September 5, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Villas Part 2!

Hello friends! Happy September! I’m trying not to freak out as I type that, because I get married this month! Today I’m sharing the final post in the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels series with Part 2 all about The Villas! I’ll be sharing the different room configurations, starting prices, and more! All prices listed are as of August 11th, 2018. Okay, let’s get started!

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Just a reminder that Villas are larger accommodations generally for Disney Vacation Club members. And Club Level is a special level of the resort that has a private concierge and special access lounge with food available throughout the day.

Animal Kingdom Villas: Jambo House (main building)

Located in the Animal Kingdom Resort Area, transportation is available by bus, and prices start at $337/night.

  • Studio Value (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Savanna View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Value (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Savanna View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
    • Club Level: Deluxe Studio (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
    • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)

All food options are shared between Jambo House and Kidani Village. The Table Service options are Jiko, Boma and Sanaa, The Mara is the Quick Service option.

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Animal Kingdom Villas: Kidani Village

Same location as Jambo House (just beside it), and transportation is also available by bus. Room start at $397/night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Savannah View (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Savanna View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King Bed, 2 queen Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Savanna View (1 King Bed, 2 queen Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)

Food options: as mentioned above, there are all shared between the two buildings.

Ethan and I have talked about making our next trip one where we stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and although I only have a bit of an idea when that would be, I think it would be great! The food is supposed to be amazing, so I know I will have to eat a lot there!

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boardwalk Villas

Located in the Epcot Resort Area, where transportation is available by boat and bus, plus you can walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios! Room prices start at $444/ night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa, and 1 Single pull down bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa ( 1 King bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Lock-off Villa (1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)

Food Options: all shared with the rest of the Boardwalk resort. Flying Fish, Trattoria Al Forno, Big River Grille & Brickworks , and USPN Club are the Table Service Restaurants, and Boardwalk Bakery is the Quick Service Option.

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beach club Villas

Beach Club is also located in the Epcot Resort area, and again you can get around by bus or boat (or by walking to Epcot or Hollywood Studios). Rooms start at $444/night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Double Sleeper Sofa, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Size Sleeper Sofa or 1 King Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen beds and 1 Queen sleeper sofa)

Food options: all shared with the rest of Beach Club! Beaches and Cream, Cape May Cafe, Ale and Compass, and Yachtsman Steakhouse are the Table Service options, and Beach Club Marketplace is the Quick Service option.

At Beach club, the blue buildings are the “normal” Beach Club Resort, the green buildings are the Villas, and the grey ones are Yacht Club!

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wilderness lodge: boulder ridge villas

Located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, and transportation is available by bus and boat. Prices start at $417/night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Queen bed, 1 Double Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)

Food options: shared with the rest of Wilderness Lodge, Artist Point, Whispering Canyon Cafe, and Geyser Point are all of the Table Service options, Roaring Fork is the Quick Service option.

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wilderness lodge: copper creek villas

Same location as Boulder Ridge Villas (just a different area of the resort). Transportation is available by boat and bus, and rooms start at $438/night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Size Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio with Walk in Shower (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Size Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 3 Bedroom Grand Villa (1 King Bed, 4 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • Cabins: (1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Single Pull Down Bed, and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)

Food options: same as above!

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

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

 

Other posts in the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels Series

The Value Resorts

The Moderate Resorts

The Deluxe Resorts: Part 1

The Deluxe Resorts: Part 2

The Villas: Part 1

The Villas: Part 2 (you’re here!)

Which of these resorts would you most like to stay at? Let me know in the comments below! I think my pick would be Animal Kingdom, although I’d like to eventually stay at every resort!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey
August 29, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Villas Part 1!

Hello friends! I hope you are well! Today I’m sharing another post in the Walt Disney World Resort post series, with Part 1 all about the Villas! I’m sharing the room configurations available, starting prices and the food options available! All prices listed are as of August 11th, 2018. Okay, let’s get started!

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The first thing to note is what makes the villas different! The Villas are larger accommodations that are generally used by Disney Vacation Club members. If you’d like to hear more about Disney Vacation Club, start with this post, then check this one about how I became a DVC member!

 

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs is located in the Disney Springs Resort area, and transportation is available by boat and bus. Rooms start at $347 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Preferred Location* (1 Queen bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Preferred Location* (1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Preferred Location* (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)
  • Treehouse Villa (2 Queen beds, 1 Bunk Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa)

*Preferred location means the room is closer to the main building, transportation and food options.

Food Options: The Artists Palette is the Table Service restaurant, and The Paddock Grill is the Quick Service restaurant.

 

Saratoga Springs is a great option if you like to spend time at Disney Springs, because you can walk there! I think it would be fun to try staying in that area of WDW.

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Old Key West

Old Key West is the original Disney Vacation Club resort! It’s located in the Disney Springs resort area, transportation is available by boat and bus, and rooms start at $347 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio (2 Queen Beds)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Chair)

Food Options: Olivia’s is the Table Service restaurant (and is supposed to be really good!), and Good’s Food to Go is the Quick Service Option.

Old Key West looks like a very relaxing resort, and again if you like Disney Springs you can walk there!

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Polynesian

The Polynesian is located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, transportation is available by bus, boat and monorail, and rooms start at $503 per night. There are specific buildings that are the villas, and are all to one side of the resort.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • Deluxe Studio Lake View (1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Pull Down Bed)
  • Bungalow (1 King bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa, and 2 Single Pull Down Beds)

Food Options: (all shared with the Polynesian) O’hana (Character Breakfast and all you can eat), and Kona Cafe are the Table Service option, and Capt Cook’s in the Quick Service option.

On my trip in 2016 we stayed in the Deluxe Studio Standard view, and loved it! I couldn’t get over the location, being able to see Cinderella Castle and hear the train at Magic Kingdom!

 

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Bay Lake Tower

Bay Lake Tower is also located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, transportation is available by boat, monorail and bus (plus you can walk to Magic Kingdom!!), and rooms start at $486 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Lake View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • Deluxe Studio Theme Park View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Double Sleeper Sofa)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Lake View ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Theme Park View ( 1 King Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Chair)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Lake View (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Theme Park View (1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sleeper Sofa)

Food Options: All shared with the Contemporary Resort (connected by walkway) with the exception of Top of the World Lounge which is on the top floor of Bay Lake Tower. You can only access it if you are a Disney Vacation Club members and on July 3rd & 4th and December 31st you have to be staying at Bay Lake Tower to access the Top of the World Lounge.

I really hope to be able to stay here someday, because walking to Magic Kingdom would be so convenient! Especially with small children who need to go back to the room for a nap, it would be ideal!

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The Villas at the Grand Floridian

The Villas at the Grand Floridian is also located in the Magic Kingdom resort area, and transportation is available by bus, boat and monorail. Rooms start at $569 per night.

  • Deluxe Studio Standard View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • Deluxe Studio Lake View (1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Standard View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • 1 Bedroom Villa Lake View (1 King bed, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa and 1 Single Pull Down bed)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Standard View ( 1 King Bed, 1 Queen bed, 2 Queen sleeper sofa, and 1 single pull down bed)
  • 2 Bedroom Villa Lake View (1 King Bed, 1 Queen bed, 2 Queen sleeper sofa, and 1 single pull down bed)

The villas are a separate building, and all food options are shared with the main building. To see those food options, check out the posts all about the Deluxe Resorts!

I absolutely love the Grand Floridian and hope to stay there someday! I even made a trip walking there from the Polynesian because I love it so much!

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The Video

If you’d like to hear more about these Villa Resorts, check out the video below! Also check out the Walt Disney World website for more information.

Other posts in the Walt Disney World Resorts:

The Value Resorts

The Moderate Resorts

The Deluxe Resorts: Part 1

The Deluxe Resorts: Part 2

The Villa Part 1 (you’re here!)

The Villas Part 2 (coming next week!)

 

Thank you so much 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