Since its opening, Disney World has changed tremendously, with new, more attractive features being added every now and then. And whenever the park expands, so does your options, including your choice of accommodation. There are a number of on-property hotels suitable for various budgets. On-property Disney World hotels offer you many advantages - early entry to the parks, free transportation, reduced ticket prices and the chance to enjoy the ultimate family-friendly atmosphere. Disney World hotels can be divided into three categories depending on their prices: value resorts, moderate resorts and deluxe resorts.
Value resorts are the least expensive of Disney World hotels. The most well-known value resorts in Disney World are All-Star Sports, All-Star Music and All-Star Movies. The amenities offered there are pretty basic and the rooms are small. But you get the same perks as guests who stay at the deluxe resorts. All Star Movies Resort have giant icons from famous Disney movies including 101 Dalmations, Toy Story, Fantasia, The Mighty Ducks and the Love Bug. All Star Movies Resort joins the two other All Star Value Priced Resorts, All Star Music Resort and All Star Sports Resort on a 62-acre site close to the Animal Kingdom. As the name suggests, music sets the scene at All Star Music Resort. In All Star Sports Resort, music landscaping and lighting create sports scenes for enthralled visitors.
The moderate Disney World hotels are usually mid-priced. Among them are Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach Resort and Coronado Springs. In Port Orleans, the smallest of the moderate resorts, the bar serves up fabulous Creole munchies, while ceramic gators play jazz all day. Children greatly enjoy sliding down a dragon’s long pink tongue into the water of the Mardi Gras-themed pool. Caribbean Beach Resort has six brightly colored island villages, each named after a Caribbean destination that captures the alluring ambience of the tropics. The hotel features seven pools and a pristine white-sand beached on the shores of a 45-acre lake.
Deluxe resorts are the most expensive of the Disney World hotels. Animal Kingdom Lodge, Polynesian Resort, Beach Club Resort, Yacht Club Resort are some of the Deluxe hotels in Disney World. In Animal Kingdom Lodge, one can thoroughly enjoy the environment inspired by the cultural splendor and picturesque beauty of an African wildlife reserve. Many of the guestrooms feature balconies overlooking a 33-acre tropical savannah that houses over 200 mammals and birds including giraffe, zebra, ostrich and sacred ibis. The Polynesian' has a laid-back island ambience belying the fact that the Magic Island is just minutes away. The Seven Seas Lagoon provides is renowned for various aquatic activities. Yacht and Beach Clubs, located at Epcot's back door, share a water area featuring whirlpools, slides, hot springs and sand-bottomed sections for toddlers.
Here is a list of Disney World hotels: (Value Resorts) All-Star Movies, All-Star Music, All-Star Sports and Pop Century Resort; (Moderate resorts) Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter; (Deluxe resorts) Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club Resort, Boardwalk Inn, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, Polynesian Resort, Swan & Dolphin, Wilderness Lodge, and Yacht Club Resort; (Home away from home) Beach Club Villas, Boardwalk Villas,
Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Old Key West Resort, Wilderness Lodge Villas and Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, (Downtown Disney hotels) Best Western Lake Buena Vista, Holiday Inn, DoubleTree Guest Suites, Grosvenor Resort, Hilton Resort and Hotel Royal Plaza.
DISNEY WORLD ACCOMMODATION
Visitors looking for an exciting vacation in Disney World are confronted with a big question: where to stay? On-property or off-property? In fact, several factors should be taken into account before you zero in on your Disney World accommodation. These factors include convenience in getting to your resort, and to the parks, perquisites like "Extra Magic Hours", ambience and fun, and budget issues like lodgings and meals. Expectedly, each factor has some advantages and disadvantages if one decides to stay at a Disney World resort. Now a number of Orlando properties are in the race to lure visitors offering better convenience, economy, or on-site fun.
If you stay at an on-property Disney World accommodation, getting to the theme parks will be easier. The Disney bus system runs from the resorts to the theme parks. Buses shuttle from one park to another too from some resorts, and you can reach the Magic Kingdom by monorail or boat. It doesn’t save you much travel time though; almost the same time is needed to drive from an off-property accommodation if you have a car. Off-property accommodation may pose problems for those who do not have cars.
In addition to the free bus system, on-property Disney World accommodations provide other perks for guests. They get Extra Magic Hours: You are entitled to enter a theme park an hour early, or staying for later evening hours. The very fun water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, offer morning Extra Magic Hour also. Disney resort guests are never turned down even if the parks are overcrowded. Only resort guests can purchase the Dining Option that can be added to the Magic Your Way base tickets for admission to the theme parks. On arrival at the airport, guests are taken to a special welcome desk and board a "Disney's Magical Express" bus to their resort. Most pools at the resorts are real fun. Each of the resort pools has a theme and is designed for fun. For example, the Riverside Resort has an "Ol' Man Island" play area at the main swimming pool. In the Animal Kingdom Lodge, which has a stunning architecture, you can watch giraffes and other animals roam a savanna. Off-property accommodations are fun also. Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn boasts two water parks right on-site, Sponge Bob and other Nickelodeon themes, and other games and entertainment.
In terms of prices, Disney World resorts can be classified in three categories: Deluxe, Moderate, and Value. The Deluxe Resorts, including among others Grand Floridian and Animal Kingdom Lodge, have beautiful grounds, multiple pools, fine dining, kids' club, spa, Concierge level, and much more. Moderate Resorts (Riverside-Port Orleans, for example) offer you excellent services with on-site fun, such as kayaking, playgrounds, etc. They are so good that you can spend a day just enjoying the resort. In Value Resorts, rooms are smaller and there are fewer pools. Even then, the Value properties are colorful, cheerful, and less expensive and offer all the perks of a Disney resort. One can also stay at Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort, a large place with many activities and amenities. Now some thought about meals. Buying the “dining Option” with the “Magic Your Way” base tickets can be a good option. One can also eat at restaurants outside the resort – there are plenty of them. Anther way of saving money is to stay at off-property hotels and resorts that offer free meals for children. Taking everything into consideration, staying at an on-property Disney World accommodation seems to be a wiser choice.
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