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Discover How to Choose the Perfect Disney Resort for You

Walt Disney World offers so many amazing Resorts for Guests to choose from for their Walt Disney World vacation. Although it is great to have so many choices, it can also become overwhelming. How do you know which Resort is the best for you?

We have some easy tips to help you narrow down the Walt Disney World Resorts so you can find the perfect one for your trip. Let’s find your perfect Walt Disney World Resort.


Look at Your Budget

Your budget is the first thing you must consider when choosing your Walt Disney World Resort. We appreciate that Walt Disney World offers different categories for their Resorts, each offering a different price point making it easy for Guests to find a Resort that fits their budget.

The most budget-friendly category is Value Resorts. These Resorts include the All-Star Resorts, Pop Century, and Art of Animation. They will be the cheapest price point while letting Guests enjoy the magic of a Disney Resort. If you want to stick to a budget while still enjoying the free transportation and other amenities you get by staying at Disney, value is a great option.

Related: Why a Disney Value Resort is Right for You

Moderate is the next category. These Resorts offer slightly bigger rooms, some options for families of five, more dining, and pools with slides. If you need a little bit more space during your stay or want to spend more time at your Resort, considering one of Disney’s Moderate Resorts is an excellent option.

Related: Why a Disney Moderate Resort is Right For You

The top price point will be those Resorts at the deluxe and villa Resorts. These are considered a home away from home. With bigger rooms and the ability to book suites, these Resorts are the best of what Disney offers. If you are looking for a luxurious, relaxing stay at Disney, you will want to book this category.

Related: Top Differences Between Disney’s Value, Moderate, Deluxe Resorts

Once you have determined your budget, you can begin digging into the different Resorts offered at that price point.

Family with Minnie Mouse at EPCOT World Showcase
Family with Minnie Mouse

Size of Your Party

Another major factor impacting which Disney Resort you can stay at is how many people are in your group. Disney has a variety of different room sizes that can accommodate a variety of family dynamics.

Walt Disney World has everything from two-bedroom villas allowing you to have your own space to standard hotel rooms. Look into all the different categories to find a room style that fits your family’s needs.

Related: Five Top Disney Resorts for Families of Five

Related: Top Three Disney Resorts for Families

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Which Park Are You Visiting?

Before choosing which Disney Resort you want to stay at, consider where you will spend your time at Walt Disney World. Think about whether your plans to stay in a specific area of Walt Disney World would be productive for faster transportation.

Although Disney offers transportation to and from their Disney Parks and Resort, it can make a big difference if you can stay where you want to play. If you’ll hang out at Magic Kingdom for most of your vacation, consider a stay at one of the fantastic monorail Resorts.

Is an EPCOT festival the focus of your trip? Stay on the skyliner or around Crescent Lake for a quick trip to the Park in the morning.

Thinking about where you will spend your vacation can help narrow down which Disney Resorts will be the most convenient for your stay.


What Activities Are Important?

What do you need out of your Walt Disney World Resort? This is an important question to think about. If you plan to have some meals at your Resort, you might want to stay at a moderate or deluxe that offers more choices than the values.

Is swimming the only thing your kids have been asking about? Then you will want to ensure a pool day is scheduled and the Resort pool has a splash area for little ones and a slide for the big kids.

If you have active kids, are there activities such as ping-pong or a volleyball net they can play at during the day? Your Disney Resort isn’t just about the room and what else it has for everyone to enjoy.

Pop Century Everything Pop Food Court
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Think Food

Ensure you consider how your Disney Resort will fit into meal time. If you only need a quick grab-and-go option each day, then the value Resorts will be perfect. They offer large food courts with a lot of choices.

For those that want more options and even some restaurants to sit down at for a nice, relaxing meal, Guests will want to look at either a Moderate or Deluxe Resort. These categories offer more dining options, with the deluxe Resorts offering some signature dining options.

Disney's Polynesian Village Lobby
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What Theme Do You Enjoy?

Finally, consider what type of theme you want in your Disney Resort. Walt Disney World offers a variety of unique themes throughout its Resorts. A cozy atmosphere can be found at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Elegant and classy are at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney’s Riviera. Look at Pop Century or one of the other Value Resorts for an upbeat, high-energy feel.


No matter what style you are looking for, there will be a fantastic Disney Resort with that theme for you to experience.

Choosing which Walt Disney World Resort to stay during your vacation can be a big decision. We hope these suggestions will help you determine which Disney Resort will be the best for your trip to Walt Disney World. Know whatever Resort you choose to stay at, it will be magical.


Related: Benefits That Keep Us Returning to Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

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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