Hotel Comparison Archive

Polynesian vs. Caribbean Beach Resort

Caribbean Beach and the Polynesian are Walt Disney World’s tropical-themed hotels, and both have received reimaginings and added amenities in the last few years. It may seem like a ridiculous resort face-off, but thanks to improved transportation and dining, it’s a surprisingly close call. (Updated July 20, 2023.) Essentially, this post head-to-head smackdown answers whether

Caribbean Beach vs. Coronado Springs Resort

Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs are hotels at Walt Disney World that have similar dining, pools, and rooms–but theme and transportation differences. As the two Moderate Resorts to receive recent reimaginings and huge expansions, vacation planners might wonder which to pick. This head-to-head comparison helps answer common questions. (Updated June 13, 2023.) Trying to choose

Disneyland Hotel vs. Grand Californian

Disneyland is home to two (and only two) great resorts: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (GCH) and Disneyland Hotel (DLH). This head-to-head comparison weighs the pros & cons of each, picking a “winner” in theme, restaurants, location, pools, cost, and other categories. This marks the first (and last) entry into our ongoing Disney Hotel

Port Orleans Riverside vs. French Quarter

Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside are sister Moderate Resort hotels at Walt Disney World that we recommend to anyone who loves themed environments. So…which is the better option for your WDW vacation? This post offers our head-to-head smackdown to see which reigns supreme. (Updated February 11, 2023.) We won’t bury the lede–they’re both great

Gran Destino Tower v. Contemporary Resort

Gran Destino and Contemporary Resort are Walt Disney World’s two tower hotels. While very different in some ways, they also have a lot in common and suit some similar vacation goals. In this post, we’ll compare and contrast the accommodations, crowning a champion in several categories including theme/decor, rooms, dining, transportation, pools, and cost. Of

Wilderness Lodge v. Animal Kingdom Lodge

When comparing Deluxe Lodges at Walt Disney World, there are two hotel choices: Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge. One is a Magic Kingdom resort, the other an Animal Kingdom one. (Updated May 1, 2022.) Our goal with this post is to offer a head-to-head smackdown between the two and settle once and for all

Polynesian v. Grand Floridian

When choosing a luxury hotel near Magic Kingdom on the monorail loop at Walt Disney World, vacation planners debate between two Deluxe Resorts: Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village Resort. This head-to-head comparison weighs the pros & cons of each, picking a “winner” in theme, dining, transportation, pools, and other categories. (Updated August 8, 2021) This

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

Swan & Dolphin v. Beach Club

There are several hotel options near Epcot at Walt Disney World, including two third party options–the Swan & Dolpin–that present an intriguing alternative to official resorts. In this post, we’ll compare those to Disney’s Beach Club Resort, which we previously dubbed the best of the official Crescent Lake options. For many Walt Disney World fans,

Yacht Club v. Beach Club

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts are two Crescent Lake hotels at Walt Disney World, both within walking distance of Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and across the water from Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. In this post, we’re going to continue our ongoing Walt Disney World hotel comparison series with an entry featuring these two so