Planning a Disney vacation can be overwhelming – where to stay, on-site or off? Once you decide you want to stay on-site then you’re faced with choosing a resort. You’ve decided on your resort but now you have to choose the view from your room. And, in true Disney fashion, they have now made it a bit more confusing. ;o) Although, depending on how you look at it, it might be a little easier. For 2011 they’ve added some new resort room categories, and I’m going to cover some of the bigger changes here.
Tried and true, the Value Resorts will see no major change of room choice for 2011. You have Standard Rooms and Preferred Rooms (closer to the main building), which are exactly the same except for location. All Star Movies has Preferred Rooms in the Fantasia, Toy Story and 101 Dalmation buildings. All Star Sports Preferred Rooms are in Surfs Up. Pop Century has Preferred Rooms in the 60s, 70s and 50s buildings. All Star Music has one other room category, Family Suites, which are located in Calypso 10 and Jazz 2, with the Preferred Rooms located in both of the Calypso buildings.
Moving on to the moderate resorts, there are no major changes to Caribbean Beach, which will still have Standard View, Water View and King Bed Rooms spread throughout the resort. There are Preferred Rooms located in the Trinidad North and Martinique villages. Caribbean Beach also has Pirate Standard and Water View Rooms in Trinidad South.
At Port Orleans French Quarter you will now find River View Rooms in Buildings 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7. You can also book a Standard View, Water View or King Bed Room in any of the other buildings.
Port Orleans Riverside has all of the same categories as French Quarter, along with the addition of River View, but in many more buildings. They have also added Preferred Rooms in Buildings 14, 15, 18 and 27.
Coronado Springs has a few new categories. You’ll find the Standard View, Water View and King Bed Rooms, as well as some Suites which are mostly geared to the business traveler. They now have Preferred Rooms in Casitas 1 and 2 as well as Cabanas 9A and 9B. You can also book a Preferred Water View or a Preferred King Room.
Deluxe resorts will have only a few changes. Yacht Club, Beach Club and Boardwalk have now added a Standard View Room, which is a parking lot view. There are also Garden View, Water View, Deluxe and Club Level Rooms in addition to Suites.
The Animal Kingdom Lodge has added an Arusha Savannah View and an Arusha Savannah View Bunk Bed Room to their options. Your other choices include Standard View, Pool View, Pool View Bunk Bed, Savannah View, Savannah View Bunk Bed, Club Level Rooms and Suites.
The Contemporary has added a Tower Parking Lot View in addition to the Tower Bay Lake and Tower Theme Park Views. There are also Garden Wing Standard and Garden View Rooms, as well as Deluxe, Club Level Rooms and Suites.
That sums up all of the changes for 2011, at least the ones we know of right now. As we all know by now, with Disney, everything is “subject to change at any time”!
Jessica Johnson has been sharing her love of Disney travel through her work with The Magic For Less Travel for several years now. After spending her honeymoon at Walt Disney World and later renewing her vows there, she has grown her love of Disney into quite the career. She has completed the College of Disney Knowledge, as well as onsite Graduate Course work at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. She has earned a Universal Studios Specialist designation, as well as become familiar with multiple cruise lines. In addition, she is a Master Cruise Counselor and a Certified Travel Counselor. She likes to take her knowledge and use it to help her clients have the best trips possible, and is constantly in the field testing new options and exploring new things to try!