Did you know that there are 25 different Walt Disney Resorts?!? With so many resorts to choose from, where do you even begin?! For myself, I tend to start off by thinking of how much time we will spend in the room. If we will be spending a bit of time in the room relaxing, I typically decide to spend that time in a more spacious moderate or deluxe resort. However, if I know we will be spending all of our waking hours in the parks, I tend to decide on a value resort.
But with the change of seasons, I have been rethinking this theory and wondering about choosing a resort that accommodates the season of the year! With the onset of fall, I have had a hankering to stay at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. It seems like the opportune time to pop up a tent and head over to the bonfire starring Chip and Dale or rent a canoe, and enjoy the quiet as you paddle around the Disney World Resort.
Then I think that maybe as the fall moves on, it would be better to instead stay in an actual room and not in a tent! And when I think of the winter months, I always think of the ever-inviting Wilderness Lodge. The lobby is so wondrous with its spacious 7-story vaulted ceilings and 82-foot-tall lobby fireplace. This deluxe resort is beautifully decorated with themes of wildlife, nature and Native American designs. The feeling of this resort is cozy and homey, making it “feel” like a good pick for a winter resort.
In the spring, the Grand Floridian Resort seems like a good fit for the season. The decor is light and Victorian, which lends guests a sense of spring through its pastel colors and beautiful views of the Seven Seas Lagoons. To take advantage of the warming weather offered by this season, guests can rent watercrafts, spend time on the white-sand beach, kiddie pool and the Beach Pool, which offers cascading waterfalls and a water slide. The landscaping at this resort invites the guests to explore the exterior and all of the lush vegetation offered in Springtime, making this resort is a perfect selection.
Finally, for the summer months, I think I would select the Caribbean Beach Resort. This resort gives the guests the look and feel of being away at a Caribbean hideaway! The guest rooms sections are named after islands such as Aruba, Jamaica, etc. The pool is inviting and whimsical with the inclusion of a boat and Spanish fortress, which includes towers, cannon feature, and a water slide. With the resort’s Barefoot Bay, guests are invited to soak up the sun as they stroll around the resort!
These are just a few suggestions and a new spin on resort selections. Do you and your family have other interesting ways you choose a resort for your Walt Disney stay?
I always love to hear your opinions here! Find me on twitter @nrhenley and check out my website at http://meetthemagic.com! Have a magical day!
Contributed by: Natalie H. (NDM #268). Natalie is the Natalie is the Disney Driven Life’s resident resort expert.
Natalie grew up in Nashville, TN. Married with one son, she lives on a farm. As if this weren’t enough to keep her on her toes, Natalie also works around the clock due to being self-employed .
Natalie often travels to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, giving her a vast knowledge of the Disney Resorts which she shares in her posts on The Disney Driven Life. She loves the research on the resorts and appreciates input for these articles as well.
In recent trips, Natalie has begun making a habit of meeting people while in the parks. This habit inspired her personal website, Meet the Magic, http://meetthemagic.com. This site helps her connect to others as well as hold space for Disney fans to post information about their Disney related sites. Her goal with this venture is to help people to “Meet the Magic” of their choice.