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Disney World Resort Comparison

Choosing the right Walt Disney World® Resort might not seem as thrilling as a ride on Expedition Everest, but with the right information (and a little pixie dust) we hope you will find that it really is a small world after all! In today’s article we aim to share the bare necessities of the Disney World Resort Options!

One of the first questions we tend to get from clients is how to decide on the perfect option in a particular resort or category. We like to start by explaining the differences between the four resort categories offered in Walt Disney World- including their prices. Comparing the prices of each resort also means considering the different discounts offered by Disney, as well as how those discounts can affect the overall package price of a vacation. For many offers it is important to remember that a room-only discount is usually tiered, thus offering lower discounts to Value resorts and higher discounts to Deluxe and Villa options. This is why we often show our clients that in some cases it is actually possible to pay less money to stay at a Moderate resort than at a Value! With this information in mind, we proudly present our very own Disney Word Resort comparison checklist!

Resort Categories:

Note: While there are only four resort categories defined by Disney, we chose to differentiate in the Deluxe category- thus creating a fifth category to compare.

  • Value: Large properties with unique, over the top themes and design motifs. Most standard rooms are accessed via an exterior open-air hallway. In some locations specially themed rooms are available.
  • Moderate: Unique, subdued resort themes. Access to most rooms is via an exterior hallway, with certain exceptions. In some locations specially themed rooms are available.
  • Deluxe: Elegant and highly detailed architecture and design. Access to rooms is via an interior hallway.
  • Deluxe Monorail: Often referred to as the crowned jewels of the Disney resorts, they offer spectacular service with the closest proximity to the Magic Kingdom. Access to rooms is via an interior hallway.
  • Villa: Charm, service and magic- with the comforts of home. In most cases access to rooms is via an interior hallway while some will have an external doorway.

Room Specifics and Price ($ -$$$$):

  • Value: Rooms tend to average around 260 sq. feet and most sleep four people plus a child in a crib. Most standard rooms offer double beds. Larger family suites accommodate 6 people plus a child in a crib. Best for those seeking a budget friendly resort option. $
  • Moderate: Rooms tend to average around 314 sq. feet and sleep four people plus a child under age 3 in a crib. Some rooms offer an additional banquette or trundle bed to accommodate a family of 5. Best for those seeking slightly greater resort amenities along with good value. $$
  • Deluxe and Deluxe Monorail: Rooms tend to average between 344- 440 sq. feet and vary in sleeping capacity. Some Deluxe resorts sleep four people plus a child under age 3 in a crib, while others- especially Monorail Resorts- can accommodate families of 5 plus a child under age 3 in a crib. Best for those who seek the highest levels of extra services, recreation, dining options, proximity and unique transportation. $$$-$$$$
  • Villa: Villas range in size from 314 square feet up to 2,500 square feet at Grand Villas, and can accommodate up to 12 people and a child under age 3 in a crib. Best for those who may be traveling with larger parties and who enjoy a vacation joined with the comforts of home. $$$-$$$$

Bathrooms

  • Value: One sink, one commode, and one tub / shower. Suites may  offer additional bathrooms.
  • Moderate: Two sinks, one commode, and one tub / shower.
  • Deluxe and Deluxe Monorail: Two sinks, one commode, and one tub / shower.
  • Villa: Standard bathrooms, which tend to vary based on the number of bedrooms.

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  • Value: Rooms may look at a parking lot, wooded area, themed resort elements, or swimming pool.
  • Moderate: Rooms may look at a parking lot, wooded area, themed resort elements, swimming pool, or a body of water.
  • Deluxe and Deluxe Monorail: Rooms may look at a parking lot, wooded area, themed resort elements, swimming pool, a body of water, or a theme park. Animal Kingdom Lodge rooms may overlook animal habitats. Entertainment such as fireworks may be seen from some deluxe resort rooms.
  • Villa: Rooms may look at a parking lot, wooded area, themed resort elements, swimming pool, a body of water, a theme park, or a golf course. Animal Kingdom Lodge rooms may overlook animal habitats. Entertainment such as fireworks may be seen from some deluxe resort rooms.

Dining

  • Value: Quick Service/Food court as well as pizza delivery to room.
  • Moderate: Quick Service/Food court, pizza delivery to room, and at least one casual table-service restaurant.
  • Deluxe and Deluxe Monorail: Quick Service/Food court, full menu via room-service, multiple table-service restaurants and character dining.
  • Villa: Quick Service dining, kitchen and kitchenettes as well as other dining options depending upon resort.

Recreation and Entertainment:

  • Value: Multiple pools, arcade and playground.
  • Moderate: Multiple pools, water slide, playgrounds and arcade. Bicycle and watercraft rentals in some locations. Health Club at certain locations.
  • Deluxe and Deluxe Monorail: Multiple pools, water slide, playgrounds and arcade. Bicycle and watercraft rentals in some locations. Health Club access at all locations.
  • Villa: Multiple pools, water slide, playgrounds and arcade. Bicycle and watercraft rentals in some locations. Health Club access at all locations.

Transportation*

  • Value: Bus service to all Walt Disney World Resort areas.
  • Moderate: Bus service to all Walt Disney World Resort areas, limited boat service to select locations.
  • Deluxe and Deluxe Monorail: Bus service to all Walt Disney World Resort areas, boat service from some resorts to various destinations, as well as monorail service. Some resorts are within walking distance to certain parks.
  • Villa: Bus Service to all Walt Disney World Resort areas, limited boat service to select locations.

*Transportation is a very important aspect of a Disney vacation plan. With the exception of the monorail, extended transit time must be factored into bus and water launch transportation. It is wise to allow at least 1 hour and 15 minutes for bus transportation. Additionally, strollers must be collapsed prior to boarding, which can present a challenge for guests traveling with young children. Conversely, monorail service is relatively speedy and can be as short as 5 minutes. Strollers may be pushed straight onto the tram and do not need to be collapsed, which can make for a smooth ride back to a resort with a sleeping child.

We hope you enjoyed this informative discussion of the Disney World resort options. We would love to hear your feedback, tips, and suggestions! Come visit us on facebook to join the discussion!

Disney World FREE Dining for 2014!

The big day has arrived! It’s time to announce FREE Disney dining offer of 2014! Beginning today Disney Moments of Magic Travel clients who are Disney Visa Cardholders can book this exciting offer and save BIG on their Walt Disney World vacation! This offer will be open to the general public on May 7th.

The dates for Free Dining are:

8/31- 10/3

10/26 – 11/1

11/9 – 11/20

12/12 – 12/23

Resort Exclusions Include: All-Star Movies, Port Orleans Resort- Riverside, Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter, The Villa’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms and all 3 Bedroom Villas.

Additionally, this offer is arrival based. So even if you arrive on the last valid day of the promotion, you will get free dining for your entire stay!!

Remember that when you book with Moments of Magic Travel and stay at a Disney Resort Hotel, our complimentary concierge service will help plan every aspect of your vacation! Our guests enjoy a multitude of additional perks such as:

  • Customized Itinerary Planning that is tailored to your family’s vacation needs! Our itineraries are specially designed to help you spend the least amount of time in line- and more time experiencing the magic!
  • FastPass+ selections booked for you up to 60 days in advance if your vacation.
  • Advance Dining Reservations and special experience planning.
  • Complimentary ground transportation between Orlando International Airport and your Disney Resort Hotel as well as throughout the Walt Disney World Resort as well.
  • Extra time in the park so you can experience select attractions at one of the Theme Parks outside normal operating hours with the Extra Magic Hours benefit. (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required.)
  • Amazing experiences like themed pools, Disney movies under the stars and Character Dining at select Resort Hotels!

Call your Moments of Magic Travel Agent today at 1-888-50MOUSE to book this exciting offer!

Dine With a Jedi at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends!!

HUGE news for Star Wars fans! Today Disney released TWO all new character dining experiences for Star Wars Weekends! Our agents have been hard at work securing these incredible options for our clients!

The first is Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine–  Fans will join Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, Stormtrooper Donald and Ewok Chip and Dale for dinner at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood Studios Park. The seatings for this dinner will begin at 4:15 and will run until the park closes.

There is also a Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast where you can start your day with an out of this world breakfast at Sci-Fi Cafe in Hollywood Studios Park!  Join Stormtroopers, Jawa, Greedo, Bobo Fett and the dark one himself, DARTH VADAR at this incredible NEW dining option!

The price of the breakfast experience is $47.99 for adults and $29.99 for children. The dinner experience is $55.99 for adults and $33.99 for children, or as part of the Fantasmic! Dinner Package at a price of adults $59.99 and $36.99 for children. Both experiences include a digital photograph. (Taxes and gratuity are not included in these prices.)

These two character meals are available for a limited time only! They run May 4th through June 15th so call your Moments of Magic Travel agent today– and may the force be with you!

Healthy Dining at Walt Disney World

Eating healthy at Walt Disney World Resorts and theme parks is easier than you might think! Over the years Disney has gone to great lengths to expand its dining options, and the availability of healthy choices has become a central feature of its restaurants. Today we have rounded up ten of our best tips and tricks for healthy dining options to share with you!

Grocery Delivery- For a $14 delivery fee Garden Grocer will deliver essential items and groceries to your resort which you can then take into the parks with you. This is the perfect way to stock up on snacks (see our next tip), breakfast food and other items so that you don’t have to pack them in your suitcase.

Pack Snacks– Whether you bring them with you or have them delivered, it is always a good idea to bring snacks into the park. Doing so will often give you healthy options to ensure that you are better able to avoid the temptation of candy and ice cream, and it can also provide a great distraction while you stand in the queue for your next attraction. Some of our favorite snack suggestions are hummus packs, nuts, granola, dried fruit and sliced apples. If you forget to bring your snack along, don’t worry- many of our favorite suggestions are available throughout the parks!

Stay Hydrated With Water– Water is always free throughout the four theme parks of Walt Disney World, and all of the Quick Service locations will provide you with a complimentary glass of water anytime you request it. Additionally, you can carry  a water bottle with a built in filter to avoid soda temptation. You can transport it easily, and the filter will help with the unique taste of Florida’s water.

Consider Having Breakfast In Bed–  Ok, maybe not necessarily in your bed, but definitely in your room! Your body needs a great deal of fuel to walk through the various parks of Walt Disney World, so be sure to start you day off right with a healthy breakfast. Using the grocery service we mentioned above, you can stock up on healthy morning options like yogurt with honey, granola, low-fat milk and whole grain cereals. By keeping this important first meal of the day healthy, you will save a ton of calories versus choosing a heavy start of bacon and potatoes.

Look For the Mickey Check Program– Part of the Disney Magic of Healthy Living Initiative, the Mickey Check Symbol makes it easy to identify nutritious meal options. The goal of the program is to offer children appropriate portions alongside healthy food selections. Recent offerings from Be Our Guest Restaurant include: whole grain macaroni with marinara and seasonal vegetables, seared Mahi Mahi with finger salad and peach applesauce, as well as a carved turkey sandwich on multigrain bread with sweet potato wedges. Meals in the Mickey Check Program are served with low-fat milk or water.

Go Vegetarian– This might seem like a completely unexpected suggestion, but it is actually a really great way to eat healthy while visiting Disney! The number of vegetarian options at Disney Resorts and theme parks has soared in the last decade, and many of them have been created by world class chefs. If going vegetarian makes you think of eating only carrots and celery, we can assure that there is plenty to explore in this dining genre! Consider these amazing options straight from the menus of your favorite Disney restaurant: Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli with Tomato-Fennel Broth; Seared Tofu with Zucchini and Eggplant Ratatouille, Roasted Mushrooms, Lentils, and Sun-dried Tomato Purée;  and Butternut Squash Soup! With options like these we guarantee that just because you may be missing the meat, you won’t be missing amazing flavors!

Plan Ahead– Research dining options before you go and try to have a plan of action for your meals. If you make your dining choices ahead of time, you will be far more likely to add healthy options into your daily itinerary than if you follow the trail to the nearest cheeseburger. Planning your trip with an experienced agency like Moments of Magic Travel will help lead you in the right direction for healthy dining. We often suggest locations such as Katsura Grill in EPCOT where you will find sushi and edamame, or ABC Commissary in HS where you can find a delicious quinoa salad with chicken or salmon! Another great option is Sunshine Seasons next to Soarin’ in EPCOT where they serve a delicious pumpkin squash soup alongside oak-grilled rotisserie chicken with black beans and yellow rice. The list of healthy options in Walt Disney World is truly incredible!

Live With the Land– Another fun and healthy option for dining at Disney can be found at The Garden Grill. Here you will find dinner platters that include turkey and sustainable fish alongside a variety of vegetables such as cucumbers, Swiss chard, eggplant and sweet potatoes that are grown on site by horticulturalists from ‘Living with the Land’!

To Buffet, or Not to Buffet– It goes without saying that when faced with a never ending variety of food choices, many of us have the tendency to over-indulge. Buffet meals can be a valuable and healthy option of your Disney dining experience, provided you make the right choices. When dining at a buffet, try to fill your plate with the healthiest options such as fish, vegetables, salads and fruit, and save the extra side items and desserts for last when you are already feeling full. Additionally, know when to say when at a buffet meal. It can be easy to fall into the trap of cleaning your plate in a quest to get your money’s worth out of your dining choices. Try to resist the urge to eat more simply because you don’t want to leave anything on your plate.

Keep it Magical– After all of these tips, be sure to remember why you are in Disney in the first place! Keep in mind that for all of the healthy dining options available to you, it’s still your vacation and it’s ok to have a treat! Just try keep a good balance during your stay and you may find that you will return home not only with magical memories, but also with a whole new way to look at how your family views mealtime!