Guests who visit Walt Disney World can enjoy amazing experiences in the four theme parks, two water parks, and Disney Springs. However, the best way to get the most out of a Disney vacation is to stay on property at a Disney Resort. There are over twenty Disney Resorts to choose from and they are broken down into three price categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. Deluxe Disney Resorts are definitely the most opulent and feature incredible themes, pools, dining, shopping, amenities, transportation, and entertainment. Guests are sure to love every minute of staying at a Deluxe Disney Resort and will never want to leave for home. Here are ten tips and secrets for Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts.
10. Early FastPasses
One of the biggest perks of staying at a Disney Resort is being able to access Disney’s FastPass system before many other guests. Those who stay on property can book FastPasses up to sixty days in advance compared to thirty days for those staying off property elsewhere. By being able to book FastPasses earlier than others, Disney Resort guests can score the perfect FastPasses for popular attractions and experiences which tend to book more quickly than others.
9. Use Disney Transportation
Guests who stay at Deluxe Disney Resorts should definitely take advantage of Disney’s complimentary transportation system. Depending on which Disney Resort a guest is staying at, they can travel via bus, ferry, boat, or monorail easily and efficiently to get to any of the four theme parks, two water parks or Disney Springs. Disney transportation saves lots of time and frustration by allowing guests to kick back and enjoy the ride instead of having to worry about traffic, directions, and parking.
8. Send Packages Back
Disney Resort guests also have access to an exclusive service which allows them to shop until they drop while remaining hands-free in the parks. Guests who shop in any store throughout Walt Disney World can choose to have their packages sent back to their Disney Resort free of charge. They can then pick up their packages the following afternoon at a specific location.
7. Stormalong Bay
Guests who stay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort can enjoy exclusive access to an aquatic area filled with fun in the sun. Stormalong Bay spans over three acres and includes a lazy river, kiddie pool, elevated sun deck, water slides, hot tubs, and a zero depth entry sand bottomed pool. Guests who stay at the two Disney Resorts never want to stop relaxing at and enjoying Stormalong Bay!
6. Disney’s Contemporary Resort’s Construction
One of the most recognizable buildings in all of Walt Disney World is Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The Disney Resort has a modern theme with clean lines, a simple A frame, and a lobby which boasts massive glass walls and a monorail stop. While many guests might assume that the Disney Resort was constructed in a normal fashion, they might be surprised to learn that it was put together in a unique way. Disney’s Contemporary Resort feature rooms that were constructed separately than the building and then slid into place within the framework once completed.
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5. The Perfect View
Two Disney Resorts offer amazing views of the Magic Kingdom show Happily Ever After. The show occurs nightly in the skies over Cinderella Castle and features Disney music and a projection show on the castle accompanied by beautiful fireworks. Guests who dine at ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort can enjoy a family style meal of island cuisine while enjoying Happily Ever After through massive glass windows overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon. Guests can also dine at the California Grill which is situated at the top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort overlooking the Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon. Guests who dine there for dinner can enjoy a wonderful view of Happily Ever After through the large glass windows.
4. Cozy Fireplaces
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge evokes the spirit and décor of the National Parks with rustic features and a grand lobby which features a central atrium. Many guests might not realize that several of the upper floors of the atrium feature small cozy nooks which are sure to help any guest relax. With warm fireplaces and comfortable armchairs to sink into, these spots are the perfect way to relax after a long day in the parks.
3. Disney’s Yacht Club’s Hidden Mickey
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort features a nautical theme complete with sea faring artwork, décor, and items which transport guests to the sea. Immediately after entering into the Disney Resort’s lobby, guests can enjoy a massive globe which features a stylized version of the world map. On the globe guess can spot a classic Hidden Mickey in the seas near Madagascar and a sea serpent.
2. A Short Walk
A great perk of staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the proximity to the Magic Kingdom. In fact, the Disney Resort is so close that guests can choose to enjoy a short five minute stroll from the entrance of the park to Disney’s Contemporary Resort to avoid the monorail and boats when busy.
1. A Short Boat Ride
The Disney Resorts nestled around Crescent Lake also enjoy close proximity with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests can enjoy a short walk to Epcot from Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and Disney’s Beach Club Resort and enter through the gate in World Showcase. In addition, guests can enjoy a short boat ride which will bring them to the same location as well as the entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.