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Important Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Disney Resort

Walt Disney World offers a lot of different Resorts to choose from within the Walt Disney World Resort Property.  They offer Guests the option of choosing from value, moderate, deluxe, and deluxe villa resorts.

Each level of the Resort offers Guests different amenities such as transportation, pools, dining, and more.  It is important to think through some important factors when determining where you want to stay at Walt Disney World.

Although all the Resorts are fun and have Disney magic, they aren’t all the same.  Think about these factors as you consider where you want to stay in Walt Disney World.

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Make sure that you start by thinking about your budget.  We love that Walt Disney World offers Resorts at a variety of different price points.

For those wanting to save some money on their Resort, they can look into the value resorts.  These Resorts are the All-Stars, Disney’s Pop Century, and Art of Animation.  These resorts offer Guests a cheaper option while still staying in the magic.

If you want the best of the best, Guests can choose to stay at Disney’s Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resorts.  These Resorts are on the highest end and offer Guests the best pools, dining, and location in Walt Disney World.

When you think about where you want to stay, you really need to start with a budget so you have a plan in place as you consider all the other factors.

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The next important factor to consider when choosing a Walt Disney World Resort is location.  As you start to plan out which of the Disney Parks you are going to spend the majority of your vacation, this could help you determine where you want to stay.

If you want to spend a lot of time hanging out a Disney Springs, think about staying at Saratoga Springs Resorts.  When wanting to be near Magic Kingdom, you will want to look at the monorail resorts.  Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort are all on the monorail as well as have walking paths to Magic Kingdom.

For those wanting to hang out at EPCOT or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests will want to look at either Disney’s Beach Club or Yacht Club Resorts or Disney’s Broadwalk Inn.

Really thinking about where your Disney Resort is located within the Walt Disney World Property is an important factor to consider.  Being closer to the Disney Parks you plan to spend a lot of time at can make a big difference when it comes to travel time and the ease of getting to and from your Resort.

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The next factor you want to consider when it comes to choosing your Walt Disney World Resort is the transportation that is available from it to the Disney Parks.

Disney offers free transportation to Guests staying at the Walt Disney World Resorts.  Depending on what type of transportation you prefer, this will help you narrow down your Resort choices.

All the Resorts offer bus service for Guests to use; however, you can also find Resorts that offer the Disney Skyliner, monorail and even walking paths.

Because of this, you can really think about what type of transportation you want to rely on.  Both the monorail and skyliners are quick transportation options.  They load a lot of people and actually are pretty constant.

For the skyliner, you should look at Disney’s Riviera, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, or even Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

The monorail resorts are located near Magic Kingdom.  You can look at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  These all make it super easy to access the monorail for a quick trip to both Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center where Guests can transfer to EPCOT.

It is great that Disney offers free transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort Property.  Being aware of what transportation is offered at each Resort is something that Guests should consider.

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Another very important factor to consider is what dining is offered at your Walt Disney World Resort.  Disney offers both quick-service and table-service locations as well as lounges and bars throughout the Resorts.

Think about what type of dining your family would prefer.  Do they like to sit down and be served?  Then you will want to look at the Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts as they offer some of the best table service meals in Walt Disney World.

For those who prefer to grab things quickly, look at value and moderate resorts where they focus more on food courts that offer a variety of options for people to grab and go.

Knowing what dining locations are offered at your Disney Resort is something to consider before choosing where to stay.

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There are a few other factors that you should consider when choosing where you want to stay in Walt Disney World.  We think that the pool, theme, and views are all factors to consider when choosing which Disney Resort to stay at when on vacation.

If you are wanting to be able to see fireworks from your Resort, there are limited choices when it comes to Disney Resorts that offer this view.  Mostly, you will want to look at the monorail resorts.

With little ones that want to swim while in Walt Disney World, you will want to look at both moderate and deluxe resorts.  These offer larger pools with slides as well as play areas for little ones.

Finally, you can look at specific themed Resorts that might appeal to your family.  If you are wanting over the top Disney, you can look at the All-Star Resorts, Disney’s Pop Century, or Art of Animation.

For people wanting a little less Disney, could look at some of the moderate or deluxe resorts.

These are just some of the other factors that Guests should take into consideration when choosing a Walt Disney World Resort.

Guests should really start by determining which of these factors are the most important to them and use that to help guide their Resort choice.

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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