Wheelchairs, Strollers and EVC Access.If you are new to Disney you might not realize that just because a resort has lift access to most of their rooms, doesn't mean it makes life much easier. Your proximity to the closest elevator may be a lot further than expected. Most of us would assume that all buildings in each resort have elevator access to each floor to start with, however, often this isn't the case. Some resorts have stair-only access in certain areas, so be sure to know what you are booking. If you have any questions, ask your travel agent or call Disney directly to make sure that you have the access you need where you are staying.
A family of five?Are you a family of five wondering when there will be a time that you don't have to find yourselves two adjoining rooms or splurge on a suite? Walk this way. There are a few of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels that have sleeping arrangements for five people in a standard room. For instance, booking yourself a standard Aligator Bayou room at the Port Orleans Riverside will actually accommodate five people, as long as one of them is a child. These rooms come with two queens beds and a pull-down Murphy bed, allowing your smallest family member to have their own space. Carribean Beach Resort also offers a "5th Sleeper" room that has your two queen beds as well as a child-sized pull-down bed. Disney's Beach Club, Contemporary, Boardwalk Inn and Yacht Club all have the option of a standard room 2 Queen Beds and 1 Day Bed configuration. If this is a deal-breaker for you, make sure you have booked the correct one as there are a few different configuration options on offer, and without specific instructions you won't be given a five-sleeper room automatically. If you are interested in spending a bit more for a suite or second room, there are many other resorts and room types that can accommodate you; however, those are my favorite go-to resorts for sleeping a family of five or in desperation to separate my two children at bedtime.
A family with special needs?I completely understand that when you have special needs in your family, your requirements for accommodation tend to be a little bit different. We contend with autism and ADHD, among other things, which means that a calm environment that isn't too noisy or overwhelming is a must at the end of an overstimulating Disney day. Ask for the top floor of your accommodation, even if it is less convenient to get to. This means that there will be no one staying above you which will save you from those noisy footsteps back and forth in the middle of the night when other guests get home from the fireworks. Choose a resort with a calmer aesthetic. There are several moderate resorts that can give you a break from the endless theming of 100% Disney, 100% of the time. Check out the Swan and Dolphin resorts, which are close to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, have great transport options and also tend to be a little quieter
A family that travels with their dog?Personally, I don't get it. When I go to Disney, the last thing I would want to be thinking about is the needs of my over-excitable Labrador in all his beautiful stupidity. Traveling with service animals is one thing, but vacationing with the family pet makes me wonder why on earth you'd choose Disney as your destination. That said, I know you are out there somewhere and if you are going to bring your pooch to visit the mouse then you might as well know where to start. Thanks to the introduction of an ongoing pilot program, there are now four Disney Resorts that have fancy dog-friendly accommodations:
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort
"Upon arrival, dogs and their owners will be greeted with a complimentary Pluto’s Welcome Kit."As of when this was written, dogs are the only pets allowed and only a maximum of two per room. I feel it is important to stress this so that someone doesn't turn up with their eight cats ready to get their Disney on. Only dogs; no more than two. It is important to also note the following message from Disney about allocated resort areas for your furry friend.
"While certain floors or sections of these Disney Resort hotels are designated as dog-friendly, the majority of areas remain canine-free to protect Guests with allergies. Other than service animals, dogs are not permitted in theme parks, water parks or common areas such as restaurants, pools and recreational spaces."It might also be worth having a look at Disney's Best Freinds Pet Care to find out more about taking care of your pet on your vacation. Additional pet cleaning fees may apply to resort bookings.