Where to stay, Where to stay........ I was recently asked by a close friend, how do we make up our mind on where we are going to stay when we vacation at Walt Disney World? This question gave me pause, because we have stayed at almost every resort... including Ft. Wilderness, so we no longer have a quest to fulfill. After thinking about it for some time, I had to turn the question back to her and ask " well how do you decide? We are no different."
That's what I want to chat about this week. How do you pick a resort when you are staying on property at Walt Disney World? There are over 34 resorts on property, and 28 are actually owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks. They range from value to deluxe. As you can image, the deluxe category resorts come with a higher price tag; but, also have more features and amenities. The greatest of which is the convenience of their location.
When choosing a resort, I think it is important to, of course, first consider your budget. You never want to over extend yourself so much that you don't have enough money to enjoy extras in the parks. However, I disagree with individuals that say stay in the cheaper rooms because you spend so little time there. Your family may be the type that stay in the park from park opening to park closing; but, when you do make the trek back to your resort... wouldn't your prefer a 10 min walk to Disney's Contemporary Resort after a long day at the Magic Kingdom? You are already in bed and asleep, while most of the guests are still waiting on a bus to the value resorts.
Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the value resorts. The theming is fantastic and Disney has made these resorts a lot of fun for kids, with out ever going to a theme park. There are tons of free activities at the pools, movies on the lawn every night and some even offer art classes. You always want to check the activities schedule at the resort to see what special happenings are going-on.
Another thing we think about when considering resorts, is what is the focus of our trip? Meaning... are we going during Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival; if so, then we will probably stay close to Epcot. If you are going to be traveling during the holidays, I would recommend staying at one of the resorts known for their holiday decorations like Disney's Wilderness Lodge or Disney's Grand Floridian, they are both stunning. If you are visiting during the summer months, and it is going to be HOT, then consider a resort that has a great pool. The best pool on property is Disney's Beach Club, hands down! It has a pirate themed water slide, a lazy river, sand bottom pool, and even a beach. All the pools at the moderate resorts and higher have a water slide at the main pool so it adds an extra layer of fun to the standard pool.
There are a lot of resorts to choose from, but one thing is for sure, you can't go wrong when you stay inside the bubble of Walt Disney World. I hope this helps you narrow down your search for the best resort.
See you soon!