With so many resort hotels at Disney World, some spots get overlooked!
Today we’re taking a deep dive into the unsung heroes and underrated Resort hotels of Disney World — and why you should stay there!
Coronado Springs, especially with the addition of Gran Destino Tower, is the prime example of “moderate price, deluxe experience!” Here, you can enjoy Deluxe Resort amenities for a lower price, with multiple great restaurants, excellent rooms, and just an overall fun experience that makes this a great alternative to pricier, more popular resorts.
The only drawback of this resort is that it can get really busy if there’s a business convention, and the bus transportation — which features several internal stops — can be a major pain, especially if you’re trying to get somewhere quickly.
Pop Century & Art of Animation
Pop Century and Art of Animation, two Value Resorts located directly next to each other and originally meant to be one big resort, are both majorly underrated! Both resorts feature excellent rooms, great theming (especially Art of Animation — the different themed areas are amazing), and a surprisingly reasonable price tag considering what you’re getting.
The best perk of these two underrated resorts, however, is their access to the Skyliner system, which connects them to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios through convenient, free gondolas.
Fort Wilderness gets dismissed as the “camping resort”, but it’s a great place to stay, especially during the holidays! The charming atmosphere of this pioneer-themed resort features great dining experiences, with Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, P & J’s Southern Takeout, and Trail’s End all located on-site.
One of the reasons that this resort is especially great during the holidays is that guests actually bring their own decorations and help spruce up the campsites and cabins, making the resort a festive wonderland! But any time of year is a great time to stay at Fort Wilderness, where outdoor activities help you decompress after long Park days.
Port Orleans — French Quarter & — Riverside
Now, depending on who you talk to, Port Orleans — French Quarter and Port Orleans — Riverside might not exactly be underrated, but we think they deserve some more love! These sister resorts feature amazing dining (like Mickey Beignets!), live entertainment (shout-out Yehaa Bob!), intricate theming, and comfortable accommodations!
These resorts, especially Port Orleans — French Quarter, are something of a must-do for any Disney fan, they’re really fun places to stay!
Saratoga Springs Resort, in some ways, is the black sheep of the Deluxe Resorts, getting overlooked when compared to the Animal Kingdom Lodges and Grand Floridians of the World. However, this resort deserves its flowers! It’s a tranquil, refined resort walking distance from Disney Springs, making it a great resort for adults and kids alike.
Plus, this is the least expensive of the Deluxe Resorts, making a great bang-for-your-buck option if you’re looking to ball out on a budget (or rent some DVC points!)!
Old Key West
Old Key West is the original Disney Vacation Club Resort (in fact, it used to be called the Disney Vacation Club Resort) and has a great backstory! Much like Old Key West, this resort is fairly laid-back, has a great nautical theme (hence the name Old Key West), and has an excellent pool.
Plus, DVC members can get their pictures taken with their families and added to the collection at Olivia’s Cafe!
Those are some of the unsung heroes of Disney World! We’re always keeping up with the latest Disney news, so stay tuned here for more!
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