I am a huge believer in staying on property. Every trip I planned to Disney involved staying on property. I am not familiar with the off-property hotels. There are 3 levels of resorts: Value, Moderate and Deluxe, plus the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. For Value Resorts there are: All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, All-Star Movies, Pop Century and Art Of Animation. I have not stayed at any of these resorts. But they offer rooms starting at $90/night, which is an amazing deal!
Next you have the Moderate Resorts: Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans – Riverside, Port Orleans – French Quarter, Coronado Springs and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. These start at $170/night. The first time we went we stayed at Caribbean Beach, and the next 2 trips we stayed at Port Orleans – French Quarter.
Caribbean Beach is HUGE! There is an internal bus that takes 30 minutes to go around the whole resort! Luckily, we stayed in the Martinique section. It was a 5 minute walk to the pool and food court. We were also the first ones off the bus from the Parks, and could walk over to another bus stop, which was the last stop to be picked up before heading out. Otherwise you could spend a long time on the buses! It is centrally located so it didn’t take too long to get to any of the parks.
So, for our next trip we chose Port Orleans – French Quarter because it is small! One bus stop! We loved it there. You could easily walk to the food court, pool and the bus no matter where you were staying. They also have a boat to take you to Downtown Disney!! We enjoy the boat ride so much, that every trip since involves a visit to the French Quarter and the boat ride to Downtown Disney. As well, you can get made-to-order Beignets that are delicious!!
After our 3rd visit we became Disney Vacation Club members (more on that in a future post). It is basically a Disney time share. We have purchased points to use each year for Disney Vacations. The points can be used for the DVC Villas at the Deluxe Resorts!
For our first trip being a DVC member we had extra points and were able to stay at Bay Lake Tower in a 1 bedroom! Now that is luxury! The room was amazing with a separate bedroom, 2 bathrooms, laundry, full kitchen and seating and a living room with a pull out couch and chair!
However, now we want to spend more time, so we stay in the Deluxe Studios. They have a queen size bed, with a pull-out couch; a kitchenette with a microwave, fridge and sink; and one bathroom.
The great thing about Bay Lake Tower is it’s proximity to the Magic Kingdom! I love being able to walk from the hotel to the Magic Kingdom! As well, you can take the Monorail to the other Magic Kingdom resorts and to EPCOT!
We have stayed there a few times, twice in a Lake View Room. The first time we looked over Bay Lake, and the second time we had a view of the Magic Kingdom! Each night we could watch the Fireworks from our room. You can also go up to the Top of the World Lounge and watch the Fireworks with the music piped in!
Last March Gemma and I stayed at the Beach Club Villas! We loved this resort so much, we are staying there again in March!
It has the most amazing pool on property! It goes on forever! As well, it is a 5 minute walk to EPCOT and a 20 minute walk to Hollywood Studios. You can also take a boat to the Studios.
The Beach Club Villas is also right beside the Boardwalk, so you can walk over there and take in all of their night time entertainment!
I have future reservations at the Boardwalk, Grand Floridian and Animal Kingdom Lodge and I will report on them once we return from our trips!
Basically all of the Disney Property Resorts have great things about them! Currently, I would recommend the following: Value Resort – Art of Animation; Moderate – Port Orleans French Quarter; Deluxe – you can’t go wrong with any of them!! I can never decide and that is why I am staying at 3 resorts on my next 2 trips!!
What is your favourite Disney Resort?