resort is 2 Disney Hotels in one
The Port Orleans is really two Disney hotels in one. The Riverside section has old manor homes modeled after the plantation homes of the deep south. (Riverside was originally the Dixie Landings.)


The French Quarter part of the hotel makes you feel like your right down in the French Quarter in New Orleans. (But totally family friendly.)

Dad's Disney Port Orleans page

Fort Wilderness Campground

The Fort Wilderness Campground is considered to be one of the Disney Hotels
You can pitch your tent right in the shadow of the Magic Kingdom. What a concept. The Fort WIlderness Campgrounds are just a short boat ride away from the most magical place on earth. You'll find RV parking, cabins and yes, even campgrounds where you can put up a tent.

Camping at WDW?

Dad's Disney Fort Wilderness Campgrounds page

Book Yours Today

Are you ready? It's never a bad time to book a Disney World Resort. Dad would like to help. Dad and his friends over at Destinations to Travel are ready to help you choose one of the Disney Hotels that will be Perfect for your vacation. The Disney Vacation Planners at Destinations to Travel know almost about Disney World as Dad does and they are hotel specialists. Give them a shout today.

Dad's Destinations to Travel page

Disney Deluxe Resorts

The top of the line Disney hotels fall into the Deluxe Resort category. The Deluxe Resorts are the most expensive, starting at $225.00 per night. They have the largest standard rooms on the property and the best amenities. Most of the rooms include 2 queen beds and a day bed and sleep 5.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Animal Kingdom Lodge is the most unique of the Disney hotels
The Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most unique Disney Hotels anywhere. In the Jambo House, you can see all kinds of animals right outside of your room. There are over 30 species that roam the resort day and night.


The Animal Kingdom Lodge has 2 Savannah's with live animals roaming all day (and night) long. For any animal lover this is paradise. It's also a typically beautiful place to spend a few days.

Dad's Animal Kingdom Lodge page

Beach Club

The Beach Club is the closest hotel to Epcot
The Beach Club is the closest resort to Epcot. It's located just off of Crescent Lake (on the beach) and right next to it's sister resort the Yacht Club.


It's a very relaxing place to enjoy some time at the beach ... oops, I mean at Walt Disney World. The Beach and Yacht Clubs also have the best pool in the park. A great place to spend some relaxing time.

Disney Beach Club Resort

Boardwalk Inn

The Boardwalk Inn is one of the Disney Hotels in the Boardwalk area
Disney's Boardwalk is a unique area. There is food, fun and drinks during the day and night.


The Boardwalk Inn sits right on the Boardwalk which is the center of all kinds of nightlife. From Jellyrolls with the dueling pianos to just sitting on the Boardwalk and munching on some really good pizza. This is a great place to spend a vacation.

Disney Boardwalk Hotel

The Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary Resort is one of the original Disney Hotels
The Contemporary is one of the most unique structures anywhere. The giant A-frame main building has a monorail running right through it.


This hotel is the closest you can get to the Magic Kingdom without a ticket. You can literally walk to the park in 5 minutes and some of the views are amazing.

Dad's Contemporary Resort page

Grand Floridian

The Grand Floridian Resort is the Flagship of Disney Hotels
The Grand Floridian is the flagship of the Disney Hotels. It's the granddaddy of them all and it's proud to show Disney at its finest.


Beautiful, classy style and elegance is the hallmark of this resort. It even has high tea in the afternoon and the top restaurant in all of Orlando. There is even an orchestra in the lobby. Opulent and classy. Just look at the pictures, opulent and classy.

Dad's Grand Floridian Hotel page

Polynesian Resort

The Polynesian Resort is one of the original Disney Hotels
The Polynesian Resort is Dad's favorite hotel anywhere. What's not to like. The whole hotel is a tropical island paradise and it has the best, most convenient transportation to just about anywhere at Disney World. Grab a monorail and be in the Magic Kingdom in no time.


The Polynesian Village is one of the original, Uncle Walt designed hotels. That Uncle Walt was something special. Kinda like the beach. White sand that goes on forever and ever makes you feel like you have died and gone to the tropics.

Dad's Polynesian Resort main page

Wilderness Lodge

The Wilderness Lodge is one of the most beautiful of the Disney Hotels
The Wilderness Lodge is one of the most beautiful hotels anywhere. Behind the hotel is a real geyser (OK, maybe it's man made) and there's even a stream that runs right through the atrium.


When you step inside this resort you'll feel like you've been transported clear across the country to the great Northwest. Don't miss this.

Dad's Wilderness Lodge page

Yacht Club

The Yacht Club is a Disney Hotel that is a mix of sophistication and relaxation
The Yacht Club is between the Beach Club and the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. It is also located on a beach (that happens a lot at Disney World. This Disney Hotel is filled with boaty decorations and has a wonderful nautical theme.


The Yacht Club shares the best pool of the Disney hotels with the Beach Club. It's a great place to relax and enjoy the wonderful days at WDW.

Dad's Yacht Club page

Yes, Disney hotels and especially the Deluxe Resorts cost a ton of money. If you can't afford to stay at one, at least walk through them. The Deluxe Resorts are truly some of the most interesting hotels in the world.

Disney Deluxe Villas

In 1986, Disney started the Disney Vacation Club. In fact the first resort was named the Disney Vacation Club Resort (it's was renamed in 1991 to Old Key West Resort and Spa). Over the last 10 years, the DVC has had explosive growth. The Vacation Club hotels offer condo rooms. All the resorts have studio, one bedroom and two bedroom suites. Some even have three bedroom Grand Villas that approach 2,000 square feet.

Dad's Disney Vacation Club page

Animal Kingdom Villas

Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas is the most unique of the Disney Hotels
Step out on your balcony and see animals. What a concept. Wake up to a zebra looking in your window (not literally). This is one of the best loved hotels anywhere. Both the Kidani Village and Jambo house (the two parts of the resort) have suites for rent.


Look around anywhere and you'd think you were right on the African Savannah.

Dad's Animal Kingdom Villas page

Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Towers has the best view of the Magic Kingdom of all the Disney Hotels
This is the newest Disney Vacation Club resort. It's located behind the Contemporary Resort. The all suite hotel is tied to the Contemporary via a walkway where all of the amenities for this resort are located.


The Bay Lake Tower of the best views of the Magic Kingdom which you can easily walk to.

Dad's Bay Lake Tower page

Beach Club Villas

Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas is the most unique of the Disney Hotels
The Beach Club Villas are located on the Crescent Lake beach in the Disney Boardwalk area. The Villas are modeled after resorts in the Cape May New Jersey (which explains why there is a Jersey Week at Disney World) area from the early 1900's.


The Beach Club is located just behind Epcot and it's an easy 5 minute walk to the park and a 10 minute boat ride to Disney Hollywood Studios.

Dad's Beach Club Villas page

Boardwalk Villas

Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas is the most unique of the Disney Hotels
The Boardwalk. The home of evening entertainment at Disney World. The Boardwalk Villas are right in the heart of the action. The Boardwalk is just a quick walk or boat ride to Epcot and from Disney Hollywood Studios.


The Villas offer nice big rooms for larger families or just for guests that like a little space.

Dad's Disney Boardwalk Villas page

Old Key West

The Old Key West it the original Disney Vacation Club Hotel
The Old Key West Resort is the original Disney Vacation Club property. In fact it was initially called the Disney Vacation Club. Old Key West has the biggest rooms on the property are located in a highly relaxing atmosphere.


Old Key West is a great name for the feel of this area. It just screams laid back. (It doesn't literally scream, but you get the idea.) It even has a golf course running right through it.

Dad's Disney Old Key West page

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort is one of the Disney Hotels with big rooms
Saratoga Springs is a northern styled racetrack resort. You'd almost expect a jockey walking his horse to appear. All it lacks is the racetrack.


Also in Saratoga Springs are the most innovative villas around. If you stay in Disney's Treehouse Villas you actually sleep 14 feet above the ground.

Dad's Saratoga Springs page

Disney Villas at Wilderness Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas is the most unique of the Disney Hotels
Set in the quiet, serene woods just a short boat ride from the Magic Kingdom , Disney Villas at Wilderness Lodge may be the most serene place to stay in all of Walt Disney World The Lodge has a Northwest US look and feel.


Inside the Lodge you'll find a 60 foot tall fireplace and totem poles all around.

Disney Villas at Wilderness Lodge

If your family needs lots of space, a Deluxe Villa or Disney Vacation Club Resort might be just what the doctor ordered.

Should you should stay at a Disney Hotel?



Dad gives you a rundown on who should stay at one of the Disney Hotels, and who shouldn't (yes, Uncle Walt, there are people that should stay somewhere else).

See where all of the hotels are and

Trust me. (Check out what parking at Walt Disney World costs.)

Staying at Disney Resorts vs. non - Disney Hotels


Want to know what it's going to cost to stay at one of these fabulous resorts? That's a hard question. Disney changes prices on the hotels as often as it rains in Florida. Or so it seems. Dad has created some handy-dandy hotel price calendars that will help you see the dates that are the cheapest during the year.

Dad's Disney World Hotel Price page

WDW Hotel Secrets

What are the biggest secrets at Walt Disney World? Secrets like the lighting of the torches at the Polynesian Resort. These are just pretty neat. Check them out.

Dad's Disney World Secrets page

Christmas in the Disney World Hotels

Christmas is a really special time at Walt Disney World. See how the different Disney Hotels celebrate "The Most Wonderful Time of the year." From the 1,000 foot gingerbread house in the Grand Floridian to the tree in the Pop Century, the hotels really dress up in holiday finery.

Dad's Disney World at Christmas in the Hotels

Building a Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian


one day free in the parks

Dad's Bottom Line

Dad prefers Disney Hotels or Disney Resorts or whatever you want to call them. If you are focusing on Disney during your vacation, make it a point to stay at one of the Walt Disney World Hotels. You won't regret it.