Where in the "WORLD" to stay at Disney? You have several options and so I will be covering this in both tips this week.
Today covers "On Property" or Disney resorts on the Disneyworld grounds. Staying on property does give you some benefits but it does cost more depending on where you want to stay. Benefits include FREE parking pass ($11 a day savings), FREE shuttle all over the Disney property, FREE shuttle to and from airport and Extra Magic hours in the parks (1 extra hr in AM and 3 extra hrs in PM). Click on any of the resorts below for more info from Allears.net.
They offer DELUXE: Animal Kingdom Lodge, BoardWalk Inn, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge, Yacht Club and Beach Club, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.
We have stayed at Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club, and Animal Kingdom Lodge. These resorts are the top of the line in accommodations. They will cost you at least $250-300 a night in the low value season. Favorite pool is at the Beach Club, it has a sand bottom pool! Animal Kindgom Lodge is amazing! You can see the animals right outside your window! All have great restaurants as well. Grand Floridian's Narcoosee is by far one of the best! More on that another time!
They offer MODERATE: Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter and Ft. Wilderness Cabins
We have stayed at Caribbean Beach in July 2005 and we enjoyed this resort. Now it just has gone thru major rehab in the rooms and it will have a Pirate themed and a Nemo themed resort area. The pool is like a fort/castle but I thought it was quite a small pool. Prices range from $149-200 a night.
We have stayed at the All Star Movies and Pop Century. I liked the style of Pop Century. The price is right on these to stay if you are on a budget but want that Disney "magic". The prices range form $99 - 140 a night. The food court can be crazy at peak times and long waits for getting something to eat.
They do offer for public use to the Disney Vacation Club: Old Key West, BoardWalk Villas, Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, Beach Club Villas, and Animal Kingdom Villas.
We have stayed at all of them expect the Boardwalk Villas. I love Old Key West for their room sizes. Their studio room is the largest and has two double beds where all other studios have a queen bed and pull out couch. Saratoga is our home resort and we love it so much! It is close to Downtown Disney shopping area and really good restaurants like Fulton's Crab House. Prices run higher because these are bigger rooms with a kitchenette. $300-600 a night for a studio. More for a 1 or 2 bedroom. But if you plan to eat in the room for early breakfast or snacks, it is nice to have that kitchenette.
We will cover "off Property" places to stay on Thursday.
Have a magical day!