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Friday, September 14, 2012

Pros and Cons of Staying at Each Walt Disney World Resort





Here is an UPDATED list of pros and cons of staying at all Walt Disney World Resorts

Here are the benefits of staying in each Resort section:
NOTE:  All resorts have great theme pools & Bus transportation to all 4 theme parks, 2 water parks as well as Downtown Disney
Value Resorts - Size of a Days Inn with outside entrances to rooms
Pop Century
PRO - Centrally Located in the WDW, LARGE quick service food court.
CON - Larger Resort (Better to be in a preferred room) (only 2 double beds or 1 king)
All Star
PRO - Smaller resorts, Any Room is fine (Music resort has a suite accommodation to sleep 6)
CON - Distance to Magic Kingdom can be 30 minutes by bus (only 2 double beds or 1 king)
Art of Animation (Little Mermaid Rooms Only)
PRO - Centrally Located in the WDW, LARGE quick service food court. 
CON - Larger Resort (only 2 double beds or 1 king)   Little Mermaid is the ONLY area that sleeps 4 and is considered a value resort room.  No pool in the Little Mermaid area.
Unsure yet if this resort will be sharing a bus with the Pop Century during slow season.
Moderate -Resorts  Size of a Holiday Inn with outside entrances to rooms
Coronado Springs
PRO -2 Queen Beds (King Bed upgrade available), Table Service Restaurant & Largest Quick Service restaurant 
CON - HUGE Resort, Transportation Issues (MUST be in a preferred room location)  Convention resort with conventioneers that crowd the food courts at breakfast & lunch.  Can be a 25 minute bus ride to the Magic Kingdom
Port Orleans Riverside

PRO -2 Queen Beds (King Bed upgrade available)Alligator Bayou Side can accommodate 5. (extra bed is sized for a child),Centrally located in WDW, BOAT transportation to the Downtown Disney Area, Table Service Restaurant & a LARGE quick service Food Court with Pizzeria, Royal Guest Themed Rooms (After Princess & the Frog) are here for upgrade. (NOTE: Royal themed rooms are not equipped with the extra bed. They can only accommodate 4)

CON - BIGGER Resort, Preferred room suggested
Port Orleans French Quarter
PRO -2 Queen Beds (King Bed upgrade available)Centrally located in WDW, BOAT transportation to the Downtown Disney Area, SMALL resort, so any room is great. CON - No on-site table restaurant, very small counter service, have to walk to Riverside to experience many of the resort features,
Caribbean Beach
PRO - Great Quick Service Restaurant, Pirate themed rooms are here for upgrade.
CON - BEDS only 2 double beds (King upgrade available), HUGE Resort, Transportation Issues (MUST be in a preferred room), Pirate Themed rooms are far away from main buildings,  The Pirate themed beds have a foot board that makes it very difficult for someone over 6 foot to sleep in the beds.
Deluxe Resorts Size of a Holiday Inn with a Holidome or a Marriott (indoor corridors)
Animal Kingdom Lodge
PRO - Great restaurants, 5 minutes to Animal Kingdom, safari at your doorsteps, kids activities, Fitness & Children's Clubs
CON - 30 minutes to Magic Kingdom, all bus transportation
Wilderness Lodge
PRO - 5 minutes to Magic Kingdom, BOAT access to MK, fantastic pool area, access to Ft Wilderness Activities & Walkways, Fitness & Children's Clubs
CON - 30 minutes to AK

Deluxe Resorts - Size of a Marriott/Westin Resort
The Boardwalk, Beach or Yacht Club Resorts
PRO - 5 minute WALK into Epcot, 10 minute BOAT into Hollywood Studios, Boardwalk nighttime activities, Excellent Restaurant access, Fantastic kid crafts & activities, 15 minutes BUS to MK & AK, Fitness & Children's Clubs
CON - Not really one!
The Polynesian, Contemporary & Grand Floridian Resorts
PRO - 5 minute Monorail to MK, 20 minute Monorail to Epcot, BOAT to MK, incredible Restaurant access, Fantastic kid crafts & activities, spa access, Fitness & Children's Clubs
CON - 30 minute BUS to AK
Moderate Villa - Size of a small condo/trailer
All Star Family Suites
PRO -  Fridge, Microwave & sink in a galley kitchen, 2 bathrooms, double bed & bunks in separate bedroom & couch & chair convert to two single beds in living room.
CON - 30 minutes to Magic Kingdom, in slow season transportation is very slow, no onsite restaurants.  Exterior entrance to rooms.

Art of Animation

PRO - Centrally Located in the WDW, LARGE quick service food court.  Interior corridors & entrances!  Themed Suites (Sleep 6) offering guests to sleep in the movies!  Main pool is in Finding Nemo.  Lion King & Cars have quiet pools.  These suites each sleep six guests and have a kitchenette, 2 bathrooms, a master bedroom and 3 separate sleeping areas.  One new feature at this resort is the "Inovabed" - a table that converts to a bed in seconds. 
CON - Larger Resort   Unsure yet if this resort will be sharing a bus with the Pop Century during slow season.


Ft Wilderness Cabin's
PRO - Full Kitchen, Separate living area, BOAT to MK, sleeps 6, Camping community is wonderful!, great outdoor activities within the campground.
CON - 30 minutes to AK, Bus transportation is slow getting out of Ft Wilderness,
(Sleeping: 1 double, 1 bunk bed & 1 murphy bed double size)

Deluxe Villa Resorts - Size of a Condo (Single room Suite has a fridge & Microwave.  1, 2 & 3 bedroom Villa's have Washer/Dryer, Full Kitchen w/ Granite etc, Separate Living area NICE & Beautiful amenities.  The Villa Check in areas have family living areas with games/activities.)



Animal Kingdom Villas 
PRO - 1st class accommodations with view of the Animal Safari 5 minutes to AK, safari at your doorsteps, kids activities, Fitness & Children's Clubs

CON - 30 minutes from the Magic Kingdom not as many restaurants REALLY close.  ALL bus transportation

Bay Lake Contemporary Towers 
PRO - 1st class accommodations 5 minute Monorail to MK, 20 minute Monorail to Epcot, BOAT to MK, incredible Restaurant access, Fantastic kid crafts & activities, spa access, Fitness & Children's Clubs
CON - ummmm not a single one!
Beach Club Villas, Boardwalk Inn & Villas
PRO - 1st class accommodations, 5 minute WALK into Epcot, 10 minute BOAT into Hollywood Studios, Boardwalk nighttime activities, Excellent Restaurant access, Fantastic kid crafts & activities, 15 minutes BUS to MK & AK, Fitness & Children's Clubs
CON - ummmmmm not a single one!

Saratoga Springs & Old Key West  (MODERATE - DELUXE)

PRO - BOAT to Downtown Disney, Wonderful restaurant access, Spa & Fitness,  
CON - BUS transportation is a bit of a hassle from the Saratoga simply because the resort is HUGE.

This list was written by Melissa Slamb, owner of Magical Vacations.

3 comments:

  1. This is a fabulous resource to have!! Anything other than the Value Resorts aren't an option to us right now but when we can splurge...this will be really helpful!

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