Disney World Hotel Reviews

Thinking about staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, but not sure which is right for you? In our Disney hotel reviews, we share the strengths and weaknesses of each hotel, give our opinion as to whether they are worth the money, and offer an idea of what type of guests (families, honeymooners, commando tourists, etc.) will like or dislike each hotel. Note that these are reviews of Walt Disney World-area hotels in Florida. For Anaheim accommodations, read our Disneyland Area Hotel Reviews & Rankings post. 

Each full Walt Disney World hotel review contains photos from the hotels, including room photos and photos of main areas of the hotel, to give you an idea of whether the decor of the rooms and the theme of the hotel will appeal to you. In addition to this, the reviews offer Walt Disney World resort hotel tips, information about amenities, and dining recommendations at the hotels.

We have stayed at every on-site hotel at Walt Disney World, so unlike many hotel review sites that crowd-source or aggregate information from other sources leading to inconsistent ratings or uninformed “opinions”, our reviews are all first-hand accounts of our personal stays at each of the hotels at Walt Disney World. You may totally disagree with our opinions, but at least you’re getting the actual opinions of the same two people who have stayed at each of the hotels.

We are missing full reviews for a couple of Walt Disney World hotels because we either forgot to take room photos of the hotel or last stayed at the hotel before we started taking room photos (hey, how many of you take hotel room photos?!). Additionally, Disney has been aggressively refreshing its hotel rooms in the last year or so, and we haven’t yet had a chance to stay in every new room and update the photos. Our goal is to have this completed by early 2015.

Off-site and third party hotels at Walt Disney World like the Swan & Dolphin, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels, and other similar hotels are next on our list of places to start staying at and reviewing, so check back regularly and stay tuned for those reviews.

Below we have blurbs with quick-hit pros and cons of each Walt Disney World hotel if you just want basic information. If you want to know more about each hotel and see Walt Disney World hotel photos, click the name of the hotel to go to its full review!

WDW Hotel Reviews

Disney’s Beach Club Resort Review (Deluxe & Deluxe Villa Resort) – The lighthearted sister resort to Yacht Club, Beach Club has a lot going for it. The theme is lighthearted, fun, and well-executed. The Storm-Along Bay pool is by far the best at Walt Disney World. (It has its own lazy river!) It’s a short walk from Epcot, and a walk or boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On-site dining is excellent, with the exception of mediocre counter service. Weaknesses are price and shared bus transportation to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. We also think the rooms are superior at Yacht Club, but aren’t bad here by any means. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Review (Deluxe & Deluxe Villa Resort) – BoardWalk is the hotel at which we stay most regularly, and we love it for its walking-distance proximity to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, plus charming turn-of-the-century Atlantic boardwalk theme. Rooms here are attractive and fairly subdued while still being well-themed. In terms of cons, price and the shared bus service are the main ones. BoardWalk also lacks a great full counter service restaurant, although you really can’t complain too much about the excellent BoardWalk Bakery! Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – Yacht Club is the more ‘sophisticated’ sister hotel of the Beach Club, and is more or less the same aside from a slightly more refined theme. Like Beach Club, the pool, convenience to Epcot & Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and dining options are major strengths. We’d also give the slight nod to Yacht Club in terms of room design. Weaknesses are nightly price, shared bus service, and on-site counter service. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney's Contemporary Resort and Magic Kingdom as viewed from Bay Lake Tower. Here's the view of the Fantasy in the Sky (New Year's Eve) fireworks from up there: http://www.disneytouristblog.com/fantasy-in-the-sky-disney-world-fireworks-photo/

Disney’s Contemporary Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – The Contemporary approaches theming from a minimalist perspective, so it’s a good option for those wanting a respite from the Disney feel of the parks. Thanks to its A-frame design and the monorail running through it, it still has a distinct look. The monorail is another pro, as it offers convenient access to the Magic Kingdom (which is also within walking distance) and Epcot. Great dining options are another plus, as is the compact layout. Weaknesses are high nightly rates, generic pool, and a theme that may not appeal to Disney fans or kids. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Review (Deluxe Resort) – The Poly as it’s known by fans, this resort celebrates tiki culture, meaning that it’s more of a 1970s caricature than an authentic portrayal. This is not a knock on the hotel, as it’s a fun environment. Strengths of the Polynesian are its beautiful grounds, great restaurants, and location on the monorail, making it a short ride to the Magic Kingdom. It’s also a short walk to the Ticket & Transportation Center. Weaknesses are that it’s one of the most expensive resorts at Walt Disney World, is dated in some regards, and utilizes shared transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Through March 2015 extensive construction to add Disney Vacation Club and remodel parts of the hotel is occurring, and we highly recommend staying elsewhere at this time. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Review (Deluxe & Deluxe Villa Resort) – One of my favorite (if not my absolute favorite) resorts at Walt Disney World, Wilderness Lodge scores huge points for its accurate, idealized take on a US National Park lodge. Other highlights include its gorgeous grounds, underrated dining options, compact layout, location near the Magic Kingdom, great boat transportation, and lower price point than other Deluxes. It also is second to none at Christmas in terms of ambiance. Some guests may not appreciate the rustic theme, and its bus transportation can be slow. If you like the theme here, Wilderness Lodge is tough to beat. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Review (Deluxe Villa Resort) – The Disney Vacation Club wing of the Contemporary, this is the closest resort to any theme park at Walt Disney World. It’s less than a 10 minute walk to the Magic Kingdom, and a monorail ride (it connects via a skybridge to the A-frame of the Contemporary) to Epcot. Room design here is superior to the Contemporary with more touches of Disney. Due to its clean, modern design with flourishes of Disney and proximity to the Magic Kingdom, this is Sarah’s favorite resort. Its strengths and weaknesses are the same as the Contemporary. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s Old Key West Resort Review (Deluxe Villa Resort) – Old Key West is the original Disney Vacation Club resort, and that was actually its name when it first opened. A lush environment themed to Key West, Old Key West features the largest rooms of any Disney Vacation Club resort, and all recently received a top to bottom refresh. The theming here is very well done, but whether a resort themed to Florida in Florida is for you (I love it) is another matter. On-site dining and amenities are great. The biggest downside is how spread out Old Key West is, which means a long walk to dining and an inefficient multi-stop bus system. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Review (Deluxe Villa Resort) – Saratoga Springs is another resort that was constructed as a Disney Vacation Club resort, meaning that it’s built with villas in mind. The theme here is subdued, and the resort overall feels very new and fresh. It’s also within walking distance or ferry distance of Downtown Disney. On the downside, it’s the largest and most spread out resort at Walt Disney World, utilizing multiple bus stops which makes transportation to the parks a chore if you don’t have a rental car. On-site dining is also weak. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort at sunset. CBR Review: http://www.disneytouristblog.com/disneys-caribbean-beach-resort-review/

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Review (Moderate Resort) – The vibrant, tropical feel of this resort seems to be a bit divisive–it even is among the two of us. I find it to have a fun theme with interesting rooms, while Sarah isn’t a big fan. It is the oldest of the Moderates, which is good and bad. Good in the rooms being larger than the norm, bad in it being a bit dated. The pool here is arguably the best of any Moderate. This resort is great for families who want an upgrade from the Values. Dining options here are subpar as compared to other moderates. Just like other moderates, it has multiple bus stops and inefficient transportation. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Review (Moderate Resort) – Coronado Springs has the room quality of a Deluxe Resort for the price of a Moderate. It also has dining options on par with a Deluxe. This is because it is the primary convention hotel at Walt Disney World, which is both a good and a bad thing. On the plus side, its amenities are on par with what conventioneers who aren’t interested in theme parks would expect. On the downside, many vacationers don’t appreciate the “convention crowd” at their resort. This resort is good for adults traveling without kids and bad for families. Other weaknesses are its spread out nature, and a theme that is overall sort of bland. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Review (Moderate Resort) – In my early childhood, camping at Fort Wilderness was a yearly tradition. As adults, we have stayed at the Cabins at Fort Wilderness (these are why it’s a Moderate Resort). Fort Wilderness is unlike any other resort at Walt Disney World, and if you didn’t know better, you might have no clue that a theme park was across the lake from it. Great outdoor activities like fishing, boating, archery, campfires, and more. Cabins are great values for money if you have a large party and enjoy the ambiance. Inefficient internal bus system is biggest weakness. Either Fort Wilderness is for you or it isn’t. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Review (Moderate Resort) – Riverside has the theming of a Deluxe Resort for the price of a Moderate Resort. It has the entertainment offerings of a Deluxe Resort for the price of a Moderate Resort. We consider it the perfect Walt Disney World hotel for honeymooning on a budget because of its romantic atmosphere. The only downsides are its spread out layout, which leads to long (romantic?) walks and multiple bus stops. If you don’t rent Disney Vacation Club points, this is our pick for the “best value” of any hotel at Walt Disney World. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s Art of Animation Suites Review (Value Resort) – Art of Animation is the newest hotel at Walt Disney World, and already one of the most popular. The majority of its rooms are cartoony (you’ll see what we mean when you look at the photos) family suites, which is either a pro or a con depending upon your perspective. Design throughout the resort can be both a pro and con (likely a pro for families and avid Disney movie fans and a con for adults looking for a romantic or relaxed escape). Across the board pros include the food court and transportation. Cons are the spread out layout and price, which is above the rest of the Value tier. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review (Value Resort) – A good Value Resort choice because it costs less per night than Art of Animation and some rooms are within walking distance of the Art of Animation food court. Pop Century has divisive, oversized icons adorning the property, and many of these will resonate less with kids because some are pop culture references that are over their heads than the icons at the other Value Resorts. Pop Century also has dedicated bus service and a fairly nice food court of its own, plus Disney amenities at a reasonable nightly rate. This makes it a good option for “commando touring” trips where the hotel is only for sleeping and showering. Weaknesses are that it’s basically a Disneyfied motel and is spread out. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s All Star Music Resort Review (Value Resort) – Each of the All Star Resorts has the same basic strengths and weaknesses. Theme is one thing that will be divisive, and the larger than life icons will be considered a pro by some while it’s a con by others. See the photos of the resorts to judge that for yourself. In general, the All Star Resorts are Disneyfied motels, and are fairly spread out. Strengths here are the price and the fact that you can still take advantage of Disney on-site amenities. Of the All Stars, we find Music to be the most relaxed and best laid-out. Weaknesses are transportation, overall quality, and design (for some). Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s All Star Movies Resort Review (Value Resort) – Like All Star Music, the greatest strength of All Star Movies is its price point. It also has a fun theme for kids and movie fans, although many others will find it tacky and over the top. All general strengths and weaknesses are the same here as Music. Of the three All Star Resorts, Movies is our least favorite, as it is the last stop on the bus route (meaning it gets skipped sometimes) and because it’s the most dated. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s All Star Sports Resort Review (Value Resort) – Exactly the same general pros and cons of the other All Stars. Additionally, All Star Sports benefits from having a nicer food court than the others, and being the first stop on the shared bus loop. Its biggest downside is that it is the hotel most frequently used for large youth groups. If you don’t think this is a big deal, you’ve never had a group of cheerleaders practicing their chants at 11 pm outside your room. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Deluxe & Deluxe Villa Resort) – We have stayed in the main building of Animal Kingdom Lodge but not Kidani Village, and have yet to review the hotel. This is one of our favorite resorts at Walt Disney World. Pros of Animal Kingdom Lodge are its encompassing “resort” feel, with a litany of great dining options, plus on-site “entertainment” in terms of animals to view and a high quality art collection. Thematically and culturally authentic, Animal Kingdom Lodge is perfect for guests looking for a resort that, itself, offers something to do. Its biggest con is its remote location; it also has only an average pool area.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Deluxe & Deluxe Villa Resort) – We have stayed at the Grand Floridian once, and were very underwhelmed by our experience, finding the rooms woefully inadequate (I’ve frequently referred to them as 1990s Country Living Magazine mixed with Victorian). However, we toured the new rooms at the Villas and they are beautiful, and the main buildings are in the process of having a top to bottom overhauls. We will review the hotel once we have a chance to stay in the new rooms. General strengths are excellent on-site dining (best at Walt Disney World), location near the Magic Kingdom on the monorail loop, and a nice ambiance in general around the resort. Weaknesses are that it is the most expensive resort at Walt Disney World, and shared transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Price is the big issue, though. It’s seriously expensive.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter (Moderate Resort) – French Quarter alternates between romanticized version of New Orleans and caricature of it. Its biggest strength is its compact size and single bus stop, which is a stark contrast to other Moderates. The pool is also cool, as are many areas of the resort. Weaknesses are that it shares some amenities with Riverside (French Quarter has no table service restaurant because of this). Due to its small size, it is also rarely discounted, meaning that–as a practical matter–it often costs much more than the other Moderate Resorts.

Other Walt Disney World Area Hotels


This is our selection of “other” hotels near Walt Disney World. Some of these hotels are located on-site, some are off-site in the Downtown Disney/Disney Springs area, and some are off-property but a very short drive of Walt Disney World.


These off-site hotels can be a great way to save money. Several of the hotels reviewed below can be booked at steep discounts via a last-minute booking app called Hotel Tonight (click here to download the app). There are regularly hotels in the Downtown Disney Resort area on Hotel Tonight, as well as the Swan & Dolphin, often at really great prices. The caveat to this is that you have to wait until the last minute. If you’re fine with that, we highly recommend waiting (it’s smart to book a hotel with a flexible cancellation policy as a backup) as you will be rewarded with great savings. You can save even more by using code TBRICKER1 for $25 off your first booking.

Many more off-site hotel reviews are coming soon. Here are the hotels we have reviewed thus far…

Swan & Dolphin Resort (Epcot Area) Review – My favorite non-Disney hotel option, Swan & Dolphin are great options if you’re looking for a luxury experience or walking-distance proximity to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at a lower price point. The resort fees here do bug me, but the fact remains that prices at the Swan & Dolphin are significantly better than comparable Disney-owned hotels even with added costs factored in, and the amenities give virtually every Disney-owned hotel a run for its money. Click here to read our full review and see room photos

B Resort & Spa (Disney Springs) Review – B Resort feels like a hip boutique hotel, one that is unlike anything else I’ve seen at Walt Disney World. It’s a really ambitious hotel, with very attractive prices considering its quality and on-site location at Walt Disney World. However, this style probably is not for everyone, namely, families with small children. It seems better suited to conventioneers or younger folks looking to go out after the parks close and have a good time at Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. Click here to read our full review and see room photos

Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa (Disney Springs) Review – Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa is a far more ambitious hotel than you’d expect. It has an impressive slate of amenities, is an easy walk to Disney Springs, and has some of the absolute best rooms at Walt Disney World. It’s certainly not perfect, having some dated areas, and the nightly resort fee is absurdly expensive, but even considering that, this has to be among one of the best ‘bang for buck’ hotels at Walt Disney World. Click here to read our full review and see room photos.

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista (Disney Springs) Review – The Wyndham is a very basic, albeit reasonably nice, off-site option that is primarily going to appeal to those who do not want the theming of a Disney resort, or have rewards they can use or earn at the Wyndham. It offers fair value, especially for those who will be venturing off-site. Click here to read our full review and see room photos

Other WDW Hotel Resources

In addition to our reviews, we have some other resources that compare Walt Disney World hotels or help you save money at them. Here are some helpful reading materials:

Tips for Renting Disney Vacation Club Points – Renting DVC points is a great way to stay at Deluxe Villa resort hotels for about the price of a Moderate Resort. Save a ton of money over booking these resorts directly from Disney.

Off-Site v. On-Site Walt Disney World Hotels – The pros and cons of staying in an on-site Walt Disney World hotel, versus staying at a hotel outside of Walt Disney World. Largely comes down to convenience v. cost, but here are other things to consider!

Best Walt Disney World Resorts for Free Dining – Walt Disney World’s frequent “Free Dining” promotion is not the same for all resort hotels, and it’s not offered at all of them either. This post looks at the best hotels for maximizing the value of the promo.

Value Resorts v. Moderate Resorts – Exactly what it sounds like. An article that helps you determine whether Value Resorts or Moderate Resorts might be right for you, if you’re unsure.

Value Resort Rankings – Post ranking the Value Resorts based on our opinions. Looks at amenities and quality versus cost.

Moderate Resort Rankings – Post ranking the Moderate Resorts based on our opinions. Each Moderate Resort has strengths that could make it #1, so this sorts out those strengths and weaknesses.

Deluxe Resort Rankings – Same idea as the Value and Resort ranking posts. A considerably more difficult tier of hotels to rank, this definitely depends upon personal preference and “goals” in large part.

Disney Vacation Club Resort Rankings – Post ranking Deluxe Villa Disney Vacation Club resorts. Takes into account cost, size, amenities, and other features to give an idea of best bang for buck and overall quality.

Best Disney Vacation Club Resorts at Christmas – Rankings of the various Disney Vacation Club resorts during the Christmas season. Considers point cost, convenience, and decor.


If you are unsure of which Walt Disney World hotel might be best for you–or need personalized help with planning any aspect of your vacation–we  recommend contacting a no fee “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” (Disney’s term for a travel agent) to get a quote and to help you plan. They get their commission from Disney, so none of the authorized (key word) planners will charge you for booking their trip and helping. Here’s one such recommended Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

For Walt Disney World trip planning tips and comprehensive advice, make sure to read our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide and related articles.

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Your Thoughts…

At which Walt Disney World hotels have you stayed? Do you have a favorite hotel? A least favorite hotel? Please provide some feedback and share your thoughts or questions in the comments! If you’re a first timer with some questions, feel free to post them and we will do our best to answer!

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276 Responses to “Disney World Hotel Reviews”

  1. Lisa says:

    My favorite Disney hotels are Yacht Club and Bay Lake Tower. I’m looking forward to trying the new Four Seasons Hotel. I was a little disappointed with Caribbean Beach, but my expectations might have been too high (we stayed in one of the pirate-themed rooms, which was pretty cool).

    • Tom Bricker says:

      So you did like the Pirate-themed room? I’m a bit surprised they haven’t done more of a Pirates of the Caribbean takeover of CBR.

      • Lisa says:

        The pirate-themed room was fun. There were a lot of fun details. The beds were themed to look like pirate ships, the refrigerator was inside a big barrel, the end tables were crates, and a big Pirates of the Caribbean flag separated the bathroom area from the rest of the room. There were a few other touches in the bathroom. Despite the cute theming, the room still had the overall appearance of a dated motel room. It was fun to stay there for one night, but I would not have enjoyed staying there for a whole vacation.

    • Lindsey says:

      My favorite hotels are the Animal Kingdom Lodge and The Boardwalk. The theming on both of these hotels are so perfect and I feel so happy when staying there.

    • Rebecca says:

      So many choices. We stayed at a Little Mermaid room at AoA last time and while it made the princess happy, we won’t go back. So many pros and con’s to weigh both on-site and off.

  2. Jodi C says:

    Love the Beach Club! Love that we can walk into Epcot, love Stormalong Bay, Beaches and Cream is wonderful!

  3. ash says:

    I always love how thorough your reviews are!

  4. Kate says:

    Thank you for this round-up of your hotel reviews! My husband and I are going to be planning a trip to WDW in the next year or so – he has never been, and I have only been twice, once as a child and once as a teen, so my experience is pretty limited. I will definitely be utilizing this resource!

  5. Tommy says:

    I’ve only had the chance to stay at Key West, but I’d really like to stay in the Animal Kingdom hotels or in the Contemporary

  6. Christina says:

    I’ve stayed at Port Orleans Riverside and return in a couple months. I loved it enough to book the same one. I love the spread out layout, the Royal Guest rooms and the scenery

  7. mariah says:

    Wow, I think that’s so cool that you guys have stayed at every on site hotel. Phase two is to stay at every Disney hotel worldwide! If anyone can do it it’s you guys!

  8. Carrie says:

    So far, Beach Club has been my favourite. Next month we’re heading back to the World and doing a split stay between AKL/Boardwalk/Contemporary. Can’t wait to try these as we’ve never stayed at any of them!

  9. Kevin says:

    Im a noob to the blogs, but were planning our first Disney trip for next month and the site has already been a huge help!

  10. Kevin says:

    Iv never been lucky enough to stay onsite but not having to pay those Orlando cab feels, seem like its is worth it alone!

  11. Jenni Eagen says:

    I’d love to win!

  12. Gabby says:

    You guys are seriously amazing! By far, I love the Contemporary hotel the best. I went with my family during the holidays when I was a child. It was magical, and I think I love it so much because it was my first on-site Disney hotel stay.

  13. Stephania says:

    I’ve stayed at the Contemporary, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and the All Stars Sports and Movies. I really loved the Contemporary, but I had the Magic Kingdom view which made viewing the night show from our balcony absolutely amazing. The Animal Kingdom Lodge was wonderful. as well. I don’t hate the All Stars though. I’ll be staying at the Music one in December, and I plan on staying at the Art of Animation in the future. We’ll see :)

  14. Steven says:

    My favorite resort is the Polynesian. It was the first resort I had ever been to and introduced me to the Disney Magic. Now, whenever I go back, I feel like I am 9 years old again.

  15. Matt Smith says:

    I love DTBlog, Tom. Great advice and reviews. We have yet to be disappointed by a WDW resort. We stayed at Grand Floridian before we had kids and loved the casual elegance. We stayed at Contemporary once we had kids and loved not having to go outside for the monorail. We stayed at Pop when we were in for a quick trip and thought the theming was great for a quick jolt of fun. Our favorite, though, is probably Port Orleans Riverside. We stayed without kids on the bayou side and stayed with the kids in the royal guest rooms. Both trips were relaxing and enjoyable.

  16. Cyn209 says:

    I hope to one day stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort…….

  17. Angela says:

    My favorite Disney hotels are the Contemporary, the Beach Club, and Pop Century. My fiance and I will be honeymooning at Coronado Springs in October, and I can’t wait – the pics of this hotel look fantastic!

  18. klavoie says:

    I’ve stayed at the Polynesian, Coronado Springs and All-Star Movies. The Polynesian is definitely my favorite! I’m looking forward to see what the resort looks like after all of the renovations.

  19. Chasity says:

    I have only stayed at All Star Sports and Old Key West. I loved Old Key West! But I would love to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge!

  20. Dina says:

    I’m surprised that so many of the Deluxe resorts have “shared” buses to some of the parks. Seems crazy for the prices they are charging.

  21. Krys says:

    I stayed at the Grand Floridian when it first opened and many years later at All-Star Movies. Obviously different experiences. ASM was a basic hotel room w/ decent theming. We honestly weren’t there much anyway.

    We’re finally coming back to WDW after many DL trips and we’ll be staying at Port Orleans Riverside in a Royal Room for 5 nights, then 3 nights at Contemporary. Soo excited!

  22. rosalie says:

    We plan on staying at riverside the next time we go, basically because we have to! Now that my son is 3, we are officially a family of five and riverside is our cheapest option. I am so releived to hear great reviews on it from you!

  23. Laura B says:

    I love Pop. As commando tourers it fits our needs and budget perfectly!

  24. shirley Boothe says:

    I LOVE Wilderness Lodge even though we have never stayed there. We go and just “look”. It looks so much like Old Faithful Inn… sooo gorgeous..!!

  25. Cathy says:

    My favorite overall is the Wilderness Lodge. I enjoyed the location of Boardwalk but it needs some sort of counter service.

  26. Cristi says:

    Headed to Disney in 13 days! Staying at The Poly (braving it despite construction) and Old Key West. I can’t definitively name the best resort yet, because we are still working on staying our way around the World, but Saratoga Springs is my early favorite. We love the laid-back, easy atmosphere there!

  27. Mendy Dale says:

    You guys do such a great job with your reviews. Keep up the good work!

  28. Mendy Dale says:

    BTW, our fav is Animal Kingdom Lodge. Hoping for Beach Club or Boardwalk in the future.

  29. Lauren says:

    Thank you for all the helpful information on this site. We’ve never really stayed on property but are considering DVC because of all the resources you’ve provided and how well you’ve explained everything. Our next trip will almost definitely be renting points to try things out.

    • Brian says:

      For what it’s worth, we are planning a trip to Animal Kingdom Kidani Village based in large part on the advice provided here regarding renting DVC points. The process was super easy and we cannot wait for our trip. In fact, I couldn’t imagine booking a room using any other method.

      The first time our family went (about 8 months ago) we stayed in Animal Kingdom Lodge and had a fantastic time. We have 2 kids (ages 4 and 6) and they had such a blast seeing the animals. Yes, the resort is a bit of a distance from the parks, but there is a dedicated bus for AKL which is very nice. Most nights the lines for buses for the other resorts were longer than the AKL line.

  30. Melanie m says:

    Not sure about favorite hotel yet, but looking forward to my first visit to a Disney staying at animal kingdom lodge in October. Love your blog!

  31. Brenda says:

    Several years ago we stayed at Coronado Springs for a few days, then All Star Music. Didn’t care for ASM due to very noisy (not enough insulation between rooms) compared to CS. Two years ago stayed at Caribbean Beach in a pirate room (11 yo loved it) and also Art of Animation – Cars room (11 yo & 2 yo grand loved it). Got to stay at Port Orleans Riverside this year and enjoyed the quietness. Trying to make a point of staying at a different resort each time, but don’t know we’ll hit all of them.

  32. Kevin says:

    We counted up that we’ve only stayed at 3, but have visited/eaten in 11 resorts. Of those we’ve visited, I’d probably want to stay in either Contemporary/BLT for location or AKL for a day I wasn’t going into the park and wanted to lounge at the resort (a day which has never happened!).

  33. Angie Hays says:

    I think I have read all of your hotel reviews, but I’m going to go back through now to be sure! We love all of the Epcot hotels, but also have a special place for Animal Kingdom Lodge, mostly because of Jiko! Thanks for another great post and contest!

  34. Shelly H says:

    This is on my bucket list! Only three down and lots to go!!!

  35. Sarah says:

    I stay at a non-disney timeshare when we go, but I really want to stay on property in the future. I would want to stay at the Poly or at the Grand. I’m also interested in Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kindgom Lodge. I’m just wary because of the prices. I can’t get myself to justify that much money to stay at a hotel. I wouldn’t spend enough time at the hotel/resort to justify the money. Who knows, maybe I will revisit this thought.

  36. audrey says:

    Port Orleans Riverside is my very favourite hotel, I would move in if it were possible!

  37. Jami says:

    Love the poly. Just can’t afford to stay there every time!

  38. Martha says:

    Mom and i stayed at Port Orleans–Riverside twice in two years; we absolutely loved it. I liked that our room was RIGHT near the buses (lucky for us!) and Mom liked that you don’t have to deal with elevators and lobbys; you’re in nature as soon as you step outside.

  39. Jennifer Bowen says:

    We love the Beach Club and the Poly. We’d like to try Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge, but we’re concerned about the transportation.

  40. Katie Clark says:

    Love the blog! Thanks for the giveaway :).

  41. Laura says:

    We are fans of value resorts. We stayed at Coronado on our babymoon and really missed the basic food court, in your face icons and Mickey waffles. After staying at a few, I think we will continue to choose Pop Century . We didn’t like the large groups at the All Star resorts.

  42. Kristin Weiss says:

    Although I would love to have a chance at staying at a deluxe resort, I have to be a value girl. :) I do enjoy Pop Century very much. My husband proposed to me while staying there! I also like AOA. Our twins had their first trip to WDW while staying in the Lion King Suite, so that was a treat for us!

  43. samantha says:

    Animal Kingdom Lodge!

  44. samantha says:

    Animal Kingdom Lodge!

  45. Heather says:

    Just left the Poly…I was so impressed!! Our first on site Disney stay and we all fell in love with it! The construction was all done at night in the Grand Ceremonial House and zero impact overall to our stay. Obama Character breakfast was great, too.

  46. Tiffany says:

    I really enjoyed Pop Century. It was a nice Value resort. We thought the beds were cozy, room was clean, decent food court, and efficient bus transportation. We would absolutely stay there again. Trying a mod resort this year. Looking forward to our upcoming stay at the French Quarter.

  47. Heather says:

    BLT. No, Poly. No, Beach Club. :)

  48. Abby says:

    My favorite resort is Animal Kingdom Lodge- Kidani Village. I love the laid back feel, the ambiance, the lobby music…everything! I also love being the first bus stop there and back from the parks :)

  49. Lauren Hand says:

    I have several Disney resorts that I really like. Out of the value I would say Art of Animation. That is probably because I stayed there most recently. My favorite moderate is Port Orleans French Quarter. I like it because it is smaller than other moderates. Animal Kingdom Lodge is my favorite deluxe resort. Although I have only stayed at two deluxe so I only have AKL and Old Key West to compare. If I could stay anywhere it would be The Polynesian. That’s the dream at least!

  50. Ashley says:

    My husband and I stayed at the Beach Club on our honeymoon and absolutely loved the resort and how close it was to Epcot! I just stayed at Coronado Springs with my sister as well, and we really enjoyed the rooms!

  51. Abby Rohmiller says:

    Your hotel reviews are wonderful! My husband and I stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter last year for our honeymoon and are staying at Caribbean Beach this September for an anniversary trip. Your reviews are always helpful when planning where to stay, and some day we hope to be able to stay at some of the Deluxe resorts :) Until then, we will continue to enjoy looking at all of your pictures and living vicariously through you!

  52. Bernadette says:

    Our next Disney-related trip will be our first visit to Disneyland…unless I win this contest! :)

    • Bernadette says:

      Oops, missed the question! So far we’ve only stayed at two – we love POR, but the Contemporary was the winner for us.

  53. Kate says:

    I’ve stayed all all of the All-Stars, Pop Century, both Port Orleans and Caribbean Beach. My husband and I stayed there last September for our 5th anniversary and liked it a lot. Is love to stay at Animal Kingdom lodge or the Polynesian.

  54. Emily says:

    We just got back from staying at Boardwalk and Riverside for our honeymoon. Loved both and surprisingly thought our room at Riverside was nicer except it didn’t have the kitchenette (we rented DVC for Boardwalk). Probably because they renovated in the last 5 years at Riverside. Plus we had a pool view at Boardwalk and it was very noisy during the day if we went back. Old Man River Pool at Riverside is away from the buildings in general which is a bonus to spread out resorts – you rarely hear a loud pool in your room when trying to nap before going to Magic Kingdom for extra magic hours to 3am!

  55. Brittany says:

    My fiance and I are going to WDW as first timers next year for our honeymoon. Thanks large in part to your blog, we have a really good idea of fun adult things to do at Disney. We’ll be spending 7 nights at the BCV and 2 nights at the AKL. YAY!

  56. My favorite resort is a toss-up between the Beach Club and Grand Floridian. And speaking of the Grand Floridian, I think it definitely deserves another chance. The recent room refurbishment was a great improvement, and the location is excellent. They’ve made a lot of changes over the past few years to really update the interior of the resort to give it a newer feel. If you’re interested, I’ve just posted some photos of our dormer room on my blog – http://www.victoriaonvacation.com/2014/07/review-grand-floridian-garden-view.html

  57. Debbie says:

    I thought you might have this on a Pinterest board somewhere so I could easily ‘pin’ it… Love reading your posts. It takes me a couple/few years to save up for each trip, but you give me so many things to look forward to! Thank you!

  58. Carole says:

    I liked the Saratoga mainly for the convenience of having a kitchenette & separate bedrooms/bathrooms away from each other for privacy.

  59. Michael says:

    Staying at AKL this November. Can’t wait!

  60. Camilla says:

    We adored Saratoga, but dream of the beach club or contemporary; being able to walk to a park sounds great!
    On my first disney trip (1989!) we stayed at the hilton, I was 10. Would love to stay there again too!

  61. fraucow says:

    I have aspirations of checking every resort of the list, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever do it. We’ve stayed at a bunch, but the remainder are either a stretch financially (e.g., the Grand Floridian) or tend to have lackluster reviews (e.g., Saratoga Springs). But, maybe we’ll get to the point where there are just those last few on the list and our completionist tendencies will force us to make it happen. We shall see…

    Great resource, as always. Thanks for your hard work!

  62. Andrew says:

    Thank you for all the quick blurbs. It’s very handy! Keep up the good work.

  63. Mike Harris says:

    Love your site and helpful reviews.

  64. John Emery says:

    Your site has been great in helping to plan our last two Disney World visits. Thank you. The first was offsite, the most recent on. Family of four, two daughters (13 and 10). We broke it up by staying at Beach Club the first leg of our trip, then moved over to Wilderness Lodge for its proximity to Magic Kingdom. They both had their merits, but for us, Beach Club won out in the head-to-head battle, and certainly its central location was a prime factor. Also, as the trip was in July, Beach Club has the ideal “summery” feel. We did like Wilderness Lodge a lot, and the one advantage over BC was the Roaring Fork quick service restaurant, which had several good options. Wilderness Lodge also seemed more kid-centric — more ideally suited for families with younger kids as the layout, pool facilities, etc. are a bit more contained than BC, which is more spread out.

  65. Mike D says:

    Great synopsis of all of the hotels. Our hears will always be with the onsite hotels for the convenience and theming!

  66. Liz says:

    Contemporary any day!!!

  67. Brent says:

    We usually stay at Shades of Green. While it’s not a regular Disney owned hotel, it’s walking distance to the Poly and surrounded by nature (and golf courses). The “theme” is a sort of mix between the Poly and Ft Wilderness Resort.

  68. Sherry says:

    Our favorite is Wilderness Lodge. We stayed there for my first trip and it made a lasting impression. WL was true escapism for our family and sparked my Disney addiction. :)

  69. Kristi Woody says:

    Love this post! My husband and I have been Disney World addicts since our honeymoon in 2012 :) We stayed in French Quarter for our honeymoon and Riverside last year for our anniversary. We enjoyed both for different reasons, mainly the ones you pointed out. Definitely agree about Riverside being romantic. I did like how compact FQ was though, so I would probably pick that between the two. I also felt like French Quarter was sooooo quiet!

    We just got the “fever” again last week, and this time we’re looking at doing DVC point rental. We’re waiting for an email back to see if we can secure Kidani village *fingers crossed* I was sad that’s basically the only place you hadn’t stayed, but I’m still excited and hoping we get it!

    Thanks for this thorough post!!

  70. Gary says:

    I can only afford to stay at Pop Century but the dedicated bus service makes it all worth while. If I win one of your contests, I’d be thrilled to try another resort!

  71. Jo says:

    I love your hotel reviews. That is what initially brought me to the site. You bring up a lot of pros and cons and they might not be the same as mine, as you said, but you’re being honest and it’s your POV. To answer the question, we have only been to Disney World twice, we stayed at Coronado Springs (without children) and we stayed at All-Star Movies. Out of those two we like All-Star Movies the best. For our next trip we are thinking about doing a Deluxe resort to avoid all that bus travel, but we will see what happens when the budget is considered. :-)

  72. Chris Morth says:

    The Yacht and Beach Club is easily my favorite! Heading down for 11 days for our wedding/honeymoon in just a couple more weeks.

  73. Leslie says:

    We love POFQ for how small/quiet it is.

  74. Liz says:

    We’ve stayed at a variety of hotels on site and off site at Disney. I have to say some of my favorites are the Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, and the Hilton Lake Buena Vista. We’ll be staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge on our next visit for the first time and really looking forward to something new!

  75. Emily says:

    I just stayed at Pop Century for the first time this January, and I was pleasantly surprised. We had a room that looked out towards AoA, and was maybe only a three minute walk to the main building. I definitely plan on staying at Pop Century again, it was a great value!

  76. Mike says:

    Yacht and Beach Club are definitely favorites, especially due to location. Though I have found out recently that the vacation packages for the Swan and Dolphin through Costco are fairly decent deals if you catch an extra sale.

  77. heather_kaye says:

    I’ve only ever been to WDW once, so not much to compare, but I absolutely fell in love with the Art of Animation resort. Not the room so much (standard Little Mermaid room), but the pools and the main building and that FOOD COURT – it was a wonderful introduction to the Magic!

  78. Kara says:

    I like the contemporary! The location cannot be beat

  79. We have only ever stayed at AoA and Pop so between those, I liked AoA better. My kids are 3 and 4 and they adored the Cars Family Suite area/theming.

  80. Brian says:

    I’ll be staying on-site at Disney World for the first time in October. Very excited to see what the Boardwalk Inn has to offer, we picked it with a big boost from your glowing reviews on here!

  81. Carlos says:

    As pricey as it is, I always love the Poly!

  82. Brittney J says:

    Great synopsis of the WDW hotels! Love having it all in one place, and as always, love your photos :)

  83. Lauren says:

    I recently stayed at Bay Lake Tower and LOVED it. I really like the theming of the room, the proximity to the Magic Kingdom, and watching Wishes from the Top of the World Lounge. As you said, it also has great quick-service food options which I loved. I would definitely stay here again!

    While I havnt stayed at the Yacht and Beach Club, some friends of mine have, so I was able to visit them and utilize the pools. Sooo much fun. They are huge, the sandy bottom feels like you are getting a foot message, and the water slide is super fun.

    My future plans are to hopefully stay at Boardwalk during a Food and Wine Festival trip at some point.

  84. Dan Heaton says:

    I haven’t stayed at all the hotels, but I have to go with the Polynesian because of its amazing public areas, great location near the Magic Kingdom, and spot right on the water.

  85. N. Christensen says:

    We have thus far only stayed at the All-Star Music because we are poor semi-newliweds, but perhaps one day we will be able to afford to try a moderate. Even for our honeymoon, though, Music was great (of course, anywhere on Disney property was magical enough for us!).

  86. Erin says:

    I just love your hotel reviews. When looking at prices I did some research online at what would be the best option and your blog helped me decide on Port Orleans Riverside! I hope to get a chance to try out other hotels as well.

  87. krystal p says:

    We pretty much always stay at Pop Century. We’ve done both of the port Orleans resorts, but now that we’re paying for two kids too, the values work with our budget. And pop is our favorite value (haven’t stayed at AoA, but love to walk over for dinner).

  88. Mia W. says:

    I think my favorite so far has been French Quarter, but I really haven’t made the full tour of the resorts yet… The deluxes may be out of my price range for now, so Art of Animation is at the top of my to-try list…

  89. My experience is limited so far, but I love Pop!

  90. kate says:

    look forward to Swan and Dolphin reviews. We’re hoping to take an adults trip to Disney and that’s tops on our list to stay. I love the Epcot hotels area and the restaurants and bars there look nice. I also have a weird affection for the bizarre exterior, especially when it’s all lit up at night.

    • kate says:

      also I must say that I enjoy the simultaneous enthusiastic but honest/critical tone of your posts. A lot of disney bloggers are too sunshine and roses about *everything* disney.

  91. Ashley Connor Ryan says:

    We stay at Bay Lake Tower. With four kids, the convenience to MK is unbeatable.

  92. Magen says:

    My favorite thus far has been Wilderness Lodge, but I would really like to stay at Polynesian.

  93. Brenna says:

    Our favorite hotel is the Coronado! It’s just very pretty! I love walking around the property. The pool area is a family favorite.

  94. Will Norman says:

    Honestly my very favorite place to stay is Fort Wilderness campground. We Disneymooned there in a tent!

  95. Ryan says:

    Animal Kingdom Lodge is our favorite!

  96. Tom Nikl says:

    I loved the Coronado Springs Resort, but would echo concern that it is very sprawled out and bus system can take a while. The pool and water slide were also a fun bonus! :)

  97. Theresa says:

    My heart belongs to the Boardwalk. You can walk to 2 parks from there, (technically 3 if you count walking thru Epcot for the monorail to Magic Kingdom), and who doesn’t love not needing Disney busses? And you can eat at the Boardwalk Bakery and Beaches N Cream every day. Best hotel ever!

  98. Laura B. says:

    I’m working my way through all the Values right now – All-Star Music many years ago (needs to be experienced again for comparison), Pop last year and this coming September, All-Star Sports for the Orlando Classic in November, All-Star Music in Feb 2015. Part of my problem is having so many family members in the immediate vicinity of WDW. I’ve only recently started staying on property again!

  99. ashley says:

    Animal Kingdom lodge! You really can’t beat that view~

  100. Erin says:

    Animal Kingdom Lodge is my favorite although I am looking forward to staying at Art of Animation and Port Orleans- Riverside this fall!

  101. Austin says:

    Hiltons are always wonderful hotels, I’d love to win

  102. Brian Taylor says:

    Haven’t been since I was a kid and the wifey has never been but we’re thinking about next year. The Beach, Yacht Club or Boardwalk appear to be at the top of our wishlist at the moment.

  103. LaTravia says:

    There is so much into planning this trip, this has really been helpful.

  104. Chris says:

    Looking forward to trying out renting DVC points.

  105. Jamie says:

    I’ve stayed at Wilderness Lodge, Port Orleans FQ, Art of Animation (Little Mermaid), and Caribbean Beach. I have a soft spot for WL, but AOA or POFQ are great for more budget-friendly trips.

    As soon as the renovation is over, my husband and I plan to book a stay at the Poly…can’t wait!

  106. Ashley says:

    I love Animal Kingdom Lodge. Between the amazing thumbing and the wonderful restaurants, this is hands down my favorite place to stay. I love seeing the animals roaming around the hotel. Every time I stay there I have a unique experience.

  107. Kurt says:

    Stayed at Port Orleans-Riverside, Wilderness Lodge, and Yacht Club. All were great. My favorite was Yacht Club. Great location and service. The kids favorite was Wilderness Lodge. We liked the second smaller pool at night at the Lodge. Few people.

  108. Sophia says:

    I’ve never stayed in a Disney hotel, would be so fun to make that a part of the experience!

  109. Cami says:

    I actually haven’t been to Walt Disney World yet but the Beach Club Resort looks great!

  110. Carly says:

    I have stayed at Coronado and Saratoga Springs. Both were great experiences!

  111. Tammy says:

    We recently stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter & really liked it. Unfortunately, the pool was being refurbished, so we didn’t get to check it out. We would definitely stay there again & hopefully the pool is open.

  112. AndrewV says:

    I am going on a ‘Disneymoon’ in early November. Looks like we’ll be at Coronado Springs :)

  113. Jacky says:

    My favorite resort is Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo house! Just came back from a weeks stay like a week ago. I’m going again July 25 and staying at Saratoga Springs. I know a lot of people don’t like it there but I do. It’s very quiet and I like the easy access from my car to our room.

  114. Port Orleans (both) have been our historical favorites but our most recent stay at Kidani Village may have changed that. And with the Beach Club Villas on the horizon for late fall, it may be too early to make a final decision.

  115. Amy Wonsil says:

    Staying on all the properties is on my bucket list!!! So far I’ve made it to 3: Poly, POP, and Fort Wilderness……I still have a long way to go!!! Thanks for the details to help make my next choice!!

  116. Jolene Mitchell says:

    Are you a fan of splitting your stay between hotels? Now much time do you need for it to be worth it?

  117. Theresa says:

    This is great! I’m working on trying to see as many hotels in WDW as I can and this is so great to read through!

  118. Mark says:

    Love your blog.

  119. Erika says:

    I have only stayed at the value hotels, looking forward to upgrading to a moderate hotel next year when we take the kids for the first time. I thoroughly have enjoyed reading all your hotel reviews, great insight.

  120. Susanna says:

    Love Port Orleans riverside. Beautiful grounds and nice cast member.

  121. Sereina says:

    I haven’t been to WDW, but I really like the looks of Port Orleans, Old Key West, and Caribbean Beach looks like places I would enjoy!

  122. Kayla says:

    I’m only stayed at Art of Animation so far (Caribbean Beach coming up!) and really liked the theme of the resort. It’d be my dream to stay in Grand Floridian some day.

  123. Kristal says:

    Never been to WDW, we’re DLR people ourselves, but I would LOVE to go!

  124. Chris says:

    We’ve stayed at value and moderate resorts for years and would often spend some park “downtime” visiting the lobbies of their big brothers, enjoying the added dining options and the added decorations during the Christmas holiday season (who’s tree or center piece is bigger, better, cooler…).
    Recently we were fortunate enough to stay at two of the Deluxe resorts, AKL and DBC. Animal Kingdom Lodge is truly unique. Yes those are giraffes and wildebeest munching outsider our veranda. Wow! And great food options. But we loved option for a the leisurely stroll or boat ride to Epcot or DHS to and from the Beach Club. All of the evening dining options at Epcot opened up to us, with a slow paced, easy, well lit and safe walk back to our rooms. Very wheel chair friendly. No waiting for packed buses. Superb!
    Love your blogs, trip reports, tips, and especially your photography, Tom. Keep it up.

  125. Ali says:

    We are planning a trip to WDW in 2015 so this post is exactly what we’ve been looking for. What a great resource!

  126. Heidi Embrey says:

    I haven’t stayed at any of the resorts yet. The one I would most like to visit I think is the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa . Thanks :)

  127. Heidi Embrey says:

    I haven’t stayed at any of the resorts yet. The one I would most like to visit I think is the Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Thanks :)

  128. Kelly says:

    My favorite is the Beach Club. Love that you can stumble home from EPCOT and Stormalong Bay can’t be beat.

  129. Hillary says:

    Fort Wilderness is my favorite. So much to do!

  130. Jenny says:

    Favorite off-site hotel would have to be the Hilton Bonnet Creek (the pool is AWESOME!) and favorite on-site hotel would be Coronado Springs. I haven’t stayed in too many on-site hotels, so I don’t have many to pick from. My husband and I are staying at the Wilderness Lodge this August so we’re pretty excited about that! That’ll most likely become the new favorite :)

  131. Taylor says:

    Love your blog and follow it religiously. You have even inspired me to further my photography hobby.
    Every time we go we try a different hotel. Loved the Art of Animation but it was very far. This year we are trying the Port Orleans so fingers crosed :-)

  132. Vicki says:

    We’ve stayed at Pop for the value factor. I dream to stay at a deluxe. I’m actually glad that it’s not a financial option so I don’t have to choose.

  133. matty says:

    From Indiana, thanks for all the ‘hard work’ in the name of fun!

    Only stayed on property once at POR. Quite nice, but it’s hard to justify the price of on-property when the military gets such good prices on all the condos (lots of room! a real kitchen!) surrounding the area.

  134. Mallory says:

    Well, I’ve only stayed at one – All Star Sports. But I hvae a long list that I WANT to stay at…

  135. Sue says:

    This post has actually turned me on to Port Orleans-Riverside and Coronado Springs, mainly because we don’t have kids yet and like something a little more upscale than the value resorts, but not something we have to take out a loan for (ahem, Grand Floridian, Poly, cough cough). I feel like Coronado Springs especially doesn’t get enough attention, but it could totally work for the way we do Disney. Thanks! Also, I grew up going to the Jersey Shore every summer so I have dreams of one day staying at Boardwalk!

  136. Sue says:

    Also, I’d have to say the Polynesian (circa 2000) is my favorite! But I haven’t been to the Poly since. And Pop Century for the value.

  137. Meghan says:

    This would be so fun to win!!

  138. Meghan says:

    My favorite hotel is The Contemporary merely for location. The Polynesian has the best food!!

  139. Beth says:

    We have stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge twice and loved it, although taking the bus during peak season gets draining. We are planning to go back next summer and stay at Wilderness Lodge because of its proximity to Magic Kingdom.

  140. Gracie says:

    My favorite hotel is the Wilderness Lodge, I was reluctant to stay there at first because I’ve always been such a fan of the Polynesian, but the Wilderness Lodge was just so relaxing.

  141. Tara says:

    I love the Beach Club/Yacht Club and Animal Kingdom. We are staying at the Wilderness lodge in November so we will see!

  142. Nate says:

    The Wilderness Lodge has been my favorite resort thus far.

  143. Tami M says:

    Of the Disney Resorts that we’ve stayed at, my favorite rooms were the Royal Rooms at POR… and favorite overall resort was Caribbean Beach – the kid had an amazing time at the pool!

    Thanks for this – great giveaway, and helpful resort reviews. :)

  144. Susan says:

    I’ve only been to WDW once. We had an amazing stay at Old Key West! We had a villa near all of the amenities and we used the two bus stops that allowed us to be first off from the parks or last stop on the way to the parks. I could tell it was a huge resort from the road but we never had to venture beyond the front so it was great for us!

  145. Brianne says:

    Great reviews! Looking forward to our Disney trip in November.

  146. Karla says:

    Growing up, we always stayed at my Grandparent’s house then just did a short drive to Disney. But, we’re looking forward to camping at Fort Wilderness in February with our 2 little girls!

  147. Jackie M. says:

    I think Animal Kingdom and the Polynesian Resort will always be my two favorites — I am a sucker for the exotic locale look. :)

  148. Mark C says:

    Old Key West is our pick. The oversized multi-bedroom suites are great with two teenagers in tow. Love the proximity to Downtown Disney and off-property dining options. We drive, so remote location is not an issue. It’s not always about the parks!

  149. Calla Zawoysky says:

    I’m looking into hotels for my honeymoon! Your whole site is a great resource. Thank you for introducing me to the DVC rentals as well. My fiance and I are debating between Boardwalk and Animal Kingdom Lodge Savannah View. We do not plan on renting a car and are worried about the remote location of animal kingdom lodge, but would love to wake up and see animals every morning. Does it make a difference between standard and preferred view at Boardwalk?

  150. Abby G says:

    My husband and I have stayed at port Orleans Riverside. We had a great stay and enjoyed the resort views very much. Busses are a bit crowded but overall great trip!

  151. Connie C says:

    Staying at Pop Century in September!

  152. Matt S says:

    I have stayed at the Poly once when I was a kid, and have not stayed on property since. I would really love to stay at the Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, and Animal Kingdom Lodge.

  153. Angela L says:

    We have stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter and All Stars Sports, but our heart stays at Port Orleans! The quaintness of the themes and the river flowing beside it – makes it romantic and beautiful :)

  154. christian says:

    my fave hotel at disney would have to be the contemporary or wilderness lodge because of there beautiful architecture and how they were both built quit some time ago but still seem to amaze people and put magic in to there eyes and there also just so huge and have vast and unique interior

  155. Ashley says:

    I love your thorough list of reviews. Thank you! My husband and I have stayed at Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans-French Quarter, Swan, Dolphin, Animal Kingdom Kidani Village (rented DVC points), Beach Club, and most recently, Wilderness Lodge. We LOVED the ambiance of Wilderness Lodge, especially on evening boat rides on Seven Seas Lagoon over to Magic Kingdom. However, we realized that we truly don’t feel “at home” at WDW when we don’t have the option to take a late night stroll from the World Showcase and around the Boardwalk. I also love the Boardwalk area for early morning jogs. We’ve never stayed at Yacht Club but based on your review, I think we’ll check it out for our next visit!

  156. Jennifer B says:

    My favorite resort is the Poly and I’m really excited to see the changes when the refurb is finished.

  157. Samantha says:

    I haven’t been to all of them except Disney’s Fort Wilderness Restort & Campground, we stayed in the cabins and loved it. Friends of ours stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge and we went to visit, it was great seeing all the animals from their balcony however the rooms were tiny.

  158. Jen says:

    After lots and lots of reading reviews and research we have narrowed down to POR or Beach Club for our daughter’s first Disney trip next summer. She will be almost 6 at that time. Any tips on deciding between the two? I am worried about transportation from POR but also like the idea of the newer Royal Guest rooms. On the other hand, the beach like feel of Beach Club appeals to us too. Any advice?

  159. sharon says:

    My favorite has got to be the Yacht Club Resort. The decor in there is amazing!

  160. Emily Nixon says:

    I’ve never been to WDW but we hope to plan a trip for our family next year. Seriously considering staying at a non-WDW hotel because of the costs.

  161. Catlyn says:

    Kidani is my home resort and my favorite of all the resorts. The ambiance is wonderful, the pool is fun, it’s quiet, and it’s only a short walk from Jambo (for QS). Sitting on the balcony, watching giraffes and zebras lounge about, is the perfect way to relax after hitting the parks!

  162. MargotB says:

    We are staying at Caribbean Beach in October and can’t wait for our first WDW trip and the MNSSHP!!

  163. Dewg says:

    Port Orleans had plenty of charm and ease of use. Although it was further away by bus than Beach Club, our first disney experience, I preferred the food, the pool, the perfect little gift shop and happy cast members at French Quarter – after spending $$$ on Beach Club.

  164. Jim White says:

    I’ve never actually been to WDW… only Disneyland. I’ve LOVE to have the chance to visit the Disneyworld Orlando Theme Parks!!!

  165. I have two favorites: Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Wilderness Lodge – love the impressive lobbies and immersive theming.

  166. Diane Pelley says:

    Awesome give away! Thanks for the entry!

  167. Missy Stooksberry says:

    I’m so excited you’ve done this review. We are staying at the Caribbean Beach this November and I’ve been a bit concerned over some of the mixed reviews for this resort. It seems as if people either love it or hate it. I can’t wait to compare it to the only other two Disney resorts I’ve stayed at, which was All Star Sports (hated it) and Port Orleans French Quarter (loved it). My family is bigger now and we are traveling with extended family. We needed a few rooms but not suites since we wanted to take advantage of Free Dining. I thought this would be a good option and I feel much better after reading your review. Love your writing! Please keep up the great work!

  168. Donna says:

    Great review of resorts! Thanks for the chance to win a trip!

  169. Chris says:

    Staying at Poly in 2 weeks. I’m hoping the construction is better contained than it was early on….

  170. Rebecca says:

    My favorite hotel was a surprise to me. We love Animal Kingdom Villas. The extra bathroom is a real plus and seeing the animals is really neat. We also like BLT when coming for MK parties. Walkway is really great. We did not like the Villas at Grand Floridian. No amenities close by-boat/quick service restaurant/shopping/monorail all quite a desistance. Could at least put a store in the lobby with grab n go things.

  171. Jessica says:

    My favorite hotel is Pop. I like the fact that it has its own dedicated bus service. If money was no option, we would probably stay at AKL or WL but we are too cheap for that!

  172. Mary we says:

    I like Caribbean Beach but not the bus ride. I like the Wilderness Lodge except in December at night the boat ride can be chilly. I like Pop Century but the food court too many hungry kids and food just so so and again bus waiting. So far, my favorite has been The Boardwalk since it is elegant and we were able to walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios no waiting. We plan on staying at the Beach Club next which will have the same convenience as Boardwalk but seems to have more to do on that side of the lake. We are now Disney Vacation Club members! :)

  173. Lori Widel says:

    My favorite resort is Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort because the pool and beach area are fantastic for families with children. We always feel like we’re in a tropical paradise!

  174. lauren says:

    I have only stayed at Pop Century. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a value resort, but was pleasantly surprised. I’m hoping to try a moderate next.

  175. Katy says:

    I have amazing memories of the Polynesian when I visited WDW as a kid. Now I’m excited to return with my son and try out the Wilderness Lodge!

  176. Anna says:

    Looking forward to your Animal Kingdom Lodge review! I’m thinking about staying there for my next visit.

  177. Juli says:

    Planning our 25th wedding anniversary trip! Can’t decide on a hotel. Don’t want to make the wrong choice, don’t want to be disappointed. I haven’t been since Epcot was first built, didn’t stay at a Disney resort. Feeling the pressure to find the right hotel! Boardwalk? Carribean Beach? Grand Floridian? I do love all the reviews, but they are confusing me too! Counting down the days till I see Mickey Mouse

  178. Kerri says:

    We have stayed at Wilderness Lodge, Caribbean Beach, Old Key West and Saratoga Springs. I’d have to say my least favorite of these was Old Key West, but that is mainly because we had a bad experience here. I didn’t realize the walls are so thin and we got a visit from the manager on our first night to tell us that we were being too loud and a neighbor complained! I was mortified as I usually do try to be considerate of others. He was not at all nice about it. We were just getting ready for bed after being at MK for extra magic hours, we weren’t having a party or anything. But then afterwards when we could hear every time our neighbor coughed we realized that evidently the walls are paper thin there. Our favorite is Wilderness Lodge and I can’t wait until we stay there again this November! Thanks for all your info and beautiful photos! They have inspired my hubby to get a DSLR and he is trying to learn how to use it before our trip this year.

  179. Krista Brown says:

    LOVE me some POR…as a family of 5, it is the best/ cheapest option there is!

  180. md9802 says:

    Gotta love Pop Century! Love that we can go to either the Pop or the AoA food court!

  181. originalgermy says:

    I have only been to Disney World once and did not stay onsite. We are going in 2015 and are excited to stay in a onsite hotel. Thanks for the great reviews they will help us in our decision making.

  182. Dawn says:

    We’ve stayed at many Disney resorts, but our overall favorite is probably Yacht & Beach Club. We like the access (by boat and walking) to the parks, the ambience of the lake and being close to Boardwalk and Swan/Dolphin. The pool is awesome, as are Cape May and Beaches & Cream. Many happy memories there.

  183. Cindy says:

    We love the cabins at Fort Wilderness. It is so peaceful and quiet there. A good get-away from the crowds of the parks and other resorts. You hardly ever see another person except at the bus stops. The cabins themselves are very nice with a rustic feeling and they have a full kitchen including dishwasher! We are staying at the cabins again this fall with the free dining package during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Bus transportation from Fort Wilderness to Epcot is very efficient, and taking the boat to both Fort Wilderness Lodge and the Magic Kingdom is also relaxing and fun. The campground internal bus system is an extra step, but once you get used to it we found it to also be quite efficient with very frequent bus runs and friendly drivers. We can’t wait for October and have signed up for the Halloween Party too. It is our first trip to Disney in the fall. We also heard many decorate their cabins for Halloween so can’t wait to see that too on our nightly walks through the campground.

  184. Lauren says:

    We’ve stayed at the Grand Floridian and at the Wilderness Lodge. Both great hotels! Being close to the action is well worth the extra money!

  185. Alexis Begezda says:

    The Dolphin is my favorite hotel. It’s in a great location

  186. Melinda says:

    The Downtown Disney resort hotel I am most looking forward to staying in is the Hilton due to the EMH perk and how much we love the Hilton resorts all over the world!

  187. Crystal says:

    I’ve never stayed in a Disney hotel, but would love to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

  188. MichelleC says:

    Beach Club is my favorite place to spend DVC points. The pool is legit and the walk back from the World Showcase is very convenient after a solid night in Germany :)

  189. Sarah Lopez says:

    Great information! This is a wonderful site:) Thank you!

  190. Courtney Hopkins says:

    Love this blog! I totally agree with what was written, especially for POP Century and French Quarter since we have stayed recently at both hotels. Thank you for the reviews. Helps me plan.

  191. Andrew Washington says:

    Always liked the Movies resort

  192. Tiffany says:

    Beach Club!!! Love Stormalong Bay and the walk to Epcot :)

  193. Debra says:

    Stayed at Pop Century in May based on your review and had a wonderful experience :)

  194. Kerri says:

    We stayed in a Cars room at AoA and my two boys, 3 and 5, loved it. Staying at Bay Lake Tower next time and really looking forward to walking to MK!

  195. Megan Ray says:

    I would love love to stay at a WDW resort one day. As a family who does both Disney and Universal, though, we opt to stay somewhere in between both parks. We often stay at Rosen properties and have been very satisfied!

  196. Beth S. says:

    We love the cabins at fort wilderness! More room and can drive straight to the cabin no walking!

  197. Carter Boaze says:

    We love love Caribbean Beach! It feels like an island resort!

  198. Dani Moore says:

    My family stayed at The Yacht Club March 31st through April 6th of this year. Stormalong Bay is amazing. My four kids wanted to swim and play more than go to the parks. The rooms are very dated and nothing special. Need to be updated!

  199. Cassandra says:

    I have stayed at most of the Disney resorts as well over the last 14 years going… This is going to be my 15th trip and we are staying in the new Art of Imagination – Finding Nemo suite…. I can’t wait to see this resort! I think my almost 4 year old daughter is going to LOVE it!

  200. Meagan says:

    We always stay at Bonnet Creek but I really want to start trying the Disney resorts!

  201. Sue says:

    Loved our stay at Riverside last spring. Not happy with bus service, but otherwise a great week!

  202. Zan says:

    We’ve stayed at the Coronado resort at Christmas time, and we loved it. We went back for our anniversary last fall and stayed at the Caribbean and we were NOT impressed. The buses were extremely slow. We vowed to only stay at deluxe around MK or Epcot for future trips!

  203. Roberta says:

    I love staying at POR!

  204. Ashley says:

    My friends and I are young at heart and are planning on staying in a Lion King suite at AoA when we take our trip to WDW in March. We can’t wait!

  205. Ben W. says:

    Our most recent stay (Aug. 2012) was in Art of Animation, in the Cars section. Our son loved the theming, and we were blown away by the detail. I’ve been to WDW more than a dozen times, and never stayed offsite. I’ve stayed at all levels of resorts, and couldn’t imagine staying offsite. We love being in the Disney bubble!

  206. Jenn Kinsman says:

    I love Wilderness Lodge but next Jan will be trying Bay Lake Tower and Beach Club for the first time!!

  207. Bailey says:

    I really enjoy your blog! Coronado springs is our favourite resort! We stayed there for our honeymoon and our experience was magical! Memories we’ll never forget!

  208. Ashleigh says:

    Animal Kingdom Lodge & Beach Club are on my bucket list! Port Orleans Riverside is probably my favorite resort so far.

  209. Keith C says:

    My wife and I are heading back to Disney World September 8. We’ll be staying the first two nights at Pop Century, but will have five more nights left. My preferred choice, Caribbean Beach, is not available at the discounted offer. Any other suggestions?

  210. Courtney Ludy says:

    We have stayed in Caribbean Beach twice and love the moderate prices. Staying there can be a work out due to the distance from everything to the bus stops to the food. The refillable mug isn’t the steal it is at other resorts because (unless you are in one of two buildings) it’s quite the walk . . . or internal bus ride.
    We are going to go deluxe in 2015 and stay at the Contemporary and Beach Club. I’m so excited to experience these resorts!!

  211. Jeff Thomas says:

    The Beach Club was great. Had the 3rd floor room at the very end of the building that faced EPCOT one time. It was fantastic; down the stairs, out the walkway, and a short walk to the International Gateway. A bit of a long walk to the lobby, but no matter, because we had great views of the “ball” all night.

  212. Wendy says:

    We love Pop! It’s cheap (we spend more time in parks than at the hotel) but so much fun, super clean, and full of Disney magic!

  213. Anthony Gentile says:

    I LOVE the Art of Animation. I really am a big kid at Disney(with 5 little kids) so I adore the theme. To me a Disney vacation isn’t complete without over the top theming like AoA!!!

  214. Jenn says:

    I haven’t been to Disney in 15 years, but when my family first started going, the Contemporary and Poly were the only options. I have also camped at Ft Wilderness and stayed in the Tree Houses before they were DVC. I have also stayed at the Grand Floridian and the Bordwalk Inn. My favorite is the Grand Floridian. I just love the styling and I’m monorail resort kind of girl. We are planning a trip for 2015 and I’m hoping to rent DVC villas at the Grand Floridian.

  215. Beth says:

    I stayed at the “trailers” at Fort Wilderness back in the 80s when I was in kindergarten. Then I went a couple years ago and stayed at Pop Century.

  216. Thomas Calandra says:

    My last time I was at Walt Disney World was 2002, Fort Wilderness Lodge is one of my favorite hotels. From the Shopping, swimming pool, resturants and the grounds this hotel can’t be beat. But for a great experience at Walt Disney world staying on site there is alot to offer for new travelers. Best thing to do is do some research and follow your budget. From Budget to upscale, there are money choices to pick from.

  217. Joan says:

    Have only stayed inside Disney once and that was at Wilderness Lodge. Loved the atmosphere and the staff was super.

  218. Susan says:

    I love the Polynesian, but my bank account is not in agreement. 😉 We eat meals there and enjoy the grounds, but stay at the Value Resorts. Last visit we stayed at AoA, and while we loved the theming, the walking distance to the buses was for the birds. We’re staying across the lake at Pop this Christmas – which is the only time of year we’ve ever gone – yes, we are those people, and we LOVE it!

  219. chloe says:

    I have stayed at Pop Century, Port Orleans Riverside, Coronado Springs, and Saratoga Springs. My favorite would have to be Port Orleans. I love the water wheel that you can see inside the food court and the quiet pools!

  220. PastorHeather says:

    Favorite place is Port Orleans Riverside — feels like home!

  221. Tara says:

    I’ve only ever stayed at the Contemporary and that was when I was about 8 years old. Loved it all, especially the monorail zipping through.

  222. Gevidge says:

    I love the Caribbean Beach resort! I have stayed there three times within the last 12 months. I think it’s a fantastic value for what you get. The rooms are large and clean and the grounds are beautiful. But most of all I love their beaches and their hammocks!, I find their beaches are nicer than the Yacht and Beach Club where I stayed this past February. I find their food options satisfactory and the pool bar is great. This is a good resort for singles, families and couples. Plus, contrary to the above review I found their transportation excellent. There was always a bus coming and the trip around the resort is fast. Also, leaving the parks, a bus was always on its way and I never had to wait long. Unlike when I stayed at the beach club where the buses were so infrequent and took so long to get to the parks that I was beyond frustrated. Caribbean beach is definitely worth your consideration for its value!

  223. Elyssa says:

    My family and I stayed at Coronado Springs and LOVED all of it! It was really spread out, that is the only bad thing about it.

  224. Elyssa says:

    My family and I stayed at Coronado Springs and LOVED all of it! I will agree with you on the spread out factor though, it takes 10 minutes to get to the pool!

  225. Elizabeth says:

    Coronado Springs was so much fun to stay at! The rooms were SO nice and my family and I loved the whole experience.

  226. John says:

    I have not been to any of the resorts. Looking to take my family in May 2015. Need a themed room

  227. Hannah says:

    Old Key West is our home resort and it always feels like home. This resort offers lots of room and a relaxing environment throughout the entire resort.

  228. Kimmy says:

    I have never been to disney world. Would love to go

  229. Erin Pocock says:

    I personally really loved Dixie Landings (now part of the Port Orleans) hotels, and really enjoyed the campground as well. I’ve never stayed at Polynesian or Beach Club but have always wanted to!

  230. Chelsea says:

    Love your reviews! My favorite has always been The Polynesian!

  231. Heather says:

    I have been to Disney 4 times now. I have only stayed onsite 2 of those times now. I stayed at Kidani Village at the Animal Kingdom Villas, and at The Carribean Beach which is a Moderate. My hands down favorite place to stay incuding the offsite places is Animal Kingdom Kidani Village. I have a now 7 year old and now 3 year old. We stayed there in December 2013, and absolutely loved it. Loved our view from our Villa, and loved the pool. It was decorated for Christmas so it was even more magical for us. I liked that the bus picked us up 1st and there was only 1 buss stop at Kidani, and 1 at Jambo House. That was the biggest con to staying at The CB, too many bus stops. Although I did love the main pool at CB too. I wish we could afford to stay on property and go again! Our recent trips were only 6 months apart. But I don’t see my husband giving in to go again in the next year or even a few years. Love your blogs, you gave me a lot of info for our trips! :)

  232. Keith Hudson says:

    Animal Kingdom Lodge is pretty sweet. Oh look, there’s a giraffe outside my window.

  233. Lisa says:

    I loved the Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside. They were fancy enough to make us feel special and not too girly to make my son (age 7) uncomfortable. Of course, I would sleep in my car in the paring lot if it meant I could spend the day at Disney!!

  234. OHGrrrl says:

    Just discovered your site two days ago and have found it extremely helpful in planning what I am hoping (haven’t pulled the trigger quite yet) will be my 1st return to WDW in over 20 years! I’m graduating with my bachelors degree in December and am hoping that I will be able to celebrate this long over due achievement with my old friend Mickey. It’ll also be my husband’s first visit which is super exciting! Looking forward to being a kid again before I devote my career to the very serious world of social work!
    When we book we will staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter or Riverside-haven’t decided yet. I’m going to continue to explore the blog to see if your info can sway me! Will also be sharing your blog with all my friends and family who travel to WDW regularly. Such a great site! Thanks so much !

  235. Shannon says:

    We stayed in a two bedroom villa at the Grand Floridian Villas in February and it was amazing. The rooms were beautifully decorated, with our standard view giving us a view of the fountain, pool and evening fireworks! It was as magical as we had hoped, with the showers being a huge bonus, double shower heads, and the enormous tub. The dining at the Grand Floridian is always first rate, and we dined at Narcosse’s. We were able to dine during the fireworks, after which they surprised me with a beautiful birthday cake with an illuminated castle on top! Worth the expense for a special celebration!

  236. Lisa Marie Bennett says:

    My favorite resort is the Coronado Springs. We’ve stayed at several value and one deluxe, and the CSR was our favorite. The pool are is wonderful – the kids love the slide, and I love the theming with the pyramid. (and the pool bar!) The rooms are calming after a long day at the parks. (and the queen beds are a plus!) The sliding doors on the bathroom area are much better than the curtains at the other resorts. I get up before everyone else and can make coffee without waking anyone!

  237. Madeline Davidson says:

    i absolutely love staying at the Yacht Club because of the pure elegance and the close proximity between both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.

  238. Kat says:

    Love the blog! I found your recent Epcot Food and Wine article very helpful for our October trip. Thanks!

  239. tressa k says:

    I stayed at Caribbean Beach in January and loved it!! We had a beach right outside our door and one night I watched the Epcot fireworks from the hammock.

  240. Catherine Cash says:

    We loved Disney’s Coranado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside, and the Polynesion. All three were super nice and fun. Loved boating at the Polynesion and Port Orleans.

  241. Jim S. says:

    As with all things Disney, it is so difficult to choose. However, I love the Boardwalk, Animal Kingdom Lodge, The Polynesian and The Contemporary…..oh Yeah Port Orleans French Quarter, All Star Movies, Art of Animation……..oh, I have failed!

  242. Jennifer says:

    My favorite Disney Hotel is Port Orleans Riverside. You can’t beat the beautiful scenery and the boat ride to Downtown Disney!!

  243. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve stayed at Boardwalk Villas, All Star Music, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and some International Drive hotel on a high school band trip; but I think AKL is my favorite so far. It was my first adult trip and my husband’s first trip ever, so it has a soft spot in my heart. Waking up to the animals was amazing, and it’s truly a hotel I could see spending an entire vacation at.

  244. mallory says:

    Hands down, it has to be the Beach Club or Wilderness Lodge. I love them both equally, they’re both beautiful, we’ll themed, and very comfortable. The one better thing about the Beach Club is obviously the pool!! You can’t beat it!

  245. Karyn says:

    I love Coronado springs. Not too busy. Perfect for a family.

  246. DJ says:

    We are looking forward to trying AKL on our upcoming trip, part of a split stay with one of our faves, the Yacht Club! We love Contemporary and Beach Club too…and WL…oh they’re all great!

  247. Lisa Anderaon says:

    We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside and it was fantastic!! I had heard about the great customer service, but it is all true. I would stay there again and recommend it to everyone.

  248. Katie says:

    My favorite place to stay is and always will be Fort Wilderness. My parents had a RV when I was little and we would stay there as often as we could and now as an adult we stay in the cabins. It’s fantastic! You have the luxury of the maid service and convience of the best transportation system Disney has to offer whether it’s a non stop boat ride to the Magic Kingdom or take a boat The Contemporary where you can easily hop on a monorail or if you prefer to take a bus that’s available too. There’s chip and dales sing along campfire or the hoop due do review, but don’t forget to eat at Crockets Tavern for the best fried chicken you will ever have in my opinion. At night you can enjoy an electric water show by sitting on the beach and so much more. For me this is the palace to stay.

  249. David says:

    This all depends so much on what’s important to you. I’ve been to WDW twice (1978 and 2011). The first time doesn’t really count as so much has changed since then. We stayed at the Yacht Club in 2011 and I loved the convenience of walking to Epcot or the quick boat ride (or walk) to Hollywood Studios. Waiting for busses to go anywhere else I found annoying, as between the wait, the ride, various drop offs/pickups, it can take 45 mins to get anywhere. I think I’d find staying at a bus-only resort (like POR, which sounds wonderful otherwise) a problem, and me ideal would be a monorail resort. Question is do I want to pay all the extra $$ for that convenience. We are also a family of 5 (including two 6 foot plus sons) and the only place we fit is deluxes – at least in one room.

  250. Jacklyn says:

    Loved Disney as a child and even more as an adult! Took my kids for the first time this past May (btw Tom…we spotted you at Animal Kingdom, but were too shy to say hello and gush about how much we LOVE your blog, seriously we LOVE it!!). We actually choose to stay outside of Disney and although we were not completely emersed in the Disney bubble we were so happy with our decision and are already planning our next trip. Highly reccomend All Star Vacation homes! We stayed in a 3 bedroom town home at Windsor Hills resort. It was BEAUTIFUL, had our own prvitate pool (and access to a club house pool with water slide). We saved a ton of money by cooking most of our own meals in our full sized, fully equiped kitchen. Overall it was an amazing trip full of fun exciting moments at the WDW parks and times of R&R which equally enjoyable!

  251. Sarah says:

    So after reading everything I’m overwhelmed. We are planning our first trip for the last week of February 2015. We are a family of four with kids ages ten and four from Wisconsin. With our extreme winter last year I want to make sure I get this right. I want a two bedroom with some kind of a kitchen area. I’m not trying to be rude here but I want a resort that is toned down a bit on Disney if you know what I mean yet is kid friendly. Yes this a family vacation but I don’t want to get overload. We would like to have both worlds …lol and not too outrageously priced. Any advice would help.

  252. Kate says:

    Love your blog!

    I like to stay somewhere different each time. So far I’ve done Carribean Beach, Old Key West (2 br villa), All Star Music (family suite) and Port Orleans Riverside (royal guest room). Most recently was POR and although the royal room was cute and the resort grounds are gorgeous, this resort is HUGE! We have a 7 and 5 year old and it was not fun to have to treck back to our room each night with exhausted kids. All Star Music family suites are great if you want to spread out a bit. We also had an awesome location right near the main building and pool. The downside to this resort for us was all the tour groups that tend to visit the all stars. Old Key West is good for spreading out and the theme is fun. Carribean was the first resort I ever stayed at but that was another one that was very spread out.

    I would love to try either the beach club or wildnerness lodge next!

  253. Adam says:

    Hello All

    I am really enjoying this website and trying to plan a vacation in 2016 with my wife and at the time 13 year old daughter.
    Is it too early to do so? Also, did everyone just go to certain sites to plan their trip or got to Liberty Travel to get this started.
    Any help would be great.

  254. Nathan says:

    Really looking forward to the Swan and Dolphin reviews! I am staying there for my honeymoon in August, and I haven’t been there since I was a kid! Hoping the “magic” of Disney and the resorts is the same as an adult than it was as a kid!

  255. Jenny says:

    My fiancé and I are having our honeymoon at Disney World! We are stuck between three resorts; Beach Club, Boardwalk, and Animal Kingdom Lodge. For an overall experience, which would you recommend?

  256. Jenn says:

    My family and I were at WDW 12/20-12/29/14. We stayed at the French Quarter. We loved all of the holiday decorations and above average temperatures as we are from Central NY. We booked while the free dining plan was offered and were thrilled to take advantage of a sit down meal daily. Our daughters are 15 and 5 so many were character related but still very delicious. We loved French Quarter but preferred the quick service meals at Port Orleans Riverside. We walked over to Riverside a few times for meals and to use their pool. The pool at FQ was fun but Riverside’s is deeper and the water slide is longer (very important to our 5 year old). The bus service was terrific. We had anticipated long waits but never waited more than about 10 minutes for a bus. We did notice that the day after Christmas the resort and the parks started to become much more congested. Saturday 12/27 we only entered the MK to use our fast passes and take the boat to Mickey ‘s Backyard BBQ and Sunday did not use our park passes. Luckily the temps were in the 80’s so we used the pool and watched the outdoor movie at the FQ. My husband and I were so glad we booked several days before Christmas and stayed just long enough to avoid the New Years Eve crowds. We would love to spend New Years at WDW but it seems too overwhelming for us as a family!

  257. chandrakishore says:

    Awesome post. It was not only an interesting article but it offered me great tips to use in my blog! Thanks a lot!

  258. Jolie says:

    I love your blog so much! I’ve been to Disneyland many many times but have never been to Disney World. I’m researching for our future trip which is probably a couple of years away as we want to wait until our kids are a little older. They are currently 2 and 3.5 years old. Anyway, have you stayed at the Hilton at Downtown Disney? If so, do you ha a review for it and/or what are your thoughts? Thanks!

  259. Susan Sykes says:

    Love this site! Wish I had found it a long time ago. My family and I just got back from a Disney trip in October and stayed at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. It was our first time staying there and we enjoyed it. However, our heart is still with the Wilderness Lodge which we have been fortunate enough to stay at 4 times previously. We are already planning our next trip which won’t be until early next year. This time, there will be 5 of us. We’ve been thinking about trying the Villas at the Lodge but would like to know of other places you might recommend that won’t break the bank. Thank you!

  260. Gaby Galvez says:

    Hi, thank you for much for th site, very helpful. I was wondering about the Villas, I have heard they are a good option/alternative to the hotels were two families can share. Does anyone have recomendations or experiences to share?
    Many thanks,

  261. Bill says:

    Hi Tom,

    First let me thank you for the outstanding blog site and can you tell us what hotels are best for easy transportation to and from Magic Kingdom, animal Kingdom, Epcot. We will be using the public transportation and there will be my wife, daughter and myself.

    I was really liking the Port Orleans but heard some real negative about getting to and from the parks. We do want something Disney themed (rooms at least) that has good dining and nice grounds.

    Thank you for your help in advance and keep up the great site!

    Another huge Disney fan


    • Susan says:

      Bill, my family loves the Wilderness Lodge. We’ve stayed there 4 different times over the years beginning when my boys were about 6 and 8 years old. They are now 17 and almost 20 and it is still their favorite place to stay. The pool is clean and nice (and I believe was just refurbished) and they offer lots of other outdoor activities like boating and biking. The Magic Kingdom is just a quick boat ride away which is so convenient, especially if you like to slip back to the hotel during the middle of the day for a little R&R. The quick service restaurant is average but they have a very good sit down option called the Whispering Canyon Cafe plus a more elegant option as well.

      We recently stayed at Port Orleans Riverside for the first time this past October. It was a nice resort and the grounds were beautiful, but my family didn’t like the fact that everything was so spread out. (I think it’s because of their bias they have for the Lodge.) I didn’t think the transportation system there was that bad. The most we waited was 10-15 minutes and we only made a stop or two before heading to the parks. They have a nice quick service restaurant there with lots of options and choices. I would stay there again.

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  263. Jennifer says:

    I would not recommend the Disney Pop Century Resort. My family and I stayed there 5/21/15-5/26/15 and had a bed bug infestation in our room, 90s building room 8451. We were in the room for 3 nights before we realized what was causing the bites and swelling on my daughter’s body and myself. The resort staff did confirm that there were bed bugs in our room. They treated all of our luggage and clothing, but several items were damaged and others were lost. It has been a very traumatic experience for my daughter, and an exhausting one for myself after having to deal with several managers, lost and found personnel, and their guest claims department. According to their representative they are not liable because “they didn’t put the bed bugs there.” If you visit any Disney resort educate yourself on the signs of bed bugs and check the bed bug registry. Also inspect your room thoroughly before you put any of your belongings in there and make sure it is safe for you and your family.

  264. Jessica S says:

    Absolutely loved Port Orleans French Quarter for our 2014 trip – paying the fairly small upcharge for a pool view made for great convenience when getting to/from the bus stop since the pool is in the main courtyard.

    Would love opinions as to value (not actual cost savings) of staying in a moderate resort w/ free dining vs. camping w/ a paid dining plan when my family of 3 goes back for our 10th wedding anniversary in Oct 2016. I know how the numbers shake out, but is the comfort lost to staying in our modest camper worth the moderate cost savings?

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