Walt Disney World Deluxe Accommodations

The next two days, I’m going to cover the Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts.  All of these resorts are on the smaller side compared to the Moderate and Value resorts, however, the standard rooms are larger and all the resorts have Villa accommodations as well, or in the process of building them, except for Yacht Club.  These Villa accommodations come in four different sizes: studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom grand villas.  But those are for tomorrow, today, we’ll just focus on the standard rooms at these resorts.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge Exterior
Animal Kingdom Lodge Exterior

Yes, there are rooms where guests can see the safari animals from the balcony of their room.  These safaris/savannas are separate from the Kilmanjaro Safari experience in the Animal Kingdom Park.

Animal Kingdom Lodge is the largest, in terms of rooms, of the deluxe resorts with 1,307 rooms.  All of the Animal Kingdom Lodge rooms are located in the Jambo House.

Animal Kingdom Map
Animal Kingdom Map

The front desk and check-in is located in the central main hall with four trails splitting off from this hall.  There are four trails where the rooms are located: Ostrich Trail, Giraffe Trail, Kudu Trail, and Zebra Trail.  Each of these trails, except for Giraffe Trail, has a view of, at least, one savanna.  The Giraffe Trail has a view of the pool.

What if my room doesn’t have a view of a savanna?

There are only 135 rooms (10.3%) which do not have a view of a savanna or pool.  For these guests, there are still plenty of opportunities to see the animals.

  • Sunset Savanna and Sunset Savanna Viewing Room/Balcony: this area is designed for sunset viewing of the animals
  • Each savanna has a variety of viewing location and Cast Members will leave around the savanna so the animals move around.
  • Sunrise Breakfast Adventure: available on Sundays and Thursdays.  The adventure departs at 7:30 am and involves a 45-minute ride through the Kilimanjaro Safari Experience where the guides will stop and guests are allowed to stand and take picture.  This ride is about three times as long as the standard experience on the Safari.  After the tour, guests go to Pizzafari for a breakfast buffet.

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Walt Disney World Moderate Resorts

Today, I’m moving up the Walt Disney World resort food chain with the moderate resorts.  There are four moderate resorts: Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans, and the Fort Wilderness Cabins and Campground.

Walt Disney World Map #2

In general, these resorts have rooms which are a little bit bigger than the value resorts.  They also have more recreation on the resort property and some even have table-service dining options at the resort.

Caribbean Beach Resort

Located between EPCOT and Hollywood Studios.

Caribbean Beach Map
Caribbean Beach Map

The map, here, doesn’t lie.  The resort is BIG.  There are 33 buildings along the 42-acre Barefoot Bay Lake.  The nice thing is buildings are only two-story high so you don’t have worry about a high-rise building blocking the view from the room.  The 33 buildings are connected by a 1.4 mile walking trail just to give some perspective as to the size of the resort.

Everything is centered on the Old Port Royale (also called Centertown).  Guests will find the Market Street Food Court, Shutters, which is a table-service, sit-down restaurant, bicycle and boat rentals, the main Pirate-themed main pool.

Caribbean Beach Pool
Caribbean Beach Pool
Caribbean Beach Pool
Caribbean Beach Pool

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Rock Your Disney Side Information

Disney has finally released some information about 24 Hours Rock Your Disney Side event occurring this weekend.

Walt Disney World

  • The event kicks off at 6 am on May 23th with a special edition of the Welcome Show featuring heroes and villains making their way into the park
  • There will be three Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! parades.  The first parade will feature the Disney heroes at 10:00 am.  The villains take over the parade at 1:30 pm.  Voting will take place throughout the day to see whether heroes or villains will be features in the 5:45 pm parade.
  • The new Disney Festival of Fantasy parade will take place at 12:00 noon and 3:30 pm.  The Main Street Electrical Parade will have showings at 11:00 pm and 1:00 am on May 24.  The villains will take part in a pre-parade celebrating that “It’s Good to Bad.”  Celebrate the Magic will be at 8:45 pm, 9:45 pm, and 11:45 pm.  There will be one showing of Wishes at 9:00 am.
  • At 11:00 pm, Princess Fairytale Hall will be taken over by Maleficent and the Queen from Snow White and be renamed Scary Tale Hall.  Anna and Elsa will be in the other half of the hall.
  • Around 1:45 am, other Disney villains will take over some the character greeting locations.  The most notable will be Jafar instead of Jasmine and Aladdin in Adventureland.  Dr. Facilier instead of Princess Tiana and Captain Hook takes the place of Peter Pan.
  • In Tomorrowland, the IncrediblesSuperDanceParty will rock Rockettower Plaza from 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm.  Starting at 11 pm, guests can view The Incredibles.
  • Late at night, Cinderella’s Castle will be “Up All Night” and Frontierland will host the Frontierland Dance Party from 2:00 am to 5:45 am.
  • The event comes to a close with a “Special Kiss Goodnight” at the Railroad Station in Main Street USA.

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Walt Disney Accommodations – Value Resorts

Today, I’m going to start with the on-property accommodations available at Walt Disney World.  There are a lot of options at a variety of price points available to people.  There are four main classifications: Value Resorts, Moderate Resorts, Deluxe Resorts, and Deluxe Villa Resorts.  Today, I’m going to discuss the five value resorts at Walt Disney World.

I’m going to keep it simple and go in alphabetical order for these five resorts.  Give readers some perspective as to where these five resorts are located in Walt Disney World:

Walt Disney World Map
Walt Disney World Map

Starting with the three All-Star Resorts, they are located down by Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and numbered 26-28.  As a result, guests will need to take a Disney Bus or their own car for transportation to the parks.

All-Star Movies Resorts

The first thing I will say about all of the these resorts is they are huge.  There are a lot of rooms – 1920 of them.  So, I’ll lead off with a map of the resort:

All Star Movies Map
All Star Movies Map

There are 10 buildings with hotel rooms grouped into five “pods.”  101 Dalmatians, Fantasia, and Toy Story are the three “pods” closest to the main Cinema Hall which houses the food court.  The Mighty Ducks and Love Bug “pods” have a further walk to Cinema Hall.

In terms of space, the rooms at the All-Star Resorts and Pop Century are the smallest on Disney property at only 260 square feet putting it on par with a standard hotel room at a national chain.  The rooms sleep four people.  Five people can stay in a All-Star Movie room provided one of the five is under three years old AND sleeps in a crib.

All Star Movies Room
All Star Movies Room

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On Property Accommodations – Part 1 Disneyland

I spent a lot of time talking about places to go and things to do when you are at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  This week, I’m going to focus on something just as important….a place to sleep.  Disneyland and Walt Disney World both provide a variety of on-property accommodations.  Given its vast size, Walt Disney World has a lot more options than Disneyland.  I will focus on Walt Disney World later this week.  Today, I will focus on the three Disneyland on-property accommodations.  I will go from the oldest property to the newest.

For full disclosure, I have not stayed at any of these properties.  My only trip to Disneyland was back in 1984 and I stayed off-property with my family.

Starting with the old Disneyland Park resort hotel, let’s visit

 

Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland hotel and pools

 

Above is a panorama view of the Disneyland Hotel which was originally built by Jack Wrather in 1955.  The hotel was purchased by Disney in 1984 and underwent a massive renovation in 1999 into its present form.

The resort has 990 rooms and the theme is Classic Disney.  Standard rooms can accommodate up to five guests with suites available for larger groups.

Disneyland Hotel Room
Disneyland Hotel Room

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