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Planning a Disney Vacation, Where to Stay, II

Having selected the best time to visit, and reviewing the benefits of staying on or off Disney property, it is now time to review the Disney Resort Hotels, and the options available to you. 

With 34 Disney World Resort hotels and three at Disneyland Resort, making a decision here will depend partially on your budget, and partially on the amount of time you will be spending in your hotel, which may also include how much space your family will need. 

 Guests at Walt Disney World Resort have the option of several categories of hotels including:

  • Deluxe Villa – luxury accommodations with all the comforts of home, these villas offer the best of both worlds. As part of the Disney Vacation Club, these rooms are also open for rental to the general public.  Amenities vary here from rooms with microwaves and mini-frigs to complete kitchens.  The newly reopened Treehouse Villas  at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (map) even offer three-bedroom, three-bathroom rentals.
  • Deluxe Hotels - providing guests with luxury and service these eight ultimate themed hotels, like Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort (map) with water-park styled pools and on-site restaurants, provide families with the ultimate in experiences, comfort and convenience including at least one option for direct access to a theme park either by walkway, boat or monorail
  • Moderate Hotels- charming yet affordable these accommodations offer a bit more room than the value hotels and are a bit more like a resort offering water equipment rental, planned activities and themed pools with water features among these hotels is Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (map) with its Pirate themed rooms
  • Value Resorts – full of whimsy and big fun, lowest priced of the hotels also offers the smallest rooms.  Perfect for families on a tight budget as instead of on-site restaurants, there is a food court; while the swimming pools may not have slides, they are themed and offer a kiddie pool and playground nearby
  • Disney Campgrounds - all the camping fun at a Disney location, Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds (map) offers over 700 acres of pine and cypress trees with water canals winding throughout giving the feeling you are far away from the Resort crowds – you might even spot a rabbit, duck or deer, and I am not talking about Thumper, Donald or Bambi
  • Other Disney Deluxe Hotels - while not specifically a Disney Resort hotel, these properties are physically within the Resort and as such guests of  the Disney Swan and Dolphin enjoy the benefit of extra magic hours and free resort transportation, but may not participate in the dining plan or magical express service, but within walking distance of Epcot and boat service to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, these resorts scream convenience.

Guests at Disneyland and California Adventures have the option of these hotels:

  • Disneyland Resort Hotels - each of the three properties are full of Southern California charm,  Disney’s Grand Californian even provides a private entrance to Disney’s California Adventure park.  Other hotel properties include Disneyland Resort and Disney’s Paradise Pier 
  • Good Neighbor Hotels - because of their close proximity to Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks, and Downtown Disney District, these 37  hotels truly are neighbors.  Ranging in style from suites, superior, moderate and value hotels, the options vary greatly, for the perfect family vacation

No matter which Disney hotel you choose, you will love the attention to detail and great service given to all their guests.  Anyone hungry?  Dining options are next.

Photo Selection: WDW News

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    Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
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    Disneys Wilderness Lodge
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    Walt Disney World Resort: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
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    Walt Disney World Resort: Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
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