Before you read further, take a look at the clouds in the center of the photo – it’s a sorta/kinda Hidden Mickey. If you are going to be staying on site at Walt Disney World you have to make a choice concerning your resort. Except for the time frame of your visit the resort choice will probably be your first priority. There are multiple resort categories at Walt Disney World each offering different things. I won’t address RV parking or campsites because there is only one on site choice for them, Fort Wilderness. There are basically four resort categories to choose from – Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villas. Which one you choose depends on what you need,expect, or want from your resort room and which one fits your budget.
Let me emphasize a couple of things; rooms at Walt Disney World resorts all receive the same level of Mousekeeping care regardless of category. They are clean and in good repair, there are just different amenity levels. If your room does not meet your standards just contact the front desk and they will resolve any issues – that is their job. Resort categories are as follows:
- VALUE – These resorts are the least expensive and the themes are very family friendly if not a bit over the top. Depending on which one you choose you will see uniquely shaped pools and giant statues of anything from a dalmatian to a yo-yo. Kids generally love these resorts as do many adults. If you are looking for the basics and a room in which to sleep and shower these are the resorts for you.
- MODERATE – These resorts have more laid back themes, a bit more luxury, a few more amenities, and at least 1 table service restaurant. The Fort Wilderness cabins are considered in the Moderate category. The pricing at the Moderates, although a bit higher than Values is still reasonable. Disney does an excellent job with landscaping and theme at these resorts.
- DELUXE – This is where you stay if your budget is not an issue and you actually spend some time at the resort rather than just the theme parks. They have multiple table service restaurants, suites (for a price of course), Concierge Levels of service, and magnificent grounds. If you can fit it into your budget they are worth it. Those of us who are chronologically advanced (Oldies) really enjoy the deluxe resorts.
- DELUXE VILLAS – These are actually Disney Vacation Club accommodations but are available for rental if not all reserved by DVC members. They are located at some of the Deluxe resorts but the available rooms consist of Studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and Grand Villas (sleep up to 12). These are ideal if you want to prepare some meals in the room (cooking equipment progresses from a kitchenette to a full kitchen) and are traveling with a group of folks.
If you want to check out specifics you can go to the Accommodations page of the official Disney website. I hope this information gives you a good place to start in your search for a resort hotel. As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
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