Showing posts with label Value Resorts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Value Resorts. Show all posts

Friday, December 14, 2012

Today in Disney Parks and Resorts History - Disney's POP Century Resort Opens


December 14, 2003 – Walt Disney World – Lake Buena Vista, FL

After many delays  Walt Disney World's newest-value level resort, POP Century Resort finally opens for business.  The resort is located at 1050 Century Drive, near the Disney-MGM Studios theme park and the expansive Wide World of Sports complex.  It features 2,880 guest rooms.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Today in Disney Parks and Resorts History - Disney's All-Star Music Resort


November 22, 1994 – Walt Disney World

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort opens at 1801 West Buena Vista Drive in Walt Disney World. It is the second phase of the All-Star Resorts.  (The first was All-Star Sports).  It is located on the southern portion of the resort’s property, west of World Drive (in what would eventually become the Animal Kingdom area).  This newest value level resort is divided into 5 areas: Calypso, Jazz Inn, Rock Inn, Country Fair, and Broadway.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Spotlight - Disney's POP Century Resort


Disney's POP Century Resort® first opened at Walt Disney World® Resort, originally planned to open in 2001, finally opened on December 13, 2003 (after delays caused by the tragic events of 9/11 and the following drop in tourism and further construction delays in 2002.  The resort is themed to celebrate the decades of the 20th Century, and is filled with all kinds of popular references, icons and imagery of the century (thus the name POP Century). 

The resort is comprised of 5 sections, representing the 1950’s, ‘60’s, ‘70’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s. Each section is decorated and themed with its’ own oversized icons – such as a giant jukebox and 45 rpm records for the 1950’s; giant “Baloo & Mowgli” figures from Disney’s ‘60’s classic film, The Jungle Book;  giant Mickey Mouse Phone, giant Big Wheel and 8-track tapes representing the ‘70’s and so many more.  The resort is designed with exterior doors and staircases (which are also themed with coverings such as giant bowling pins or Rubick’s Cubes).

Disney’s POP Century Resort®  features a total of 2,880 guest rooms, each accommodating up to 4 guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib. All rooms have either 2 double beds or 1 king-sized bed.

The resort includes 3 themed pools:  the Bowling Pin pool, the Hippy Dippy feature pool and the Computer pool.  It also features  1 quick-service food court : Everything POP; and lounges, poolside snack bars and in-room pizza delivery service.

Disney’s POP Century Resort® is a value level resort located in the ESPN Wide World of Sports® area.  Convenient bus transportation will take guests to all other parts of Walt Disney World® Resort.  

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Spotlight - Disney's Art of Animation Resort



Disney's Art of Animation Resort®, an all-new resort located at Walt Disney World® Resort, premiered on May 31, 2012 with the first of four phases opening on that date.  It is located on the site once planned for the expansion of Disney’s POP Century Resort®, but plans for that continued construction were abandoned following the attacks of September 11, 2001.  It is the first new value-level resort built since Disney’s POP Century Resort first opened in 2003.


The resort is comprised of 4 sections, representing Disney’s classic animated films “The Little Mermaid”, “The Lion King”, and Disney*PIXAR films, “Finding Nemo” and “Cars”.   Each section is decorated and themed with its’ own oversized icons – such as the various car characters from the Cars films, super-sized coral from Finding Nemo, gigantic clam shells, pride rocks and many more.  In a change from the other value-level resorts, the Art of Animation is designed with rooms having interior doors and sealed hallways rather than exterior doors.  Emergency staircases are done in the same exterior fashion as the other value-level resorts (and are themed with coverings such as giant pride rocks, coral, or super-sized dock pilings).


Disney's Art of Animation Resort® features a total of 1,984 guest rooms, comprised of 1,120 Family Suites and 864 traditional rooms.  The majority of the rooms accommodate up to 6 guests whereas the traditional rooms accommodate up to 4 guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib.  The Family Suites have a queen-size bed, plus two double sleeper / pull-down beds, a small kitchenette, plus a full bathroom and a half-bath.  All of the regular rooms have either 2 double beds or 1 king-sized bed.

The resort includes a themed pool, “The Big Blue”, a quick-service food court:  Landscape of Flavors; and lounges, poolside snack bar, The Drop Off Pool Bar and in-room pizza  delivery service. 



Disney’s Art of Animation Resort® is a value level resort located in the southern portion of Walt Disney World, in the ESPN Wide World of Sports® area.  Convenient bus transportation will take guests to all other parts of the Walt Disney World® Resort.   





Saturday, July 21, 2012

Saturday Savers - Resort Window Shopping


It’s time once again to take a look at inexpensive options in or around Walt Disney World to augment your vacation experience.  Things that you might do on your own or with your traveling companions that are FREE or close to being free. Today we'll take a look at some of the fun and enjoyment to be found throughout the various Resort Hotels at Walt Disney World.

Like the theme parks, Disney’s resort hotels are all highly themed and beautifully maintained.  Some of the resorts’ lobbies and public spaces are truly gorgeous.  Just as the price level differentiates the hotel offerings and amenities, it can separate the level of thematic elements and detail – BUT – that doesn’t mean that only the Deluxe or Moderate hotels are worth exploring! 

The Value Resorts (Disney’s All-Stars Movies, Music & Sports, Disney’s POP Century, and the newest value category resort Disney’s Art of Animation) all have their own unique stylings, and are well worth a visit.  The over-sized icons, graphics and elements that convey the overall theme of each resort are beautiful, and great for photo opportunities.  Some of my favorite design elements can be found at POP Century and All-Star Music! 

As you move up the price chain, the level of landscaping and overall building design increases.  All of the Moderate and Deluxe resorts, especially, have extraordinary theming and are well worth a visit.  In the Moderate realm, Disney’s Port Orleans and Disney’s Coronado Springs resorts, and in the Deluxe realm Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Polynesian and Disney’s Grand Floridian resorts do an exceptional job of utilizing theme appropriate-landscaping to augment and convey and evoke the locale and time period represented.  Personally I feel that two of the Deluxe level resorts go well above and beyond exceptional in creating evocative environments, and fully immerse the guests into the environment being conveyed – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  Both of these resorts are absolutely breathtaking. 

The pools the various resorts are delightful:  at Coronado Springs the pool looks like a Mayan ruin; Stormalong Bay at the Yacht & Beach Club includes a huge "shipwreck" containing a water slide, and is one of the largest sand bottomed pools in the United States; at the Wilderness Lodge follow the “spring” in the lobby and watch as it passes under a bridge, then cascades down a waterfall passing under another bridge, appearing to go into the pool and then down into the adjacent Bay Lake!; at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge-Kidani Village, there is an entire pool / water play complex known as Uwanja Camp where fanciful fountains, flowers and other devices spring to life dousing guests; at Disney’s Polynesian guests can slide down through a volcano!   There are so many terrific designs just in the pools alone, that you’ll want to explore each one.  (Note that pools are for use of the registered hotel guests
Each of the resorts offers an array of free or nominal-fee activities.  Check the lobby upon your arrival to see if anything appeals to you.  Some resorts even offer free tours, whether you are a guest of that resort or not, such as Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Grand Floridian and others (usually in the mornings, so get there early if you are interested).

If you are staying on property and don’t have your own transportation, simply use the FREE Disney transportation to get to your chosen destination.  You won’t be able to get to a resort directly, but the journey is part of the fun, right?  Take a bus (or boat, or monorail) from your resort to the nearest theme park, water park, or Downtown Disney, and then transfer to a bus going to the resort you’re looking for.  Or if you do have your own wheels to get around, simply drive to your resort of choice and you can get a FREE 3-hour parking permit from the gate attendant.  Now go out and enjoy looking around! 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Free Dining is Back at Walt Disney World! Fall 2012 Dates Now Available


FREE DINING is back at Walt Disney World!

Valid for stays select nights 9/30/12 - 12/13/12.

Book a vacation package that includes a 6-night, 7-day stay at a Walt Disney World resort and a 7-day park ticket, and receive the Dining Plan for free! 

Book a Disney Value Resort and get a Quick Service Dining free!
Book a Disney Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villas Resort and get the Regular Dining free!


Sample Pricing: The following pricing is for select dates 10/19/12 - 11/1/12, 11/24/12 - 11/29/12, and 12/10/12 - 12/13/12 in a Standard Room. Sample pricing does not include tax. Rates will vary depending on the resort, room type, and dates of travel.

Value Resort (4 nights, 5 days for a family of 4): $1,922
Moderate Resort (4 nights, 5 days for a family of 4): $2,421

Free dining available select nights 9/30-10/4, 10/19-11/1, 11/9-11/15, 11/23-11/29, and 12/10-12/13/12.All discounts are subject to availability, certain restrictions apply. Blackout dates may apply. Discount is not valid at campsites, 3-bedroom villas, or the Little Mermaid Standard View rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. Dining plans can be upgraded at an additional cost. 

The number of rooms for this offer is limited, and it must be booked by 9/29/12. Don't delay, get yours booked today! Call 317.776.1733.  Or simply visit my website to enter your free vacation quote request now.  Don't delay!  Get your fall trip booked now! 

  

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday Spotlight - Disney's All-Star Movies Resort


Disney's All-Star Movies Resort® first opened at Walt Disney World® Resort on January 15, 1999.  It was the third of several similarly designed resorts that make up Disney’s Value Resort category.  As the name implies, it has a cinematic theme, with gigantic icons from classic moments in Disney's motion picture library – from Fantasia to the Disney/Pixar Toy Story films. 
The resort is comprised of 5 sections, representing Fantasia,101 Dalmatians, The Love Bug, The Mighty Ducks and Toy Story.  Each section is decorated and themed with its’ own oversized icons – such as a giant Buzz Lightyear, characters from Fantasia & Fantasia 2000, super-sized Herbie the Love Bug and many more.  The resort is designed with exterior doors and staircases (which are also themed with coverings such as giant buckets of army men or super-sized books).

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort® features a total of 1,920 guest rooms, each accommodating up to 4 guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib. All rooms have either 2 double beds or 1 king-sized bed.

The resort includes a themed pool, a quick-service food court:  World Premiere Food Court; and lounges, poolside snack bar, Silver Screen Spirits Bar and in-room pizza delivery service.

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort® is a value level resort located in the southern portion of Walt Disney World, in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park® area.  Convenient bus transportation will take guests to all other parts of the Walt Disney World® Resort.  


For more information and to reserve your next vacation, contact me at 855.776.1733 or via my websites:  www.neverlandadventurestravel.com or www.neverlandadventurescruises.com.  Be sure to follow me on Twitter, like my page on Facebook, and circle me on Google+.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday Spotlight - Disney's All-Star Music Resort

Disney's All-Star Music Resort® first opened at Walt Disney World® Resort on November 22, 1994.  It was the second of several similarly designed resorts that make up Disney’s Value Resort category.  As the name implies, it has a musical theme, with gigantic icons from classic musical genres.

The resort is comprised of 5 sections, representing Rock & Roll, Jazz, Calypso, Broadway theatre, and Country.  Each section is decorated and themed with its’ own oversized icons – such as a drumkit, super-sized maracas, gigantic boots and top hats and many more.  The resort is designed with exterior doors and staircases (which are also themed with coverings such as giant bongo drums, or super-sized amps).

Disney's All-Star Music Resort® features a total of 1,604 guest rooms, including 260 Family Suites.  The majority of the rooms accommodate up to 4 guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib; whereas the Family Suites accomodate up to 6 guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib.  All of the regular rooms have either 2 double beds or 1 king-sized bed, while the Family Suites have 2 double beds plus a sleeper sofa in the living room area plus a small kitchenette.

The resort includes a themed pool, a quick-service food court:  Intermission Food Court; and lounges, poolside snack bar, Singing Spirits Pool Bar and in-room pizza delivery service.


Disney’s All-Star Music Resort® is a value level resort located in the southern portion of Walt Disney World, in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park® area.  Convenient bus transportation will take guests to all other parts of the Walt Disney World® Resort.  

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Spotlight - Disney's All-Star Sports Resort


Disney's All-Star Sports Resort® first opened at Walt Disney World® Resort on April 29, 1994.  It was the first of several similarly designed resorts that make up Disney’s Value Resort category.  As the name implies, it has a sports theme, with gigantic icons from the sporting world – from football to surfing. 

The resort is comprised of 5 sections, representing football, baseball, basketball, tennis & surfing. Each section is decorated and themed with its’ own oversized icons – such as a giant baseball scoreboards, oversized lifeguard stations; giant tennis rackets and so many more.  The resort is designed with exterior doors and staircases (which are also themed with coverings such as giant tennis ball cans or supersized footballs).

Disney's All-Star Sports Resort features a total of 1,920 guest rooms, each accommodating up to 4 guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib. All rooms have either 2 double beds or 1 king-sized bed. The resort includes a themed pool, a quick-service food court:  End Zone Food Court; and lounges, poolside snack bar, Team Spirit Pool Bar and in-room pizza delivery service.

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort® is a value level resort located in the southern portion of Walt Disney World, in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park® area.  Convenient bus transportation will take guests to all other parts of the Walt Disney World® Resort.  

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Spotlight - Disney's POP Century Resort

Disney's POP Century Resort® first opened at Walt Disney World® Resort, originally planned to open in 2001, finally opened on December 13, 2003 (after delays caused by the tragic events of 9/11 and the following drop in tourism and further construction delays in 2002.  The resort is themed to celebrate the decades of the 20th Century, and is filled with all kinds of popular references, icons and imagery of the century (thus the name POP Century). 

The resort is comprised of 5 sections, representing the 1950’s, ‘60’s, ‘70’s, ‘80’s and ‘90’s. Each section is decorated and themed with its’ own oversized icons – such as a giant jukebox and 45 rpm records for the 1950’s; giant “Baloo & Mowgli” figures from Disney’s ‘60’s classic film, The Jungle Book;  giant Mickey Mouse Phone, giant Big Wheel and 8-track tapes representing the ‘70’s and so many more.  The resort is designed with exterior doors and staircases (which are also themed with coverings such as giant bowling pins or Rubick’s Cubes).
POP Century features a total of 2,880 guest rooms, each accommodating up to 4 guests, plus one child under 3 in a crib. All rooms have either 2 double beds or 1 king-sized bed.
The resort includes 3 themed pools:  the Bowling Pin pool, the Hippy Dippy feature pool and the Computer pool.  It also features  1 quick-service food court : Everything POP; and lounges, poolside snack bars and in-room pizza delivery service.


Disney’s POP Century Resort® is a value level resort located in the ESPN Wide World of Sports® area.  Convenient bus transportation will take guests to all other parts of Walt Disney World® Resort.