I’m a huge fan of Disney, and have been ever since I was a kid. I really enjoy going to Disney, and like to make a trip to the land of Mickey at least once a year. I know many people dislike Disney, and not only find it touristy, but also annoying. I’m okay with the “annoyance” however, and feel that if you do Disney, you can do it in a way you can enjoy.
I’ve learned over the years that there are 2 different types of resorts at Disney: Condominiums (Disney Vacation Club Resorts) and Value Resorts
There are pros and cons to each, but mainly the big thing differentiating the two, and that matter to most people, is the price. I find that if you book a condominium, you’re much happier with Disney, and much more willing to return.
Here’s why I think you should always stay in a Disney condominium, vs. a regular value resort:
- Availability of a kitchen, or a kitchenette. It’s a great way to save money, and a great way to start the day with in-home breakfast, without having the hassle of going to buy food.
- Better service. Generally, I find the staff much more helpful at a Disney Vacation Club resort, and the lines to be shorter. The lines at the All-Star resorts tend to be longer, and there’s a lot more people in the common areas.
- The views and location. Without a doubt, I’d much rather have a view of a golf course than the pool with a million kids. You’ll pretty much only find this at a Disney Vacation Club resort.
- The “homey” feeling. Condominiums generally have one or two bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, a kitchen and a laundry room. When you come “home” at night, you can do your laundry, don’t have to fight over bathrooms, and can relax in a separate living room.
If you’re looking for this kind of living when you’re in Disney, you have a variety of resorts to choose from:
- Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas
- Bay Lake Tower
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian
- Disney’s Old Key West
- Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Villas
Generally, I find value resorts to be in the $100-200 range, while the condo resorts to be in the $300+ range. For an extra few bucks, I think you’re getting a much better product. Especially if you’re traveling with multiple people, you could even save some money.
If you’re headed to Disney, book a Disney Vacation Club resort hands-down. It’s a much more luxurious experience, and you could even save some money if traveling with several folks.
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