Walt Disney World has over two dozen hotels on property in addition to their four theme parks. I always highly recommend staying at an on-site hotel for vacationing at Walt Disney World due to all the extra benefits available to on-site guests. Guests can take advantage of complimentary transportation, exclusive extra time in the parks, early access to dining and FastPass reservations, and more. Because there are so many choices, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to choosing the right hotel for you.
First of all, look for resort choices with accommodations that will fit your group. This is easy with couples or families of four, because all hotels have rooms available for two, three, or four people. If you have a larger group of five or six, there are still many resort choices available, as well. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort have rooms with child-sized pull-down beds, so the rooms can accommodate five. The new Disney’s Art of Animation Resort has many family suites that can sleep six, and the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort also sleep six.
Be sure to think about the location of your hotel, as well. Where will you be spending the most time on your vacation? Some hotels are walking distance from Epcot. Others are only a short distance from the Magic Kingdom. A few resorts are in walking distance of each other, allowing easy access to the nearby resorts’ restaurants. Keep in mind that some hotels are a significant distance from some destinations within Walt Disney World. For instance, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a gorgeous resort, but it’s one of the furthest from the Magic Kingdom.
You’ll also want to think about transportation when picking where you want to stay. Many hotels, especially the Deluxe-level resorts, have multiple forms of transportation such as boats and the monorail. All hotels have bus transportation, and the Value-level resorts only have bus transportation available. Also note if resorts share transportation, as this can make your trip to and from the parks take longer. The three All-Star resorts, for instance, often share buses, and the two Port Orleans resorts typically share buses.
Of course, you’ll also want to pick a resort with amenities and theming you’ll enjoy. You can find a tropical getaway at either Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is definitely for those looking to be surrounded by Disney for their entire trip. The lovely Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and French Quarter will make you feel like you’ve been transported to New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. If you plan on spending some time hanging around your resort during your trip, also pay attention to the dining and amenities available. Many resorts, such as Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, have incredible restaurants and many extra activities for guests.