How to Pay Budget Resort Prices
at a Disney Deluxe Resort
Disney’s budget resorts are great, fun places to stay during your Disney World vacation. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stay at a deluxe resort? Well, let me tell you. They are better. Read on to find out why. Then, I will tell you how to pay budget resort prices at a Disney deluxe resort.
Disney deluxe resorts give a level of luxury, amenities, and convenience that is not found in the budget resorts. The rooms provide more space and higher quality with touches of granite, marble, and the ever popular high-thread count sheets. The lobbies, pools, and public spaces are spectacular. Table service restaurants serve some of Disney’s best food, including the Five Diamond rated Victoria and Alberts at the Grand Floridian.
Do you ever get sick of riding the busses to the theme parks? From many of the deluxe resorts, you can either walk, catch a monorail, or ride a boat to some of the parks. While the busses are efficient, walking can be quicker and the monorails and boats are just plain fun.
Disney Deluxe Resorts
Magic Kingdom Resorts
- Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower is our favorite due to location. Just about 1/3 mile from the Magic Kingdom entrance and on the monorail line.
- Polynesian Village Resort and Villas was the first Walt Disney World Resort. It is also on the monorail line.
- Grand Floridian Resort and Villas is the flagship Disney World hotel. Victorian luxury and fine dining await here. It is also on the monorail line.
- Wilderness Lodge and Villas has one of the most magnificent lobbies that I have seen. It is based on the lodge at Yellowstone. Ride a boat to Magic Kingdom.
- Boardwalk Resort and Villas takes you to Atlantic City circa 1900. It has more dining and entertainment options than any Disney resort. Walk to Epcot or ride a Friendship to Hollywood Studios.
- Yacht & Beach Club Resort and Villas has our favorite decor and theming. We love the Victorian, mid-Atlantic feel. It also has the best Disney World pool. Again, walk to Epcot or ride a Friendship to Hollywood Studios.
Downtown Disney Resorts
- Saratoga Springs is the largest deluxe resort. It is themed on early 1900s New York horse country. You can walk to Downtown Disney.
- Old Key West has an obvious Old Florida theme. You can also walk to Downtown Disney from here.
Animal Kingdom Resort
- Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village is the only deluxe resort that you have to take busses to every park. But, where else in the USA can you watch giraffes, zebras, and other safari animals from your room? Amazing!
Renting “points” from a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) member makes this possible. Buying into the DVC does this, too. But, that is for another article. The Disney Vacation Club is Disney’s time share system. Each of the Disney deluxe resorts have DVC sections called the villas. When a Disney Vacation Club member cannot use all of their time share points (vacation time), they can rent them out.
Officially, DVC members are only supposed to give points to family members and close friends. This is a minor technicality. Let’s just say, that sometimes people quickly become dear friends over DVC points. We have owned DVC points since 2011 and have rented them out once. It went smoothly.
The easiest way to go about this is by using a rental company. They act as intermediaries. DVC members list their unused points. The rental company gets both parties in contact. The DVC member makes the reservation under your name. You pay the rental company and the rental company reimburses the DVC owner. Voila! You have paid budget resort prices for a Disney deluxe resort.
So, which is better for your family? Of coarse, there are pros and cons to staying in a DVC Disney delux resort.
- As already stated, you stay in luxury accommodations at a budget price.
- The Magic Kingdom resorts have the easiest access to Magic Kingdom.
- The Epcot resorts have the easiest access to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
- DVC rooms are actually larger then other deluxe resort rooms.
- Studios, the cheapest, which sleep four, come with a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee pot, and free use of laundry facilities.
- 1 – 3 bedroom suites come equipped with full kitchens and laundry room.
- Harder to do spur of the moment.
- Without planning far in advance, you will most likely have to stay at either Animal Kingdom Lodge or Saratoga Springs. Both are excellent, but neither will spare you bus rides to the parks.
- It is more risky dealing with individuals and not directly with Disney.
We have no affiliations with any of these companies. Checking out the cost per point from each company is of coarse wise.
Tips and Pointers
- To score a room at a busy time, say the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, you need to start planning almost a year in advance.
- The Beach Club, Bay Lake Tower, and Grand Floridian fill up the quickest and require the most advanced planning.
- Studios are the smallest, but most cost effective. They are large rooms that sleep 4.
- 1 bedroom suites offer the least bang for the buck, sleeping 4 at double the cost of a studio.
- Each resort is priced differently. The Grand Floridian is the most expensive.
- Rooms cost more on weekends, holidays, and busier seasons.
- Have fun! You are going to Walt Disney World!