• On Sep 16, 2015
    Ashley from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are Deluxe resorts worth the extra money? We're not returning until May 2018 with our kids and my husband wants to stay at the Contemporary Resort whereas I, the frugal one, prefer the moderate resorts. We're in a battle about where to stay.


    As the frugal one in my family, I understand, especially when some benefits of the Deluxe resorts aren't as tangible. 

    • TANGIBLE BENEFITS: The Contemporary will allow more time at the Magic Kingdom, provide better views, offer more space as well as sleeping accommodations for 5. A Moderate only has bus transportation to the parks, a smaller footprint, a long walk from the lobby, and only sleeps 5 when the fifth person is a child. The pools are on par with the Contemporary.
    • INTANGIBLE BENEFITS: The priceless benefit of having the monorail run through the lobby of the Contemporary provides fun memories. The view of Bay Lake or the Magic Kingdom fireworks can be the icing on the cake of a vacation. Coming back from the parks for a short nap during the day can allow you to enjoy your evening at the Magic Kingdom more. 

    What may be helpful is to agree on your total vacation budget first. Then, make a list of what you want to get out of your vacation and see where you can agree. You may find some areas that aren't as important and where you might save so that you can make a compromise on the resort. For example, choosing a basic Magic Your Way ticket instead of a Park Hopper or getting the Quick Service Dining Plan instead of the Deluxe...

    Just like some folks who spend more money on a dress versus flowers for a wedding, some Disney guests spend more money on their resort than food... And although a bride may have a small budget, if she has dreamed of the perfect dress, she may choose to cut back in one area to allow her to splurge on the dress of her dreams. Your vacation budget is no different. Find what you value and spend your money there to create the memories that will make your vacation more of an investment in good memories and family togetherness. 

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!

thumbnail image for Whitney

Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please log in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.