No two Disney World hotels are alike, but when deciding where to stay, you can consider some important factors such as transportation, location, and prices.
But even if you narrow the location down to resorts in the Magic Kingdom area, you still have four hotels to choose from; so how do you decide?
We classify each hotel in Magic Kingdom Resort based on several decisive factors.
It’s time to break down Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
One of the main factors you can consider is that close your Resort is in Magic Kingdom. Two hotels win in this category; the Contemporary and the Great Florida are close enough to the Magic Kingdom for you to walk around. Both also have access to the monorail.
He Polynesia comes in third to the location because it has access to the monorail, although a walk in the Kingdom would be long. I Wilderness Lodge arrives last because it is not so accessible to Magic Kingdom; you will have to take a boat.
This leads us to transportation. It’s important to get to and from Magic Kingdom easily, as well as other Disney World parks. And again, all three Monorail complexes win here: Contemporary, great Floridian and Polynesian.
On the other hand, Wilderness Lodge it is mainly based on shipping, which can be much slower. The four resorts also offer bus transportation to the parks.
When it comes to food, the Polynesia wins this category – which does not mean that the other resorts do not have decent food; in fact, they are food destinations even for those who do not stay there.
What Poly does is that there are lots of table services and fast and preferred services by customers, much appreciated, in this resort, including ‘Ohana, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, Kona Cafe, Kona Island, Capt. Cook’s and Pineapple Lanai (where you can get Dole Whip with various flavors)).
Food is where Wilderness Lodge it also shines; the dining options here are high quality and often underestimated. You have the Territory Lounge, Whispering Canyon Cafe, Roaring Fork, Artist Point and Geyser Point Bar & Grill.
But if you want more exclusive food, Grand Florida is the resort you want to book. Not only can you eat as royalty at Victoria & Albert, but you can also grab a meal at the Mary Poppins-themed Citricos, eat fresh seafood at Narcoossee, have cocktails at the Beauty and the Beast– Enchanted enchanted rose, grab quick service at Gasparilla Island Grill and try your favorite brunch at Grand Floridian Cafe.
He Contemporary complex it has some decent dining options, but not so many are dining destinations. Here you can enjoy a good meal at California Grill or get a quick service at the Contempo Cafe. You will soon be able to order a steak at Steakhouse 71 and have dinner with Mickey and friends at Chef Mickey. For coffee and pastries, try Contemporary Grounds.
Honestly, we have to say that all four resorts leave the Park, but guests tend to head to Polynesia, mainly to enjoy family dinners at ‘Ohana.
But what if you want to stay somewhere that has extra magical themes? This is where Wilderness Lodge comes out on top. It draws inspiration from turn-of-the-century National Park accommodations and makes you feel like you’re staying in the middle of a large national park instead of Disney World. Here are plenty of outdoor views that can be relaxed, along with nature trails and forests. These connect to the Fort Wilderness Resort, where you can enhance your feeling of being out in nature by participating in things like archery, horse riding and fishing.
Moana fans enjoy a great gift at the Polynesia, But. The rooms here have recently been completely renovated and now have a theme dedicated to Moana. Even the cast members who work here now do sports Moanathemed dresses. These rooms offer a fresh and bright style.
The following is the Grand Florida, which really lives up to its “grand” name; from the moment you reach the lobby until you reach your room, this hotel just calls it “luxury” in a way that only the Great can.
In comparison, the rooms of the Contemporaries they are quite boring and simple. Big Disney fans have lamented the lack of “Disney” feel here, but for adults who have wanted to feel great, Contemporary has been a good choice. However, this is about to change as the rooms are getting new Amazing the theme, which makes them more elegant with a mod and discreet look.
Finally, for most families, one of your top priorities when staying at a Magic Kingdom Resort (or, really, any resort) is price. All the Magic Kingdom resorts we compare belong to the Deluxe Resort category, so they are reasonably priced. Despite this, Wilderness Lodge is the most affordable of the four, with average room prices $ 500 per night.
He Contemporaries then comes around $ 675 per night, while Grand Florida runs around $ 700 per night. He Polynesia it is the most expensive of the four and runs around here $ 825 per night. Keep in mind that these rates also depend on the time of year you visit Disney World, so they could fluctuate quite a bit up and down … a bit.
When deciding on a Magic Kingdom resort, it’s tempting to say you really can’t go wrong. All options have incredible advantages and few disadvantages. But to help you decide which option is best for you, decide which variable discussed above is most important to you and your travel party, and work from there. Happy planning!
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