So I’ve been a little radio silent on my blog because I was headed to Disney World! Disney World is my absolute favorite family vacation spot and my mom and I just got back from our first Mother – Daughter trip. Since it seemed like a special trip, I wanted to stay someplace neither of us had been before so I booked our room for Disney’s Wilderness Lodge which is one of their deluxe resorts. Over the years I have stayed at Value, Moderate, Deluxe and off site resorts but this turned out to be one of my favorites.
It’s no secret that it’s not cheap to travel to Disney World but I will say I have always found it to be worth the price! It’s been a while since I stayed in a deluxe resort so I thought I would highlight some of my favorite points for staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort.
- Transportation. Wilderness Lodge is across the lake from Magic Kingdom and has both boat and bus options to Magic Kingdom. There is also a boat that takes you to Disney’s Contemporary resort which is a nice peaceful ride. The Contemporary is always a must stop during our travels because the monorail comes into the building which is always a fun feature for the kids. The Grand Floridian, Contemporary and Polynesian are all on the monorail loop that takes you to Magic Kingdom. Animal Kingdom lodge is closest to the Animal Kingdom theme park and boasts their own Savannah where you can see the animals from some of the rooms.
- Rooms are often more “roomy”. All Disney resorts have a split bathroom where the sinks are separated from the rest of the bathrooms for ease of families getting ready. The deluxe resorts have two sinks and full closet for clothing and luggage storage. An added bonus are the balcony’s which are large enough for you to sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or relax in the evening after a day in the parks.
- Pools. All of the Disney resorts have pools and they are all so much fun! The deluxe resorts boast a zero entry (or beach entry), water slide plus plenty of lounge chairs to chill out in. At Wilderness lodge, the pool area is just a few steps from Geyser Grill, an outdoor lounge area where you can purchase drinks as well as a quick service area for the family to get snacks and drinks while cooling off.
- On site dining. Many of the moderate and deluxe resorts have an onsite restaurant in addition to their quick service “food court’ area. Animal Kingdom Lodge has Boma – Flavors of Africa and Sanaa both of which feature African meals. Wilderness lodge has Whispering Canyon which has fun interactions with the cast members, always make sure to ask for ketchup and Artist Point where you can dine while meeting Snow White and some of the seven dwarfs. At the Contemporary you have three choices for sit down dining; California Grill, The Wave and Chef Mickey’s where you can enjoy a buffet style meal while meeting Mickey and his pals! At the Grand Floridian you have the most choices as they boast four sit down dining restaurants. If you are looking for more upscale and fine dining, you will want to get reservations at Citricos, Narcoossee’s or Victoria and Albert’s which is a AAA Five Diamond Award winning restaurant. If you are looking for characters, you will want to get a reservation at 1900 Park Fare where you can meet Mary Poppins and friends while enjoying breakfast OR Cinderella, Prince Charming, her step mother and evil step sisters during dinner sittings. The Polynesian Resort has Kona Cafe and ‘Ohana, both feature a Hawaiian or Polynesian flair to their food. When you book ‘Ohana for breakfast you can enjoy your family style breakfast with Lilo and Stitch and friends. One of our always must do meals.
Regardless if you decide to stay in a Value, Moderate or Deluxe resort I highly recommend staying on Disney property so you can completely immerse yourself in the Disney experience. If you need help planning a trip to Disney World, contact me and I would love to help! I am affiliated with Academy Travel and Mickey Vacations which has received the designation of Earmarked DIAMOND from Disney Destinations this year! This is the highest designation that Disney Destinations can bestow to a travel agency.
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