Disney World: Where to Stay & Money Saving Tips

By Steph G.

During our different stays at Disney World, we’ve been lucky enough to stay at many of their resorts. I often get the question: is it really worth it to stay “on property”. 


And here’s why.

The biggest reason? Transportation. Disney Resorts have made getting you to and from different places a BREEZE. Just hop on a bus (or boat, or-as of this coming summer-a tram) and you’re THERE. No off site parking. No car seats. No dealing with going to the transportation center where you’ll have to get on a bus ANYWAY to get to the park… Staying on property makes transportation to and from the parks and Disney Springs SO SO easy. We always drive to Florida, and there is something SO SATISFYING about parking the car and leaving it there for a whole week 🙂

Beyond transportation, they are clean, they are beautiful, well maintained, and the customer service is excellent. They feel SAFE. Also, PERK ALERT, you can have anything you buy in the park shipped back to your room so you don’t have to carry it around with you all day. 

“But Steph, it’s SO ExPeNsIvE”

Disney has 3 pricing levels in regards to their resorts. Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. Depending on the time of year that you travel, you could stay at one of the “value” resorts (which are LOVELY, by the way) from $110-$150 per night. There aren’t too many hotels/resorts in the Orland area that are as cost effective and come with as many benefits.

My favorite places to stay in each pricing category are…

Value Resort: Pop Century Resort

This is a great, kid-friendly resort for families – especially families with little ones. The pool is fun and there’s an awesome baby pool wading area that’s fenced off from the larger pool. There is a food court with a lot of different quick-serve options, and all of the rooms have been recently renovated!

Moderate Resort: Port Orleans: French Quarter

I love the aesthetics of the French Quarter resort. There are gorgeous pathways and street lamps – not to mention fresh beignets in their food court. It’s got a great pool with a water slide too!

Deluxe Resort: BoardWalk Inn

I love absolutely everything about this resort…. the feeling, the look, the location (it’s within walkable distance to Epcot!), and all of the entertainment, shops, and restaurants on the boardwalk make this such a great place to stay!

That being said, I’ve never stayed at the Grand Floridian – it’s definitely on my bucket list because I think it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. If you’ve stayed there, let me know what you think! 

Speaking of finances…. Here are a couple easy money saving tips!

  1. When you can, bring your own snacks to the parks. Have a few things to munch on in your room too! We usually have cereal and stuff to make sandwiches in the room, and bring simple snacks (goldfish, pretzels, pouches for Pippa) with us to the parks.
  2. Limit your purchases in the park. This will definitely look different for different age children. For example, Pippa is two years old and, with her, we do “one small toy a day IF she asks for one”. When my brother and I were younger, my parents gave us a “budget”. It was ours to use as we wanted for toys and snacks in the park, but when it was gone, it was GONE. 
  3. If you don’t mind toting it around, bring your own stroller! It will save you $15 a day! I’d recommend one that folds compactly, because it comes on the bus with you and the bus can get crowded.

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