Disney Resorts are pure magic, from the intricate theming to the world class customer service, they’re always ahead of the curve. There is no bad choice to be made here. The decision is really about what best fits your upcoming vacation. With so many ways to “do Disney” we’ve put together different vacation categories with our thoughts around resorts that would best fit the category.

Walt Disney World breaks up their hotels into multiple categories based on pricing. The Disney Resort terminology is Deluxe, Moderate, and Value. Within each of our vacation categories we’ll include our opinions for options within each group.


One of the Disney Resorts - Caribbean beach Resort
Lagoon at the Caribbean Beach Resort


First One In, Last One Out  

Looking to hangout with Mickey and friends from sunup to sundown? There’s nothing better than high-fiving Goofy to start your day! If you’re looking to spend the majority of your time in the parks then resort extras may not matter. More than likely you’re just looking for a clean place to lay your head. Disney Resorts definitely have some great options that are also well themed. Here are the DVC Duo recommended Disney Resorts for “First One In, Last One Out”.

Value: All-Star Sports, All-Star Movies, or All Star-Music

Moderate: Caribbean Beach Resort

Deluxe: None (or any)

Passholder Insight: The Caribbean Beach Resort is currently being remodeled. Many of the rooms have been updated. New restaurants should be opening soon. If you’re staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort we would recommend requesting the Trinidad section, as it is the furthest from the construction.  


One of the Disney Resorts - Beach Club Resort Water Slide
Pirate Ship Water Slide at Beach Club Resort


Find Me At The Pool

Florida is hot, there’s no doubt about it. Does a mid-day dip in the pool sound refreshing? Grab the goggles and floaties, and we’ll meet you there! Every vacation needs a little downtime to rest and recharge before going back to fly on a banshee. If a well themed pool with slides and activities is your speed, then Disney Resorts has some fantastic choices. Here are the DVC Duo recommend Disney Resorts for “Find Me At The Pool

Value: Art of Animation

Moderate: Port Orleans Riverside or French Quarter

Deluxe: Yacht Club, Beach Club, Polynesian Village

Passholder Insight: The Polynesian Village just received a major update to the pool area with a brand new waterslide and the Oasis Patio (private shaded area). The Yacht and Beach Clubs share a pool and have features such as the sunken ship water slide and a sand bottom pool.


One of the Disney Resorts - Yacht Club Resort with Lagoon
Marina at the Yacht Club Resort


It’s All About Location

Spend less time on Disney Transportation and more time in the parks. Do you like to be minutes away from the action? We definitely do. Grab your best walking shoes and we’ll race you to the Tower of Terror! The Walt Disney World theme parks are spread out over a very large area, and from certain Disney Resorts it could be a long ride (~15 to 20 mins) to certain parks. We’re looking at you Animal Kingdom Lodge! If you’re like us and looking for short commutes to the parks, Disney Resorts has some convenient locations. Here are the DVC Duo recommended Disney Resorts for “It’s All About Location

Value: Pop Century, Art of Animation

Moderate: Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach Resort

Deluxe: Boardwalk Inn, Contemporary, Yacht Club, Beach Club,  

Passholder Insight: At the Deluxe options you are able to walk to certain theme parks. From Boardwalk Inn, Yacht Club, and Beach Club, you could walk to either Epcot or Hollywood Studios. From the Contemporary you could walk to the Magic Kingdom.

Passholder Insight: Coronado Springs is going through a refurbishment as well. If you’re staying at Coronado Springs we recommend requesting to stay in the Casitas (Building 4) area, as it is the furthest from the construction.


View from the Balcony at Animal Kingdom Lodge


Peaceful Tranquility

A little peace is just what you need after an exciting day in the parks. Do you enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee in the morning before Soarin’ Around the World? If you find the Adirondack chairs, we’ll grab the French press and croissants! Disney Resorts has a couple of options that deliver on the Disney experience while making you feel like you’re in a different world. Here are the DVC Duo recommend Disney Resorts for “Peaceful Tranquility”.

Value: None

Moderate: Port Orleans – Riverside

Deluxe: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge

Passholder Insight: Coming this winter to the Wilderness Lodge is the new Storybook Character Dining Experience. Check it out here.


Disney Resort - Art of Animation Lion King Suite
Lion King Suite at Art of Animation


This Is A Family Affair  

Disney is family time. Is your family or group looking to all stay in the same room/accommodation? We call dibs on the master suite! Disney Resorts has a variety of options where families can stay in a room/villa. Best part is some of the rooms include kitchens and laundry in room. No need to pack all 1000 dry-fits for the summer heat when you could wash them! Here are the DVC Duo recommend Disney Resorts for “This Is A Family Affair”.

Value: Art of Animation – Family Suites

Moderate: None

Deluxe: Old Key West, Boardwalk Villas, Beach Club Villas, Saratoga Springs Resort, Bay Lake Tower, Kidani Village, Polynesian Villas, Wilderness Lodge Villas, Grand Floridian Villas

Passholder Insight: Compare the cost between booking multiple rooms and the villas. Sometimes the villas could be cheaper, especially at Saratoga Springs Resort.


Disney Resort - Lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort
Lobby of the Grand Floridian Resort


Feel Like Royalty

Every now and then it feels good to be pampered. Do the sounds of 5 piece string band as you walk into the lobby sound magical to you? Pull out your most dapper outfit and let’s meet in the Garden View Tea Room! Disney Resorts most elegant hotel is the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. You can step back into the timeless elegance of yesteryear and still be within minutes of the Magic Kingdom.

Passholder Insight: If you’re at Walt Disney World either for Christmas or Easter we highly recommend you stop by the Grand Floridian Resort. We don’t want to spoil the surprise, lets just say they know how to celebrate for the holidays!

Every trip Disney is different and depending on what you’re looking to do and the Disney Resorts have an option for you. We hope this article makes it a little easier to sift through so many options. We’ll see you in the lobby for morning coffee!

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