This week I’m happy to share our first guest blog post from our 2013 Disney Parks Moms Panel blogger, Amanda Ficili.
So, you’ve decided to visit Walt Disney World but you’re not quite sure where to begin when planning such a magical vacation since there’s so much to see and do. Well, lodging is a great place to start, but many families worry that staying on property will not fit their budget. But with more than 25 unique Walt Disney World Resort hotels to choose from there is an option to suit almost every taste and budget. From affordable value resorts to luxurious deluxe resorts, there’s truly something for everyone at the Walt Disney World Resort and the benefits of selecting an “on property” hotel are innumerable. The value and moderate level resorts were designed with the budget-minded family in mind but no expense was spared in ensuring each guest has a purely magical experience that only Disney can provide!
The Value Resorts are the most affordable among all Walt Disney World Resort accommodations. The rates are low but there’s no shortage of Disney theming and the level of service can’t be beat. The Disney value resorts offer a multitude of amenities that will sprinkle pixie dust on your family vacation including food courts, playgrounds, and themed pool areas with kiddie pools for the smallest mousketeers, all without breaking the bank.
Jumping up a tier to the moderate level resorts, families will enjoy more spacious rooms, a magically themed resort atmosphere less like a standard hotel, and many magical little extras including water sports rentals, organized recreation activities, and immersive, themed pool areas featuring water slides and interactive features. All this while staying in tune with a conservative family budget.
Although the rates are much lower, guests of the Disney World Resort value and moderate hotels are welcome to take advantage of the same guest perks that are afforded to guests staying at the more expensive Deluxe Resorts. Some of these attractive amenities include free resort transportation, Extra Magic Hours, Disney Dining Plan, Key to the World Card, room charging and daily “mousekeeping.”
When planning your next vacation to Walt Disney World on a budget, consider these top five budget hotels:
[dc]1[/dc] Disney’s Port Orleans Resort: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is a Walt Disney World moderate resort themed after the tranquil, romantic and rural Louisiana Bayou. For an extra special interactive experience, guests can choose to stay in an all new Royal Guest Room, equipped with ornately decorated beds featuring special fiber optic fireworks effects in the headboards, custom bed coverings and drapes, and unique artwork featuring Princess Tiana and her royal visitors. The Royal Rooms offer a truly luxurious and royal experience at an affordable price.
[dc]2[/dc] Disney’s Art of Animation Resort: Traveling with a large family? The need for multiple rooms can be costly, but at Disney’s all new Art of Animation Resort, groups requiring extra space can rest comfortably in a spacious family suite featuring room for six guests plus two bathrooms and a kitchenette! When you visit Art of Animation, you’ll feel as if you’ve been magically transported into your favorite Disney films with buildings themed after the classic movies The Lion King, Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Little Mermaid. Art of Animation is considered a value-level resort and a room here can be reserved for far less than what it would normally cost to book two rooms for larger families.
[dc]3[/dc]Disney’s Pop Century Resort: Take a trip through time at Disney’s Pop Century, a value resort that pays homage to the decades of pop culture that have molded our country into what it is today! Pop Century is conveniently located and features over the top Disney theming as well as a fabulous pool area and yummy food court that some guests argue is the best on property. Pop Century’s room rates are among the lowest at Walt Disney World so you can experience the magic of staying on property while pinching pennies along the way!
[dc]4[/dc] Disney’s All-Star Resorts: Three unique properties make up Disney’s All-Star Resorts, so guests can take their pick from All-Star Movies, All-Star Sports, or All-Star Music. Guests at these value resorts can enjoy attractive rates plus the perks of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, not to mention the convenient location, just minutes from Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Traveling with a larger party? Well All-Star Music Resort has got ya covered with spacious family suites designed to sleep six comfortably! They are even equipped with a kitchenette!
[dc]5[/dc] Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: Argh Mateys! Set sail to Walt Disney World where a magical high seas adventure awaits at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Upon arrival, guests of this moderate level resort will feel as if they have been whisked away to an island paradise! With a pirate themed swimming area, boat rentals, and white sandy beaches, Caribbean Beach Resort is a destination for those guests wishing to escape without braking the bank. To take the experience to the next level, guests can choose to reserve a pirate-themed guest room decked out with pirate ship beds and decor that are fit for the swashbuckler in all of us.
Disney World Resort hotel accommodations may be booked well in advance, so be sure to visit Travelocity.com! Right now you can receive up to 30% off for travel June 13 to September 28, 2013. Book by July 31, 2013.
Amanda Ficili is a member of the 2013 Disney Parks Moms Panel. Panelists have received/will receive a Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Disneyland Resort or Disney Vacation Club vacation for panelist and up to three family members and/or park tickets for their participation on the Walt Disney World® Moms Panel. The views expressed in the Panel are those of the panelists, who are independent contractors. These views are not intended to reflect the opinions of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online, its affiliates, its management, its agents or its employees and have not been reviewed or approved by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online prior to posting.