Last time I posted about how we decided on when we were going to go to Walt Disney World. It was a hard decision but it was made. Our next step was to plan out what we needed to do before then. Today I will talk about what we did next: pick the hotel.
Before we could book our package, we needed to decided which resort we would stay at. You don’t have to stay on site but it comes with extra perks and we figured we’d do as much as possible because who knows if we’d be able to travel to Disney World again.
Walt Disney World website Q&A gives you a list of all of the resorts currently up and running at Disney world. There are four categories to choose from; value resorts, moderate resorts, deluxe resorts, and deluxe villas. Here is the list on their page:
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
We wanted to stay at a really nice hotel, we actually had our eyes on the Caribbean Beach resort and a couple others but we didn’t have a large budget for lodging so we decided to pick a value resort. We aren’t big sports fans, so the All-Star Sports resort was ruled out pretty quickly. The Pop Century resort was more pricy than the rest so we ruled that one out as well. We knew we wouldn’t have any room for a tent or any other camping gear, though it sounded cool, we ruled out the Wilderness Campsite. That left us with All-Star Music or All-Star Movies. We finally decided we loved the options in All-Star Movies so we went with it.
One perk of staying on site is you get free parking at all parks and resorts. You can go to any resort and walk around, eat at their restaurants, and just enjoy the scenery. We ate at the Polynesian Village Resort, the Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Contemporary Resort, and the Grand Floridian Resort. Each one has something amazing to offer! You can, honestly, visit every resort on site if you have time. If you stay at one of the All-Star resorts, they’re all right next to each other so you can walk through all three of them at the same time.
I know not everyone will be able to, or even want to, stay on site. It can add a lot more to the cost of your trip. There are many other hotels in the area but I don’t know much about them. Shannon on WDW Prep School talks about staying on site vs off-site. I believe she and her co-workers have done both. I know she’s stayed in every resort at one point or another so if you want first hand experience for each resort, her website is the best place to go.
As for my experience with All-Star Movies, it was great. Mouse Keeping (the maid service at Disney are called Mouse Keeping) was wonderful and always brought us fresh towels, gave us extra blankets because I was sick and cold, and when we saw them around the resort, they were all very kind. Please don’t forget to tip them a few dollars every day.
There is a cafeteria in All-Star Movies, a pool, really cool movie decorations, a nice shop with Disney merchandise, and so much more.
I’ve added pictures from our trip of different resorts we visited, I hope you enjoy them! Thanks for reading and I hope you find the resort that is the perfect fit for you.