runDisney Mom

Selecting the Perfect "Castle"

Don’t turn into a pumpkin when the race ends – stay in the middle of the magic! When you choose a Walt Disney World® resort hotel, you have an entire kingdom at your fingertips. But where should you stay? With 28 resort hotel options available, it can be overwhelming. Here are my top picks in each available resort hotel category when runDisney-cationing

Value Resorts:
Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • As a newer value resort, Pop Century gets my vote on being clean, well-appointed and a lot of fun too!
  • Location: No matter which runDisney race event you are participating in, Disney’s Pop Century Resort is centrally located to all race activities.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Serving larger families on a budget! With 1,120 family suites available that sleep up to six, you’ll have all the space you need and the ability to prepare for your race without disturbing your little prince or princesses.
  • Location: As the neighbor to Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort also has a great central location to all Walt Disney World® Resort runDisney races.

Disney's Art of Animation

Moderate Resorts:
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

  • Location: Traffic on East Buena Vista Blvd. can really back up on race  morning and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is perfectly located for  avoiding most of the backup. 
  • Business Class accommodations: For a relatively small addition in price you’ll have access to Coconino Cove Lounge, a private lounge for Business Class level guests that will help slightly defer food costs. I highly recommend trying the house made Sangria, post-race of course.

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Deluxe Resorts:
Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • A casual, relaxed atmosphere that truly evokes a warm and welcoming feeling.
  • Excellent option for those planning on spending more time at the resort and less time at the theme parks while visiting.
  • The Epcot® Resort Area plays host to some amazing dining experiences.
  • Location: Disney’s Beach Club Resort is in the heart of Walt Disney World® and conveniently located for all race events.

Disney's Beach Club Resort

Race Transportation Tip: Disney’s Beach Club Resort is the last pickup en route to the Start Zone Area, and often buses are full before arriving. Plan on catching the earliest bus possible to ease any travel anxieties.

There you have it, my top resort picks for making your race experience as enchanting as possible. Stay tuned for my next post as I discuss host hotels and how to get a great deal on that perfect castle.

Faith is the runDisney specialist on Disney Parks Moms Panel, here to answer your questions and to help you plan your runcation!