My family and I were lucky enough to spend a whole week in Walt Disney World a few months ago, and when we were planning the trip, we decided to save ourselves a little money and skip purchasing park tickets for one of the days – which left us free to enjoy all that Downtown Disney to offer (which is a lot!)
One great thing about Downtown Disney is if you plan on spending the day there, you can SLEEP IN!!!! That’s right, no 7am rope drop or mad dash to rides necessary here – as many of the stores and restaurants don’t open until 9am or later (9am may not seem late to some, but in the World of Disney vacations – 9am is heavenly!)
Over the last two weeks I have discussed the benefits of staying at the Walt Disney World Value and Moderate Resorts. If you still aren’t sure where to stay, then read on for some information about WDW’s top of the line Deluxe Resorts!
Price: These are Disney’s top of the line Resorts, which means the price is (quite a bit) higher per room than at either the Value or Moderate Resorts. The room rates at these Resorts starts at around $260 per night, and going up to $800 or more per night (depending on the type of view and time of year), and then there are suites/villas of all sizes and types, in the $1000-$2000 plus per night range. NOTE: The pricing in this category is very subjective – each Resort’s priced a little bit differently, so you might want to check out WDW’s Official Resorts Website for more information on specific pricing for each type of room.
Last week I talked about the WDW Value Resorts, and gave some information that hopefully helped you decide if they would work for you and your family. While the Value Resorts are great, they aren’t for everyone, and if you’re not sure the over the top decor and super family friendly atmosphere of the Value Resorts is quite your style, then read on for some information about Disney’s Moderate Resorts:
Price: Moderate means “middle of the road”, so at these Resorts, you will pay more for a room than at a Value Resort (but you also get more too!). A single room costs anywhere from $170-$300 per night (with select resorts offering suites which can cost from $600 to $1300 per night depending on the season). There are “standard”, “preferred” and “water”/”river”/”garden” view” rooms, all of which vary in price, and unfortunately a ‘water view’ can equal a pond sometimes, so you’ll want to do your research on what type of room would best suit you. The exception to the price rule here is the Fort Wilderness Cabins – which will run you around $300-$450 per night
So you’ve decided you are going to vacation at Walt Disney World, and now you have to decide where to stay. My research and experience shows that staying on WDW property is the best choice (Why stay on property? Click here for some reasons).
Once you’ve made the decision to stay on property, it’s time to pick a Resort! And when it comes to picking which Walt Disney World Resort you are going to stay at, the choices are endless, and can certainly be confusing!
Here are some things to consider about WDW’s Value Resorts, and some information about each Resort hotel in this category:
Over the years, Chef Mickey’s has gotten a not-so-amazing reputation, mostly for the food not being great, and it also has become known as a place that’s really just for kids and families
Personally, I completely disagree with both of those statements – I happen to love the food, and as an adult I love going there and enjoying the atmosphere they have to offer.
So why should you, an adult who can pick any place in Walt Disney World to eat, choose to eat at Chef Mickey’s?
Well, there are definitely some really good reasons:
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