Booking from the UK is very different to booking in the USA, different discounts are offered and usually the amount of time you will be spending at Walt Disney World is longer. At certain times of the year Disney will offer either discounts of rooms, free night’s stay, children stay for free, dining plans included etc. The one that I would look out for in the UK is the deal where the dining plans are offered for free as part of your package. You will need to select and stay in a moderate resort; the offer does not apply to the value resorts.
I have not yet stayed on site at Walt Disney World but I have visited many many times, as I have always dreamed of staying on Disney property we thought it would be a good plan to stay in a moderate hotel and benefit from the free dining offer. I would love to stay in the Art of Animation resort however even though it is classed as a value resort the Caribbean Beach Hotel was cheaper! I was a little disappointed but my fellow Disney flyer had stayed there once before and had nothing but happy memories.
As you may already know we are flying as a party of 3 adults, we do not have children so we did not have to take into account how much walking there would be to the bus stop, playground, pool, food court etc. We all figured that the further we had to walk, the more calories we could burn, the more mickey pretzels we could eat! Life is about keeping a balance right ;).
From looking at the website and trying out many different combinations of hotels and also from reading other Disney blogs I have found that the Caribbean Beach Resort is the cheapest of the moderate hotels. As we were able to holiday outside of school/spring break times it was easier to try and select the cheapest weeks which for us was the 29th of April to the 13th of May (FRIDAY THE 13TH!! I know right spooky!). This was a complete stab in the dark and the main reason we picked these weeks was because of the price, we hadn’t learned quite yet that these are actually a really quiet period for Disney World. My friends were trusting my Disney know how on this and I was so pleased that my gamble paid off! However I would recommend having a little look on Pinterest to see if anyone has got a predictive list of when the quiet periods will be so that you don’t end up booking in the middle of a Spring break for the US or half term for the UK!
The value resorts have fantastic reviews the one I have seen mentioned the most is the POP Century resort which is across the bridge from the Art of Animation which is in the Wide World of Sports Resort Area. If you are planning to do your own thing and the dining plan isn’t for you I would definitely recommend a value resort. Many people I have spoken with here in the UK and watched on youtube in the USA rave about them, it’s not a downgraded holiday because you’re staying in a value resort. You will definitely still have a magical time.
If you have mickey money burning a hole in your pocket and really want to make your trip a special one than a Deluxe Resort Hotel could be the best choice. If money was not an option I think all of us would have preferred to book into a Deluxe Resort Hotel. I have heard nothing but great reviews but they are extremely expensive, if you book whilst the free dining plan offer is available then you will be given the Table Service Plan for free! That includes many character dining options but I will explain that all a little later.
Once we have visited we will review the Caribbean Beach Resort on youtube and on here so we can hopefully provide some helpful hints and good advice on the booking process and also the hotel itself.
If you have any questions please leave a comment below and I or the girls will do our best to help you!