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Which Disney Resorts have the BEST Ratings?

Posted in DISNEY RESORT REVIEWS, DISNEYLAND-CALIFORNIA with tags , on February 24, 2014 by disneychronicles

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Hotels Receive “Best Hotels” Awards

Have you heard?

Eight Walt Disney Parks and Resorts hotels were recently named Silver Badge Winners by U.S. News & World Report. All of the winning Disney Parks hotels ranked as one of the best in their market.

In California, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel was named one of the Best Hotels in Anaheim.

And in Hawai’i, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa ranked as one of the Best Hotels in Honolulu – Oahu.


Six hotels at Walt Disney World Resort were also named Best Hotels in Orlando, including:
• Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
• Disney’s Beach Club Resort
• Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
• Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
• Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
• Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

The hotels were ranked by travel experts and guests through online reviews and ratings.

As if you REALLY needed another reason to go! 🙂



Posted in DISNEY RESORT REVIEWS, EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags , on December 18, 2013 by disneychronicles

Did you know that you can surprise someone special in your life by including a Disney-themed Welcome or Birthday “In-Room Gifting Experience” with their package. These personalized celebrations can be set up in your Disney hotel room to create a one-of-a-kind experience, as if Mickey and the gang created a magical moment just for them.

A Disney Pal Surprise (Walt Disney Travel Company Exclusive)
A “Surprise” door sash hangs outside of their Walt Disney World® Resort room door to announce something special is waiting on the other side. A personalized tote bag, Mickey ear hat and pillow blanket all wait to be discovered with a special message from Mickey in an official autograph book. An issue of Disney’s ToonTown Times features a headline covering your much anticipated arrival with the inside scoop and all the must-see happenings on property.

Mickey’s Birthday Celebration
A “Surprise” door sash hangs outside of their Walt Disney World Resort room door to announce something special is waiting on the other side. Inside, the room is sprinkled with confetti, balloons and treats. The birthday Guest can dress in a candle-covered top hat and “Happy Birthday” lanyard. An issue of Disney’s ToonTown Times features a headline covering their much anticipated celebration along with the inside scoop and all the must-see happenings on property. When the party is over, you can snuggle up with the Mickey plush and an exclusive Mickey pillow blanket.

It’s a great way to make your trip even MORE Magical!!


“In-Room Gifting Experiences” cannot be added within seven days of arrival. They are never delivered on arrival date, but rather the second day of the stay. Packages can have multiple” In-Room Gifting Experiences.” Only available at Disney Resort hotels.

Disney Floral & Gifts may substitute any product, as necessary, to maintain the integrity and quality of the gifting experience.

“In-Room Gifting Experiences” are non-refundable due to the customized content.

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Disney Destinations

Why Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel?

Posted in DISNEY RESORT REVIEWS with tags , on September 11, 2013 by disneychronicles


Why Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel? WHY NOT! You might as well get the FULL Disney Magic Experience!

So yes, I am an on site snob….I really think that you cannot enjoy all that Disney has to offer if you are off site!

I do have resort preferences but that’s for another post!

Here are some of the perks…

– Convenience! You are always close! You do NOT need a rental car…complimentary parking and transportation is provided by bus, boat and monorail throughout Walt Disney World Resort – Come and go from the parks as you please during regular park hours (valid park admission required). You also get complimentary motorcoach transportation between Orlando International Airport and your Disney Resort hotel via Disney’s Magical Express service.

-Disney Cast Members really know how to spread the MAGIC!

-Extra Magic Hours – Each day, one of the parks offers extended hours, so you can enjoy select attractions (valid park admission and Resort ID required).

-Access to entertaining amenities at Disney Resort hotels – Make a splash at pools with slides, explore activity programs and discover restaurants.  Otherwise known as Fully IMMERSING  yourself in Disney!

-Want a dining plan? Your not eligible off site!

– Want to shop? If you buy anything at Disney in any of the parks, other resorts or Downtown Disney you can have it delivered free of charge to your resort. 

-Priority on Tee times at Disney Golf Courses

-and because you will get 24 hour Disney Magic!











Disney’s Art of Animation

Posted in DISNEY RESORT REVIEWS with tags , , , , on November 1, 2012 by disneychronicles

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is the newest value resort within Walt Disney World.

It is located where construction on the unfinished half of Disney’s Pop Century Resort was started, but later abandoned for obvious reasons after the September 11 attacks.

This is a HUGE resort so if you want to explore get ready to do some walking! There are 1,120 family suites all themed around the Disney animated classics Finding NemoCars, and The Lion King and 864 standard guest rooms themed Little Mermaid.

The entire resort is very bright and colorful and the kids will love it!

These are the separate sections….

Finding Nemo Family Suites—

Cars Family Suites—

The Lion King Family Suites—

The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms

..and as always and as expected the themeing is Fantastic!

Check out all my pics here…


Disney’s Yacht Club

Posted in DISNEY RESORT REVIEWS with tags on October 7, 2012 by disneychronicles

So I have a new favorite! Well in the Deluxe Category anyway. Yes, Of Course I have my fav in each one. I couldn’t honestly just pick one!

So it’s the Yacht Club! Just stayed there this past weekend and they did spoil us with a boardwalk view! It was awesome!

I am one of those people that really dislikes staying in hotel rooms for the fact that I always think I’m missing out on something. I am usually out and about seeing what activities the resorts offer so as you can imagine this was fantastic!

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is a lakeside Disney Deluxe Resort resembling a New England yacht club.  The rooms are beautiful and have great theming.

It first opened on November 5, 1990, it is one of several Epcot Area Resorts. Disney’s Yacht Club is located next to a sister resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, and across Crescent Lake from Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. All 3 are very close and in walkable distance to each other.

It was a little bit cloudy when we were there but still beautiful….

and very convenient to restaurants, shops and the parks! Can’t wait to come back!


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Posted in DISNEY RESORT REVIEWS with tags on June 19, 2012 by disneychronicles
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge was designed by architect Peter Dominick, who is also known for the Fort Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. It opened on April 16, 2001.
Animal Kingdom Lodge has a massive mud fireplace, huge carved wood pillars, and giant showcase window facing the savanna. In the lobby are fascinating artifacts. It is beautiful! and as always the theming is fabulous!!
There is a semi-circular layout that ensures most rooms overlook the 30-acre savanna, allowing guests views of the birds, giraffes, and array of other African animals that call the savanna home.
(Book the savanna rooms).
Among the animals you may see are Ankole Cattle, Bontebok, Eland, Zebra, Greater Kudu, Impala, Okapi, Red River Hog, Nyala, Reticulated Giraffe, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Thompson’s Gazelle, Waterbuck, White-Bearded Wildebeest, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue Crane, East African Crowned Crane, Greater Flamingo, Marabou Stork, Ostrich, Pink-Backed Pelican, Spur Winged Geese, Guinea Fowl and Ruppel’s Griffon Vulture!
There are 972 rooms, 499 suites or villas. Restaurants, bar, golf course, pools, gym, spa, children’s programs, laundry facilities, and a business center.
In addition to the Uzima pool and slide, there’s a wading pool for little ones, unique animal-themed activities for everyone in your family, a 24-hour, high-tech game room and a 24-hour playground.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Posted in DISNEY RESORT REVIEWS, FLORIDA ADVENTURES with tags on June 2, 2012 by disneychronicles

We stayed a night at the Walt Disney Dolphin before we visited Hollywood Studios for Star Wars weekends.

The surrounding grounds of the Dolphin are lush with vegetation and plant life. There is a small body of water with a white sand beach between the Dolphin and Swan that adds to the tropical theming. Crescent Lake is located to the left of the Dolphin and provides easy access by boat to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The fountain between the hotel and the boat landing is beautiful, especially at night. The fountain is several stories high and water flows from giant seashells into the fountain, which is supported by giant dolphins. The pyramid shaped tower provides an outstanding backdrop.

There is plenty of room to relax with 5 swimming pools, the Balinese-themed Mandara Spa, whirlpools and saunas. Guests also enjoy a wide range of recreation facilities including 2 health clubs, 4 tennis courts, jogging trails, a white sand beach, Swan paddle boat rentals and seasonal poolside activities. It is located just about 5 minutes from the Boardwalk and across the street from mini golf  at Fantasia Gardens.

You do also get Disney Perks such as Extra Magic Hours in theme parks, complimentary transportation, on-site character dining, and advance tee times on championship golf courses.

There is plenty of room to relax with 5 swimming pools, the Balinese-themed Mandara Spa, whirlpools and saunas. Guests also enjoy a wide range of recreation facilities including 2 health clubs, 4 tennis courts, jogging trails, a white sand beach, Swan paddle boat rentals and seasonal poolside activities.

Fees Associated with staying here…..

  • There is a mandatory $14 per day Resort Service Package. The Resort Service Package includes unlimited access to the Resort’s health club facilities, in-room High Speed Internet Access, up to 60 minutes of free local, toll free and credit card access calls, 2 bottles of water daily, and 20 minutes of domestic long distance per day.
  • Self Parking Fees –   $15 + tax per day
  • Valet Parking Fees – $20 + tax per day

Check out all the pics….

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