This episode is an overview of our favorite Disney World hotels. We’ve stayed in all of them multiple times and want to share our thoughts. We hope this will help you plan your Disney World Trip!
Is it worth it to stay onsite?
Before the pandemic, the answer was an easy yes. However, since Disney World reopened, it is a more difficult question to answer.
In 2023, the answer is probably a yes again. There are some key advantages to staying onsite.
- Onsite guests get early entry to all of the theme parks each day.
- The ability to book Individual Lightning lanes at 7 a.m. rather than when the park opens.
- You can also make dining reservations 60 days out for your entire trip
- Disney Transportation is a great advantage to staying onsite as well.
- Staying Deluxe also gives you Extended Evening Theme Park Hours.
However, availability and price can make it difficult to stay onsite. A good way to get the onsite perks while paying offsite prices, is to look for an offsite resort that has those benefits. For example, if you are interested in early entry, you can review this list to see what offsite hotels participate.
Pop Century is our favorite Value Resort. This was true before the Skyliner existed because Pop Century never shares buses with another resort. You also have easy access to Art of Animation.
Pop Century is often slightly more expensive than other value resorts because of these perks. The hotel room layout at Pop Century is the same as other Value resorts (or they will soon!). There is a queen bed and a pull-down Murphy bed. We really like this resort and have stayed here many times.
Art of Animation
We also really like Art of Animation. It is one of our favorites overall, but it is not priced as a value.
This is because Art of Animation is primarily suites. It is very well themed, incredibly family-friendly, and a great layout. If it is in your budget, it’s a wonderful option. The Art of Animaion Family Suites is where I would stay with small children.
This was a very hard category to find a favorite! Depending on what you’re looking for, you can definitely find a great option.
We love Coronado Springs, especially the Gran Destino Tower. This is a wonderful adults-only option. The rooms are beautiful and there is a club-level option!
The whole resort is very beautiful and has a lot of things to do. It is not on the skyliner, but the location is very central, so it won’t take long to get where you want to go.
This resort used to be one of my least favorites and now it is one of our favorites! The hub for the skyliner is at Caribbean Beach, making it easy to get to other skyliner resorts.
There are many dining options at this resort both at Topolino’s Terrace and Sebastian’s Bistro. The pool area is also wonderful for kids.
The downside is that there are a lot of internal bus stops. This makes taking a bus to a theme park a bit more complicated.
Port Orleans: French Quarter
If you are looking for a resort that is smaller and quiet, French Quarter is perfect. The resort is very quiet but if you want more dining or nightlife options, it is a short boat ride to Disney Springs.
French Quarter only has one bus stop and is very small, making it feel quaint. Each room only accommodates up to 4 people, so if you have a larger family, this might be a problem.
There are so many great favorites!
The Beach Club is one of my favorite resorts. It is an easy walk to Epcot or the Skyliner. As well, it’s a short walk to Hollywood Studios. You also have a boat option to get to the parks as well!
Stormalong Bay is also arguably the best pool onsite. This resort just has such a great vibe.
The location to Magic Kingdom makes this an ideal choice for families with children looking to spend their time at Magic Kingdom. It is just a quick walk away.
The monorail runs through the middle of the resort, which never gets old. Some rooms can view the fireworks or electrical water pageant.
There are several incredible dining options including California Grill and Chef Mickey’s. The rooms are newly themed to The Incredibles and it’s very tastefully done. The pool at The Contemporary isn’t spectacular, so that is something to keep in mind.
This resort also has a great location and easy access to the monorail to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. You can also see the fireworks electrical water pageant from the room.
The Polynesian has incredible amenities and a really well-themed pool.
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