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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.

photo(1)Views

  • 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!

Woo hoo! BIG summer savings announced for Disney Visa Cardholders!

We are excited to announce that today the Big Summer Blowout Sale was announced for Walt Disney World! If you are a Disney Visa Cardholder we can book these savings starting March 13th 2014. We expect this sale to go live to the general public on Monday March 17th so call us today for more information!

This offer provides a discount of up to 35% off your room for stays of 6 nights or more, and up to 30% off stays of 1-5 nights! Save even more when you upgrade to a package with a minimum 6-day Magic Your Way Ticket. The offer can be booked now through June 6th, 2014 so call your Moments of Magic Travel Agent today at 1-888-50MOUSE!

Stay longer and save more! Explore the savings for each Disney Resort Hotel for stays most nights 6/15 – 8/28/2014:

Resort
Category
Hotel Stays 6 or more nights Stays 1 to 5 nights
Deluxe Villas Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Save 35% Save 30%
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge—Jambo House and Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Save 25% Save 20%
Deluxe Resorts Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge—Standard View/Pool View
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Save 35% Save 30%
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge—Savanna View/Club View
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Save 25% Save 20%
Moderate Resorts Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins
Save 25% Save 20%
Value Resorts Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Save 20% Save 15%
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—Family Suites Save 15% Save 10%

Additional Offer Details:
1. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes Disney’s Art of Animation–The Little Mermaid Standard Room, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort–French Quarter, Disney’s All Star Movies, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Campsites and 3-Bedroom Villas. 


2. Theme Park tickets must be used within 14 days of first use.

Spring 2014 Room and Ticket Offer at Walt Disney World!

1505332_672207089497163_1118277290_nWe have some magical news! You can save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Feb. 24 – March 5, March 14 – April 12 and April 20 – June 15, 2014!

There is extra magic in store when you upgrade to a room and ticket package- you can get one more ticket day FREE! (Minimum 4-day Magic Your Way ticket required.) This offer expires  March 31, 2014 so don’t delay! Let Moments of Magic Travel book your trip today! 843-737-2994

Offer Details:

For stays most nights Feb. 24 – March 5, March 14 – April 12 and April 20 – June 15, 2014:

* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per adult charges apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Advance reservations required. No group rates or other discounts apply. Excludes 3-bedroom villas and campsites and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid rooms or the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. 30% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings for other Resorts. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Theme park tickets must be used within 14 days of first use.

 

A New Spring 2014 Walt Disney World Offer for Disney Visa Cardholders!

Happy New Year! Disney has kicked off 2014 with a brand new offer for Disney Visa® Cardholders! We expect this offer to go live to the public on Monday, January 6th! Be sure to call Moments of Magic Travel today at 843-737-2994 to learn more about this offer, or to book your next Disney vacation!

If you plan to travel to Walt Disney World from March 14- June 15th you can save up to 30% on your room at select Disney Resorts. Additionally, if you upgrade to a room/ticket package and purchase a 4 day park pass you can get a 5th day FREE! To take advantage of this offer you will need to book with your Disney Visa® Card through March 31st 2014 for stays most nights 3/14- 4/12 and 4/20 – 6/15/2014.

The Resort discount offers are as follows:

Deluxe Villas Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
Save 30%
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge—Jambo House and Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Save 20%
Deluxe Resorts Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge—Standard View/Pool View
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge—Standard View/Woods View
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Save 30%
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge—Savanna View/Club View
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge—Courtyard View/Club View
Save 20%
Moderate Resorts Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort—Riverside
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins
Save 25%
Value Resorts Disney’s All Star Sports Resort
Disney’s All Star Music Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Save 20%
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—Family Suites Save 15%

Offer restrictions/details:

1. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package.
2. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.3. Theme Park tickets must be used within 14 days of first use. Offer made by Disney. Chase Bank USA, N.A. and its affiliates are not affiliates of Disney and are not responsible for offer fulfillment. © Disney

A Magical Introduction!

“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking, don’t settle.”-Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

We have a little magic to share.. and we’ve decided to let it out from under our hat! For over a decade we have planned and booked Walt Disney World vacations for our friends and family. It has been so much fun to plan a trip and in many cases, to see the look on the face of someone who is visiting Disney for the first time! After 15 years of planning these trips right down to the very last detail, we have decided that now is the time to take that experience and let it grow.

Welcome to the world Moments of Magic Travel! (This is the part where we take off our hats and confetti flies everywhere while fireworks blast in the background- can’t you just picture it!?).

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What is Moments of Magic Travel?

Moments of Magic Travel is an authorized, licensed, bonded and insured full service Disney Vacation Travel Planning Service– in a nutshell, we do all the work planning your Disney destination vacation down to the very last detail at NO COST to our clients! That’s right- our services are completely FREE! Our job is to book your vacation package at the very best price possible -the same price as what you would pay if you called Disney yourself, but often for LESS because we consistently monitor each reservation to make sure our clients are getting the best offer from Disney. We book any Disney Destination Vacation package- including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, The Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Aulani, and the Disney Parks in Tokyo and Paris!

What else does Moments of Magic Travel do?

When you call Moments of Magic Travel  we will create a Disney Destination vacation that is tailored to your families needs. We handle every aspect of your Disney vacation planning- from deciding on which of the wonderful resorts to choose, to booking dining reservations and creating a customized time saving itinerary that will help you navigate the parks like a pro!

How do you know so much about Disney?

As an authorized Disney Travel Agent* the owner of Moments of Magic Travel is a graduate of Disney’s College of Knowledge! She has been planning Disney Destination vacations for over 15 years and spends a lot of time in the parks throughout the year! Her years of experience in all things Disney related will translate into a wealth of knowledge in planning YOUR Disney Dream Vacation!

How do I contact you?

You can reach us daily from 8am to 7pm EST at 843-737-2994. You can email us at info@momentsofmagictravel.com or through the ‘Contact Us’ link on our website. If you are a client traveling in the parks, you will also have access to our text messaging service outside of regular business hours. We are 100% committed to your satisfaction and we will do everything we can to exceed your expectations! When you call during normal business hours us we will get back to you with a requested quote within one hour! Our website services are open 24 hours a day– all of you night owls can join us on-line anytime!

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Will you get me the best price for my Disney Vacation?

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