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How to Choose the Perfect Walt Disney World Resort Hotel

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Disney World Hotels

With well over 20 resorts to choose from, it can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing to pick just the right one for your family. Here are some really important points to consider when selecting the perfect resort at Walt Disney World.


Walt Disney World Resort offers 3 levels of hotel: value, moderate and deluxe. Always start with a budget since the resorts vary in price a great deal.

Value Resorts 

  • All-Star Movies Resort
  • All-Star Music Resort
  • All-Star Sports Resort
  • Pop Century Resort
  • Art of Animation Resort

Moderate Resorts 

  • Coronado Springs Resort
  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • The Cabins at Fort Wilderness
  • Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Port Orleans Riverside
Deluxe Resorts 
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Polynesian Village Resort
  • Wilderness Lodge,
  • Beach Club Resort
  • BoardWalk Inn
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Yacht Club Resort
Deluxe Villas 
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Old Key West
    Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
  • Tree House Villas at Saratoga Springs
  • The Villas at Wilderness Lodge
  • BoardWalk Villas
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Beach Club Villas
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • The Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Disney World Hotels


Are you a family with small children and you want a colorful, Disney character themed resort or a couple looking for seaside luxury. Each Walt Disney World resort has a different theme from the Boardwalk of Atlantic City to giant characters from the best loved Disney movies.


Are you the type of family that is waiting in line for the parks to open each day and stays until the very last hour? You know – the “as long as I have a bed to sleep in” family. If you are, you won’t need a large or luxurious room to just sleep and shower in. If you are a family that likes to get a late start after a swim or return mid-day for a rest, or will be spending some days not going to the parks, look for the resorts with rooms that are a little bigger or the resorts with large (or more) pools. Remember, the higher the level of resort, the better the quality of amenities.


The higher level of resorts often have better dining options since the value resorts usually offer quick service dining only. Some have more than one to choose from.


If personal service is important to you – higher level resort categories are where you should look.


When choosing a resort, to you want to get to the parks via monorail, boat, or bus? You will most likely want to choose a resort that is closest to where you plan to spend lots of time. I’m an EPCOT person so always like to stay at one of the resorts closest to EPCOT. 

How do you decide where to stay?