Category: Disney World Resorts

Mobile Ordering Coming to Select Disney World Resorts

Mobile ordering is amazing and convenient. My family and I use it in our everyday lives at places such as Chic-Fil-A, Starbucks, Chipotle, Panera, etc. Why wait in line when you know what you want? I always get the stink eye from people waiting in a long line, when I breeze past them and pick up my Bacon Gouda breakfast sandwich and Blonde Roast in the morning. Sorry people, you can do it too! LOL!

Mickey Ketchup!
Mickey Ketchup!

Our Experience with Mobile Ordering

Last year we started doing mobile order at Disney Parks and it was a lifesaver (read more about it – Mobile Ordering at Disney World Quick Service Restaurants). The last trip we had an 8 and 3-year-old, and lines when you are hungry are no fun. We would literally be waiting in line for a ride, about to board the ride vehicle, and we’re looking at the menu. As soon as we got off the ride, we placed the order for what we wanted and started walking towards the restaurant. By the time we arrived, our food was nearly ready at the mobile order pick-up window. We utilized this feature at places such as Pinocchio’s Tavern and Columbia Harbor House in the Magic Kingdom, Flame Tree BBQ at Animal Kingdom, and ABC Commissary at Hollywood Studios. There are so many quick service locations that do mobile ordering, be sure to check Disney’s website in advance so you can plan.

Mobile Ordering at Select Disney World Resorts

Mobile Ordering at Disney Resorts
Mobile Ordering at Disney Resorts

Guess what? Now, Disney is adding the ability to use Mobile Ordering at Select Disney World Resorts! This will help cut down on the lines in the busy quick service locations during the peak meal period. The only way I wouldn’t use mobile ordering, is if I wanted to stand there and watch someone prepare my food with me picking out options. I’m excited to say that Disney Park’s blog has unveiled that some of the resorts soon to take on mobile ordering are: “Pop Century’s: Everything Pop, The Mara at Animal Kingdom, and Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.”

Can’t wait to try it out!

My family and I frequently stay at Pop Century and we are planning another visit in just a few short months. We will be trying the mobile ordering, more than likely for breakfast, prior to entering the parks. This will help with getting everyone fed and ready in the morning, before embarking on an exciting adventure in the parks.

Disney's Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Have you used Disney’s mobile ordering service? If so, tell us about your likes or dislikes?

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Our Official Review of The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort are a wonderful resort at Walt Disney World that are considered a “moderate” resort, which is a step above the value and a step below the Deluxe Resorts. The Deluxe resorts also include Port Orleans’ French Quarter, Port Orleans’ Riverside, Coronado Springs, and the Caribbean Beach Resort.

We Love the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Our family loves The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort because you feel like you are camping out in the wilderness. Upon entering the resort, as you drive into guest parking, you see a quaint little building at the front of the Resort for guest check in, as well as horse stables and a slew of parked golf carts. The resort has quite a few fun activities for an additional cost. The golf carts are not a necessity, but they would be very fun to be able to drive around since the resort is so spread out. Some of the additional amenities located on property are a little spread out, making the golf carts a much appreciated extra.

Cabin Loops at The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

All the cabins are spread out and located on different “loops” throughout the property. Think of it as mini versions of neighborhoods, where all the cabins are located along a certain “street” that makes a loop in the small area that they are located.  Each cabin is separate and are located on the “streets” with around twenty per area.

View of the cabin from our parking spot.

Your Own Private Parking Spot!

A view of the Cabin’s Living Room

Driving up to the cabin, you’ll find your own personal parking spot for your vehicle, as well as stairs leading up to your private deck, complete with a picnic table and a small outdoor charcoal grill. Walking inside the cabin, you walk immediately into a decent sized kitchen and dining room. The dining room has a bench style chair on one side and individual chairs on the other side. The kitchen includes all of the necessities such as a full fridge, stove, and microwave. We bought all breakfast items for us to have breakfast at the cabin each morning, which helped us save some of our snack credits. To the right of the kitchen and dining room is a decent sized living room with two separate chairs, a coffee table, and a regular sized couch. The couch pulls out to a full-sized bed that can sleep either two adults or three children. There is a large flat screen TV mounted on the wall in the living room as well.

Individual Cabin Layout

Cabin Bedroom
Cabin Restroom

To the left of the kitchen/dining area is a hallway that leads to the full bathroom that has a large counter with a single sink, toilet, and shower/tub combo. The cabin does have individual bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash (H20 Products). The coolest part of the cabin is located past the bathroom. The bedroom has a queen-sized bed and twin sized bunk beds. This room sleeps up to 4 adults comfortably, and even more kids if needed. Our kids immediately ran into this room and were so excited to see that they were going to be sleeping in bunk beds. There is also a closet/storage area and a tv in this room as well.

Beautiful Towel Swan at the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Extracurricular Activities at The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort offers a lot of extracurricular activities – and I mean, a lot. Throughout the resort there are jogging/walking trails, horseback riding, basketball courts, volleyball, wagon and carriage rides, an archery experience, an arcade, bikes, pools, and many other things. Due to the resort being located on the water, towards the back of the resort, you can also rent boats, canoes, kayaks, and can go on fishing excursions. It really is like being out on a Dude Ranch.

The Main Pool at the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Dining at The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

The food choices located on the property are a few different places, including snack windows like Meadow Snack Bar and Crocket’s Tavern, but also include a quick-service restaurant – P & J’s Southern Takeout and a table-service restaurant in Trails End. These restaurants serve food that you’d expect out in the American West – fried chicken, BBQ, and ribs. One of the unique dining experiences at The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort is called the “Hoop-Dee-Do Musical Revue.” This is a Western song and dance show performed while guests enjoy their dinner. Reservations are required as this requires a ticket (price depends on where you sit in the hall) or two full-service meal credits to attend. Be sure to check out this highly ranked dinner show and event as seen on multiple reviews online.

In Conclusion

All in all, our family loved The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. We felt like we were out camping/glamping in the woods, nestled among the trees, watching the birds and the squirrels enjoy their natural habitat. The park is located near the Magic Kingdom area of Walt Disney Resort, but friendly heads up, the only way to Magic Kingdom would be by your individual vehicle or boat at the rear area of the park. We learned this the hard way, when we sat and waited on the Magic Kingdom bus at the bus stop for nearly thirty minutes. After it never came, we were kindly told by other guests waiting with us that you have to take one particular bus to the back of the resort by the restaurant – then you took the boat to the Magic Kingdom. The boat ride was so much fun and was actually pretty quick. There were also only like 15 people traveling with us, so it was relatively secluded. We also got great views of the Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and private bungalows/villas at the Fort Wilderness Resort (separate from the Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort).

What are Your Thoughts of The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort?

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Our Official Review of Disney’s Pop Century Resort

With so many different places to stay at Walt Disney World, it is important to get a realistic view from someone who has stayed there many times before. Our family loves Disney’s Pop Century. It is an affordable value resort, but in my opinion, on the “upper end” of the value spectrum. Value resorts at Walt Disney World also include the All-Star Movies, All-Star Sports, All-Star Music, Art of Animation, and Pop Century.

Disney’s Pop Century is the Best Value Resort that Disney has to Offer!

Disney’s POP Century Bowling Pin Staircase

Of all these resorts, we feel that Disney’s Pop Century Resort is the best choice for price, size, and amenities. Pop Century is themed based on different eras of Pop Culture through the last century – specifically the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80, and 90s. Each decade has a set of rooms and highlights an important theme from that era with over the top, three-story tall figures. For example, in the 70s area, there are large flowers and disco-themed décor everywhere and the pool is called the “Hippy Dippy” pool. The 50s section’s stairwells are wrapped in three-story tall bowling pins. Each section is painted with bright colors and put together very well. This is one of those hotels where all the room access is from outside of the building. There are both stairs and elevators. The best thing about Disney’s Pop Century Resort is that they have recently renovated all of the rooms. We’ve already stayed in one of these rooms and it is such an improvement.

The Rooms at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

The first thing that you will notice is that the carpet has been replaced with faux wood floors, giving a sleek and clean appearance to the room, in addition to being more hygienic.  The room comes with either a king bed with a table and chairs or two queen beds.  One of the two queen beds is a murphy bed that when put up, it turns into a table with two chairs.  With the two queen beds, you can comfortably sleep four adults. There would still be room (even thought it would be tight) to put a pack n play on the other side of the murphy bed, next to the window. In addition to the bedding, there is a large shelve/storage area with a mini-fridge, a coffee maker with all of the coffee essentials, and an ice bucket with a few cups. There is a long dresser that has shelving and a safe inside that sits under the nice sized TV mounted on the wall above it. There are tons of outlets in the room (including 8 USB outlets), so don’t skimp on bringing the electronics – you’ll have plenty of room to charge them. Another great thing about the room is that the beds sit up higher, allowing you to slide your suitcases underneath them.

Please excuse the mess! And yes, the TV was crooked the whole time we were there!

The Bathroom in Your Pop Century Resort Room

The bathroom is light and bright with great lighting and white cabinets. There are lots of shelves in the sink area, as well as adjacent to this area with a few shoe or clothes racks and hangers. The restroom has a separate room for the toilet and the shower/bath combo. The shower area has three pre-installed bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Some people love this, so they don’t have to wait on refills, while others prefer little take-home keepsakes from Disney. Pop Century still uses the awesome H20 products.

What Disney’s Pop Century has to Offer

Disney’s Pop Century offers a large dining hall that has pretty good food at Quick Service prices. ($14.99 or less per adult).  They have three kitchen areas in this dining hall (think of it like a food court) called Mom’s Kitchen, The Grill Shop, and the Pizza shop. Here you can get items like burgers, fries, pizzas, pasta, etc. You won’t find chef caliber food here, but it is good food, served fresh, and available right there for your convenience. With the Disney Dining Plan, you will be able to get your entrée and a drink included in this plan. There are also refillable stations of tea, coffee, water, and soft drinks for regular purchase or to re-fill your Disney refillable mug (included on the Disney Dining plans). There is also a pool side bar called Petals Pool Bar where you can get alcoholic beverages and some sweet treats like strawberry smoothies and refreshing lemonade.  In-room pizza delivery is also available up until midnight for a somewhat hefty fee.

Welcome to Disney’s Pop Century Resort!

Pools and Activities at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Pop Century has three very large pools for everyone to enjoy. There are different activities hosted around the pool all day long, such as limbo, trivia, etc. The kids have tons of fun in the water when taking a break from the parks. There are also other activities at the resort, such as movies in the evening, a walking/jogging trail, a playground, and an arcade next to the main dining hall.

Transportation at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Transportation to the parks from Pop Century right now is by your own car or Disney’s bus system. Coming sometime in 2019, Disney’s new Skyliner (Gondola style system) will open and stop at Pop Century on the bridge that goes across Hourglass Lake between Pop Century and Art of Animation. The Magical Express bus system will drop you off from the airport (if that is how you traveled) and take care of getting your luggage there as well. There is a large storage area outside of the hotel, where the Magical Express drops off/picks up, to hold luggage until your room is ready.

What are Your Thoughts on Disney’s Pop Century Resort?

Have you stayed at Pop Century before? What are your thoughts? Good or bad, we’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below.  Don’t forget to like and share our review with all of your Disney Fanatic friends!

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Where Should I Stay for My Walt Disney World Vacation?

There are a lot of factors that play into this decision.

  • What is your budget?
  • What is your length of vacation?
  • How much time do you plan on spending at the resort?
  • Are you looking for close park access?
  • Do you have certain Character meals or dining experiences that are important to you?
  • Is specific transportation important?

There are so many different factors that could determine where and when you decide to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort.

  • Availability? Is the Resort even available?
  • Special Offers? Does the report offer the Free Dining Special you are trying to book? Or other offers?
  • Events and Groups? Is the Disney Marathon going on? Did the Pro Bowl come to town this year?

With some of these questions answered, it might narrow down your choice of which resort is right for you, but the number one determining factor for choosing a resort is BUDGET!

Here is a listing of all Resorts from lowest to highest price, which is what Disney refers to as Value to Deluxe Resort pricing.

Campsites– From $55.00 per night (Current as low as price – listed for the season * Subject to change)

These are considered the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.  If you are driving your own RV, or pull-behind trailer with your own vehicle, this is a unique spot to stay at Disney but still feel like you are out camping in the woods. An example of this site, would include a Tent to stay in, an RV parking space, and hook ups for sewer disposable, etc.

Transportation to the parks from this resort would be your own car, or Disney offers bus or boat access at different central meeting points on Resort property.

Value – from $99.00 per night (Current as low as price listed for the season * Subject to change)

101 Dalmatians room block at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

All of these resorts have larger than life theming to them. What do I mean by that? Well just consider that All Star Movies has a Dalmatian (from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians) that is the size of a three-story hotel building. Every single one of these hotels has a large Dining Hall that is great for using with your Quick Service Dining Plans, large outdoor games, pools, arcades, laundry services, and all of the basics of your typical regular hotel room amenities.

The Art of Animation offers special Family Suites that are very spacious rooms which offer small family living rooms in addition to the bedroom and can sleep up to guests of 6. There are suites inspired by movies such as Lion King, Cars, and Finding Nemo.

Pop Century and All-Star Movies have just gone and are still undergoing refurbishments to completely revamp their rooms.

We’ve stayed at Pop Century many times and we loved the new renovations. Everything is clean and bright and light. My favorite aspect is that they replaced the hotel carpet with faux wood floors which make it so much cleaner and less allergens.

Transportation from these resorts to the parks would be your own car, and Disney provides bus transportation. Beginning sometime in 2019, Disney will offer the new Sky Liner transportation from Art of Animation and Pop Century.

Moderate Resorts – Prices from $185/night (Current as low as price for the Season * Subject to change)

Living Room at the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans -Riverside Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

All of the Resorts here offer a nicer Resort experience, which is nice if you plan to stay at the Resort for a rest day from the parks. A lot of these offer a slightly larger room than what you get at the Value resorts, and they are all themed like they sound. For example, if you stay at a Cabin at Fort Wilderness, you really feel like you drove off in the forest and rented a cabin nestled among the pine trees and chirping birds. French Quarter offers rooms, where the outside feels like you are walking down a street in New Orleans.

Each of these resorts also has a quick service as well as a Table Service Restaurant (* with exception of French Quarter) which is convenient if you did not want to dine in the park for one of your table service experiences.

Also, all of these resorts offer rooms that have the ability to sleep a 5th bed option, such as a pull-out couch, trundle bed, etc.

Transportation from the parks from these resorts can be your car, or Disney provides Bus transportation, Ferry, and the Skyliner will stop at the Caribbean Beach in 2019.

Deluxe Resorts – from $345/night (Current as low as rate for the season * subject to change)

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa from the Monorail
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Board Walk Inn Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Star Wars themed hotel * Construction has not started on this as of 2019

These Resorts offer the most luxurious stay of all, but for a price. These resorts, if staying for five nights will run you $2500.00 for just the hotel. Once adding park tickets and dining plan, and you are over $10,000.00 for a week’s vacation. If you can afford this, then go for it – the Resorts are amazing!

These Resorts offer some of the Best Restaurants and Character Meals on Disney’s property, and three of which have the monorail stop directly at their resorts for easy access to Magic Kingdom (Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian). The Animal Kingdom Lodge allows you the ability to watch animals graze the savannah from outside your balcony window.

In Conclusion

Wherever you choose to stay, staying on Disney property offers some of the best experiences and memories for your Walt Disney World Vacation. By staying at one of the resorts above, you will get 60 day fast pass advance booking access, exclusive Disney transportation by bus, ferry, boat, monorail, or Skyliner, and be able to experience Extra Magic Hours when available on select Disney nights. We have stayed at Disney property every time that we’ve gone, and it make our visit that much more magical.

If money was no object, which Disney Resort would you stay in?  How any of these resorts can you check off of your list?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.  Also, please like and share with all of your Disney Fanatic Friends!

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Disney’s Moderate Resorts Ranked Best to Worst

So, you have narrowed it down.  You don’t want to spend too much on your Disney resort, but you don’t want to stay in a value resort either.  Maybe you like the thought of a slightly larger room, or maybe you want to be in a resort that offers its guests a Table-Service Restaurant.  Whatever your reasoning may be, you have decided that you want to stay in a Moderate Resort on your next Disney vacation.  The good news is that all of them are great in their own way, but how should you decide which one will be best for you and your family?  Here are our thoughts on the five Disney Moderate resorts, and how we would rank them.

#5 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Coronado Springs pool

While Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort has a lot of things working to make it a better place to stay, as of today, it is at the bottom of our list of Moderate Resorts.  Yes, the rooms have been recently updated and the remodeled rooms look great!  Yes, they are building a beautiful new tower.  Yes, they have re-worked most of the common areas and dining areas.  But, yes, it also is the resort with a convention center, and because of this, will always cater more to the business convention crowd as opposed to the everyday Disney fanatic.  Another thing to note, there is still some construction going on, and they are still improving ever day, so give it some time and it may climb up the list a little.

#4 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside is a beautiful hotel, but when it comes to this one or the French Quarter, we like the French Quarter much more.  First, there is absolutely nothing “wrong” with Riverside, it just doesn’t live up to the other three above it.  Next, the resort is huge.  You can plan on doing quite a bit of walking on your stay.  On the positive side, there is a lot to see, they do offer a Table Service restaurant in Boatwright’s Dining Hall, and they do offer Royal Guest Rooms, which your little prince and princesses are sure to love.

#3 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has been under construction/remodel for like 15 years now, and for the most part, the construction is coming to an end.  Like the Coronado, the rooms at the Caribbean Beach resort have been remodeled and updated.  While they are not any larger than before, the layout and design look really good.  I believe that all rooms have a ceiling fan, but don’t quote me on that.  Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort also has a Table-Service restaurant called Sebastian’s Bistro, which is themed around Sebastian from the Little Mermaid.  This resort also offers Pirate Themed rooms which my daughter loved as she was really big into Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  But, the cool-to-look-at Pirate Ship beds are only double beds, and we are not fans of this.

#2 – The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Cabin Living!

What can I say about the Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort to let you know how much I really wanted to put this as the number one Moderate Resort?  When we stayed here, we were in a recently remodeled cabin that was truly awesome.  Once you pull through the gates, you will truly feel as is you have been taken out into a park in the wilderness!  When you pull up to your cabin, you will see a great patio with a grill and a picnic table.  Upon entering the cabin, you walk into the kitchen/dining room.  To the right, you will see the living area with a couch, a couple of chairs, and a large screen TV mounted on the front wall.  There is a hallway that leads to the back where you pass the nice-sized restroom and head into the bedroom.  The bedroom comes equipped with a queen size bed as well as a bunk bed with 2-twin beds. 

With all that, how is it not number 1 on the list?

Cabin Bedroom

Unfortunately, there is a lot of time needed to get anywhere as you either drive, or you utilize the in-resort bus system to take you where you need to go (and this place is big).  You need a bus to get to the busses to get to the parks, and you need the bussed to get to the back of the resort to get to the boat to get to the Magic Kingdom.  They do host the Hoop De Do Musical Review here which is awesome.  Also, you can rent a golf cart to get around, but it is going to cost you!

#1 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

We love Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.  Maybe it is because our very first trip to Disney World brought us here.  Maybe it is because they sell Mickey Beignets.  Maybe it is because of the sheer beauty and calm that you feel as you stroll around the resort.  The French Quarter is a much smaller resort, and you feel it (in a good way).  The dining hall was never packed, we never had to crowd on to a bus, and you can walk around and not really see anyone.  It was always so peaceful after sunset which was nice to come home to after a long day in the parks.

Mickey towel are at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

How would you rank Disney’s moderate resorts?  Do you disagree?  Do you think that Riverside is better than French Quarter?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.  Also, please like and share with all of your Disney Fanatic Friends!

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