Hotels Archive

Christmas at Coronado Springs Resort

Christmas 2020 has arrived at Coronado Springs Resort! For this post, we take a stroll around the hotel grounds and Gran Destino Tower to share a look at the decorations and how things are looking since reopening. This post shares photos and thoughts about the holiday decor at CSR. Coronado Springs Resort is the first

Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Review

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is the flagship resort at Disneyland Resort with a AAA four-diamond rating that offers direct access into California Adventure and Downtown Disney, and is 5 minutes from Disneyland. This review features room photos, pros & cons of the theme, and other thoughts on the Grand Californian. (Updated November 9,

Contemporary Resort Reopening Report: Good Garden, Terrible Tower?

This hotel stay report covers our recent experience at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where we check out the new health safety protocol, enhanced cleaning, dining, pools, and sunset views of Magic Kingdom as Walt Disney World continues its phased reopening. Additionally, we’ll either flip-flop on the Contemporary, or “expose” its two-faced nature, depending upon your perspective.

Caribbean Beach v. Riviera Resort

Caribbean Beach and Riviera Resort are “sister hotels” at Walt Disney World, both located around Barefoot Bay and sharing Skyliner gondola stations. While they’re very different–one a Moderate Resort, the other a DVC property–they share a lot. In this post, we’ll contrast and compare the two, in theme/decor, rooms, dining, transportation, pools, and value for

Is Disney World’s On-Site Advantage Disappearing?

For years, the benefits of staying on-site at Walt Disney World–Extra Magic Hours, ‘free’ transportation, expanded FastPass+ booking windows, and more–justified the higher price of hotels. In this post, we’ll take a fresh look at those perks and whether they’re worth the cost. (Updated September 17, 2020.) I’ll preface this by saying that while we’ve

Yacht Club Resort Stay Report

As Walt Disney World’s phased reopening continues, so too do our hotel stays. In this resort report, we return to Yacht Club to check out the new health safety protocol, enhanced room cleaning, dining, Stormalong Bay pool crowds, and more. Our stay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort was at the beginning of September 2020, shortly