How to Choose a Resort at Disney

Theme parks, shops, restaurants and 22 sprawling individual resorts sit on 35,000 acres of property owned by Disney. When you choose a resort to stay in at Disney, you must narrow down a large selection of accommodations. Some Disney resorts are budget friendly, others are luxurious, while others are designed to be a "home away from home" for large groups or vacationers desiring extra space.


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    Calculate a vacation budget and determine the amount you are able to spend for hotel accommodations.
    • If you are traveling with a large group it may be helpful to divide estimated costs into a per person figure. This way you can determine whether it is more frugal to divide your group into multiple rooms or to book a suite or villa.
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    Count how many guests are in your party and narrow resort possibilities down to those that are able to sleep your entire group, while staying within your budget.
    • Standard rooms in Disney resorts sleep up to 4 guests. Most resorts offer adjoining rooms. Options for groups of 6 or less that wish to stay together include the value family suites at Disney's All-Star Music resort and the cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness resort. Parties of 8 or less can select from 9 different villa resorts on Disney property, with the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs sleeping up to 9 guests.
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    Note amenities that are both essential and desirable to members of your travel party. Review the Disney website or call Disney to determine which amenities are offered at the resorts you are considering.
    • All Disney resorts include transportation to and from Orlando International airport, transportation within Walt Disney World Resort grounds, pool access, an on-site restaurant or food court, scheduled activities, extended theme park hours and housekeeping.
    • Some optional amenities only available in certain resorts include kitchenettes, balconies or patios, in-room refrigerators, on-site restaurants, water slides, room service, access to theme parks by monorail or boat, and on-site lakes with water activities.
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    Review the options available to you once budget, size and amenities have been considered. If you still have several options, review each resort's theme and location within the park to make a final decision.
    • Select a resort that looks enjoyable and comfortable, and is near the areas of Disney that you plan to visit.
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    Contact Disney, or work through your travel agent, to check resort availability, review package options and book your stay.


  • Transportation options provided by Disney within your resort, theme parks and other attractions include buses, boats, bikes available for rental and monorail. Disney staff can help you determine the quickest way to get to specific destinations from your resort.
  • Disneyland Resort in California offers on-site accommodations in 3 resort hotels: The Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. Since Disneyland is significantly smaller than Disney World, the hotels are not as sprawling as the Disney World resort, but they are within walking distance of the theme parks, and offer such amenities as pools, water slides and on-site dining. Perks of staying at Disneyland hotels include Fastpass tickets that allow guests to move to the front of the line at select amusement park rides, and early entry into the parks.
  • Disneyland Hotel and the Grand Californian sleep up to 5 guests, and Paradise Pier sleeps up to 6 guests. The Grand Californian and Paradise Pier have pools with water slides, while the lowest-priced hotel, Disneyland Hotel, has 2 basic swimming pools. All Disneyland hotels house sit-down restaurants.


  • When using the Walt Disney World resort complimentary transportation, be aware that the system is not always the most efficient way. The buses make stops to other resorts before arriving at your destination and so you will have some wait time. It is not necessarily excruciating but if you happen to have jumpy children, your own mode of transport may be something to take into consideration. This way you can also leave and arrive at your destination whenever is most suitable for you and your family.

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