[["parks",[{"id":1,"name":"Magic Kingdom","abbreviation":"mk","created_at":"2009-07-13T15:28:25.000-07:00","updated_at":"2021-03-23T16:36:51.000-07:00","short_name":"Magic Kingdom","property_id":1,"time_zone":"Eastern Time (US & Canada)","permalink":"magic-kingdom","intro":"The original and most popular theme park at the Walt Disney World resort can be overwhelming and become quite crowded, even during the low season (see our Crowd Calendar for more info). We'll tell you how to get the most out of your time and money, and give you our picks for the best attractions and dining in the Magic Kingdom. Read our full Magic Kingdom overview.","dining_overview":"\r\n

\r\nThere are a dozens of restaurants in Magic Kingdom that have a range of quality. On this page you'll find restaurant ratings submitted by our readers after their own vacations, along with quick descriptions and links to each restaurant's menu. But first, some quick Magic Kingdom dining tips:\r\n

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Before you begin eating your way through Magic Kingdom, you need to know:

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Every Magic Kingdom table service and quick service restaurant ranked by reader survey responses.

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Best Magic Kingdom Table Service Restaurants
NameQualityDisney Dining Plan?Reader Ratings
The Crystal Palace
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFantasyland - Table Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFair\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t92%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t Pancakes layered with fresh fruit for breakfast; prime rib, roast pork, and peel-and-eat shrimp for dinner; Thai curry mussels; grilled vegetables with balsamic glaze; pasta with wild mushrooms and chicken; shrimp; and a sundae bar. All-day character dining featuring Winnie the Pooh and friends.
Liberty Tree Tavern
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tLiberty Square - Table Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t89%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFor lunch: New England–style pot roast, roast turkey, and sandwiches. Family-style dining at dinner, with all-you-can-eat turkey, carved beef, and smoked pork loin.
Be Our Guest Restaurant (dinner)
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFantasyland - Table Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t89%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t Price Fixe 3-course dinner with choices including filet mignon, lamb chops, bouillabaisse and others.
The Plaza Restaurant
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tMain Street, U.S.A. - Table Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t88%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tVeggie sandwich, club sandwich, chicken-strawberry salad, and ice-cream desserts such as the Plaza banana split or sundae.
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tAdventureland- Table Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t85%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t Asian, African, and South American flavors. Dishes include Char sui Pork, Steak with Yuca Fries, Stir Fry, Falafel with a Cucumber Salsa, and Pineapple Coconut Cake.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFantasyland - Table Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFair\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t86%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tCreamy lobster soup; seared Scottish salmon; grilled New York strip steak; Chocolate Wave dessert. For kids: fish of the day, fried shrimp, cheesy pasta, and grilled chicken breast. All-day character dining with princesses.
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tMain Street, U.S.A. - Table Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tPoor\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t73%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFor lunch: sausage-and-pepperoni flatbread and spaghetti with meatballs. For dinner: cioppino, braised short rib, and New York strip.
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Best Magic Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants
NameQualityDisney Dining Plan?Reader Ratings
Main Street Bakery
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tMain Street, U.S.A. - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t94%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tCroissants, muffins, danishes, cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, cakes, brownies, cookies.
Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tLiberty Square - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t93%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tWaffles, funnel cakes, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and waffle sandwiches.
Columbia Harbour House
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tLiberty Square - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t92%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tHealthful options such as grilled salmon with couscous and broccoli and the Lighthouse Sandwich with hummus and broccoli slaw. Other choices: fried fish and shrimp; lobster rolls; chicken nuggets; child’s plate with macaroni and cheese, PB&J sandwich, chicken nuggets, or tuna sandwich with grapes; New England clam chowder; vegetarian chili; coleslaw; garden salad; chocolate cake, seasonal cobbler, strawberry yogurt.\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\t
Gaston's Tavern
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFantasyland - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t92%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t Roast pork shank (the porcine equivalent of the giant turkey leg), hummus with chips, cinnamon rolls, chocolate croissants, LeFou's Brew (frozen apple juice flavored with toasted marshmallow).\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\t
Be Our Guest Restaurant (lunch)
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFantasyland - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tExcellent\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t89%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t Tuna niçoise salad; croque monsieur; carved-turkey and roast-beef sandwiches; braised pork with bacon mashed potatoes; veggie quiche; quinoa salad. Kids’ meals include carved turkey sandwich, pulled pork, a tasty meat loaf, or pasta with marinara sauce.\r\n\t\t\t\t
Golden Oak Outpost
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFrontierland - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t88%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tSpecialty fries; chicken nuggets, and cookies.\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFrontierland - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t88%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t Steak or chicken burritos; rice bowls; chicken or spicy beef southwest salad; roasted vegetables; chili; churros and Greek yogurt.\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
Casey's Corner
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tMain Street, U.S.A. - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFair\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t86%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t Hot dogs, corn-dog nuggets, fries, and brownies.\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tTomorrowland - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t83%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tRotisserie chicken and ribs; burgers (and vegetarian burgers); hot dogs; Greek salad; chicken, turkey and vegetable sandwiches; chicken-noodle soup; chili-cheese fries; strawberry yogurt for dessert. Kosher choices available by request.\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
The Pinocchio Village Haus
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFantasyland - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFair\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t83%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tPersonal pizzas; chicken nuggets; fries; Caesar salad with chicken; meatball sub sandwiches; Mediterranean salad; kids’ meals of pizza, mac and cheese, or PB&J.\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
The Lunching Pad
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tTomorrowland - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t82%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tSweet cream-cheese pretzel, frozen sodas, hot dogs.\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\t
The Friar’s Nook
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFantasyland - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tGood\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t82%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t Hot dogs, specialty macaroni and cheese (bacon cheeseburger, blue cheese with balsamic vinegar), veggies and chips with hummus, freshly made potato chips, lemonade slush.\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tTomorrowland - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFair\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t79%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tOne-third-pound Angus bacon cheeseburger; fried-chicken sandwich; chicken nuggets; pasta alone or with shrimp or chicken; lobster roll; beef-and-blue-cheese salad; citrus shrimp salad; chocolate cake, carrot cake, or yogurt for dessert. Only open seasonally.\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
Tortuga Tavern
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tAdventureland - Quick Service\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tFair\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tYes\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t74%
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\tBarbecued pork, chicken, or beef brisket sandwich; roasted corn and vegetable salad; Uncrustables and mac and cheese for kids.\r\n\t\t\t\t\t
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Food carts come and go in Magic Kingdom, but in most lands you'll be able to find bottled beverages, popcorn, and ice cream novelties. Special items include turkey legs (Frontierland), churros, and egg rolls (Adventureland). Don't worry, you're never far from a food cart in Magic Kingdom. While these carts move from time to time (that's why they have wheels), we do try to keep up with them on our comprehensive list of Magic Kingdom food spots.

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Seasonal Dining at Magic Kingdom

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There are some dining locations at Magic Kingdom that are only open during busier times of year (even then may only open for lunch). These include:\r\n

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When we research the Magic Kingdom, we study its traffic\r\npatterns, asking:

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1. WHICH SECTIONS OF THE PARK AND WHICH ATTRACTIONS DO GUESTS\r\nVISIT FIRST? When the park opens, guest traffic to Fantasyland and\r\nTomorrowland is heaviest, followed by Frontierland. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train pulls\r\npeople into the back reaches of the park, while\r\nSpace Mountain pulls people to the right.

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Frontierland\r\n\t \tSplash Mountain
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Fantasyland\r\n\t \tEnchanted Tales with Belle
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\r\n\t \tPeter Pan's Flight\r\n\t\t\t
Tomorrowland\r\n\t\t\t\tSpace Mountain
\r\n\t\t\t\tBuzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
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2. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE PARK TO FILL UP? HOW ARE THE\r\nVISITORS DISPERSED IN THE PARK? A surge of early birds arrive\r\nbefore or around opening time but are quickly dispersed throughout\r\nthe empty park. After the initial wave is absorbed, there’s a lull lasting\r\nabout an hour after opening. Then the park is inundated for about\r\n2 hours, peaking between 10 a.m. and noon. Arrivals continue in a\r\nsteady but diminishing stream until around 2 p.m. The lines we sampled\r\nwere longest between 1 and 2 p.m., indicating more arrivals than\r\ndepartures into the early afternoon. For touring purposes, most attractions\r\ndevelop long lines between 10 and 11:30 a.m.\r\n

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\r\nFrom late morning until early afternoon, guests are equally distributed\r\namong all the lands. However, guests concentrate in Fantasyland,\r\nLiberty Square, and Frontierland in late afternoon, with a decrease of\r\nvisitors in Adventureland and Tomorrowland. Adventureland’s Jungle\r\nCruise and Tomorrowland’s \r\nvisitors in Adventureland and Tomorrowland. Adventureland's and Tomorrowland's Buzz Lightyear and Space Mountain continue\r\nto be crowded, but most other attractions in those lands are\r\nreadily accessible.\r\n

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3. HOW DO MOST VISITORS TOUR THE PARK? Many first-time visitors\r\nare guided by friends or relatives familiar with the Magic Kingdom;\r\nthese tours may or may not follow an orderly sequence. First-timers\r\nwithout personal guides tend to be more orderly in their touring, but\r\nthey also tend to be drawn to Cinderella Castle upon entering the\r\npark, and thus they begin their rotation from Fantasyland. Repeat\r\nvisitors usually head straight to their favorite attractions.

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4. HOW DOES FASTPASS+ AFFECT CROWD DISTRIBUTIONS? We tested a\r\nfrequent claim that most people turn right into Tomorrowland and\r\ntour the Magic Kingdom counterclockwise. We found the claim to be\r\nbaseless. Neither do most people turn left and start in Adventureland.

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Here’s why: Magic Kingdom headliner attractions are located\r\nintentionally at opposite points around the park to distribute crowds evenly: Space Mountain on the east side, Splash Mountain and Big\r\nThunder Mountain Railroad on the west, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to\r\nthe north, and so on.

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If, therefore, you were to start touring by heading left, you’d have\r\nlow crowds in Adventureland and moderate crowds in Frontierland—\r\nbut by the time you got to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, you’d run\r\ninto the largest crowds of the day. A similar scenario would await you\r\nif you started by bearing right into Tomorrowland: packed crowds in\r\nthe rest of the lands you visit.

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Avoiding the biggest crowds in the park, then, requires the following:\r\n

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5. HOW DO SPECIAL EVENTS, SUCH AS PARADES AND LIVE SHOWS,\r\nAFFECT TRAFFIC PATTERNS? Parades pull huge numbers of guests\r\naway from attractions and provide a window of opportunity for experiencing\r\nthe more popular attractions with less of a wait. Castle Forecourt\r\nStage shows also attract crowds but only slightly affect lines.

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6. WHAT ARE THE TRAFFIC PATTERNS NEAR AND AT CLOSING TIME?\r\nOn our sample days, in busy times and off-season at the park, departures\r\noutnumbered arrivals beginning in midafternoon. Many visitors\r\nleft in late afternoon as dinnertime approached. When the park closed\r\nearly, guests departed steadily during the 2 hours before closing, with a\r\nhuge exodus at closing time. When the park closed late, a huge exodus\r\nbegan immediately after the early-evening parade and fireworks, with\r\na second mass departure after the late parade, continuing until closing.

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Because Main Street and transportation services remain open after the\r\nother five lands close, crowds leaving at closing mainly affect conditions\r\non Main Street and at the monorail-, ferry-, and bus-boarding areas. In\r\nthe hour before closing, the other five lands are normally uncrowded.

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Best Use of FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom

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\r\nEach of our 50 Magic Kingdom Touring Plans shows the attractions and FastPass+ start times that will save you the most time in line, like this:\r\n

Suggested start times for FastPass+ reservations:
\r\n Seven Dwarfs Mine Train = 9 AM
\r\nPeter Pan's Flight = 10 AM
\r\n Enchanted Tales with Belle = 11 AM (currently closed)

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Each touring plan also gives our recommendations for day-of FastPass+ reservations, those you can get at the Magic Kingdom's in-park kiosks after you've used your original set:\r\n

You should be able to get day-of FastPass+ reservations starting around lunchtime. Here's what we suggest:
\r\n Buzz Lightyear = 3:30 PM
\r\n Pirates of the Caribbean = 7 PM

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\r\nWhen updating the plans, we kept count of how many times each attraction was identified as needing FastPass+. This is a prioritized list of the attractions for which you should use FastPass+ to avoid long waits in line:\r\n

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\r\nWhile Magic Kingdom offers FastPass+ for more than two dozen attractions, our free touring plan software only identifies ten as frequently needing FastPass+:\r\n

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Why You Might Need FastPass+ for Magic Kingdom

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\r\nWhy is Peter Pan’s Flight listed? Probably three reasons:\r\n

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  1. Peter Pan isn’t going to be anyone’s choice as the first attraction to visit. If you’ve got small children, you’re probably headed to Enchanted Tales with Belle or the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. If you’ve got older kids, you’re probably headed to Space Mountain or Seven Dwarfs. And no matter where you go first, you’ll probably visit at least one other attraction nearby next. That means you’re not getting to Peter Pan within the first 30 minutes the park is open.
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  3. Peter Pan appears on virtually every Magic Kingdom touring plan. It appeals to every age group and demographic, and has no height requirement. It’s a classic, if simple, Disney ride.
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  5. Although it’s not a headliner attraction, Peter Pan develops long lines throughout the day. Peter Pan’s wait times over Christmas often exceeded 150 to 180 minutes. Peter Pan’s hourly capacity is around 1,100 guests, or a little more than half Buzz Lightyear’s capacity, and far less than half the capacity of Pirates of the Caribbean.
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\r\nSeven Dwarfs Mine Train, in the second spot, is usually the first FastPass+ recommendation our software suggests, often with a start time between 9:00 and 9:30 AM. If you're doing a comprehensive tour of the Magic Kingdom, that Seven Dwarfs FastPass position allows you to visit Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear as soon as the park opens, then ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with little wait. It also puts you in a good position to ride a couple of secondary Fantasyland attractions before a 10:00 AM Peter Pan's Flight FastPass+ reservation, which helps cut down on how much walking you have to do in the park.

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\r\nBig Thunder and Splash Mountain are on the list, too. While they don’t normally get a huge influx of guests immediately at park opening, lines of 20 to 40 minutes can develop around mid-morning at Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain, as crowds make their way to Adventureland after early stops in Tomorrowland or Fantasyland.\r\n

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\r\n Enchanted Tales with Belle makes the top five because it usually doesn’t make sense to visit it first thing in the morning. Counting walking time to Belle and the elaborate pre-show process, you’d be committing about half an hour to that one attraction, whereas you could probably visit 2 or 3 other attractions in Fantasyland or Tomorrowland in the same amount of time.\r\n

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\r\nPirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise are interesting additions to this chart, because our software usually recommends these as day-of FastPasses, not one of the three to get in advance before you arrive at the park. Take a look at the chart below and you'll see that most of our Jungle Cruise recommendations are for late afternoon, day-of FastPass+ reservations. Why? These aren't in the top tier of popular attractions in the park, and they've got enough capacity to move a lot of people per hour. Those two things help moderate waits, so other attractions are generally more important for your first set of FastPass+ reservations.

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\r\nSpace Mountain appears on the list probably because of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The new-ish Mine Train is still a hot attraction in Magic Kingdom, and it also has a shorter height requirement than Space Mountain (38 inches vs 44 inches), meaning more families want to ride it. That means visiting Space Mountain in the afternoon, when FastPass+ is needed.

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That said, many touring plans list Space Mountain as the first attraction to visit, and it’s usually followed by other Fantasyland attractions to minimize how much you have to walk.\r\n

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Attractions In Our Touring Plans That\r\nNever Need FastPass+

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\r\nSome FastPass+ attractions seem never to require FastPass+, either because the touring plan gets you to them before long lines develop, or because the attraction rarely sees long waits:\r\n

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Magic Kingdom Attractions In Our Touring Plans That Rarely Require Advance FastPass+ Reservations

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\r\nThese include:\r\n

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The Best Times for FastPass+ Reservations at Key Magic Kingdom Attractions

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\r\nNow that you know which attractions most need FastPass+, the next question is \r\nwhen you should make your FastPass+ reservations. Here’s a chart showing the \r\ntimes our Magic Kingdom touring plans use FastPass+ to avoid long lines \r\n(yellow=morning times, orange=afternoon times):\r\n

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Suggested FastPass+ Reservation Start Times in Magic Kingdom Touring Plans
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 12:15pm\r\n
Peter Pan's Flight9:00am, 9:30am, 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 12:00pm, 12:00pm, 1:00pm\r\n
Enchanted Tales with Belle10:00am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 1:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm \r\n
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin9:30am, 11:00am, 3:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm\r\n
Pirates of the Caribbean10:00am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm\r\n
Splash Mountain10:30am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:00pm\r\n
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh6:15pm\r\n
Jungle Cruise11:00am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm\r\n
Tomorrowland Speedway1:30pm\r\n
\"it's a small world\"3:00pm, 5:00pm\r\n
Space Mountain9:00am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 7:00pm\r\n
Big Thunder Mountain10:00am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 10:00am, 10:30am, 10:30am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm\r\n
The Haunted Mansion11:15am, 1:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm\r\n
Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater (currently closed)12:00pm, 1:00pm\r\n
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid3:00pm, 4:00pm\r\n
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\r\nIn the chart above, yellow times indicate morning FastPass+ reservations, and\r\norange is for afternoon reservations. Times with no highlighting represent day-of FastPass+ reservations,\r\nand all of these are made in the afternoon, after you've used your initial \r\nset of advance FastPass+ reservations.\r\n

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\r\nOur touring plan software tends to recommend Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan, Big Thunder Mountain, and Enchanted Tales with Belle a lot in the morning. All of the other attractions tend to have their FastPass+ recommendations in the middle to late afternoon.\r\n

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What To Do If You Have Other FastPass+ Attractions or Times

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\r\nIf you can get a FastPass+ reservation for the attractions shown, anywhere near the times listed, the touring plans will work exactly as shown, and your waits in line will be minimized. If you need to choose other FastPass+ attractions or times, our free computer-optimized touring plan software will incorporated those.\r\n

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\r\nHere’s the process I usually follow to create an optimized touring plan with low waits in line:\r\n

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  1. Select all the attractions I want to visit during the day, and enter in all of the meals and breaks I want to take. I don’t enter any FastPass+ times at this step, because I first want to see what the Optimizer identifies as the attractions with potentially long waits.
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  3. Click the “Optimize” button and wait for the touring plan to be optimized.
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  5. Find the first attraction with a wait over 30 minutes, and see if a FastPass+ reservation is available for that attraction around that time. If I find one, I enter in the FastPass+ time that’s available, and re-optimize the plan.
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  7. I repeat Step 3 for the two FastPass+ eligible attractions with the highest wait times throughout the day. I re-optimize the plan after each attraction, because saving a bunch of time on one attraction may allow the Optimizer to uncover other ways to save you time throughout the day.
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Another great resource for optimizing touring plans is our Lines Chat forum, where lots of folks are happy to offer suggestions.

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Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Kiosks

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\r\nIf you don't want to, or can't, make day-of FastPass+ selections on your phone via the My Disney Experience app, then use one of the the in-park FastPass+ kiosks. Magic Kingdom's FastPass+ kiosks are located throughout the park, including:\r\n

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Other Tips and Advice for FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom

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\r\nTips and advice for specific attractions and touring FastPass+ attractions in Magic Kingdom:\r\n

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\r\nDon't know where to eat in Epcot? On this page you'll find recommendations on where to eat, and where to avoid, as well as links to each restaurant's menu.\r\n

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\r\nSince the beginning, dining has been an important part of Epcot’s entertainment product. World Showcase has many more restaurants than attractions, and Epcot has added bars, tapas-style eateries, and full-service restaurants faster than any park in memory.

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If cost is an issue, make lunch your main meal. Entrees are similar to those on the dinner menu, but prices are significantly lower.

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\r\nMany Epcot restaurants are overpriced, especially Monsieur Paul (France) and Le Cellier (Canada). Combining\r\nattractive ambiance and well-prepared food with good value are Via Napoli (Italy), Biergarten (Germany), and La Hacienda de San Angel\r\n(Mexico). Biergarten (along with Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco) also features live entertainment.\r\n

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\r\nEach pavilion (except United States) has a beautifully seductive ethnic restaurant or two. While the food isn’t always compelling, the overall experience is great. If you fail to dine in World Showcase, you'll miss one of Epcot's more delightful features.

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Our Favorite Epcot Counter-Service Restaurants

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\r\nIf you want to sample the ethnic foods of World Showcase without eating in restaurants requiring advance reservations, we recommend these counter-service specialties:\r\n

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Tipping at Epcot

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A frequent area of confusion for Disney guests is the topic of tipping at Walt Disney World. International guests may be unfamiliar with American tipping in general. Gratuities are a part of life when you travel in the United States. We have a page dedicated to everything you need to know about tipping at Walt Disney World.

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Below you'll find links to menus for every restaurant, bar, and food cart in Epcot.

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At Epcot, Spaceship Earth, the giant geodesic sphere that is the parks’s landmark (and home to one of its headliner attractions), is just inside the main entrance. When visitors enter the park, they almost irresistibly head for it. Hence, a bottleneck forms less than 75 yards from the turnstiles as soon as the park opens.

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Early-morning crowds form at Test Track and Soarin' in Future World, and Frozen Ever After in Norway. Guests not visiting those are\r\nfairly equally distributed among the rest of Future World’s attractions,\r\nmost of which won’t develop long waits until 11 a.m. or later.

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Between 9 and 11 a.m., crowds build in Future World. Even when World Showcase opens (usually 11 a.m.), more people are entering Future World than are leaving for the Showcase. Attendance continues building in Future World between noon and 2 p.m. World Showcase attendance builds rapidly as lunch approaches. Exhibits at the far end of World Showcase Lagoon report capacity audiences from about noon through 6:30 or 7:30 p.m.

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Visitors aware of the congestion at Spaceship Earth can take advantage of the excellent opportunities it provides for escaping waits at other Future World attractions.

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The Magic Kingdom's premier attractions\r\nare situated on the far perimeters of its lands to distribute crowds evenly. Epcot’s cluster of attractions in Future World holds the greater part of the throng in the smaller part of the park. World Showcase has just one major bottleneck—Norway’s Frozen Ever After. Compared with Soarin’ and Test Track, Frozen’s long lines result more from a lack of ride capacity than guest demand. But with no attractions beyond Norway open in World Showcase until 11 a.m., most families who visit Frozen first head back to Future World.

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The bottom line: Crowds build all morning and into early afternoon in Future World. Not until the evening meal approaches do crowds equalize in Future World and World Showcase. Evening crowds in World Showcase, however, don’t compare in size with morning and midday crowds in Future World. Attendance throughout Epcot is normally lighter in the evening.

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Some guests leave Epcot in the early evening, but the vast majority exit en masse after Epcot Forever. Upward of 30,000 people head for the parking lot and monorail station at once. Still, this congestion doesn’t compare with the post-fireworks gridlock at the Magic Kingdom. One primary reason for the easier departure from Epcot is that its parking lot is adjacent to the park, not separated from it by a lake as at the Magic Kingdom. At the Magic Kingdom, departing visitors form bottlenecks at the monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Center and main parking lot. At Epcot, they proceed directly to their cars.

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Epcot's Tiered FastPass+ Attractions and Their Impact on Touring Plan Strategy

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\r\nWe've updated our Epcot touring plans so that each plan now lists the suggested FastPass+ start times for the attractions that will save you the most time in line, like this:\r\n

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Suggested start times for FastPass+ reservations:

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\r\nSpaceship Earth = 11:30 AM
\r\nMission: SPACE (Orange) = 12:30 PM
\r\nFrozen Ever After = 2:00 PM
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\r\nThe updated plans are very efficient, with the average wait in line under 8 minutes per attraction on most plans. In fact, because the plans are so efficient, we've added Agent P's World Showcase Adventure and other attractions to many of the plans for teens and adults. (We also really like the game.) And some touring plans only use 2 of the 3 FastPass+ reservations you're given each day, which means you have 1 more to revisit a favorite attraction or try a new ride.\r\n

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\r\nWhen we update our Touring Plans, we keep track of how many times each attraction was identified as needing\r\n FastPass+. Here's Epcot's chart:\r\n\r\n\"Epcot\r\n

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\r\nEpcot offers FastPass+ for 12 different experiences, and it was a little surprising to see that \r\nFastPass+ was useful in at at least some circumstances in 10 of those 12 of the attractions. \r\nRead on for a detailed explanation of why these attractions show up most frequently in our Epcot touring plans.\r\n

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\r\nThe first thing to note about Epcot is that its FastPass+ attractions, like the \r\nFastPass+ attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios, are grouped (or \"tiered\"), and Disney limits how many FastPass+ reservations you can make for each group. Here's the tiering:\r\n\r\n

Group A (Choose 1 attraction)

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\r\nSoarin'
\r\nTest Track
\r\nEpcot Character Spot (currently closed)
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Group B (Choose 2 attractions)

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\r\nDisney/Pixar Short Film Festival
\r\nJourney Into Imagination With Figment
\r\n\r\nLiving with the Land
\r\nThe Seas with Nemo & Friends
\r\nSpaceship Earth
\r\nTurtle Talk with Crush (currently closed)
\r\nMission: SPACE Green
\r\nMission: SPACE Orange

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Touring Epcot with Frozen Ever After

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\r\nThe popular Frozen Ever After boat ride complicates touring Epcot for a couple of reasons. \r\nBecause it’s in the same FastPass+ tier as Soarin’ and Test Track, you can only obtain one in advance.\r\n It’s also not had much day-of FastPass+ availability, because it’s based on a hit film and is one\r\n of the few things in Epcot specifically designed for children. Also, its location in World Showcase\r\n makes it impractical as a detour while you’re in Future World - any time you save in line will be spent walking instead.

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For those reasons, we think you’ll save more time by choosing Frozen as an advance FastPass \r\nreservation, than Soarin’ or Test Track. \r\nWith Soarin's new third theater providing 50% more capacity, we think that Test Track is the best attraction to visit once\r\nthe park opens. Remember that Test Track has a single-rider line that can cut waits by up to 80%,\r\nif your party is willing to ride separately.\r\n

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\r\nAfter that, head for Soarin'.\r\nYour total wait in line for both attractions should be under 40 minutes on days of average attendance, and under 60 minutes on busier days. \r\nFor comparison, we estimate the wait at Frozen to be in the 50 to 80-minute range most of the day. \r\nWhen you factor in the backtracking involved in the alternatives, FastPass+ at Frozen seems to make the most sense.

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We're recommending an afternoon FastPass+ reservation time for Frozen Ever After. \r\nIf only late evening times are available, take one and simply convert the clockwise tour of World Showcase to a counter-clockwise tour.

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If you get a FP for Frozen Ever After before 3 PM, do a clockwise tour of World Showcase. We don’t suggest FPs earlier than this because it’ll involve backtracking to Future World from World Showcase. And if no Frozen Fastpasses are available, grab one for Soarin' around 10 AM, and see Test Track first, then Frozen around 11 AM.

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Regardless of the time at which you obtain your Frozen FastPass, we think it’s unlikely that any day-of Fastpasses would be of much use, because of the backtracking from World Showcase you’d have to do to use them.

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\r\nFinally, we've tested adult touring plan variations that visit Frozen Ever After first thing in the morning, both with and without Fastpass+. In each case, it was impossible to finish the \r\ntouring plan before the park closed. Why? By the time you've arrived in Future World for Test Track and Soarin', the waits in line were long enough to throw off the rest of the day.\r\nIf you're going to skip Test Track, however, it might still be feasible to complete a tour of the park.\r\n\r\n

Attractions That Never Need FastPass+ In Our Epcot Touring Plans

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\r\nThese Epcot attractions never require FastPass+ in our touring plans:\r\n

Disney/Pixar Short Film Festival
\r\nTurtle Talk with Crush
\r\nMission: SPACE (Green)

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\r\nWaits for the Disney/Pixar Short Film Festival and Turtle Talk with Crush are almost always under 10 minutes, so they're not a good use of FastPass+. Similarly, the waits for the non-spinning Mission: SPACE(Green) are almost always lower than the spinning (Orange); the spinning version is more popular and that's what we have in our touring plans.\r\n

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\r\nEpcot Forever is very good, and FastPass+\r\ngets you into a special viewing area for the show, but you still\r\nhave to arrive a good 30–40 minutes in advance to get a good spot. Plus,\r\nthere are so many other good viewing spots around World Showcase\r\nLagoon that it’s difficult to recommend FastPass+ for Epcot Forever;\r\nthe consequence is an hour-long wait at either Soarin’, Test Track, or Frozen Ever After. The\r\nexceptions are if you’re visiting World Showcase solely for dinner and Epcot Forever, or if you’ve used your first three\r\nFastPass+ reservations and Epcot Forever FastPasses are still available.\r\n

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The Best Times for FastPass+ Reservations at Epcot

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\r\nNow that you know which attractions most need FastPass+, the next question is when you should make your FastPass+ reservations. Here’s a chart showing the times our Epcot touring plans use FastPass+ \r\nto avoid long lines (yellow=morning times, orange=afternoon):\r\n\r\n\"Epcot\r\n

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\r\nAlso note that the average FastPass+ reservation time is before 1 PM in our touring plans. All but one FastPass+ ride is in Future World, and the hike to that one ride - Frozen Ever After in Norway - is\r\n too far to be recommended. This, coupled with typical guest arrival patterns at Epcot, means that crowds will be concentrated in Future World through early afternoon.\r\n

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What To Do If You Have Other FastPass+ Attractions or Times

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\r\nIf you can get a FastPass+ reservation for the attractions shown, anywhere near the times listed, the touring plans will work exactly as shown, and your waits in line will be minimized. If you need to choose other FastPass+ attractions or times, our free computer-optimized touring plan software will incorporated those.\r\n

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  1. Select all of the attractions I want to visit during the day, and enter in all of the meals and breaks I want to take. I don’t enter any FastPass+ times at this step, because I first want to see what the Optimizer identifies as the attractions with potentially long waits.
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  3. Click the “Optimize” button and wait for the touring plan to be optimized.
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  5. Find the first attraction with a wait over 30 minutes, and see if a FastPass+ reservation is available for that attraction around that time. If I find one, I enter in the FastPass+ time that’s available, and re-optimize the plan.
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  7. I repeat Step 3 for the two FastPass+ eligible attractions with the highest wait times throughout the day. I re-optimize the plan after each attraction, because saving a bunch of time on one attraction may allow the Optimizer to uncover other ways to save you time throughout the day.
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\r\nI'll also manually re-arrange some of the World Showcase steps in a plan, especially if they're not automatically oriented into a clockwise- or counter-clockwise tour. The folks in our Lines Chat forum are especially helpful in making suggestions for efficient touring plans too.\r\n

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Miscellaneous Tips for Using FastPass+ at Epcot

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Epcot FastPass+ Kiosks

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\r\nEpcot's FastPass+ kiosks are located throughout the park, including:\r\n

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Disney's Hollywood Studios Dining Overview

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Dining at Hollywood Studios is less exotic than at Epcot and possibly less interesting than at any other park. The upscale Brown Derby is by far the best restaurant at the Studios. For simple Italian food, including pizza, Mama Melrose’s is fine; just don’t expect anything fancy. At the Sci-Fi Dine-In, you eat in little cars at a simulated drive-in movie from the 1950s. Though you won’t find a more entertaining restaurant in Walt Disney World, the food is hit or miss. Somewhat better is the 50’s Prime Time Cafe, where you sit in Mom’s time-warp kitchen and scarf down meat loaf while watching clips of classic sitcoms. It’s fun and the food is a step up. The best way to experience either restaurant is to stop in for dessert or a drink between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Hollywood & Vine features singing and dancing characters from the Disney Channel during breakfast and lunch.

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One TouringPlans staffer sums up the food situation at Hollywood Studios thusly:

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Disney's Hollywood Studios Advance Reservations Recommendations

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The park has five restaurants where Advance Reservations are recommended or required: The Hollywood Brown Derby, 50's Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, and the Hollywood and Vine Cafeteria. See our WDW Dining Reservation page for information on how to make reservations.

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Our Favorite Counter-Service Restaurants

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We receive considerable mail from readers recounting their DHS dining experiences. The 50’s Prime Time Cafe, for instance, is always a hot topic. First, from a Maryland reader:

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50’s Prime Time Cafe was fun, but the food was mediocre at best. If my mom cooked that way, I would’ve run away from home.
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But a West Newton, Massachusetts, family loved it:

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We decided to go against your recommendation and give it a shot. We’re so glad we did! For the five of us (ages 16–20), it was a blast. “Leroy,” our waiter and “big brother” for the meal, came and sat at our table and helped us set our places so we wouldn’t get in trouble with “Mom.” When one member of our party cursed, “Mom” arrived to punish him, making him clear the table onto her tray, which he did shamefully. It was a total kick that we talked about for the rest of the trip.
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If you arrive at the Studios without having arranged Advance\r\nReservations for meals, you can make them at the restaurants. The Hollywood Brown Derby, expensive but tasty, is usually among the last to fill. The companion Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge is far less crowded and offers a small-plate and dessert menu, including the famous grapefruit cake. If you have no Advance Reservations and you get hungry, try Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner, which sometimes flies under the radar of the teeming hordes.

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FANTASMIC! DINING PACKAGE

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If you dine at the Hollywood & Vine buffet (dinner only) or at Mama Melrose's or Brown Derby full-service restaurants, you can obtain a ticket/voucher for the members of your dining party to enter the night's first showing of Fantasmic! without waiting in line and sit in a section of seats (one of the best in the theater) reserved specifically for dining package patrons..

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Here are the rules: You may call 407-WDW-DINE (or book online) up to 180 days in advance and request the Fantasmic! Dining Package for the night you want to see the show. This is a reservation and must be guaranteed with a credit card at the time of booking. There's a 48-hour cancellation policy. Disney Dining Plan credits can be used to pay for the meal.

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To keep guests from coming in and ordering the cheapest thing on the menu just to get Fantasmic! vouchers, Disney includes a fixed price meal in the package. Sample 2013 prices (peak season, excluding park admission and gratuity) are roughly as follows:

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The price covers all you care to eat at the Hollywood & Vine Buffet or entree and dessert at the Brown Derby or Mama Melrose. Nonalcoholic drinks are included with the package at all three restaurants. Allow yourself a minimum of two hours to eat and make your way to the Fantasmic! show. If you have made ordinary reservations for any of the participating restaurants, they will not include reserved seats for Fantasmic!. You have to buy the package to get the good seats.

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You will receive your tickets/vouchers at the restaurant. 30-45 minutes before the first Fantasmic! show of the night, report to the VIP seating entrance on Sunset Boulevard next to Beauty and the Beast. A cast member will collect your vouchers and direct or escort you to the seating reserved for dining package guests. Though you're required to arrive early, you can be seated immediately and won't have to stand in any lines. You will not have specific assigned seats in the reserved section. It's first-come/first-served, so arrive early for the best choice.\r\n

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\r\nOn my last visit to WDW this May I booked the Fantasmic dinner package at Mama Melrose and ate there and received my show voucher but the show was rained out. I thought I was out of luck but asked and was told the vouchers are good for 5 days for another show. I went to the show 4 days later and was able to use the voucher with no problem.\r\n
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Tipping at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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A frequent area of confusion for Disney guests is the topic of tipping at Walt Disney World. International guests may be unfamiliar with American tipping in general. Gratuities are a part of life when you travel in the United States. We have a page dedicated to everything you need to know about tipping at Walt Disney World.

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Obtaining More FastPass+ Reservations In the Parks

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\r\nLike FastPass+ at the other parks, you can obtain more FastPass+ reservations at Disney's Hollywood Studios once you've used your first set, or once their reservation times have expired (whichever comes first). Our touring plans include suggestions the best attractions and times for these day-of FastPasses, as shown below. Here's more research on the best day-of FastPass+ opportunities, too.\r\n

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For example, if you have FastPass+ reservations for Toy Story Mania from 9 to 10 a.m., Rock n Roller Coaster at 10 a.m., and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, you can obtain more FastPasses as soon as you use the Runaway Railway reservation, or 12 noon, whichever comes first. You'll use Disney's My Disney Experience app or one of the in-park kiosks to make this reservation, and you'll only be able to make 1 reservation at a time. Once you make a reservation, you can get another FastPass+ once you've used the previous one (or the reservation time has passed).\r\n

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Using FastPass+ with our Touring Plans

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\r\nCurrently the top FastPass+ tier consists of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Slinky Dog Dash, and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (opening March 4). That means that you can only choose one of those three. All other attractions are in the lower tier except for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance which does not yet offer FastPass+. Here are our recommended FastPass+ selections:\r\n

Suggested start times for advance FastPass+ reservations:

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Slinky Dog Dash or Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway starting at 9 a.m.
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Suggested start times for day-of FastPass+ reservations:

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Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run any time if available
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Star Tours after 2 p.m.
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Alien Swirling Saucers after 3 p.m.
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\r\nThese plans are very efficient - the average wait in line should be under 9 minutes per step during summer for our standard 1-day Unofficial Guide Touring Plan - with more than 2 hours of free time available in the afternoon.\r\n

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\r\nWhen we update touring plans, we keep track of how many times each attraction is identified as needing FastPass+. As we did for the Magic Kingdom's FastPass+ priorities, here's the Studios' chart:\r\n

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Attractions That Never Need FastPass+ In Our Hollywood Studios Touring Plans

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\r\nMost of the Studios' shows never require FastPass+ in our touring plans.  Why? The touring plan software does a good job of getting you\r\n to the show at least 15 minutes in advance. When your touring plan gets you to a show 15 minutes in advance, you'll almost always be able to get in to see that performance. And the worst case in most scenarios \r\n is that you'll only have to wait until the next show. \r\n

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If you're concerned about getting a day-of FastPass+ for Fantasmic!, consider the Fantasmic! Dining Package, which we think is a good option \r\nfor families who are already planning to have a sit-down dinner and catch a performance of Fantasmic!.\r\n

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What To Do If You Have Other FastPass+ Attractions or Times

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\r\nIf you can get a FastPass+ reservation for the attractions shown, anywhere near the times listed, the touring plans will work exactly as shown, and your waits in line will be minimized. If you need to choose other FastPass+ attractions or times, our free computer-optimized touring plan software will incorporated those.\r\n

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  1. Select all of the attractions I want to visit during the day, and enter in all of the meals and breaks I want to take. I don’t enter any FastPass+ times at this step, because I first want to see what the Optimizer identifies as the attractions with potentially long waits.
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  3. Click the “Optimize” button and wait for the touring plan to be optimized.
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  5. Find the first attraction with a wait over 30 minutes, and see if a FastPass+ reservation is available for that attraction around that time. If I find one, I enter in the FastPass+ time that’s available, and re-optimize the plan.
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  7. I repeat Step 3 for the two FastPass+ eligible attractions with the highest wait times throughout the day. I re-optimize the plan after each attraction, because saving a bunch of time on one attraction may allow the Optimizer to uncover other ways to save you time throughout the day.
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\r\nAnother great resource for optimizing touring plans is our Lines Chat forum, where lots of folks are happy to offer suggestions.\r\n

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Disney's Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Kiosks

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\r\nSpecific notes about touring FastPass+ attractions in Hollywood Studios follow:\r\n

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At 500 acres, Disney's Animal Kingdom is five times the size of the Magic Kingdom and more than twice the size of Epcot. But like Disney's Hollywood Studios, most of the Animal Kingdom's vast geography is only accessible on guided tours or as part of attractions. Animal Kingdom consists of six sections, or \"lands:\" The Oasis, Discovery Island, DinoLand U.S.A., Africa, Asia, and Pandora - the World of Avatar. (An additional section, Rafiki's Planet Watch, is touted as a land by Disney but doesn't really qualify as such in our eyes.

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Its size and expansion notwithstanding, Animal Kingdom features a limited number of attractions. To be exact, there are nine rides, several walk-through exhibits, an indoor theater, three amphitheaters, a conservation exhibit, and a children's playground.

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Tiffins, the Animal Kingdom's newest sit-down restaurant, is one of the highest-rated restaurants in Walt Disney World. The food, which includes Wagyu beef, lamb, and duck, is comparable to that found on the menus at Disney's best resort restaurants. Service is excellent.

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That said, food at the Animal Kingdom isn't particularly exotic. You'll find a lot of counter service fast food, along with Tusker House, a buffet-style restaurant,\r\nand Yak and Yeti, a table-service restaurant, in Asia. You’ll also find plenty of traditional theme park food—hot dogs, burgers—but even the fast food is superior to typical Disney fare. Our two counter-service favorites: Flame Tree Barbecue in Discovery Island, with its waterfront dining pavilions, and Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes (just outside\r\nthe full-service Yak and Yeti) for casual Asian dishes, from egg rolls to crispy honey chicken.\r\n

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The Harambe Market, to the right as you approach Kilimanjaro Safaris, has four windows, each serving a different specialty, such as spice-rubbed ribs, batter-fried sausages, and chicken or beef kebabs. Beer and South African wines are also available.

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Another full-service restaurant in Animal Kingdom, Rainforest Cafe, has entrances both inside and outside the park, meaning you don’t have to buy park admission to eat there. Both Rainforest Cafes (the other is at Disney Springs) accept Advance Reservations.

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Tipping at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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A frequent area of confusion for Disney guests is the topic of tipping at Walt Disney World. International guests may be unfamiliar with American tipping in general. Gratuities are a part of life when you travel in the United States. We have a page dedicated to everything you need to know about tipping at Walt Disney World.

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Many guests who arrive at opening will leave\r\nafter having completed their tour of the park by\r\nlate afternoon. Wait times at the headliners historically\r\ndip as the afternoon wears on, usually\r\nbottoming out between 3 and 6 p.m. If evening\r\nhours return to the Animal Kingdom, crowds\r\nwill pick back up after sunset for the nighttime Kilimanjaro Safaris\r\nand for Pandora’s attractions as guests stay to see the land’s “bioluminescent”\r\nlandscaping.\r\n

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Disney's Animal Kingdom FastPass+ (FP+) FAQ

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FastPass+ Tiers at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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The opening of Pandora - The World of Avatar resulted in Animal Kingdom's attractions being grouped into tiers, like the FastPass+ attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Disney limits how many FP+ reservations you can make for each group. Here are the groups and their limits:

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Group A (Choose up to 1 attraction)

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Avatar - Flight of Passage
Na'Vi River Journey

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Group B

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DINOSAUR
Expedition Everest
Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo - The Musical (currently closed)
It's Tough to Be A Bug
Kali River Rapids
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
Primeval Whirl
Rivers of Light

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How to Use FastPass+ With a Touring Plan

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All of our Disney's Animal Kingdom touring plans  now use Disney's FastPass+ ride reservation system. Each plan lists the suggested FP+ start times for the attractions that will save you the most time in line, like this:

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Suggested start times for FP+ reservations:

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Avatar - Flight of Passage = 9 a.m. 
Expedition Everest = 10 a.m.
Kilimanjaro Safaris = 12:30 p.m.

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The updated plans are very efficient - the average wait in line should be under 11 minutes per step during summer for our standard 1-day Unofficial Guide Touring Plan - with more than an hour of free time available in the afternoon.

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Which FastPasses Should I Get for the Animal Kingdom?

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When we updated the plans, we kept track of how many times each attraction was identified as needing FastPass+. As we did for the Magic Kingdom's FastPass+ priorities, here's the Animal Kingdom's chart:\"Animal

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Reasons Why You Might Need an Animal Kingdom FastPass+

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FastPass+ is offered at a dozen Animal Kingdom attractions, only 8 of them ever require FP+ in our touring plans. Here's why:

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Kilimanjaro Safaris is the attraction that most frequently uses FP+ in our Animal Kingdom touring plans. Why? It's not a thrill ride, so it appeals to everyone in the park, from small children, to adults, to seniors.  It's also very popular, so it appears in all of our touring plans. Another advantage of using FastPass+ for Kilimanjaro Sarafis is that you can choose whether to experience the standard daytime safari, or try the nighttime version.

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We recommend FastPass+ for the new Pandora attractions -Avatar Flight of Passage and Na'Vi River Journey - more than any Animal Kingdom attractions except Kilimanjaro Safaris. Both rides are in the same FastPass+ tier, so you have to choose which one you'll use your advance FastPass+ for. If you plan to ride Flight of Passage, we think that choice will save you the most time in line. If you're not riding Flight of Passage, get a FastPass+ for the Na'vi River Journey.

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Expedition Everest is the attraction that appears next in our list of best FastPass+ attractions at the Animal Kingdom. Because it's a popular thrill ride, it appears in all of our 'tween, adult, and \"whole family\" touring plans. 

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Beyond those attractions, your choices for a best FastPass+ attraction depends on the ages of your family. Meet Disney Pals at the Adventurer's Outpost (currently closed) character meet and greet shows up on our Animal Kingdom touring plans for parents with small children. It’s probably not going to be the first stop of your day, and using FastPass+ at the Outpost will generally save more time in line than using FastPass+ at any other child-friendly attraction in our plans.

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Similarly, Rivers of Light, Kali River Rapids, and Dinosaur are reasonable FastPass+ recommendations in some scenarios, such as days with late arrivals.  

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Attractions That Never Need FastPass+ In Our Animal Kingdom Touring Plans

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These Animal Kingdom attractions never require FastPass+ in our touring plans:

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Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo - The Musical (currently closed)
Primeval Whirl
It's Tough to Be a Bug!

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Why? Most of them are shows, and our touring plan software does a good job of getting you to the show at least 15 minutes in advance. When your touring plan gets you to a show 15 minutes in advance, you'll almost always be able to get in to see that performance. And the worst case in most scenarios is that you'll only have to wait until the next show.  Finally, it's rare for the wait time at It's Tough to Be a Bug to be more than 15 minutes, so there's not a lot of time to be saved there using FastPass+.

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What To Do If You Have Other FastPass+ Attractions or Times

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If you can get a FP+ reservation for the attractions shown, anywhere near the times listed in the plans, the touring plans will work exactly as shown, and your waits in line will be minimized. If you need to choose other FastPass+ attractions or times, our free computer-optimized touring plan software will incorporated those.

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Here's the process I usually follow to create an optimal Animal Kingdom touring plan with low waits in line:

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  1. Select all of the attractions I want to visit during the day, and enter in all of the meals and breaks I want to take. I don’t enter any FastPass+ times at this step, because I first want to see what the Optimizer identifies as the attractions with potentially long waits.
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  3. Click the “Optimize” button and wait for the touring plan to be optimized.
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  5. Find the first attraction with a wait over 30 minutes, and see if a FastPass+ reservation is available for that attraction around that time. If I find one, I enter in the FastPass+ time that’s available, and re-optimize the plan.
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  7. I repeat Step 3 for the two FP+ eligible attractions with the highest wait times throughout the day. I re-optimize the plan after each attraction, because saving a bunch of time on one attraction may allow the Optimizer to uncover other ways to save you time throughout the day.
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Another great resource for optimizing touring plans is our Lines Chat forum, where lots of folks are happy to offer suggestions.

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Specific notes about touring FastPass+ attractions in Animal Kingdom follow:

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Where Are the Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Kiosks?

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You can make additional FastPass+ reservations using the My Disney Experience mobile app, or with the FastPass+ kiosks located throughout the park:

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General FastPass+ Information

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What Does FastPass+ Cost?

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There is no fee to use FP+ — it’s available to everyone and free with park admission.

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When Can I Book FastPasses?

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Guests staying at a Disney resort hotel may make FP+ reservations for the entire length of their trip, up to 60 days in advance of their trip. Everyone else with park tickets may book FP+ reservations up to 30 days in advance, one day at a time.

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How Many FP+ Reservations May I Make?

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In advance of your trip, you can make up to three FP+ ride reservations for each day of your vacation. Once you use these three pre-selected FastPasses, you can then make additional FastPass+ reservations, one at a time, while you are at WDW.

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How Does a FP+ Work When I'm in the Theme Parks?

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Most FP+ ride reservations specify a one-hour window during which you may enter the attraction. For example, with a reservation to ride Expedition Everest at 11:00 AM, you may arrive any time between 11:00 AM and noon. Your reservation will be canceled if you don't show up on time.

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When you arrive at an attraction with your FP+, you’ll be directed to a separate, shorter \"FastPass+ Return\" line. To enter the line, you must validate your reservation by touching your MagicBand or RFID ticket to a reader at the FP+ Return entrance.

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Overview

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Among the best themed hotels anywhere, Disney's Deluxe Animal Kingdom Lodge allows you to stay in a room with views of real African animals such as zebras and giraffes. Adjacent to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, Animal Kingdom Lodge opened in 2001. Designed by Peter Dominick of Wilderness Lodge fame, the resort fuses African tribal architecture with the rugged style of grand East African national-park lodges. Five-story, thatched-roof guest-room wings fan out from a vast central rotunda housing the lobby. Public areas, and about half the hotel rooms, offer panoramic views of a private 43-acre wildlife preserve populated with some 200 free-roaming animals and 130 birds.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge is divided into two primary areas, the main Jambo House, which is comprised of standard hotel rooms, club level concierge rooms, and a small percentage of \"villa\" style rooms, and the adjacent Kidani Village, which is comprised entirely of studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom villas which function as small apartments with in-room kitchen facilities.

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Most of the 972 Jambo House guest rooms measure 344 square feet and boast hand-carved furnishings. Standard amenities include a flat-panel TV, desk with two chairs, minifridge, and coffeemaker. Behind each headboard sits faux mosquito netting. Bathrooms have animal-themed wallpaper, two sinks, and a large mirror. Most rooms have full balconies.

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How Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe Resorts

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The unique feature that separates Animal Kingdom Lodge from not only all the other Walt Disney World resorts, but almost any hotel in the world, is the animals. Many rooms have a view of the hotel's savanna with various wild animals roaming around. You may wake up one morning and have a giraffe looking in your window. The nightly price for rooms at Animal Kingdom Lodge fall in to the middle of the other WDW deluxe resorts. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is located near the Animal Kingdom theme park. It is however, somewhat removed from the other Disney theme parks. If you have small children and aren't drawn to the animal views, a better choice at a similar price point might be the Wilderness Lodge, which also has an outdoorsy theme but much easier access to the Magic Kingdom.

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Get to Know Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Real African animals graze outside your bedroom window.

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Rooms, Jambo House

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Most Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo rooms are 344 square feet and have two queen-size beds, a daybed, and a table and two chairs. Both Jambo House and Kidani Village have studios and one, two, and three-bedroom villas. Most rooms at Kidani Village are larger, however, and the difference is anywhere from 50 square feet for a studio to more than 200 square feet for a two-bedroom unit. (The three-bedroom Grand Villas at Jambo House, 148 square feet larger than those in Kidani Village, are the exception.) Because of the difference in area, one-bedroom units in Kidani Village can accommodate up to five people and two-bedroom units, which include a sleeper chair in the living room, can hold up to nine guests. At Jambo House, the one-bedroom \"value\" rooms sleep four, while the standard, savannah and club-level rooms sleep five.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Room Classifications

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Concierge Level Rooms

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The deluxe Disney hotels all include a subset rooms offered with addition amenities and more personalized serivce. These \"concierge level\" or \"club level\" rooms have a different name at each hotel. At the Animal Kingdom Lodge they are known as the Kilimanjaro Club. The Kilimanjaro Club is comprised of about 70 rooms. Though most of the Kilimanjaro rooms are physically similar to the standard Animal Kingdom Jambo hotel rooms, there are also a handful of suites with additional bedrooms, significantly larger square footage, or features such as in-room kitchen facilities.

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Concierge Level guests receive additional amenities and personalized service beyond that available to regular guests. These include:

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort have around 50 handicap-accessible rooms in a variety of configurations to accommodate guests with hearing or mobility issues. Mobility access rooms comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.

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Some accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed and 1 double bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which feature

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Dining Options at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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The Animal Kingdom Lodge has table service, buffet, fine dining, lounge, and quick service dining options on site. Depending on whether you're staying in Jambo House or Kidani Village, some dining venues will be slightly more convenient than others. However, with the two sections of the resort just a 5-10 minute walk, or 2 minute shuttle ride, away all are easily accessible wherever your room is.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Pools, Recreation, and Amenities

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Animal Kingdom Lodge's playground.

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Transportation to and from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort

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Driving to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 3 - W Osceola Pkwy. Follow Osceola Pkwy for about 5.5 miles and Animal Kingdom Lodge will be on your right.\r\n

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A security gate guards the entrance to Animal Kingdom Lodge's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.

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Guests keeping a car at the Animal Kingdom Lodge overnight will be charged $25 per day for standard self-parking or $33 per day for valet parking.

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From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home. For more information see our Disney's Magical Express Frequently Asked Questions page.

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort. You may also want to consult ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft for their pricing options.

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs

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Disney provides free bus service from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort to Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere alongthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service.

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Ask a Disney Cast Member about Animal Kingdom Lodge's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Animal Kingdom Lodge's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed.

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For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 11 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 15-20 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Disney Springs are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 12 to 37 minutes for a ride.

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If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Disney Springs. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.

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Getting to another hotel from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort

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The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi or ride sharing service such as Uber or Lyft. Rates are generally in the $15-25 range, depending on your destination, and Uber and Lyft are usually much cheaper than a taxi. A taxi can typically get you to most points in Disney World within 20 minutes (often much less), versus the one to two hours it might take using Disney's free transportation system. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.

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If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for about $20 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.

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Reader Review Comments

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A family of four from Lincoln, England, gives Animal Kingdom Lodge a mixed, though mostly positive, review:

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We had a fab holiday, but we wouldn't recommend people paying the extra money to have a savanna room. The animals are scarce, and you don't really spend much time in your room. The pool was fantastic and the hotel stunning. We visited Boma: Flavors of Africa, but my children found the food very different and spicy. The food court was fine, although we wished they'd change the menu as after two weeks you're fed up of the same choices.
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A Portage, Indiana, family begs to differ with us:

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We disagree with your assessment that the Giraffe Trail is the least desirable wing of Animal Kingdom Lodge. We stayed in a pool-view room and loved it. The view was beautiful, even without the animals (which you can view elsewhere). The proximity to the pool, lobby, and restaurants was great, and a bonus was the direct exits from the hallway to the outside, which were very close to where Disney transportation picks up. And we saved about $500 over what we would've spent on a savanna view.
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A British mum had safety concerns:

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The room was very small and not very child-safe (REALLY high beds), but the hotel itself was fantastic in all other aspects.
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Finally, from a Chandler, Arizona, couple:

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Specifically wanted to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. We weren't disappointed! Fantastic resort. We loved sitting on our balcony in the afternoon and watching the animals. Found the transportation to be easy and convenient from this location as well.
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TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney Resort room on property. Click here for the Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort map and to choose a room to see the view.

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The Beach Club Resort shares restaurants, pools, and other amenities with \r\n\r\nthe Yacht Club Resort and Beach Club Villas. A small business center serves \r\n\r\nguests' work needs for both the Yacht and Beach Clubs and Beach Club \r\n\r\nVillas.

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As a Disney Deluxe resort, the Beach Club provides excellent service. \r\n\r\nWithin the Yacht and Beach Club are nine restaurants and lounges and are \r\n\r\nwithin walking distance of Epcot and the BoardWalk. Transportation to other \r\n\r\ndestinations is by bus or boat. Walking time to the transportation loading \r\n\r\nareas from the most remote rooms is 7 minutes.

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How Disney's Beach Club Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe \r\n\r\nResorts

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The Beach Club (and its neighbor Yacht Club) have two major advantageous \r\n\r\nover other hotels. One, you can walk to the International Gateway entrance of \r\n\r\nEpcot in less than 10 minutes. And Two, it has the best pool of all the Walt \r\n\r\nDisney World resorts. The nightly price for rooms at Yacht & Beach Club fall \r\n\r\nin to the middle of all the other WDW resorts. Yacht Club does offer a fitness \r\n\r\ncenter, salon, barber shop, and a spa.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Beach Club's grounds. If you arrive \r\n\r\nby car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to \r\n\r\nprovide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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\r\nCheck-in time at Beach Club is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Beach \r\n\r\nClub participates in Disney's \r\nOnline Check-In program, which allows \r\n\r\nyou to you provide name, address, and credit card information\r\nup to 60 days before your arrival. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.\r\n\r\nBeach Club's gift shop sells MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. \r\n

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\r\nGet theme park tickets and dining \r\n\r\nreservations at the Concierge Desk, to the \r\nright of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain \r\n\r\ntheme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line \r\n\r\nfor tickets just after\r\nanother adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also \r\n\r\nmake Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them \r\n\r\nonline prior to arrival.\r\n

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Disney's Beach Club Resort's Rooms

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Most of the Beach Club rooms are 381 square feet and have two queen-size \r\n\r\nbeds, a daybed, and a desk and three chairs.

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Each Disney's Beach Club Resort room is furnished with the following:\r\n

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Disney's Beach Club Resort Room Layout\r\n

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A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks, and \r\n\r\nenough counter space to fit most of the toiletries you would need. There are \r\n\r\nalso two shelves under the sink that provide a small amount of storage. A \r\n\r\n1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; \r\n\r\nbring your own if you've got lots of hair.

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Yacht & Beach Club Concierge Level Rooms

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The concierge level of a deluxe resort can also be referred to as club \r\n\r\nlevel. Each one throughout the property has a name for their concierge level. \r\n\r\nAt the Beach Club it is called the Stone Harbor and it’s located on the fifth \r\n\r\nfloor. Here guests willing to pay a premium are treated to special services \r\n\r\nincluding a lounge, complimentary food and drink, and personalized service. \r\n\r\nThere are about 70 Stone Harbor rooms most of which are similar to regular \r\n\r\nrooms throughout the resort, but there are also suites available. Club level \r\n\r\nprices can be up to $100 more than standard rooms at the Yacht & Beach \r\n\r\nClub

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Upon arriving to Yacht & Beach Club, concierge guests are taken to an \r\n\r\nexclusive area to be checked in and taken care of. Once guests are brought to \r\n\r\nthe club level they will be introduced to the cast members on hand at two \r\n\r\ndesks set up to be the resource for any special services they may need. These \r\n\r\nCMs are there to help folks with whatever they might need including ADRs, park \r\n\r\ntickets, and transportation options.

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Another special service provided to concierge level guests is a nightly \r\n\r\nturn down. Housekeeping cast members come to your room in the evening to \r\n\r\nprepare your bed for you to fall into it after a long day in the parks and \r\n\r\nleave chocolates.

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A more exciting benefit to staying in the Stone Harbor Club is access to \r\n\r\nfree food for most of the day. The breakfast offerings are relatively light so \r\n\r\ndon’t expect to fuel up for a full day here. Later in the day snacks are \r\n\r\navailable along with an assortment of drinks including soda, hot drinks like \r\n\r\ncoffee, and beer (much to my enjoyment). In the late afternoon/early evening \r\n\r\nthe menu changes but appetizers are put out for guests to enjoy before they \r\n\r\nbegin their evening. Wine and liqueurs along with desserts area served \r\n\r\nthroughout the evening as well.

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The selection of food and drink is laid out in the lounge only accessible \r\n\r\nto club level guests. There are several tables and chairs set up for folks to \r\n\r\nyou use throughout the day. The area is busy a breakfast time, but can be a \r\n\r\nquiet place to relax and maybe even get some work done if guests happen to be \r\n\r\nbusiness travelers. There are also a few couches in the mix where friends can \r\n\r\ngather to chat. Kids have their own area here with child sized table and \r\n\r\nchairs and a TV running cartoons and other Disney favorites.

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Handicap-Accessible Room Options

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\r\nDisney's Beach Club Resort have around 22 handicap-accessible rooms. Some \r\n\r\nfeature roll-in showers, while others include assistive hearing devices. A \r\n\r\nsubset of these rooms have been converted to comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from \r\n\r\nbed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, \r\n\r\nand more.

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Some accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms \r\n\r\nwith roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower \r\n\r\nrooms have both 1 king bed and 1 double bed. Use our hotel room \r\n\r\nfinder to see which rooms have which feature

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Standard Rooms and Preferred Rooms, Standard Views and Pool Views

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Beach Club Pools

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Note: Guests are not required to wear a mask in their resort pool since that would be counterintuitive in\r\n ensuring safety. But keep in mind that guests are required to wear a mask when walking to and from the pool\r\n area or pool bar.

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Beach Club has two pools. The largest, Stormalong Bay, sits along Crescent \r\n\r\nLake and is the best pool in all of Walt Disney World. The main \r\n\r\nfeature of the pool is the large shipwreck along the outside the houses a \r\n\r\nwaterslide. A must-experience feature of this pool is the sand that covers the \r\n\r\nbottom of much of the pool. There is also a hot tub, kiddie pool and water \r\n\r\nplayer area.\r\n

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Restaurants and Dining

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Cape May has been a favorite for years because of its consistently good \r\n\r\nfood and efficient service. While the restaurant is large and tables turn over \r\n\r\nrapidly, Advance Reservations are recommended. Because Cape May is within easy \r\n\r\nwalking distance of the World Showcase entrance to Epcot, it's a convenient \r\n\r\nand affordable place to dine before IllumiNations. The natural-finish wood \r\n\r\nfurniture and padded booths are in a clean, nautical New England style.

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The buffet features peel-and-eat shrimp, tasty (albeit chewy) clams, \r\n\r\nmussels, snow-crab legs, fish of the day, hand-carved flank steak, barbecued \r\n\r\nribs, chicken, corn on the cob, Caesar salad, and a good dessert bar. The \r\n\r\nkids' bar includes chicken nuggets and mac-and-cheese.

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Beach Club Marketplace

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Transportation to and from Disney's Beach Club Resort

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\r\nDriving Your Own Car Disney's Beach Club Resort is just off \r\n\r\nof I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 - Epcot Center \r\n\r\nDr. and you'll end up on Osceola Parkway. Turn right onto World Drive \r\n\r\nand then left on Epcot Resorts Blvd. Follow Epcot Resorts Blvd and Beach Club \r\n\r\nwill be on your right.\r\n

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From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free \r\nMagical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.\r\n

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's Beach Club Resort. If you're not renting a car, \r\n\r\nbe aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's Beach Club Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on \r\n\r\ntraffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Yacht Club \r\n\r\nResort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-\r\n\r\npassenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Beach Club Resort. At those \r\n\r\nprices, it may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Disney's Yacht Club Resort to Magic \r\n\r\nKingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, \r\n\r\nTyphoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. No bus transportation is \r\n\r\nprovided to EPCOT's main entrance. \r\nDisney's Beach Club Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, \r\n\r\nbetween the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus \r\n\r\nstop somewhere along\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while \r\n\r\nDisney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and \r\n\r\nservice. Disney's Beach Club Resort shares bus service with Yacht Club.\r\n

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Disney's Beach Club Resort's Bus Schedule

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The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Beach Club to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Beach Club, and often less. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.\r\n

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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Disney's Beach Club Resort Child Care

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The Beach Club's better\r\nviews are from rooms that have full balconies, and from those that\r\noverlook the lake. Other good rooms include those facing woods, with\r\nEpcot in the background. The woods-facing rooms are the resort’s quietest,\r\nmost peaceful accommodations, in terms of both lack of noise and\r\nattractive scenery. These rooms are also nearest to Epcot’s International\r\nGateway entrance if you’re walking, but farthest from the resort’s main\r\npool area, lobby, and restaurants.

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Water-view rooms with full balconies facing the lake Odd numbered\r\nrooms 2641–2645; Suite 2647; 3501–3507; 3699–3725; Club-level rooms\r\n5699–5725

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Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort Overview

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The BoardWalk Inn is a deluxe Walt Disney World resort located on Crescent Lake. Along with its Disney Vacation Club sister, Boardwalk Villas, the property is within walking distance to Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, making this one of the best Disney World hotels for proximity to dining, shopping, and entertainment. Other resorts in this area include the Yacht & Beach Clubs and the Swan & Dolphin hotels.

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The Boardwalk Inn and Villas are well staffed and offer excellent service. The BoardWalk complex is a detailed replica of an early 20th-century Atlantic coast seaside boardwalk. Restaurants and shops occupy the street-level boardwalk. Painted bright red and yellow, alternating with paler blue and green, the BoardWalk resort is the only Disney hotel that uses neon signage as an architectural detail.

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Disney's BoardWalk Inn Rooms

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The majority of BoardWalk Inn’s 378 rooms measure 371 square feet. Most contain two queen-size beds with hardwood headboards, an upholstered sleeper sofa, a cherry desk and chair, a mini-fridge, a coffee maker, and a ceiling fan. Decor includes yellow-and-white-striped wallpaper and striped green curtains. Closet space exceeds that of other Disney deluxe-level rooms. Most rooms have balconies.

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BoardWalk Inn's bathrooms are modestly-sized for a Disney deluxe resort. Water pressure in the shower is adequate, but probably less than what you're used to at home. A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks and ample counter space. Combined with the shower/toilet rooms, this means that three people can have private dressing space at the same time.

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BoardWalk Inn Concierge Level Rooms

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The deluxe Disney hotels all include a subset rooms offered with addition amenities and more personalized serivce. These \"concierge level\" or \"club level\" rooms have a different name at each hotel; at the BoardWalk they are known as the Innkeepers Club. The Innskeeper Club is comprised of about 60 rooms, located on two floors. Though most of the Innskeeper rooms are physically similar to the standard BoardWalk hotel rooms, there are also a handful of suites with additional bedrooms, significantly larger square footage, or features such as in-room kitchen facilities.

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Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort has approximately 20 handicap-accessible rooms in a variety of configurations to accommodate guests with hearing or mobility issues. Mobility access rooms comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, countertop, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.

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Some accessible rooms have the standard two queen-sized beds; however, all rooms with roll-in showers have one king-sized bed. A small number of roll-in shower rooms have both one king bed and one double bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which feature

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Dining Options at Disney's BoardWalk Inn

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A key benefit of staying at the BoardWalk Inn is the close proximity to the dining opportunities at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (with park admission). Additionally, the many restaurants at the Swan & Dolphin and Yacht & Beach Club resorts are easily accessible on foot. Guests staying at the BoardWalk can be at more than 100 dining venues within 15 minutes. If you're staying at a Disney value resort, you might only have two or three options within that time frame.

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If you arrive at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home. For more information see our Disney's Magical Express Frequently Asked Questions page.\r\n

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Sanford International Airport is about a 40-minute drive to Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive.

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs

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Disney provides free bus service from Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort to Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot.

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Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios can also be accessed on foot or by boat from the dock near on the BoardWalk. Boat service may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it's raining or looks like it's about to, Disney will provide buses.

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Ask a Disney cast member about bus schedules, and they will tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, BoardWalk Inn's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're going. For example, if you're headed to a theme park between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait approximately 12 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. Bus schedules to the water parks and Disney Springs are less frequent. Buses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people are already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme parks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back to their hotel. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should average out to around 30 minutes under most circumstances.\r\n

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Getting to another hotel from Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort If you have dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort to Disney Springs or an open theme park, and then transfer to another bus heading to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.

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The fastest option to get from the BoardWalk Inn to another hotel is almost always to drive, or use a taxi or ride sharing service such as Uber or Lyft. Rates are generally in the $15-25 range depending on your destination. A taxi can typically get to most points in Disney World within 20 minutes (often much less), versus the one to two hours it might take using Disney's free transportation system. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.\r\n

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Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort

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The complex is comprised of several wings radiating from the lobby, in a rough H-shape. Crescent Lake and the promenade (pedestrian boardwalk) are to the north, the entrance is to the south, and the canal that runs to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is to the west.

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Most rooms at the Inn & Villas have a balcony or patio, though balconies on the standard upper-floor rooms alternate between large and medium. The BoardWalk Inn & Villas each share about half the frontage on the promenade, overlooking the lake. The promenade’s restaurants, shops, and attractions are spread equally between the two sections, leading to similar levels of noise and commotion. However, the Inn side is closer to Epcot and the nearby access road; this provides better views of Epcot fireworks and easier access to that\r\npark, but it also means more road noise.

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This 655-room Deluxe Resort on Bay Lake is unique in that its A-frame design permits the Magic Kingdom monorail to pass through the structure’s cavernous atrium. The only real source of color in the atrium is a 90-foot mosaic depicting American Indian children and nature. The off-white central tower is augmented by a three-story Garden Building fronting Bay Lake to the south and by Bay Lake Tower, a 295-room, 15-story Disney Deluxe Villa development, to the north.

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A security gate guards the entrance to Contemporary's grounds. If you \r\n\r\narrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary \r\n\r\nto provide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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The famous Mary Blair mural in The Grand Canyon Concourse.

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Disney's Contemporary Resort's Rooms

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The Contemporary’s rooms are, in our opinion, among the nicest of any Disney resort. Rooms were refurbished in 2013, and the decor still lives up to the resort’s name. Amenities include flat-panel LCD TVs, built-in closets, stylish soft goods, and comfortable beds. Wood accents in warm tones are a welcome relief from the bland beige that dominates so many hotel palettes. The flat-panel TV is surrounded by a modern interpretation of the traditional family hearth: Two expansive curved shelves (perfect for storing small items) serve as the hearth’s mantel, while a colorful tiled display underneath simulates the fireplace. Functional, attractive, and clever, it’s the furniture equivalent of George Clooney.

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The work area has ample surface space provided by an L-shaped, glass-topped desk; it looks high-tech, but rounded corners perfectly soften the piece. Lighting is superb, with top scores in the bathroom grooming, reading, and work areas. Small, stylish overhead lights are more than ample for reading in bed.

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The Contemporary’s beds are topped with 250-thread-count sheets and down-filled pillows. The air-conditioning system is a little louder than most. If you like to sleep with a bit of white noise in the background, however, you’ll be in heaven.

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Each Disney's Contemporary Resort room is furnished with the following:\r\n

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Disney's Contemporary Resort Room Layout\r\n

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A lot of thought went into the bathroom design, too. You enter the bath through a sliding pocket door instead of a traditional hinged model. The pocket door provides plenty of room and makes it easy to move around inside. (It’s such a great idea that Len has adopted it in his own home.) A curved shower-curtain rod provides extra room. Combined with the pocket door, the curtain rod makes the bathroom feel much bigger than it is. Another thoughtful touch: A small motion sensor detects when you’re up and moving at night, and it triggers a dimmed bathroom light to help you find your way.

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Bathroom sinks have an avant-garde flat-bottom design. If you can name a single Belgian architect or you own shoes made in Scandinavia, you’ll probably love them; other folks think they look like lab equipment. When brushing your teeth, spit directly over the drain; otherwise, the toothpaste glob doesn’t move. One minor gripe: You have to scoot around one of the sinks to get in the shower. (We’re sure George Clooney has his quirks, too.)

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A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks, and \r\n\r\nenough counter space to fit most of the toiletries you would need. There are \r\n\r\nalso two shelves under the sink that provide a small amount of storage. A \r\n\r\n1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; \r\n\r\nbring your own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a \r\n\r\nsliding door that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the \r\n\r\nbathroom, this means that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.

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Contemporary Concierge Level Rooms

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The concierge level of a deluxe resort can also be referred to as club \r\n\r\nlevel. Each one throughout the property has a name for their concierge level. \r\n\r\nAt the Contemporary it is called the Atrium Club and it’s located on the \r\n\r\ntwelfth floor. Here guests willing to pay a premium are treated to special \r\n\r\nservices including a lounge, complimentary food and drink, and personalized \r\n\r\nservice. There are about 60 Atrium Club rooms most of which are similar to \r\n\r\nregular rooms throughout the resort, but there are also suites available. Club \r\n\r\nlevel prices can be over $100 more than standard rooms at the \r\n\r\nContemporary

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Bay Lake Views and Theme Park Views

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Contemporary Pools

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Note: Guests are not required to wear a mask in their resort pool since that would be counterintuitive in\r\n ensuring safety. But keep in mind that guests are required to wear a mask when walking to and from the pool\r\n area or pool bar.

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The Contemporary has two pools. The largest, The Feature Pool, sits sits in the \r\n\r\nmiddle of the Contemporary tower and the Garden Wing. There is also a hot tub, \r\n\r\nkiddie pool and water player area.\r\n

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Restaurants and Dining

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Dining options abound. On the first floor is The Wave . . . of American Flavors, a 220-seat “health-conscious 21st-century” restaurant. What does health-conscious mean in Disney-speak? You can still get bacon for breakfast, but the coffee it comes with is certified organic and bird-friendly. The Contempo Cafe, a counter-service restaurant on the fourth floor’s Grand Canyon Concourse, serves upscale sandwiches, salads, and flatbread pizzas. Chef Mickey’s, also on the fourth floor, hosts a popular character buffet at breakfast, brunch, and dinner. On the 15th floor, the award-winning California Grill serves contemporary American cuisine.

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California Grill

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\r\nCalifornia Grill Dinner Menu - California Grill Kids Menu

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High atop the Contemporary Resort, the award-winning California Grill sets \r\n\r\nthe standard for Disney dining. But expect a boisterous crowd-the noise level \r\n\r\nmakes quiet conversation difficult. Still, the view from the 15th floor is \r\n\r\nstellar, one of the best spots for watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks. It's \r\n\r\nso popular that the Grill no longer allows just anyone on the elevator for a \r\n\r\nride to the top - you must have a dinner reservation. A show kitchen is the \r\n\r\ncenterpiece of the airy dining room.

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Chef Mickey's is a all-you-can-eat restaurant with that features a colorful, \r\n\r\nopen dining room with the monorail running overhead, this is one of the most \r\n\r\npopular Disney-character restaurants-mostly because you're guaranteed an \r\n\r\naudience with Mickey Mouse, who dons a chef's toque and poses for socially-distant photos. (Goofy, Minnie, Donald, and Pluto are on hand, too.) It's loud, crowded, busy, and fun for \r\n\r\nfamilies. We rarely see anyone here without kids in tow.

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The Wave...of American Flavors

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Contempo Cafe is the resort's counter service restaurant. It has faster \r\n\r\nservice and is less expensive than The Wave, but still has its quirks. For \r\n\r\none, you place your order on an ATM-like touch-screen kiosk, leaving one to \r\n\r\nwonder whether dining at a $300 per night resort is supposed to feel like the \r\n\r\nself-checkout aisle at the grocery store. If you want to modify your order in \r\n\r\nany way - say, hold the onions on the flatbread - you have to walk to the \r\n\r\npick-up window and instruct the staff. The food is fresh and tasty, but the \r\n\r\nordering process is a bit convoluted. Noise from the nearby Chef Mickeys can \r\n\r\ndrown out all but the most enthusiastic conversationalist.

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Transportation to and from Disney's Contemporary Resort

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's Contemporary Resort. If you're not renting a \r\n\r\ncar, be aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's Contemporary Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on \r\n\r\ntraffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's \r\n\r\nContemporary Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV \r\n\r\nservice or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Contemporary Resort. At those \r\n\r\nprices, it may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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The fastest option, however, is almost always an Uber, Lyft, or taxi from Contemporary to \r\n\r\nwherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride \r\n\r\nto get to most Disney hotels from Contemporary, and Uber and Lyft are often less.\r\nTaxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out \r\n\r\nfront, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call \r\n\r\none for you.\r\n

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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Olympiad Health Club is Contemporary's fitness center and \r\n\r\nspa. It is open 24 hours a day but attendants are only available from 8:00 AM \r\n\r\nto 7:00 PM. Swedish, Aromatherapy, and Firm Pressure massage treatment \r\n\r\nservices are available.

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Watercraft Rentals are available for use in Bay Lake 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. \r\n\r\nKayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, and Sea Raycers can be rented. Prices vary. \r\n\r\nAll rentals can be purchased in a booth near the Feature Pool.

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Also located near Fantasia Market is the The Game Station \r\n\r\nArcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and \r\n\r\narcade games. Most games\r\ncost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, which can add up quickly. It's helpful to set a \r\n\r\nbudget with your kids before they go in.\r\n

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Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail. The \r\n\r\ntrail is a 0.89-mile jogging trail. The trail is located on the northern end \r\n\r\nof the resort between Bay Lake Tower and the Garden Wing.\r\n

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Miscellaneous Contemporary

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there are two guest-room\r\nbuildings at the contemporary: the a-frame tower and the garden building.\r\nrooms in the a-frame overlook either bay lake and the marina and\r\nswimming complex on one side, or the parking lot with seven seas\r\nlagoon and the magic kingdom in the background on the other. except\r\nfor most second- and third-floor rooms in the garden wing, each guest\r\nroom has a balcony with two chairs and a table. if you stay on the magic\r\nkingdom side of the a-frame, ask for a room on the ninth floor or higher.\r\nthe parking lot and connecting roads are less distracting there. on the bay lake side, the view is fine from all floors, though higher floors are preferable.

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on a recent visit, swarms of florida love bugs circled the garden\r\nbuilding’s entrances at night, apparently attracted to the yellow lighting\r\ninside—you’ll need to step over thousands of bug bodies if you leave\r\nthrough those doors in the morning. if you’re grossed out at the prospect,\r\ntry the westernmost entrance nearest the main building, and avoid\r\nthe north-facing doors nearest the marina. insects aside, the garden\r\nrooms’ isolation is a plus when it comes to scenery and tranquility.

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there’s a lot of boat traffic in the lake and canal alongside the garden\r\nbuilding. nearest the lake and quietest are rooms 6116–6123,\r\n6216–6223, and 6316–6323. at the water’s edge but noisier are rooms\r\n6107–6115, 6207–6215, and 6307–6315. flanking the canal connecting\r\nbay lake and seven seas lagoon are rooms 5128–5151, 5228–\r\n5251, and 5328–5351. all these have nice canal and lake views, but\r\nthey’re subjected to a lot of noise from passing watercraft.

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the garden building also has rooms facing the marina, pool, and\r\nplayground; these work well for families with young children. the view\r\nisn’t comparable to views from the rooms previously listed, but groundfloor\r\nrooms 5105–5125 provide easy access to the pool.

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room 6121: some garden wing rooms look out on to bay lake.
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in addition to offering some of the most scenic and tranquil guest\r\nrooms in Disney World, the garden building likewise contains some\r\nof the most undesirable ones. avoid rooms ending with numbers 52\r\nthrough 70—almost all of these look directly onto a parking lot.

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room 5164: a garden wing room with a view of a parking lot.
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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Overview

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Walt Disney World's flagship hotel is inspired by Florida’s grand Victorian seaside resorts. A complex of four-and five-story white frame buildings, the Grand Floridian integrates verandas, intricate latticework, dormers, and turrets beneath a red-shingle roof to capture the most memorable elements of 19th-century ocean-resort architecture. Covering 40 acres along Seven Seas Lagoon, the Grand Floridian offers lovely pools, white-sand beaches, and a multifaceted marina.

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The 867 guest rooms, with wood trim and soft goods (curtains, linens, towels, and the like) in tones of gold and tan, are luxurious, though we think the color scheme is a little bland. The woodwork, marble-topped sinks, and ceiling fans amplify the Victorian theme. Large compared to most Disney hotels, the typical room is 440 square feet (dormer rooms are smaller) and furnished with two queen beds, a daybed, and a small desk with chair. Many rooms have a balcony. All rooms have a coffeemaker and a dresser–TV stand with mini-fridge.

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With a high ratio of staff to guests, service is outstanding. The resort has several full-service restaurants, and others are a short monorail ride away. The hotel is connected directly to the Magic Kingdom by monorail and to other Disney World destinations by bus. Walking time to the monorail and bus-loading areas from the most remote guest rooms is about 7–10 minutes.

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The Grand Floridian’s Senses spa, modeled after Disney Cruise Line’s, is one of the best in the Orlando area. The resort’s pools are among the nicest on Disney property; the Courtyard Pool, large enough that local waterfowl mistake it for a lake, has a zero-entry ramp for small children to splash in. Cabanas are available to rent here, too. An Alice in Wonderland–themed splash area sits between the main building and the Villas. If your kids like water and their college fund is paid up, this is the place to be.

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The rest of the Grand Floridian’s grounds are maintained to a very high standard. It’s a lovely resort to walk around during the evening, with romantic light levels and charming background music. A stroll from the marina, past the resort’s main buildings, and over to the Polynesian for a nightcap is a nice way to end the evening.

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How Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe \r\n\r\nResorts

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The major advantage of Grand Floridian is that is a short boat, walk, or Monorail ride to Walt Disney World's flagship theme park, Magic Kingdom. The same Monorail can be also be used to ride to the Transportation And Ticket Center, here guests can transfer to another Monorail and ride to the front gate of Epcot. Unlike the Contemporary, however, there is no walking path to get to the Magic Kingdom by foot. At 440 square feet, Grand Floridian's rooms are some of the largest in all of WDW. These factors come at the cost of a high nightly price. Rooms at Grand Floridian fall in to the upper end of all the other WDW deluxe resorts.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Grand Floridian's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day.

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\r\nCheck-in time at Grand Floridian is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. \r\n\r\nGrand Floridian participates in Disney's \r\nOnline Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information\r\nup to 60 days before your arrival. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.\r\n

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Grand Floridian's gift shop sells MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them.

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\r\nGet theme park tickets and \r\n\r\ndining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the \r\nright of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain \r\n\r\ntheme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line \r\n\r\nfor tickets just after\r\nanother adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also \r\n\r\nmake Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them \r\n\r\nonline prior to arrival.\r\n

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Grand Floridian's front desk.

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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's Rooms

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Most of the Grand Floridian rooms are 440 square feet, which makes them \r\n\r\nsome of the largest standard rooms in Walt Disney World, and have two queen-\r\n\r\nsize beds, a daybed, and a desk with chair.

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The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sits under a counter or desk. \r\n\r\nIt's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep \r\n\r\ndrinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it. \r\n

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Bathrooms are large, with two sinks, plenty of counter space and fluffy towels. A 1,500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it’s not very powerful; bring your own if you have lots of hair. Water pressure in the shower is average—probably less than what you get at home but still enough to rinse out shampoo.

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A separate dressing area next to the bathroom is separate from the sleeping area but there is no door or curtain to block out light or noise. Combined with the bathroom, three people can get dressed at the same time.

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A typical Grand Floridian bathroom.\r\n\r\n

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Grand Floridian Concierge Level Rooms

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The concierge level of a deluxe resort can also be referred to as club level. Each one throughout the property has a name for its concierge club(s).\r\n

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\r\nAt the Grand Floridian there are two concierge lounges. The first is called the The Royal Palm Club, and it's located on the fourth floor of the Main Building. A second concierge lounge is located in the Sugar Loaf Key building of the resort. This lounge has amenities and services similar to Royal Palm Club in the Main Building.

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\r\nGuests willing to pay a premium for a concierge-level room are treated to special services including a lounge/club, complimentary food and drink, and personalized service. There are about 175 Royal Palm Club rooms and around 90 Sugar Loaf Key rooms, most of which are similar to regular rooms throughout the resort, but there are also suites available. Club level prices can be over $100 more than standard rooms at the Grand Floridian.

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Upon arriving to Grand Floridian, concierge guests are taken to an exclusive area to be checked in and taken care of. Once guests are brought to the club level, they will be introduced to the cast members on hand at two desks set up to be the resource for any special services they may need. These CMs are there to help folks with whatever they might need including ADRs, park tickets, and transportation options.

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Another special service provided to concierge level guests is a nightly turn down. Housekeeping cast members come to your room in the evening to prepare your bed for you to fall into it after a long day in the parks and leave chocolates.

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A more exciting benefit to staying club level is access to free food for most of the day. The breakfast offerings are relatively light, so don’t expect to fuel up for a full day here. Later in the day snacks are available along with an assortment of drinks including soda, hot drinks like coffee, and beer. In the late afternoon/early evening the menu changes, but appetizers are put out for guests to enjoy before they begin their evening. Wine and liqueurs along with desserts area served throughout the evening as \r\nwell.

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The selection of food and drink laid out in the lounges is only accessible to club level guests. There are several tables and chairs set up for folks to use throughout the day. The area is busy at breakfast time, but can be a quiet place to relax and maybe even get some work done if guests happen to be business travelers. There are also a few couches in the mix where friends can gather to chat. Kids have their own area here with child sized table and chairs and a TV running cartoons and other Disney favorites.

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Handicap-Accessible Room Options

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Some accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms \r\n\r\nwith roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower \r\n\r\nrooms have both 1 king bed. Use our hotel \r\n\r\nroom finder to see which rooms have which feature

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Theme Park Views, Lagoon Views and Garden Views

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Grand Floridian Pools

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Note: Guests are not required to wear a mask in their resort pool since that would be counterintuitive in\r\n ensuring safety. But keep in mind that guests are required to wear a mask when walking to and from the pool\r\n area or pool bar.

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Grand Floridian has two pools. The Courtyard Pool, sits east of Grand \r\n\r\nFloridian's Main Building. There is also a hot tub, kiddie pool and water \r\n\r\nplay area.\r\n

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Grand Floridian's Courtyard Pool and hot tub.\r\n

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The other pool, the Beach Pool is located between the Main Building and the \r\n\r\nVillas. The Beach Pool is a 111,261-gallon pool overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon. \r\n\r\nIts main feature is a 181-foot water slide. The Beach Pool also has cabanas \r\n\r\navailable for rent.

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Grand Floridian's Beach Pool and Alice in Wonderland-themed water play area.\r\n

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Wheelchair Accessibility at Grand Floridian's Pool

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Restaurants and Dining

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Victoria & Albert's (Temporarily closed)

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With only 18 tables in the main dining room and Queen Victoria's Room, a \r\n\r\nnew private space with seating for eight, this is the top dining experience at \r\n\r\nDisney World. A winner of AAA's Five-Diamond Award (the only restaurant in \r\n\r\ncentral Florida so honored), Victoria & Albert's is civilized, lavish, and \r\n\r\nexpensive. Waitstaff in the Queen Victoria Room expertly revive the European \r\n\r\nart of tableside finishes for each dish.

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The menu changes daily, but chef Scott Hunnel's favorites include Jamison \r\n\r\nFarm lamb, Florida seafood, and Japanese Kobe beef. Any of master pastry chef \r\n\r\nErich Herbitschek's desserts are divine. Hunnel and his team prepare modern \r\n\r\nAmerican cuisine with the best of the best from around the world. While the \r\n\r\nmain dining room and Queen Victoria's Room are whisper-quiet, the convivial \r\n\r\nChef's Table is a whole other experience. For foodies, it's a bargain. Note \r\n\r\nthat the Tables in Wonderland discount card is only accepted for standard \r\n\r\ndining here (not Chef's Table or Queen Victoria Room).

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Victoria & Albert's has a strict dress code, which is enforced. From \r\n\r\nDisney's website:

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Cítricos (Temporarily closed)

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This is one of the best-kept dining secrets at Disney World - it's \r\n\r\ngenerally easy to get Advance Reservations here. For an extra-special night, \r\n\r\nreserve the Chef's Domain, a private room for up to 12 guests where the chef \r\n\r\ncreates a special menu.

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The golds and yellows of the Mediterranean color this stylish dining room \r\n\r\non the second floor of the Grand Floridian. Diners often find chef Phillip \r\n\r\nPonticelli working his culinary magic in the full-view show kitchen. \r\n\r\nSelections include sauteed shrimp with lemon, feta cheese, tomatoes, and white \r\n\r\nwine; oak-grilled filet of beef; braised veal shank.

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A Tallahassee, Florida, reader thinks we underrate Cítricos at the Grand \r\n\r\nFloridian:

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Grand Floridian Cafe

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Think of the Grand Floridian Cafe as an upscale coffee shop, the large dining \r\n\r\nroom - with high ceilings and decorative windows - looking out on the Grand \r\n\r\nFloridian's pool and center courtyard.

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Breakfast includes eggs prepared virtually every way known to mankind; \r\n\r\nwaffles; French toast. For lunch, there's Cobb salad and the Grand sandwich \r\n\r\nwith ham, turkey, and Boursin-cheese sauce. For dinner, choose from salmon, \r\n\r\nshrimp pasta, or grilled pork chop.

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Stroll through the grounds of the Grand Floridian and toward the waterfront \r\n\r\nto this freestanding octagonal building at the edge of Seven Seas Lagoon. The \r\n\r\natmosphere is upscale casual, though hardwood floors make it noisy. Diners \r\n\r\nhave great views of the Magic Kingdom and the boats that dock nearby to pick \r\n\r\nup and drop off guests after a day at the park.

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1900 Park Fare (Temporarily closed)

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Garden View Tea Room (Temporarily closed)

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Gasparilla Island Grill

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Gasparilla Island Grill is the resort's counter service restaurant. It has \r\n\r\na decent selection of burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas. There's also kid \r\n\r\nfriendly items like chicken nuggets and hot dogs. Gasparilla is unique in that \r\n\r\nit is open 24 hours a day. But past 11:00 PM the menu is very limited.

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Restaurants at Grand Floridian participate in the Disney \r\n\r\nDining Plan (when it's offered); meals cost 1 credit at Grand Floridian Cafe, 1900 Park Fare \r\n\r\nand Gasparilla Island Grill, and 2 credits at Citricos and Narcoossee's. Tables in Wonderland\r\ncardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.\r\n

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Enchanted Rose is located on \r\n\r\nthe second floor in Grand Floridian's Main Building. Enchanted Rose has indoor \r\n\r\nseating and a full drink menu, with several beers, wines, and a selection of \r\n\r\nspirits. \r\n\r\nThe lounge is usually open 4 PM to 10 PM daily. The Courtyard Pool Bar is located \r\n\r\nadjacent to the Courtyard Pool at the Grand Floridian. It also has a selection \r\n\r\nof beers, wines, and cocktails. Plus a small menu of burgers, flat bread \r\n\r\npizzas, sandwiches, salads, and desserts is available. Beaches Pool Bar & Grill is \r\n\r\nlocated next to the Beach Pool. It also has a selection of alcoholic beverages \r\n\r\nand a dining menu of burgers, sushi, and salad.

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Transportation to and from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

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From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free \r\nMagical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.\r\n

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. If you're not renting a \r\n\r\ncar, be aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's Grand Floridian Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on \r\n\r\ntraffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Grand \r\n\r\nFloridian Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service \r\n\r\nor 10-passenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. At those \r\n\r\nprices, it may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown \r\n\r\nDisney\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Disney's Grand Floridian Resort to \r\n\r\nDisney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon \r\n\r\nLagoon, and Disney Springs. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's \r\n\r\nbus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-\r\n\r\nin parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while \r\n\r\nDisney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and \r\n\r\nservice.\r\n

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Magic Kingdom is accessed via pedestrian walkway (it's about a 10-15 minute walk) or Monorail via the station on the second floor \r\n\r\nin the Main Building. Monorail service may be suspended at any time. Monorail \r\n\r\nservice is not available during Extra Magic Hours.

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EPCOT is accessed by bus or by taking the Monorail via the station on the second \r\n\r\nfloor in the Main Building to the Transportation And Ticket Center. There \r\n\r\nguests travel to Epcot via the Epcot Monorail.\r\n

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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's Bus Schedule

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To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney \r\n\r\nWorld and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your \r\n\r\nhotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at \r\n\r\nyour convenience. \r\nA one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have \r\n\r\nthree to five people.\r\n

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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Senses - A Disney Spa is Grand Floridian's spa. Senses \r\n\r\nincludes 15 treatment rooms offering a multitude of treatments and featuring \r\n\r\nFlorida citrus and botanicals. A unique touch to this spa is that each \r\n\r\ntreatment, or \"Journey\" as they call them, includes a small glass of a fruity \r\n\r\nelixir. Each Journey has its own flavored drink and this flavor carries \r\n\r\nthrough to the end of your Journey when you receive a very small gel that \r\n\r\ncontains the same flavors. Guests are encouraged to book ahead, they may do so \r\n\r\nby calling 407-WDW-SPAS (407-939-7727).

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Watercraft Rentals are available for use in Seven Seas Lagoon 10:00 AM to \r\n\r\n5:00 PM. Kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, and Sea Raycers can be rented. Prices \r\n\r\nvary. All rentals can be purchased in a booth near the Sugarloaf Key and Conch \r\n\r\nKey buildings.

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Grand Floridian has a number of gift shops. Including Sandy Cove. As you'd \r\n\r\nexpect from a Disney gift shop, Sandy Cove has a decent collection of \r\n\r\nsouvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to \r\n\r\nembroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are \r\n\r\nabout what you'd pay in the theme parks or Disney Springs.

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\r\nSandy Cove also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy \r\n\r\nand cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And \r\n\r\nFantasia Market has\r\nDisney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's \r\n\r\nwhat you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - \r\n\r\nabout double - than what you'd probably pay\r\nat home.\r\n

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Other shops include M. Mouse Mercantile, it features \r\n\r\nsouvenirs, character plush, toys, and Disney apparel. Commander \r\n\r\nPorter's sells men's apparel and some Grand Floridian-branded \r\n\r\nmerchandise. Basin is a bath and body store that specializes \r\n\r\nin high quality soaps. Finally, Summer Lace is a store on the \r\n\r\nfirst level that sells women's apparel.\r\n\r\n

Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail. The \r\n\r\ntrail is a 1-mile jogging path located near the Main Building. The trail \r\n\r\nstarts at Grand Floridian and ends at the Polynesian Resort.\r\n

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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Child Care

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Disney contracts with a third party company, Kids Nite Out, to provide babysitting services at the resort hotels. See our Disney resort childcare page for more information.

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Miscellaneous Grand Floridian

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Best and worst room views at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

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The resort is spread over a peninsula jutting into Seven Seas Lagoon. In addition to the main building, there are five dispersed rectangular buildings. Most rooms have a balcony, and most balconies are enclosed by a rail that affords good visibility. Dormer rooms, just beneath the roof in each building, have smaller enclosed balconies that limit visibility when you’re seated. Most dormer rooms, however, have vaulted ceilings and a coziness that compensates for the less-desirable balconies.

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Polynesian Closures and Refurbishment

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Disney has announced that the non-DVC rooms at the Polynesian Village Resort will remain closed until Summer 2021 while the rooms and Great Ceremonial House undergo refurbishment. \r\nIn addition, the monorail will not stop at the hotel until Summer 2021. The walkway to the Ticket & Transportation Center will remain open.

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Disney's Polynesian Resort Overview

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South Pacific tropics are re-created at this Deluxe resort, which currently consists of two- and three-story Hawaiian “longhouses” situated around the four-story Great Ceremonial House. Buildings feature wood tones, with exposed-beam roofs and tribal-inspired geometric inlays in the cornices. The Great Ceremonial House contains restaurants, shops, and an atrium lobby with slate floors and many species of tropical plants. Spread across 39 acres along Seven Seas Lagoon, the resort has three white-sand beaches, some with volleyball courts. Its pool complex likewise captures the South Pacific theme. The Polynesian Village has no on-site fitness center, but its guests are welcome at the Grand Floridian’s facilities, a short quarter-mile walk or 2-minute monorail ride away. Landscaping is superb—garden-view rooms are generally superior to garden- or standard-view rooms at other resorts.

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The Polynesian Village’s Moorea, Tokelau, and Pago Pago buildings have moved into Disney’s time-share program. Rooms here are studio accommodations with kitchenettes. The construction that has converted many rooms to DVC is now finished and has altered the look of the beach, both pools, the lobby, and much of the dining space. If you haven’t been to the Poly in a while, it will look very different in some areas. Subtracting these DVC studios has left the resort with fewer than 500 standard hotel rooms, so nabbing that reservation may be a little more \r\n\r\n

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Along with the Polynesian DVC construction came a new bar called\r\nTrader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Modeled after the very successful lounge of the same name at the Disneyland Hotel in California, Sam’s menu includes tasty mixed drinks and appetizers, plus interactive artwork, props, and “artifacts” stuffed into every available inch of space.

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Although the Polynesian Village is one of Disney’s oldest resorts, periodic refurbishments keep it well maintained. Recent refurbishments included new paint, carpet, headboards, soft goods, and bathroom designs for all rooms.

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Some readers wouldn’t stay anywhere else, as a family from Summerville, \r\n\r\nSouth Carolina, attests:

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How Disney's Polynesian Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe \r\n\r\nResorts

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The major advantage of Polynesian is that is a short boat or Monorail ride (or slightly longer walk)\r\n\r\nto Walt Disney World's flagship theme park, Magic Kingdom. The same Monorail \r\n\r\ncan be also be used to ride to the Transportation And Ticket Center, here \r\n\r\nguests can transfer to another Monorail and ride to the front gate of Epcot. At \r\n\r\n415 square feet, Polynesian's rooms are some of the largest in all of WDW and the DVC rooms are even larger, making them the largest Studios in the DVC\r\n\r\ncollection. These factors come at the cost of a high nightly price. Rooms at Polynesian \r\n\r\nfall in to the upper end of all the other WDW deluxe resorts. There is no on-\r\n\r\nsite fitness center, but Disney officially lists Grand Floridian’s facility as an amenity of the Polynesian. Grand Floridian’s fitness center is located at the southern end of the resort, near the Grand Floridian Villas building. The closest Polynesian longhouses are Tuvalu, Fiji, Aotearoa, and Tonga. \r\n

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A security gate guards the entrance to Polynesian's grounds. If you arrive \r\n\r\nby car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to \r\n\r\nprovide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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\r\nPolynesian's lobby inside The Great Ceremonial House.\r\n

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Disney's Polynesian Resort's Rooms

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Most rooms have two queen beds, a sofa, a reading chair, and a large dresser with a built-in flat-panel TV cabinet. A mini-fridge and coffeemaker sit between two large closets near the doorway and opposite the bathroom area. The dresser includes two horizontal shelves above and below the TV for extra storage capacity. The closets are spacious and light. Lighting throughout the room, including that for the desk and beds, is among the best on Disney property.

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Seafoam–colored walls are offset by the dark wood of the desk and beds and by lighter woods used as accents on the remaining furniture. The color scheme is brightened by the use of white bed comforters. Woven straw headboards and carved wood tikis provide texture throughout the room.

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King beds were added to some rooms in Fiji, Rarotonga, and Samoa. These can be booked directly through Disney’s website or by phone. All are categorized as garden-view rooms.

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Polynesian Village Villas and Bungalows

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The Tokelau, Moorea, and Pago Pago buildings are Disney Vacation Club properties. The layout is similar, but there are fold-out sofas in place of the second bed. There is also a small fold-down bud under the television for children or small adults. Many of the rooms contain two bathrooms, one with a toilet, sink, and shower, the other with a walk-in shower and sink.

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The over-water bungalows are two-bedroom villas with spectacular views of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom. The private deck contains a small plunge pool.

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Disney's Polynesian Resort Room Layout\r\n

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The Poly’s bathroom design is among our favorites in Walt Disney World, even if they’re on the small side. Two large sinks offer plenty of counter space. A spacious bath and shower (with curved shower rod) provides plenty of room, with good water pressure. And the bathroom’s cool tile floor feels great on your feet after a long day in the parks. The sink and shower share a door to separate them from the rest of the room. While that makes the bathroom area feel larger, it means that only two people can get ready at the same time.

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A special Polynesian bathroom with walk-in shower.\r\n

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Polynesian Club Level Rooms

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The concierge level of a deluxe resort can also be referred to as club \r\n\r\nlevel. Each one throughout the property has a name for their concierge level. \r\n\r\nAt the Polynesian it is called King Kamehameha Club and it’s located in the Hawaii and Tonga Longhouse. Here guests willing to pay a premium are treated to \r\n\r\nspecial services including a lounge, complimentary food and drink, and \r\n\r\npersonalized service. There are about 108 King Kamehameha Club rooms most of \r\n\r\nwhich are similar to regular rooms throughout the resort, but there are also \r\n\r\n6 suites available. Club level prices can be over $100 more than standard rooms \r\n\r\nat the Polynesian

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Upon arriving to Polynesian, concierge guests are taken to an exclusive \r\n\r\narea to be checked in and taken care of. Once guests are brought to the club \r\n\r\nlevel they will be introduced to the cast members on hand at two desks set up \r\n\r\nto be the resource for any special services they may need. These CMs are there \r\n\r\nto help folks with whatever they might need including ADRs, park tickets, and \r\n\r\ntransportation options.

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A more exciting benefit to staying in The King Kamehameha Club is access to \r\n\r\nfree food for most of the day. The breakfast offerings are relatively light so \r\n\r\ndon’t expect to fuel up for a full day here. Later in the day snacks are \r\n\r\navailable along with an assortment of drinks including soda, hot drinks like \r\n\r\ncoffee, and beer. In the late afternoon/early evening the menu changes but \r\n\r\nappetizers are put out for guests to enjoy before they begin their evening. \r\n\r\nWine and liqueurs along with desserts area served throughout the evening as \r\n\r\nwell.

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The selection of food and drink is laid out in the lounge only accessible \r\n\r\nto club level guests. There are several tables and chairs set up for folks to \r\n\r\nyou use throughout the day. The area is busy a breakfast time, but can be a \r\n\r\nquiet place to relax and maybe even get some work done if guests happen to be \r\n\r\nbusiness travelers. There are also a few couches in the mix where friends can \r\n\r\ngather to chat. Kids have their own area here with child sized table and \r\n\r\nchairs and a TV running cartoons and other Disney favorites.

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Handicap-Accessible Room Options

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Theme Park Views, Lagoon Views and Garden Views

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Polynesian Pools

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Note: Guests are not required to wear a mask in their resort pool since that would be counterintuitive in\r\n ensuring safety. But keep in mind that guests are required to wear a mask when walking to and from the pool\r\n area or pool bar.

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The Polynesian Village Resort has 2 pools. The largest, Lava Pool, sits behind theGreat Ceremonial House and near the Samoa, Niue and Rarotonga Longhouses. The pool \r\n\r\nfeatures a lava rock structure and a waterslide. There is also a \r\n\r\nhot tub, kiddie pool and water play area.\r\n

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Restaurants and Dining

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Polynesian has a number of excellent dining options, including one counter service restaurants and two table service restaurants.

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'Ohana, which means \"family,\" gets high marks from our readers. The food is \r\n\r\ngood but not superior, but if you love meat and you go hungry, it's a great \r\n\r\nplace to fill up. The method of service and the fact that it just keeps coming \r\n\r\nmake it all taste a little better. Insist on being seated in the main dining \r\n\r\nroom, where the fire pit is.

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A large open pit is the centerpiece of the room. Here the grilled foods are \r\n\r\nprepared with flair - as well as flare: from time to time the chef will pour \r\n\r\nsome liquid on the fire, causing huge flames to shoot up. This is usually in \r\n\r\nresponse to something one of the strolling entertainers has said, evoking a \r\n\r\nsign from the fire gods. At any given moment, there may be a hula-hoop contest \r\n\r\nor a coconut race, where kids are invited to push coconuts around the dining \r\n\r\nroom with broomsticks.

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Skewer service is the specialty here-there's no menu. As soon as you're \r\n\r\nseated, your server will begin to deliver food. First comes bread and a green \r\n\r\nsalad, followed by honey-glazed chicken wings, pork fried dumplings, \r\n\r\npineapple-coconut bread, and fresh pineapple. The main course is steak, pork \r\n\r\nloin, chicken, and grilled peel-and-eat shrimp, accompanied by stir-fried \r\n\r\nvegetables and lo mein noodles placed on a lazy Susan in the center of the \r\n\r\ntable.

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Kona Cafe

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The casual Kona Cafe has a postmodern decor, with arched railings and \r\n\r\ngrillwork on the ceiling. If you want to escape the Magic Kingdom for a quiet \r\n\r\nlunch, hop on the monorail or take the resort launch to the Polynesian. This \r\n\r\nisn't a fancy dining room, but the food is on a higher plane than your average \r\n\r\njava joint's.

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House Specialty for breakfast is the Tonga toast, a decadent French toast \r\n\r\nlayered with bananas. For lunch we recommend stir-fried Asian noodles, \r\n\r\nbarbecued-pork taco, and sticky wings. For dinner try the pomegranate \r\n\r\nbarbecued pork chop, ginger-crusted rib-eye with tamarind jus, and sustainable \r\n\r\nfish.

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Trader Sam's Grog Grotto (Closed temporarily)

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Kona Island (Closed temporarily)

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Kona Island is very casual, imitating the tones and textures of Kona Cafe but placed in an area of high traffic for the Polynesian. the small eatery seats about 20 diners. When eating in, guests can sit right at the bar, or be stationed against a glass wall with views of the resort's monorail stop, tropical gardens, and the ceremonial lighting of the torches on most nights. Kona Island currently serves coffee and pastries. Any of the menu items from Kona Cafe can be ordered here.

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Capt. Cook's

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Transportation to and from Disney's Polynesian Resort

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's Polynesian Resort. If you're not renting a car, \r\n\r\nbe aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's Polynesian Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on \r\n\r\ntraffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Polynesian \r\n\r\nResort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-\r\n\r\npassenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Polynesian Resort. At those \r\n\r\nprices, it may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Disney's Polynesian Resort to Disney's \r\n\r\nHollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, \r\n\r\nand Disney Springs. Disney's Polynesian Resort's bus stops sit \r\n\r\nalong the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. \r\n\r\nEach theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while \r\n\r\nDisney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and \r\n\r\nservice.\r\n

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The Polynesian Resort is served by the Magic Kingdom monorail and is an \r\n\r\neasy walk from the transportation center. (It's also possible to walk to the Magic Kingdom via the Grand Floridian - the route takes 20 to 25 minutes depending on where you start.) At the center, you can catch an \r\n\r\nexpress monorail to Epcot. This makes the Polynesian the only Disney resort \r\n\r\nwith direct monorail access to both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. To minimize \r\n\r\nyour walk to the transportation center, request a room in the Pago Pago, \r\n\r\nMoorea, or Tokelau guest buildings. You can also catch a Monorail on the \r\n\r\nsecond floor of the Great Ceremonial House. The Monorail will make a stop at \r\n\r\nDisney's Grand Floridian Resort, and then the Magic Kingdom. The same Monorail \r\n\r\nalso makes stops at the Contemporary Resort and the Transportation and Ticket \r\n\r\nCenter.

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Disney's Polynesian Resort's Bus Schedule

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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The view from Polynesian's Beach.

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Polynesian Resort's Marina.

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Polynesian has a number of gift shops, including Moana Mercantile. Moana Mercantile sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, \r\n\r\naspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and food and drink items to make simple meals from. Moana Mercantile also has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, \r\n\r\nand similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items \r\n\r\nare considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay\r\nat home.\r\n

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The other side of Moana Mercantile sells an assortment of Disney merchandise. As \r\n\r\nyou'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Moana Mercantile has a decent collection of \r\n\r\nsouvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to \r\n\r\nembroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are \r\n\r\nabout what you'd pay in the theme parks or Disney Springs.

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Other shops include BouTiki, it features men's and women's \r\n\r\napparel and some Polynesian-branded merchandise.

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Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail. The \r\n\r\ntrail is a 1-mile jogging path located near the resort's marina. The trail \r\n\r\nstarts at the Polynesian Resort and ends at Grand Floridian.\r\n

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Polynesian's Beach.

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Disney's Polynesian Resort Child Care

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Disney contracts with a third party company, Kids Nite Out, to provide babysitting services at the resort hotels. See our Disney resort childcare page for more information.

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Miscellaneous Polynesian

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There are on site washers and dryers available for guest use. For more information on guest laundry services at Walt Disney World hotels, see our WDW Laundry Information page.

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Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

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The Tokelau, Moorea, and Pago\r\nPago longhouses hold DVC studio rooms that sleep five and are the largest\r\nstudios in Walt Disney World’s DVC inventory. They are also the first\r\nDVC studios to feature two bathrooms: The smaller bath has a small sink\r\nand step-in shower; the larger has a toilet, sink, and bath/shower combination.\r\nThis allows three people to get ready simultaneously.

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The Polynesian’s 20 new two-bedroom Bora Bora bungalows sit in\r\nfront of the Hawaii, Tokelau, and Moorea buildings; they’re connected\r\nto land by a wood walkway. The bungalows offer very good views of\r\nthe Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon, at some astounding prices\r\n(up to $3,400 per night). They’re nice rooms, and we’re sure that Disney\r\nwill sell them, but we can’t say that the view is worth that cost.

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The Polynesian Village’s 11 guest-room buildings, called longhouses, are spread over a long strip of land bordered by the monorail on one side and Seven Seas Lagoon on the other. All the buildings, except for the more recently added Moorea, Pago Pago, and Tokelau (now DVC buildings), opened with the Magic Kingdom in 1971. All buildings feature first-floor patios and third-floor balconies. The older buildings, comprising more than half the resort’s rooms, have fake balconies on their second floors. (The newer buildings offer full balconies on both the second and third floors, and patios on the first.) A small number of patios in the first-floor rooms have views blocked by mature vegetation, but these patios provide more room than do the balconies on the third floor. If view is important and you’re staying in one of the eight older longhouses, ask for a third-floor room.

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Within the Great Ceremonial House are most restaurants and shops, as well as the resort lobby, guest services, and bus and monorail stations. Longhouses most convenient to the Great Ceremonial House (Fiji, Tonga suites, Rarotonga, Niue, and Samoa) offer views of the swimming complex, a small marina, or inner gardens (possibly with the monorail). There are no lagoon views except for oblique views from the upper floors of Fiji and Samoa, Aotearoa, and a tunnel view from Tonga (suites only). Samoa, however, by virtue of its proximity to the main swimming complex, is a good choice for families who plan to spend time at the pool. If your children are under age 8, request a first-floor room on the volcano pool side of Samoa.

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You can specifically request a lagoon- or Magic Kingdom–view room at the Polynesian Village, if you’re willing to pay extra. The best of these rooms are on the second and third floors in Moorea (which, again, is a DVC building), the third floor in Tuvalu, and, if you’re staying in a concierge room, the third floor in Hawaii.

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There are some quirks in the way Disney categorizes room views at the Polynesian Village, and it’s possible to get a view of the castle and fireworks while staying in a garden-view room. Second- and third-floor rooms in the DVC building Tokelau (rooms 2901–2913, 2939–2948, 3901–3913, and 3939–3948) offer the best shot at sideways views of the castle and fireworks, though readers say taller palm trees may block even these upper rooms. First-floor rooms (1901–1913 and 1939–1948) may also have landscaping blocking some of the Magic Kingdom views, but the patio provides more room to move to find a better spot, too.

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In addition to second-floor rooms in the older buildings (the buildings with fake balconies), also avoid the monorail-side rooms in Rarotonga and the parking-lot side of Pago Pago (also a DVC building). Garden-view rooms in Aotearoa are especially nice, but the monorail, though quiet, runs within spitting distance.

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Many of the first-floor rooms in Hawaii (1501–1518) have been downgraded from theme-park-view to garden- or lagoon-view rooms because their scenery is now blocked by the new bungalows. These rooms still offer a chance to see the evening fireworks, however, and are a little less expensive than similar rooms on higher floors.

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If you plan to spend a lot of time at Epcot, Moorea and Pago Pago are within easy walking distance of the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) and the Epcot monorail. Even if you’re going to the Magic Kingdom, it’s a shorter walk from Moorea and Pago Pago to the TTC and Magic Kingdom monorail than to the monorail station at the Great Ceremonial House. Tuvalu, Fiji, and Aotearoa are the most distant accommodations from the Polynesian Village’s bus stop. For large strollers or wheelchair access, take the ferry to the Magic Kingdom.

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Good Rooms in Tonga Building

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Tonga is home to some of the resort's suites. Rooms facing south look out on to vegetation, but you may catch a glimpse of the Monorail. Rooms facing North have a view of the resort's Marina. If you squint you may be able to see Magic Kingdom. With all that being said, none of the rooms in Tonga have what we would consider bad views.\r\n

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Good Rooms in Aotearoa Building

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Aotearoa Rooms facing south look out on to vegetation and landscaping. The Monorail is also visible but this may cause higher than usual noise levels. Rooms facing north have a view of landscaping and foliage. But there are a hand full of Lagoon and Theme Park View rooms. However, we wouldn't call these the best Theme Park View rooms as Magic Kingdom is quite far in the distance.\r\n

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Fiji rooms facing west look out on to vegetation and landscaping. Rooms facing east look on to the resort's marina, but this may cause higher than usual noise levels.\r\n

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Good Rooms in Tuvalu Building

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Tuvalu rooms facing north have mostly unobstructed views of Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon, and the Grand Floridian. Rooms facing south look on to foliage and landscaping.\r\n

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Room 1408: Looking on to the resort's marina.
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Good Rooms in Hawaii

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The Samoa Building the Lava Pool and the Oasis Pool. Because of the pools these rooms may have higher than usual noise levels.\r\n

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Good Rooms in Rarotonga

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Rarotonga is also next door to the Polynesian's lobby, the Great Ceremonial House. Rooms in Rarotonga have views of landscaping and foliage. Some rooms have a view of the Monorail.\r\n

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Good Rooms in Tokelau

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Pago Pago has the least amount of good views thanks to rooms facing southeast that look on to a parking lot. The other half of the rooms face landscaping and foliage. The major advantage of this building is that it is a short walk to the Transportation and Ticket Center. At the Transportation and Ticket Center you can catch a Monorail to Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Grand Floridian Resort, and the Contemporary Resort.\r\n

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\r\nRelated blogs:
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This is our page covering the main Wilderness Lodge Resort building. Wilderness Lodge also has two Disney Vacation Club wings, which we cover in-depth on their own pages. See Boulder Ridge Villas and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins for more information.

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Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort Overview

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This Deluxe resort is inspired by national-park lodges of the early\r\n20th century. Situated on the shore of Bay Lake, the lodge consists of\r\nan eight-story central building augmented by two seven-story guest\r\nwings and a wing of studio and one- and two-\r\nbedroom condominiums. The hotel features exposed timber columns, log cabin–style facades,\r\nand dormer windows, and an 82-foot-tall stone fireplace in the lobby.\r\nAlthough the resort isn’t on vast acreage, it does have a beach and a\r\ndelightful pool modeled on a mountain stream.

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The lodge’s 727 guest rooms have darkly stained\r\nMission-style furniture accented by soft goods done in blue-and-red American Indian patterns. Carved-wood headboards, rough-hewn\r\narmoires, and rustic light fixtures create a log-cabin coziness. Typical\r\nrooms have two queen-size beds; some have one queen bed and bunk\r\nbeds. All rooms have a table and chairs, a two-sink vanity outside the\r\nbathroom, a mini-fridge, and a coffeemaker. Rooms on the ground floor\r\nhave patios; rooms above have balconies.

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How Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe \r\n\r\nResorts

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The major advantage of Wilderness Lodge is that the Magic Kingdom is short \r\n\r\nboat ride away. Wilderness Lodge's rooms are slightly smaller than some of \r\n\r\nDisney's other deluxe resorts. At 344 square feet they are smaller than \r\n\r\nBoardWalk Inn's 371 sf, Yacht & Beach Club's 381 sf, Grand Floridian's 440 sf, \r\n\r\nand Polynesian's 415 sf. The nightly price for rooms at Wilderness Lodge fall \r\n\r\nin to the lower end of all the other WDW deluxe resorts. Wilderness Lodge does \r\n\r\noffer a fitness center, salon, and a spa.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Wilderness Lodge's grounds. If you \r\n\r\narrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary \r\n\r\nto provide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether. Wilderness Lodge's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Beginning January 1, 2021, guests will no longer receive complimentary MagicBands but will still have the option to purchase them.

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Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort's Rooms

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Most of the Wilderness Lodge rooms are 344 square feet and have two queen-\r\n\r\nsize beds, a daybed, and a desk and two chairs.

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A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks, and \r\n\r\nenough counter space to fit most of the toiletries you would need. There are \r\n\r\nalso two shelves under the sink that provide a small amount of storage. A \r\n\r\n1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; \r\n\r\nbring your own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a \r\n\r\nsliding door that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the \r\n\r\nbathroom, this means that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.

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Wilderness Lodge Concierge Level Rooms

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Upon arriving to Wilderness Lodge, concierge guests are taken to an \r\n\r\nexclusive area to be checked in and taken care of. Once guests are brought to \r\n\r\nthe club level they will be introduced to the cast members on hand at two \r\n\r\ndesks set up to be the resource for any special services they may need. These \r\n\r\nCMs are there to help folks with whatever they might need including ADRs, park \r\n\r\ntickets, and transportation options.

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Standard Views and Courtyard Views

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Wilderness Lodge Pools

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Wilderness Lodge has two pools. The largest, Copper Creek Springs Pool, \r\n\r\nsits sits in the middle of the resort's courtyard. The pool is surrounded by \r\n\r\nrock work and lush vegetation, the entire complex looks great. There is also a \r\n\r\nhot tub, kiddie pool and water player area.\r\n

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Wilderness Lodge's Copper Creek Springs Pool and hot tub.\r\n

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Copper Creek Springs has one water slide that all ages are free to use. \r\n\r\nGuests can find showers, storage lockers,\r\n restrooms, and laundry facilities. \r\n\r\nPool hours are at least 9 AM to 8 PM, \r\n\r\nextending to as much as 7 AM to 11 PM during busy times.\r\n Copper Creek Springs Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating \r\n\r\nhours. \r\n

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Copper Creek Spring's geyser.

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Restaurants and Dining

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Wilderness Lodge has some excellent dining options, including three quick \r\n\r\nservice restaurants, two table service restaurants and one lounge.

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Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White

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The character meal at Wilderness Lodge features Snow White, the evil Queen, and a few dwarfs as well as an enchanted forest setting.

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Geyser Point Bar & Grill

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At Geyser Point you'll find picturesque views of the resort’s geyser and pool area along with Bay Lake. Geyser Point is a hybrid quick service and table service lounge venue, with both sharing the same lovely seating area. The main food offerings are counter service, but there is a substantial bar menu with imaginative drinks and hearty snacks.

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Whispering Canyon Cafe

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If you're hungry, the real value here is in the family-style service, with \r\n\r\nall-you-can-eat servings brought to you on platters and in crocks to pass \r\n\r\naround to your family. You can always order off the regular menu if you don't \r\n\r\nfeel like sharing, but you may end up paying more for the privilege. Lively \r\n\r\ndining room with servers who encourage kids to be rowdy - all in good fun.

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Roaring Fork

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Restaurants at Wilderness Lodge participate in the Disney Dining Plan (when it's offered); meals cost 1 credit at Roaring Fork and Whispering Canyon, \r\n\r\nand 2 credits at Artist Point. Tables \r\n\r\nin Wonderland\r\ncardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.\r\n

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Transportation to and from Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

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From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free \r\nMagical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.\r\n

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. If you're not renting \r\n\r\na car, be aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's Wilderness Lodge Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on \r\n\r\ntraffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Wilderness \r\n\r\nLodge Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or \r\n\r\n10-passenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. At those \r\n\r\nprices, it may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort to \r\n\r\nMagic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom, \r\n\r\nBlizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Disney's \r\n\r\nWilderness Lodge Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, \r\n\r\nbetween the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus \r\n\r\nstop somewhere along\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while \r\n\r\nDisney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and \r\n\r\nservice.\r\n

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Magic Kingdom can also be accessed by boat from the dock near Copper Creek \r\n\r\nSprings. Boat service may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it's \r\n\r\nraining or looks like it's about to, Disney will provide buses. Boats to Magic Kingdom start running 30 minutes before the scheduled opening of the park and close 90 minutes after the park closes.

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Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort's Bus Schedule

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Getting to another hotel from Disney's Wilderness Lodge \r\n\r\nResort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the \r\n\r\ncheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort \r\n\r\nto Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there \r\n\r\nto your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's Wilderness \r\n\r\nLodge Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 \r\n\r\nhours each way. If your destination is \r\none of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still \r\n\r\nopen, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the \r\n\r\nContemporary and Bay Lake Tower),\r\nhop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat \r\n\r\n(to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand \r\n\r\nFloridian). We suggest you still allow at least\r\nan hour for that.

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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Sturdy Branches is Wilderness Lodge's fitness center and \r\n\r\nspa. It is open 24 hours a day but attendants are only available from 6:00 AM \r\n\r\nto 9:00 PM. Massage, facial, and body treatment services are available.

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Wilderness Lodge's gift shop is Wilderness Lodge Mercantile. It is located \r\n\r\non the right side after you enter Wilderness Lodge's lobby. As you'd expect \r\n\r\nfrom a Disney gift shop, Mercantile has a decent collection of souvenirs \r\n\r\nranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets \r\n\r\nand Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay \r\n\r\nin the theme parks or Disney Springs.

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Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort Child Care

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Miscellaneous Wilderness Lodge

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Best and worst room views at Disney's Wilderness Lodge resort

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The Lodge is shaped like a very blocky V. The main entrance and lobby are at the closed end of the V. Next are middle wings that connect the lobby to the parallel end sections, which extend to the open part of the V. The V’s open end flanks pools and gardens and overlooks Bay Lake directly or obliquely. Avoid rooms on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors numbered 67–99; these overlook the main lobby and pick up every whoop, holler, and shout from the boisterous Whispering Canyon Cafe downstairs. The noise makes it difficult to get to sleep before Whispering Canyon closes, usually at 10 p.m.

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Disney's Yacht Club Resort Overview

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This five-story Deluxe resort has clapboard facades with whitewashed-wood trim. The Yacht Club is painted a subdued gray and has a nautical theme with model ships and antique navigational instruments in public areas. The resort has a themed lobby, with a giant globe. The resort faces 25-acre Crescent Lake and has an elaborate swimming complex.

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There are 621 guest rooms at the Yacht Club. Most of the hotel rooms are 381 square feet and have two queen-size beds, a daybed, and a desk and two chairs. Like the Grand Floridian's, rooms have a lot of drawer space. Yacht Club rooms are decorated in blue and white. Some rooms have balconies.

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The Yacht Club Resort shares restaurants, pools, and other amenities with the Beach Club Resort and Beach Club Villas. A small business center serves guests' work needs for both the Yacht and Beach Clubs and Beach Club Villas.

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As Disney Deluxe resorts, the Yacht Club and Beach Club provide excellent service. They offer nine restaurants and lounges and are within walking distance of Epcot and the BoardWalk. Transportation to other destinations is by bus or boat. Walking time to the transportation loading areas from the most remote rooms is 7 minutes.

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Get to Know Disney's Yacht Club Resort

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Disney's Yacht Club Rooms

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Most of the Yacht Club rooms are 381 square feet and have two queen-size beds, a daybed, and a desk and two chairs. Most rooms have balconies.

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Yacht Club Room Classifications

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The deluxe Disney hotels all include a subset rooms offered with addition amenities and more personalized serivce. These \"concierge level\" or \"club level\" rooms have a different name at each hotel; at the Yacht Club they are known as the Regatta Club. The Regatta Club is comprised of about 70 rooms, located on the resort's fifth floor. Though most of the Regatta rooms are physically similar to the standard Yacht Club hotel rooms, there are also a handful of suites with additional bedrooms, significantly larger square footage, or features such as in-room kitchen facilities.

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Disney's Yacht Club Resort has approximately 25 handicap-accessible rooms in a variety of configurations to accommodate guests with hearing or mobility issues. Mobility access rooms comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more.

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Some accessible rooms have the standard setup of two queen-sized beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have one king-sized bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both one king bed and one double bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which feature

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Dog Friendly Room Options

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For a nightly fee of $75 on top of the room charge, up to 2 dogs are allowed in Yacht Club rooms. A check-in package of dog-friendly items comes with the extra fee, but so do several special rules. Housekeeping will only enter the room while the human guests are present, special Do Not Disturb tags are mandatory, and guests may be called to come to their room if the dog is being too noisy. \r\n

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How Disney's Yacht Club Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe Resorts

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The Yacht Club (and its neighbor Beach Club) have two major advantages over other hotels. One, you can walk to the International Gateway entrance of Epcot in less than 10 minutes. And Two, it has the best pool of all the Walt Disney World resorts. If you or your children like to spend time poolside, there is no better place at Walt Disney World to do this. If you are planning to skip visiting the theme parks during one or more of your vacation days, then the Yacht and Beach Club resorts make an excellent hotel choice. The exceptional pool and quick access to the dining on the Boardwalk make the Yacht Club it easy to have fun without visiting the parks.

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The nightly price for rooms at Yacht & Beach Club fall in to the middle of all the other WDW resorts. Yacht Club does offer a fitness center, salon, barber shop, and a spa.

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Dining Options at Disney's Yacht Club

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One of the key benefits of staying at the Yacht Club is the close proximity to all of the dining opportunities at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (with park admission). Additionally, the many restaurants at the BoardWalk and Swan & Dolphin resorts are easily accessible on foot. Guests staying at the Yacht Club can be at more than 100 dining venues within 15 minutes. If you're staying at a Disney value resort, you might only have two or three options within that time frame.

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The Yacht Club, and its adjacent sister the Beach Club, have a variety of dining options including:

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Transportation to and from Disney's Yacht Club Resort

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Driving to the Yacht Club

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Disney's Yacht Club Resort is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 - Epcot Center Dr. and you'll end up on Osceola Parkway. Turn right onto World Drive and then left on Epcot Resorts Blvd. Follow Epcot Resorts Blvd and Yacht Club will be on your right.\r\n

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From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel room, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home. For more information see our Disney's Magical Express Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Sanford International Airport is about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Disney's Yacht Club Resort. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Disney's Yacht Club Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Yacht Club Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Yacht Club Resort. You may also want to consult ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft for their pricing options.

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Getting to the Theme Parks, Water Parks and Disney Springs

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Disney provides free bus service from Disney's Yacht Club Resort to Magic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. No bus transportation is provided to Epcot's main entrance. Disney's Yacht Club Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along the wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service. Disney's Yacht Club Resort shares bus service with Beach Club.

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EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios can also be accessed by boat from the dock near Stormalong Bay. Boat service may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it's raining or looks like it's about to, Disney will provide buses.

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Ask a Disney Castmember about Yacht Club's bus schedule, and they'll tell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Yacht Club's bus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're headed. For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 11 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios are about the same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 10-13 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and Disney Springs are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes for a ride.\r\n

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If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Disney Springs. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Disney's Yacht Club Resort's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.

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Getting to another hotel from Disney's Yacht Club Resort

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If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's Yacht Club Resort to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's Yacht Club Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower),hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.

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If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for about $20 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.\r\n

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Reader Review Comments

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We receive a lot of mail about the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, most of it positive. First, these remarks from a Wayland, Massachusetts, mother of two:

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This was the first time we stayed at the Yacht & Beach Club, and for us the amazing pool complex was worth the extra money. Several nights we climbed up to the top of the waterslide as the sun was setting, and it was an incredible sight—truly a memorable experience!\r\n
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This mom from Brownsville, Texas, however, has some issues with the Yacht & \r\n\r\nBeach Club:

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The room doors at the Yacht & Beach Club don’t fit very snugly, so any noise from the hall was practically broadcast into our room. The room was close to the elevators, so it sounded like everyone in the hotel was stampeding past our door in the morning. I like the Yacht & Beach Club very much, but if we go back I’ll ask for a more remote room way at the end of the hall.\r\n
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Touringplans offers pictures of the view from any disney resort room on property. click here for the disney's yacht club resort map and to choose a room to see the view.

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When you look at the Yacht Club from Crescent Lake, the resort is connected to the Beach Club on the right and angles toward the Dolphin hotel on the left. all Yacht Club rooms offer full balconies or, on the ground floor, patios. Rooms with the best views are as follows (the higher the last three digits in the\r\nroom number, the closer to lobby, main pool area, and restaurants):

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Fifth-floor rooms with full balconies facing the lake, with the boardwalk inn in the background club-level rooms 5161, 5163, 5241

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Fifth-floor rooms directly facing Epcot rooms 5195–5199, 5153

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Standard-view fourth-floor rooms facing epcot rooms 4195–4199, 4153

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Some other rooms face the Boardwalk or Epcot across Crescent Lake, but they’re inferior to the rooms just listed.

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Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Overview

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This Deluxe resort is owned and operated by the US Armed Forces\r\nand is open to US military personnel (including members of the National\r\nGuard and reserves, retired military, and employees of the US Public\r\nHealth Service and the Department of Defense) and their families, foreign\r\nmilitary personnel attached to US units, and some civilian contractors.\r\nShades of Green consists of one three-story and one five-story building\r\nnestled among three golf courses that are open to Disney guests.

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Even though the resort isn’t operated by Disney, service is comparable\r\nto that at Disney Deluxe properties. Transportation to all theme\r\nparks is by bus, with a transfer required to almost all destinations.\r\nWalking time to the bus-loading area from the most remote rooms is\r\nabout 5 minutes. If you’re visiting during holidays or a long weekend,\r\nbook as early as possible (up to seven months in advance).

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A Minot AFB, North Dakota, father of three thinks Shades of\r\nGreen is the way to go—mostly:

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As an active-duty military member, I can tell you there’s no better\r\ndeal on a WDW vacation than at Shades of Green. A couple of drawbacks,\r\nthough, were the midlevel quality of the food at the Italian restaurant\r\nand the lack of a place to get a drink.
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A mom from Winchester, Virginia, weighs in:

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A military mom from Plainfield, Indiana, makes a case for exploring\r\nall your options:

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While it’s true that SoG is often a good deal for service members and\r\nveterans, military families should still do some comparison shopping. Room rates are tiered based on rank—the higher your rank, the higher\r\nyour rate. Definitely check into military rates at Disney properties;\r\nwhen we traveled to WDW in 2009, it was cheaper for us to stay at a\r\nDisney Moderate resort than at SoG. Also, military-connected guests\r\nshould check out the Armed Forces Vacation Club for condos near WDW.\r\nThis time around, we rented a two-bedroom, two-bath condo with a\r\nfull kitchen and awesome pool area for seven nights, and it cost us less\r\nthan two nights at a Disney hotel.\r\n\r\n
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How Shades of Green Compares to Other Disney Resorts

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Shades of Green isn't run by Disney, and its service is less sugarcoated \r\nthan at Disney-run resorts. Shades of Green guests may take part in Extra \r\nMagic Hours, but they may NOT use Disney's Magical Express service and CANNOT park for free at theme parks. Guests staying at Shades of Green are able to reserve FastPasses on My Disney Experience 60 days in advance. The resort offers its accommodations at rates based on a service member’s rank, as well as attraction tickets to the theme parks. For rates and other information, call (888) 593-2242 or see shadesofgreen.org.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Shades of Green's grounds. If you \r\n\r\narrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary \r\n\r\nto provide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in. Hotel guest parking (there's a garage) at Shades of Green costs $7 per night.\r\n

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Walt Disney World Shades of Green's Rooms

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At 455 square feet each, the 586 guest rooms at Shades of Green\r\nare larger than those at the Grand Floridian. Decor is pleasant though\r\nthoroughly unremarkable—pretty much the same as at any midpriced\r\nhotel. Most rooms have two queen-size beds, a daybed, and a table\r\nand four chairs, as well as a television in an armoire. All rooms have\r\na patio or balcony.

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Walt Disney World Shades of Green Pools

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There is also a smaller pool located on the east side of the resort. This \r\n\r\npool is a basic concrete pools with minimal themeing, but it does have plenty \r\n\r\nof lounge chairs and tables around the pool.

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Shades of Green's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to \r\n\r\n4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The \r\n\r\npools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout\r\nthe year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water \r\n\r\nwas fine, but getting out was a shock. Shades of Green also has a hot \r\n\r\ntub located near Mil Pond Pool.

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You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - \r\n\r\nShades of Green sometimes stocks extra towels poolside, and sometimes they \r\n\r\ndon't. Our advice is to send someone\r\n down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up \r\n\r\nusing your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back \r\n\r\nand request more.

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Pool toys are permitted in Shades of Green's pools, \r\n\r\nincluding \"pool noodles,\" and basic toys that would\r\nbe appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. \r\n\r\nSome of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing \r\n\r\ncatch in the pool. As\r\nlong as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that \r\n\r\nkids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want \r\n\r\nto play too. If you’re \r\ntraveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction \r\n\r\nduring your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are \r\n\r\nhe’ll make a buddy.\r\n

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Playgrounds at Shades of Green

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Transportation to and from Shades of Green

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\r\nDriving Your Own Car Shades of Green is just off of I-4 in \r\n\r\nLake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 67 - Epcot/Downtown Disney. \r\n\r\nExit onto World Drive. Take World Drive for about 2.1 miles and then turn left \r\n\r\nonto Floridian Way. Turn left onto Magnolia Palm Drive and Shades of Green \r\n\r\nwill be on your left.\r\n

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Shades of Green. If you're not renting a car, be aware \r\n\r\nthat Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nShades of Green will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Shades of Green \r\n\r\nfor around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger \r\n\r\nvan is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Shades of Green. At those prices, it may \r\n\r\nbe less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs. Shades of Green runs continuous shuttles from the resort to \r\n\r\nthe Transportation and Ticket Center, where guests can transfer to their final \r\n\r\ndestinations. Shades of Green's bus stops sit along the front wall of the \r\n\r\nlobby. From the Transportation and Ticket Center guests can take a Monorail or \r\n\r\nFerry boat to Magic Kingdom and a Monorail to Epcot.\r\n

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Getting to another hotel from Shades of Green If you've \r\n\r\ngot dining plans at another Disney hotel that is on the Monorail loop \r\n\r\n(Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), the cheapest \r\n\r\noption is to take the bus from Shades of Green to Transportation and Ticket \r\n\r\nCenter, then ride a Monorail from there to your destination hotel. Do the \r\n\r\nreverse to get back to Shades of Green. While that's free, it can take \r\n\r\nanywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way.

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The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Shades of Green \r\n\r\nto wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab \r\n\r\nride to get to most Disney hotels, and often less.\r\nTaxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out \r\n\r\nfront, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call \r\n\r\none for you.\r\n

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Recreation and Things to Do

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Shades of Green's fitness center is located near Manglno's \r\n\r\nBistro.

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Magnolia Spa is Shades of Green's full-service spa. \r\n\r\nMassages, body therapies and facials are available. Spa treatments are \r\n\r\navailable 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail at \r\n\r\nShades of Green. A jogging path runs from Shades of Green to Disney's \r\n\r\nPolynesian Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.\r\n

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Miscellaneous Shades of Green

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\r\nCoin-operated washers and dryers are in laundry facilities \r\n\r\nlocated on the first floor in the Magnolia Rooms or Palm Rooms building. The \r\n\r\nmachines take quarters, and a change machine is provided. A small selection of \r\n\r\nsoap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold. A typical wash cycle \r\n\r\ntakes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry cycle takes 40 to 50.\r\n

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If you lose something during your stay, contact Shades of Green's \r\n\r\nLost and Found department by calling (407) 824-3400.\r\n

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The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel will be unlike any other Disney resort experience. The fully enclosed building uses video screens to simulate space and the Cast Members are not only totally in-character, but lead guests on missions and quests.

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Cost data is not available yet for the Galactic Starcruiser, but it is expected to be extremely expensive and priced more like a cruise than a hotel. We will update this page as we continue to collect information.

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Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel Overview

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Although these resorts are inside the World and Disney handles\r\ntheir reservations, they’re owned by Sheraton (Dolphin) and Westin\r\n(Swan) and can be booked directly through their parent companies,\r\ntoo. Both are served by Disney transportation to the theme parks and\r\nparticipate in Extra Magic Hours and FastPass+, but neither offers\r\nDisney’s Magical Express bus service to and from the airport or participates\r\nin the Disney Dining Plan.

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Opened in 1990, the resorts face each other on either side of an\r\ninlet of Crescent Lake. The Dolphin is a 27-story triangular turquoise\r\nbuilding. On its roof are two 56-foot-tall fish balanced with their tails\r\nin the air. The Swan has a 12-story main building flanked by two\r\nseven-story towers. Two 47-foot-tall swans adorn its roof, paralleling\r\ntheir marine counterparts across the way.

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Both the Swan and the Dolphin have been described as bizarre\r\nand stylistically disjointed (“Art Deco gone haywire” comes to mind). They’re definitely architectural period pieces. The giant swans look\r\nswanlike, but the Dolphin’s fish more closely resemble catfish from\r\nouter space. The effect could be described as adventurous or unsettling,\r\ndepending on your point of view.

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The Dolphin’s lobby is the more ornate, featuring a rotunda with\r\nspokelike corridors branching off to shops, restaurants, and other\r\npublic areas. At the other end of the spectrum, the Swan’s lobby is so\r\nsmall that it seems an afterthought. Both resorts feature art of wildly\r\ndifferent styles and eras (from Matisse to Roy Lichtenstein). The Dolphin has a conventional rectangle pool with the shared Grotto Pool being the feature pool with a waterfall and slide.

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How Dolphin Compares to Other Disney Deluxe Resorts

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Because the Swan and the Dolphin aren’t run by Disney, service is\r\nless relentlessly cheerful than at other on-property resorts. They’ll also\r\nnickel-and-dime you to death. For example, both tack on a $35-per-day\r\nresort fee and another $25 per day for self-parking. Even more shocking\r\nis the price the Dolphin’s gift shop charges for sundries: We paid\r\nalmost $10 for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream—roughly $3 more than\r\nDisney charges in its gift shops (and twice as much as Publix). Whatever\r\nrate you’re quoted at the Swan and the Dolphin, temper your expectations\r\nby adding another $50 per day in miscellaneous costs.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Dolphin's grounds. If you arrive by \r\n\r\ncar, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to \r\n\r\nprovide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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\r\nCheck-in time at Dolphin is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 12:00 PM. Swan & \r\n\r\nDolphin charge hefty fees for late check outs. Checking out between 12:00 PM \r\n\r\nand 2:00 PM will cost $40. Checking out between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM costs 1/2 \r\n\r\nDay's Rate. If you check out after 5:00 PM you will be charged a full day's \r\n\r\nrate.

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\r\nLook for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to \r\n\r\nprovide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card\r\nwhen you register. \r\n

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\r\nGet theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the \r\nright of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain \r\n\r\ntheme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line \r\n\r\nfor tickets just after\r\nanother adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also \r\n\r\nmake Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them \r\n\r\nonline prior to arrival.\r\n

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The Swan and Dolphin hotels charge a daily resort fee. \r\n\r\nGuests are charged $35 plus tax. There are some perks that this fee brings. \r\n\r\nGuests receive in room high-speed internet, unlimited local and domestic calls, use of the hotel's fitness club, and two bottles of water. Dolphin also charges a daily self-parking fee of $25 per a day. Valet parking is $35.

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Walt Disney World Dolphin's Rooms

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Most of the Dolphin's rooms are 360 square feet and have two full-size \r\nbeds. The current design incorporates light-colored\r\nwoods, glass surfaces, blue carpeting, and gray draperies. The plush Heavenly\r\nBeds are buttressed by oversize upholstered headboards. A 42\" high definition rests on a large dresser that also holds the mini-fridge. An oval, contemporary desk and chair complete the furnishings. Some rooms have\r\nbalconies. Westin’s Heavenly Beds make for ultra-comfy sleeping. The\r\nreading light is great in or out of bed.

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Each Dolphin room is furnished with the following:\r\n

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A separate sink area is located next to the bathroom, it has enough counter \r\n\r\nspace to fit most of the toiletries you would need. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted \r\n\r\nhair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring your own if you've \r\n\r\ngot lots of hair.

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\r\nSwan and Dolphin have handicap-accessible rooms that are furnished with one \r\n\r\nking bed and are situated next to an optional connecting room with either two \r\n\r\nqueen beds at the Swan or two double beds at the Dolphin. Handicap-accessible \r\n\r\nrooms may include altered counter-tops, and dresser drawer height, door \r\n\r\nwidths, wheelchair ramps, and more. All handicap-accessible rooms include a \r\n\r\nfire alarm which contains a strobe light if activated, flashing door knocker, \r\n\r\nvibrating alarm clock, and a TDD machine for the room's telephone.

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Pools

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Swan and Dolphin has three pools. The largest, Grotto Pool, sits near the \r\n\r\nhotel's convention center. There is also a hot tubs, kiddie pool, and water play \r\n\r\narea.\r\n

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There are also two smaller pools located outside of each building. These \r\n\r\npools are basic concrete pools with minimal themeing, but they do have plenty \r\n\r\nof lounge chairs and tables around the pool.

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Swan and Dolphin's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to \r\n\r\n4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The \r\n\r\npools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout\r\nthe year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water \r\n\r\nwas fine, but getting out was a shock. Dolphin also has a hot \r\n\r\ntub located near Grotto Pool.

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Guests can find showers, storage lockers,\r\n restrooms, and laundry facilities. \r\n\r\nPool hours are at least 9 AM to 9 PM, extending to as much as \r\n\r\n8 AM to 12 AM during busy times.\r\n Grotto Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours. \r\n

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Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of Swan and Dolphin's \r\n\r\npools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings \r\n\r\nare allowed at all pools, and\r\n every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:\r\n

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You may need to bring your towels from your room to use at the pool - Swan \r\n\r\nand Dolphin sometimes stocks extra towels poolside, and sometimes they don't. \r\n\r\nOur advice is to send someone\r\n down to the pool to check the towel situation before you go. If you end up \r\n\r\nusing your room towels at the pool, just call Housekeeping when you get back \r\n\r\nand request more.

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Pool toys are permitted in Dolphin's pools, including \r\n\r\n\"pool noodles,\" and basic toys that would\r\nbe appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. \r\n\r\nSome of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing \r\n\r\ncatch in the pool. As\r\nlong as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that \r\n\r\nkids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want \r\n\r\nto play too. If you’re \r\ntraveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction \r\n\r\nduring your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are \r\n\r\nhe’ll make a buddy.\r\n

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Playgrounds at Swan and Dolphin

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Restaurants and Dining

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Shula's Steak House

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\r\nShula's Dinner Menu - Shula's Kids Dinner Menu

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If we had to describe Shula's in one word, meat - really expensive but very \r\n\r\nhigh quality meat. Only certified Angus beef is served: filet mignon, \r\n\r\nporterhouse (including a 48-ounce cut), and prime rib. This is part of the \r\n\r\nchain owned by former Miami Dolphins football coach Don Shula. It's classier \r\n\r\nthan it is kitschy, though printing the menu on the side of a football and \r\n\r\nplacing it on a kickoff tee in the center of the table is a bit much. They \r\n\r\ncould also do without the rehearsed spiel from the waiters, who sound \r\n\r\ncompletely bored as they present raw examples of the beef selections and a \r\n\r\nlive lobster at each table. Once you get past that, however, you're in for \r\n\r\nsome wonderful steaks.

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Celebrity chef Todd English opened this stylish Florida outpost, frequented by conventioneers who don't mind the high prices ($2.75 for a single oyster, $60 for the 2-pound lobster) or the expensive wine list. Food is sophisticated, but you can make a meal of the simple bowl of clam chowder with salt-cured bacon and the roasted-beet salad with greens, goat-cheese fondue,and walnut vinaigrette.

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The dreamy dining room is swathed in blues with iridescent bubbles suspended from the lights. The name is courtesy of chef Todd English's young son, who saw an under-the-sea movie and said it looked like a \"blue zoo.\" Open kitchen, raw bar, and \"dancing fish\" on a circular rotisserie.

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The Fountain Eats and Sweets

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Fountain Eats and Sweets is the place for Dolphin guests to get a quick bite. Create your own sundae at The Fountain Sweet Treats. Specialties include build-your-own burgers and hot dogs, BLTs, shakes, and ice-cream cones. The peanut-butter-and-jelly milk shake is worth every calorie.

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Picabu buffet/cafeteria restaurant that is open around the clock. We like the Loaded Nachos and Chicken Pot pie for lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu is a lot smaller than the lunch/dinner menu, but you can never go wrong with an omelette.

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Fresh Mediterranean Market is a pleasant, quiet spot for breakfast or lunch, with a menu that's more healthful than many. Breakfast specialties include fresh-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, made-to-order omelets. For lunch there's pasta, fish, beef sliders, and generous salads.

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Cabana Bar and Beach Club is Dolphin's \r\n\r\nmain lounge. Cabana Bar and Beach Club has indoor and outdoor seating and a full drink menu with several beers, wines, and a selection of spirits. It also has an assortment of appetizers and entrees. The lounge is usually open 11 AM to 10 PM daily.

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Transportation to and from Dolphin

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Dolphin. If you're not renting a car, be aware that \r\n\r\nSanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDolphin will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Dolphin for around \r\n\r\n$140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around \r\n\r\n$190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Dolphin. At those prices, it may be less \r\n\r\nexpensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Dolphin to Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon \r\n\r\nLagoon, and Disney Springs. Dolphin's bus stops sit along \r\n\r\nthe front wall of the lobby. Each \r\n\r\ntheme park has its own bus stop somewhere along\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while \r\n\r\nDisney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and \r\n\r\nservice.\r\n

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Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios can be accessed by boat from the \r\n\r\ndock located in between the Swan and Dolphin buildings. Boat service may be suspended during \r\n\r\nthunderstorms, so if it's raining or looks like it's about to, Disney will \r\n\r\nprovide buses.

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Dolphin's Bus Schedule

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\r\nFor example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, \r\n\r\nyou'll wait around 12 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus \r\n\r\nschedules for Animal Kingdom is about \r\n\r\nthe same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 10-15 minutes, on \r\n\r\naverage. Bus schedules to the water parks and Disney Springs are a little \r\n\r\nless frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes for a ride.\r\n

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If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Typhoon Lagoon \r\n\r\nand Blizzard Beach water parks, and Disney Springs. Disney's bus service\r\nis faster to the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom. We evaluate Dolphin's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.\r\n

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Getting to another hotel from Dolphin If you've got \r\n\r\ndining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney \r\n\r\nbus from Dolphin to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take \r\n\r\nanother bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back \r\n\r\nto Dolphin. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 \r\n\r\nhours each way. If your destination is \r\none of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still \r\n\r\nopen, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the \r\n\r\nContemporary and Bay Lake Tower),\r\nhop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat \r\n\r\n(to Fort Wilderness, the BoardWalk , the Polynesian, and the Grand \r\n\r\nFloridian). We suggest you still allow at least\r\nan hour for that.

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The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Dolphin to \r\n\r\nwherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride \r\n\r\nto get to most Disney hotels, and often less.\r\nTaxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out \r\n\r\nfront, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call \r\n\r\none for you.\r\n

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You can also take a boat in Crescent Lake to Disney's Boardwalk or the Yacht & Beach Club hotels. This option can also take some time depending on where you are going and how frequent the boats are running.

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To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney \r\n\r\nWorld and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your \r\n\r\nhotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at \r\n\r\nyour convenience. \r\nA one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have \r\n\r\nthree to five people.\r\n

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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The Health Club is the Dolphin's fitness center. It is located on the west side of the first floor. At the Swan, the Health Club is located near the pool. Both fitness centers are open daily 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

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Mandara Spa is Dolphin's full-service spa and salon. Massages, body therapies and facials are available. Mandara also offers spa packages that range from $240 to $585. For reservations call 407-934-4772

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Swan and Dolphin's has a large amount of shopping options in it's two buildings. Daisy’s Garden in the Dolphin, and Disney Cabanas in the Swan, have a decent collection of Disney souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such \r\n\r\nas keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. \r\n\r\nPrices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Disney Springs.

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\r\nPicabu is a 24-hour convenience store that sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, \r\n\r\naspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's \r\n\r\nwhat you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - \r\n\r\nabout double - than what you'd probably pay at home.\r\n

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Lamont’s is a boutique that specializes in men and women's apparel. Other items include Florida souvenirs, candles, lotions, and other gifts.

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For candy lovers there's Sugar3 in the Dolphin hotel. Here you'll find a huge selection of candy and candy-related objects.

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Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail at \r\n\r\nSwan and Dolphin. It is a scenic 0.8-mile course around around Cresent Lake. Thanks to bridges over Cresent Lake guests are able to make a full circle while passing by the Yacht & Beach Club and BoardWalk resorts.\r\n

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Swan and Dolphin Babysitting and In-Room Child Care

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\r\nTwo companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding \r\n\r\nareas. They're Kid's \r\n\r\nNite Out\r\nand Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older \r\n\r\nthan age 18 who are insured, bonded, \r\nscreened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition \r\n\r\nto caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will,\r\nif you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other \r\n\r\nvenues. Neither service will transport your children in private \r\nvehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.\r\n

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Miscellaneous Swan and Dolphin

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\r\nCoin-operated washers and dryers are in laundry facilities \r\n\r\nlocated on the first floor. Cost is around $2 per wash, and \r\n\r\nanother $2 per dry cycle.\r\nThe machines take quarters, and a change machine is provided. A small \r\n\r\nselection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for\r\naround $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry \r\n\r\ncycle takes 40 to 50.\r\n

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If you lose something during your stay, contact Dolphin's Lost \r\n\r\nand Found department by calling (407) 934-7639.\r\n

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These sprawling hotels are configured very differently, and their irregular\r\nshapes mean it’s easier to discuss groups of rooms in relation to\r\nexterior landmarks and compass directions rather than by room numbers.\r\nWhen speaking with a Disney reservationist, use our tips to ask for\r\na particular view or area.

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Consisting of a central A-frame with large wings jutting off each side and four smaller arms extending from the rear of the building, the Dolphin is attached to a large conference center, which means that the majority of guests are ostensibly there on business. The same amenities found at Disney Deluxe resorts are found at the Dolphin. All parks are accessible from a shuttle stop or a boat dock between the Dolphin and the Swan.

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If you want a room with easy access to shopping, dining, and transport to and from the parks, almost any Dolphin room will do. The shuttle (outside the main entrance) and the boat dock are equidistant from the main front and rear exits. Restaurants and shopping are primarily on the first and third floors. If you also want a view of something other than parking-lot asphalt, your choices narrow considerably. Rooms in the Dolphin with pleasant views are in the four arms on the rear of the building. Rooms on all the arms sport balconies from the first through fourth floors, then offer balconies or windows alternately on floors five through nine.

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One of the Dolphin's best views overlooks the Grotto pool on the far west side of the building. An artificial beach with a small waterfall is visible from rooms at the very end of the large west wing. None of these rooms has a balcony, but that might be a blessing, since the pool comes with canned tiki music and a bar. A better bet would be to ask for a room on the far west side of the first rear arm. These outer rooms have balconies and are more removed from the pool. Rooms on the inner, west part of that arm overlook a bladderwort-encrusted reflecting pool; these aren't recommended. Nor are the facing rooms on the next arm.

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Between the second and third arms looms the monstrous Dolphin fountain, and the better choices here are on the top two floors. There, from arm two you can see the BoardWalk (including any nighttime fireworks), and from arm three the Grotto pool. Otherwise, you may find you have a view of massive, green-concrete fish scales. The noise from the water is loud, and the fountain geysers continuously. Depending upon your personality, this is either soothing or maddening.

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Arm three and arm four are situated around a reflecting pool. A concern for rooms in this area is that the ferry toots its horn every time it approaches and departs the dock. Its path runs right by these rooms, and the horn blows just as it passes. The first time that happens, it's quaint. By the 117th, your hair will be coming out in clumps.

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The Crescent Lake side of arm four, and the small jut of the large Dolphin wing perpendicular to it, offer arguably the best views. You have an unobstructed view of the lake and Epcot fireworks, a fine BoardWalk view for people-watching, and, from higher floors, a view of the beach at Beach Club. There's ferry noise, but these rooms still have the most going for them. The best of the best in this arm are Rooms 8015, 7015, 5015, 4015, and 3015. Balcony rooms at the Dolphin generally run $40 a day more than rooms without balconies.

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Walt Disney World Swan Hotel Overview

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Although these resorts are inside the World and Disney handles\r\ntheir reservations, they’re owned by Sheraton (Dolphin) and Westin\r\n(Swan) and can be booked directly through their parent companies,\r\ntoo. Both are served by Disney transportation to the theme parks and\r\nparticipate in Extra Magic Hours and FastPass+, but neither offers\r\nDisney’s Magical Express bus service to and from the airport or participates\r\nin the Disney Dining Plan.

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Opened in 1990, the resorts face each other on either side of an\r\ninlet of Crescent Lake. The Dolphin is a 27-story triangular turquoise\r\nbuilding. On its roof are two 56-foot-tall fish balanced with their tails\r\nin the air. The Swan has a 12-story main building flanked by two\r\nseven-story towers. Two 47-foot-tall swans adorn its roof, paralleling\r\ntheir marine counterparts across the way.

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Both the Swan and the Dolphin have been described as bizarre\r\nand stylistically disjointed (“Art Deco gone haywire” comes to mind). They’re definitely architectural period pieces. The giant swans look\r\nswanlike, but the Dolphin’s fish more closely resemble catfish from\r\nouter space. The effect could be described as adventurous or unsettling,\r\ndepending on your point of view.

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The Dolphin’s lobby is the more ornate, featuring a rotunda with\r\nspokelike corridors branching off to shops, restaurants, and other\r\npublic areas. At the other end of the spectrum, the Swan’s lobby is so\r\nsmall that it seems an afterthought. Both resorts feature art of wildly\r\ndifferent styles and eras (from Matisse to Roy Lichtenstein). The Swan has a \r\nconventional rectangle pool. The Grotto Pool has an organic shape with a waterfall and slide.\r\n

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Reader comments about the Swan and Dolphin touch on the same\r\nseveral themes. The following remarks are representative. First, from\r\nan El Paso, Texas, reader:

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We scored a great deal through Mouse Savers and decided to give the\r\nSwan a try. The pool setup was super, and our room was beautiful\r\nand had a great view looking toward Epcot. Taking the two hotels\r\ntogether, the restaurant selection was the best I’ve seen in or out of\r\nthe World. On the downside, both hotels are really spread out, and it\r\nwas quite a hike from self-parking to the entrance of the Swan.
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A couple from Nashua, New Hampshire, also tout the Swan and Dolphin:

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We stayed at the Dolphin and found that neither the Disney nor the \r\n\r\nSwan and Dolphin websites, nor anything else, depict how great the pool \r\n\r\ncomplex is. Not only are there multiple pools, a sandy beach, swan boats, \r\n\r\nwhirlpools, a waterfall, a waterslide, and maybe the best poolside bar in all \r\n\r\nof Disney World, there’s also a wonderfully green, restful grotto-in-\r\n\r\ntropical-forest theme.
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Finally, thoughts from a woman writing from near Fort Worth,\r\nTexas:

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We stayed at the Dolphin, which I hadn’t stayed at before because\r\nsomething within me screamed, “NOT DISNEY,” and I couldn’t\r\nshut it up. But then we decided to take a relatively last-minute trip to\r\nWDW (we booked 40 or so days out, I think). All the Disney resorts\r\nwere booked, or we would’ve had to do a split stay. So I found the\r\nnurse discount at the Dolphin, and I was overjoyed! A great room,\r\ncomfy beds, fantastic pool, and WDW transportation just like any\r\nDisney resort for $200 a night! Not bad.
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How Swan Compares to Other Disney Deluxe Resorts

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Because the Swan and the Dolphin aren’t run by Disney, service is\r\nless relentlessly cheerful than at other on-property resorts. They’ll also\r\nnickel-and-dime you to death. For example, both tack on a $35-per-day\r\nresort fee and another $25 per day for self-parking. Even more shocking\r\nis the price the Dolphin’s gift shop charges for sundries: We paid\r\nalmost $10 for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream—roughly $3 more than\r\nDisney charges in its gift shops (and twice as much as Publix). Whatever\r\nrate you’re quoted at the Swan and the Dolphin, temper your expectations\r\nby adding another $50 per day in miscellaneous costs.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Swan's grounds. If you arrive by \r\n\r\ncar, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to \r\n\r\nprovide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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\r\nCheck-in time at Swan is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 12:00 PM. Swan & \r\n\r\nDolphin charge hefty fees for late check outs. Checking out between 12:00 PM \r\n\r\nand 2:00 PM will cost $40. Checking out between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM costs 1/2 \r\n\r\nDay's Rate. If you check out after 5:00 PM you will be charged a full day's \r\n\r\nrate.

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\r\nLook for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to \r\n\r\nprovide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card\r\nwhen you register. \r\n

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\r\nGet theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the \r\nright of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain \r\n\r\ntheme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line \r\n\r\nfor tickets just after\r\nanother adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also \r\n\r\nmake Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them \r\n\r\nonline prior to arrival.\r\n

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The Swan and Dolphin hotels charge a daily resort fee. \r\n\r\nGuests are charged $35 plus tax. There are some perks that this fee brings. \r\n\r\nGuests now receive in-room high-speed internet, unlimited local and domestic calls, use of the hotel's fitness club, and two bottles of water. Dolphin also charges a daily self-parking fee of $25\r\n\r\nper a day. Valet parking is $35.

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Walt Disney World Swan's Rooms

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Most of the Swan's rooms are 360 square feet and have two queen-size beds, \r\n\r\nand a desk and one chair. The current design incorporates light-colored\r\nwoods, glass surfaces, blue carpeting, and gray draperies. The plush Heavenly\r\nBeds are buttressed by oversize upholstered headboards. A 42\" high definition rests on a large dresser that also holds the mini-fridge. An oval, contemporary desk and chair complete the furnishings. Some rooms have\r\nbalconies. Westin’s Heavenly Beds make for ultra-comfy sleeping. The\r\nreading light is great in or out of bed.

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The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sits in the dresser. \r\n\r\nIt's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep \r\n\r\ndrinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it. \r\n

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A separate sink area is located next to the bathroom, it has enough counter \r\n\r\nspace to fit most of the toiletries you would need. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted \r\n\r\nhair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring your own if you've \r\n\r\ngot lots of hair.

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Handicap-Accessible Room Options

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\r\nSwan and Dolphin have handicap-accessible rooms that are furnished with one \r\n\r\nking bed and are situated next to an optional connecting room with either two \r\n\r\nqueen beds at the Swan or two double beds at the Dolphin. Handicap-accessible \r\n\r\nrooms may include altered counter-tops, and dresser drawer height, door \r\n\r\nwidths, wheelchair ramps, and more. All handicap-accessible rooms include a \r\n\r\nfire alarm which contains a strobe light if activated, flashing door knocker, \r\n\r\nvibrating alarm clock, and a TDD machine for the room's telephone.

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Pools

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Swan and Dolphin has three pools. The largest, Grotto Pool, sits near the \r\n\r\nhotel's convention center. There is also a hot tubs, kiddie pool, and water play \r\n\r\narea.\r\n

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Swan and Dolphin's pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to \r\n\r\n4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The \r\n\r\npools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout\r\nthe year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water \r\n\r\nwas fine, but getting out was a shock. Dolphin also has a hot \r\n\r\ntub located near Grotto Pool.

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Guests can find showers, storage lockers,\r\n restrooms, and laundry facilities. \r\n\r\nPool hours are at least 9 AM to 9 PM, extending to as much as \r\n\r\n8 AM to 12 AM during busy times.\r\n Grotto Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours. \r\n

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Infants and children in diapers are welcome in all of Swan and Dolphin's \r\n\r\npools, as long as they're wearing swim diapers. Water wings \r\n\r\nare allowed at all pools, and\r\n every pool has free life vests in a variety of sizes:\r\n

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Pool toys are permitted in Dolphin's pools, including \r\n\r\n\"pool noodles,\" and basic toys that would\r\nbe appropriate for water use such as rubber duckies and bucket & shovel sets. \r\n\r\nSome of us will occasionally bring something like a whiffle ball for playing \r\n\r\ncatch in the pool. As\r\nlong as you’re not disturbing other guests, you’ll be fine. Also note that \r\n\r\nkids with pool toys become very popular with other kids in the pool who want \r\n\r\nto play too. If you’re \r\ntraveling with an only child and want him to have some age cohort interaction \r\n\r\nduring your vacation, a nice strategy is to bring some extra toys. Chances are \r\n\r\nhe’ll make a buddy.\r\n

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Playgrounds at Swan and Dolphin

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Restaurants and Dining

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Garden Grove

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\r\nGarden Grove Weekday Breakfast Menu - Garden Grove Weekend Character \r\n\r\nBuffet Breakfast Menu - Garden Grove Kids' \r\n\r\nMenu-Weekday Breakfast Menu - Garden Grove Lunch Menu - Garden Grove Kids' Menu-Lunch Menu - Garden Grove Dinner Character Buffet \r\n\r\nMenu-Mediterranean - Garden Grove \r\n\r\nDinner Character Buffet Menu-Seafood Sensation - Garden Grove Dinner Character \r\n\r\nBuffet Menu-Southern Barbecue

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Garden Grove's dependable fare isn't worth a special trip unless you want \r\n\r\nsome time with the Disney characters - and it's a bargain compared to other \r\n\r\ncharacter-dining experiences. The spacious dining room has a 25-foot faux oak \r\n\r\ntree as its centerpiece, and sunlight streams in from the restaurant's tall \r\n\r\nwindows. At night, the lights are dimmed, the oak tree is full of lanterns and \r\n\r\ntwinkling lights, and street lamps create the pleasant ambience of a nighttime \r\n\r\ngarden.

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Il Mulino New York Trattoria

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\r\nIl Mulino Dinner Menu - Il Mulino Kids Dinner Menu - Family Style Dinner Menu

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A spinoff of the New York City restaurant, II Mulino takes an upscale-\r\n\r\ncasual approach to Italian cuisine, with family-style platters for sharing in \r\n\r\nthe noisy dining room. Tables are dark wood. An open kitchen creates a bustle. \r\n\r\nYou can request private dining in one of the smaller rooms.

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The tried-and-true menu never changes. Dinner starts with a complimentary \r\n\r\ntaste of Parmesan-topped roasted eggplant, along with ciabatta and foccacia \r\n\r\nbreads and cacciatorini sausages, and ends with a complimentary sip of \r\n\r\nlimoncello, the lemon-flavored Italian liqueur. The dining room's hardwood \r\n\r\nfloors and faux-exposed-brick walls create a contemporary space but don't \r\n\r\nbuffer the noise.

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Kimonos

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More and more diners are discovering this little out-of-the-way spot for \r\n\r\npristine sushi. The skill of the sushi artists is as much a joy to watch as is \r\n\r\neating the wonderfully fresh creations. There are no full entrees here, just \r\n\r\ngood sushi and appetizers. The Swan resort hosts many Japanese tourists, and \r\n\r\nyou'll find many of them here on any given night.

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Although sushi and sashimi are the focus, Kimonos also serves hot \r\n\r\nappetizers, including tempura-battered shrimp and vegetables; Kobe beef and \r\n\r\nduck satays; spicy Thai egg-drop soup; and miso soup. The decor consists of \r\n\r\nblack-lacquered tabletops and counters, tall pillars rising to bamboo rafters \r\n\r\nwith rice-paper lanterns, and elegant kimonos that hang outstretched on the \r\n\r\nwalls and between the dining sections. The chefs will greet you with a \r\n\r\nfriendly welcome, and you'll be offered a hot towel to clean your hands.

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Java Bar

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Java Bar is located near the rear entrance of the Swan building. Its menu \r\n\r\nincludes a variety of coffees, pastries, and other beverages. As well as \r\n\r\nbagels, croissants, and paninis.

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Cabana Bar and Beach Club \r\n\r\nis Dolphin's main lounge. Cabana Bar and Beach Club has indoor and outdoor \r\n\r\nseating and a full drink menu with several beers, wines, and a selection of \r\n\r\nspirits. It also has an assortment of appetizers and entrees. The lounge is \r\n\r\nusually open 11 AM to 10 PM daily.

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At the pool located next to the Swan building there is Splash Terrace. It also \r\n\r\nincludes a selection of alcoholic beverages. Splash Terrace dining menu is \r\n\r\nmade up of sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and ice cream.

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Transportation to and from Swan

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\r\nDriving Your Own Car Swan is just off of I-4 in Lake Buena \r\n\r\nVista. Take I-4 Exit 67 - Epcot/Disney Springs. Take Buena \r\n\r\nVista Dr for about 1.2 miles to Epcot Resort Blvd. Turn right on Epcot Resorts \r\n\r\nBlvd and Swan will be on your right.\r\n

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Swan's GPS address and location are:\r\n

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Swan. If you're not renting a car, be aware that \r\n\r\nSanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nSwan will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Dolphin for around \r\n\r\n$140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around \r\n\r\n$190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Swan. At those prices, it may be less \r\n\r\nexpensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Swan to Magic Kingdom and Disney's \r\n\r\nAnimal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Swan's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby. Each theme \r\n\r\npark has its own bus stop somewhere along\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while \r\n\r\nDisney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and \r\n\r\nservice.\r\n

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Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios can be accessed by boat from the dock \r\n\r\nlocated in between the Swan and Dolphin buildings. Boat service may be \r\n\r\nsuspended during thunderstorms, so if it's raining or looks like it's about \r\n\r\nto, Disney will provide buses.

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Swan's Bus Schedule

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\r\nAsk a Cast Member about Swan and Dolphin's bus schedule, and they'll tell you \r\n\r\nthat buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Swan and Dolphin's bus \r\n\r\nschedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're \r\n\r\nheaded.\r\n

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\r\nFor example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, \r\n\r\nyou'll wait around 12 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus \r\n\r\nschedules for Animal Kingdom is about the same early in the day, with a bus \r\n\r\narriving every 10-15 minutes, on average. Bus schedules to the water parks and \r\n\r\nDisney Springs are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from \r\n\r\n20 to 40 minutes for a ride.\r\n

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\r\nBuses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people \r\n\r\nare already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme \r\n\r\nparks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back \r\n\r\nto their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should \r\n\r\naverage out to around 30 minutes under most circumstances.\r\n

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If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Typhoon Lagoon \r\n\r\nand Blizzard Beach water parks, and Disney Springs. Disney's bus service\r\nis faster to the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom. We evaluate \r\n\r\nDolphin's bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be \r\n\r\nfound below.\r\n

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Getting to another hotel from Swan If you've got dining \r\n\r\nplans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus \r\n\r\nfrom Swan to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus \r\n\r\nfrom there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Dolphin. \r\n\r\nWhile that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. \r\n\r\nIf your destination is \r\none of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still \r\n\r\nopen, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the \r\n\r\nContemporary and Bay Lake Tower),\r\nhop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat \r\n\r\n(to Fort Wilderness, the BoardWalk , the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). \r\n\r\nWe suggest you still allow at least\r\nan hour for that.

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The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Swan to \r\n\r\nwherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride \r\n\r\nto get to most Disney hotels, and often less.\r\nTaxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out \r\n\r\nfront, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call \r\n\r\none for you.\r\n

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You can also take a boat in Crescent Lake to Disney's Boardwalk or the \r\n\r\nYacht & Beach Club hotels. This option can also take some time depending on \r\n\r\nwhere you are going and how frequent the boats are running.

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To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney \r\n\r\nWorld and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your \r\n\r\nhotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at \r\n\r\nyour convenience. \r\nA one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have \r\n\r\nthree to five people.\r\n

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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The Health Club is the Dolphin's fitness center. It is \r\n\r\nlocated on the west side of the first floor. At the Swan, the Health Club is \r\n\r\nlocated near the pool. Both fitness centers are open daily 6:00 AM to 9:00 \r\n\r\nPM.

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Mandara Spa is Swan and Dolphin's full-service spa and \r\n\r\nsalon. Massages, body therapies and facials are available. Mandara also offers \r\n\r\nspa packages that range from $240 to $585. For reservations call 407-934-\r\n\r\n4772

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Swan and Dolphin's has a large amount of shopping options in it's two \r\n\r\nbuildings. Daisy’s Garden in the Dolphin, and Disney \r\n\r\nCabanas in the Swan, have a decent collection of Disney souvenirs \r\n\r\nranging from small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets \r\n\r\nand Disney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay \r\n\r\nin the theme parks or Disney Springs.

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\r\nPicabu is a 24-hour convenience store that sells basic pharmacy items such as \r\n\r\nsunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, \r\n\r\nshampoo, cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what \r\n\r\nyou're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about \r\n\r\ndouble - than what you'd probably pay at home.\r\n

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Lamont’s is a boutique that specializes in men and women's \r\n\r\napparel. Other items include Florida souvenirs, candles, lotions, and other \r\n\r\ngifts.

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For candy lovers there's Sugar3 in the Dolphin hotel. Here \r\n\r\nyou'll find a huge selection of candy and candy-related objects.

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Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail at \r\n\r\nSwan and Dolphin. It is a scenic 0.8-mile course around around Cresent Lake. \r\n\r\nThanks to bridges over Cresent Lake guests are able to make a full circle \r\n\r\nwhile passing by the Yacht & Beach Club and BoardWalk resorts.\r\n

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Swan and Dolphin Babysitting and In-Room Child Care

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\r\nTwo companies provide in-room sitting in Walt Disney World and surrounding \r\n\r\nareas. They're Kid's \r\n\r\nNite Out\r\nand Fairy Godmothers (no kidding). Both provide sitters older \r\n\r\nthan age 18 who are insured, bonded, \r\nscreened, reference-checked, police-checked, and trained in CPR. In addition \r\n\r\nto caring for your kids in your room, the sitters will,\r\nif you direct (and pay), take your children to the theme parks or other \r\n\r\nvenues. Neither service will transport your children in private \r\nvehicles or give baths. Both offer bilingual sitters.\r\n

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Miscellaneous Swan and Dolphin

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\r\nCoin-operated washers and dryers are in laundry facilities \r\n\r\nlocated on the first floor in the Dolphin building. Cost is around $2 per wash, and another $2 per dry \r\n\r\ncycle. The machines take quarters, and a change machine is provided. A small \r\n\r\nselection of soap, fabric softener, and dryer sheets are also sold, for\r\naround $1 each. A typical wash cycle takes 20 to 30 minutes, and a typical dry \r\n\r\ncycle takes 40 to 50.\r\n

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If you lose something during your stay, contact Swan's Lost and \r\n\r\nFound department by calling (407) 934-3000.\r\n

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These sprawling hotels are configured very differently, and their irregular\r\nshapes mean it’s easier to discuss groups of rooms in relation to\r\nexterior landmarks and compass directions rather than by room numbers.\r\nWhen speaking with a Disney reservationist, use our tips to ask for\r\na particular view or area.

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East-facing rooms offer prime views, particularly in the upper\r\nhalf of the seven-story wing above Il Mulino New York Trattoria. From this vantage point, guests overlook a canal and the BoardWalk, with Epcot\r\nin the distance. IllumiNations fireworks enliven the view nightly. Balcony\r\nrooms are available on floors five, six, and seven for an additional $50 and\r\nup per night. However, rooms in the wing nearest the hotel’s main section\r\nhave the southern portion of their view obscured by the building’s easternmost\r\nportion, which juts east beyond the seven-story wing. There are some\r\neast-facing rooms on that portion of the main section, sans balconies.\r\nLofty palm trees obscure the view from east-facing rooms below the fourth\r\nfloor. The best rooms with an Epcot view are 626 and 726.

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North-facing rooms afford views of the Dolphin and (generally) of the courtyard. Exceptions are the north-facing rooms on the easternmost portion of the main section, which look across Crescent Terrace to the BoardWalk. These afford angled views of Epcot and are buffered by palms on the lowest three floors. The few north-facing rooms at the end of the Swan's two eight-story wings directly overlook Crescent Lake. However, the bulk of north-facing rooms are in the main section and overlook the courtyard, with greenery, fountains, and an indoor cafe in its center. Courtyard-facing rooms are subject to noise from below, though never much.

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North-facing main-section rooms have a more direct view of the Dolphin across the lake than the courtyard-facing rooms in either eight-story wing. However, most wing rooms can view the lake at an angle. Those on the northern edge of the western wing also view the BoardWalk at an angle.

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Most courtyard-facing rooms have balconies; 224 rooms are so equipped, and these balconies offer panoramic 180-degree views. Of course, from most rooms at the Swan, part of any 180-degree view will include another section of the hotel.

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The Swan's worst views are from west-facing rooms above the fourth floor, which overlook the unsightly roof of the hotel's western wing. The northernmost rooms in the wing directly above Kimonos restaurant are an exception to this, as their balconies overlook the pool and the beach on Crescent Lake's western shore. Rooms 680-691 offer nice pool views.

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Above the Swan's main entrance, south-facing rooms overlook the parking lot, with forest and Disney's Hollywood Studios in the distance. However, the canal is also visible to the east. These rooms lack balconies.

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The Swan Reserve is scheduled to open in Summer 2021.

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Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort Overview

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Opened in 2009, Bay Lake Tower is\r\na 15-story, 295-unit DVC resort featuring studios and one-, two-, and\r\nthree-bedroom villas, as well as two-story, three-bedroom Grand Villas\r\nwith spectacular views of Bay Lake and the Magic Kingdom. Laid out in\r\na semicircle, Bay Lake Tower is connected to the Contemporary by an\r\nelevated, covered walkway and shares the main resort’s monorail service.

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Bay Lake Tower has its own check-in desk as well as its own private\r\npool and pool bar, plus a small fire pit on the beach. Its Top of the World\r\nlounge is the best bar on Disney property; unfortunately, it’s only for\r\nDVC owners. If you’re not one, offer to buy the first round of drinks in\r\nexchange for an invite.

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Please see our description of the Contemporary for more \r\n\r\ninformation about the amenities shared with that resort.

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Unofficial Guide reader opinions of Bay Lake Tower have been mostly \r\npositive. A Minnesota family of four loved Bay Lake Tower as well:

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We had a studio with a Magic Kingdom view. The balcony was a \r\n\r\nprivate oasis where my husband and I would relax and watch the fireworks \r\n\r\ntogether after the kids were asleep. On our second night he looked at me and \r\n\r\nsaid, \"We're always going to stay here.\"
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A Tennessee family wasn’t in love with Bay Lake Tower’s views:

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The Magic Kingdom view isn’t as magical as Disney wants you to \r\n\r\nbelieve. Sure, you can see the fireworks from your room, but they’re off-\r\n\r\ncenter over Space Mountain. During the day, your view is the Bay Lake Tower \r\n\r\nparking lot. The lake view, on the other hand, may be the most peaceful view \r\n\r\nat Walt Disney World, and is a far better use of your money or \r\n\r\npoints.
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How Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort Compares to Other \r\n\r\nDisney Villa Resorts

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The major advantage of Bay Lake Tower is that is a short walk to Walt \r\n\r\nDisney World's flagship theme park, Magic Kingdom. If you don't want to make \r\n\r\nthe 10 minute walk you can also take a Monorail, which has a station in the \r\n\r\nContemporary's lobby. The same Monorail can be also be used to ride to the \r\n\r\nTransportation And Ticket Center, here guests can transfer to another Monorail \r\n\r\nand ride to the front gate of Epcot.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Bay Lake Tower's grounds. If you \r\n\r\narrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary \r\n\r\nto provide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day. (This fee is waived for DVC members staying on points.)

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\r\nCheck-in time at Bay Lake Tower is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. \r\n\r\nContemporary/Bay Lake Tower participates in Disney's \r\nOnline Check-In program, which allows \r\n\r\nyou to you provide name, address, and credit card information\r\nup to 60 days before your arrival. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether. Registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Beginning January 1, 2021, guests will no longer receive complimentary MagicBands but will still have the option to purchase them.\r\n

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\r\nIf you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the \r\n\r\nRegistration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo \r\n\r\nID and credit/debit card\r\nwhen you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind \r\n\r\nin a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television \r\n\r\nshowing classic Disney animated films.\r\n

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\r\nBay Lake Tower's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if \r\n\r\nyou don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining reservations \r\n\r\nat the Concierge Desk, to the \r\nright of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain \r\n\r\ntheme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line \r\n\r\nfor tickets just after\r\nanother adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also \r\n\r\nmake Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them \r\n\r\nonline prior to arrival.\r\n

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Bay Lake Tower's Rooms

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Bay Lake Tower Studios: Studios sleep up to four people \r\n\r\nand include one queen-size bed and one double sleeper sofa. The part of the \r\n\r\nstudio with the bed, sofa, and television measures about 170 square feet and \r\n\r\nfeels small with just two people; four would be an adventure. A recent \r\n\r\nrefurbishment of all studio rooms moved the bath’s sink from the kitchen to \r\n\r\nthe bathroom.

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Bay Lake Tower 1-Bedroom Villa: The 1-bedroom villa sleeps \r\n\r\n5 and provides a formal kitchen, a second bathroom and a living room in \r\n\r\naddition to the studio bedroom. The living room's chair and sofa fold out to \r\n\r\nprovide beds for 3 more people.

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Bay Lake Tower Two-bedroom villas: Two-bedroom villas \r\n\r\nsleep nine and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, \r\n\r\nplus an extra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with \r\n\r\ntwo queen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one-\r\n\r\nbedrooms, a sofa bed and sleeper chair in the living room provide extra places \r\n\r\nto snooze, though they're best suited to small children. Bathrooms in the \r\n\r\ntwo-bedroom villas are laid out a bit better than those in the one-bedrooms, \r\n\r\nwith more room to move about. One odd feature in these (also found at other \r\n\r\nDVC resorts) is a folding door separating the tub from the master bedroom. \r\n\r\nNevertheless, we think the two-bedroom villas are the best of Bay Lake Tower's \r\n\r\nstandard offerings.

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Bay Lake Tower Grand Villas: The two-story Grand Villas \r\n\r\nsleep 12 and include four bathrooms, the same master-bedroom layout, and two \r\n\r\nbedrooms with two queen beds apiece. An upstairs seating area overlooking the \r\n\r\nmain floor provides a sleeper sofa and chair. These rooms have two-story \r\n\r\nwindows offering unparalleled views of the Magic Kingdom - and unparalleled \r\n\r\nprices to match.

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A lot of thought went into the bathroom design. You enter the bath through \r\n\r\na sliding pocket door instead of a traditional hinged model. The pocket door \r\n\r\nprovides plenty of room and makes it easy to move around inside. The curved \r\n\r\nshower-curtain rod is inspired. Combined with the pocket door, the curtain rod \r\n\r\nmakes the bathroom feel much bigger than it is. Another thoughtful touch: A \r\n\r\nsmall motion sensor detects when you’re up and moving at night, and turns on a \r\n\r\ndimmed bathroom light to help you find your way.

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Bay Lake Tower's bathroom sinks have an avant-garde flat-bottom design. If \r\n\r\nyou can name a single Belgian architect or you own shoes made in Scandinavia, \r\n\r\nyou’ll probably love them; other folks think they look like lab equipment. \r\n\r\nWhen brushing your teeth, spit directly over the drain; otherwise, the \r\n\r\ntoothpaste glob doesn't move. One minor gripe: You have to scoot around one of \r\n\r\nthe sinks to get in the shower. (We’re sure George Clooney has his quirks, \r\n\r\ntoo.)

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Bay Lake Views, Theme Park Views and Standard Views

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Bay Lake Tower Pools

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Bay Cove Pool and Feature Pool each have one water slide that all ages are \r\n\r\nfree to use. Guests can find showers, storage \r\n\r\nlockers,\r\n restrooms, and laundry facilities. \r\n\r\nPool hours are at least 9 AM to 8 PM, \r\n\r\nextending to as much as 7 AM to 11 PM during busy times.\r\n Feature Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours. \r\n

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Bay Lake Tower Restaurants and Dining

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Contemporary Resort Restaurants and Dining

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California Grill

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High atop the Contemporary Resort, the award-winning California Grill sets \r\n\r\nthe standard for Disney dining. But expect a boisterous crowd-the noise level \r\n\r\nmakes quiet conversation difficult. Still, the view from the 15th floor is \r\n\r\nstellar, one of the best spots for watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks. It's \r\n\r\nso popular that the Grill no longer allows just anyone on the elevator for a \r\n\r\nride to the top - you must have a dinner reservation. A show kitchen is the \r\n\r\ncenterpiece of the airy dining room.

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The California Grill still is one of Disney's top dining experiences, more \r\n\r\nlike a hot spot in L.A. or New York City than Disney World. We like the seats \r\n\r\nat the bar in front of the kitchen, or a coveted window seat. Though it's a \r\n\r\nsophisticated dining experience, be warned that you'll see plenty of kids in \r\n\r\nthe dining room.

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Chef Brian Piasecki takes advantage of seasonal produce, fish, and meats. \r\n\r\nSushi chef Yoshie has been there for more than 16 years, creating sublime, \r\n\r\nartful sushi that's a meal in itself. Oven-fired flatbreads are always on the \r\n\r\nmenu, as well as grilled pork tenderloin with creamy polenta and Zinfandel \r\n\r\nglaze, a favorite since day one.

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Chef Mickey's is a all-you-can-eat buffet with that features a colorful, \r\n\r\nopen dining room with the monorail running overhead, this is one of the most \r\n\r\npopular Disney-character restaurants-mostly because you're guaranteed an \r\n\r\naudience with Mickey Mouse, who dons a chef's toque and visits every single \r\n\r\ntable for photos. (Goofy, Minnie, Donald, and Pluto are on hand, too.) The \r\n\r\nbuffet circles the center of the room. It's loud, crowded, busy, and fun for \r\n\r\nfamilies. We rarely see anyone here without kids in tow.

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Go hungry, and this all-you-can-eat buffet is a good value for families; \r\n\r\nthere's plenty for picky eaters, and you can start or end the day with a full \r\n\r\ntummy and photos of the top Disney characters already checked off your to-do \r\n\r\nlist. Selections at both breakfast and dinner are freshly prepared and served \r\n\r\nin casseroles and platters on special heated countertops - a small step up \r\n\r\nfrom chafing dishes.

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The Wave...of American Flavors

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The kitchen continues to create healthful dining options and source local \r\n\r\nproducts, setting a good example for other Disney restaurants. Organic beers, \r\n\r\norganic coffees, hip cocktails, and all-screw-cap wines focusing on New World \r\n\r\nwines from Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa are part \r\n\r\nof the forward-thinking menu.

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The Wave serves unusual drinks like the Antioxidant Cocktail and the \r\n\r\nstrawberry-lychee margarita; For breakfast, a new buffet, Supercharged \r\n\r\nTropical Smoothie, multigrain pancakes, make-your-own muesli; for lunch, \r\n\r\navocado-and-citrus salad, Italian chef salad, Reuben; For dinner, sustainable \r\n\r\nfish, braised lamb shank.

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Contempo Cafe is the resort's counter service restaurant. It has faster \r\n\r\nservice and is less expensive than The Wave, but still has its quirks. For \r\n\r\none, you place your order on an ATM-like touch-screen kiosk, leaving one to \r\n\r\nwonder whether dining at a $300 per night resort is supposed to feel like the \r\n\r\nself-checkout aisle at the grocery store. If you want to modify your order in \r\n\r\nany way - say, hold the onions on the flatbread - you have to walk to the \r\n\r\npick-up window and instruct the staff. The food is fresh and tasty, but the \r\n\r\nordering process is a bit convoluted. Noise from the nearby Chef Mickeys can \r\n\r\ndrown out all but the most enthusiastic conversationalist.

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Restaurants at Contemporary participate in the Disney \r\n\r\nDining Plan; meals cost 1 credit at The Wave, Chef Mickey's and Contempo \r\n\r\nCafe, and 2 credits at California Grill. Tables in Wonderland\r\ncardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.\r\n

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Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own \r\n\r\ndelivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and \r\n\r\nsodas are also available. However,\r\ndelivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below \r\n\r\naverage. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or \r\n\r\ncalling Domino's. Pizza\r\ndelivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16\") cheese pizza costs \r\n\r\naround $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will \r\n\r\ntack on an 18% tip, \r\n$3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you \r\n\r\n$40.50 delivered.\r\n

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Contemporary Resort Bars and Lounges

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Transportation to and from Disney's Bay Lake Tower

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's Contemporary Resort. If you're not renting a \r\n\r\ncar, be aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's Contemporary Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on \r\n\r\ntraffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's \r\n\r\nContemporary Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV \r\n\r\nservice or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Bay Lake Tower. At those prices, \r\n\r\nit may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Downtown \r\n\r\nDisney\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Contemporary Resort to Disney's \r\n\r\nHollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, \r\n\r\nand Disney Springs. Disney's Contemporary Resort's bus stops \r\n\r\nsit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in parking \r\n\r\nlot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while \r\n\r\nDisney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and \r\n\r\nservice. Bay Lake Tower does not have its own bus stop or Monorail station. \r\n\r\nGuests must use the stations at the Contemporary.\r\n

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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Olympiad Health Club is Contemporary's fitness center and \r\n\r\nspa. It is open 24 hours a day but attendants are only available from 8:00 AM \r\n\r\nto 7:00 PM. Swedish, Aromatherapy, and Firm Pressure massage treatment \r\n\r\nservices are available.

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Best and Worst Room Views at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort

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Bay Lake Tower is laid out in a semicircle, with rooms facing northwest \r\n\r\nhaving direct views of Magic Kingdom. Most theme park view rooms have a large parking lot between Bay Lake Tower at Magic Kingdom. Luckily you'll notice the parking lot less the higher floor you stay on. Once you get to around the seventh floor it doesn't become an issue.\r\n\r\n

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Room 8220: Theme Park View room on the 12th floor.
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Room 8512: So close that you can hear the train whistle.
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Rooms on the south side of the tower face the contemporary resort's main building. again, you'll see a lot of the parking lot in these rooms. beyond the parking lot you'll see seven seas lagoon and disney's grand floridian resort.

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Room 8018: This is technically a Magic Kingdom View, but you may have to crane your neck to see it.
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Low level rooms around the resort are usually tagged as standard view rooms. Views include landscaping, foliage, the courtyard and pool complex, and service areas.

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Room 7142: A Standard View room with a view of Bay Lake.
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We mentioned that Bay Lake Tower is laid out in a semicircle. Inside the semicircle you'll find views of the resort's Bay Cove Pool. Upper level rooms also have good views of Bay Lake.

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Room 8225: 12th floor room categorized as a Bay Lake View.
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This is our page covering the Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge. Wilderness Lodge also has a main building, as well as second Disney Vacation Club wing, which we cover in-depth on their own pages. See Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins for more information.

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Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Overview

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Wilderness Lodge resort is inspired by national-park lodges of the early \r\n\r\n20th century. The Wilderness Lodge ranks with Animal Kingdom Lodge as \r\n\r\none of the most impressively themed and meticulously detailed Disney resorts. \r\n\r\nSituated on the shore of Bay Lake, the hotel features exposed timber \r\n\r\ncolumns, log cabin– style facades, and dormer windows. The grounds are \r\n\r\nlandscaped with evergreen pines and pampas grass. The lobby in the main \r\n\r\nbuilding boasts an 82-foot-tall stone fireplace and two 55-foot Pacific \r\n\r\nNorthwest totem poles. Timber pillars, giant tepee chandeliers, and stone-, \r\n\r\nwood-, and marble-inlaid floors accentuate the lobby’s rustic luxury. Although \r\n\r\nthe resort isn’t on vast acreage, it does have a beach and a delightful pool \r\n\r\nmodeled on a mountain stream.

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The 136 villas are studio and one- and two-bedroom units in a freestanding \r\n\r\nbuilding to the right of the lodge. Studios offer kitchenettes; one- and two-\r\n\r\nbedroom villas come with full kitchens. The lodge’s rustic decor extends to \r\n\r\nthe villas, which can be booked by non-DVC members as space allows.

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Service at Wilderness Lodge is excellent. There are two full-\r\n\r\nservice restaurants, with several more a boat ride away. The resort is \r\n\r\nconnected to the Magic Kingdom by boat and to other Disney parks by bus. Boat \r\n\r\nservice may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it’s raining or looks \r\n\r\nlike it’s about to, Disney will provide buses. Walking time to bus- and boat-\r\n\r\nloading areas from the most remote rooms is about 5–8 minutes.

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How Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Compares to Other Disney \r\n\r\nResorts

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The major advantage of Wilderness Lodge Villas is that the Magic Kingdom is \r\n\r\nshort boat ride away. Wilderness Lodge does offer a fitness center, salon, and \r\n\r\na spa.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Wilderness Lodge's grounds. If you \r\n\r\narrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary \r\n\r\nto provide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day. (This fee is waived for DVC members staying on points.)

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\r\nCheck-in time at Boulder Ridge is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. \r\n\r\nWilderness Lodge participates in Disney's \r\nOnline Check-In program, which allows \r\n\r\nyou to you provide name, address, and credit card information\r\nup to 60 days before your arrival. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.\r\n\r\nWilderness Lodge's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Beginning January 1, 2021, guests will no longer receive complimentary MagicBan\r\n

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\r\nIf you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the \r\n\r\nRegistration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo \r\n\r\nID and credit/debit card\r\nwhen you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind \r\n\r\nin a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television \r\n\r\nshowing classic Disney animated films.\r\n

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\r\nDisney's Wilderness Lodge's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your \r\n\r\nstay (free MagicBands were discontinued in January 2021), if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and dining \r\n\r\nreservations at the Concierge Desk, to the \r\nright of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain \r\n\r\ntheme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line \r\n\r\nfor tickets just after\r\nanother adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also \r\n\r\nmake Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them \r\n\r\nonline prior to arrival.\r\n

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Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Rooms

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Boulder Ridge Studios: Studios sleep up to five people following 2014 renovations; they now include one queen-size bed, and a queen-sized sofa bed. The total Studio room size is 356 square feet, with about half of that being dedicated to the kitchen and bathroom area

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Boulder Ridge One-Bedroom Villa: The one-bedroom villa sleeps 4 and provides a formal kitchen and a living room in addition to the studio bedroom, which contains a king bed. The living room's sofa folds out to provide a queen bed. One-Bedrooms Villas are 727 square feet.

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\r\nBoulder Ridge One-Bedroom Villa.\r\n

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Boulder Ridge Two-bedroom villas: Two-bedroom villas sleep 8 and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, plus an extra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with two queen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one-bedrooms, a sofa bed in the living room provides an extra place to snooze. Two-Bedroom Villas are 1,080 square feet.

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\r\nBoulder Ridge Villas room layout.\r\n

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For dining, shopping, recreation, and other amenities, see our main Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort page.

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Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Villas

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Room 4561: Trees. You'll see a lot of these from your room at Wilderness Lodge Villas.
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Except for a few rooms overlooking the pool, rooms at Wilderness Lodge Villas offer woodland views. The best are odd-numbered rooms 2531–2563 and 3531–3563, which open to the northeast, or lakeside, of the resort (though you can’t see the lake). Rooms on the opposite side of the same wing offer similar views, but with some roads and parking lots visible, and with traffic noise.\r\n

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The view from your window for the most part includes landscaping and trees. but some rooms look on to a walking path or a the resort's pool.

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Room 1509: Some rooms look out on to a walking path.
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This is our page covering the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Wilderness Lodge also has a main building, as well as second Disney Vacation Club wing, which we cover in-depth on their own pages. See Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Boulder Ridge Villas for more information.

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Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Overview

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Wilderness Lodge resort is inspired by national-park lodges of the early \r\n\r\n20th century. The Copper Creek, along with Wilderness Lodge and Boulder Ridge, ranks with Animal Kingdom Lodge as \r\n\r\none of the most impressively themed and meticulously detailed Disney resorts. \r\n\r\nSituated on the shore of Bay Lake, the hotel features exposed timber \r\n\r\ncolumns, log cabin– style facades, and dormer windows. The grounds are \r\n\r\nlandscaped with evergreen pines and pampas grass. The lobby in the main \r\n\r\nbuilding boasts an 82-foot-tall stone fireplace and two 55-foot Pacific \r\n\r\nNorthwest totem poles. Timber pillars, giant tepee chandeliers, and stone-, \r\n\r\nwood-, and marble-inlaid floors accentuate the lobby’s rustic luxury. Although \r\n\r\nthe resort isn’t on vast acreage, it does have a beach and a delightful pool \r\n\r\nmodeled on a mountain stream.

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The 220 villas are studio, one-, two-bedroom, and grand villa units in wing on the right of the lodge. Studios offer kitchenettes; one-, two-\r\n\r\nbedroom, and grand villas come with full kitchens. The lodge’s rustic decor extends to \r\n\r\nthe villas, which can be booked by non-DVC members as space allows.

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Service at Wilderness Lodge & Villas is excellent. There are two full-\r\n\r\nservice restaurants, with several more a boat ride away. The resort is \r\n\r\nconnected to the Magic Kingdom by boat and to other Disney parks by bus. Boat \r\n\r\nservice may be suspended during thunderstorms, so if it’s raining or looks \r\n\r\nlike it’s about to, Disney will provide buses. Walking time to bus- and boat-\r\n\r\nloading areas from the most remote rooms is about 5–8 minutes.

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Copper Creek also feature lakeside cabins which sleeps up to 8. Cabins contain 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa, 1 Bunk-Size Pull-Down Bed, 1 Twin-Size Sleeper Chair. All cabins feature lovely views of Bay Lake.

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How Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort & Villas Compares to Other Disney \r\n\r\nResorts

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The major advantage of Wilderness Lodge Villas is that the Magic Kingdom is \r\n\r\nshort boat ride away. Wilderness Lodge does offer a fitness center, salon, and \r\n\r\na spa.

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Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Rooms

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Studios: Studios sleep up to four people. They include one queen-size bed, and a queen-sized sofa bed. The total Studio room size is 345 square feet, with about half of that being dedicated to the kitchen and bathroom area

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\r\nCopper Creek Studio sleeping and kitchen areas.\r\n

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One-Bedroom Villas: The one-bedroom villa sleeps 4 and provides a formal kitchen and a living room in addition to the studio bedroom, which contains a queen bed. The living room's sofa folds out to provide a queen bed. One-Bedrooms Villas are 761 square feet.

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Two-bedroom Villas: Two-bedroom villas sleep 8 and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, plus an extra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with two queen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one-bedrooms, a sofa bed in the living room provides an extra place to snooze. Two-Bedroom Villas are 1,105 square feet.

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Three-bedroom Grand Villas: Grand villas sleep up to 12 in a total of 3204 square feet. Grand Villas contain three bathrooms, one of which you'll find in a master bedroom containing a king size bed. Another bedroom, which holds two queen beds, is also connected to a bathroom. The final bedroom also contains two queen beds. A couch in the living room converts in to a queen bed as well.

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Cabins: Copper Creek cabins sleep up to 8 and provides a kitchen, living room with queen size sofa bed and twin sleeper chair, bedroom with king bed and bathroom, a second bedroom with queen bed and pull down bunk-size bed, and bathroom next door to the kitchen. Cabins are 1737 square feet.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Wilderness Lodge's grounds. If you \r\n\r\narrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary \r\n\r\nto provide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day. (This fee is waived for DVC members staying on points.)

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\r\nCheck-in time at Wilderness Lodge is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. \r\n\r\nWilderness Lodge participates in Disney's \r\nOnline Check-In program, which allows \r\n\r\nyou to you provide name, address, and credit card information\r\nup to 60 days before your arrival. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.\r\n\r\nWilderness Lodge's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Beginning January 1, 2021, guests will no longer receive complimentary MagicBands but will still have the option to purchase them.\r\n

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\r\nIf you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the \r\n\r\nRegistration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo \r\n\r\nID and credit/debit card\r\nwhen you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind \r\n\r\nin a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television \r\n\r\nshowing classic Disney animated films.\r\n

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\r\nGet theme park tickets and dining \r\n\r\nreservations at the Concierge Desk, to the \r\nright of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain \r\n\r\ntheme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line \r\n\r\nfor tickets just after\r\nanother adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also \r\n\r\nmake Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them \r\n\r\nonline prior to arrival.\r\n

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Great views from many guest rooms
Excellent bars for adults
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\r\nAnimal Kingdom Lodge Villas are found in both Kidani Village and Jambo House. If you are looking for a room in Jambo House, we have a separate Room Finder for Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House.\r\n

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village Resort Overview

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Near the popular, and beautiful, Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House Disney built an all Disney Vacation Club property called Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village. The two resorts share an overall design aesthetic, but Kidani Village is more intimate with a significantly smaller lobby. That is not to say that Kidani is somehow less than Jambo House: the design and details at Kidani are fantastic and many prefer the quieter, calmer feel of Kidani. Like Jambo House, Kidani Village borders the savanna and about half of its rooms have spectacular, animal-filled views.

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Consisting of a separate freestanding building shaped like a backwards 3, \r\n\r\nKidani Village comprises 324 units, a dedicated savanna, a well-themed pool and splash zone, and Sanaa, a sit-down restaurant combining Indian and African cuisines. Other amenities include a fitness center; an arcade; a gift shop; and tennis, shuffleboard, and basketball courts. Kidani Village is connected to Jambo House by a half-mile walking trail; DVC guests at either resort can use the facilities at both buildings. One thing Kidani does not have is a Quick Service dining option.

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How Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas Compares to Other Disney Deluxe \r\n\r\nResorts

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The unique feature that separates Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas from not only \r\n\r\nall the other Walt Disney World resorts, but almost any hotel in the world, is \r\n\r\nthe animals. About half the rooms have a view of the hotel's savanna with \r\n\r\nvarious wild animals roaming around. You may wake up one morning and have a \r\n\r\ngiraffe looking in your window. Animal Kingdom Lodge does offer a fitness \r\n\r\ncenter.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Animal Kingdom Lodge's grounds. If \r\n\r\nyou arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not \r\n\r\nnecessary to provide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day.

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\r\nCheck-in time at Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is \r\n\r\n11:00 AM. Animal Kingdom Lodge participates in Disney's \r\nOnline Check-In program, which allows \r\n\r\nyou to you provide name, address, and credit card information\r\nup to 60 days before your arrival. \r\n

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If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.\r\n\r\nAnimal Kingdom Lodge's gift shop sells MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them.

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\r\nIf you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the \r\n\r\nRegistration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo \r\n\r\nID and credit/debit card\r\nwhen you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind \r\n\r\nin a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television \r\n\r\nshowing classic Disney animated films.\r\n

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\r\nGet theme park \r\n\r\ntickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the \r\nright of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain \r\n\r\ntheme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line \r\n\r\nfor tickets just after\r\nanother adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also \r\n\r\nmake Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them \r\n\r\nonline prior to arrival.\r\n

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Villas's Rooms

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Both Jambo House and Kidani Village have studios and one-, two-,\r\nand three-bedroom villas. Most rooms at Kidani Village are larger,\r\nhowever, and the difference is anywhere from 50 square feet for a studio\r\nto more than 200 square feet for a two-bedroom unit. (The threebedroom\r\nGrand Villas at Jambo House, 148 square feet larger than\r\nthose in Kidani Village, are the exception.) Kidani’s villas also have one\r\nmore bathroom for one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Because of the\r\ndifference in area, one-bedroom units in Kidani Village can accommodate\r\nup to five people, and two-bedroom units can hold up to nine via a\r\nsleeper chair in the living room. At Jambo House, one-bedroom “value”\r\nrooms sleep four; standard, savanna, and Club Level rooms sleep five.

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Having stayed at Kidani Village more than a dozen times, we think it’s\r\nquiet and relaxed. The lobby and rooms have a smaller, more personal\r\nfeel than Jambo House’s. The exterior isn’t anything special—essentially\r\na set of green rectangles with oversize African-themed decorations\r\nattached. Kidani’s distance from Jambo House makes it feel\r\nespecially remote. The bus stops are a fair distance from the main\r\nbuilding, too, and it’s easy to head in the wrong direction when you’re\r\ncoming back from the parks at night.

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Kidani Village Studios: Studios sleep up to four people \r\n\r\nand include one queen-size bed and one double sleeper sofa.

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Kidani Village 1-Bedroom Villa: The 1-bedroom villa sleeps \r\n\r\n5 and provides a formal kitchen, a second bathroom and a living room in \r\n\r\naddition to the studio bedroom. The living room's chair and sofa fold out to \r\n\r\nprovide beds for 3 more people.

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Kidani Village Two-bedroom villas: Two-bedroom villas \r\n\r\nsleep nine and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, \r\n\r\nplus an extra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with \r\n\r\ntwo queen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one- \r\n\r\nbedrooms, a sofa bed and sleeper chair in the living room provide extra places \r\n\r\nto snooze, though they're best suited to small children. Bathrooms in the \r\n\r\ntwo-bedroom villas are laid out a bit better than those in the one-bedrooms, \r\n\r\nwith more room to move about.

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\r\nKidani Village Studio Villa.\r\n

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Kidani Village Grand Villas: The two-story Grand Villas \r\n\r\nsleep 12 and include four bathrooms, the same master-bedroom layout, and two \r\n\r\nbedrooms with two queen beds apiece. An upstairs seating area overlooking the \r\n\r\nmain floor provides a sleeper sofa and chair. These rooms have two-story \r\n\r\nwindows offering unparalleled views of the resort's savanna.

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A Grand Villa living room.\r\n

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Villas Room Layout\r\n

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A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks, and \r\n\r\nenough counter space to fit most of the toiletries you would need. A 1500-\r\n\r\nwatt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; bring \r\n\r\nyour own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a sliding door \r\n\r\nthat separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the bathroom, this \r\n\r\nmeans that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.

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Kidani Village 1-Bedroom & Studio Villa bathroom.\r\n

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Handicap-Accessible Room Options

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Standard Views and Savanna Views

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Pools

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Note: Guests are not required to wear a mask in their resort pool since that would be counterintuitive in\r\n ensuring safety. But keep in mind that guests are required to wear a mask when walking to and from the pool\r\n area or pool bar.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas has one pool. Samawati Springs Pool sits \r\n\r\nsits near the outside of the lobby at the front of the resort. There is also \r\n\r\na hot tub, kiddie pool and water player area.\r\n

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Samawati Springs Pool ranges in depth from around 3 feet 6 \r\n\r\ninches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. The pool is open every day, including during \r\n\r\nwinter. The pools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout\r\nthe year. Animal Kingdom Lodge also has a \r\n\r\nhot tub located near Samawati Springs Pool.

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Samawati Springs Pool has one water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests \r\n\r\ncan find showers, storage lockers,\r\n restrooms, and laundry facilities. \r\n\r\nPool hours are at least 9 AM to 8 PM, \r\n\r\nextending to as much as 7 AM to 11 PM during busy times.\r\n Samawati Springs Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours. \r\n

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Restaurants and Dining

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Sanaa

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\r\nSanaa Lunch Menu - Sanaa Dinner Menu - Sanaa Kids Lunch/Dinner Menu - Sanaa Wine List\r\n

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village has one restaurant located downstairs from the lobby. Sanaa (sah-NAH) is not as upscale as Jiko, the resort's African restaurant, \r\n\r\nbut the kitchen offers diners a chance to sample and share a variety of \r\n\r\nIndian-African creations. Diverse Old and New World wines match the \r\n\r\ncuisine.

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One floor down from the Kidani Village lobby, Sanaa's dining room is \r\n\r\ninspired by Africa's outdoor markets, with baskets, beads, and art on the \r\n\r\nwalls. It's a cozy space, with 9-foot-tall windows that look out on the \r\n\r\nresort's savanna - giraffes, water buffalo, and other animals wander within \r\n\r\nyards of you as you dine.

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All of Animal Kingdom Lodge's other restaurant's can be found in the resort's Jambo House building.

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Boma - Flavors of Africa

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\r\nBoma Breakfast Menu - Boma Dinner Menu

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The menu rarely changes, as Boma-Flavors of Africa is a favorite of locals \r\n\r\nand visitors who return time and again for the salads, roasted meats, and \r\n\r\ninteresting sauces. While Disney calls this a buffet, it's very different from \r\n\r\nwhat you'd typically expect (there are no steam tables, for starters). If you \r\n\r\nlike a major bang for your buck, try Boma.

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A big dining room with side-by-side food stations that encourage diners to \r\n\r\nroam about and graze, just like the animals that wander about outside the \r\n\r\nlodge. The house specialties are watermelon rind salad; Moroccan seafood \r\n\r\nsalad; roasted meats, Durban spiced roasted chicken, and vegetable \r\n\r\nskewers.

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Jiko - The Cooking Place

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Jiko has been winning awards and accolades (including AAA's Four Diamond \r\n\r\nAward) for its interesting fare and stellar wine list - one of the largest \r\n\r\ncollections of South African wines in any North American restaurant, with more \r\n\r\nthan 1,800 bottles. Dishes are beautifully spiced and full of flavor. Start \r\n\r\nwith some flatbread and wrap up with the Tanzanian chocolate crèmeux - a \r\n\r\nmousselike concoction with chocolate crunch, chocolate-cherry mascarpone, and \r\n\r\ncocoa nibs.

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Jiko has a special ambience, from the young African exchange students who \r\n\r\ngreet guests as they enter to a menu of unusual tastes. Jiko's spacious dining \r\n\r\nroom is inspired by the opening scenes of The Lion King. A pair of large \r\n\r\nwood-burning ovens dominates the center of the room.

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House specialties are the wood-fired flatbreads; trio of dips with house-\r\n\r\nmade naan (Indian flatbread); oak-grilled filet mignon with red-wine sauce and \r\n\r\nsweet-corn risotto; maize-crusted corvine.

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The Mara

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The Mara is small counter service restaurant with a limited menu. Prices \r\n\r\nrange from $6 to $15 for an entree so you won't break the bank. The standout \r\n\r\nitems here are the chicken or falafel pitas.

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Restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge participate in the Disney \r\n\r\nDining Plan; meals cost 1 credit at The Mara, Boma, and Sanaa, and 2 \r\n\r\ncredits at Jiko. Tables in \r\n\r\nWonderland\r\ncardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.\r\n

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Animal Kingdom Lodge has one lounge and two pool bars to consume adult \r\n\r\nbeverages at. \r\nVictoria Falls Lounge is Animal Kingdom \r\n\r\nLodge's main lounge. Victoria Falls Lounge has indoor seating and a full drink menu \r\n\r\nwith several beer selections, wines, and a selection of spirits. The lounge is \r\n\r\nusually open 4 PM to 9 PM daily.

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Transportation to and from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort

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From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free \r\nMagical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.\r\n

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort. If you're not \r\n\r\nrenting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort will cost between $120 and $150, \r\n\r\ndepending on traffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Animal \r\n\r\nKingdom Lodge Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV \r\n\r\nservice or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort. At \r\n\r\nthose prices, it may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort to \r\n\r\nMagic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, \r\n\r\nBlizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Disney's \r\n\r\nAnimal Kingdom Lodge Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, \r\n\r\nbetween the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus \r\n\r\nstop somewhere along\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and \r\n\r\nservice. Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village and Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House have their own their own bus stations but share bus service. Because of this busses will fill occasionally with people at Jambo House and then head to Kidani Village.\r\n

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort's Bus Schedule

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If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Typhoon Lagoon \r\n\r\nand Blizzard Beach water parks, and Disney Springs. Disney's bus service\r\nis faster to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's \r\n\r\nHollywood Studios.\r\n

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Getting to another hotel from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge \r\n\r\nResort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the \r\n\r\ncheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge \r\n\r\nResort to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from \r\n\r\nthere to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's Animal \r\n\r\nKingdom Lodge Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes \r\n\r\nto 2 hours each way. If your destination is \r\none of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still \r\n\r\nopen, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the \r\n\r\nContemporary and Bay Lake Tower),\r\nhop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat \r\n\r\n(to Fort Animal Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Polynesian, and the \r\n\r\nGrand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least\r\nan hour for that.

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The fastest option, however, is almost always an Uber, Lyft, or taxi from Animal Kingdom \r\n\r\nLodge to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute \r\n\r\ncab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Uber and Lyft are often \r\n\r\nless.\r\nTaxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out \r\n\r\nfront, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call \r\n\r\none for you.\r\n

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To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney \r\n\r\nWorld and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your \r\n\r\nhotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at \r\n\r\nyour convenience. \r\nA one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have \r\n\r\nthree to five people.\r\n

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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Survival of the Fittest Fitness Center is Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas's fitness \r\n\r\ncenter and spa. It is open 24 hours a day.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge's gift shop is Johari Treasures. It is located on \r\n\r\nthe right side after you enter Animal Kingdom Lodge's lobby. As you'd expect \r\n\r\nfrom a Disney gift shop, Johari Treasures has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging \r\n\r\nfrom small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets Disney Vacation Club exclusive merchandise. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in \r\n\r\nthe theme parks or Disney Springs.

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Babysitting and In-Room Child Care

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Miscellaneous Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Kidani Village

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Disney's Beach Club Resort Villas Overview

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This Disney Deluxe Villa property is supposedly\r\ninspired by the grand Atlantic seaside homes of the early 20th century.\r\nWe’ll bet the villas don’t resemble any seaside home you ever saw. Thematically,\r\nthere’s little to differentiate the Beach Club Villas from the\r\nYacht & Beach Club Resorts, or from the parts of the BoardWalk Inn\r\n& Villas that don’t front the BoardWalk.

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Studio \r\n\r\naccommodations offer kitchenettes; one- and two-bedroom villas have full \r\n\r\nkitchens. Though the Beach Club Villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club \r\n\r\ntime-share program, the general public may book them through Disney \r\n\r\nreservations subject to availability. The villas can also be reserved through \r\n\r\nthird-party entities such as David's Vacation Club Rentals, which will match \r\n\r\nguests with DVC members who wish to \"rent\" their time-share points. A small \r\n\r\nbusiness center serves guests' work needs for the the Yacht and Beach Clubs \r\n\r\nand Beach Club Villas.

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Configured roughly in the shape of a fat Y or slingshot, the Beach\r\nClub Villas are set back away from the lake adjoining the front of the\r\nBeach Club Resort. Arrayed in connected four- and five-story taffy-blue\r\nsections topped with cupolas, the villas are festooned with white woodwork\r\nand slat-railed balconies. The effect is clean, breezy, and evocative\r\n. . . though of what we’re not certain. Accommodations include\r\nstudios, with a kitchenette, one queen bed, and a sofa sleeper; and oneand\r\ntwo-bedroom villas with full kitchens. The rooms are a bit small\r\nbut attractively decorated in pastels with New England–style summerhome\r\nfurniture. Patterned carpets and seashore-themed art complete\r\nthe package.

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The Beach Club Resort Villas share restaurants, pools, and other amenities \r\n\r\nwith the Yacht Club Resort and Beach Club Villas. A small business center \r\n\r\nserves guests' work needs for both the Yacht and Beach Clubs and Beach Club \r\n\r\nVillas. Please read our description of the Yacht & Beach Club resorts for information \r\n\r\nabout amenities shared with that resort.

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We don't like the Beach Villas as well as the Wilderness Lodge Villas (more \r\n\r\nvisually interesting) or the villas of Disney's Old Key West Resort (roomier, more luxurious, more private). Beach Club Villas has its own modest pool but \r\n\r\notherwise shares the restaurants, facilities, and transportation options of \r\n\r\nthe adjoining Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. The Beach Club Villas' strengths and weaknesses include all of those listed for the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts.

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How Disney's Beach Club Resort Villas Compares to Other Disney Vacation Club Resorts

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The Beach Club Villas have two major advantageous over other hotels. One, you can walk to the International Gateway entrance of Epcot in less than 10 minutes. And two, the Beach Club Resort has the best pool of all the Walt Disney World resorts. Unlike other DVC resorts, there are no Grand Villas at Beach Club Resort Villas.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Beach Club Villa's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day. (This fee is waived for DVC members staying on points.)

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\r\nIf you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the \r\n\r\nRegistration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo \r\n\r\nID and credit/debit card\r\nwhen you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind \r\n\r\nin a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television \r\n\r\nshowing classic Disney animated films.\r\n

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Disney's Beach Club Resort Villas' Rooms

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Beach Club Villas Studios: Studios sleep up to five people and include one pull out bed, one queen-size bed and one double sleeper sofa. The total Studio room size is 356 square feet, with about half of that being dedicated to the kitchen and bathroom area.

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Beach Club Villas 1-Bedroom Villa: The 1-bedroom villa sleeps 4 and provides a formal kitchen and a living room in addition to the bedroom. The living room's sofa folds out to provide beds for 2 more people. 1-Bedrooms Villas are 726 square feet.

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Beach Club Villas Two-bedroom Villas: Two-bedroom villas \r\n\r\nsleep eight and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, plus an extra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with two queen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one-\r\nbedrooms, a sofa bed in the living room provide extra places to snooze, though they're best suited to small children. It should be noted that dedicated two-bedroom villas sleep eight, while lockoff two bedroom villas sleep nine thanks to an extra pullout bed. Bathrooms in the two-bedroom villas are laid out a bit better than those in the one-bedrooms, \r\nwith more room to move about. Two-Bedroom Villas are 1,083 square feet.

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A separate dressing area next to the bathroom includes two sinks, and \r\n\r\nenough counter space to fit most of the toiletries you would need. There are \r\n\r\nalso two shelves under the sink that provide a small amount of storage. A \r\n\r\n1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided, but it's not very powerful; \r\n\r\nbring your own if you've got lots of hair. The dressing area includes a \r\n\r\nsliding door that separates it from the sleeping area. Combined with the \r\n\r\nbathroom, this means that 3 people can get dressed at the same time.

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Handicap-Accessible Room Options

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Beach Club Resort Villas Pools

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The Dunes Cove Pool is 55,350-gallon pool exclusively for use by guests of Disney’s Beach Club Villas. While it is a nice pool, you'll probably want to spend most of your time at Yacht & Beach Club's Stormalong Bay.

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Yacht & Beach Club has three pools. The largest, Stormalong Bay, sits along Crescent \r\n\r\nLake and is arguably the best pool in all of Walt Disney World. The main \r\n\r\nfeature of the pool is the large shipwreck along the outside the houses a \r\n\r\nwaterslide. A must-experience feature of this pool is the sand that covers the \r\n\r\nbottom of most of the pool. There is also a hot tub, kiddie pool and water \r\n\r\nplay area.\r\n

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Beach Club's Stormalong Bay Pool\r\n

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Two other smaller pools are located on the far right and left of the resort. These pools \r\n\r\nare basic concrete pools and are considered \"quiet pools,\" meaning that \r\n\r\nloud play and splashing around are discouraged.

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Stormalong Bay has one water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests \r\n\r\ncan find showers, storage lockers,\r\n restrooms, and laundry facilities. \r\n\r\nPool hours are at least 9 AM to 8 PM, extending to as much \r\n\r\nas 7 AM to 11 PM during busy times.\r\n Stormalong Bay Pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours. \r\n

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Restaurants and Dining

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Beach Club Villas has no restaurants of its own, but there are plenty of excellent dining options located at Yacht & Beach Club.

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Cape May Cafe

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Cape May has been a favorite for years because of its consistently good food and efficient service. While the restaurant is large and tables turn over rapidly, Advance Reservations are recommended. Because Cape May is within easy walking distance of the World Showcase entrance to Epcot, it's a convenient and affordable place to dine before IllumiNations. The natural-finish wood furniture and padded booths are in a clean, nautical New England style.

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The buffet features peel-and-eat shrimp, tasty (albeit chewy) clams, mussels, snow-crab legs, fish of the day, hand-carved flank steak, barbecued ribs, chicken, corn on the cob, Caesar salad, and a good dessert bar. The kids' bar includes chicken nuggets and mac-and-cheese.

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Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

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Casual eats with a retro soda-fountain decor. There's often a line as guests in bathing suits and flip-flops queue up for the hearty burgers (veggie burgers, too) and piles of hot fries.

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Signature items include burgers (singles and doubles) and fries; giant hot dogs; hand-scooped ice cream including the gargantuan Kitchen Sink dessert, with five flavors of ice cream smothered in topping.

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Hurricane Hanna's Grill

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Beach Club Marketplace

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Restaurants at Beach Club participate in the Disney Dining Plan; meals cost 1 credit. Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.\r\n

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Transportation to and from Disney's Beach Club Resort

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's Beach Club Resort. If you're not renting a car, \r\n\r\nbe aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's Beach Club Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on \r\n\r\ntraffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Yacht Club \r\n\r\nResort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-\r\n\r\npassenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Beach Club Resort. At those \r\n\r\nprices, it may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Disney's Yacht Club Resort to Magic \r\n\r\nKingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, \r\n\r\nTyphoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. No bus transportation is \r\n\r\nprovided to Epcot's main entrance. \r\nDisney's Beach Club Resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, \r\n\r\nbetween the lobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus \r\n\r\nstop somewhere along\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while \r\n\r\nDisney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and \r\n\r\nservice. Disney's Beach Club Resort shares bus service with Yacht Club.\r\n

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If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's \r\n\r\nAnimal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and \r\n\r\nDisney Springs. Disney's bus service\r\nis faster to the Magic Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. \r\n

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Getting to another hotel from Disney's Beach Club Resort \r\n\r\nIf you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to \r\n\r\ntake a Disney bus from Disney's Beach Club Resort to Disney Springs (or an \r\n\r\nopen theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. \r\n\r\nDo the reverse to get back to Disney's Yacht Club Resort. While that's free, \r\n\r\nit can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination \r\n\r\nis \r\none of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still \r\n\r\nopen, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the \r\n\r\nContemporary and Bay Lake Tower),\r\nhop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat \r\n\r\n(to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand \r\n\r\nFloridian). We suggest you still allow at least\r\nan hour for that.

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The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Beach Club to \r\n\r\nwherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride \r\n\r\nto get to most Disney hotels from Beach Club, and often less.\r\nTaxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out \r\n\r\nfront, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call \r\n\r\none for you.\r\n

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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Beach Club's gift shop is Beach Club Marketplace. As you'd expect from a \r\n\r\nDisney gift shop, Everything Pop has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging \r\n\r\nfrom small trinkets such as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and \r\n\r\nDisney princess dresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in \r\n\r\nthe theme parks or Disney Springs.

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Walkers, joggers, and runners can find a jogging trail at Disney's Beach Club Resort. It is a scenic 0.8-mile course around around Crescent Lake. Thanks to bridges over Crescent Lake guests are able to make a full circle while passing by the Yacht & Beach Club, BoardWalk Resort, and the Swan & Dolphin Resorts.\r\n

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Miscellaneous Beach Club

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Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Disney's Yacht Club Villas

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Disney's BoardWalk Villas Overview

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Across from the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, the BoardWalk Inn is another of the Walt Disney World Deluxe resorts. The complex is a detailed replica of an early-20th-century Atlantic coast BoardWalk. Facades of hotels, diners, and shops create an inviting and exciting waterfront skyline. In reality, the BoardWalk Inn & Villas are a single integrated structure behind the facades. Restaurants and shops occupy the BoardWalk level, while accommodations rise up to six stories above. Painted bright red and yellow along with weathered pastel greens and blues, the BoardWalk resorts are the only Disney hotels that use neon signage as architectural detail. The complex shares a pool with an old-fashioned amusement park theme (there are also two quiet pools).

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The inn and villas are well staffed and offer excellent service. They’re also home to some of Disney World’s better restaurants and shops, including the BoardWalk Bakery, serving lunch sandwiches and salads along with morning pastries and coffee. The complex is within walking distance of Epcot and is connected to other destinations by bus and boat. Walking time to transportation loading areas from the most remote rooms is 5–6 minutes.

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Reader comments about the BoardWalk Inn & Villas include the following. From an Iowa City, Iowa, family:

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A number of readers have complained about the bus service at the BoardWalk Inn. This comment is typical:

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How Disney's BoardWalk Villas compares to other Disney Vacation Club \r\n\r\nresorts

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The unique feature that separates BoardWalk from other resorts is the \r\n\r\nattached BoardWalk shopping and dining district. It contains a number of \r\n\r\nunique restaurants and lounges. Also, being able to walk or ride a boat to \r\n\r\nEpcot is a huge advantage.

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Where to Check-in, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to BoardWalk's grounds. If you arrive \r\nby car, you'll need to provide photo id at the gate; it's not necessary to \r\n\r\nprovide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day. (This fee is waived for DVC members staying on points.)

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Disney's BoardWalk Villas rooms

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The 532 BoardWalk Villas are decorated in similar pastels—lots of\r\nlight green, pink, and blue—with bright tiles in the kitchens and bathrooms.\r\nVillas range from 412 to 2,491 square feet (studio through\r\nthree-bedroom) and sleep 4–12 people. Many villas have full kitchens,\r\nlaundry rooms, and whirlpool tubs. the villas tend to be more expensive\r\nthan similar accommodations at other Disney resorts—you pay\r\nfor the address.

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BoardWalk Studios: Studios sleep up to five people and \r\n\r\ninclude one queen-size bed, one double sleeper sofa, and one small fold-down bed suitable for a child or small adult. BoardWalk studios are \r\n\r\n412 square feet.

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BoardWalk One-Bedroom Villa: The 1-bedroom villa sleeps 4 \r\n\r\nand provides a formal kitchen, a second bathroom and a living room in addition \r\n\r\nto the studio bedroom. The living room's sofa folds out to provide \r\n\r\nbeds for 2 more people. BoardWalk one-bedroom villas are 814 square feet.

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BoardWalk Two-Bedroom Villas: Two-bedroom villas sleep \r\nnine and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, plus an \r\nextra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with two \r\nqueen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one-bedrooms, a sofa bed and sleeper chair in the living room provide extra places to snooze, though they're best suited to small children. Bathrooms in the two-bedroom villas are laid out a bit better than those in the one-bedrooms, with more room to move about. BoardWalk two-bedroom villas are 1,236 square feet.

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Handicap-accessible Room Options

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Garden Views, Standard Views and BoardWalk Views

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BoardWalk Inn Pools

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BoardWalk's Luna Park pool.\r\n

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Playgrounds at Disney's BoardWalk Villas

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Restaurants and dining

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Flying Fish Cafe

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Flying Fish has a contemporary setting inspired by a 1930s Coney Island \r\n\r\nroller coaster (The coaster was actually called The Flying Turns, and one of \r\n\r\nthe cars on the ride was dubbed the Flying Fish). Booth backs resemble the \r\n\r\nclimbs and swoops of a coaster. On the far wall is a stylized depiction of \r\n\r\nferris wheel, and whimsical fish fly overhead on a parachute ride. Diners may \r\n\r\nchoose to sit at the counter that overlooks the bar or the open kitchen.

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Locals love the Flying Fish Cafe, and for good reason. Though this is food for \r\n\r\ngrown-ups, you'll often see children in the noisy dining room because of the \r\n\r\nBoardWalk location (their menu includes fish of the day and a grilled steak). \r\n\r\nIf you can't get a table, check on seating availability at the counter - Chef \r\n\r\nKeating also has a special menu at the \"chef's counter,\" but you have to book \r\n\r\nthat in advance.

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Chef Tim Keating, a repeat James Beard Foundation finalist, is a big \r\n\r\nproponent of Florida products, from seafood to meats, fruits, and vegetables. \r\n\r\nThe fare here changes frequently, but you'll always find the potato-wrapped \r\n\r\nsnapper, the restaurant's signature dish, served with creamy leek fondue and a \r\n\r\nred wine-butter sauce; char-crusted New York strip steak; and the lump crab \r\n\r\ncakes. Desserts are seasonal, but the house-made sorbets and caramelized-\r\n\r\nbanana napoleon are divine.

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Trattoria al Forno

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The big dining room feels a little more personal, with three different “dining areas” and a private room at the back and an open kitchen for watching the action, including a wood-burning oven. Our favorite spot is the “formal dining room” right in front of the kitchen, where it’s a little less noisy (and carpeted), or one of the booths at the back. Servers tend to be a little overattentive. There’s also a quickservice window streetside to soothe the urgent pizza craving.

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The kitchen is doing things right—making mozzarella and ciabatta daily, rolling out fresh pasta (cavatelli), slicing cured meats with a beautiful Italian flywheel. The wine list is carefully curated, with labels from all of Italy’s major regions and more than 30 available by the glass or quartino. Breakfast is one of the best on Disney property.

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Beginning in spring 2017, Trattoria Al Forno will offer a character breakfast featuring \"royal couples\" such as Rapunzel & Flynn Rider and Ariel & Prince Eric.

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ESPN Club

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A sports bar to the nth degree, with basketball-court flooring, sports \r\n\r\nmemorabilia, and more television monitors than a network affiliate. The bar \r\n\r\narea has satellite sports-trivia video games. A large octagonal room with a \r\n\r\nwall of TVs serves as the main dining room.

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ESPN Club is family-friendly and one of the cheapest dining spots on the \r\n\r\nBoardWalk. Service is a little more brusque than at other Disney restaurants. \r\n\r\nPortions are large, and the quality is in line with the price. A good choice \r\n\r\nfor late-night dining or when you have to choose between going out for a bite \r\n\r\nand staying in the room to catch the big game.

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Run by a Tennessee company, Big River Grille seems like an afterthought along the \r\n\r\nBoardWalk and competes with nearby ESPN Club for the burger-and-brew crowd. \r\n\r\nBut if you're looking for handcrafted beers, this is the place - they serve \r\n\r\nfive beers, including a light lager, a robust ale, and seasonal choices. A \r\n\r\ngood late-night dining choice.

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Industrial cubist murals of factories, machinist-metal and wood chairs and \r\n\r\ntables, and a midnight-blue neon river that flows along the ceiling of the \r\n\r\nrestaurant set a working-class atmosphere. The place is small - it seems like \r\n\r\nthe huge copper brewing tanks take up more room than that allotted to the \r\n\r\ndiners. Outside seating and service is available, weather permitting.

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BoardWalk Bakery

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BoardWalk Bakery is small counter service restaurant with a limited \r\n\r\nmenu. The menu is made up of sandwiches, salads, and a selection of pastries. \r\n\r\nDuring breakfast hours BoardWalk Bakery sells a popular bread bowl filled with \r\n\r\nscrambled eggs and potatoes.

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BoardWalk Joe's

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BoardWalk Joe's is a counter with a small selection of margaritas. You can \r\nalso grab a pretzel or a bag of roasted almonds for a snack.

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BoardWalk Pizza window

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BoardWalk Pizza window sells whole pizzas or by the slice.

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BoardWalk To Go

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BoardWalk To Go sells hot dogs, corn dogs, ravioli, mozzarella sticks, \r\n\r\nchicken, meatball sub, nachos, fries, onion rings, beverages. Grab a footlong \r\n\r\ncorn dog, you won't be sorry... actually your stomach may be sorry.

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\r\nBoardWalk Bakery, BoardWalk Joe’s, and BoardWalk Pizza Window \r\nparticipate in Disney's \r\n Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free\r\n refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost is a flat $19.99 for your length of stay.\r\n

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\r\nThe break-even point for the refillable mug program seems to \r\n\r\nbe around 3 visits on the 1-day plan; 4 visits on the 2-day plan; 5 on the 3-\r\n\r\nday plan; and 6 visits for stays of 4\r\n or more days. Keep in mind that if you buy a regular $3 fountain soda at any \r\n\r\nmeal, you get unlimited refills during that meal. So for the refillable mug \r\n\r\nprogram to make sense,\r\n you'll need to drink soda with at least 3 separate meals on the 1-day plan, \r\n\r\nor 5 separate meals on the 2-day plan. In those cases, it would be hard to get \r\n\r\ntoo far from a bathroom,\r\n let alone all the way to the parks.\r\n

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Restaurants at BoardWalk participate in the Disney \r\n\r\nDining Plan; meals cost 2 credits at Flying Fish and 1 credit other \r\n\r\nrestaurants. Tables in Wonderland\r\ncardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.\r\n

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Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own \r\n\r\ndelivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and \r\n\r\nsodas are also available. However,\r\ndelivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below \r\n\r\naverage. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or \r\n\r\ncalling Domino's. Pizza\r\ndelivery hours are 4 pm to midnight daily. A medium (16\") cheese pizza costs \r\n\r\naround $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will \r\n\r\ntack on an 18% tip, \r\n$3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you \r\n\r\n$40.50 delivered.\r\n

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BoardWalk has one lounge and two pool bars to consume adult beverages \r\n\r\nat. \r\nBelle Vue Lounge is BoardWalk \r\n\r\nInn's main lounge. Belle Vue Lounge has indoor seating and a full drink menu \r\n\r\nwith several beer selections, wines, and a selection of spirits. The lounge is \r\n\r\nusually open 4 pm to 12 am daily.

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Leaping Horse Libations is located \r\n\r\nadjacent to the Luna Park pool. Leaping Horse Libations has a small selection \r\n\r\nof specialty drinks, beer and wine, as well as limited grab-and-go dining \r\n\r\noptions.\r\n
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Transportation to and from Disney's BoardWalk Villas

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\r\nDriving your own car Disney's BoardWalk Inn resort is just \r\n\r\noff of i-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take i-4 exit 67 - Epcot Center \r\n\r\nDr.. Take Buena Vista Dr for about 1.2 miles to Epcot Resorts Blvd. \r\n\r\nTurn right on Epcot Resorts Blvd and BoardWalk Inn will be on your left.\r\n

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From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free \r\nMagical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel room, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.\r\n

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From Sanford International Airport it's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's BoardWalk Inn resort. If you're not renting a \r\n\r\ncar, be aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's BoardWalk Inn resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on \r\n\r\ntraffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's BoardWalk \r\n\r\nInn resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-\r\n\r\npassenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's BoardWalk Inn resort. At those \r\n\r\nprices, it may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Disney's BoardWalk Inn resort to Magic \r\n\r\nKingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Blizzard \r\n\r\nBeach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Disney's BoardWalk \r\n\r\nInn resort's bus stops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the \r\n\r\nlobby and check-in parking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere \r\n\r\nalong\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while \r\n\r\nDisney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and \r\n\r\nservice.\r\n

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Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios can also be accessed by boat from the \r\n\r\ndock near on the BoardWalk. Boat service may be suspended during \r\n\r\nthunderstorms, so if it's raining or looks like it's about to, Disney will \r\n\r\nprovide buses.

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Disney's BoardWalk Inn resort's bus schedule

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\r\nAsk a Disney Cast Member about BoardWalk Inn's bus schedule, and they'll tell \r\n\r\nyou that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, BoardWalk Inn's bus \r\n\r\nschedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're \r\n\r\nheaded.\r\n

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If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Typhoon Lagoon \r\n\r\nand Blizzard Beach water parks, and Disney Springs. Disney's bus service\r\nis faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's \r\n\r\nHollywood Studios. We evaluate Disney's BoardWalk Inn resort's bus service \r\n\r\nannually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.\r\n

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Getting to another hotel from Disney's BoardWalk Inn \r\n\r\nResort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the \r\n\r\ncheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's BoardWalk Inn resort to \r\n\r\nDisney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to \r\n\r\nyour destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's BoardWalk Inn \r\n\r\nresort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours \r\n\r\neach way. If your destination is \r\none of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still \r\n\r\nopen, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the \r\n\r\nContemporary and Bay Lake Tower),\r\nhop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat \r\n\r\n(to Fort Wilderness, the Polynesian, and the Grand \r\n\r\nFloridian). We suggest you still allow at least\r\nan hour for that.

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The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from BoardWalk Inn to \r\n\r\nwherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride \r\n\r\nto get to most Disney hotels from BoardWalk Inn, and often less.\r\nTaxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out \r\n\r\nfront, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call \r\n\r\none for you.\r\n

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You can also take a boat in Crescent Lake to Disney's BoardWalk Resort or \r\n\r\nthe Swan & Dolphin hotels. This option can also take some time depending on \r\n\r\nwhere you are going and how frequent the boats are running.

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To Universal Orlando if you're staying at Walt Disney \r\n\r\nWorld and don't have a car, Mears transportation will shuttle you from your \r\n\r\nhotel to universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at \r\n\r\nyour convenience. \r\nA one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have \r\n\r\nthree to five people.\r\n

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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Muscles & Bustles Health Club is BoardWalk's fitness \r\n\r\ncenter. It is open 24 hours a day but attendants are only available from 6:00 \r\n\r\nam to 9:00 pm.

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BoardWalk's main gift shop is Screen Door General Store. It is located \r\n\r\non the BoardWalk near the boat dock. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, \r\n\r\nit has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such \r\n\r\nas keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. \r\n\r\nPrices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Disney Springs.

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\r\nScreen Door General Store also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, \r\n\r\naspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the \r\n\r\nlike. Screen Door General Store has\r\nDisney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's \r\n\r\nwhat you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - \r\n\r\nabout double - than what you'd probably pay\r\nat home.\r\n

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Located next to Muscles & Bustles Health Club is the Slide Show \r\n\r\nGames Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent \r\n\r\nvideo and arcade games. Most games\r\ncost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, which can add up quickly. It's helpful to set a \r\n\r\nbudget with your kids before they go in.\r\n

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Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail at \r\n\r\nDisney's BoardWalk Inn Resort. Tt is a scenic 0.8-mile course around around \r\n\r\nCrescent Lake. Thanks to bridges over Cresent Lake guests are able to make a \r\n\r\nfull circle while passing by the Yacht & Beach Club and the Swan & Dolphin \r\n\r\nresorts.\r\n

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Every Monday and Wednesday, Yoga is available 8:15 to 8:45 AM at Village Green. Participation is free but limited to the first 20 Guests. Mats and towels are provided.

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Disney's BoardWalk Resort Babysitting and In-room Child Care

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Miscellaneous BoardWalk Villas

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There are on site washers and dryers available for guest use. For more information on guest laundry services at Walt Disney World hotels, see our WDW Laundry Information page.

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Guests over 21 can enjoy Jellyrolls, a bar with dueling \r\n\r\npianos and audience sing-alongs. The stage is raised and has large mirrors \r\n\r\nbehind the performers and a lightshow happens as the pianists take turns \r\n\r\nplaying and engaging the audience. This location is very popular so it is \r\n\r\nrecommended that you show up early if you want a table.

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Best and Worst Room Views at Disney's Disney's BoardWalk Villas

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The complex comprises several wings that radiate from the lobby complex, roughly in the shape of a giant H. Crescent Lake and the Promenade (pedestrian boardwalk) are to the north, the entrance is to the south, and the canal that runs to Disney's Hollywood Studios is to the west.

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Most Villas overlook a canal to the west\r\nwith the Swan resort and its access road and parking lots on the far\r\nside. Worse are the rooms that front BoardWalk’s entrance and car\r\nlots. As at the inn, the villas offer only a handful of rooms with good\r\nviews. Odd-numbered rooms 3001–3047, 4001–4047, and 5001–\r\n5047 afford dynamic views of the Promenade and Crescent Lake,\r\nwith Epcot in the background. Rooms X05, X07, X13, X15, X29,\r\nand X31 are studios. They’re a little noisy if you open your balcony\r\ndoor but otherwise offer a glimpse of one of Disney World’s more happening places. Unless you bag one of these rooms, however, you’ll\r\nspend a bundle for a very average (or worse) view.

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Although the resort is a\r\ntime-share property, units not being used by owners are rented on a\r\nnightly basis. Old Key West Resort is a large aggregation of two- to\r\nthree-story buildings modeled after Caribbean-style residences and\r\nguesthouses of the Florida Keys. Set subdivision-style around a golf\r\ncourse and along Bonnet Creek, the buildings are arranged in small,\r\nneighborhood-like clusters. They feature pastel facades, white trim, and\r\nshuttered windows.\r\n

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The Recreation Area sits next to the Hospitality Area, and includes Community Hall for socializing, a modest fitness center, and a marina.

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This resort offers some of the roomiest accommodations at Walt Disney World, with all rooms having been refurbished in 2010. Studios are 376 square feet; one-bedroom villas, 942; and two-bedroom villas, 1,333.\r\n

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Studios contain two queen-size beds, a table and two chairs, and an extra vanity outside the bathroom. One-bedroom villas have a king-size bed in the master bedroom, a queen-size sleeper sofa in the living room, a fold-out chair, a laundry room, and a full kitchen with coffeemaker. Two-bedroom villas feature a king-size bed in the master bedroom, a queen-size sleeper sofa and fold-out chair in the living room, and two queen beds in the second bedroom. \r\n

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How Disney's Old Key West Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe \r\n\r\nResorts

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Old Key West is different because of its location. The resort is located \r\n\r\ndownstream from Disney Springs, and can be \r\n\r\naccessed via a short boat ride. If you like larger rooms, you’ll probably be a \r\n\r\nfan of Old Key West. Likely due to it being the first Disney Vacation Club \r\n\r\nresort, rooms here are larger than at all other Disney Vacation Club \r\n\r\nresorts.

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A security gate guards the entrance to Old Key West's grounds. If you \r\n\r\narrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary \r\n\r\nto provide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day. (This fee is waived for DVC members staying on points.

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Disney's Old Key West Resort's Rooms

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Old Key West Studios: Studios sleep up to four people and \r\n\r\ninclude two queen-size beds. The total Studio room \r\n\r\nsize is 376 square feet.

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Old Key West one-Bedroom Villa: The one-bedroom villa \r\n\r\nsleeps 5 and provides a formal kitchen and a living room in \r\n\r\naddition to the studio bedroom. The living room's sofa and chair both fold out to provide \r\n\r\nbeds for up to 3 more people. One-Bedrooms Villas are 942 square feet.

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Old Key West Two-bedroom villas: Two-bedroom villas sleep \r\n\r\neight and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, plus an \r\n\r\nextra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with two \r\n\r\nqueen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one-bedrooms, \r\n\r\na sofa bed in the living room provide extra places to snooze. Two-Bedroom \r\n\r\nVillas are 1,333 square feet.

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Handicap-Accessible Room Options

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Old Key West Pools

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The other smaller pools are located in near buildings 19 and 20, buildings \r\n\r\n39, 40 and 41, and another one near building 55.. These pools are basic \r\n\r\nconcrete pools and are considered \"quiet pools,\" meaning that loud play and \r\n\r\nsplashing around are discouraged.

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The main pool has one water slide that all ages are free to use. Guests \r\n\r\ncan find showers, storage lockers,\r\n restrooms, and laundry facilities. \r\n\r\nPool hours are at least 10AM to 10 PM, extending to as much \r\n\r\nas 8 AM to 12 AM during busy times.\r\n The main pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours. \r\n

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Playgrounds at Disney's Old Key West Resort

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Restaurants and Dining

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Old Key West has one table service and two counter service restaurants. If \r\n\r\nthese don't fit your needs you can hop on a DVC Ferry boat near the Hospitality House \r\n\r\nand ride over to Disney Springs.

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Olivia's Cafe

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\r\nOlivia's Breakfast Menu - Olivia's Kids Breakfast Menu - Olivia's Cafe Lunch Menu - Olivia's Cafe Dinner Menu - Olivia's Cafe Kids Lunch/Dinner Menu

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Olivia's is a fun out-of-the-way dining spot if you have a little extra \r\n\r\ntime to navigate out to Old Key West Resort. Service is excellent and the \r\n\r\ntheme is a Disneyfied Key West: lots of pastels, tile floors, and tropical trees in the center of the room. There is some outside \r\n\r\nseating, which looks out over the waterway. Tile, wood siding, and no \r\n\r\ntablecloths add up to a very noisy dining room that's getting a little worn \r\n\r\naround the edges. Disney Vacation Club member photos decorate the walls - \r\n\r\nDisney's Old Key West Resort was one of the first DVC resorts, so members \r\n\r\nconsider Olivia's their home kitchen.

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At breakfast, try the eggs with shrimp and conch cakes; banana-bread French \r\n\r\ntoast; and Cuban sandwich with scrambled eggs, ham, Swiss cheese, and pork \r\n\r\nloin. At lunch, try the Key West burger topped with grilled shrimp and \r\n\r\npepper-jack cheese. At dinner, prime rib, sustainable fish with black beans \r\n\r\nand rice, and coconut-encrusted mahimahi.

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Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks

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Good's Food to Go

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Good's Food to Go offers a selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and \r\n\r\nsides like french fries and onion rings. For breakfast Good's sells a \r\n\r\nbreakfast platter and a selection of pastries.

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Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own \r\n\r\ndelivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and \r\n\r\nsodas are also available. However,\r\ndelivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below \r\n\r\naverage. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or \r\n\r\ncalling Domino's. Pizza\r\ndelivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16\") cheese pizza costs \r\n\r\naround $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will \r\n\r\ntack on an 18% tip, \r\n$3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you \r\n\r\n$40.50 delivered.\r\n

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Transportation to and from Disney's Old Key West Resort

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From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free \r\nMagical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel room, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.\r\n

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's Old Key West Resort. If you're not renting a \r\n\r\ncar, be aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's Old Key West Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on \r\n\r\ntraffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Old Key \r\n\r\nWest Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10\r\n\r\n-passenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Old Key West Resort. At those \r\n\r\nprices, it may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Disney's Old Key West Resort's Bus Schedule

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Getting to another hotel from Disney's Old Key West Resort \r\n\r\nIf you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to \r\n\r\ntake a Disney bus from Disney's Old Key West Resort an open theme park (or \r\n\r\nride the boat to Disney Springs), then take another bus from there to your \r\n\r\ndestination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Disney's Old Key West Resort. \r\n\r\nWhile that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. \r\n\r\nIf your destination is \r\none of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still \r\n\r\nopen, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the \r\n\r\nContemporary and Bay Lake Tower),\r\nhop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat \r\n\r\n(to Fort Wilderness, Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, or the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least\r\nan hour for that.

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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Old Key West's gift shop is Conch Flats General Store. It is located in the \r\n\r\nHospitality House near the lobby. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, \r\n\r\nConch Flats has a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets \r\n\r\nsuch as keychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess \r\n\r\ndresses. Prices for these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Disney Springs.

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Disney's Old Key West Resort Babysitting and In-Room Child Care

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Miscellaneous Old Key West

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There are on site washers and dryers available for guest use. For more information on guest laundry services at Walt Disney World hotels, see our WDW Laundry Information page.

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Largest villas of the DVC resortsSeveral bus stops means longer travel times
Full kitchens in villasNo elevators in many buildings
Quiet, lushly landscaped settingHighway noise
Often available at discounted rates or\r\nas DVC rentalFewer baths per bedroom than newer\r\nDVC properties
Boat service to Disney SpringsExtreme distance of many guest rooms to dining and services
Several pool optionsMediocre on-site dining
Close to Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
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Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is a Disney Vacation Club addition at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, which is on the Seven Seas Lagoon opposite Magic Kingdom.

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It offers 360 Deluxe Studio Villas and 20 on-the-water, two-bedroom Bora Bora Bungalows with private plunge pools.\r\n

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Overview

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Having opened on December 16, 2019, Disney's Riviera Resort is the latest Disney Vacation Club resort at Walt Disney World. The Riviera, with 489 potential guest rooms, is adjacent to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.

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The Riviera is configured somewhat like Bay Lake Tower, with a similar high rise feel. While Bay Lake has a top floor bar with Magic Kingdom fireworks views, Riviera has a rooftop restaurant that offers views of fireworks at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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Where to Check In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Riviera's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated lot near the front of the hotel serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in.

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day.

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Check-in time at Riviera is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Disneys Riviera Resort participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information up to 60 days before your arrival. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.

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The resorts's gift shop sells MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Note: The free MagicBand program was discontinued in early 2021.

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If you have not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card when you register.

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If you do not already have theme park tickets, theme park reservation, or dining reservations, you can make them at the lobby Concierge Desk. (We strongly recommend that you make all these arrangements online in advance.) If you need to both check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after another adult starts the registration process.

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Rooms

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Riviera is a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort, with apartment-like accommodations rather than traditional hotel rooms. It features a mix of Tower Studio, Deluxe Studio, 1-Bedroom, 2-Bedroom, and 3-Bedroom \"villas.\" Deluxe Studio villas look much like regular hotel rooms, but with one Queen bed and a fold-down Murphy bed and the addition of a small kitchenette featuring an extra sink, microwave oven, and toaster. The 1, 2, and 3 bedroom villas all include a full size kitchen with a larger refrigerator, microwave oven, standard oven, cooktop, a laundry washer and dryer, dishwasher, and a supply of cookware and dishware. Making real meals is certainly possible in a DVC full kitchen.

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The Tower Studio rooms are a new type of accommodation, introduced at Riviera. These smaller rooms are designed for two, which is how many they sleep. They still include balconies but they are more compact and intimate (meaning smaller).

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One-bedroom and 2-bedroom DVC units have a living-room area with pull-down sleeping surfaces and a bedroom or bedrooms with regular beds. There is at least full bathroom for every bedroom with a shower and a soaking tub. The 3-bedroom Grand Villa units include all of the above, plus an additional bedroom and bathroom, as well as other amenities like an expanded living room or a dining room. The Grand Villa can sleep up to 12.

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Transportation

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Disney's Riviera Resort has easy access to Walt Disney World's Skyliner gondola transportation system, which takes guests to and from the Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios theme parks. With its own Skyliner station, the Riviera also has easy access to Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, and Art of Animation. Walt Disney World bus transportation to the remaining theme parks, two water parks, and Disney Springs is also available.

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Dining

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The showpiece restaurant is Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera perched on the roof of the Riviera tower with amazing views of both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Other dining options include the Primo Piatto quick service, Le Petit Cafe coffee and wine bar, and Bar Riva at the pool.

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Other Amenities

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Riviera contains three pool areas. The feature pool sits between the building and the lagoon, with S'il Vous Play, the child play area, adjacent to it. Nearby is the quiet pool, called Beau Soleil. \r\n\r\n

For more information on the pools at WDW resorts, including towels, entertainment programming, handicap access, kiddie pools, life vests, and much more, see our Walt Disney World Resort Pool Fact Sheet FAQ. There is also a fitness center available for resort guests.

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Disney contracts with a third party company, Kids Nite Out, to provide babysitting services at the resort hotels. See our Disney resort childcare page for more information.

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There are on site washers and dryers available for guest use. For more information on guest laundry services at Walt Disney World hotels, see our WDW Laundry Information page.

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Skyliner connection to Hollywood Studios and EpcotTower rooms are small and dark
Easy walk through Caribbean Beach for its viewsExpensive
Good dining and bar options
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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Overview

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Saratoga Springs, a Disney Deluxe Villa resort, has a theme wordily described by Disney as recalling an “1880s, Victorian, upstate New York lakeside retreat” amid “pastoral landscapes, formal gardens, bubbling springs, and natural surroundings.” Saratoga Springs comprises 1,260 studio and one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas across the lake from Disney Springs. Housed in 12 buildings, most accommodations are of recent vintage, while the fitness center and check-in building are retooled vestiges of the erstwhile Disney Institute. An adjacent 60-unit Villa complex, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, opened in 2009.

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Surrounded on three sides by golf courses, Saratoga Springs is the only Disney-owned resort that affords direct access to the links (the military-only Shades of Green also provides golf on-property).

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Furnishings and soft goods have been updated in a palette of earth tones. Chairs, sofas, and tables are comfortable and functional. The living room sofas can be transformed into pull-down Murphy beds that sleep two and the cabinetry under the primary television transforms into a twin-size bed. The kitchen is efficient, though some guests complain that it is too small. The overall effect, however, is sophisticated and restful. A Gulf Shores, Alabama, family, however, takes a slight exception to the restful part:

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Saratoga Springs Resort was beautiful, comfortable, and exactly what\r\nwe needed for our family of five. It was VERY quiet . . . except for the\r\ntoilets. When you flushed, it sounded like the space shuttle launching.
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A couple from Peru, Indiana, takes a more critical tack:

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Saratoga Springs is our least favorite resort. We didn’t enjoy the \r\n\r\ntheming, and unless you have a car, getting around by the bus system is a real \r\n\r\nhassle. The food court is small for the size of the resort and the food \r\n\r\nis expensive for what you get. Also, the checkout process was very slow, and \r\n\r\nour room seemed smaller than comparable rooms at BoardWalk Villas and Old Key \r\n\r\nWest.
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A Cartersville, Georgia, reader echoes the previous complaint about bus \r\n\r\nservice:

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How Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Compares to Other Disney Deluxe \r\n\r\nResorts

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Saratoga Springs is different because of its location. The resort is \r\n\r\nlocated across the lake from Disney Springs, and \r\n\r\ncan be accessed via a short boat ride. Golfers rejoice, Saratoga Springs is \r\n\r\nalso the home to Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. \r\n\r\nSaratoga Springs offers a salon, spa, and the largest fitness center at a Disney World resort hotel.

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The revamped Disney Springs has markedly increased Saratoga Springs’ appeal to readers and to us. Within a short walk of this resort are a week’s worth of good dining options, plus enough people-watching and entertainment for everyone. We wouldn’t be surprised if Disney started raising Saratoga’s prices because of this. If you’ve got a car to help avoid SSR’s sometimes slow bus service to the theme parks, we recommend giving this resort a try.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Saratoga Springs' grounds. If you \r\n\r\narrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary \r\n\r\nto provide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day. (This is waived for DVC members staying on points.)

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\r\nCheck-in time at Saratoga Springs is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. \r\n\r\nSaratoga Springs participates in Disney's \r\nOnline Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information in advance of your arrival. If you have checked-in online the resort will send you a text or email with your room number when it is ready. Then you can go straight to the room and use your SmartPhone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether. Saratoga Springs's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. Beginning January 1, 2021, guests will no longer receive complimentary MagicBands but will still have the option to purchase them.

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\r\nIf you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the Registration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo ID and credit/debit card\r\nwhen you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind in a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television showing classic Disney animated films.\r\n

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\r\n Get theme park tickets and dining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the right of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain theme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line for tickets just after\r\nanother adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also make Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them online prior to arrival.\r\n

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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's Rooms

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Saratoga Springs Studios: Studios sleep up to four people \r\n\r\nand include one queen-size bed and one murphy beds with double mattresses. The total Studio \r\n\r\nroom size is 355 square feet, with about half of that being dedicated to the \r\n\r\nkitchen and bathroom area

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\r\nA Standard Saratoga Springs Studio Bathroom.\r\n

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Saratoga Springs one-Bedroom Villa: The one-bedroom villa \r\n\r\nsleeps 5 and provides a formal kitchen, a second bathroom and a living room in \r\n\r\naddition to the studio bedroom. The living room's chair and sofa fold out to \r\n\r\nprovide beds for 3 more people. One-Bedrooms Villas are 714 square feet.

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Saratoga Springs Two-bedroom villas: Two-bedroom villas \r\n\r\nsleep eight and include all of the kitchen amenities found in a one-bedroom, \r\n\r\nplus an extra bathroom. One of the baths is attached to a second bedroom with \r\n\r\ntwo queen beds or a queen bed plus a sleeper-sized sofa. As with the one-\r\n\r\nbedrooms, a sofa bed and sleeper chair in the living room provide extra places \r\n\r\nto snooze, though they're best suited to small children. Two-Bedroom Villas \r\n\r\nare 1,075 square feet.

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Saratoga Springs Grand Villas: The two-story Grand Villas \r\n\r\nsleep 12 and include four bathrooms, the same master-bedroom layout, and two \r\n\r\nbedrooms with two queen beds apiece. An upstairs seating area overlooking the \r\n\r\nmain floor provides a sleeper sofa and chair. Grand Villas are 2,113 square feet.

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Handicap-Accessible Room Options

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Saratoga Springs Pools

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Saratoga Springs has four pools. The largest, High Rock Spring Pool, sits sits near the outside of the resort's lobby, Carriage House. There is also a hot tub and kiddie pool.\r\n

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Saratoga Springs' High Rock Spring Pool and The Grandstand's water play area.\r\n

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Playgrounds at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

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Restaurants and Dining

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The Turf Club Bar & Grill

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\r\nThe Turf Club Dinner Menu - The Turf Club Kids Dinner Menu

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There's rarely a crowd at this out-of-the-way spot, so it's nice to request \r\n\r\nan outdoor table on a sunny day and enjoy a drink and appetizers on the shady \r\n\r\nterrace. The grilled Caesar salad is the best salad at Disney World.

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The Artist's Palette

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The Artist's Palette is small counter service restaurant with a limited menu of sandwiches, salads and wraps. Prices range from $8 to $15 for an entree, so you won't break the bank.

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Restaurants at Saratoga Springs participate in the Disney \r\n\r\nDining Plan; meals cost 1 credit at Artist's Palette and The Turf Club Bar \r\n\r\n& Grill. Tables in Wonderland\r\ncardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.\r\n

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Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own delivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and sodas are also available. However,\r\ndelivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below average. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or calling Domino's. Pizza\r\ndelivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16\") cheese pizza costs around $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will tack on an 18% tip, $3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you $40.50 delivered.\r\n

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Saratoga Springs has one lounge and three pool bars for guests to consume adult beverages at. \r\nThe Turf Club Lounge is Saratoga Springs' main \r\nlounge. The Turf Club Lounge has indoor seating and a full drink menu with several beers, wines, and a selection of spirits. The lounge is usually open 4 PM to 12 AM daily.

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The Paddock Grill is located adjacent to the quiet pool in The Paddock. Paddock Grill has a small selection of specialty drinks, beer and wine.

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Transportation to and from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

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\r\nDriving Your Own Car Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort is just \r\n\r\noff of I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 68 toward Apopka Vineland \r\n\r\nRd/Kissimmee Vineland Rd N. Turn left on Hotel Plaza Blvd. Turn right \r\n\r\nonto Buena Vista Dr and Saratoga Springs will be on your left.\r\n

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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's GPS address and location are:\r\n

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From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free \r\nMagical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel room, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.\r\n

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. If you're not renting \r\n\r\na car, be aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's Saratoga Springs Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on \r\n\r\ntraffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Saratoga \r\n\r\nSprings Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or \r\n\r\n10-passenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. At those \r\n\r\nprices, it may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort to \r\n\r\nMagic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, \r\n\r\nBlizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's bus \r\n\r\nstops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in \r\n\r\nparking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach. Disney Springs is accessed via a boat that can be loaded near the \r\n\r\nCarriage House.\r\n

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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's Bus Schedule

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\r\nAsk a Disney Cast Member about Saratoga Springs' bus schedule, and they'll \r\n\r\ntell you that buses run about every 20 minutes. In reality, Saratoga Springs' \r\n\r\nbus schedule varies considerably depending on the time of day and where you're \r\n\r\nheaded.\r\n

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\r\nFor example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, \r\n\r\nyou'll wait around 15 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus \r\n\r\nschedules for Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios are about \r\n\r\nthe same early in the day, with a bus arriving every 15-20 minutes, on \r\n\r\naverage. Bus schedules to the water parks are a little less frequent, and you \r\n\r\ncould wait anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes for a ride.\r\n

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\r\nBuses run a little slower from around 11 AM to around 4 PM, when most people \r\n\r\nare already in a park. Disney's evening buses are scheduled around the theme \r\n\r\nparks' closing times, where most of the fleet is deployed to get guests back \r\n\r\nto their hotels. Your waits to return to your hotel from a theme park should \r\n\r\naverage out to around 30 minutes under most circumstances.\r\n

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If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Typhoon Lagoon \r\n\r\nand Blizzard Beach water parks. Disney's bus service\r\nis faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's \r\n\r\nHollywood Studios. We evaluate Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's bus service \r\n\r\nannually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.\r\n

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Getting to another hotel from Disney's Saratoga Springs \r\n\r\nResort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the \r\n\r\ncheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort \r\n\r\nan open theme park (or ride the boat to Disney Springs), then take another \r\n\r\nbus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to \r\n\r\nDisney's Saratoga Springs Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from \r\n\r\n90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is \r\none of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower),\r\nhop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, or the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least\r\nan hour for that.

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The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Saratoga Springs to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Saratoga Springs, and often less. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out \r\nfront, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.\r\n

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To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney \r\n\r\nWorld and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your \r\n\r\nhotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at \r\n\r\nyour convenience. \r\nA one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have \r\n\r\nthree to five people.\r\n

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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Saratoga Springs is home to Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf \r\n\r\nCourse. This 18-hole course has hosted PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and \r\n\r\nUSGA events in the past and one of it trademark features is its 7th hole with \r\n\r\nan island green. Prices range from $39.00 to $165.00. Call (407) WDW-GOLF to \r\n\r\nreserve a tee time.

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Senses Spa is Saratoga Springs' spa. Senses Spa is open \r\n\r\n8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily. Massage, facial, and body treatment services are \r\n\r\navailable. A 24-Hour fitness center is also available at Senses Spa.

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Saratoga Springs' gift shop is Artist's Palette. It is located in the \r\n\r\nCarriage House near the lobby. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Artist's Palette \r\n\r\nhas a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as \r\n\r\nkeychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices \r\n\r\nfor these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Disney Springs.

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\r\nArtist's Palette also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, \r\n\r\nallergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. \r\n\r\nAnd Artist's Palette has\r\nDisney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's \r\n\r\nwhat you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - \r\n\r\nabout double - than what you'd probably pay\r\nat home.\r\n

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Located near spa and fitness center is the Win, Place Or Show \r\n\r\nArcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and \r\n\r\narcade games. Most games\r\ncost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, which can add up quickly. It's helpful to set a \r\n\r\nbudget with your kids before they go in.\r\n

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Walkers, joggers and runners can find a jogging trail. The \r\n\r\ntrail is a 0.8 or 1.44-mile loop along the greens of Disney’s Lake Buena Vista \r\n\r\nGolf Course.\r\n

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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Babysitting and In-Room Child Care

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Miscellaneous Saratoga Springs

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There are on site washers and dryers available for guest use. For more information on guest laundry services at Walt Disney World hotels, see our WDW Laundry Information page.

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Best and worst room views at Disney's Saratoga Springs \r\n\r\nresort

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TouringPlans offers pictures of the view from any Disney resort room on \r\n\r\nproperty. click here for the Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort map \r\n\r\nand to choose a room to see the view.

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This resort’s sprawling size puts some of its best rooms very far away from the main lobby, restaurants, and shops. If you don’t have a car, the best rooms are those in The Springs, numbered 3101–3436 and 3501–3836. Ask for a room toward the northeast side of these buildings (away from the lobby), as the southwest rooms border a well-traveled road. Avoid rooms 4101–4436 in Building 14; a pedestrian walkway runs behind the patios of this building and gets a lot of use in the early morning from guests headed to breakfast.

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Good rooms in buildings 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Congress Park

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Buildings 9 and 10 are located next to the Paddock pool and transportation. \r\n\r\nthis may cause higher than usual noise levels. building 12 is also located \r\n\r\nnear a bus stop. in addition to being quiet, rooms 6101 - 6436 and 6501 - 6836 \r\n\r\nof the paddock afford the closest walks to Disney Springs shops, restaurants, \r\n\r\nand entertainment. avoid rooms on the northeast side of the 5101 - 5435 \r\n\r\nbuilding of the paddock, as well as the northwest side of the 5501 - 5836 \r\n\r\nbuilding; these border a swimming pool and bus stop.

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Room 8123: Looking out on to Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.
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Rooms 1X14, 1X16, and\r\n1X18 face the Magic Kingdom and have views of Space Mountain and\r\nthe castle and fireworks; 1X14 has probably the best views of any room\r\nin all of the Villas. (X indicates a floor number.)

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High staff-to-guest ratioMost expensive WDW resort
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Large rooms with daybeds
Fantastic kids’ Alice in Wonderland-themed splash area
Diverse recreational options
Close to Palm, Magnolia, and Oak Trail Golf Courses
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Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Overview

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Opened in 2009, this complex of 60 three-bedroom villas lies between \r\n\r\nDisney's Old Key West Resort and the Grandstand section of Saratoga Springs \r\n\r\nproper, with a separate entrance off Disney Vacation Club Way. The treehouses \r\n\r\nare bordered by Lake Buena Vista Golf Course to the northeast and a waterway \r\n\r\nto the southwest that feeds into Village Lake.

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True to their name, the villas stand on stilts 10 feet off the ground \r\n\r\n(ramps provide wheelchair access) and are surrounded by a densely wooded \r\n\r\nlandscape. Each villa is an eight-sided structure with three bedrooms and two \r\n\r\nfull bathrooms in about 1,074 square feet—about the same size as two-bedroom \r\n\r\nvillas at the Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club, and Saratoga Springs but smaller \r\n\r\nthan those at Animal Kingdom, BoardWalk, and Old Key West.

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Each villa holds nine people, one more than comparably sized rooms at the \r\n\r\nother DDV resorts. The master and second bedrooms have queen beds, and the \r\n\r\nthird bedroom has bunk beds. A sofa bed and sleeper chair in the living room \r\n\r\nround out the mattress lineup. As with other sleeper sofas and chairs, we \r\n\r\nthink these are more appropriate for kids than adults.

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The three-bedroom Treehouses usually cost about $130–$230 more\r\nper night than a comparably sized two-bedroom villa elsewhere at Saratoga\r\nSprings. The trade-off, however, is that you get an extra bedroom\r\nand give up some living space elsewhere. You probably won’t notice the\r\nmissing space because the layout of the kitchen, dining, and living areas\r\nis so open. The layout of the Treehouses is brilliant; it must have been quite a puzzle fitting everything into the octagon. Walking from the guest bathroom to the master bathroom brings you in an almost-complete circle.

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The interior of each villa is decorated with natural materials, such as \r\n\r\nstone floors in the kitchen, granite countertops, and stained wood furniture. \r\n\r\nEnd tables, picture frames, and bunk beds are made from rustic logs. \r\n\r\nBathrooms, outfitted in modern tile, have showers and tubs plus a decent \r\n\r\namount of counter space. Beware the master-bathroom shower, which is next to the\r\ntub in an enclosed glass wall: Tilt down to shave your legs or grab a bottle\r\nof shampoo, and you could whack your head on the side of the tub.

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Because of its location, Treehouse Villas has few amenities of its own: \r\n\r\neach villa has a large wooden deck with charcoal grill, and all villas share a \r\n\r\nsmall central pool with spa. A walking path connects the complex to the main \r\n\r\nSaratoga Springs grounds, and Treehouse Villas guests can use all of the \r\n\r\nfacilities at Saratoga Springs. Two dedicated bus stops serve the villas.

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A family from Columbus, New Jersey, thinks a stay at the Treehouse\r\nVillas is money well spent:

I give them five stars for value. We were trying to be economical,\r\nas there were nine people in our party and it saved us about $700–\r\n$1,000 per night. Our villa had three rooms and a pullout couch that\r\ncomfortably housed our group. It had a great eat-in kitchen as well,\r\nwhich further helped us save money on breakfast.
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How Treehouse Villas Compare to Other Disney Resorts

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Even though the treehouses aren't really, you know, treehouses, they still \r\n\r\nare some of the most unique hotel accommodations in Walt Disney World. The \r\n\r\nbenefit of Saratoga Springs is its location. The resort is located across the \r\n\r\nlake from Disney Springs, and can be accessed via \r\n\r\na short boat ride. Golfers rejoice, Saratoga Springs is also the home to \r\n\r\nDisney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining \r\n\r\nReservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Saratoga Springs' grounds. If you \r\n\r\narrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary \r\n\r\nto provide your reservation\r\nnumber or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot across from the lobby serves as \r\n\r\ntemporary parking for those who need it while checking in.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $25 per day. (This fee is waived for DVC members staying on points.)

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\r\nCheck-in time at Treehouse Villas is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. \r\n\r\nSaratoga Springs participates in Disney's \r\nOnline Check-In program, which allows \r\n\r\nyou to you provide name, address, and credit card information\r\nup to 60 days before your arrival. If you've done this, look for an Online \r\n\r\nCheck-In sign near the Registration Desk. You'll be routed to one of the \r\n\r\nOnline Check-in staff and should\r\nbe on the way to your room in a few minutes.\r\n

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If you have checked-in online and already have a MagicBand, the resort will simply send you a text with your room number when it is ready. Then you can go straight to the room and use your MagicBand or your smartphone to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.

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\r\nIf you've not registered online, look for signs pointing you to the \r\n\r\nRegistration/Check-In area. You'll need to provide a government-issued photo \r\n\r\nID and credit/debit card\r\nwhen you register. While parents are completing the paperwork, kids can unwind \r\n\r\nin a nearby play area decorated with child-sized furniture, and a television \r\n\r\nshowing classic Disney animated films.\r\n

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\r\nDisney's Saratoga Springs Resort's registration staff can provide MagicBands \r\n\r\nfor your stay (for a fee, free MagicBands were discontinued in January 2021), if you don't already have them. Get theme park tickets and \r\n\r\ndining reservations at the Concierge Desk, to the \r\nright of the Registration Desk. If you need to check in and obtain \r\n\r\ntheme park tickets, you can save some time in line if one adult gets in line \r\n\r\nfor tickets just after\r\nanother adult starts the registration process. The Concierge Desk can also \r\n\r\nmake Disney dining reservations, and you can avoid a wait there by making them \r\n\r\nonline prior to arrival.\r\n

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Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's Rooms

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Each Treehouse Villa is made up of three bedrooms and a living room area \r\n\r\nwith attached kitchen and dining room. The Treehouses are 1,074 square feet \r\n\r\nand sleep up to nine people.

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The full sized fridge is good enough to hold all the food and drinks you \r\n\r\nneed. It's also cold enough to make sure that raw meats and other perishables \r\n\r\nwill keep for your trip. The kitchen inside each cabin is small but most of \r\n\r\nthe tools to make and serve meals are there if you need them. \r\n

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Handicap-Accessible Room Options

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Saratoga Springs Pools

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The Treehouse Villas have their own pool located near Treehouses 7035, \r\n\r\n7036, 7037, 7055, 7056 and 7060. The Treehouse Villas pool is very small so it \r\n\r\ncan quickly become overwhelmed with guests. Luckily Treehouse Villa guests may \r\n\r\nuse Saratoga Springs' other pools

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Saratoga Springs has four pools. The largest, High Rock Spring Pool, sits \r\n\r\nsits near the outside of the resort's lobby, Carriage House. There is also a \r\n\r\nhot tub and kiddie pool.\r\n

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The other smaller pools are located in The Grandstand (with child-friendly water play area), The Paddock and \r\n\r\nCongress Park sections of the resort. These pools are basic concrete \r\n\r\npools and are considered \"quiet pools,\" meaning that loud play and splashing \r\n\r\naround are discouraged.

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Saratoga Springs' pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to \r\n\r\n4 feet 9 inches/1.4m. Pool are open every day, including during winter. The \r\n\r\npools are heated to 82°F/28°C throughout\r\nthe year. We've swum in temperatures as cold as 40°F/4°C; the water \r\n\r\nwas fine, but getting out was a shock. Saratoga Springs also has a hot \r\n\r\ntubs located near each pool.

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High Rock Spring Pool has one water slide that all ages are free to use. \r\n\r\nGuests can find showers, storage lockers,\r\n restrooms, and laundry facilities. \r\n\r\nPool hours are at least 9 AM to 8 PM, extending to as much \r\n\r\nas 7 AM to 11 PM during busy times.\r\n The main pool will have lifeguards during the pools' operating hours. \r\n

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Playgrounds at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

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Restaurants and Dining

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Treehouse Villas do not have their own dedicated restaurants, but there are \r\n\r\nplenty to be found at Saratoga Springs and Disney Springs. Saratoga Springs \r\n\r\nhas one table service and one counter service restaurants. If these don't fit \r\n\r\nyour needs you can hop on a boat near the Carriage House and ride over to \r\n\r\nDisney Springs.

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The Turf Club Bar & Grill

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\r\nThe Turf Club Dinner Menu - The Turf Club Kids Dinner Menu

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There's rarely a crowd at this out-of-the-way spot, so it's nice to request \r\n\r\nan outdoor table on a sunny day and enjoy a drink and appetizers on the shady \r\n\r\nterrace. The grilled Caesar salad is the best salad at Disney World.

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When the weather's nice, ask for an outdoor table; you can spot golfers on \r\n\r\nthe adjacent Lake Buena Vista golf course and look across the way to Downtown \r\n\r\nDisney. Tucked off the lobby of the Saratoga Springs Resort, the dining room \r\n\r\nis equestrian-themed.

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The Artist's Palette

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The Artist's Palette is small counter service restaurant with a limited \r\n\r\nmenu of sandwiches, salads and wraps. Prices range from $8 to $15 for an \r\n\r\nentree so you won't break the bank.

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Restaurants at Saratoga Springs participate in the Disney \r\n\r\nDining Plan; meals cost 1 credit at Artist's Palette and The Turf Club Bar \r\n\r\n& Grill. Tables in Wonderland\r\ncardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at most resort restaurants.\r\n

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Pizza delivery is available to your room from Disney's own \r\n\r\ndelivery service. Besides pizza, chicken wings, desserts, beer, wine, and \r\n\r\nsodas are also available. However,\r\ndelivery can take up to 90 minutes, and the food quality is often below \r\n\r\naverage. You're probably better off either walking to the food court or \r\n\r\ncalling Domino's. Pizza\r\ndelivery hours are 4 PM to midnight daily. A medium (16\") cheese pizza costs \r\n\r\naround $14 and a pepperoni around $16. Minimum order is $15, and Disney will \r\n\r\ntack on an 18% tip, \r\n$3 delivery charge, and 7% sales tax. Thus, a $30 pizza order will cost you \r\n\r\n$40.50 delivered.\r\n

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Saratoga Springs has one lounge and three pool bars for guests to consume \r\n\r\nadult beverages at. \r\nThe Turf Club Lounge is Saratoga Springs' main \r\n\r\nlounge. The Turf Club Lounge has indoor seating and a full drink menu with \r\n\r\nseveral beers, wines, and a selection of spirits. The lounge is usually open 4 \r\n\r\nPM to 12 AM daily.

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Transportation to and from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

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From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free \r\nMagical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel room, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.\r\n

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute \r\n\r\ndrive from Sanford to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. If you're not renting \r\n\r\na car, be aware that Sanford's airport\r\noffers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are \r\n\r\ngenerally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to \r\n\r\nDisney's Saratoga Springs Resort will cost between $120 and $150, depending on \r\n\r\ntraffic. Mears\r\n Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Disney's Saratoga \r\n\r\nSprings Resort for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or \r\n\r\n10-passenger van is around $190 each way.\r\n That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and \r\n\r\n$380, plus tip, between Sanford and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. At those \r\n\r\nprices, it may be less expensive to\r\n rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs\r\nDisney provides free bus service from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and the Treehouse Villas to \r\n\r\nMagic Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, \r\n\r\nBlizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's bus \r\n\r\nstops sit along the front wall of the lobby, between the lobby and check-in \r\n\r\nparking lot. Each theme park has its own bus stop somewhere along\r\nthe wall. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach. Disney Springs is accessed via a boat that can be loaded near the Carriage House in Saratoga Springs or the dock near treehouses 7020 and 7021 in the Treehouse Villa section of the resort. The Treehouse Villas have their own two bus stops located at the east and west of the treehouse area of the resort.\r\n

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Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort's Bus Schedule

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If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Typhoon Lagoon \r\n\r\nand Blizzard Beach water parks. Disney's bus service\r\nis faster to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's \r\n\r\nHollywood Studios. \r\n

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Getting to another hotel from Treehouse Villas and Disney's Saratoga Springs \r\n\r\nResort If you've got dining plans at another Disney hotel, the \r\n\r\ncheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort \r\n\r\nan open theme park (or ride the boat to Disney Springs), then take another \r\n\r\nbus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to \r\n\r\nDisney's Saratoga Springs Resort. While that's free, it can take anywhere from \r\n\r\n90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is \r\none of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower),\r\nhop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, or the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least\r\nan hour for that.

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The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Saratoga Springs \r\n\r\nto wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab \r\n\r\nride to get to most Disney hotels from Saratoga Springs, and often less.\r\nTaxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out \r\n\r\nfront, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call \r\n\r\none for you.\r\n

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Shopping, Recreation and Things to Do

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Saratoga Springs is home to Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf \r\n\r\nCourse. This 18-hole course has hosted PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and \r\n\r\nUSGA events in the past and one of it trademark features is its 7th hole with \r\n\r\na island green. Prices range from $39.00 to $165.00. Call (407) WDW-GOLF to \r\n\r\nreserve a tee time.

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Senses Spa is Saratoga Springs' spa. Senses Spa is open \r\n\r\n8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily. Massage, facial, and body treatment services are \r\n\r\navailable. A 24-Hour fitness center is also available at Senses Spa.

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Saratoga Springs' gift shop is Artist's Palette. It is located in the \r\n\r\nCarriage House near the lobby. As you'd expect from a Disney gift shop, Artist's Palette \r\n\r\nhas a decent collection of souvenirs ranging from small trinkets such as \r\n\r\nkeychains and pens, to embroidered jackets and Disney princess dresses. Prices \r\n\r\nfor these items are about what you'd pay in the theme parks or Downtown \r\n\r\nDisney.

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Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Babysitting and In-Room Child Care

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Miscellaneous Saratoga Springs

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Best and Worst Room Views at Treehouse Villas at Disney's Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

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Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Overview

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The Caribbean Beach Resort occupies 200 acres surrounding a 45-acre lake called Barefoot Bay. This midpriced resort, modeled after resorts in the Caribbean, consists of the lobby and dining area, named Old Port Royale, and five two-story “villages” named after Caribbean islands. The villages are: Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Aruba and they are spread all around the picturesque lagoon. For those who have visited before, the \"islands\" were shuffled slightly during the 2018 refurbishment. What once was Trinidad North and Trinidad South is now Barbados and Trinidad, respectively.

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Each village has its own pool, laundry room, and beach. The Caribbean motif is maintained with blue metal roofs, widow’s walks, and wooden railed porches. The atmosphere is cheerful, with buildings painted blue, lime green, and sherbet orange. In addition to the five village pools, the resort’s main swimming pool is themed as an old Spanish fort, complete with slides and water cannons.

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Barefoot Bay itself surrounds an island known as Caribbean Cay, which is a very pleasant little spot. The resort also contains Old Port Royale which contains the check-in area, food court, gift shop, and arcade.\r\n

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How Caribbean Beach Compares to Other Disney Moderate Resorts

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We think Caribbean Beach is one of the prettiest resorts on property and it tends to run a little bit cheaper and has better scenery than Coronado Springs Resort. The many bus stops and lack of an indoor bar are the knocks against it. Caribbean Beach does not offer a fitness center; for that you'll have to go to any of the Deluxe resorts or the only Moderate to offer a fitness center, Coronado Springs.

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Caribbean Beach is similarly priced to Port Orleans – French Quarter and Port Orleans – Riverside, both also Moderate Resorts. Fellow Moderate Resort Coronado Springs is a touch more expensive. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness are also considered a Moderate Resort by Disney, but they are quite different and more expensive than the other four traditional-style resorts.\r\n

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If you are deciding between a Moderate-level resort and a Value Resort such as Disney's Pop Century, be aware that the resort layout varies considerably between the Moderate Resorts. The Value resorts have similar footprints, but the Moderates have vast size differences.

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Get to Know Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

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Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort Rooms

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Most of the 1,536 guest rooms are 314 square feet. Most rooms have two queen-size beds; many rooms also have a slightly-smaller-than-a-twin-sized fold-down bed to many rooms. Rooms are decorated with neutral beach tones accented by bright tropical colors. All are outfitted with the same light-oak furniture. Rooms don’t have balconies, but the access passageways are external and have railings. Rooms in Trinidad South are themed to a Pirates of the Caribbean motif. These rooms cost about $50–$75 more than comparable ones elsewhere in the resort.

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A standard Caribbean Beach room.

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Caribbean Beach bathrooms are modestly-sized, but larger than bathrooms found in Disney's value resorts. Almost all feature a tiled tub with shower, while some wheelchair-accessible rooms have a roll-in shower without tub. Water pressure in the shower is adequate, but probably less than what you're used to at home. The shower and toilet are located in a room with door. A dressing area, which includes two sinks and a small amount of counter space, is separated from the sleeping area by a sliding door. Combined with the shower/toilet room, this means that three people can have private dressing space at the same time. A 1500-watt, wall-mounted hair dryer is provided. Guests with long or thick hair may find that the dryer is underpowered for their needs.

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Dressing area and sink in Caribbean Beach’s rooms.

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Handicap-Accessible Room Options

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Caribbean Beach has approximately 200 handicap-accessible rooms in a variety of configurations to accommodate guests with hearing or mobility issues. Mobility access rooms comply with Florida's Accessibility Code, with changes to everything from bed, counter-top, and dresser drawer height, to door widths, wheelchair ramps, and more. Some of Riverside's accessible rooms have the standard setup of 2 queen beds; all rooms with roll-in showers have 1 king bed, and a small number of roll-in shower rooms have both 1 king bed and 1 queen bed. Use our hotel room finder to see which rooms have which features.

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Pirate Rooms

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For an even more special experience, the Caribbean Beach Resort offers pirate-themed rooms. These swashbuckling sleeping quarters are adorned with bedframes resembling pirate ships, complete with a wall mounted mast and sail. The pirate rooms are not nearly as bright as the regular Caribbean Beach rooms, but the dark wood, gold doubloon bedspreads, wood plank patterned carpet, and skull and crossbones bathroom curtain remind all who enter that this be pirate territory matey.

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The pirate rooms are popular with families with elementary-age children and with fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. If you decide to sleep like a pirate at Caribbean Beach, there are two important things to remember about the pirate rooms. First, these rooms are more expensive, often around $40-60 per night more than a Standard View room at Caribbean Beach. Additionally, the pirate rooms are all located in Trinidad South, which is the most remote of the five Caribbean Beach villages.

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A Pirate Room at Caribbean Beach.

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Caribbean Beach Room Layout

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Dining Options at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

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Caribbean Beach Resort Pools, Recreation, and Amenities

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Practical Matters

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Transportation to and from Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

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Driving to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

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Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is near I-4 in Lake Buena Vista. Take I-4 Exit 65 - Animal Kingdom / Wide World of Sports and you'll end up on Osceola Parkway. Stay on Osceola for 0.9 miles/1.5 km, then turn right on Victory Way. You'll see Caribbean Beach's sign well before you need to turn.\r\n

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A security gate guards the entrance to Caribbean Beach's grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. Caribbean Beach’s check-in area is in the main Old Port Royale building. A dedicated parking lot across from Old Port Royale serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in. If you arrive by public transportation, the Caribbean Beach Resort will shuttle you and your bags from the lobby to your room.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at Caribbean Beach Resort overnight will be charged $20 per day.

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If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free Magical Express bus\r\n\t service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home. For more information see our Disney's Magical Express Frequently Asked Questions page.

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From Sanford International Airport is about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Caribbean Beach. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Caribbean Beach will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Caribbean Beach for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Caribbean Beach. You may also want to consult ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft for their pricing options.

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Getting to the theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs

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The Disney Skyliner gondola system has its main hub at Caribbean Beach, which makes the resort a good base for visiting Hollywood Studios and EPCOT, the two theme parks connected by the Skyliner. The station is located near the Jamaica section of Caribbean Beach, which makes that section more desirable, although guests in the northernmost Aruba buildings can also walk to the station at the Riviera hotel quite easily. For other guests there is an internal bus that will shuttle you to the Skyliner. From the station, the ride to EPCOT's International Gateway entrance is about 15 minutes while the ride to Hollywood Studios is about 7 minutes and although the Epcot line goes through the Riviera station there is no need to exit the Skyliner to get to either park from Caribbean Beach.

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Disney provides free bus service from Caribbean Beach to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs. Caribbean Beach has a bus stop in each of the six villages and one at Old Port Royale. Animal Kingdom's bus service is shared with Blizzard Beach, while Disney Springs and Typhoon Lagoon also share a stop and service. Caribbean Beach does not share bus service with any other resort, but the large size and seven bus stops make the trip somewhat long compared to some other resorts.

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If you've got your own car, it's faster to drive yourself to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, and Downtown Disney. Disney's bus service is faster to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. We evaluate Caribbean Beach’s bus service annually, and the latest transportation times can be found below.\r\n

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Getting to another hotel from Caribbean Beach

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If you have dining plans at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Caribbean Beach. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.

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The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi or ride sharing service such as Uber of Lyft. Taxi rates are generally in the $15-20 range, depending on your destination, and Uber and Lyft are sigificantly cheaper. A taxi can typically get to most points in DisneyWorld within 20 minutes (often much less), versus the one to two hours it might take using Disney's free transportation system. Taxis are available outside the lobby; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.\r\n

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If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.\r\n

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Reader Review Comments

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This 20-something couple from Kansas City, Missouri, wished they’d had a car:

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The Caribbean Beach Resort is incredibly hard to navigate, and the bus service is horrendous. It often felt like there was only one bus running at a time, and we experienced several 30-plus-minute waits for the bus to and from parks. The resort is huge, and the bus circled the entire resort before it headed to the destination, so if you were unlucky enough to be on one of the last stops during a rush to the parks, the bus would pass right by if it was full. On multiple occasions we arrived at the bus stop 1-plus hour before our dining reservations but still found ourselves running from the park gates to make it to the restaurant on time!
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A mom from Fenton, Michigan, found bus service lacking:

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Despite these limitations, some readers love Caribbean Beach. An Edgewater, Colorado, couple comes to its defense:

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A Philadelphia dad with two tots in tow also had mostly positive things to say:

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A Kingwood, Texas, family of five also found the resort to be overly large but lucked out with the location of their room:

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The Caribbean Beach Resort is a lovely property with a great pool and splash pad for our little guy. Fortunately, we had our own car with us because the thought of walking a half-mile for food, drink, or the pool was daunting after a day in the parks. We felt like offering rides to others for a buck!
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From a Ridgeway, Virginia, mother of one:

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The Caribbean Beach Resort was great—especially the housekeeping staff, who creatively rearranged my daughter’s toys every day. Made coming back to the room much more fun. My only complaint with CBR was the inefficiency of checkout—although express checkout was available, someone had to be present to have luggage moved from the room to the main house for transport via Magical Express. We had scheduled a late-afternoon flight on our last day so we could all spend one last morning in the park—I missed most of it because\r\nI had to go and sit with the luggage. I was not happy AT ALL.
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The resort’s grounds are quite pleasant. Landscaping—lots of ferns and palm trees—is verdant, especially in the courtyards. The five “islands,” or groups of buildings clustered around Barefoot Bay, are identical. The two-story motel-style structures are arranged in various ways to face courtyards, pools, the bay, and so forth. The setup is similar to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in nearly every way but theme.

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In general, corner rooms are preferable since they have more windows. Standard-view rooms face either the parking lots or courtyards, and the usual broad interpretation of water views is in play here. Beyond that, your main choices will revolve around your preference for proximity to (or distance from) the Custom House, pools, parking lots, pirates, or beaches on Barefoot Bay. Each island has direct access to at least one beach, playground, bus stop, and parking lot.

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Because of the layout of Caribbean Beach, there are quite a few rooms that are set back, overlapped by the exterior hallways. There are anywhere from 6-12 of these rooms in every Caribbean Beach building, so be on the lookout for views like the one below.

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Good Rooms in Buildings 44, 45, and 46 in Jamaica

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If you’re not ready to pitch in the extra money for a preferred room, this group of buildings in Jamaica is a decent spot. While still a few minutes away from Old Port Royale, the close proximity to the footbridge across the lagoon makes it an easy and pleasant walk. There are no standout views from any of these buildings, but there are some pleasant garden views available, especially in building 45.

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Jamaica Room 4559: Pop quiz hot shot: Would you rather pay extra for this water view…
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Much like Jamaica buildings 44-46 above, this group of Aruba buildings are very close to the footbridge spanning the lagoon, which makes the walk to Old Port Royale pleasant if not necessarily shorter. There are several very nice views available here as well, namely the water views from building 52, rooms 5224-5226.

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Good Rooms in Buildings 54, 55, and 56 of Aruba

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This building group is closer to the Aruba bus stop, but that’s about it. It is quite far from Old Port Royale and contains few great views. Building 54 is unremarkable, with no very good nor very bad views. Half of building 56 faces the parking lot and much of the other half faces the other buildings. Building 55 is the only one of these three with great views, specifically the water view rooms 5509-5512, 5514-5516, 5541-5544, and 5546-5548.

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Aruba Room 5513: This “water view” is almost spectacular.
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Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Overview

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Near Animal Kingdom, Coronado Springs Resort is Disney’s only midpriced convention property. Inspired by northern Mexico and the American Southwest, \r\n the resort is divided into four separately themed areas. The two- and three-story Ranchos call to mind Southwestern cattle ranches, while the two-story\r\n Cabanas are modeled after Mexican beach resorts. The multistoried Casitas embody elements of Spanish architecture found in Mexico’s great cities. \r\n And the Gran Destino Tower mixes references to Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudi into a modern hotel building.\r\n

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The vast resort surrounds a 22-acre lake, and there are three small pools as well as one large swimming complex. The main pool features a reproduction of a Mayan step pyramid with a waterfall cascading down its side.

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Opened in 2019, the Gran Destino Tower is a more luxury-oriented building than is usually found at a Moderate resort. The idea is that conventioneers have somewhere to stay that has close dining and nicer rooms, but the upgrade is available to all guests. The Gran Destino tower contains the registration area and bus stops.

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Check-In and Services at the Gran Destino Tower

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Adjacent to Gran Destino is El Centro, where you can find a gift shop, food court, and Rix Lounge. A separate area called The Dig Site, between the Ranchos and Cabanas, is where the main pool, play area, and arcade can be found. The walk between these two sites is only a few minutes, but the distance means that most rooms are reasonably close to one or the other.\r\n

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Coronado Springs has some amazing vistas, especially in the wee hours of the morning.

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Where To Check-In, Get Theme Park Tickets, and Make Dining Reservations

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A security gate guards the entrance to Coronado Springs’ grounds. If you arrive by car, you'll need to provide photo ID at the gate; it's not necessary to provide your reservation number or paperwork. A dedicated parking lot near Gran Destino serves as temporary parking for those who need it while checking in. If you arrive by Disney's Magical Express or other Disney bus transportation, there is a bus stop outside of Gran Destino.\r\n

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Guests keeping a car at the hotel overnight will be charged $20 per day.

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Check-in time at Coronado Springs is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Coronado Springs participates in Disney's Online Check-In program, which allows you to you provide name, address, and credit card information before your arrival. If you've checked-in online and provided a mobile phone number or email address, you will receive your room number electronically. Then you can go straight to the room and use your smart phone or MagicBand to open the door, skipping the lobby altogether.\r\n

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Coronado's registration staff can provide MagicBands for your stay, if you don't already have them. As of January 1, 2021, guests no longer receive complimentary MagicBands but will still have the option to purchase them.

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Coronado Springs’ Rooms

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Most of the guest rooms measure 314 square feet and contain two queen beds, a desk and chair, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, and a vanity outside the bathroom. Rooms are decorated with a very subtle Southwestern theme and a few earth tones. None of the rooms have their own balconies.\r\n

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Perhaps because Coronado Springs is geared to conventions, getting work done here is easier than at any other Disney Moderate resort. A specially designed light fixture above the desk holds a down-pointing bulb and provides excellent illumination of the work area. Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort, and the business-center staff is friendly and knowledgeable.\r\n

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A standard room at Coronado Springs.

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The mini-fridge is a dorm-style unit that sits within the large door on the dresser. It's more like a beverage chiller than a refrigerator in that it'll keep drinks cool, but you're not going to freeze popsicles or make ice cubes in it. Every room in Coronado Springs has a coffee maker.\r\n

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Coronado Springs Room Layout

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Gran Destino Tower Rooms

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Standard Rooms and Preferred Rooms, Standard Views and Pool Views

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Pools and Playgrounds at Coronado Springs Resort

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Coronado Springs has 4 pools. The largest is found at the area called The Dig Site, which also contains the playground and arcade. The area is dominated by a 46 foot tall Mayan stepped pyramid that looks as if it’s been sitting on that spot for centuries and houses the 128 foot water slide.\r\n

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The Mayan Pyramid

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In addition to the large main pool, each of the three areas has its own “quiet” pool. Quiet pools are Disney’s name for their smaller pools, the noise level varies depending on the pool’s users. Each of these pools is smaller than the main pool and has no extras such as a child play area or slide.\r\n

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Coronado Springs’ pools range in depth from around 3 feet 6 inches/1.1m to 4 feet 9 inches/1.4m and are open every day, including winter. Pools are heated to 82F/28C throughout the year. Guests can find showers, storage lockers, restrooms, and laundry facilities at each of the pools. Pool hours are at least 9 AM to 9 PM, extending to as much as 7 AM to 11 PM during busy times. The main pool will have lifeguards whenever they are open, but the quiet pools will not have lifeguards at any time.\r\n

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Playgrounds at Coronado Springs

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Coronado Springs has one full-service restaurant, a food court, and an additional small quick service spot as well as a few bars that serve small items and appetizers. With the exception of the Siesta’s, the pool bar, all other dining spots are located in El Centro and can be a 15-minute walk from some of the guest buildings.\r\n

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Maya Grill (Temporarily closed) is Coronado Springs’ full-service restaurant. Run by the same company that operates the restaurants at EPCOT’s Mexico pavilion, Maya Grill specializes in southwestern cuisine. Unfortunately, like too many Disney restaurants, Maya Grill doesn’t fully commit to the style and the results are a slightly bland version of authentic favorites. The restaurant mostly caters to convention customers who are both stuck at Coronado Springs and on an expense account. \r\n

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The dining room was designed to evoke the ancient world of the Maya, achieving \"a harmony of fire, sun, and water.\" But the idea falls short, with the fire taking the form of \"flames\" made of fan-blown fabric at the top of two large columns. The kitchen is open to view, but so is the barren and starkly lit walkway outside.\r\n

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Notables on the menu include Chilorio Pork Sliders appetizer and the Arrachera, although much of the menu is under-flavored Tex-Mex at double and triple the prices of your local Mexican restaurant. Our experiences at Maya Grill and those of our readers are mediocre at best. On the bright side, Tables in Wonderland cardholders are eligible for a 20% discount at Maya Grill.\r\n

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In our annual reader surveys, Maya Grill ranks towards the bottom of table-service restaurants in Walt Disney World with a “thumbs up” rating of 71%, well below the average of 87%. This puts it in the same class as often maligned restaurants such as EPCOT’s Nine Dragons, Downtown Disney’s Rainforest Café, and the now demolished Cap’n Jack’s. As you may imagine, we recommend heading elsewhere for that sit-down dinner.\r\n

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If you are looking for breakfast, lunch, or a quicker meal, Coronado Springs also has the El Mercado de Coronado food court(temporarily closed) that's also in the same large building as Maya Grill. The food court area is fun and festive and contained in a large space that vaguely resembles and outdoor market. \r\n

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The overall setup is much like a food court at a mall. There are several different stations, each selling one set of meals. For example, one station sells pizza and pasta; another sells burgers; another is dedicated to sandwiches, and so on. If your kids each want something different, you'll have to line up several times. The good news is that some of the food is prepared on demand, so you'll at least be getting your burger cooked to order.\r\n

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Prices range from $6 to $18 for an entree so you won't break the bank. Breakfast is the standard fare of egg and meat platters, omelets, and Mickey-shaped waffles. Some standout entrees from the Lunch and Dinner menu include the Crabcake Sandwich and Aztec Burger, both between $12 and $15. None of the desserts are particularly interesting but there is a nice assortment of ice cream sundaes and shakes. \r\n

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El Mercado participates in the Disney Dining Plan (when it's offered); meals cost 1 Quick Service credit, and there are a wide variety of snacks to use as Snack credits on the Dining Plan. El Mercado is unique among the moderate resorts in that it is a Quick Service venue where waiters bring and refill your beverages; as a result, guests are expected to provide a gratuity.\r\n

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For grab-and-go items or even quicker meals than El Mercado can offer, you will find Café Rix, also in El Centro. Meals here use 1 Quick Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan (when it's offered), and there are a wide variety of snacks to use as Snack credits on the Dining Plan. Café Rix offers simple things such as breakfast sandwiches, muffins, and doughnuts for breakfast and a small selection of hot or cold sandwiches for lunch and dinner. While the selection is minimal, it is fast and Café Rix opens at 6am, earlier than El Mercado, making it a good choice for a quick pre-park breakfast. There is no seating for Café Rix, but Rix Lounge has quite a bit of seating that is open for Café patrons. \r\n

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Free refills are available for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and fountain drinks (including juice and milk) during your meal. Both El Mercado and Cafe Rix will refill mugs purchased thorugh Disney's Rapid Fill refillable mug program, where you purchase a souvenir plastic mug once, and get free\r\n refills for the remainder of your stay. The cost is a flat $19.99 for your length of stay.\r\n

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Rix Sports Bar & Grill is an unusual spot, well for a Disney resort at least. \r\n It is the only bar or lounge at a Walt Disney World resort that could be considered a nightclub with DJs spinning the tunes most nights. \r\n The décor is upscale and reminiscent of a more urban club although it is decidedly not in line with the Southwestern motif of Coronado Springs. \r\n There are many interesting elements to Rix Lounge and a menu full of equally interesting drinks, but Rix Lounge is mostly a hive for the busy bees in \r\n town for a convention. When there are large meetings at Coronado Springs, Rix can be quite busy. Otherwise it is often uncrowded.\r\n

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Transportation to and from Coronado Springs Resort

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From Orlando International Airport If you're arriving at Orlando International Airport, Disney's free \r\nMagical Express bus service will take you and your luggage directly from the airport to your hotel, then back to the airport when it's time for your flight home.\r\n

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From Sanford International Airport It's about a 40-minute drive from Sanford to Coronado Springs. If you're not renting a car, be aware that Sanford's airport offers fewer transportation options than Orlando's, and Sanford's options are generally much more expensive. A taxi from Sanford International Airport to Coronado Springs will cost between $120 and $150, depending on traffic. Mears Transportation offers 3-passenger towncar service to Coronado Springs for around $140 each way, plus tip; 5-passenger SUV service or 10-passenger van is around $190 each way. That means round-trip transportation will run you somewhere between $240 and $380, plus tip, between Sanford and Coronado Springs. At those prices, it may be less expensive to rent a car and park it at the hotel.\r\n

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Coronado Springs’ Bus Schedule

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For example, if you're headed to the Magic Kingdom between 8 AM and 11 AM, you'll wait around 12 minutes, on average, for a bus to arrive. The bus schedules for EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios average about 13 minutes early in the day. Bus schedules to the water parks and Disney Springs are a little less frequent, and you could wait anywhere from 18 to 30 minutes for a ride.\r\n

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While these are the average times you will wait for a bus at Coronado Springs, the four bus stops at the resort mean a slightly longer ride on the bus without leaving the resort. This is the reason Coronado Springs has some of the highest total bus transportation times despite its central location.

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Getting to another hotel from Coronado Springs If you've got dining plans (when they're offered) at another Disney hotel, the cheapest option is to take a Disney bus from Coronado Springs to Disney Springs (or an open theme park), then take another bus from there to your destination hotel. Do the reverse to get back to Coronado Springs. While that's free, it can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours each way. If your destination is one of the Magic Kingdom monorail resorts, and the Magic Kingdom is still open, you could take a bus to the Magic Kingdom, then either walk (to the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower), hop on the monorail (to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian), or take a boat (to Fort Wilderness, the Wilderness Lodge, the Polynesian, and the Grand Floridian). We suggest you still allow at least an hour for that.

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The fastest option, however, is almost always a taxi from Coronado Springs to wherever you're going; it's generally not more than a $20, 15-minute cab ride to get to most Disney hotels from Coronado Springs, and often less. Taxis are available outside of El Centro; if a taxi is not already sitting out front, the bell services desk also serves as a taxi stand, and they'll call one for you.\r\n

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To Universal Orlando If you're staying at Walt Disney World and don't have a car, Mears Transportation will shuttle you from your hotel to Universal and back for $18 per person. Pickup and return times are at your convenience. A one-way taxi ride is around $36, and may be the cheapest option if you have three to five people.\r\n

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Panchito’s also sells basic pharmacy items such as sunscreen, aspirin, allergy and cold medicine, baby diapers and formula, shampoo, and the like. And the shop also has Disney-branded cookies, chocolate, coffee tins, and similar items, if that's what you're looking for. Prices for these items are considerably higher - about double - than what you'd probably pay at home.\r\n

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Another advantage of staying at a conference hotel is that Coronado Springs has a fitness center, unlike the other Moderate Resorts. The center is located near the quiet pool in the Casitas section, between buildings 3 and 4. It is a small center containing standard equipment such as treadmills, but it is handy if walking around the parks all day isn’t enough exercise for you. There is also a Beauty Salon in the same location for especially bad hair days.\r\n

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In the Dig Site area, near the main pool, is the Iguana Arcade, which has a decent collection of relatively recent video and arcade games. Most games cost $0.50 to $2.00 per play, although it’s tough to tell exactly how much because of Disney’s arcade points system. Rather than put money directly into the games, you purchase an arcade card that can be loaded with any number of points. The points are 50 per every $1.00 spent and the games requires various amounts of points. The points system allows you to easily set limits for children, but makes it a little hard to calculate exactly how much you’re spending on any given game.\r\n

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Walkers, joggers and runners will find that one lap around the main part of Lago Dorado is a scenic 0.75-mile/1.2 km course. If you don’t take the bridge near the main pool and instead add the path around the smaller section of the lagoon the path extends to 1 mile/1.6 km. You won't find an indoor pool at Coronado Springs.\r\n

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What you will find are other activities, many of which fit the Coronado Springs theme either on purpose or coincidentally. Bikes are available to rent at the marina, which is found near El Centro. If a little more activity is to your liking, there is a beach volleyball court in the Dig Site. Unfortunately swimming in Lago Dorado is not allowed.\r\n

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Coronado Springs’ free Movies Under the Stars program shows a different Disney film every night of the week on a small outdoor screen set up at the Dig Site near the pool. Folding chairs are provided. The movie schedule varies based on when it gets dark, and may start as early as 7 PM during winter, or as late as 9 PM during summer. A sign near the pool will have the schedule for the week. \r\n

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Coronado Springs Babysitting and In-Room Child Care

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There are on site washers and dryers available for guest use. For more information on guest laundry services at Walt Disney World hotels, see our WDW Laundry Information page.

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Being a moderate resort means that Coronado Springs offers some nice views, especially the upper floor rooms facing the lagoon. Other than that, you'll mostly see landscaping, courtyards, or parking lots.

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Coronado Springs encircles a large artificial lake called Lago Dorado. In addition to the main building (El Centro), which contains shopping venues, restaurants, and a conference center, there are three communities of accommodations. Moving clockwise around the lake, the Casitas are near the lobby, restaurants, shops, and convention center. Standard-view rooms face parking lots or a courtyard. Water-view rooms cover pools, the lake, and so on.

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If ponying up extra money for a Preferred room doesn’t sound appealing to you, Casitas building 4 is one of the closes buildings to El Centro that isn’t Preferred. This building contains just about every type of view from the parking lot to a pool to the lagoon. The best lagoon view rooms are on floors 2-4, rooms 4X61-4X65.

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Casitas Room 4361: This room is right next door to the one above.
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Building 6B is a very unremarkable building, although that may not be a bad thing. It contains no official “water view” rooms, although rooms 6X72 and 6X73 have views of the quiet pool. Building 6B also contains no parking lot views, with most of the views either of woods or desert landscaping. If you prefer the woods pick rooms on the South side, numbers 6X00-6X03, 6X30-6X36, and 6X50-6X63. If you would rather the desert choose rooms 6X10-6X13, 6X20-6X27, or 6X40-6X47.

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Ranchos Room 6773: A great room if you want a pool view without paying for a “water view.”
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This building, along with building 8B, are good choices of location if you are going to be taking the bus to the parks, want to use the main pool, and don’t want to pay Preferred room prices. They are reasonably close to the bus stop, fairly close to the Dig Site, and, while still a few minute away, not as far from El Centro as the Ranchos buildings. The Cabanas buildings are only two stories tall and while building 8A faces the water, the first floor rooms are often obstructed views. The second floor water view rooms have some of the nicest views at Coronado Springs, specifically rooms 8224-8226, 8228-8231, 8241-8243, and 8245-8247. If you really want a bargain, rooms 8220-8222 have lovely views of the lagoon, but are not technically considered “water view” for some reason.

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Cabanas Room 8231: One of, if not the best view at Coronado Springs
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Much like building 8A above, 8B is close to the bus stop although 8A is a little closer to the pool and 8B is a little closer to El Centro. About half of the rooms in building 8B are water view and the other half look at a parking lot. There are several good water view rooms, namely the second floor rooms 8650-8653.

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Reader Comments

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Reader opinions concerning Coronado Springs are split. A family\r\nfrom Cumming, Georgia, was disappointed:

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The convention center really interferes with a family vacation—everyone\r\nwe met there was working and wanted to talk about work while\r\nwe were trying to get away from work!
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A Chester, Virginia, mother had a very different experience:

Coronado Springs was absolutely fabulous. The staff was friendly, the\r\nkids loved the pool, and we all loved Pepper Market. It was nice and\r\nquiet at night. There were many convention guests, but they did not\r\ninterfere with our trip.
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For a family from Kansas City, Kansas, Coronado Springs was\r\ntheir first accommodations in a Disney Moderate resort:

This was the first time we stayed at Coronado Springs. On our previous\r\nthree trips, we stayed at Pop Century, and I was curious if the\r\nModerate resorts were worth the extra money. At first, the size of the resort was daunting, and having the main building so far away from\r\nthe rooms was a challenge at first. But we quickly settled into a routine\r\nand figured out the bus routes—for some of the buses, the main\r\nbuilding was the last stop, and for other routes, the first. Maybe it\r\nwas our bad luck, but finding the internal shuttle was like spotting\r\na unicorn! The bus service was really the only major drawback. The\r\nroom at Coronado was more spacious and came with a ceiling fan.\r\nThe door separating the living area from the bath vanity was very\r\nuseful because I was able to get ready in the morning without waking\r\nthe kids. The kids really enjoyed the pool area, and I thought it\r\nwas better themed than Pop Century. The size of the resort meant\r\nthat we had more walking to and from the pool and main areas, but\r\nthat also meant it felt less crowded. Overall, I thought the resort was\r\nworth the price difference.
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A family from Indianapolis liked the swimming pools:

The pool at Coronado Springs was excellent—the kids loved the\r\nslide! Also utilized smaller pool close to our room—was good for\r\nkids to relax before bedtime.
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Finally, a Canvey Island, England, reader was fair and balanced:

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Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort Overview and Review

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Port Orleans French Quarter is a moderately priced hotel at Walt Disney World with 1,008 guest rooms. The resort is themed to resemble New Orleans’s Vieux Carré, but sanitized. Consisting of seven three-story guest-room buildings next to the Sassagoula River, prim pink-and-blue structures are festooned with wrought-iron filigree, shuttered windows, and old-fashioned iron lampposts. In keeping with the Crescent City theme, French Quarter is landscaped with magnolia trees and overgrown vines. The centrally located Mint contains the registration area and food court and is a reproduction of a turn-of-the-19th-century building where Mississippi Delta farmers sold their harvests.

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We think Port Orleans French Quarter is one of the best moderate-level resorts at Walt Disney World. The resort is a manageable size, with beautiful landscaping, and a fun pool. The food court serves one of our favorite desserts at WDW, fresh made beingets. Port Orleans French Quarter is an easy walk to its sister resort, Port Orleans Riverside, expanding the nearby dining options, and the many restaurants at Disney Springs are a pleasant boat ride away. Port Orleans French Quarter is a little more expensive - and a little bit better - than the Caribbean Beach Resort. We also enjoy that both Port Orleans French Quarter and Port Orleans Riverside resorts offer better scenery than Coronado Springs Resort. French Quarter does not offer a fitness center, for that you'll have to go to any of the Deluxe resorts. The only Moderate to offer a fitness center is Coronado Springs.

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French Quarter rooms measure 314 square feet. Most contain two queen beds, a table and two chairs, a dresser–credenza, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, and a vanity outside the bathroom. No rooms have balconies, but ornamental iron-railed accessways on each floor provide a good (though less private) substitute.

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