Category Archives: Accommodation

One Of Walt Disney World’s Best Known Resort Hotels Is To Get A Moana Inspired Makeover

Following the earlier announcement that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will not reopen until Summer 2021, it has been reported that Disney will be enhancing Guest Rooms and the Great Ceremonial House.


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Currently the guest rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort have a green and brown colour scheme and this will be changed to a more Pacific Ocean inspired colour palette with patterns and textures inspired from Disney’s animated film ‘Moana’ which is set on the fictional Polynesian island of Motunui. Continue reading

Reopening Dates For Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney has announced the reopening dates for their Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.

Disney Art of Animation Resort

Please note that given the fluidity of the current environment, these dates are subject to change and Guests’ reservations could still be modified to other Disney Resort hotels if needed.

July 10th:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort

July 29th:

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

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Deciding Where to Stay

One of the big considerations when planning a Disney holiday is where do you stay.
There are three basic choices you need to consider, the choices are ‘On-Site’, ‘Off Site’ and Villa. Here we’ll try and look at the pro’s and con’s of each choice.

Before making a choice of accommodation some things you should look at first:

• What is your Budget.
• How many people are going with you.
• Do you want to Drive.
• Will you just be visiting Disney Parks or will you be visiting the wider Orlando area.

Off-Site Advantages:

• Greater choice of accommodation and standard.
• Accommodation usually lower cost.
• Easier to find accommodation to suit your budget.
• Easier to get last minute accommodation.
• Easier access to restaurants
• Easier access to shopping facilities
• Easier access to non-Disney attractions.
• NOT immersed in Disney Magic 24 hours a day.
• Many hotels offer scheduled shuttle service to the parks.
• Some hotels offer free breakfasts.
• Some hotels may have discount schemes with local attractions or facilities.

Off-Site Disadvantages:

• Getting to and from the parks may be more difficult.
• Not so easy to take afternoon breaks from the parks.
• You probably need a hire car
• Quality of the rooms varies.
• Quality of service varies.
• Off-site guests must pay for parking at Disney theme parks if they drive unless they have an Annual Passport.
• Shuttle service is limited at many hotels and may not be available at times to suit you.
• Some hotels share shuttles between a number of hotels making the service very slow or crowded
• Some hotels have an additional charge for using their shuttle service.
• You can’t make purchases in the parks and have them delivered to your room.

On-Site Advantages:

• Getting to and from the parks is usually easier.
• Unlimited use of WDW transportation system.
• Free parking at the Disney Themeparks.
• You are in the Disney Magic 24 hrs a day.
• Disney resorts offer wonderful theming.
• Quality of service is excellent.
• Properties are always clean and well-maintained.
• Room-charge privileges throughout WDW.
• Ability to purchase Ultimate Park Hopper Pass.
• Purchases can be delivered to your room.
• Access to WDW’s TV information channels.

On-Site Disadvantages:

• Rooms are more expensive.
• Rooms and in-room facilities are not as good as some off-site hotels.
• Not so easy to get last minute accommodation at the resort of your choice.
• Availability of budget priced rooms is limited.
• Dining is on the whole more expensive.
• Dining choices can be limited.
• Not so easy to reach non-Disney attractions.
• Relying on Disney Transportation can be a hassle.

Villa Advantages:

• Privacy
• Easier for large groups to stay together
• Home comforts
• Usually most villas have a private pool
• Can stock the fridge and cupboards with your own drink and food for breakfasts, evening snacks etc.

Villa Disadvantages:

• You will need a car
• Can be expensive especially if the number in your party is small
• Traveling time to the attractions may be longer