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5 Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Disney Resort

The Walt Disney World Resort hotels are part of the Disney magic. They offer so many excellent benefits for Guests. From extra time in the Parks to free transportation, the Walt Disney World Resort hotels are lovely.

Because they are so wonderful, it can take time to determine which Disney Resort is the best for you. To help you with this big decision, we have five questions you should aks before booking your Walt Disney World Resort.

By asking yourself these questions, you will help ensure that you end up at the best Walt Disney World Resort for you and your vacation goals.

Disney World Map

5. Where Is It Located Within Walt Disney World

We have talked before at How to Disney about how big Walt Disney World is. With four main Disney Parks, two water Parks, Disney Springs, over twenty Resort knowing where your Resort is located within the bigger picture is essential.

Take time to think about where you will spend your time during your trip. Will you focus on an EPCOT festival or hang out in Magic Kingdom most days? Thinking about where you want to spend your vacation time will help you narrow down which Disney Resorts might be the best for your family.

Grand Floridian Resort

For those wanting to spend much time at Magic Kingdom, staying at one of the monorail Resorts could be highly beneficial. Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa all offer quick and easy access to Magic Kingdom via the monorail.

For those spending most of their time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT, a Resort along the skyliner route might be the best. Pop Century, Art of Animation, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort or Disney’s Riviera give Guests skyliner access to both Theme Parks.

Take some time looking into where a Disney Resort is located compared to where you will spend your Park days to help determine which Resort will be the most convenient option. Although there is free transportation from all Disney Resorts to the Parks, being closer can reduce your transportation time.

Grand Floridian

4. What Type of Free Transportation Is Available

All Disney Resorts offer free transportation to and from the Disney Parks. What you should look into, though, is why type of transportation is provided from the different Resorts.

The main modes of transportation Disney provides buses, boats, skyliner, monorail, and walking paths. Specific Disney Resorts give access to different modes of transportation. If you like to be incontrol of your transportation, being near a walking path night be the best option.

The skyliner and monorails are lovely for those traveling with strollers, as you don’t have to fold up your strollers. This is also possible on many of the Disney boats as well.

Free transportation around Walt Disney World is a huge perk of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort. Take time to understand what transportation methods are available from each Resort before you book your final destination.

Caribbean Beach Resort
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3. How Big Is the Resort

As you think about what Disney Resort you want to stay at while at Disney World, think about the size of the Resort. The size of a Disney Resort might impact your vacation and experience.

Resorts such as Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Saratoga Springs and Spa, and Old Key West are giant Resorts making it a longer process to get to places such as bus stops and food and beverages.

After a long day, another long walk to your Resort room might feel like it could be more magical. Consider what would be the most convenient for your family. If you want to be close to transportation, pools and food, these larger resorts won’t be where you want to be.

Instead, consider some smaller Resorts such as Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter or Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Overall, Disney Resorts are big as they accommodate many guests every day. Look into how they are laid out, as this might impact if it is a good choice for your family.

rooms at caribbean beach

2. What Is the Layout of the Room

Once you have narrowed down your location and transportation goals, review the room layout and size. Rooms at the value Resorts are smaller, and when you get four adults and all of their stuff in there, you might feel snug.

Moderate Resorts offer slightly bigger rooms allowing for more space. These can be nice for those needed to add pack n’ plays. Deluxe Resorts offer a variety of room sizes. You can find standard rooms and 1, 2, and 3 bedroom suites here. These are excellent options for larger families that are traveling together.

Even if you look at your Resort as only a place to sleep and shower, having four adults in a value room might seem too much after a week. Consider what you need regarding the room itself and how much time you will be in it before booking.

Caribbean Beach Resort Pool
Credit: Disney

1. What Amemeities are Offered?

Finally, when choosing a Walt Disney World Resort, you must consider the amenities offered. Each Resort offers something different for Guests, so you will want to make sure the Resort you pick has what you need.

Value Resorts at Walt Disney World offered your basic amenities. There is a food court, pool bar, and basic swimming pools. When you move to a Moderate Resort, you will find slides at the main feature pools and quiet pools. More dining options include a table service and the food court.

At the Deluxe level, you will find the best amenities. Here there are some of the top pools at Walt Disney World. You will also find many dining options, including signature dining, such as California Grill.

Consider what is important to you regarding your Walt Disney World Resort amenities before choosing where to stay during your trip.

There are so many excellent Walt Disney World Resort hotels throughout Walt Disney World. To help narrow down which Disney Resort is the best for your family, answer these five questions. This will help you find that magical Disney Resort.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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