Part of the beauty of Walt Disney World lies in the wonderful Disney resorts, each with a personality of its own. From its beginnings in 1971, Disney World has always been interested in catering to the comfort of its visitors, providing hotels and other accommodations that offer top-notch service and amenities.
More than three decades ago, the park opened with three Disney resorts in place - The Contemporary Resort, the Polynesian Village, and the Fort Wilderness Campground. Today, visitors to Walt Disney World have nearly two dozen Disney resorts from which to choose, spanning a variety of themes and budgets.
Disney resorts are divided into 5 categories: deluxe, moderate, value, vacation club resorts, and cabins/campgrounds. Choosing among them will largely depend on your style preferences, and mostly, your vacation budget.
Ten on-site resorts make up the category known as Deluxe Disney resorts. They include: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club Resort, Boardwalk Inn, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Polynesian Resort, Wilderness Lodge, and Yacht Club Resort. Two additional on-site hotels, the Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin, are also considered deluxe, though they are not owned by the Disney company.
Guests choosing any of these hotels should expect to pay in excess of $265 per night, though package prices may reduce the cost. However, if you can afford the price, you'll be rewarded with the best Disney has to offer at these Disney resorts, including spacious elegantly-appointed rooms with comfortable beds and soft spannens, elaborately-themed pools, amazing restaurants, fitness centers, and spas.
Disney resorts that are dubbed "moderate" are still far more lovely than your average hotel. Rooms are quite comfortable and spacious, there are themed pools and hot tubs on the property, full-service restaurants are available, and watercraft can be rented on the waters surrounding these Disney resorts. Moderate Disney resorts start at $159 per night.
Moderate resorts include Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans French Quarter, and Port Orleans Riverside Resort.
The most affordable of all the Disney resorts, the so-called Value Resorts are perfect for famlies on a budget and are often the chosen accommodation for groups traveling together. Amenities are basic, but all value resorts have themed pools and each contains a food court, centrally located on the property. Rooms are smaller than the other Disney hotels. Prices at these resorts start as low as $84 per night.
This category encompasses all of Disney World's "All-Star" accommodations, including the Music, Sports, Movie, and Pop Century resorts, and the newest Art of Animation resort.
Disney Vacation Club Resorts
More like a home-away-from-home, Vacation Club Disney resorts provide guests with extra amenities including a kitchen or kitchenette, multiple bedrooms, and valet parking, in addition to all the amenities you'd expect from Disney's deluxe or moderate resorts, such as pools, watercraft rental, restaurants, and more.
Prices range from about $200 per night for a studio unit in these Disney resorts during the value season to more than $1,000 per night for a multi-bedroom unit during the holidays or peak season. Resorts that fall into this category include Beach Club Villas, Boardwalk Villas, Old Key West Resort, Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, and the Villas at Wilderness Lodge.
If you enjoy the great outdoors, you might choose the Fort Wilderness cabins or campsites for your next Disney World visit. Cabins start at $239 per night in Value Season and campgrounds begin at around $39 per night plus amenities such as water and sewer for RVs.
The Fort Wilderness campground is home to one of the Disney resorts' most popular dinner shows, the Hoop Dee Do Revue. Guests staying here can also hike nature trails, go horseback riding, swim, and boat on Bay Lake.
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