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Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney does an interesting thing when it themes resorts. In the real world, you expect certain things to happen when you pay more for a hotel room – a notch above budget gets at least a decent-sized television. Two notches above that might include wood furnishings and an extra sitting room. A few notches above […] Read more...

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Two key reasons for staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas: Phenomenal Dark Continent décor and, top of the list, a view of the (fake) African savannah and a few hundred wild animals from your balcony (though not all rooms have balconies or face the savannah). No other Disney property offers anything this unique. The […] Read more...

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Disney’s Coronado Springs

Disney’s newest moderate resort is, to over-generalize, the Caribbean Beach Resort for adults. Both have some type of tropic décor, both surround a large lake, both are large enough that busses make a number of stops to service each area, and both offer the mixed blessing of solitude (if your room is on the outside) […] Read more...

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Contemporary Resort The top reason for staying at the Contemporary Resort is not the linens, the service, or the style, though all are fit a luxury resort – it’s because “the monorail goes right through the middle of it.” That was cutting edge technology when Disney debuted the hotel, and it still brings squeals […] Read more...

Disney World, Planning an Orlando trip
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Dining within Walt Disney World

People who love a five-star restaurant consider it a priority on at least two or three nights. In fact, everyone should plan at least two decent, relaxed dinners over a one-week vacation. An evening with seared salmon, wine, and candlelight gives bodies time to unwind from a frenzied theme park pace. However, two nice dinners […] Read more...

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

The Caribbean Beach is Disney’s first economy resort as well as Disney’s first moderate resort. (The resort lost its economy status when the “Pop” resorts debuted.) It has the best location of the moderate bunch – close to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. It’s also the largest Disney hotel and can feel that way in the […] Read more...

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Disney’s Grand Floridian

The Grand Floridian is the pinnacle of Disney luxury, though that demands analysis of what luxury entails. In the real world, you expect the style and service at a Waldorf Astoria to surpass a Motel 6, and you willingly pay more for the upgrade. At the Waldorf, you expect high thread-count bed linens, sumptuous in-room […] Read more...

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Disney’s Port Orleans – The French Quarter

From Disney’s perspective, there is one resort, Port Orleans, and it has two sections: Riverside and The French Quarter. Functionally, that’s true. One big management system encompasses both sections, and there’s no size/amenity difference, in general, with the rooms. Pragmatically, however, people do not book a room based on the number of Disney management systems, […] Read more...

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Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside

If The French Quarter represents New Orleans, Riverside represents the homes along the Mississippi that a steamboat might pass en route to the Gulf of Mexico, making them both part of the single entity, Port Orleans. However, a name Disney nixed around 2001 for this section – Dixie Landings – might be a better description […] Read more...

Chapter 6, Disney World, Travel Guide
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Magic Kingdom

April 2012: It’s not a stretch to say the Magic Kingdom is Orlando to most of the world. It was the first theme park and remains the best, at least judged by visitor counts. Of all the parks, the Magic Kingdom successfully comes close to true fantasy. Mature adults know, academically, that computers and a […] Read more...