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How to Pick the Perfect Walt Disney World Accommodation

  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 05 October 2023
  • Revised 06 October 2023
How to Pick the Perfect Walt Disney World Accommodation
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 05 October 2023
  • Revised 06 October 2023
How to Pick the Perfect Walt Disney World Accommodation
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 05 October 2023
  • Revised 06 October 2023

With over 25 Walt Disney World resorts to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Yet like all Disney fairytales, it starts with your dreams and ends with the help of trusted travel companions. Whether you're seeking large-than-life decorations at a wallet-friendly hotel or want the full Disney princess treatment in a refined resort, with decades of experience in all things Disney, we know a place. Just think of us as your fairy godmother for Orlando holidays, and here's how you can always stay where the magic happens...

Where to Stay at Disney World Orlando: Important Factors 


Walt Disney World has three categories of resorts – Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. Value resorts are great for affordable family holidays. Although they offer less in terms of grand themes and luxurious amenities, you are still within easy access to theme parks. You can expect a little more in Moderate resorts, including spacious rooms, multiple dining options, and unique themes. Then there’s Deluxe. On the pricier side, Deluxe resorts feature elaborate themes, fine dining, and a range of amenities, typically including multiple pools, spa services, and fitness centres. Plus, you are literally steps away from the magic of Disney World parks. 

Accommodation Type

Walt Disney World offers a range of accommodation types, from hotels and villas to cabins and campsites. When picking the perfect lodging, you will want to keep in mind the number of your party. For example, larger groups may prefer to select a spacious villa. Or perhaps themed hotel rooms will suffice for smaller families with kids. Villas, cabins, and campsites offer more independence while hotels can provide more convenience, dining options, and theme park views. 


One important question when picking the perfect Walt Disney World accommodation is how much time you will spend there. Is your resort simply a place to rest up for your day at the parks or do you want a good balance of resort time and days out? For those who don’t plan to spend much time there beyond sleeping, Value resorts are the best option. However, if you do want to make the most out of your stay, Deluxe or Moderate offer a lot more recreational choices, as well as table service restaurants as opposed to the food court only option at value resorts. 

Best Value Walt Disney World Hotels

Art of Animation Resort

For families with small children, Disney's Art of Animation Resort delivers. Here, you can immerse yourself in your favourite Disney movie with delightfully themed family suites and colourful courtyards. You can also make a splash at the largest pool in any Disney resort - the Big Blue Pool, located in the Finding Nemo section. What’s more, you even have access to the Skyliner, where you can travel in style to and from Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

All Star Music Resort

Disney's All Star Music Resort helps you find your stage with decorations that pay homage to each genre, ranging from country to jazz to rock ‘n’ roll to Broadway-style show tunes. Plus, with a music-themed food court, a guitar-shaped pool, and song and dance surprises to be found throughout the resort, the amenities are a hit for all ages. 

Best Moderate Walt Disney World Accommodation

Caribbean Beach Resort

Unwind from the adrenaline-pumping thrills of the parks with a relaxing stay at Caribbean Beach Resort. Transport yourself to the islands of Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad, and Aruba and let your troubles melt away. Amenities here include fishing, volleyball, and a serene jogging trail. For the little ones, the character-themed pools and a variety of playgrounds are sure to keep them entertained for hours on end. And when the stomach rumbles, soak up the flavours of the Caribbean at Centertown Market or Sebastian’s Bistro.

Fort Wilderness Campsite

Get your s’mores and ghost stories at the ready as you embark on a night under the stars at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campsite. If you’re both a Disney fan and an outdoorsy type, this Moderate accommodation has your name on it. The rustic resort with pools and woodland trails even has a few unique recreational activities on offer. Archery, horseback riding, and canoeing are just a few of the ways you can spend your time here.

Best Deluxe Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa 

For the ultimate luxury, choose Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. With its stunning chandeliers, grand piano, and birdcage elevators, the resort exudes sheer elegance around every corner. Choose from a wide range of rooms and suites or opt for one of their homely villas. And there’s plenty to do around this resort too. Dine in the incredible Narcoossee’s, where waterfront views of the Seven Seas Lagoon meet mouthwatering fresh seafood. Then grab the popcorn and treat yourself to a Disney movie under the stars with their complimentary nighttime screenings. You will also find a full-service spa, salon, and health club, as well as two pools to cool off from the scorching Florida rays. Plus, this resort is one of the closest to Magic Kingdom at just one stop on the monorail.

Polynesian Village Resort

Open since 1971, Disney's Polynesian Resort captures the essence of Disney escapism. You can choose from a wide variety of accommodation, from rooms and suites to home-style villas and immerse yourself in the spirit of the South Pacific. With lush landscaping, tiki torches, and a relaxing ambience, you can have your own tropical paradise in the heart of Disney. Enjoy some of the finest dining at Kona Café and ‘Ohana or cool down from the heat at Pineapple Lanai, where you can get your hands on the legendary frozen treat, Dole Whip. Plus, just quick a ride on the resort monorail and you’re at Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney World Accommodation FAQs

Are there resort fees at Disney World hotels?

Walt Disney World does not charge resort fees to stay at their accommodation. Everything is included in your nightly rate or vacation package, meaning you won’t encounter additional daily resort fees on top of this.

Are park tickets included when staying at Disney World hotels? 

No, park tickets are not included with Disney World hotel stays. However, you can purchase these as part of your Ocean Florida package. We have a fantastic range of deals on offer, including a stay at one of the top resorts and tickets to the most magical place on earth. Plus, with our Welcome Back to Being You package, you can also get up to $2100 dining and merch credit and a $100 Disney gift card.

Bring your Disney dreams to life and check out our fabulous Walt Disney World 2024 & 2025 holidays today.

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