Tag Archives: WDW Prep School

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” -Walt Disney

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:

Value:
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

Moderate:
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

Deluxe:
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

Deluxe Villas:
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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Advertisements

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney

disneySince last week I have thought about what I would post about pertaining to my planning and adventures to Orlando, Florida. It was an amazing experience but wouldn’t have happened the way it did without prior preparation and planning. And, as I said last week, without the help of Shannon from WDW Prep School. This week, I want to discuss how I picked my date.

If any of you noticed, in my post last week, I said it was our honeymoon/first anniversary trip. I call it that because it was our planned honeymoon that we wanted to take right after the wedding but were unable to, due to short funds and other things coming up. It happened for the best, though. We then pushed it back to January or February 2016, we were going to make it part of my birthday. This also fell through for one reason or another. Finally, in early November 2015, we settled on May, for our anniversary. And we booked it early enough to be able to make early character meal plans. It is recommended to do so 180 days before the first day of your trip and we were able to do that.

Shannon goes into more detail on how to pick the perfect date. If you’re not going for a special occasion, like we did, then you have a few different things to consider; what is the weather typically like at the time you’re thinking of going? What are the crowds like? Is it during their peak season or their off-season? Shannon goes over all of this and more.

When we went in May 22-29, 2016, the weather was almost perfect; it was warm but not hot during the day and cold but not freezing at night. I would suggest a light sweater for the cooler evenings. It didn’t rain at all while we were there but we had ponchos just in case. The crowds were relatively low, even with schools going on field trips there during our week. Many school in the neighboring states take trips there. We went through lines fairly quickly. The time of year we went was not quite their peak season, schools hadn’t gotten out yet and it was mostly during the week.

I know that this isn’t a how-to or an advice column but more of a referral post but Shannon gives the best advice and she knows what she’s doing. I just want to give you a first-timers perspective. Thank you for reading my Disney posts! I’ll keep posting as often as I can. There’s more to be discussed! Comment below with any tips on how to pick the perfect date for your Disney trip

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” -Walt Disney

In this section, as you can guess from the section title, I will be discussing what I did to plan for our honeymoon/first anniversary trip to Orlando, Florida. We went to Walt Disney World, all four parks, and to Universal Orlando, both parks. I will let you know now that I did get a lot of my information, before our trip, from a blog that is THE BEST blog I’ve read on Walt Disney trips. The woman who runs the blog is Shannon and her blog is WDW Prep School. If you haven’t checked her blog out, you should. She has more information that I would ever be able to give you because, after all, it’s her JOB and I’ve only ever been once. So, with that said, I will mostly be giving you first hand experience and my thoughts. Everyone has their own ideas of what is good and what should be skipped so I want to provide you with things that, perhaps, others didn’t think of. I do hope I am able to help you prepare more for your trip. Stay tuned for trip information!