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9 Disney Resorts Worth the Extra Money

Walt Disney World has so many Resorts to choose from on property. From value to deluxe, Guests will find a Disney Resort that is perfect for their vacation needs. A few are worth the extra money when looking at the Resorts. We want to share these with you, so if you have a little extra in your budget, consider a stay at one of these fantastic Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.

Gran Destino Tower
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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resorts

With the Grand Destino Tower opening at Disney’s Coronado Springs, we think this moderately priced Disney Resort is worth the upgrade. This is a significant upgrade because staying here gives you so many extra amenities. Not only does Disney’s Coronado Springs has a fantastic pool with a fun jaguar slide, but the large hot tub, volleyball area, and play area are also so much fun for everyone.

There are also many dining options at Disney’s Coronado Springs. From the signature Toledo- Tapas, Steak, and Seafood to quick and relaxing options at Three Bridges, Rix Sports Bar, or the food court option, everyone will find something delicious while staying here.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a fantastic option if you are looking for an eloquent stay.

wilderness lodge pool
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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

For a quiet, remote feel, we highly recommend investing some extra money in a stay at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Being only a boat ride away from Magic Kingdom, this Resort is in a great location, but it also provides a secluded, Northwest feel at the same time.

Wilderness Lodge provides Guests with numerous dining options, such as Geyser Point, Wysphering Canyon, and even a character meal with Storybook Dining at Artist Pointe. The great pools, fun theme, and proximity to the Magic Kingdom make Disney’s Wilderness Lodge worth the additional cost.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Another Resort that provides a remote feel is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Here Guests can escape to an African savanna as they enjoy this magnificent Resort. Seeing unique animals, such as giraffes and zebras, outside your window is truly a magical experience and worth the extra money.

Beyond the overall beauty of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, it also provides excellent dining and pools for Guests to enjoy. Even if you don’t want to pay the higher cost to stay in a savanna-view room, the little extra cost for enjoying this Resort’s atmosphere is well worth the price.

Disney's BoardWalk Inn
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Boardwalk Inn

Boardwalk Inn is a Disney Resort that has gone through a big update lately. Here you will find great dining options in a fun outdoor atmosphere. A new theme for the pool, updated dining, and great shops make Boardwalk Inn a great experience.

You can also find a lot of great entertainment and nightlife at Jelly Rolls, where you can enjoy the dueling piano. This is a unique experience, so we recommend making sure it is right for your family, but if it is, the money is well worth it.

Stormalong Bay Pool at the Beach Club and Yacht Club
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Beach and Yacht Club

In this same area, you can find the Beach and Yacht Club Resorts. Like Boardwalk Inn, these two Resorts give Guests amazing access to both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With one of the most exciting pools on the property in Stormalong Bay, these two Disney Resorts are worth the upgrade.

Stormalong Bay offers a lazy river, a fantastic slide, a well as a sand bottom play area perfect for little ones. Top dining locations such as Beaches and Cream as well as the high-end Yachtsman Steakhouse provide excellent food selection as well.

The combination of great location, dining, and swimming make Beach and Yacht Club well worth the additional money.

Disney's Polynesian Resort Entrance
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Disney’s Polynesian Resort

When looking at ways to be close to the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Polynesian is a wonderful choice. The overall atmosphere of this Resort is serene as Guests are able to enjoy a tropical escape.

Being on the monorail line makes Disney’s Polynesian Resort an excellent choice for those wanting to have easy access to Magic Kingdom. With great nightlife at Trader’s Sam, Disney’s Polynesian is perfect for those looking for a beachy atmosphere with some great dining and entertainment.

Pluto and Grand Floridian
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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Also on the monorail is the classic Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This grand Resort provides an excellent location as Guests head to Magic Kingdom using the monorail or walking path. They can enjoy fantastic meals including the underrated Grand Floridian Cafe which offers a brunch menu. Guests can also enjoy two signature dining locations with Citricos and Narcoossee.=

With a spa, health club, pools, and a lot of charm, Disney’s Grand Floridian is worth the additional cost if you can pull it off. We love staying here during the holiday season as it is truly a magical experience.


Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Our final Disney Resort that we find to be worth the additional cost is Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This iconic Resort is right on the monorail line making it easy to get to both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.

Dining at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is top-notch. With the Steakhouse 71, Chef Mickey’s, and California Grill, Guests will find something for everyone to enjoy. There is something breathtaking about seeing Magic Kingdom each evening from Disney’s Contemporary Resort that we feel is worth the additional cost.

When choosing which Walt Disney World Resort hotel to stay at, pricing can play a major role in the decision. If you are able to spend a little extra money on your stay, these nine Disney Resorts are ones that we feel are well worth the additional cost. They provide great dining, entertainment, and location for Guests to enjoy during their stay in the magic.

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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