How important is room request? Well, did you know that the south side rooms at Bay Lake Tower are right next to the outdoor movie area where kids movies are played each night? Or that not all rooms at the Contemporary and Polynesian have balconies? How about having a 10 minute walk to your bus depot at the Disney Moderate resorts? While some people are happy with any room, you can make your stay more comfortable by knowing what to ask for. If you use a Disney Destinations Specialist, you can have them make your request for you and often times, they know who to speak to at each of the resorts.
Room types and views. There are two primary factors that determine the rate of a Walt Disney World hotel room: location and view. Disney World does not use a consistent vocabulary to describe room categories as each individual hotel offers something slightly different. For example, the Magic Kingdom Resorts offer room categories like theme park view, woods view, standard view, courtyard view, and lagoon view - just to name a few. However, Disney Value Resorts offer standard and preferred rooms making no mention of the view. Most resorts offer the economical standard rooms or standard view rooms and might overlook a parking area, garden, or service area. Preferred rooms at Disney Value Resorts, usually mean they are near a pool, main lobby, or bus stop. If you want to be near the pool, restaurant, or transportation area, you'll need to pay extra. Upgrades start at about $25 more per night.
How Disney World classifies hotel rooms.
The Value Resorts offer accommodations for up to four guests plus one crib. Most rooms offer two double beds and a limited number of rooms offer one king. Rooms at Disney's All Star Resort, all 5,460 of them, are 216 sq. ft. There are Family Suites available at Disney's All Star Music Resort that can accommodate up to six guests. Rooms at Disney's Pop Century Resort are 260 sq. ft and sleep four. Disney's Art of Animation Resort offers four person rooms that are 277 sq ft. and Family Suites that can accommodate up to six guests at 565 sq. ft.
Moderate Resort rooms range from 300 to 314 sq. ft. and can accommodate up to four guests plus one crib. Disney's Port Orleans Riverside can accommodate five guests when utilizing the pullout sofa bed. Port Orleans has the option of two queen size beds or one king. All others offer two doubles or one king. Disney's Coronado Springs Resort has a variety of suites available too. The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground are 504 sq. ft. and sleep six adults plus one crib and include a kitchen, living room and separate bedroom.
Disney World Deluxe Resorts offer a variety of room options including suites and Club Level rooms. Most regular rooms can sleep up to five adults plus one crib with the exception of Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - they sleep up to four guests plus one crib. Most Deluxe Rooms have pull out sofas and a balcony. We found a number of rooms at Disney's Polynesian Resort and Disney's Contemporary Resort do not have full balconies so be sure to make a request if you want one.
Making room requests is possible at Walt Disney World and we have found that Cast Members try hard to honor them for you. The most popular requests are for specific locations such as near the pool, restaurant or bus stop. This is yet another area where a Disney Destinations Specialist can help you make some room requests. It should be noted however that requests are not guaranteed.. Depending on your request, you might need to pay the upgrade charge to get the view or location you want. For example, you won't be able to pay for a Garden View room at Disney's Polynesian Resort and make a request to be able to see Cinderella Castle from your room. In this case, you'd have to pay for a Magic Kingdom view room. In general, Disney will not honor a request for free if it requires upgrading you to a higher category room. From time to time guests are successful just by asking the front desk Cast Member if they were offering any free upgrades. It never hurts to ask.
Requesting specific room numbers. We don’t recommend making requests for specific rooms only because you would be playing the odds. When you give a list of room numbers, a Cast Member will have to sit at a computer and conduct research to see if they are available. You might get a Cast Member who will do it, or you might get one who is just too busy to make the extra effort. We recommend making your request broad, so a particular section, building, or use terms like “private location” or “near the bus depot” and of course use the above chart for assistance.
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All Star Resorts
Updated July 2014