PART 2: STAYING ON PROPERTY of the Walt Disney World Resort!
|The whimsical main pool of the Pop Century Resort. A Value Resort.|
Let's tackle transportation. There are three and a half main modes of free transportation around the Walt Disney World Resort. The main one is by bus. Buses stop at every hotel, park, and Downtown Disney. Need to get anywhere? Take a bus. It should be noted that buses don't travel from hotel to hotel. To get from one hotel to another, take a bus to a currently open park or Downtown Disney and transfer to a bus going to the hotel you're trying to get to. Buses are your easiest way around.
|Boats and Monorails at the Magic Kingdom!|
|The Monorail has a stop INSIDE the Contemporary Resort!|
(A Deluxe resort)
The third and coolest-looking way to get around is by... MONORAIL! I feel weird after what Josh said about it, but regardless of its staleness, there is something satisfying about it. It's a frikkin' monorail. However, it only goes to three hotels (Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian) as well as the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Try it out if one of those are a destination for you.
The half mode of transportation is your own two feet. You can't walk everywhere, but you can walk to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary Hotel. Also, you can walk to Epcot and Hollywood Studios from the hotels between those two parks. Sometimes it's a nice change of pace. Yeah, I can't say much about walking. It's walking. Woo.
What about food? I like food. And it's essential for living. Thank goodness Disney has food at their hotels. The Deluxe hotels will have a small variety of well-themed table service restaurants or buffets, and a small food court tucked away somewhere that's damn near impossible to find. Moderate resorts will have one table-service restaurant and a food court that is much easier to find than the Deluxe ones. Value resorts have only food courts, and they're so big, you can't get away from them. Like black holes of deliciousness. Oddly, the Value food courts have a lot more variety to them than the higher class hotels, since it's the only place to get food at those particular hotels. It should also be noted that Value hotel doesn't mean Value food. The food is great at these places! Ribs, meatball sandwiches, salads, all sorts of goodness to shove in and around your face. Okay, I'm getting hungry, we better move on before I eat my keyboard.
|Food court at the Caribbean Beach Resort. A Moderate resort.|
So there you have it. A brief guide to help you on your decision-making when making decisions on what hotel you want to stay at and the kinds of things that are available.