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Best Tips for Selecting a Resort

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  1. Best tips for Selecting a Resort for your Travel Party

    With currently more than 25 Walt Disney World Resort hotels to choose from, this can easily become an overwhelming process. Wyatt suggests family’s planning their visit to a Walt Disney Resort hotel truly check out the “heart” of whichever resorts they are considering staying. 

    “Are there specific types of vacations that call out to specific members of your family? Are you interested in being swept away to a pacific island for rest and relaxation? Or would you prefer a whimsical journey into a Coney Island-like setting at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn? Ultimately, the best way of choosing your “home” for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is by identifying your family’s specific passions and “must-haves” in order to pin down which Disney Resort hotel best matches those items!”

    For Darcie, she recommends identifying the budget for your vacation accommodations. 

    “Whether you're looking for a value, moderate or deluxe stay, there is an excellent Disney resort for you. Once you've settled on a category, you can use some of your family's preferences to guide your resort decision. If easy access to a particular theme park, for example, is a high priority, you can use this handy resort map to help select the right spot for your family. If your traveling party includes a child who dreams of sleeping like a buccaneer, perhaps a stay in a Pirate Room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is the right choice. If you find yourself wavering between a few resorts and wanting to get input to help with your decision process, the planDisney panelists have a wealth of experience and are more than happy to help you choose the best resort for your family!”

    For Shantel it is all about the WHO! Who is going to be traveling on this vacation?

    “My family of four favors being in the parks rather than the resort. This usually results in us selecting a Value Resort and using the money we save on additional dining reservations or additional experiences like Droid Depot at the Walt Disney World Resort. If we are traveling with grandparents, I then look for a resort with more amenities and closer to transportation.”

    Change it up recommends Anne Marie. Try something new to give your Walt Disney World Resort vacation a completely different vacation vibe.

    “Where we stay, depends on the focus of our trip. A quick getaway where we plan to spend all day in the parks?  A value resort fits the bill when all we need is a convenient place to sleep and shower. Planning on more downtime to relax at the resort hotel? A moderate or deluxe resort with more amenities and dining options is the way to go. Also, consider if any special events will be a focus for the trip. Planning to enjoy a holiday in Magic Kingdom Park? Choose a resort on the monorail loop. Disney's Contemporary Resort is perfect with both monorail service and easy walking distance to Magic Kingdom Park. What are the ages of the people in the travel party? The whimsy of larger-than-life characters at Disney's Art of Animation Resort will delight children, while the elegance of Gran Destino Tower is perfect for an adult getaway.”

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    When selecting the Disney Resort hotel that’s the best fit for your family, be sure to use the comparison tool on the Walt Disney World Resort website recommends Ashely. This handy feature allows you to compare up to three vacation offers side by side!

    If you are a foodie, look at menus and reviews of resort hotel dining locations and consider how much you might be dining at the resort, suggest Robyn.

    Pools can be a really big deal to children reminds Kristin C. So, why not let them check out all the pools online to see if they might enjoy one over the other.


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