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Disney World: Where to stay?

I’ve been going to Disney world since before I can remember. I know the parks like the back of my hand and I’m always so excited to hear about someone’s first trip there. Disney World is a magical place with something for everyone to enjoy. Because I believe in the Disney experience so strongly, I will be posting a series of Disney blogs from where to stay, what rides to go on, to when to go or where to eat. I hope that you can find these blogs helpful should you choose to partake in a Disney wedding, proposal, honeymoon, or vacation. So, first things first, you’ve chosen you want to go to Disney World but there are so many options! How ever will you chose where to stay?  Hopefully this blog will help you find the Hotel Perfect for you. I have divided the hotels up based on their location and in order of their prices. The first three hotels are more expensive but are in the area of the monorail, which brings you to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. They also include bus and boat services. Hotels in the Magic Kingdom Monorail loop  1) First is the beautiful Grand Floridian, 4861384145_e154a92750_b Photo By: Christian Lambert Photography The Grand Floridian has an elegance that cannot be compared or even described.  It is set in an old Victorian theme and from the moment you walk into the lobby you will feel at ease. No matter if it’s the big time band playing or pianist tickling the ivories, the Grand Floridian’s lobby is always a relaxing place to sit and relax. This hotel is one of the best and has a special place in my heart Looking for even more ways to relax on your trip? The Grand Floridian has a world-class spa and health club for your enjoyment. Another great feature is that the Grand Floridian has a fantastic view of the Magic Kingdom. This means that instead of hanging back at the park with the crowds, you can enjoy the firework show splendors from the comfort of your hotel, as well as the light shows on the lagoon. If recreation is what your after the Grand Floridian has three different pools to chose from and a giant hot tub! While all pools are kid friendly, two of the pools have waterslides and splash activities and the third, where the hot tub is located is a long luxurious quiet pool. If swimming is not your thing, the hotel also has boat rentals, fishing, campfires, out door movies, and an arcade. Plus it is right next door to Disney’s Magnolia Golf course, which is a championship course. Rates for this classy hotel start at $496. Finally, if you’re looking for a destination wedding in Disney, check out Disney’s Wedding Pavilion Right next to the Grand Floridian.

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  2) This next hotel in the Monorail loop is the Polynesian 10633859036_491ab869be_c Photo by: Sam Howzit   The Polynesian Resort is a South Pacific, tropical paradise themed hotel. One step into this magical place and you feel like you’ve traveled to a far away island. The lobby is filled with the natural beauty of plants, trees, and even waterfalls!   The Polynesian is home to many unique events that include:
  • The Spirit of Aloha Dinner: This show is like nothing you’ve ever seen. There are Hula and Fire Dancers, Drummers, Knife Jugglers, and a delicious tropical feast. Tickets range from $33-$79 per person
  • Movies, campfire, sailboat rentals, motorboats, and pools.
  • It is close to the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa as well as Disney’s Magnolia Golf course.
  • Similar to the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian is also on the lagoon where you can watch the fireworks and see the light show!

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The Polynesian is also currently under construction, this construction will include:
  • Bungalows that will sleep up to 8 people
  • A new pool
  • Hot tub
  • Much more!
During this time while the quiet pool remains open guests are offered free    admission and transportation to Disney’s blizzard beach Construction is to be completed spring 2015 7630445720_43928d47c9_c    Rates for this Tropical Paradise start at $436 Finally, if you’re looking for a destination wedding in Disney, check out Disney’s Wedding Pavilion Right between the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian.   Photo By: Jared       3) The Contemporary is the third and final hotel in the monorail loop

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 Looking for an ultra modern get away to a hotel that’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced? Look no further than Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Not only is this hotel on the monorail loop but the monorail runs right through it! This Resort is also home to multiple classy restaurants and even what some would call the best view of Disney’s Wishes firework show, viewed from the top of the hotel.

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  • 2 pools, including a 17 foot water slide and water play ground
  • 2 whirl pools and quiet pool with options for private cabanas
  • Water Sports center: Parasailing, jet skiing, tubing, wake boarding, water skiing, and boat rentals
  • Olympiad Fitness Center and Spa
  • Fishing, Outdoor movies, and Campfires
  • Volleyball and Tennis Courts
  • An arcade
Rates starting at $342 Photo by: Sam Howzit              

 Epcot Area Resorts

The next Group of hotels are those in the Epcot area. These Hotels are some of my favorites and their location is great! You can walk to Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, take the boat, the buses, or even hop on the monorail from the Epcot park.

1)  First up is Disney’s Borad Walk 5108764088_4f59621739_b Photo By: David As I have grown up the board walk has become one of my favorite hotels. From street performers and dance halls to piano bars and shops this Resort has it all. It’s perfect for people of all ages weather with children or just for two. There are even a few beautiful locations for a wedding! Fun, night life, excellent food, and performances, this place has it all. Recreation includes:
  • Atlantic Dance Hall
  • Jellyrolls: dueling piano bar
  • ESPN Club: Live radio sports shows
  • Arcade
  • Surrey Bikes
  • Shopping
  • Boardwalk Preformers
  • pools both quiet and kid friendly with water slides, whirlpools
  • miniature golf
  • Fishing, outdoor movies, campfires, and tennis
Rates starting at $372 2) Next are Disneys Beah Club and Yacht Club 9021890716_456c2f778d_c Photo By: Christian Lambert Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts are sophisticated and fun! They make you feel like your right in the middle of a fancy club but yet it’s exciting and comfortable. These two great Resorts are right next to each other and just a walk away from the Boardwalk,  Epcot, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Recreation includes:
  • 3 all age Quiet pools/ 3 acre “water wonderland”
  • Ship Shape health club
  • Spa and Salon Services
  • Arcade
  • Bike rentals
  • Boat rentals
  • miniature golf
  • Fishing, outdoor movies, campfires, volleyball and tennis
Rates starting at $362 3) Finally in the Epcot are are the Swan and Dolphin 8679977892_9564629888_c Photo By: Christian Lambert Photography Disney’s Swan and Dolphin are the only hotels not “owned” by Disney on the property.  Yet, they are very cool places to stay with easy access to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, tons of fountains and pools, and great convention / event space.  The views over the Boardwalk looking towards EPCOT are spectacular too.  Since they aren’t Disney owned you sometimes can get great rates – below that of the nearby Disney hotels – with all the same great perks!   Recreation includes:
  • White sand beach 4 whirl pools and 3 acre ” tropical paradise”
  •  Health club
  • Mandara Spa
  • Arcade
  • basketball, volleyball and tennis
while Rates are not avalible a package deal for 2  for a 6 day stay ( one park ticket per day included) costs about $3,755. Check the website to figure out what package is perfect for you.

 Other Hotels

  These next hotels are both deluxe hotels that are “highly themed”. While these hotels are not a walk or monorail ride away they still have great bus transportation to all of the parks. 1) Animal Kingdom Lodge 13958131951_6473d55019_n Photo By: Luis Angel Camargo The Animal Kingdom Lodge is no place you’ve ever been! From its extravagant high ceiling lobby to its out door zoo with animals that come right up to you. This resort makes you feel like your on a real African Safari. It also has one of the best breakfast buffets ( Boma) and dinner venue on the property (Jiko). Recreation includes:
  • Pool with water slide, 2 whirl pools, and water play grounds
  •  Over 30 exotic species that are up close and personal on the Safari
  • Campfire
  • Arcade
Rates  average  $467 Wanyama Safari - Reticulated Giraffe Photo By: Dave and Margie Keeler 2)Wilderness 7630394232_71e1545b2f_n Photo By: Jared Nestled in a forest of evergreens overlooking Bay Lake – the log cabin style Wilderness Lodge has one of the most spectacular lobbies of all Disney hotels.  This rustic palace boasts a cozy relaxing feel with giant windows looking out towards Bay Lake with a calming running river from the lobby towards the pools and on to Bay Lake.  Boat service from the hotel to the Magic Kingdom is a great way to travel.  Plus its own private marina with instant access to Bay Lake is a great way to spend an afternoon out enjoying the surrounding “wilderness”. Recreation includes:
  • Pool with water slide, whirl pool
  •  Bike/ surrey bike rentals rentals
  • Motorized and sailboat rentals
  • Arcade
  • Campfires, out door movies
  • Back stage magic tours
Rates  average  $472

Moderate value

The next few hotels are of a moderate value.  Though the prices may be less the quality of the experience is not any less excellent.  They just are a little removed from the main action.

1) Port Orleans 6751639749_a68b07e51f_b Photo By: Paul Hudson Stroll through New Orleans or take a leisurely boat ride around the property at the Port Orleans / Riverside complex.   This throwback to the quaint streets and southern charm of a riverfront community with architecture reflective of New Orleans Bourbon Street is a great place for kids and adults alike.  With individual pools behind southern “mansion” styled hotels you’ll feel like you are in your own world.  The kids will appreciate the island with tons of water based perks for their enjoyment.  Bus service to the parks and close proximity to Downtown Disney round out this great complex. Recreation includes:
  • Many relaxing pools and lounge and bar area,
  • Pool with water slide, whirl pools
  • horse drawn carriage rides
  • Campfires, fishing
  • Bike and Surrey bike rentals
  • 2 arcades
Rates  average  $246 2) Coronado 5115799227_0041511902_b Photo By: Christopher Caldwell Ancient Mayan Architecture, a vast complex of pools and walking trails, a giant volcano pool – these are just some of the unique features of the Coronado complex.   A great place for an event with tons of exhibition / event space – the Coronado situated between the EPCOT resorts and the Animal Kingdom is a unique resort among the various Disney options.  It’s moderate price is a real bonus. Recreation includes:
  • Pools with water slides,
  • Largest whirl pool on disney property
  • Campfires, fishing
  • volley ball
  • arcade
Rates Average starting at $251 per night

value

These next hotels are in the Disney Value price range and are fixed with everything you need. Plus they still have the incredible themed Disney experience

1) Art of Animation Resort

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The Art of Animation Resort brings many favorites to life such as: Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, or the Little Mermaid. Stay at this hotel and you’ll feel like your right in the middle of the movie! Plus this resort is home to the largest resort pool in all of Disney World.

Attractions:

  • Multiple uniquely themed pools
  • Out door movies
  • Arcade
  • Hall of animation
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Rates Average starting at $197 per night

2) The All-Star Resorts 2583418082_03ee103568_n Photo By: Joel The All-Star hotels have a theme for everyone; whether you like  sports, movies, or music, there is something for everyone. These are three different hotels but they are all with in walking distance so you can view all the wonderful themes. For example, strut on over to the All star movie resort and you will feel like your a toy in Andy’s bedroom! It’s places like this that make the Disney hotels a unique experience. Attractions:
  • Multiple uniquely themed pools
  • Food Court from breakfast to dinner
  • Out door movies
  • Arcade
  • family suites
  Rates Average between  $170 and  $198 per night

Concierge Options

If your looking for an upgrade on what is already spectacular you may like to check out the Concierge options. These options include:

  • Lounges
  • Continental Breakfasts
  • Evening wine and beer collections
  • Desserts and Cordials
  • Turn down services
  • Much much more!
  Finally, I would like to note that there are many more hotels in the Disney area both non Disney and Disney owned so it it is important to look at all of your options! These are just some favorites to give you a taste 🙂 Also Rates may change so be sure to check prices through the links provided for each website. These photos are creative commons photos used only for the purpose of showing readers what each place looks like. They are in no way supporting Ring cam or to make commercial profits.    Thinking about proposing soon? Check us out! We are Ring Cam the only engagement ring box with a camera in it that records proposals! Capture the special moment and relive it with your love forever. Check out our Shop, Testimonials, videos, or follow our social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. If you have any questions or thinking about working with us? visit our contact page. We can’t wait to hear from you and help you make your special day last forever.

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