Choosing Your Accommodation at Walt Disney World

Travelling from New Zealand to Orlando Florida, you’re going to need accommodation at Walt Disney World. There are plenty of options both onsite and off, and today we’re going to look at a few of the most popular choices.

Onsite Accommodation at Walt Disney World

Disney World currently has 32 resorts or hotels onsite for visitors to stay at. While this may seem a huge number for us, the reality is that they are needed due to the huge volume of visitors they receive each day. Of these 32, there are 4 non Disney owned properties – which is important to know about if you are wanting to take advantage of the benefits Disney gives guests staying at their resorts.

The Disney owned resorts are broken down into three main groups: deluxe, moderate and value. We’re going to explore the most common options for accommodation at Walt Disney World for international tourists which are the hotels – not the more costly villas.

Deluxe Disney World resorts include:

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Polynesian Village Resort
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Beach Club Resort
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Yacht Club Resort
  • BoardWalk Inn
  • Old Key West Resort
  • Bay Lake Tower

A deluxe resort is the premium level of accommodation at Disney World. You can expect to pay around a minimum of US$600+ per night for a single room. Resort features include quick and table service restaurants, swimming pools with added features such as water slides, a higher room quality and larger rooms, prestigious views and a closer location to the four theme parks.

Paid services such as spa and beauty treatments, organised activities, and other free perks are also available. You’ll find the grounds are themed to the resort, with the deluxe resorts having more ostentatious grown up themes.

Moderate Disney World resorts include:

  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Coronado Springs Resort
  • Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort

A moderate resort is the middle level of accommodation. These resorts tend to have smaller sized rooms, are located further from the theme parks, but still offer more facilities than a value resort. Each resort is themed, and are better aimed at children, but also fine for adults.

You can expect to pay around US$300 per night per room. Most moderate resorts have the option of quick service and table service restaurants. Swimming pools are present, but have fewer features than at a deluxe resort.

Value Disney World resorts include:

  • Pop Century Resort
  • All-Star Music Resort
  • All-Star Sports Resort
  • Art of Animation Resort
  • All-Star Movies Resort

Value resorts are the Disney equivalent of a budget resort – but usually still cost around US$150 per room per night. They are the smallest rooms, but still fine for a family of four. It’s important to note that most Value resorts have two queen or double beds per room, making bed sharing a must. Some resorts can sleep five or six people, using Murphy beds or fold out sofas.

Facilities include quick service restaurants, swimming pools and a lot of Disney magic in their appearance. This is perfect for both kids and adults!

For personalised advice on choosing your accommodation at Walt Disney World, I’d love to help! Having organised trips for many clients, I’d love to share some ideas with you to help you have the most magical of holidays! Get in touch today and let’s start planning!


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