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6 Things to Know Before Booking Your Disney Resort

One of the first big decisions you must make when booking your Walt Disney World vacation is where you will stay. Walt Disney World has over twenty unique Resort hotels, each providing amazing Disney magic.

If this is your first trip to Walt Disney World, you might be overwhelmed thinking about all the decisions you have to make. To help you narrow down where you want to stay during your Disney vacation, we have six things you should know about Disney Resorts. Knowing these six things will make you more confident about where you want to stay.

EPCOT Mornings
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6. Why You Should Choose a Disney Resort

Before booking your Walt Disney World Resort hotel, ensure you know all the perks of staying at one of Disney’s Resorts. These perks are the biggest reasons to stay at a Disney Resort.

Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort can take advantage of the following perks:

– Complimentary transportation to and from Disney Parks and Disney Springs

– Free parking at Disney Resorts

– Ability to book dining reservations 60-days before check-in with the additional 10-days

– Early entry to the four Disney Parks

– Extended evening hours for those at a Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort

These perks that only Walt Disney World Resort Guests can take advantage of make a Disney vacation that much more magical. Don’t forget that by staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can also remain in the Disney bubble throughout your vacation.

Disney Deluxe Resorts
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5. What are the Different Resort Categories

To make sure that everyone has the chance to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort, Disney provides three unique categories. This allows all budgets and family dynamics to find a Resort that will work best for you.

Value Resorts:  The most budget-friendly Resort category is value. These Resorts are perfect for families on the go for the whole vacation. It keeps you in the bubble while allowing you also to save money along the way.

Moderate Resorts: Moderate Resorts have great themes with larger rooms, bigger pools, and more dining options. Many of these Resorts also offer accommodations for families of five.

Deluxe and Deluxe Villas: These Resorts are perfect for Guests wanting to feel at home during their vacation. Guests can find studios with small kitchenettes to three-bedroom villas allowing everyone to spread out.

Ensure you know these categories before booking your vacation to Disney. By understanding what is offered at each of these categories, you can find a Resort that works the best for your vacation goals.

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4. Where the Resorts are Located

Another area that you will want to know before booking your Walt Disney World Resort is where they are located. Walt Disney World is a vast city, so you want to know where your Disney Resort is situated in the town.

Disney breaks down the Resorts into five areas: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Disney Springs. Think about where you are going to spend your time during your vacation. Once you have a general idea, this will help narrow down where you want to stay.

This is important to think about before booking your Walt Disney World Resort. You don’t want to end up in an area far away from where you plan to visit throughout your vacation.

Stormalong Bay Pool at the Beach Club and Yacht Club
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3. Disney Amenities are Better

Ensure you know what amenities are available at your Walt Disney World Resort—looking for a great pool? Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club. Wanting a lovely, large pool with a beautiful splash area for little ones? Check out the Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation.

If you have a group that enjoys golf, look at staying at Saratoga Springs or Old Key West. You are correct at the golf course, making playing a round throughout the day easy.

Many Disney Resort offers arcades, outdoor trails, boat rides, bike rentals, and a movie under the stars. You should be aware of all of these amenities available at Disney Resorts before booking.

California Grill
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2. Disney Resorts Have Great Dining

Walt Disney World Resorts have some of the best dining in all of Walt Disney World. From the large variety provided at the food courts, such as Everything Pop, to the high-end dining experience at California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Guests will be highly impressed with all the dining options.

Disney’s Deluxe and Moderate Resorts offer quick service options and sit-down restaurants. You can also find lounges/bars that provide great cocktails and snacks throughout the day.

The food courts at the Value Resorts will have your essential chicken nuggets and fries, but you will also find a lot of variety.

When getting ready to book your dining for your trip, make sure you look into your Walt Disney World Resort. You might be surprised to find some fantastic options right where you are staying.

Disney's Polynesian Resort View
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1. Magic is Everywhere


Finally, ensure that Disney magic is everywhere, no matter where you stay. The fabulous Cast Members ensure that everyone has a wonderful time wherever you stay. You can expect the best when staying at a Walt Disney World Resort.

You need to know six things before booking your Walt Disney World Resort. These six things will help you narrow down where to stay during your Disney vacation. Choosing a Walt Disney World Resort can be somewhat stressful. Understanding these six things will hopefully make this big decision slightly more manageable.



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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