Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Reviews



By Dave Shute

REVIEWS OF DISNEY WORLD HOTELS

Reviews of the Disney World Resort Hotels from yourfirstvisit.netThere are a number of hotel reviews designed for first-time visitors on this site.  This page brings to one place links to all of them.

These hotels are grouped by price category. See this for details on the features of the various resort price categories.

Within price categories, they are in order of how well they suit typical first time family visitors. See this for more on where to stay.

REVIEWS OF DISNEY OWNED AND OPERATED RESORTS

Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.netReviews of Value Resorts at Walt Disney World

Standard 4-person rooms:

  1. Art of Animation
  2. Pop Century
  3. All-Star Movies
  4. All-Star Sports
  5. All-Star Music

Six-person “Family Suites”

  1. The Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  2. The Family Suites at All-Star Music

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.netReviews of Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World

(Not recommended for first time visitors, see this for why)

Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.netReviews of Deluxe Resorts at Walt Disney World

Reviews of Disney Vacation Club Resorts at Walt Disney World

Disney's Old Key West Resort from yourfirstvisit.net(Not recommended for first time visitors, see this for why)

  1. The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  2. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas–Jambo House
  3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas–Kidani Village
  4. Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  5. The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  6. Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  7. Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  8. Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  9. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, main resort
  10. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, Treehouse Villas area

Campground Reviews:

(These hotels are grouped by price category. See this for details on the features of the various resort price categories. Within price categories, they are in order of how well they suit typical first time family visitors. See this for more on where to stay.)

REVIEWS OF OTHER HOTELS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

REVIEWS OF OFF-SITE HOTELS

MORE ON WHERE TO STAY AT DISNEY WORLD

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10 comments

1 Jonpreaderarf { 01.31.12 at 3:56 am }

Hello, i read your site, this a best site from me, thanks!

2 elizabeth { 02.26.13 at 3:32 pm }

Is my first time to.go.to.Walt.Disney what is the best place to.stay with.kids?

3 Dave { 02.26.13 at 3:37 pm }
4 Christi { 04.13.13 at 2:23 am }

Hi, Dave! I LOVE your site (even though I have been to Disney over 10 times:))

I stayed last week at Art of Animation based on your review . I LOVED it! Thanks! I am going back in December with my parents and would like to stay at a place with a kitchen since they would like the option to cook at “home”. Do you know which resorts have kitchens?

5 Dave { 04.13.13 at 7:10 am }

Hi Christi, thanks for the kind words, and I’m so glad you liked AofA! Did you do Little Mermaid or one of the family suites?

In the WDW hotels you’ll find a full kitchen in the Cabins at Fort Wilderness http://yourfirstvisit.net/2013/03/05/review-the-cabins-at-disneys-fort-wilderness-resort-2/ and also in all the DVC resorts in the one and two bedroom villas, and in the grand villas (but not in the studios).

For the DVC resorts see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/special-circumstances/special-circumstances-large-families/more-on-large-families-at-walt-disney-world/the-disney-vacation-club-dvc-resorts-at-walt-disney-world/

Tell me a little about numbers of people and family structures and I may be able to help you narrow in a bit…

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6 Christie { 04.13.13 at 5:26 pm }

Thanks!! We stayed in the Little Mermaid building 7 and requested a lake view like you said and I am so glad!!! It was so perfect! And my daughter loved the Ursala statue. We stayed with our three children and even with a baby crib between the two beds, it worked great. We laughed about your joke about the pool locks keeping out the pop century rift raft several times. I am not sure, but I think I read somewhere that the busses stop at different resorts and if it was your site, I wanted to let you know that our bus went directly to the park. It was so convenient. Much more than our last trip when we stayed at downtown Disney. I am so glad I read your review, because I almost booked all star, but my daughter is in love with nemo and little mermaid so this was amazing- like you said, much more kid appeal.

We are wanting to go again at the beginning of December because you mentioned that it is less busy. I am hoping my parents will come. If so, we will need a kitchen and a decent deal since my mom really wants to stay offsite to save money but I loved brin onsite. If she doesn’t go, I have no idea where to stay, though, since Art if Animation standar rooms are booked already those first two weeks of December. So it will either be 2 adults, 1 child, and 2 infants (my family) or all that plus 2 more adults (my parents). I will read your links now. I have been reading about DVC points and I am trying to figure that out to see if I could stay at Poly or Contemporary tower with those if I can find some to buy. Sorry to ramble. Love the site!

7 Dave { 04.14.13 at 9:36 am }

Great, Christie!!

The cheapest on-site way to sleep 6+1 –which is how WDW will count you–with a full kitchen is the Cabins–see http://yourfirstvisit.net/2013/03/05/review-the-cabins-at-disneys-fort-wilderness-resort-2/ But these aren’t cheap–in early December, they are around $330 a night plus tax–this is less than you’d likely pay to rent points for even the cheapest two bedroom villa …otherwise it’ offsite.

If you end up without the parents and want a value, then I’d try in order Pop Century, or if it’s sold out, Movies, then Music, then Sports.

8 Wendy { 04.29.13 at 8:22 pm }

OK – odd question…I was just checking the boards for Thanksgiving discounts and read some posts of Swan and Dolphin hotels. I checked the Thanksgiving rates – and they are 188 with AAA. That is lower than the other Disney hotels in that class, no? What is the disadvantage to staying at one of these? It seems to include Magic Hours and such…what am I missing?

Thanks!

9 Dave { 04.30.13 at 8:22 am }

Wendy, the Swan and Dolphin have less of a celebratory feel, and feel more like convention hotels. You can’t use either the Dining Plan or the Magical Express airport transport for them, but they do have access to extra magic hours, as you note, and also to the Disney internal bus system…

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10 Wendy { 04.30.13 at 7:02 pm }

Thanks!

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