Why you should stay at a Deluxe Resort

I have a confession…I am very thrifty. Even with my trips to Disney, I look for the absolute best deal. So the thought of staying at a Deluxe Resort made me cringe. Spending the money on a room that we weren’t going to be in very often just went against everything I believed in.

Until I stayed in one. Let’s just say, I’m a convert…or spoiled. Whatever works for you.

When we went back in October 2011, we stayed one night at Pop Century and the remainder of the time at the Contemporary. Did I get a good deal? Of course. Yes, it was priced higher than the Pop Century, but I felt like it was a good deal for us.

Now I don’t want to stay in anything but a Deluxe. Here’s why:

1) Much bigger rooms: You don’t really think about the size of the rooms until you have something to compare. All 4 of us staying in a room at Pop Century didn’t seemed cramped. However, when we checked into the room at the Contemporary and were able to spread out, it became obvious how big the rooms are and that we would definitely be a lot more comfortable. Especially with a tall and gangly teenager.

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2) Location, location, location: All the Deluxe Resort properties are located closest to the theme parks. You have the “monorail resorts” closest to the Magic Kingdom; the Yacht Club, Beach Club and Boardwalk closest to Epcot (and a short boat ride to Disney Hollywood Studios); the Animal Kingdom Lodge closest to the Animal Kingdom. The only slight outlier is Wilderness Lodge which is a Magic Kingdom resort, but not on the monorail line. However, that and the Animal Kingdom Lodge are also the lowest price point for the Deluxe Resorts.

3) Cast Member to guest ratio: More cast members per guest = better attention. I’m good with that.

4) More dining options: The Deluxe resorts all have multiple dining options from quick service to signature restaurants. If you have the dining plan, you have multiple choices.

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5) Theming: The theming at the Deluxe Resorts seems so immersive. Well, with the only exception being the Contemporary, but even that is pretty cool with the monorail running through the hotel. It seems like the Deluxe Resorts make you feel like you’ve been transported to somewhere outside of Florida. The lushness of the Polynesian Resort; the northwest lodge feel of the Wilderness Lodge; the vibrant eastern shore scene at the Boardwalk. All the Deluxe Resorts seem to surround you with their theme.

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So while saving money is important (and you should still look for the best deal possible), consider saving up a little longer and get that Deluxe Resort. The experience is definitely worth it.

Matthew Masson
Matthew has been an agent with Pixie Vacations for 5 years now. Disney claims a special place in his heart...and in his wallet. A former Cast Member, he uses his knowledge to help his clients put together memorable vacations at Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line and Disneyland.

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