Consider these 4 tips before choosing your Disney Resort:
Budget: How much do you plan to spend on your accommodations? To give you a very rough estimate, the value resorts start around $100 per night. The Moderates start around $160. The Deluxes start around $260. All rates vary throughout the year, depending on Disney’s “seasons”: value, regular, peak, holiday, and special events.
Time In Room: Consider how much time you plan on spending in your hotel. If you will be enjoying the accommodations, strolling to a fancy dinner, or relaxing at the pool and spas, then you may want to choose a hotel with amenities to suit your fancy. However, if you plan to dash off to the parks in the morning and return after a full day, you may choose to splurge elsewhere in your vacation budget and choose a value resort.
Type of Vacation: If you are honeymooning and looking for a romantic getaway, you may choose a different type of accommodation than if you are a family making the most of every minute in the parks with the characters. All resorts on Disney property are family friendly, though some are more quiet than others. The value and moderate hotels have rooms that open to the outdoors while the deluxe accommodations have rooms that open to an inner hallway.
Proximity to the Park: Some deluxe resorts are located so close to a park that they offer special transportation in addition to a bus. The Grand Floridian, The Contemporary, and The Polynesian have a monorail station to whisk you away to the Magic Kingdom by the monorail. The Wilderness Lodge offers boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom. The Yacht Club, The Beach Club, and The Boardwalk resorts have boat transportation to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Animal Kingdom Lodge does not offer transportation in addition to bus, but it does boast a beautiful savannah full of live animals for you to observe during your stay.