The pros and cons of every Disney World resort

(Article last updated: November 22, 2017)

Overwhelmed by choices and not sure where to stay for your Disney World trip?

Choosing the right resort for your budget and interests is important to having a successful vacation.

To help you with that decision, here's a breakdown of every Disney World resort, including the pros and cons of each, room views available, bed size, and number of people allowed.


Deluxe

Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Resort category: Deluxe

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Dedicated buses, less expensive than most Deluxe Resorts, great on-site restaurants, 1 of the most gorgeous WDW resorts, Savanna View rooms have view of animals, on-site childcare for kids 4-12 available, during less busy times upgrades are often possible


Cons: Not within viewing or walking distance of any theme parks, Standard View could be disappointing, rooms are smaller than average Deluxe Rooms, on-site restaurants are African and may not appeal to everyone


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard ViewQueen4
Pool ViewQueen4
Pool View - Bunk BedQueen4
Savanna ViewQueen4
Savanna View - Bunk BedQueen4
Savanna View - Club LevelQueen4
Standard View - 1 Bedroom Suite - Club LevelQueen6
1 Bedroom Suite - Club LevelQueen6
2 Bedroom Suite - Club LevelKing8
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Beach Club Resort

Beach club - Yacht Club

Resort category: Deluxe

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: 5-10 minute walk to Epcot, best pool of the Disney resorts, can walk or take boat to Hollywood Studios, Illuminations cruise available at the resort’s marina, Albatross Treasure Cruise for kids ages 4-10 departs from marina, on-site childcare available


Cons: Buses are sometimes shared with other resorts, some rooms have standing balcony only


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard ViewQueen5
Garden or Woods ViewQueen5
Lagoon or Pool ViewQueen5
Standard View - Club LevelQueen5
Garden View - Club LevelQueen5
Deluxe Room - Club LevelQueen5
Lagoon or Pool View - Club LevelQueen5
1 Bedroom Suite - Club LevelKing4
2 Bedroom Suite - Club LevelKing7
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Boardwalk Inn

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Resort category: Deluxe

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: 10-15 minute walk to Epcot, some rooms have views of Epcot and Hollywood Studios, can take a boat or walk to Hollywood Studios, gorgeous theming, IllumiNations Cruise available at resort’s marina, Albatross Treasure Cruise for kids ages 4-10 departs from nearby marina


Cons: No restaurants inside the resort (have to walk out on the Boardwalk to get to them), shared buses can sometimes mean long commutes, can be long walks to rooms (especially Villas rooms)


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard ViewQueen5
Water ViewQueen5
Standard Room - Club LevelQueen5
Deluxe Room - Club LevelQueen6
Outer Bldg - Garden Room - Club LevelKing2
Boardwalk View – Club LevelQueen5
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Contemporary Resort

Contemporary - Yacht Club

Resort category: Deluxe

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Can walk to Magic Kingdom, easy to get to most other resorts using monorail or MK buses, views of Magic Kingdom fireworks, can view Electrical Water Pageant from hotel, 50-minute specialty cruises for up to 10-12 people available at the dock, large rooms, salon on site


Cons: Pool isn't anything special, theming seems sterile to some people, bathrooms don't have separate sinks and showers, bus transportation can be shared with other hotels, can be noisy from Chef Mickey's


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Garden Wing - Standard ViewQueen5
Garden Wing - Garden ViewQueen5
Garden Wing - Deluxe RoomKing4
Tower - Bay Lake ViewQueen5
Tower - Theme Park ViewQueen5
Standard Room - Atrium Club LevelQueen5
Theme Park View - Atrium Club LevelQueen5
Garden Wing - 1 Bedroom SuiteKing5
Garden Wing - Hospitality SuiteKing7
Bay Lake View - 1 Bedroom Suite - Club LevelKing6
Bay Lake View - 2 Bedroom Suite - Club LevelQueen10
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Grand Floridian Resort

Grand Floridian - Yacht Club

Resort category: Deluxe

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: One monorail stop away from Magic Kingdom, very elegant theming, great on-site dining options, can take boat to Magic Kingdom, view of Magic Kingdom fireworks and Electrical Water Pageant


Cons: Expensive, transportation to parks other than Magic Kingdom can take a while (shared buses, have to transfer monorails to get to Epcot), not as kid friendly as other resorts


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Outer Bldg - Garden ViewQueen5
Outer Bldg - Lagoon ViewQueen5
Outer Bldg - Deluxe Room - Garden ViewQueen5
Outer Bldg - Theme Park ViewQueen5
Outer Bldg - Standard Room - Club LevelQueen5
Main Bldg - Standard Room - Club LevelQueen5
Main Bldg - Deluxe King Room - Club LevelKing3
Main Bldg - Theme Park View - Club LevelQueen5
Outer Bldg - 1 Bedroom Suite - Club LevelQueen6
Outer Bldg - 2 Bedroom Suite - Club LevelKing8
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Polynesian Village Resort

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Resort category: Deluxe

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Easy access to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot by monorail (can walk to TTC to get Epcot monorail if you would like), boat option to Magic Kingdom, theming, view of Magic Kingdom fireworks with music piped in, very popular/delicious on-site restaurants, big rooms


Cons: High cost, shared buses which can mean long bus rides to places other than Magic Kingdom and Epcot, resort can feel too spread out


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard ViewQueen5
Lagoon ViewQueen5
Theme Park ViewQueen5
Garden View - Club LevelQueen5
Lagoon View - Club LevelQueen5
Theme Park View - Club LevelQueen5
1 Bedroom Suite - Club LevelQueen5
Get more details on Polynesian Village Resort →

Wilderness Lodge

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Resort category: Deluxe

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Most affordable of the Deluxes, one of the most beautiful at Christmas, great theming, beautiful grounds, can take boat to Magic Kingdom, can view Electrical Water Pageant


Cons: Shared buses, most rooms are smaller than other Deluxe Resort rooms and will only accommodate four people (can have 5th person if they are under 3)


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard ViewQueen4
Woods View (2017)Queen4
Courtyard ViewQueen4
Woods View - Bunk Bed (2017)Queen4
Courtyard View - Bunk BedQueen4
Standard Room - Club LevelQueen4
Deluxe Room - Club LevelQueen6
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Yacht Club

Yacht Club - Yacht Club

Resort category: Deluxe

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Location is about a 5-10 minute walk to Epcot, boat ride or walk to Hollywood Studios, Stormalong Bay is the best on-site pool, Cast Members get higher praise than most other resorts, all rooms have balconies


Cons: Not as well suited for families with small children, shared buses with a few other resorts can mean long bus rides


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard ViewQueen5
Garden or Woods ViewQueen5
Lagoon or Pool ViewQueen5
Standard Room - Club LevelQueen5
Garden View - Club LevelQueen5
Lagoon or Pool View - Club LevelQueen5
Deluxe Room - Club LevelQueen4
2 Bedroom Suite - Club LevelKing4
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Moderate

Cabins at Fort Wilderness

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Resort category: Moderate

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Accommodates up to 6 per cabin with separate bedroom and 2 TVs, full kitchen, peaceful, away from theme park noise, lots of on-site activities (archery, campfire, fishing, pony rides, etc), can park right next to cabin


Cons: Buses have to be taken everywhere (including internally at the resort where they take you to the bus stops to the parks), you can take a boat to Magic Kingdom and nearby resorts


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Wilderness CabinQueen6
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Caribbean Beach Resort

Caribbean Beach - Yacht Club

Resort category: Moderate

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Beautiful grounds, good pool, option to book a Pirate Room, marshmallow roasting at the beach, Island of the Caribbean Pirate Adventure for kids 4-10 departs from marina


Cons: Rooms are often noisy, resort is large and spread out, the most internal bus stops of any Moderate Resort, onsite food options aren’t great, Preferred Rooms put you near food court/pool but not check-in area, undergoing massive construction through 2019


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard ViewQueen5
Water or Pool ViewQueen5
King BedKing2
Preferred RoomQueen5
Pirate - Standard ViewFull4
Pirate - Water ViewFull4
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Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs - Yacht Club

Resort category: Moderate

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Beautiful grounds, less of a Disney feel and more adult-friendly than other resorts, has a salon, healthclub and room service


Cons: Large and spread out which can mean long walks, convention hotel which can mean large groups, not as kid friendly as other resorts, construction taking place in one part of resort through 2019


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard ViewQueen4
Water ViewQueen4
King BedKing2
Preferred RoomQueen4
Preferred Room - KingKing2
Standard View - Business ClassQueen4
Water View - KingKing2
King Bed - Business Class (2017)King2
Junior SuiteQueen6
Junior Suite - KingKing4
Casitas - 1 Bedroom SuiteQueen6
1 Bedroom Suite - KingKing4
Casitas - Executive SuiteQueen6
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Port Orleans - French Quarter

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Resort category: Moderate

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Beautiful grounds, great theming, compact size, can take a boat to Disney Springs, carriage rides available at Riverside


Cons: No Table Service restaurant (can walk to Port Orleans Riverside to eat at a restaurant), buses are sometimes shared with Riverside which means they are more crowded and commutes can be long


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard ViewQueen4
Garden ViewQueen4
Pool ViewQueen4
King BedKing2
River ViewQueen4
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Port Orleans - Riverside

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Resort category: Moderate

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Beautiful grounds, great theming, can take boat to Disney Springs, both a food court and restaurant on site, some rooms can accommodate up to 5 people, carriage rides available


Cons: Spread out, buses are often inconvenient


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard ViewQueen5
Garden ViewQueen5
Pool ViewQueen5
King BedKing3
Preferred RoomQueen5
River ViewQueen5
Royal Guest Room - Standard ViewQueen4
Royal Guest Room - Garden ViewQueen4
Royal Guest Room - Pool ViewQueen4
Royal Guest Room - River ViewQueen4
Get more details on Port Orleans - Riverside →

Value

All-Star Movies

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Resort category: Value

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Affordable, fun movie theming especially suited for young kids


Cons: Small rooms, spread out, buses are sometimes shared between All-Star resorts (and All-Star Movies is often the last of the resorts to be picked up or dropped off)


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard RoomFull4
Preferred RoomFull4
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All-Star Music

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Resort category: Value

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Affordable, fun music theming especially suited for young kids, family suites available


Cons: Small rooms, spread out, buses are sometimes shared between All-Star resorts


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard RoomFull4
Preferred RoomFull4
Family SuiteQueen6
Get more details on All-Star Music →

All-Star Sports

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Resort category: Value

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Affordable, fun sports theming especially suited for young kids


Cons: Small rooms, spread out, buses sometimes shared between All-Star resorts


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard RoomFull4
Preferred RoomFull4
Get more details on All-Star Sports →

Art of Animation Resort

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Resort category: Value

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Some of the best theming in all of Disney World, dedicated buses (meaning they don't share with other resorts), most rooms are suites, bigger and better food court than other Values


Cons: Spread out, spotty cell phone service and wifi, most expensive of the Value Resorts, Little Mermaid rooms are never part of promotions


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Little Mermaid Standard RoomFull4
Lion King or Cars Family SuiteQueen6
Finding Nemo Family SuiteQueen6
Family SuiteQueen6
Get more details on Art of Animation Resort →

Ft.Wilderness Campsites

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Resort category: Value

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Pets are allowed (and there's a leash-free dog park here), all campsites come with amenities (charcoal grill, picnic table, electricity and city water - full hookup sites also provide sewer), watercraft rentals available at marina, views of Electrical Water Pageant


Cons: Transportation can be confusing and take a long time, can be long walks to get to things within the campground area


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Tent or Pop-Up CampsiteN/A10
Full Hook-Up CampsiteN/A10
Preferred CampsiteN/A10
Premium CampsiteN/A10
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Pop Century Resort

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Resort category: Value

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Affordable, fun theming especially for younger kids, dedicated buses (meaning the buses aren\'t shared with other resorts), can walk to Art of Animation to take advantage of their fantastic food court


Cons: Spotty cell phone service and wifi connection, spread out, can be noisy


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Standard RoomFull4
Standard Pool ViewFull4
Preferred RoomFull4
Preferred Pool ViewFull4
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Disney Vacation Club

Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House

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Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Dedicated buses, less expensive than most Deluxe Resorts, great on-site restaurants, 1 of the most gorgeous WDW resorts, Savanna View rooms have view of animals, on-site childcare for kids 4-12 available, during less busy times upgrades are often possible


Cons: Not within viewing or walking distance of any theme parks, Standard View could be disappointing, rooms are smaller than average Deluxe Rooms, on-site restaurants are African and may not appeal to everyone


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Studio - ValueQueen4
Deluxe Studio - Standard ViewQueen4
1 Bedroom Villa - ValueKing5
Deluxe Studio - Savanna ViewQueen4
1 Bedroom Villa - Standard ViewKing5
1 Bedroom Villa - Savanna ViewKing5
Deluxe Studio - Club LevelQueen4
1 Bedroom Villa - Club LevelKing5
Get more details on Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House →

Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village

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Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Dedicated buses, less expensive than most Deluxe Resorts, great on-site restaurants, 1 of the most gorgeous WDW resorts, Savanna View rooms have view of animals, on-site childcare for kids 4-12 available, during less busy times upgrades are often possible


Cons: Not within viewing or walking distance of any theme parks, Standard View could be disappointing, rooms are smaller than average Deluxe Rooms, on-site restaurants are African and may not appeal to everyone


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Deluxe Studio - Standard ViewQueen4
Deluxe Studio - Savanna ViewQueen4
1 Bedroom Villa - Standard ViewKing5
1 Bedroom Villa - Savanna ViewKing5
2 Bedroom Villa - Standard ViewKing9
2 Bedroom Villa - Savanna ViewKing9
Get more details on Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village →

Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower - Yacht Club

Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Can walk to Magic Kingdom, views of Magic Kingdom fireworks, can view Electrical Water Pageant from hotel, 50 minute specialty cruises for up to 10-12 people available at the dock, salon on site


Cons: Pool isn't anything special, theming seems sterile to some people, bus transportation is shared with other hotels, Bay Lake Tower rooms are smaller than at other properties


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Deluxe Studio - Standard ViewQueen4
Deluxe Studio - Lake ViewQueen4
Deluxe Studio - Theme Park ViewQueen4
1 Bedroom Villa - Standard ViewKing5
1 Bedroom Villa - Lake ViewKing5
1 Bedroom Villa - Theme Park ViewKing5
2 Bedroom Villa - Standard ViewKing9
2 Bedroom Villa - Lake ViewKing9
2 Bedroom Villa - Theme Park ViewKing9
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Beach Club Villas

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Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: 5-10 minute walk to Epcot, best pool of the Disney resorts, can walk or take boat to Hollywood Studios, Illuminations Cruise available at the resort\'s marina, Albatross Treasure Cruise, on-site childcare


Cons: Buses are sometimes shared with other resorts, some rooms have standing balcony only


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Deluxe StudioQueen5
1 Bedroom VillaKing4
2 Bedroom VillaKing8
Get more details on Beach Club Villas →

Boardwalk Villas

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Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: 10-15 minute walk to Epcot, some rooms have views of Epcot and Hollywood Studios, can take a boat or walk to Hollywood Studios, gorgeous theming, Illuminations Cruise available at resort’s marina, Albatross Treasure Cruise for kids ages 4-10 departs from nearby marina


Cons: No restaurants inside the resort (have to walk out on the Boardwalk to get to them), shared buses can sometimes mean long commutes, can be long walks to rooms (especially Villas rooms)


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Deluxe Studio - Standard ViewQueen5
1 Bedroom Villa - Standard ViewKing4
2 Bedrom Lock-Off Villa - Standard ViewKing9
Get more details on Boardwalk Villas →

Boulder Ridge Villas (formerly Villas at Wilderness Lodge)

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Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Most affordable of the Deluxes, one of the most beautiful at Christmas, great theming, beautiful grounds, can take boat ride to Magic Kingdom, on-site child care available, can view Electrical Water Pageant


Cons: Buses sometimes shared


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Deluxe StudioQueen5
1 Bedroom VillaKing4
2 Bedroom VillaKing8
Get more details on Boulder Ridge Villas (formerly Villas at Wilderness Lodge) →

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins

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Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: New, great theming, beautiful grounds, can take boat to Magic Kingdom, can view Electrical Water Pageant


Cons: Shared buses


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Deluxe StudioQueen4
Deluxe Studio with Walk-In ShowerQueen4
1 Bedroom VillaQueen6
2 Bedroom VillaQueen8
3 Bedroom Grand VillaQueen10
CabinQueen6
Get more details on Copper Creek Villas & Cabins →

Grand Floridian Villas

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Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: One monorail stop away from Magic Kingdom, very elegant theming, great on-site dining options, can take boat to Magic Kingdom, view of Magic Kingdom fireworks and Electrical Water Pageant, 50 minute specialty cruise for up to 10-12 people available at the marina


Cons: Expensive, transportation to parks other than Magic Kingdom can take a while (shared buses, have to transfer monorails to get to Epcot), not as kid friendly as other resorts


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Deluxe Studio - Standard ViewQueen5
Deluxe Studio - Lake ViewQueen5
1 Bedroom Villa - Standard ViewKing5
1 Bedroom Villa - Lake ViewKing5
2 Bedroom Villa - Standard ViewKing9
2 Bedroom Villa - Lake ViewKing9
Get more details on Grand Floridian Villas →

Old Key West

Old Key West - Yacht Club

Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Largest rooms of all the DVC properties, least expensive of the DVC resorts, great theming, good on-site eating options, on-site activities (volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, golf and three lighted tennis courts are available)


Cons: Can feel isolated, bus rides can be long, maintenance and Mousekeeping get more complaints here than most other resorts


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Deluxe StudioQueen4
1 Bedroom VillaKing5
2 Bedroom VillaKing9
Get more details on Old Key West →

Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

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Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Easy access to both Magic Kingdom and Epcot by monorail (can walk to TTC to get Epcot monorail if you would like), boat option to MK, theming, view of MK fireworks with music piped in, very popular/delicious on-site restaurants, big rooms, Studio rooms can be adjoining and have 2 bathrooms each


Cons: High cost, shared buses which can mean long bus rides to places other than Magic Kingdom and Epcot, resort can feel too spread out


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Deluxe Studio - Standard ViewQueen5
BungalowQueen8
Deluxe Studio - Lake ViewQueen5
Get more details on Polynesian Villas & Bungalows →

Saratoga Springs Resort

Saratoga Springs - Yacht Club

Resort category: Disney Vacation Club

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Pros: Can walk or take ferry to Disney Springs, can rent recreation equipment (bikes, surrey bikes, tennis, basketball and shuffleboard equipment), spa located on-site, beautiful grounds


Cons: Remote location, smallest rooms of all the DVC properties, theming isn\'t as good as other resorts, bus rides can be long, more outdated than other resorts


Room types available:

Room typeBed sizeMax people per room
Deluxe StudioQueen4
1 Bedroom VillaKing4
2 Bedroom VillaQueen8
Treehouse VillaQueen9
Get more details on Saratoga Springs Resort →

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Hello. i recently changed my reservations for us to stay at AKL Jambo house but just found out they will be doing Uzima pool refurbishments while we are there. Will it look ugly to be walking around and seeing the construction. they say they’ll have golf carts to take us to kidani pools. but do you think this will be too much hassle and i should change resorts? Thanks.

Hi! I’m considering taking three friends (two of which have never been to Disney) on a trip to Disney World this summer. Does anyone have any resort suggestions for four 18 year olds?

Any of the deluxe resorts should be fun. If you don’t feel like spending that much Port Orleans Riverside has a lot of amenities for cheaper. Definitely avoid the value resorts

I don’t see the Dolphin and Swan hotel listed? Is that not an official disney hotel?

Hi, I am a single mom taking my 10 and 8 year old girls to Disney this year for the first time ever for all of us. I want to make this trip the best experience ever for them. They have never been to the beach either so I want to do that as well. I have a budget of around $5000 for atleast the three of us for 7 days. My dates are somewhat flexible but I am wanting to go at a less busy time later this year. I live in Tennessee so I have the option to… Read more »

We live in Alabama and always drive. The traffic is very overwhelming down there. However, once we get to the resort we really never drive that much again until time to go home. I would definitely drive. Plane tickets are expensive. It takes us about 11 hours to get there so we stop for the night a little more than halfway.

The beach is only an hour east of Orlando, but I’m not sure how you would get there without driving. Plus, not having to spend $500 on plane tickets is more money for fun

Hello Shannon ,
If I remember correctly you stated that you’ve never stayed at the Grand Floridian. Is that correct? I ask because it’s my kids favorite!! They’re 10 and 11, it’s been their favorite since 6&7 years old. We’ve also stayed at Art of animation (cars suite and little Mermaid standard), port Orleans Riverside ( princess Tiana ) , Animal Kingdom (savanna view), Beach Club Resort (Standard view Juliette balcony) , Polynesian (garden view ).

Just returned from 5 nights at Saratoga Springs (we are DVC members and that is our home resort). I could not believe how sterile and non-Disney the check-in was at the main lobby. The gentleman didn’t offer any map, didn’t ask if we were celebrating anything, didn’t say “welcome home…”. It was one of the worst check-in experiences of any hotel anywhere!

This is a gteat article but now I am questioning my resort choice. We arr doing a surprise trip in June for our sons 16th bday. We have been to Disney a dozen times but always stay at Shades og Green. We decided this time we wanted the full Disney experience for such a special event. We chose Port Orleans Riverside to stay at but after reading the cons it has me wondering if I made the right choice. It sounds like the commute times can be lengthy. We are staying 5 nights 6 days and don’t want any of… Read more »
We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside September 2016. Beautiful resort, unfortunately, the last stop for all buses. We waited almost an hour sometimes because the bus would be full and we’d have to wait until another came, and it seemed like we were always waiting the longest to leave the parks also. Many times we’d see multiple buses come and go for other resorts before one came for us. If it’s not too late to switch, it might be a good idea. We’re booking the polynesian or the contemporary next because we will not waste our vacation in line for… Read more »

Take a taxi or call an Uber. It’ll cost you $15. They’ll pick you up from the parking lots of any resorts, usually with a much quicker walk to the lot if you parked yourself. If you do that three times during your stay, is an extra $45 really going to break the bank? I’m baffled as to why people who can afford a multi-thousand dollar Disney vacation turn up their noses at hopping in a taxi.

We just got back from our stay at Port Orleans Riverside. We have been there several times and it is our preferred choice. I did not notice long waits except for one day when we went to Hollywood Studios and I think it was because we were going at a later time than most days. A few days the buses were crowded but not so bad that we felt it was a problem.

I love this resort! Just walk to bus stop by the lobby. After a long day at the parks it is just what you need. I have stayed at deluxe, value, and moderate. This is the best bang for your buck.

We stayed there and loved it. Tom Sawyer atmosphere. Lots of onsite activities.

I will be taking my mom with me for Marathon weekend in January 2018. She is in relatively good health (73 years young), but she tends to get a little tired at times and can be a bit overwhelmed by new surroundings. Any suggestions for a moderate or deluxe hotel that would suit her? Although I plan on taking her into the parks and to DS, I would also like a hotel resort that she can feel comfortable “exploring” so she doesn’t get bored while I am at my races that weekend. Thanks so much. 🙂

I have stayed at the beach club several times and love it. I already have reservations for 2018 marathon weekend. If you can afford it, get a 1 or 2 bedroom villa so you will it wake her at 3:00 am when you leave.

We stayed at the Key West location for a week. It was a very nice 2 bedroom and the resort had a good bus system to get around to the parks plus stuff at the resort its self to occupy your time.

I’ve been struggling to find the best resort, it’s my kids first time at Disney (age 6 and 5). We’ll go to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. My son has autism so I’m thinking after a stimulating day at the park, we’d need some quiet. But, I want a “Disney” experience. Something kid friendly and that they can only do there. I can’t afford the most expensive but don’t want the Disney Springs area. Would like something with multiple transportation options.

The yacht club or beach club are quiet but are also very Disney. The beach club has character dining. If you watch the website, the rooms will eventually go 25 percent off.

Hi Diana, I have son that is autistic as well and we’ve stayed at the PO-French Quarter, which was quite and relaxing for him and I when returning from a long day at the parks. The pool was never crowded and all the rooms are relatively close to the main building and bus stops. We are going back to Disney World this fall and we have elected to stay at PO-Riverside. Good luck with your decision.

Hello! We are planning a trip to WDW. It is myself, my husband and our 8 year old son. My husband and son have never been. My son loves a good pool and my husband and I enjoy a great pool bar. Recommendations on where to stay? I’m also super picky about hotel bathrooms:). Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Beach club. It has a great pool and the best ice cream shop at Disney.

Emily, where did you decide, and when was (or is) your trip? I’d say that the Polynesian easily has the best bar on property — the hilarious and wonderful Trader Sam’s, which is not technically a pool bar, but is located near the pool area. The pool bars at Wilderness Lodge and Port Orleans are also pretty fab!

My 40th birthday coming up. Any recommendations for the best hotel for the food and wine fest? there are 4 girls staying 3 nights.

I spent my 40th at Disney too! Deluxe closest to Epcot: Beach Club. I’d do Coronado if you’re going moderate. Pop or AS Movies if you’re going value. Have a magical trip!

Hi

My wife and I have 6 kids. 5 girls who will be ages 11, 9, 4, and twin 1 year olds. We also have a 6 year old son. We’re looking for a resort that can accommodate us and be kid friendly. We’ve stayed at Shades of Green in the past and also at the Wilderness Lodge (Wilderness w/o kids). We’ve heard that the Art of Animation is pretty good. What are your recommendations?

I feel the Art of Animation would be great for your family. We stayed with 6 and just having 2 bathrooms was fantastic. I love its a dedicated bus and the food court was really quite good.

I second the opinion of Jennifer Santos; the added bathroom in the family suites at Art of Animation would be valuable if you’re looking to economize. If it’s in your budget, one of the 2 Bedroom Villas at the DVC resorts might give your twin babies some peace & quiet behind a door that closes; I’d strongly consider the Wilderness Lodge’s villas, which are often discounted.

Hi – my husband, my 10 year old twins and I will be going to Disney World this summer for the second time. We are trying to decide between staying the Port Orleans Resort – Riverside or the Caribbean Beach Resort. Can advice that can be given would be great – thanks!

I have been to both and my preference is definitely Port Orleans Riverside. Both have great theming, but I found that the walk can be extremely long in Caribbean Beach, depending on where your room is. Do you have girls or boys? In Port Orleans Riverside, they have special pirate rooms which definitely add a special touch, and in Caribbean Beach they have royal guest rooms which is also a great addition. Note that the pirate rooms in Caribbean Beach are very far from the main food court. Either way, you’re getting a great resort:)

The reply you received from Nicholas was a bit misleading. The princess rooms are at Port Orleans Riverside and the pirate rooms are at Caribbean Beach. We stayed at and liked both resorts very much. Caribbean has a very beachy feel and Riverside has a canal running through it with lots of lush trees, nice gardens and fancy mansions. The princess rooms are at the farther end, closer to the Frech Quarter. The walk from the main lobby, pool and restaurants isn’t bad and you can also walk a bit farther to the pool at the French Quarter, which is… Read more »

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My daughter turns 9 on New Year’s eve. I want to do something special for her. Trying to decide where to stay. We also have a 11 years old and a 3 years old.

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My friend and I (2 female friends ; no kids) are going to Orlando for about 2 weeks. We want to go to most parks (Disney Universal Sea World etc )and we are not sure where to stay. We would prefer to use a shuttle and not rent a car. We want to share a bedroom to cut costs…so ideally 2 queen beds.
any suggestions would be appreciated.
thank you so much
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Hi – taking my 6 and 4 year old daughters to Disney for the first time, right before Christmas. Epcot, magical kingdom are mists and we have various reservations. Animal kingdom or beach club?

Can’t go wrong with either. Beach is nice with such young kids since getting to Epcot and Hollywood Studios is easy.

We just stayed at the All-Star Music resort and it was such a disappointment. The Disney touches were few and far between in the decor, there was mildew in the shower, the fridge wasn’t cold. The pizza delivery to the room was convenient after a long day at the park. We had no issues with the buses to or from the parks.I would say if you are making a long journey and will not be able to get back to Disney for a few years you should pay the extra money for a nicer hotel.

Hi
My husband & I would like to celebrate our 45th Anniversary in either late September or early November….skipping October as a choice b/c we are not fans of Halloween themes.
What hotel would you suggest for active adults? We’d like to take advantage of the free meal plan & aren’t sure which hotels are included.
Also would like to rent DVC points from a broker, any help with that? Thx for your help?

Me and my husband are planning our wedding renewal at Disney World and will have about 18 people attending. The ceremony will most likely take place at the Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian Resort, but we don’t really want to stay at that resort due to our budget. Luckily my husband does work for Disney World so we do get discounts on the resorts. We were wondering what you would suggest for our guests to stay. The ages range from 3yrs all the way to over 70yrs old. We will most likely just be going to Magic Kingdom for… Read more »

Hello,
I am planning to go to WDW with my family from 11/27/16 – 11/29/16 (very short trip) – my daughter is 15 and my son is 10 – myself and my husband will be going. I cannot choose between AOA Family Suite and Disney Yacht Club – with your experience and expertise – can you help me to choose?
Thanks!

Hi, We are planning our trip to Disney and will have 4 adults and 3 children (1yr, 4 yrs, 6 yrs old). Do you have any suggestions on where to stay. We hope to spend 2 days at Magic Kingdom, and also visit Hollywood Studio and Animal Kingdom. I would also likely need to return back to the hotel mid -day for a nap for the 1yr old. Moderate pricing should be ok.

if you can i would stay at the contemporary. its in walking distance from the magic kingdom. very accommodating to all party sizes and is only of my favorite resort to stay at beside the grand floridian.

Hello! I’m planning our first ever WDW trip March of 2017 as an early graduation gift, both girls will be 18. Do you have a suggestion as to the best option for getting around / convenience and also something a little more mature? None of us have been and it’ll just be the three of us. They’re afraid it’ll all be geared towards children and I’m hoping to prove them wrong. I’m looking for something that will appeal to them and be nice enough to be a real vacation for myself. Nicer dining options and relaxing for an adult. Thanks!
Hi Laurie! I suggest The Yacht and Beach Club as my number choice for older children/adult children. The resort is beautifully themed and has gorgeous grounds. It is less expensive than many of the deluxe resorts as well. The resorts share many restaurants and lounges (9 in total) ranging from fine or character dining to casual or quick service. But let’s talk about Stormalong Bay, it is a waterpark in itself! Hosting a man made beach/pool, lazy river, whirlpool with artificial current, many spas/hot tubs, and shipwreck where the waterslides are located. In addition the resorts share 3 leisure pools!… Read more »

Laurie,
I totally agree with Shayla! I worked at Disney World as a 19 year old and I love both of her suggestions.

I loved the The Floridian and Polynesian Resorts when I was there, but as a old mom now, I realize how expensive those are! 😉 Plus if you’ve been to Hawaii, Polynesian isn’t as special. I have MANY friends that stay at the Yacht and Beach Club just for the pool and surrounding dining/entertainment.

We are in the early planning stage and just gathering notes and information right now…we are planning our first trip to Disney as a family next year (2017). I love the break down of information on all of the hotels, very helpful. I have a question though…we are a family of 5 (kids ages at travel will be 11, 8 & 6) so we already seem to be limited as far as room choices, but there is also a chance that my MIL will want to go with us as well and if that turns out to be the case… Read more »
I highly suggest a villa or bungalow. The deluxe resorts offer villas and it would be more economical for you to get a villa as compared to two rooms. The villas sleep 8-10 and there will be plenty of for you to spread out. I highly suggest the Treehouse Villas in Saratoga Springs! Give them a look and I think you would agree. It is like you are somewhere else entirely! They truly are amazing and very spacious and fairly affordable. If you have some extra cash to spare and book FAR in advance then I suggest a bungalow at… Read more »
While the tree houses are great you should consider the travel involved. Once you get back to your resort at night you need to transfer buses to get to the tree houses. If you are the kind of family who likes to go back to the room for a rest during the day that is an extra bus ride 4 times a day. It gets old quickly! The rooms are nice and spacious for the price. If you go that route I would recommend you bring a stroller for the 6 year old. I know he doesn’t need one at… Read more »
Hello…we have been traveling to WDW every other year since 2004. We got an itch to go again this year. We have a 12 year old boy and 8 year old girl. We are looking at 4 resorts. Wilderness Lodge, Boardwalk Villas, Polynesian and Port Orleans – Riverside. Two are cheaper and two are more expensive. we would like to experience the boat ride to the theme parks versus the shuttles this time around. Which ones do you suggest would be the best picks? I also saw that some are undergoing refurbishments…We are planning to travel this July….thanks for your… Read more »
Hi First off thank you for a terrific and informative website . Advice welcome please on a Disney resort hotel for a family of four , our girls are 4 and 6 and as we’re travelling from the uk and this isn’t an every year experience I need to get this right ! Been to Orlando a few times previous usually staying international drive but it’s always an add on to a Florida fly drive (no kids then ) . Need a good hotel and looking at art of animation , port Orleans , wilderness or animal kingdom . Which… Read more »
Hello Gary James, Sounds like you have big plans for your vacation! I’ve recently taken my two kids in the same age range as yours on two trips to Disney in the last two years. We stayed at Art of Animation both times in a family suit in the Finding Nemo buildings. It worked for us as a party of 5 then as a party of 6. We like having the two bathrooms which won’t be available as most on site hotels. The theming and pools were great for the kids at this age range. Some things to consider is… Read more »

Thanks , hadn’t considered the distance to the parks , we’d most likely be looking at the ones that aren’t water parks , so I guess magic Kingdom, Epcot , Hollywood and animal kingdom. Most likely try and get to universal studios and islands of adventure as well , won’t do sea world as I went once before and promised myself I’d never go back until the whales have gone.
I’m beginning to think perhaps wilderness is the best cell now for all round quality and convenience , other recommendations along these lines are welcome though

Hi Gary, I would absolutely rent a car! It really isn’t that expensive (with insurance it’s around $300.00 US for an SUV for a week) and is truly convenient and I wouldn’t feel all that bad about it not even moving for a day or two, it just is that convenient to have when you need it. I suggest Animal Kingdom Lodge or Wilderness Lodge. AKL is my personal favourite as it’s theme is simply untouchable compared to all other resorts, you simply can’t beat the exotic animals! However, don’t bother staying in this resort unless you can get a… Read more »

Anyone staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge can go on the Wanyama safari. I stayed in a savanna view room in February and I did the safari. Enjoyed the safari and the meal afterwards. Pricey but worth it in my opinion.

We are planning a trip to WDW Nov. 20 -26,2016. This will be our 1st time. We’ve been to Disneyland multiple times. We are a family of 4, kids ages 15 and 10. We will have our own vehicle and my husband is miltary so we can get a discount. My 2 kids probably don’t want to share a bed so I’m not sure where to stay. We want to stay at a Disney Resort. What do you suggest? Looking at Value to Moderate rooms.

My family of 5 has stayed at Port Orleans Riverside several times and loved it. Since the rooms sleep 5 there is an additional single bed that folds out of the wall, which would solve your problem of separate beds for your kids.

You can stay at the Shades of Green. Very nice resort stayed there in 04.

Hello! Great article. 🙂 I will be traveling to Disney for the first time as a MOM (!) and will have my 4.5 and 15 month old with me. We are looking to go at a slower time at the end of September or early to mid October. I was looking at the Art of Animation or the Wilderness Lodge. What do you suggest?? I am looking for convenience with the little ones (sometimes easier= happier!) and know this would probably be the Wilderness. I am also on a budget so I’m wondering if the AofA would still provide ease… Read more »
We stayed at AofA on our last trip – our son was turning 4 during that trip. I would recommend if your budget allows getting a suite and saying away from the Little Mermaid Suites, unless you are willing to drive to the parks. We found ourselves exhausted at the end of the day, heading back to our report, a 4yo on our shoulder asleep, and walking what felt like a mile to get back to our room. We are planning another trip in October and I purposely stayed away from this resort because we wanted a regular room and… Read more »
Thanks for the great reviews. This really helped narrow down for me the choices. We are bringing our 4 year old son for his first time to WDW and I am down to Art of Animation or the Contemporary. Originally, I though the AoA was the best choice with the themed suites, giving a separate space where my husband & I can still have an evening after the little one is off to bed. However, after reading the reviews and looking closer there is only 1 restaurant onsite and its a quick service. Also the concerns about buses. The Contemporary… Read more »
We’re currently on site at Pop Century, sister resort to AoA. We’ve been using food courts in both resorts and enjoying both – busy but reasonable choice. Although my kids are teenagers there was the same jaw dropping effect walking around AoA with the theming. Serious pool envy as we can’t use ‘the’ pool there. We choose the value resorts (have also stopped in all 3 all stars) as use rooms as a place to sleep and would rather spend savings on other stuff than a room in a fancier place. We are long haul travellers with 3 big bags… Read more »
We stayed at AoA last January when we went with my then 1, 3, & 5 year old – and the theming was great – don’t get me wrong – but if I were to do it again – I would go with Contemporary because there’s a lot to be said for just pushing the stroller straight onto the monorail without having to fold it up and being closer to Magic Kingdom when you want to buzz back to the hotel real fast for some down time or whatnot. We had the same thought as you as far as having… Read more »
I disagree with Grand Floridian not being as kid- friendly as other resorts. I think GF is appealing to couples without children and a bit of an older crowd, because of the elegance and amenities offered. But, there are so many amenities offered that makes it very appealing to families with children; ease of transportation – quick boat ride, quick monorail ride -to the parks is a huge benefit, quick service restaurant is open really late which is convenient when returning from the parks hungry, you can watch the fireworks from the hotel which is convenient if you don’t want… Read more »
We recently got back from a stay at the Yacht Club. We have three children-7, and turned 6 and 3 while at Disney. We LOVED it. If you like a true resort-feel, you will like the Yacht Club. It was so peaceful and lovely. I was nervous because some don’t rate it so highly and prefer other resorts…but it was great. If you can afford the Grand Floridian or Contemporary/Poly…I am sure they are lovely as well. The Yacht Club had a small feel to it and we requested to be in the main building. We were so happy there… Read more »

Thank you so much! This was the best review ever! All the information in one article. Prefect!

Hello,

My husband and I are planning a trip in December 2015. Easy, quick accessibility to the parks is important, and we’d prefer to not spend more than 250/night. Is that even possible?

Thanks,

Brooke

You may have already booked a hotel by now, but for future reference WDW Swan and Dolphin Reaorts are great choices for adults who want to be right in the center of the parks with lots of transportation options, wonderful restaurants, gorgeous views and everything within walking distance. Also, Swan and Dolphin Resorts often have really good specials and lower rates. They have a teachers and nurses discount along with the usual military discount. Call or check their website for info on specials. I often call the resort directly and hope for a helpful agent who can advise me on… Read more »
We are going to Disneyworld for the first time as a family this Dec. Although we have done alot of international travel our boys (and my husband) have never been to anything like Disney. We also don’t watch alot of TV, the odd movie, so I am a bit worried about them not know the characters etc.. but I am sure they will still love it. I went as a kid and have VERY fond memories! My questions are: 1) How long do you suggest going for? The max we have is 8 days around Dec.12-21. 2) Where do you… Read more »
By the way for anyone who was ever wondered… There are restaurants ( pizza pasta sandwiches ) and grocery stores off Disney property that will deliver to the resort you are staying at, you must meet them in the lobby for delivery as they are not allowed to deliver directly to your room. You can pay cash or credit. Ask the front desk for names numbers and menus. DO NOT USE PHONE NUMBERS OR MENUS THAT ARE LEFT AT YOUR ROOM DOOR . I HAVE BEEN TOLD THEY HAVE HAD ISSUES WITH FRAUD. SO BE SURE TO GET THE PHONE… Read more »

Good tip about the flyers and menus left under or on your door….never order from those places! Ask the concierge for recommendations. However, Garden Grocer (and maybe others) will deliver your items to the front desk/Bell Services..and you can pick up from there, or at some resorts, they will deliver it to your room for you. You don’t need to meet them in the lobby to pick up your groceries.

I am planning a trip for May 21-26 at Disney World. It will be 4 of us a 7 year old and a 1 year old. I am having a hard time choosing a resort. We will be driving but I would like to stay close to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot Which resort would you recommend. I would like to stay somewhere easily accessible to the monorail or buses and somewhere that includes a fridge

Stay at the Contemporary. They are on the monorail that drops you off at Magic Kingdom and you can also walk to the MK from there ( 5min). The monorail runs through the main building which children love,they have Chef Mickeys (character dining) And out of all the resorts along the monorail they carry out the Mickey/ Disney theme throughout the resort the most, keeping it exciting and magical for everyone. Totally take advantage of fast passes and dining reservations. Oh and the photo pass you make not think at $199.00 is worth in but in the end totally is… Read more »

Hi, it will be our first and probably only trip to Disney. We are a family of four with two 6 year old boys – we have been saving a good two years for this and I want it to be a great experience – which hotel would you recommend as best for us for our two week stay x

It depends. Along the monorail, Contemporary would be my first pick then Polynesian. Still in the same area although by boat or bus to Magic Kingdom, I would say Wilderness Lodge. The All Star resorts are a great option also especially with little ones. The only downfall is the only transportation is by bus. Keep in mind meals no matter where you go are on average 15.00 per person ( not always including a drink) dinner may be a bit more and character meals run $30.00-70.00 depending on if it’s breakfast or dinner. They do offer refillable mugs at the… Read more »

Great resource for vacation planning. You may want to mention that Swan/Dolphin charge a daily resort fee as well as a daily parking fee if you have a vehicle.

FYI – We got a deal at Swan/Dolphin through Costco travel and it waived the resort fee. They also have kids under 12 eat free in a couple of the restaurants with an adult. That helped save $. Boat to Epcot and Planet Hollywood was nice. Still got the magic hours, but couldn’t do a dining plan while staying there.

OOPS – Hollywood Studios not Planet Hollywood…. 😉

You are always so good about keeping your site updated, so I wanted to let you know that you might want to change your Poly longhouse recommendation now that Tokelau is DVC.

Thank you for sharing all this invaluable information, Shannon. I will be staying for the first time at the Beach Club Resort in August with my 2 daughters (15 and 11). Before I do the online checkin at My Disney Experience, I’d love to hear your advice/recommendation on which area would be best to request for convenience and quiet. Is there an ideal location, in your opinion, that would put us close to where the Disney mugs can be refilled, yet possibly give us a view of Illuminations and/or close to the Epcot walking path? Do you have a favorite… Read more »

At AKL, some standard rooms do have views of the savannah so ask at check-in. Some rooms are in an area that are recessed back or remote area so they only classify them as standard. We had a recessed room and had a wonderful view of giraffes and zebras every day. Our sister were by the pens that some of the animals are moved to at night, and they were frequently seeing zebras.

I can’t find this addressed in any comparison lists, but are the value resorts louder / rooms more packed together than the moderates? We stayed once at port orleans riverside (and loved it!) and it was the low season, but it was very quiet there. We are planning our second trip with more (and younger) kids, including one who will be one and a half, so I am wondering if a family suite at art of animation might be a better choice. My concern is that when I hear value I think more rooms, closer together, with paper thin walls.… Read more »
I cannot speak for the Art of Animation, we did stay at Pop Century right next door and loved it! I have stayed at a moderate resort before, and it is a little quieter, but not really that much. I am a light sleeper, and I did not have any problems with the noise. The lines for breakfast were not outrageous, and the staff was very friendly. I loved that Pop and Art of Animation have their own buses, so the wait to get back to your hotel is not nearly as bad as at a moderate. My favorite thing… Read more »

im planning a trip for may 2016 there will be 3 adults and 8 kids i’m trying to find out the best hotels to accomidate all of us . I would like to stay at a resort I have been doing tons of research and I know I would like to fly and be able to stay at a resort but im having trouble finding where could fit us all

Look into a hotel with adjoining rooms. I’d do that vs. paying for a suite any time. You spend so little time in your room, it’s silly, in my opinion, to waste money on the suites.

I have been going to Disney world for many years now even before I got married with kids. I have been to the Contemporary, Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter. I looked into going to different hotels, but went I do the math, location, and amenities that they provide. I always go back the Port Orleans French Quarter. It is still the best bang for the buck overall. I have been to this resort 5 time in a row. And I tried to go to different hotels, but I feel that it doesn’t give me the value as this hotel… Read more »

Definitely do the adjoining rooms .
Make sure you request it when making your reservation. I have never had a problem with that yet, plus it’s not summer It’s May, you shouldn’t have any problems at all.
Or if you are really looking to stay in one room try Saratoga Springs, I think they might be your best bet.

We are planing our first WDW trip for the first week in June 2016. There will be 5 of us–2 adults and 3 kids (12, 10, 8 at the time of the trip). We have been to Disneyland twice and LOVE it. We realize this will be a very different experience. We have been doing research on hotels for some time (more specifically my 9 year old has been doing the research). We really like the Polynesian and it seems that my oldest 2 would like to be there because of the monorail and because the hotel is an original… Read more »
Hi Sharon! I can’t vouch for the Disney Vacation Rental sites but I was looking at using them during our visit last October. I took my daughters then aged 10 and 12. I ended up getting a room through my credit card because I could apply points from it towards stays at the Disney Caribbean Beach Resort. While I would love to spend more for the nicer hotels, I don’t feel like it’s worth it in my case since we really don’t spend much time at the hotel. I’m also a timeshare owner at Wyndham and we stayed at Bonnet… Read more »
We have used Davids Vacation Club for 3 different reservations (once was for a split trip to Vero Beach and WDW) and I would highly recommend them!! Reservations work a little different than a normal reservation. You must put a small deposit down and they will look for your reservation. They will ask for your reservation preference (eg. First choice: Animal Kingdom: 1 bedroom, savannah view, second choice: Old Key West, studio, standard view, etc.). They will look for your reservation according to your choice of what is available (what is available for DVC vs Disney is different and DVC… Read more »

This will be our families first disney trip. Currently booked at POR in a RR for 7 nights in Oct. We have 3 kids ages ranging from 11-1. Would you recommend switching to AOA? I’m concerned about the busses. We plan to drive to all parks except MK. Just wondering if you think we will have quicker travel times at AOA? Theme/property wise would we be better off at POR? Thanks for your help 🙂

We’ve also considered POFQ to help with bus transportation.

Hi,

I booked flights and reservations for this month. Last year we stayed at the Nick hotel which is a really great hotel because of the outdoor pool and slides. But I’m really afraid to stay there again because of the bad reviews (bedbugs). Can you suggest a hotel for two adults and 2 kids (boys 6 & 7)? I heard great reviews for PC but I’m a little nervous.

Hi! I would love your input… We are taking a Royal Caribbean cruise over the 4th of July and our itinerary just happens to work out where we will have almost 2 full days in Orlando. (July 6th and 7th) I have 3 daughters (15, 10 and 4). My two oldest have been to Disney before so I am really looking to do something that caters more to my 4 year old. Your recap of all of the resorts is awesome! I think I have narrowed my choices to: Beach Club, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans Riverside, Art of Animation and… Read more »

And in addition to my previous post above, we’ll be driving and will have our own car. I don’t know if that makes a difference or not…

–Ram

Well, we just went ahead and booked the “Arusha view” room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for six nights with their dining plan, photo pass, and insurance for two adults, a teenager, and a seven year old. Also got a park hopper. Thank you so much for this informative web site.

My seven year old loves the animals. The agent said we’re going to have great views of animals from our balcony. I hope she gets to see that…

I went to WDW when I was 19 or so and I stayed at the All Star Music Resort and I liked it a lot. Now I’m taking my family (wife, two kids ages 17 and 7) there and I’m wondering if that or the Pop Century or one of the more higher end resorts should be an option. While it’s always tempting to spend on a nice hotel, I’ve always found that we rarely do anything other than sleep in it. So are Pop Century rooms nice and clean? Anything simple but with nice and clean rooms would be… Read more »

When we were booking our room for our upcoming trip, the agent pointed out that all 3 of the All Star Resort hotels share a bus (which I now remember from our last stay at All Star Movies) and that Pop Century has its own dedicated bus to the parks. Also my best friend always stays at Pop Century and has never had a problem with the cleanliness. Like you, we look for a place to lay our heads at night in order to spend our limited funds elsewhere. 🙂

we are having a big family vacation including 12 kids and 11 adults where would be a good place to stay where all of us can be close together. This trip is for July 2016 and we fell we have time to book rooms together but I think even a year is too soon cause I see when it comes to Disney world there are people who book like a year or two in advance. So I’m kinda leaning towards the villas cause we each have cultural diversity that causes us to want as much space as possible while being… Read more »

You might benefit greatly from renting vacation points with such a large group. I’m working with Lauren at DVC Rental store right now and she has been so helpful getting our multi room reservations for December. Plus, the rooms are almost half the price of booking directly through disney.

Hi! I can see your point & agree your best bet is probably a Villa. If you want to be able to walk to Magic Kingdom, check out Bay Lake Towers at the Contemporary. A Villa facing MK offers UNBELIEVABLE fireworks viewing & you feel as tho you could reach rt out & pick the Monorail off it’s track like a toy. If you’d like to walk to Epcot (& perhaps more importantly- walk back!), there are Villas at both Boardwalk & Beach Club; BC has the fewest so hardest to come by. Animal Kingdom Lodge has Villas which are… Read more »

I second Patty’s recommendation about renting DVC points for your large group. This one is recommended by Mousesavers.com. http://www.dvcrequest.com/

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