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Disney’s Fall Social Media Event: Resorts

By Divina

As I posted earlier, I was given a "magical" opportunity to get an inside look at what Disney World and all its parks and resorts have to offer.  It was truly a "magical" experience and I am so appreciative for being invited.  In those four short days, I saw and ate so much that I am still processing all that information and digesting all that wonderful food. ; )  I will include a few posts starting with this one about resort accommodations.

I have been to Disney World Florida several times but my family never stayed in one of the resorts.  Thinking back, my parents probably thought, "it’s Disney and will be way too expensive for a family of five to vacation there for a week."  I never questioned why we parked at the closest Holiday inn or some other similar hotel and drove into the parks each day.  Now fast forward to the whirlwind four days, I was pleasantly surprised with how Disney tries to make the Disney vacation accessible for any family no matter your economic status.

Of the 24 Disney resorts, we toured 3 different resorts at three different price points.

Value Resorts

Who knew that that there are so many Disney Value resorts that are very economical and have great themes like 20th century pop culture, movies, sports and music!

 

I got a chance to tour a family suite in the Calypso building of Disney’s All Star Music Resort that sleeps up to six people.  The suite had one large bedroom, a living room with pull out, two bathrooms and a mini kitchen for your vacationing needs.  The facilities included a large themed pool (Three Amigos ), a food court, pizza delivery, laundry services and transportation to and from Walt Disney parks.

Value Resort room prices vary but the starting rate for the family suite was $190.00 a night for off season days.

Moderate Resorts

These resorts have more; more amenities like bigger pools with slides and full service dining, bigger themes like Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Nemo and cost more but still give the family the Disney vacation at a reasonable price.  The #Magicalmoms group and I toured the Pirates room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and loved how every detail transported you into the movie or some tropical destination.

The Pirates room has two double size beds, one bath room and sleeps four guests.  The resort also offers water views and biking and boating activities.  The Pirates room starts at $179.99/night and the Nemo rooms start at $149.00/night.  Just remember the Pirates room is very popular so call ahead to check on availability.

Deluxe Resorts:

Are amazing! They offer the most convenience and quality during your Disney stay with excellent restaurants with character dining options, concierge services and are very close to the Disney parks.

We toured Disney’s Contemporary Resort which literally has the Monorail pass through the building transporting families to the park.   The rooms range from $285/night for a standard room to $2,070/night for the presidential room that sleeps up to 8 but trust me every room is worth the cost.  Even though Disney’s Contemporary Resort was one of the original hotels it is constantly being renovated. The Presidential room had a kitchen with full refrigerator, flat screen TVs, hot tubs and so much more that will make you so comfortable when you are relaxing on your vacation.

As for where I stayed during my time at Disney World let me start by saying I am several months pregnant and am never comfortable.  I am 5’2 so life is getting very large and cumbersome.  When I went on this trip I was 26 weeks pregnant so I was still able to fly on a plane. Eddy and I considered making these four days a mini babymoon with the family before I could not fly.  After talking numbers, we decided this would be a solo babymoon with me relaxing and exploring Disney World alone with the #magicalmoms group.

And what an amazing babymoon it was! I stayed at the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge which is African lodge-style resort on 43-acre wildlife preserve.   The accommodations were amazing.  I missed Eddy and my Babyboy but I was pampered and taken care of during those four days.

Check out these pictures!

The African inspired resort had me waking up to wildebeest and zebra out my window! My room which was $280/night fit a family of four quite comfortably with its large bed and bunk beds but a standard room starts at $240/night.  The resort also included a huge pool, two award winning restaurants and of course was on the Disney World bus system.

They even have a Simba’s Cubhouse which allows for, an additional fee, parents of 3 to 12 year old children the option for a night out as your kids are supervised by the onsite center.  Amazing!

Some insider tips from my new friend Andi , a Walt Disney World Mom Panalist,

  • If you stay at any one of the 24 Disney Resorts you will get a parking pass for your stay that allows your family to park at any Disney theme park for free
  • Most resort rooms come with a Pack n Play so you can leave yours at home

This is only a taste of the 24 Disney Resorts for more information on all room prices, activities and amenities go to the Walt Disney World vacation planner website at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/ or go to http://disneyworldforum.disney.go.com/panelists.aspx to ask the super cool Walt Disney Mom Panalist like Andi questions.

If you are on twitter check out all my live tweets at @dancinghotdogs and search #magicalmoms to see get more tips and see pictures from the group!

Disclosure:  This was a Disney Social Media sponsored trip.  All my travel, hotel and dining accommodations were courtesy of Disney Social Media for review purposes but my post is my unbiased opinion on my experience.

About Divina Rodriguez

Divina is a wife, a Mami of 2 boys under the age of four and a full fledged social media butterfly with a Masters in Communications. She writes along with her husband, Eddy, about entertainment, technology, family products as well as their life in CT. In addition to DancingHotdogs.com, Divina unlocks the magic on www.TheDisneyFiles.com and is president of Brillante Media, LLC, a strategic communication and new media consulting firm that helps businesses grow by leveraging the best in digital for return on investments.