How Many Square Feet in a Square Foot?
By Dave Shute
This page tries to make the square foot numbers associated with Walt Disney World Resorts more understandable and comparable.
HOW LONG IS A SQUARE FOOT?
The different resort classes all have different sizes:
- The value resorts—Art of Animation, Pop Century and the All Stars—are 260 square feet
- The moderate resorts are 314 square feet, and
- The deluxes vary from 344 square feet at the Wilderness Lodge and the Animal Kingdom Lodge to more than 470 square feet at the Polynesian’s newest rooms in its Tahiti, Rapa Nui, and Tokelau buildings.
Most of us, however, have no idea what this means.
- First, most of us don’t normally think in squared dimension—we think in linear distances, not areas.
- Second, we don’t usually whip out our tape measures and size up our hotel rooms, so we don’t have a comparison readily at hand for how much difference there really is between 314 square feet at the Caribbean Beach Beach (at $176 on a weekday night in the 2013 Fall price season) and 344 square feet for $321 at the Wilderness Lodge those same nights.
- Finally, most of us lump all these square feet together—but hotel designers know that bedroom square feet make much more of a difference in the livability of a room than the remaining components of square feet (which are the bathroom, and also the access area from the interior corridor to the bedroom, if the hotel has interior corridors), because your family spends much more time in the bedroom area.
HOW WIDE IS A SQUARE FOOT?
See below three thumbnails which show total and bedroom square feet for most Disney World Resorts and a few comparisons from across the country.
In addition, the second and third images are illuminated by vertical lines showing industry standard* sizes of bedroom and total space by price class.
- The bedroom spaces at the moderate resorts are actually larger than those at the Wilderness Lodge and the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and comparable to the bedroom spaces in the Yacht Club and Beach Club.
- The bedrooms fall out this way despite (sometimes) big differences in total square feet because so many square feet in the deluxes are used in the “hallway” between the exterior corridor and the bedroom space—up to 60 square feet.
- The value resorts are bigger than a Super 8, the moderate resorts comparable to a Holiday Inn or Best Western, and the Deluxes are not all comparable to a luxury hotel.
- On total square feet, the value resorts exceed “Budget” standards,
- The moderate resorts are just about right on “Mid-Price” standards,
- The Wilderness Lodge and the Animal Kingdom Lodge fall about halfway between “Mid-Price” and “Upscale,” and
- None of the depicted resorts gets enough above “Upscale” to cross the line into “Luxury.”
All Disney resorts exceed the “Budget” standard, and most fall into the “Mid-Price” standard, with the exceptions of the Polynesian and Grand Floridian, both of which exceed “Upscale,” and come close to “Luxury.”
* Source: From Rutes, Penner, Adams, Hotel Design (2001) p.270
MORE ON WHERE TO STAY AT DISNEY WORLD
- For where to stay, see this
- For what you get in each resort price category, see this