One thing you need to decide when visiting Walt Disney World is where you’re going to stay. With so many options, it can become overwhelming very quickly.
Know the Lingo
Extra Magic Hours – Disney resort guests have access to the theme parks before or after they’re open to other guests visiting the parks.
Value Resort – Disney’s term for the cheapest accommodations to guests staying with them. While the price may be less, the theming is amazing at these resorts.
Moderate Resort – this is the “middle of the road” as far as Disney resorts. You’ll still have magnificent theming but it is usually a bit more subtle.
Deluxe Resort – the most expensive group of Disney resorts generally offers the most amenities to the guests and still has touches of Disney in a sophisticated manor.
Location, location, location.
Being on vacation means leaving the real world behind and immersing yourself in the magic. Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort will take care of that for you. Located in the middle of the magic, you don’t have to worry about the real world until you get back in your car or on the plane to head back home.
Disney has transportation that is available to all guests regardless of where you’re staying. The different is some transportation takes you to a parking lot where you have to remember where you left your car and head back to your resort. Staying on site means the transportation takes you right to your resort and you walk to your room where you can relax.
No Disney doesn’t stop the clock while you’re on vacation (wouldn’t that be nice?) but they do give you a bit more vacation in each day. With Extra Magic Hours you’ll be able to get into one of the theme parks an hour before the scheduled opening time or stay in a park up to three hours after the posted closing time just because you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort.
No need to spend extra on water park tickets. Your Walt Disney World Resort will have a pool that can keep the kids entertained for hours. Moderate and Deluxe resorts also have slides or water features to play in as well. Each of the resorts will have pool activities that you can learn about poolside, in the lobby or in the paperwork you got at check in.
As if the pool wasn’t enough, there’s more to enjoy at a Walt Disney World Resort. Check out the stores (usually located off the main lobby), food court, bars and other services.
What’s your favorite Disney resort to stay at during your vacation? Do you have one on your Disney Bucket List??