How to Choose the Right Disney Resort

There’s no denying that a vacation at Walt Disney World Resort is a magical experience, but there are definitely things Guests can do to avoid any stressors and enhance the magic as much as possible. A critical planning element that shouldn’t be overlooked is choosing the right Disney Resort, and it can be trickier than it looks thanks to dozens of options.


Guests who spend time considering and comparing Disney Resorts before booking their Walt Disney World Resort vacation ensure that their accommodations perfectly match their wants and needs and create an even more memorable experience. Be sure to consider the following criteria to help you choose the perfect Disney Resort for any magical trip to Walt Disney World Resort!

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

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Know your price

Budgeting is one of the most important things when it comes to planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, and Disney Resorts are divided into three categories divided by price. Luxury resorts such as Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Riviera Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa are the most expensive accommodations, however , they often include more amenities, restaurants, and transportation options than other Disney Resort hotels.

caribbean resort

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The next tier is Moderate Disney Resorts, which includes places like Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside & French Quarter, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Finally, the most economical category is Value Disney Resorts, which includes Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Resorts. Starting the decision by looking at a price and selecting a Disney Resort category can help narrow down the possible choices right away.

Contemporary Disney Hotel

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Consider the location

Another major point to consider when choosing a Disney Resort is its location. Guests planning to spend the majority of their time in the Magic Kingdom should really consider staying on the Disney’s Contemporary Resort monorail line in the main building or Bay Lake Tower, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The same logic applies to guests who know they’ll be spending a lot of time at EPCOT by choosing a location on Crescent Lake like Disney’s Beach Club Resort or Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter

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Consider the size of the Disney resort

Each Disney Resort features its own unique theme that comes to life through architecture, landscaping and more. Strolling through the grounds of a Disney Resort can take visitors to another time and place, and the size and scope of a Disney Resort can differ significantly depending on the option.

The big blue swimming pool

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Some Disney resorts like Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are absolutely huge with sprawling grounds that can take almost ten minutes to move from side to side. On the other hand, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is very small and compact, which adds a sense of charm and also makes it easy to walk around in minutes.



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Any Guest who stays on the property of a Walt Disney World Resort has access to complimentary Disney Transportation to and from their Disney Resort that they can use to travel to the Disney Parks, as well as Disney Springs. Depending on the location, Guests can use buses, monorails, boats, and the Disney Skyliner to get around, and each Disney resort offers its own unique blend of Disney transportation.

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Do you really want to be on the Disney Skyliner? Then opt for Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort or Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Want to ride the monorail every morning? Disney’s Contemporary Resort has the closest resort to the Magic Kingdom. Transportation is a key part of every day at Walt Disney World Resort, so it’s absolutely necessary to consider the options available at each Disney Resort.



Discover the dining options

As an individual theme, each Disney Resort has its own unique dining venues that serve delicious menus throughout the day. Some Disney Resorts offer a host of table-service dining options like Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, while others only house quick-service locations like Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Disney’s Art. of the Entertainment Resort. Guests should be aware of the dining options available at each Disney Resort in order to make the most informed decision for their dining preferences throughout their vacation.

Disneyland Yacht Club and Crescent Lake

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Discover leisure

Guests who know they are going to be spending quality time at their Disney resort throughout the vacation should check out the recreation options available at each location. Some Disney resorts offer multiple pools, boat rentals, bike rentals, walking paths, lounges with live entertainment, etc., while others may only have one pool and limited recreation . Knowing the options ahead of time can help a guest decide whether they are going to spend time enjoying all that Disney Resort has to offer, or rather head to the Disney Parks or elsewhere each day.

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Familiarize yourself with the layout

The last important thing to consider when choosing the best Disney Resort for a Walt Disney World Resort vacation is to consider the actual layout. Once a guest has decided where they want to stay, they should look at the layout of the Disney resort and determine which area they want their room to be located in.

Water view

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This is not always a guarantee, but Guests can make room requests when booking for certain buildings or areas which Cast Members will then do their best to accommodate. Another way to secure a specific location is to book a designated room type. For example, booking a pool view room will guarantee a location overlooking the pool, which then tends to be close to other amenities. It may cost more, but securing the option to be conveniently located at each Disney Resort is definitely worth considering!

We hope you find these tips helpful in booking your magical Disney vacation!

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