Disney Tips – Resort Options Part 1
Once you decide to go to Disney World for a magical vacation, you first have to start with where you are going to stay. Will you stay on Disney property? Will you stay off property? What are your options and what would be the best option for your family? Below you will find a wealth of information to help you choose which resort option is best for you.
If you decide to stay on Walt Disney World property, there are many advantages to this and options available to you. Disney breaks down their resorts in to three categories: Value, Moderates, and Deluxe resorts. The value resorts are the lower costs resorts that include the All Star properties. These will provide a nice hotel room, a large pool area, and a food court option for dining. The Moderates include resorts like Caribbean Beach Club and Port Orleans. These resorts will provide you with a little bit of a nicer room option, a themed pool area, and you gain a casual dining option along with the quick service food court option. Finally, the Deluxe resorts include those on the monorail like the Polynesian, Contemporary, Grand Floridian as well as others such as the Wilderness Lodge, Yacht Club, and Beach Club. These will provide additional sit down restaurant experiences, quick service, themed pools, and nicer hotel rooms.
The resort option that is right for you will depend on not only your budget, but what would make it a magical vacation for you and your family. Keep in mind the conveniences of staying on property include transportation to the parks, water parks, and Downtown Disney. Staying on property also gives you the ability to create a package that includes length of stay park passes and the option to add the Disney Dining Plan. If you have small children, staying on property gives you the flexibility and convenience of returning to your room easily in the afternoon for nap times and down time and then going back to the park in the evening!
There also options to stay off of Disney property in the Apopka-Vineland area or in Kissimmee. By staying off property, you may be able to find a bargain with your accommodations but you will need to pay separately for your park tickets, will have to provide your own transportation (if not provided by the hotel), and pay for parking if you do drive to the park. Often some major hotel chains will offer package deals that include park tickets as well, so you will have to cost it out and decide which will be best for your family.
I have stayed off property and on property. I can honestly say, there are advantages to both. I found food options less expensive by being off property around the typical restaurants you would find. I also found it quieter to be away from the hustle and bustle. However, since becoming a Mom, I have found staying on property to be much more convenient for us. I have been able to return to the room easily via the bus or monorail and let my youngest nap while my husband and older child stayed in the park and enjoyed themselves.