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How Well Do You Know Walt Disney World Resorts?

Resort-hopping is one of the things we look forward to most during each Walt Disney World vacation.  It’s so much fun to explore the different themes, restaurants and unique features at each resort – and it gives us ideas about which resort to stay at next time!  So, how well do YOU know your Disney resorts?  Here are 10 questions and answers about resorts on property – some may just surprise you!

 

1. Which resorts can you walk to from Disney parks?

Sure, there’s ample complimentary transportation to and from each Walt Disney World resort, but there’s nothing like being able to walk to your room from a theme park!  If you’re looking to walk from the Magic Kingdom to your resort, you’ll want to stay at the Contemporary Resort.  None of the resorts are close enough to Animal Kingdom to walk, but a few are within walking distance of both Hollywood Studios and Epcot; stay at Boardwalk Inn, Beach Club Resort, Yacht Club Resort, or the Swan and Dolphin Resorts to enjoy this perk.

2. Which resorts will connect to the Disney Skyliner?

The Disney community is buzzing with excitement about Walt Disney World’s newest transportation system, the Disney Skyliner.  Once it’s finished, you’ll be able to take a gondola from Pop Century Resort, Art of Animation Resort, and Caribbean Beach Resort to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

3. Just how much flour is used in the gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian?

If you ever visit Walt Disney World around the holidays, the Grand Floridian’s life-size gingerbread concoction should be on your must-see list!  It takes hundreds of hours to bake, assemble and decorate this masterpiece.  It uses a whopping 800 pounds of flour, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 700 pounds of chocolate, 1050 pounds of honey, 140 pints of egg whites, and 35 pounds of spices.

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4. What is the best resort pool at Walt Disney World?

While this is of course a matter of opinion, there does seem to be a consensus within the Disney community regarding the most impressive resort pool complex on property: and Stormalong Bay, at Yacht and Beach Club, is the clear winner!  It’s massive (keep an eye on your kids or you may lose them!), has a lazy river that you can float around in, it has actual sand at the bottom of the pool, and the best of all?  It has a 150-foot tall water slide that you access by climbing up a pirate ship!  You could easily spend a full day at this spectacular pool complex, but keep in mind that you must be staying at Yacht Club or Beach Club to use the pool.

5. What scent is used in the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa?

What IS that amazing scent??  If you’ve ever set foot in the Grand Floridian, you’ve probably asked this question!  Walt Disney World uses a combination of green clover and aloe to make the resort smell so delightful.  They pump the smell throughout the resort, and it’s the same scent that’s used in Disney’s Yacht Club, Beach Club and Contemporary Resorts.

6. Which resorts can I watch Happily Ever After fireworks from?

We love the Magic Kingdom’s spectacular evening show, Happily Ever After.  And if you’re looking for a way to view the fireworks from your own resort, you’re in luck!  You can check out the show from the beach or the boat launch area at Disney’s Polynesian Villages Resort.  At the Grand Floridian, you can glimpse the fireworks from some tables at Narcoossee’s, or head outside to the boat launch for another great view.  Finally, you can see the fireworks show from the observation deck at the Contemporary Resort, or from the California Grill, which also has an observation deck, as well as certain tables with a great view.  You can also pay big bucks to enjoy a fireworks view from your very own Cinderella-Castle-facing room, to step your experience up a notch!

7. Which Walt Disney World resort has the most rooms?

Of all resorts on property, Disney’s Pop Century Resort has the most rooms.  There are an impressive 2,880 rooms in this value resort, in ten different buildings.  Each section is themed as one of the decades from the 1950s to the 1990s, and you’ll find a variety of fun, larger than life icons throughout the park, including towering Rubix’s Cubes, giant Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads, and a huge can of Play-doh.

8. Where can I go horseback riding at a Walt Disney World resort?

If you’re looking for the perfect break from the parks, head to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, where you can take a relaxing trail ride on horseback, even if you’re a riding beginner!  The Tri-Circle-D Ranch also has other fun horse-related activities you can take part in: try a horse-drawn carriage ride or wagon ride, watch a blacksmith make horseshoes, and even Cinderella’s ponies and the beautiful Main Street USA horses.

9. What are the two free methods of transportation I can take from Disney Springs to a WDW resort?

Each resort has complimentary bus transportation to and from Disney Springs into the wee hours of the morning.  If you’re staying at Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter, Port Orleans – Riverside, Old Key West, or Sarasota Springs, you can also choose to take a ferry – our preferred means of transportation to Disney Springs!

10. What can I do for free at our Disney resort?

As if there wasn’t enough to do at Walt Disney World’s theme parks, there’s an abundance of fun waiting for you at your resort – and a lot of it is even free!  Every Disney resort has free evening showings of Disney movies outside (often at the resort pool).  Most of them also offer free campfires and marshmallow roasting for the perfect ending to your day.  All resorts also have complimentary games and trivia by the pool daily.  If you’re staying at or visiting the Art of Animation resort, there are free learn to draw classes all day, and you can head to Fort Wilderness to enjoy a serene nature walk.  Our favorite?  You can visit the Animal Kingdom Lodge and check out the animals grazing on the savannah – you can even borrow night vision goggles to see what the animals are up to at night!

About Stacy Milford

Stacy has lived in 4 countries on 3 continents, and travels whenever humanly possible. Passionate about music theatre, dessert, and adventure in the great wide somewhere, she visits Walt Disney World every year, usually during Halloween! Stacy currently divides her time between writing and teaching English as a second language to children in China, and is pretty sure growing up is over-rated.