When choosing a place to stay, choose the one that is right for you. There are really five different categories to choose from, Disney Vacation Club, Deluxe Resorts, Moderate Resorts, Value Resorts and the Fort Wilderness Camp Ground. Disney Vacation Club has three resorts that they can call truly their own and are all vacation club rooms (non-members can stay here when the rooms are not occupied by members, prices vary). The two resorts are Old Key West (the original) Bay Lake Tower and Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. Old Key West and Saratoga Springs resort are very spread out and can take a while to get from the main “lobby” or hospitality house from your room. In addition to being to first DVC resort Old Key West also has the biggest rooms of any resort. Both of these resorts have bus services to all theme parks, water parks and have boat transportation to Downtown Disney (or as it will be called soon, Disney Springs). Bay Lake Towers is as close as you can get to the Magic Kingdom and has views of the Magic Kingdom from your room. The other DVC Resorts are, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk, Grand Floridian, and the Yacht and Beach Club.
Deluxe Resorts are just that, deluxe, they offer more services than moderate and value resorts. Animal Kingdom Lodge is the only deluxe resort requires bus service to any other destination on Disney property. At the Boardwalk Resort is a nightlife hot spot with clubs, restaurants and games on the boardwalk. However the best part of this resort in my opinion is that EPCOT and Hollywood Studios are in walking distance. The Yacht and Beach Club which is across the lake from the Boardwalk is another one of our family favorites, EPCOT is an extremely short walk from the Yacht and Beach Club, you may want to take the boat to Hollywood Studios (unless you just missed it, we typically walk there and take the boat back). The pool, Stormalong Bay is also a big draw for this resort, it is approximately three acres in size with a lazy river, sand bottom zero entry pool, large waterslide and kid’s waterslide. The Contemporary, Bay Lake Tower, Wilderness Lodge, Polynesian and the Grand Floridian are all in close proximity to the Magic Kingdom, all except the Wilderness Lodge are on the Magic Kingdom Monorail Loop. The Contemporary is themed as it sounds a contemporary, futuristic (for the time it was built) style resort. Wilderness Lodge is a tribute to the northwest hunting lodges with its roaring fires (even in the summer heat) and probably the most family fun restaurant in Walt Disney World, Whispering Canyon at which there is no whispering. Polynesian Resort has a tropical feel to it with incredible Magic Kingdom views of the night time fireworks show. The tropical theme continues to the pool with a volcanic theme aptly named Nanea Volcano Pool as the feature pool. To close out the deluxe resorts, we have the Flagship Resort, the Grand Floridian. It is grand indeed, very spacious and elegant with lobby entertainment of an orchestra, or someone playing the grand piano, not to mention the antique style elevator. This resort is also where the wedding pavilion is located with picturesque views of the Magic Kingdom.
Moderate Resorts are slightly smaller than deluxe resorts and have slightly less amenities. One of the biggest differences is room sizes, moderate resorts have smaller room sizes than deluxe resorts. There are four moderate resorts, Caribbean Beach Resort, Coronado Springs Resort, Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter. All the resorts in this category have a food courts and all except Port Orleans French Quarter have sit down restaurants. Coronado Springs is a business class resort and has a large convention area. Newly added pirate and princess rooms are available at these resorts and cost more than standard rooms but to some the extra cost is worth it. All of these resorts offer bus service to and from the theme parks. At Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter you can take a boat ride to Downtown Disney.
Value Resorts are more economical and smaller than that of a moderate or deluxe resort. There are five of these resorts, All-Star Sports, All-Star Music, All-Star Movies, Pop Century and the newest of them all Art of Animation Resort which has family suites. None of these resorts have sit down restaurants, but all have food courts. At these resorts you will find larger than life Disney icons that your kids will enjoy. All of these resorts offer bus service to all Disney theme parks and Downtown Disney.
Fort Wilderness Camp Ground is situated near the Wilderness Lodge. The camp ground is large and has many amenities, including comfort stations, food court and two sit down restaurants, Trails End and The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review. This is a dinner and a show that happens a few times a night, but book early they fill up quick.
Hopefully this will help you when making your choice of where to stay.
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