Walt Disney World is a magical place. There’s no question that a family trip to Disney often ranks high on every child’s wish list. If you are planning to take your family to Walt Disney World, consider these pros and cons of some of the most popular Disney resorts before making your reservations.
The Grand Floridian
The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is in very close proximity to the Magic Kingdom. Resort guests have access to the monorail, which is the quickest mode of transportation around the grounds of Walt Disney World. Inside this Victorian style deluxe Disney resort is a breathtaking five story grand lobby, shops, restaurants and more. You can even book a room that offers a view of the Magic Kingdom, treating visitors to a view of the castle and the nightly fireworks display. Visitors experience top notch service and vast guest rooms that are sure to please adults and kids alike.
While there is a kiddie pool on site, as well as a twenty-four hour game room for young guests, the Grand Floridian is a popular choice for honeymooners and older guests seeking a more sophisticated Disney experience. Along with a more adult atmosphere comes a price tag that can be downright frightening. Families seeking a budget style vacation will not find it at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
The Beach Club
This resort is a favorite for many families, with plenty of activities for kids and adults. The resort features Stormalong Bay, a miniature water park with a lazy river, waterfalls, slides and a sand bottom pool. There is also a character breakfast on site, and casual dining that is sure to please.
The Beach Club is not connected to Disney’s monorail system, and the resort is rated deluxe making it a more expensive choice. You can walk into Epcot Center through a walkway off the back of the resort; however a park ticket is required for entrance to Epcot.
For families seeking a moderately priced resort with a laid back island theme, try Caribbean Beach. New to the resort are specially decorated Pirate Rooms, featuring ship themed beds and d?cor sure to please tiny pirates. The resort offers a food court, plenty of snack options and a full service restaurant. Families with small children will feel right at home at Caribbean Beach.
Caribbean Beach is a little further out from the Magic Kingdom, making the bus transportation to and from the popular park longer than more expensive hotels. The resort is closer to Epcot Center and Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
New to Disney property is the Art of Animation Resort. This resort is considered a value resort, making it an optimal choice for families looking for a great vacation without breaking the bank. Value resorts offer the same great Disney service as other Disney resorts, and the grounds are decorated to please the tiniest of visitors. The Art of Animation is the first resort to offer family suites at affordable prices, making this resort ideal for families of five or more.
The downside to value resorts is the lack of dining options and the less than desirable proximity to the parks. Bus rides will take a while longer and hungry resort guests are limited to the food court. The pools at the value resorts are also more basic, without fancy slides and play areas. However, for a reasonably priced, casual vacation experience, the Art of Animation Resort is an excellent choice.
Every Disney resort offers exceptional customer service and free transportation to all the parks. All resorts are child friendly, although some are geared more for families with small children. Before booking your stay, research where each resort is and select a resort that caters to the type of vacation your family is planning. The good news is that when you stay on site at Disney, you are truly experiencing all the magic Disney has to offer.
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