A Walt Disney resort is the ultimate Disney experience – says Beth Haworth in her ebook The Ultimate Disney World Savings Guide 2011 – so if you just sleep at the hotel, eat breakfast there, and use their transportation to the park, you are missing much of the resort side of Disney resort activities, events, themed scenery, and beautiful swimming pools. Plan some time to just enjoy the resort.

If some of your family need an afternoon break from the heat—or an afternoon nap – how handy for part of the party to be able to hop onto free Disney transportation and make a short trip to your Disney Resort.


There are 22 Walt Disney resort options.

Each one is unique from looks to amenities to cost. Some Disney guests like to stay at a different resort every time, while some find one they particularly like and return every trip. Cost wise, most of the resort properties fall into the categories of Value, Moderate, and Deluxe:

Standard Value rooms sleep 4-5 guests and are most economical. Kids, especially at the All Star Movies, are everywhere, but the room are well insulated and allow you to rest peacefully – says Beth.  :-)

The All-Star Music Resort is the best value for 6 guests with a few family sized suites. Beth Oldest child prefers it. It has a pool in a piano shape and one in a guitar shape!

If you go with small kids, chose the All-Star-Movies. Request the building that interest your children as the room decor follows that theme. Beth’s little ones prefer Toy Story  over the other 4 themes. She warns that it is the most popular of all resorts and fills up fast. She also gives very precise tips concerning when to book!

Sports fan will like the All-Star-Sports!

Note, says Beth, “Don’t expect a 5-star resort if you are booking one of Disney’s Value Resorts. They are 3-star properties with small, modestly furnished rooms.

In general, Moderate and Deluxe Resort rooms that sleep 6 or more are spacious suites with extra amenities such as concierge service and a cost to match.

The Moderate Resorts have a more upscale atmosphere. Here you’ll find families with grade school to teenage children and couples. It is a quieter atmosphere than you’ll find at the All Star Resorts.

The Deluxe Resorts are simply … posh. At Animal Kingdom Lodge you can view the animals on the tundra from your balcony window. A standard room can be reserved for $240 + tax.

However, applying her 9 step tip described in her ebook, Beth has been able to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for less than some acquaintances stayed at a Value Resort, about $100/night. Many of her readers have had the same success and you can too!


Check out these benefits of staying at a Walt Disney Resort:

  • Extra Morning and Evening Magic Hours at selected parks
  • Guaranteed admission to the Disney World parks (during peak times, a park may fill up but as a Disney resort guest, you are always guaranteed entrance to the park)
  • Quick access to the parks via motor coach, monorail, or water taxis
  • Special Disney events for registered guests
  • Free shuttle from airport with Magical Express
  • Disney Cast Members available to answer your questions
  • Park purchases delivered to your hotel (from participating merchants)
  • Free parking at the parks ($14 value)


Looking for a resort special or a special resort?

If a Walt Disney resort is what you have your heart set on (especially if you can go in the off season), Beth’s ebook offers 6 additional resources to find discounted package deals. The Ultimate Disney World Savings Guide 2011 e-Book by Beth Haworth is updated many times per week to include the newest Disney World specials as soon as they come out and you will find them on the last page in the “What’s New in the Update.”



JP & Cathy
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