Where in the World Wednesday: Disney Resorts

So you’re heading to Walt Disney World Resort and you need a place to stay. So many options: Deluxe or Value? On property or off? Near the Magic Kingdom or the Animal Park? On the monorail track or is the water taxi more your speed?
So many to choose from, not sure I can get them all in this blog without it being three pages long.
First, do we want to stay on property. In my experience, I say yes. However, off property can be less expensive, you will give up many good reasons why to stay on property.
When you stay on property you get to enjoy all the free transportation options around the parks. You are able to add the dining plan to your vacation, take the worry out of spending while in the resort areas when you pay for your dining plan before you travel. You will also get early admission to one of the parks and to stay late at one of the parks. Enjoy grabbing your fastpasses 30 days before your stay and dining reservation 60 days before your arrival. Take the monorail and tour the other monorail hotels. Jump on the bus and head over to Disney Springs. So many options when you stay on property.
Looking with that, let’s start off with the Value resorts.
Value resorts:
The Art of Animation Resort – Disney’s newest Value resort, built in 2012, it has 1120 family suites (565 sq ft) and 864 regular rooms (277 sq ft) and has the largest swimming pool on Disney property at 12,000 sq ft. and 310,000 gallons of water (that’s a LOT of water). The Resort is themed around Disney Animation, from pencil sketches to the films close ups. The three buildings focus on one of Disney’s films, The Lion King, Cars and Finding Nemo. There is a food court at this resort with foods including Soup and Salad, World of Flavors, Pizza and Hamburgers. Be sure not to miss out on the Landscape of Flavors, you can get made to order fruit smoothies, pomegranate limeade and organic teas, just to name a few! Buses are the only Disney transportation to the parks and Disney Springs. This resort is located in the Wide World of Sports Resort Area.
There are four other Value Resorts; Disney’s All-Star Movies/Music/Sports and Disney’s Pop Century. Disney’s Pop Century is also located in the Wide World of Sports Resort Area and the other three are located in the Animal Kingdom Resort area and all have the transportation option of bus.
Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside – Built in 1992 as Dixie Landings and changed names in 2001. Divided into two sections; Magnolia Bend designed as two & three story plantation style mansions and Alligator Bayou two rustic, cajun style buildings. There are 2048 rooms (314 sq ft) with a max of four persons. There is a food court here, as well as, a full service restaurant, Boatwrights and the River Roost Lounge for some appetizers and a live comedy routine. Location here is Disney Springs Resort Area and transportation is Water Taxi and bus.
Other moderate resorts:
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – Epcot Resort Area – Transportation – Bus
Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter – Disney Springs Resort Area – Transportation Bus & Water Taxi
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area – Transportation – Bus
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness – Magic Kingdom Resort area – Transportation – Boat or Bus
Deluxe Resorts:
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort:
My favorite! I just love the woodsie feel.
In the Magic Kingdom Resort Area (where you can see the nightly fireworks from the park and catch the water parade every evening)
Transportation – Water Taxi & Bus
Standard view 160 rooms (340 sq ft)
Woods View 104 rooms (340 sq ft)
Woods/Bunk Bed 52 rooms (340 sq ft)
Courtyard View 225 rooms (340 sq ft)
Courtyard View w/Bunk Bed 81 rooms (340 sq ft)
Club Level –
Standard rooms 44
Deluxe rooms 25
Honeymoon Suites 4
Yosemite Vice Presidential Suite 1
Yellowstone Presidential Suite 1
Guests staying in the Club Level rooms have access to the Old Faithful Club. Open from 7am to 10pm  serving continental breakfast in the morning, light snacks in the afternoons, as well as hot and cold hors d’oeuvres in the evening. Dessert and spirits are also served later in the evening. Two concierge cast members on duty to assist guests with priority seating arrangements, the scheduling of FastPasses, and a many other fun services.
Dining Options:
Artist Point – Upscale setting, with some clothing restrictions
Whispering Canyon Cafe – Craziness and noise abound here! Don’t forget to ask for ketchup
Room Service – available 24 hours
Roaring Fork – Quick service offering breakfast platters, pancakes, salads, sandwiches, flat bread pizzas and much much more!
Territory Lounge
Geyser Point Bar & Grill – out near the water’s edge of the main pool area
Other Deluxe Resorts:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area. Transportation – Bus
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Magic Kingdom Resort Area – Transportation – Bus, Water Taxi, and Monorail
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Magic Kingdom Resort Area – Transportation – Bus, Water Taxi, and Monorail
Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Epcot Resort Area – Transportation – Bus and Water Taxi
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Magic Kingdom Resort Area – Transportation – Bus, Water Taxi, and Monorail
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – Epcot Resort Area – Transportation – Bus and Water Taxi
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn – Epcot Resort Area – Transportation – Bus and Water Taxi
Announced at D23 Expo in 2017 a Star Wars themed Resort is in the works! This will be nothing like any other Resort! Stay tuned for more information.
Disney has many other Resort options, but for today, I think we have resort overload!
Disney World Resort Map
I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.
Walt Disney
*these photos are not mine, no copy write infringement meant”