The Down and Dirty Disney Resorts Guide

by The Daily Meal Subscribe to The Daily Meal's posts Posted Aug 15th 2011 11:15 AM


The magic of Disney has been translated into everything from personalized parasols to classic films and from enormous resorts to theme parks so big they can't be seen in just one day. And while that magic touches the hearts of many, it's not on the top of every adult's holiday wish list. But when the kids are old enough to have a say in where to spend Christmas, it's time to throw them a bone and take them on a Disney-centric vacation.

Heading for a far-flung Disney resort is a great place to start - book a trip to Disney Tokyo. Same goes for the resorts in Hong Kong, Paris, and, soon, Shanghai.

Related: A Disney Dining Guide

Opening later this month, the Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii is a family-friendly resort with a host of activities, dining options, a full service spa, and excursions that have as little to do with Disney as you want them to. Instead, they're focused on all things Hawaii, like Hawaiian cooking courses, kayaking, visiting a museum, or surf lessons.

Disney's Animal Kingdom villas lets guests experience the thrill of having animals all around, along with the magic of Disney - and at a fraction of the cost of a real safari. It may be located within the Animal Kingdom area at Walt Disney World, but they sprung for décor and food that makes visitors think they're in Africa.

The good people at The Daily Meal rounded up the best Disney resorts (there are many) for parents in the market for a kid-perfect vacation without a flock of princesses checking them in.

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h. barca

How the hell can you rate Aulani, the troubled Hawaii resort, which hasn't even opened. This is bogus PR spam.

August 24 2011 at 10:23 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I am trying to get on my aol account. Yahoo keeps coming on, and I want why.?

August 23 2011 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

adding a resort in China will irrevocably harm the Disney image; why not try for N.Korea or
Cuba or another Communist nation in Africa?

August 19 2011 at 11:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My husband and I stayed at the Polynesian Resort for the first time ever in April of 2010. We had such a great time, and made sure to take videos and pictures. Along with that, I have the best memories ever! I always thought Disney would be geared more for a kid, but it's great for adults too! The Polynesian Resort is one of the original three resorts inside Disney World and on the Monorail system. The other two are The Contemporary Resort, which to me, looks like a big office building, or quaint condos. The other resort, well.. Let's just say, poor people need not apply! The Grand Floridian is a huge resort, and it's hugely expensive. Also, no one can ever tell me why the Floridian is better and grander than the Polynesian! The Polynesian has so much atmosphere, and the feeling that you're in the seven seas!! lol

Everyone that works at The Polynesian Resort, from check in and front desk, to housekeeping, to the staff at the cafes and the little shops inside the Polynesian's grand lobby.. They are all wonderful, friendly, extremely professional, courteous and kind. It's hard to find all of that in one resort. The employees must get paid dearly, b/c really, they are all happy, and quick to assist you with anything you need..

There are different style rooms available. Of course the most inexpensive room would be a standard 2 double beds, with a view of the garden, or lagoon, I'm not sure of the exact prices for which rooms... Also, you can choose to be "Club Level," which gives you more options, privacy, luxury, peace of mind, and your own concierge at your beckon call.

There are a number of different rooms to select from, even when you're at Club Level. So, say you wanted what I noted above, that room, which would be standard, could be about starting at $350 per night. My husband and I decided to "live it up" so we reserved a "Theme Park View" room, at Club Level. We were in a locked building, called the Hawaiin Building (which required a special key for entry, as this was club level only). We were in a spacious 2 king size bedroom, facing Cinderella's castle, Space Mountain, and other Disney features, as it was them park view. We ended up paying something like $1050 per night. I know it sounds really expensive, and it was, yet it was worth every penny, b/c they offered us great sales and a great payment plan!

The rooms are clean and uniquely decorated with the feeling of being in Thailand. Simply put, it was breath-takingly beautiful! There are two pools available. One of them is a little more popular, called the Volcano Pool, as it boosts a large Volcano, with a big slide and lots of loud, pop music!! It's a lot of fun, and the water is refreshing, but really, really warm...

The only place to stay away from inside the Polynesian is a ilttle cafe, called "Captain Cooks." They rip you off, they have lousy food, it's dirty and the staff in there are actually rather rude.

However, all in all Polynesian is great!

August 18 2011 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply