August 1, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Deluxes’ Part 1!

Hello everyone! Today we are continuing on in the Walt Disney World Resort Series with The Deluxe Resorts! I will be splitting the deluxe resorts and the villas into two post each, because there are more resorts at this level than any other! Today I’ll be focusing on four different Deluxe Resorts, and I’ll be sharing the different rooms available, and food options at each resort! All prices are as of July 28th, 2018. Okay, let’s get started!

Deluxe Resorts

 

Something special that is available at the Deluxe Resorts!

CLUB LEVEL. This is a special type of room and service only available at deluxe resorts. Club level is much more expensive, and is a seperate section at the resort. When staying Club Level, you have your own check-in, and concierge, as well as a special eating ares where food is available all day, and is included in the stay. Views are generally amazing from the lounge as well! I’d love to stay Club Level someday, but for now the price would not be worth it, especially because we are generally at the parks for most of the day.

Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House)

Located in the Animal Kingdom resort area (obviously!), and bus transportation gets your around Walt Disney World! Prices start at $345/night.

  • Standard or Pool views (2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed & 1 Day bed),
  • Pool view bunk bed ( 1 queen bed, 1 bunk bed)
  • Savanna view ( 2 queen beds, or 1 king bed & 1 day bed)
  • savannah view bunk bed (1 queen bed , 1 bunk bed)
    • Club Level:
    • Savannah view (2 queen beds, or 1 king bed & 1 day bed)
    • 1 bedroom suite savannah or standard view (2 queen beds and 1 queen sofa)
    • 2 bedroom suite ( 1 king bed, 2 queen beds and 1 queen sleeper sofa)

Food: Jiko: The Cooking Place, Sanaa, and Boma (buffet) are all Table Service restaurant. The Mara is the Quick Service restaurant.

 

Ethan and I are thinking of staying at Animal Kingdom on our next trip (which is a while away, and not concrete). We’d love to try all of the restaurants, and just try being in a different area of Walt Disney World!

Deluxe Resorts Part 1

Polynesian Village

Located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, and monorail and bus are the modes of transportation. Rooms start at $485/night.

  • standard view (2 queen beds or 1 king bed & 1 daybed),
  • Lagoon View (2 queen beds and 1 daybed)
  • Theme park view (2 queen beds and 1 day bed)
  • Pool or marina view ( 2 queens and 1 day bed).
    • Club level:
    • Garden View, Lagoon view,  or theme park view (2 queen beds and 1 day bed)
    • 1 bedroom suite (2 queen beds and 1 day bed)

Food: O’hana (all you can eat, character breakfast) and Kona Cafe are the Table Service options. Capt Cooks is the Quick Service option! Also The Spirit of Aloha dinner Show (totally forgot to mention that in the video!)

I love love love the Polynesian after staying there in 2016! You can read a post just about the Polynesian here.

Grand Floridian

Located right beside the Polynesian, the Grand Floridian is also in the Magic Kingdom resort area, and monorail or bus transportation is available. Rooms start at $584/night.

  • Outer building:
  • Garden or Lagoon View (2 queen beds and 1 day bed, or 2 queen beds, or 1 king bed & 1 daybed).
  • Deluxe room garden view (2 queen beds and 1 daybed)
  • Theme Park View (2 queen beds and 1 day bed, or 2 queen, or 1 king & 1 day bed, or 1 king and 1 double sofa).
    • Club level:
    • Standard ( 2 queen beds and 1 day bed, or 2 queen beds, or 1 queen bed and 1 day bed, or 1 king and 1 double sofa).
    • 1 bedroom suite (2 queen beds, 1 double sofa),
    • 2 bedroom suite (2 queen beds and 1 king bed and 1 double sofa).
  • Main Building club level:
  • Standard room ( 2 queen beds or 2 queen beds & 1 daybed or 1 king bed)
  • Deluxe King (1 king bed, or 1 king bed & 1 daybed).
  • Theme Park view (2 queen  beds & 1 daybed)

Food: Citricos, Narcooses,  Victoria and Alberts, and 1900 park fare (Buffet and character meal) are the Table Service Options,  Grand Floridian Cafe is the Quick Service Options

I have always wanted to stay at the Grand Floridian, and I really hope I get the chance to someday! I just love the way it looks!

Deluxe Resorts Part 1

Wilderness Lodge

Also located in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area, and bus and boat transportation are available as well. Room start at $332/ night.

  • Standard View (2 queen beds)
  • Nature view (2 queen beds or 1 king bed),
  • courtyard view (2 queen beds or 1 king bed)
  • courtyard view bunk (1 queen bed & 1 bunk bed),
  • nature fireworks view (2 queen beds or 1 king bed).
    • Club level:
    • Standard View (1 queen beds & 1 bunk bed or 2 queen beds).
    • Deluxe room ( 2 queen beds & 1 queen sofa). Both have either view of woodlands, courtyard, pool, waterfall or Bay Lake.

Food: Artist Point, Whispering Canyon Cafe, and Geyser Point are the Table Service Options, and Roaring Fork is the Quick Service option.

I’d also love to stay at Wilderness Lodge! The lobby is supposed to be beautiful around Christmas, and I’d love to visit Fort Wilderness and go to Hoop De Doo Revue!

Deluxe Resorts Part 1

I’ll be back in two weeks with the rest of the deluxe resort!

If you’d like to hear more about these Deluxe Resorts, check out the video below!

Other Posts in the Walt Disney World Resorts Series:

The Value Resorts

The Moderate Resorts

The Deluxe Resorts (you’re here!)

 

Thank you so much for joining me today! For more information on the resorts mentioned today, check out the Walt Disney World website here. What is your favourite Deluxe Resort? Let me know in the comments!

 

Kelsey
July 18, 2018

DISNEYMOON ANNOUNCEMENT!

Guys. I’ve been keeping this information from you for way too long, and today I’m spilling the beans! I’m sharing where Ethan and I are going for our Disneymoon! (aka Disney Honeymoon). This trip isn’t for a while, but I couldn’t wait any longer! Plus, I need your help!

 

DISNEYLAND!

Ethan and I are going to Disneyland from November 7th-10th, 2018!

We are both so excited to experience our first time at Disneyland together! I’ve wanted to go for as long as I can remember, and I’m so excited we are finally going!

We have a general idea of what we want to do, and will book the dining packages for World of Color and Fantasmic! But should we buy MaxPass?

We know that we won’t be able to do absolutely everything, but we are hoping to see a lot! We want to focus on things that are special to Disneyland, but also experience the things that are in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland!

We bought Park Hopper tickets, so we may spend a say bouncing back and forth. And if we purchase MaxPass, we can get Fastpasses for both parks.

Disneymoon announcement

 

AULANI!

But it doesn’t end there, because from November 10th-16th, we are staying at Disney’s resort in HAWAII!

My parents were nice enough to give us some DVC points to use to stay there, and I’m so excited! We will have a rental car and be able to go off on our own to different places, but we’ve also registered for some excursions through the Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons.

Ethan is the one doing research for the things we will do in Hawaii, while I’m focusing on Disneyland! We know we want to do a hike or two, and go out on our own, but also spend time relaxing at the resort!

disneymoon announcement

 

I need your help!

We’ve never been to either place, so we need all of the tips and tricks we can get! Please let me know in the comments below any recommendations, or tips you can give us! Places to eat (keep in mind that we don’t eat meat), places to visit, anything you can recommend! Thank you in advance!

And in terms of the blog and my YouTube channel… I will definitely be vlogging the Disneyland portion of the trip! I will also probably vlog a little in Hawaii showing the excursions and such! But if there’s anything specific you’d like to see in either location, please let me know! I will also probably do a follow up post and video closer to with out actual plans.

I hope you enjoyed my Disneymoon announcement! I was very excited to share, that I couldn’t wait until just before we left! Thank you for joining me today! 🙂

Kelsey
July 4, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Moderates!

Hello friends! I hope you are well! Today we are jumping back into the post series all about Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, today focusing on the Moderate resorts! I’ll be sharing the different resorts in the moderate level, sharing the starting price, room configurations, dining options, and more! If you missed the post all about the Value Resorts, you can find it here! Okay, let’s get started!

The Moderate Resorts

 

All prices are as of June 24th, 2018.

 

what is a moderate?

A moderate resort is the middle level of resort at Walt Disney World. They have more subtle Disney theming, tend to be a bit more relaxed, and have more amenities than the value resorts. They have multiple bus stops, as well as both a quick service and table service restaurant. For a little more money than a Value resort, you get a bit of a better location and a more relaxed feeling resort. I think it is well worth the money, especially if a room discount is available.

Caribbean Beach

 

Located on the Epcot resort area- you can actually see Illuminations from the main pool! Bus transportation is available to all parks, and in 2019 the gondola system will take you to Hollywood Studios and Epcot!

*CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION*- Rivera Resort (right next to Caribbean Beach), as well as the relocation of the check in building, and food court all is happening. I would not recommend staying here until the construction is completed! The different sections of the resort are named after Caribbean countries (Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, Aruba, ect.). Each country has different colour buildings,  which make getting around easy!

Rates starting at $172/night and the following room configurations are available: standard view, standard view with 5th sleeper, water view, pool view, king bed, water view with 5th sleeper, pool view with 5th sleeper, preferred room. Pirate rooms are available with preferred location or water view. The pirate rooms have a pirate theme, and look really cool!

Food: Centretown Food truck for Quick Service while under construction, and Shutters is the Table Service Restaurant is closed during renovations.

I’ve stayed at Caribbean Beach 4 times, and it’s my favourite moderate resort!

The Moderate Resorts

Coronado Springs

Coronado Springs is located in the Animal Kingdom resort area, and bus transportation is available.

*ALSO UNDER CONSTRUCTION*- but not as disruptive as Caribbean Beach (doesn’t impact the food options, and is just a new tower being built.

Rooms starting at $185/night. The following view and room configurations are available: standard view, water view, preferred view, king bed, preferred view king bed, water view king bed, Junior Suite (2 queen, 1 queen sofa), Junior Suite king (1 king, 1 queen sofa), preferred 1 bedroom suite, 1 bedroom suite with king (garden or lake view), executive suite (2 queen, 1 king).

Food: Pepper Market (Quick Service), Las Ventanas (Table Service Breakfast or Lunch), Maya Grill (Table Service Dinner).

I’ve never stayed here, but I think it would be really nice! It has a convention centre attached, so lots of business people tend to stay here.

The Moderate Resorts

Port Orleans Riverside

Port Orleans Riverside is located in the Disney Springs Resort Area. Bus transportation is available to all of the parks, and boat transportation is available to Disney Springs.

Rooms start at $206/night and are available in the following views and configurations: standard view, garden view, standard view with 5th sleeper, pool view, garden view (with 5th sleeper), king bed, river view, preferred room (2 queen, 1 child pull-down), and Royal Room (river view, standard view, garden view, pool view). Royal Rooms are themed to the princesses and have really neat theming! They have headboards featuring the Bayou from Princess and the Frog, and have fibre optic fireworks!

There are two sections of the resort: Magnolia Mansions (themed to Southern Plantations) and Alligator Bayou (more rustic in nature). You can request a section when making a reservation.

Food- Riverside Mill (Quick Service), Boatwright’s Dining Hall (Table Service)

Ethan and I stayed here in 2013, and we really liked it! It’s a beautiful resort, but we found it confusing! The Alligator Bayou rooms look  the same, so finding the correct building was confusing. We walked to the main building to get coffee in the morning and walked straight to the main bus stop.

The Moderate Resorts

Port orleans french quarter

Attached to Port Orleans Riverside, it’s also located in the Disney Springs area. Bus transportation is available to all parks (only 1 bus stop at the resort), and boat to Disney Springs. Sometimes shares a bus with Riverside.

Rooms starting at $206/night, and are available in the following views and room configurations: standard view, garden view, river view, pool view, and king bed.

Food: Sassagoula Floatworks (Quick Service), shared Table Service with Riverside.

French Quarter is the smallest moderate resort, and is very nice if you don’t want to walk far between your room and the main building. I’ve never stayed there, but it looked nice from what I saw when the bus stopped there on the way to the parks!

 

The Moderate Resorts

the cabins at fort wilderness

Fort Wilderness is located in the Magic kingdom area, and you can take a boat to Magic Kingdom and bus everywhere else,

All cabins come with 1 queen bed, 1 bunk bed, and 1 double sleeper sofa. The rooms come with more amenities, like a full size fridge, dishwasher, microwave oven and stove.

These cabins are a great option if you want to do more cooking in the room, and sleep more in the room than the other moderate resorts. Plus, it has more dining options, and is the closest moderate resort to Magic Kingdom!

Food: Trails End (Table Service), The Chuck Wagon (food truck), P & J’s Southern Takeout (Quick Service), Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (Dinner show and 2 meal credits on the dining plan), Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (Table Service Character Meal).

I’ve never stayed here, but my family has looked at the cabins before. It would be fun to “glamp” and stay in Walt Disney World!

The Moderate Resorts

If you’d like to hear more about the Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World, check out the video below!

 

Have you ever stayed at a moderate resort? Tell me about it in the comments below!

For more information on the Walt Disney World moderate resorts, check out the WDW website here.

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey