If budget is a factor, you might consider a Value Resort, if not, then a Moderate or Deluxe Resort might be best for you. But how do you decide? And how do you avoid having regrets after booking your Disney World hotel?
We’re breaking down the hotels at Disney World that we never regret booking.
One of the most beautiful resorts on Disney World property is the Yacht Club, which has a New England yacht club theme — there’s even a lighthouse out front. The hotel also sits right beside the water, and it’s one of the most relaxing places you can stay on-property.
Inside, the nautical theming continues, and the rooms have nice little subtle Disney touches, like the curtains that have stars on them in constellations that form Disney characters. These rooms are also spacious and comfortable.
The Yacht Club also has Stormalong Bay, which is one of the best pools you’ll find at Disney World. AND it has great views, while also being within walking distance to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, although you can also take a relaxing boat ride to and from both parks. It’s also close to the BoardWalk, Beach Club, and Walt Disney World Swan, Swan Reserve, and Dolphin, so there’s plenty of great dining to choose from, too.
Port Orleans Resorts
When it comes to staying at either of the two Port Orleans Resorts, French Quarter and Riverside, both are real winners. Not only do you get two Louisiana-inspired hotels in one, but both are beautiful on their own. French Quarter makes you feel like it’s Mardi Gras year-round, with plenty of colorful details and intricate wrought iron.
And Riverside is all about country living in an antebellum mansion or a cozy cabin near the Mississippi River.
One of the best aspects of staying at Port Orleans Resort is access to BOTH Resorts’ amenities. For example, guests at French Quarter can pop over to Riverside to splash around in its massive Ol’ Man River pool (and vice versa).
Both resorts are also near the water, and we would probably argue that if you’re looking for some peace and quiet, both resorts are perfect for that. There are also good options for dining, and this is the only place at Disney World where you can get Mickey Beignets.
So far, we’ve mentioned a Deluxe and a Moderate Resort, but what about budget hotels we’ll never regret booking? At the top of our list is Disney’s Pop Century Resort. First, because it is a Value Resort, that means we’re spending a lot less on it. But this hotel also has some fun theming that takes guests through all the fun pop culture icons of the decades.
The rooms are also newly renovated, with plenty of organization, great use of space, and lots of electrical and USB outlets to plug your devices into (this is often one of our biggest complaints about some hotels because we have a lot of devices to charge).
But Pop Century also has the Skyliner, so you can get to several other resorts, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios with ease.
You’ll find the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels right next door to the Yacht Club, so it has all the same location-based benefits that Yacht Club has — it has lots of great dining, and it’s within walking distance of EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.
But these two hotels are also the best-priced in the area and cost considerably less than other EPCOT-area Resorts.
Although the Swan and Dolphin are not Disney-owned resorts, they generally get the same perks, PLUS if you’re a Marriott Bonvoy Rewards member, you can use your points to book a stay here as the Resorts are owned by Marriott.
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is where the Disney Vacation Club member rooms are, but you don’t have to be a DVC member to book them — they’re also available by renting DVC points. And you’ll want to consider that if you want one of the most peaceful and quiet stays at Disney World.
And although there aren’t any restaurants in Bay Lake Tower per se, it’s just a quick walk over to The Contemporary, where you can dine with Mickey and friends at Chef Mickey’s, grab a quick bite at Contempo Cafe or indulge at two of Disney World’s best restaurants, California Grill and the brand new Steakhouse 71. AND you can take the Monorail to check out the dining options at Disney’s Polynesian Village and Grand Floridian Resorts, too.
So these are the hotels at Disney World that we’ve never regretted booking, and we think you will have zero regrets if you book them, too. And we’ll continue to get you all the best tips we can about accommodations at Disney World, so stay tuned for more.
What Disney World hotel do you not regret booking? Let us know in the comments!
Join the AllEars.net Newsletter to stay on top of ALL the breaking Disney News! You'll also get access to AllEars tips, reviews, trivia, and MORE! Click here to Subscribe!