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By Dave Shute

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This page brings together to one place key links to help decide what resort hotel to stay at on your Disney World trip on this site.

It includes links to material for typical families, but also for large families, military families, families on tight budgets, and families looking for a particularly comfortable trip.

It’s part of a series on navigating this site.











1 Lisa McGee { 04.15.11 at 5:27 pm }

We belong to Interval World timeshare exchange and are unable to stay at Disney. Do you have recommendations in the surrounding areas (family of 6).

2 Dave { 04.15.11 at 5:32 pm }

Hi Lisa!

I don’t–I don’t know enuf about the hundreds of off-site options to be helpful. Suggest you join — a Disney discussion board — and post your question there!

3 Edmund { 10.18.11 at 10:04 pm }

Hi, this site is “Out Of Site!” Incredible guide! Here is my dilemma. My wife and I were married and spent our Honeymoon at Walt Disney World. She was thinking Island but she was mesmerized. She turns sixty on December 12th. We have twins, a boy and a girl. We brought them there when they were two and a half. I want to give my wife a “A Beautiful Christmas Birthday Memory!” vacation and our twins, “A Big Christmasy Thrill!” Is the Polynesian our perfect hotel choice? I have a wide spectum to cover. Thank You, so much, from a loving Husband and Dad, Edmund

4 Dave { 10.19.11 at 7:20 am }

Hi Edmund, what a sweet idea!

At this late date, you may have trouble getting into a specific resort. If you can get in and afford it, my advice would be a Magic Kingdom view one or two-bedroom villa at Bay Lake Tower:–see

But any of the monorail resorts (Contemporary/Bay Lake, Grand Floridian, Poly) or the WIiderness Lodge/Villas or Animal Kingdom Ldge/Jambo Villas would be special.

For links to reviews of all these but the Grand Floridian, see this: (I’ll be posting a Grand Floridian review in November–but you need to pick before then. Short version: gorgeous but not very Disney)

5 Alex { 01.17.12 at 2:19 pm }

Hi Dave!
Great site, very informative and helpful! My question to you is what your recomendation for a resort hotel would be for me and my fiance for our honeymoon next January. We don’t have any children so kid appeal is not a concern of ours at this point in time.

6 Dave { 01.17.12 at 2:46 pm }

Hi Alex, any price constraints?

If not, I’d recommend the Grand Floridian or the BoardWalk Inn. See and For prices, see the links that begin on this page (take the January 2012 prices and add 5%)

If these are too pricey, let me know your target nightly rate and I’ll recommend alternatives…

7 Deepthi { 03.18.12 at 10:42 pm }

My wife and I talked about this very thing when we were at Walt Disney World eaelirr in October. I would love it if they added DVC units to all the Monorail resorts, but we’d definitely finance points if they became available for the PolynesianI thought it would be great if they built a DVC resort on the EPCOT monorail line. It would mean that there wouldn’t be a direct shot from the TTC to EPCOT, but I think they’d sell just as fervently as the Magic Kingdom DVC resort points

8 Stephanie { 05.21.12 at 4:03 pm }

Dave,amazing site! My husband & I have stayed at the Polynesian the past 3 times weKve visited. I’d like to try something different, but my husband LOVES easy access to the monrail & TTC. (I don’t care for the Contemporary & my husband dislikes the parking at Grand Floridian.) I was thinking of the Beach Club, but fear we will be disappointed after our stays at the Poly. We spend more days at MK (son is 5) , but big fans of dining options in Epcot. Is the beach club a good idea, or stick with our favorite, the poly? Thanks so much, Stephanie

9 Dave { 05.21.12 at 6:11 pm }

Hi Stephanie, and thanks!

I’m a big fan of doing something different. The pool at the Beach Club is so cool that the relative dullness of the rest of the place should not matter. And you’ll love the easy access to Epcot. See

To spice it up, maybe try for a one-bedroom villa at Beach Club Villas if it’s in your price range?? See

10 Stephanie { 05.21.12 at 7:15 pm }

Thank you so much, this makes me feel much better!

11 Dave { 05.21.12 at 9:02 pm }


12 Camille { 03.28.13 at 12:01 am }

Hi Dave. Your site is fabulous. We are planning a trip to WDW Sept 11-22(flexible), and want to spend 5-6 days in Disney. Can you give me a detailed itinerary for this as your site assumes you are staying on site with early entry and we are renting a house. We will have 6 between the ages of 4-8, and 2 teens as well as 6 adults. I am overwhelmed with what to do when looking at the options. If this is not possible, could you point me to a site that does do personal itineraries? Keep up the great work!

13 Dave { 03.28.13 at 7:53 am }

Hi Camille and thanks! Your circumstances (age dispersion, lenght of stay, off-site) are so far off of what I do that I can’t be much direct help. But reach out to my friend John–he can do exactly what you need at a shockingly low price–he’s at

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14 mike { 11.01.15 at 8:47 am }

Hello again Dave. We will be arriving home to the GF on November 8th. Since our GD has a tree nut and cotton seed allergy can we call the hotel and ask for a vip room cleaning for my her room and our room since hopefully they will be connected. We heard this can be done, we booked thru aaa so does that matter? We informed the restaurants already when we made our adrs. Thanks again.

15 mike { 11.01.15 at 8:48 am }

her room and our room Dave, sorry

16 Dave { 11.01.15 at 9:23 am }
17 mike { 11.01.15 at 10:40 am }

Thanks Dave, hope to meet you on the 8th. NO rain

18 Dave { 11.02.15 at 7:20 am }

See you then, Mike!!

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