Disney Hotels and Resorts :: An Overview

Disney's all star music resort pool area
I have stayed at 5 Disney resorts and visited several others, and I can honestly say, I haven’t seen a Disney hotel or resort where I would NOT want to stay. They are all gorgeous and beautifully themed.

You may or may not know that Disney has three levels of resort options. The deluxe resorts are the most expensive and as Disney puts it “the ultimate in luxury, style, and comfort.”  They start at $250 a night and go up and up and UP from there.

Some of the deluxe resorts include villas with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a full working kitchen. We’ve gone three times as a large extended family and each time we’ve stayed at a different deluxe resort villa — Old Key West, Bay Lake Tower and Saratoga Springs. Our favorite by far was Bay Lake Tower, but all three are lovely and spacious and perfect for a group our size — 5 adults and 3 kids.

I’ve been on several press trips and stayed in regular rooms at the Beach Club Resort and the Yacht Club Resort. Beach Club and Yacht Club are next door neighbors and very similar. I like both very much. The theming is very posh and both resorts are spacious and comfortable.

disney yacht club

I have also been to the Grand Floridian and the Contemporary for meals, and both are incredibly luxurious as well as incredibly convenient due to their location on the monorail.

The value resorts are the cheapest.  They are geared towards families with young kids, and the themes are bright and colorful and fun. I’ve toured the All Star Music and Art of Animation resorts on my recent blogger trip to Disney. They were much nicer than I had expected, and with rooms starting at $82 per night, quite affordable.

Disney Art of Animation Resort Pool

Then falling somewhere in the middle are the moderate resorts. I have never seen a moderate resort, so I can’t say much about them. I do know that rooms start at $149 a night. Disney describes them as “an enchanting combination of amenities and value” and I’ve heard great things from people who have stayed at Port Orleans and others.

You can see pictures of all the resorts on disney.go.com.

Staying at a Disney resort means extra amenities such as extended theme park hours, complimentary airport service, complimentary resort transportation, the Disney dining plan, package delivery, and more. Do I sound like a travel brochure yet?

Of course there are plenty of non-Disney accommodations, but I don’t have any experience with them. As I’ve talked with people who have stayed off Disney property, they say they like it because they can get a break from the Disney experience. And of course, the Disney faithfuls say that is exactly whey they like to stay on property, so that they never have to leave the Disney magic. At least, not until they enter the Orlando airport. I can speak from experience that there is no Disney magic in the Orlando airport. See my post about my trip home if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

In a nutshell, there are lovely accommodations for most budgets available at Disney World. What’s your favorite?