Why Dad Prefers Disney Hotels or Disney Resorts
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
Photo by Express Monorail
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.
The Pop Century
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.
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
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.
The All Star Movies
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.
The All Star Music
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 ...
The All Star Sports
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.)
See Dad's advice for a one night hotel near Disney World.
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.
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.
Caribbean Beach Resort
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!
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.)
Fort Wilderness Campground
Camping at WDW?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Contemporary Resort
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Animal Kingdom Villas
Look around anywhere and you'd think you were right on the African Savannah.
Bay Lake Tower
The Bay Lake Tower of the best views of the Magic Kingdom which you can easily walk to.
Beach Club Villas
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.
The Villas offer nice big rooms for larger families or just for guests that like a little space.
Old Key West
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.
Saratoga Springs Resort
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.
Disney Villas at Wilderness Lodge
Inside the Lodge you'll find a 60 foot tall fireplace and totem poles all around.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Building a Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian
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.