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5 Quick Questions For Choosing the Right Disney Resort

Determining where to stay at Walt Disney World can be a tough decision. The Walt Disney World Resort Property has 25+ Disney Resorts for Guests to choose from. As each Resort offers different pricing, amenities, locations, and dining, you can need help figuring out where you want to stay.

Remember, when it comes to your personal choice, only you know what will work for your family. The Disney magic will be present at all of the Disney Resorts. Keep that in mind as you narrow down your choices.

We have five quick tips to help make this decision a little easier. These top five questions can help you determine where you want to stay at Walt Disney World.

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5. Set a Budget

Step one is to set your budget when choosing a Walt Disney World Resort. Knowing your budget will help you narrow down which Disney Resorts will fit. This will prevent you from looking at options that might not fit your budget. Or it might allow you to look at options you didn’t even know were possible.

There are three categories when it comes to Disney Resorts. These are created to provide a price that will fit every budget. Value Resorts are going to be the most affordable. These are the All-Stars, Pop Century, and Art of Animation. Deluxe Resorts are going to be the most expensive. These Resorts are going to be options such as Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian, Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Finally, the Moderate Resorts of Disney’s Carribbean Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter will have priced in the middle.

Set your Resort budget before you even start looking. This helps narrow down your options and can help you focus on a specific category.

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4. How Many Are Going to Disney?

Once you have set your budget, the next step is to think about who is all traveling together. Do you have a group of four? Are grandparents coming along? Do you have older or younger kids that need their own space? Thinking through the layout of your Disney Resort is essential.

If you have a group of four or fewer, you can choose any Disney Resort. When you get into groups of five or more, your options start to narrow. Those with five people can look at specific Resorts, such as Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside or Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort with 5th sleepers.

Art of Animation and All-Star Music have family suites that are great for larger families needing extra space. For lots of extra space, Disney offers 1, 2, and 3-bedroom studios. These come with kitchens and an excellent area for everyone to hang out. If everyone needs their room, you can book two separate rooms.

For those traveling with larger groups, this can determine where you can stay. Once you know which Resorts will provide suitable accommodations, you can move on to the other questions to help narrow down your Resorts.

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3. What Location Do You Prefer?

Disney offers Resorts near all four Disney Parks. Think about where you will spend most of your time during your vacation. If you are planning on spending most of your holiday visiting one specific Park, or you know you will be ending most evenings at Magic Kingdom, take a look at the Resort options near that Park.

For Magic Kingdom, the monorail Resorts are the top options. Disney’s Contemporary, Disney’s Polynesian, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa all provide quick and easy access to Magic Kingdom.

Looking for Resorts near EPCOT or Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Try Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht, or Beach Club Resorts. All three are an easy walk or boat ride from these two Disney Parks.

Take a look at the Disney Resorts that would provide you quick access to the Disney Parks you want to be near throughout your Walt Disney World vacation. This can help you determine which Disney Resorts will best suit your trip.


2. What Amenities Are Important To You?

Location, budget, and rooms are all important, but consider what amenities are important to you. Even though all Disney Resorts have fun, well-themed pools, not all have slides. If that is important, a moderate or deluxe Resort will be where you want to stay.

Do you need a sit-down location at your Resort to get a quick meal? Then again, those deluxe and moderate resorts are going to be essential. Prefer being able to grab something quick from a food court? Value Resorts such as Pop Century are going to have the best options.

For those who want a workout room or a running trail, take time to see which Resorts would be the best option.

Although all Walt Disney World Resort hotels have exceptional Disney customer service, their amenities vary by location.

1. What Is Your Personal Preference?

The last question you need to ask yourself is your preference. Remember that this is your vacation, and you need to book what will be the most magical for you. Just because you have friends that love a specific Disney Resort, that doesn’t mean that it is perfect for your family.

Choose a Resort that appeals to you because that is what is essential.

There are a lot of Disney Resorts throughout Walt Disney World to choose from. It can take time to figure out which one to stay at. Think about what fits into your budget, where you want to be, and what overall experience speaks to you. You’ll have a magical time no matter which Disney Resort you choose.

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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