finding the perfect disney world resort

Choosing the right resort is an essential part of planning your Disney vacation. With a variety of options to suit every budget and preference, finding the best Disney resort can enhance your magical experience and create lasting memories.

At Share the Magic Travel, we’re here to guide you through the selection process and help you discover the perfect home away from home for your Disney adventure. Let’s explore some of the different levels of Disney World’s resort options and where to stay on property during your stay at Walt Disney World.

Disney’s Deluxe Resorts: Luxury and Convenience

For guests seeking the ultimate in luxury and convenience, Disney’s Deluxe Resorts offer an unparalleled experience with top-notch amenities and proximity to the parks, including ferryboats and the monorail.

1. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Prime Location
  • World-Class Dining

Inspired by the Victorian era, this iconic resort exudes elegance and sophistication. Located on the monorail line, guests enjoy easy access to Magic Kingdom and EPCOT via monorail or boat. Indulge in fine dining at award-winning restaurants like Victoria & Albert’s and Citricos.

2. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Island Paradise
  • ‘Ohana – A Sought-After Dining Experience
  • Great Views

Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with lush landscaping, white-sand beaches, and stunning views of Seven Seas Lagoon. Don’t miss the popular character breakfast at ‘Ohana and the delicious Polynesian-inspired cuisine at Kona Café. Watch Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach or your room for a magical end to your day.

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Disney’s Moderate Resorts: Value and Comfort

For guests seeking a balance of value and comfort, Disney’s Moderate Resorts offer themed environments, convenient amenities, and affordable pricing.

1. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

  • Southern Charm
  • Quick Ride to Disney Springs

Experience the charm of the South with oak-lined streets, antebellum architecture, and scenic waterways. Upgrade to a Royal Guest Room for princess-inspired decor and magical touches from favorite Disney films. Enjoy a scenic boat ride to Disney Springs for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

2. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Skyliner Access
  • Island Paradise Vibes
  • Pirate-Themed Pool

Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and relaxing vibes of the Caribbean islands. Kids will love the pirate-themed pool complete with slides and water cannons. Convenient access to Disney’s Skyliner gondola system provides transportation to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Disney’s Value Resorts: Fun and Affordability

For budget-conscious guests who don’t want to compromise on the Disney magic, Disney’s Value Resorts offer themed accommodations, family-friendly amenities, and budget-friendly prices.

1. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Immersive Themes
  • Great for Large Groups & Families

Dive into the worlds of beloved Disney and Pixar films with themed sections like Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and Cars. Ideal for larger families, the resort offers spacious family suites with separate bedrooms and kitchenettes. The resort’s main pool is inspired by Finding Nemo and features underwater speakers and interactive play areas.

2. Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Nostalgic
  • Skyliner Access

Travel back in time through the decades with larger-than-life icons and pop culture references from the 1950s to the 1990s. Enjoy easy transportation to EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios via the Disney Skyliner gondola system. Explore a variety of dining options and pick up Disney souvenirs at the resort’s bustling food court and merchandise shop.

Choosing Your Disney Resort

When deciding where to stay on property at Disney, consider the following factors:


Your budget is a crucial factor in deciding which Disney World resort to choose. There are a wide range of accommodations to fit every budget. Value resorts are the most budget-friendly options, perfect for families looking to save money. They offer basic amenities and fun themes, making them great for kids and families who plan to spend most of their time in the parks. Moderate resorts offer a balance between cost and amenities, providing more comfort and a variety of dining options while still being relatively affordable. For those who want a more luxurious experience, deluxe resorts offer top-tier amenities, elegant decor, and prime locations, often closer to the parks. These resorts are perfect for those who want to enjoy their time at the resort as much as in the parks.

Theme and Atmosphere

Disney World resorts are known for their immersive themes and unique atmospheres. Consider what kind of experience you want. Resorts like Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort offer a lush, tropical setting, complete with beaches and luaus, creating a tropical paradise. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort evokes the romantic charm of the French Quarter and the rural beauty of the old South, offering Southern charm. For a trip down memory lane, resorts such as Disney’s Pop Century Resort celebrate American pop culture from the 1950s through the 1990s, perfect for nostalgia. Choosing a theme that resonates with your family can enhance your overall experience and make your stay even more memorable.

Proximity to Parks

The location of your resort in relation to the parks can significantly impact your trip. Resorts located near the parks, like Disney’s Contemporary Resort, allow you to quickly and easily return for breaks, especially useful if you have young children or want to avoid midday crowds. Consider the transportation options available. Some resorts offer monorail, boat, or direct bus services to the parks, making your commute more convenient and enjoyable. Staying closer to the parks or having easy transportation can save time and reduce stress, giving you more time to enjoy the magic.

Amenities and Activities

Different resorts offer various amenities and activities that cater to different interests and needs. Resorts like Disney’s Yacht Club Resort boast elaborate pool complexes that can be a destination in themselves. Look for resorts that offer activities nearby such as bike rentals, fishing, or themed character dining experiences. Playgrounds, game rooms, and nightly outdoor movies can add extra fun for families with children. Choosing a resort with amenities and activities that match your family’s interests can make your stay even more enjoyable and relaxing.

Deals and Discounts

Disney often offers special deals and discounts that can make your stay more affordable. Your Share the Magic Travel Agent can look for off-season rates or special promotions that can reduce the cost of your stay. Disney offers vacation packages that bundle accommodations, park tickets, and dining plans, often at a discounted rate. If you’re an Annual Passholder, you can take advantage of exclusive discounts on resort stays. By keeping an eye out for these deals, we can help you save money and make the most of your Disney vacation budget.

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Let a Share the Magic Travel Agent Help You Plan Your Disney Vacation

At Share the Magic Travel, we’re here to help you find the best Disney World resort and plan every aspect of your magical vacation. Whether you’re seeking luxury, value, or something in between, our experienced travel agents can guide you through the selection process and create a customized itinerary tailored to your needs and preferences. Contact us today to start planning your dream Disney getaway!