Some premium Disney hotels are more expensive than the Four Seasons, but almost all of their resort pricing is just as Goofy.
Disney Resorts Add Something To The Experience
Disney hotels and resorts provide a little extra magic for their guests in a lot of ways small and large. Characters appear at breakfast and allow fans to interact in exclusive opportunities for guests. Rooms are themed to enhance the guest’s overall Disney experience. Little touches are the most important and may be as simple as the way towels are folded by housekeeping staff.
Some Disney Hotels More Expensive Than Four Seasons
Disney has lost its mind!
I’ll focus primarily on the Florida resorts because Disney has so many properties to support their four theme parks, two water parks, golf course and shopping center, Disney Springs compared to California’s three hotels.
When searching the oft mentioned Grand Floridian I was floored to see prices surpassing $1100/night. It was clearly a busy weekend for premium resorts because the Ritz-Carlton Orlando and the Four Seasons (on Disney property) were also much higher than usual. That said, for $1,179/nt the rooms should have butler service, brand new renovations, the very highest levels of luxury, right?
I had to see what it was all about, 1800 thread count Egyptian cotton? Maybe panoramic windows, or it’s an all-suite property, perhaps balconies and terraces and steam showers with Japanese bidets in the bathroom. But no, despite a renovation the hotel has kept its “town and country” charm. One reviewer said:
“My biggest complaint about the Grand Floridian used to be that, while ornately detailed, it felt way too much like you were staying in the guest room of your well-to-do grandma who was out of touch with interior decorating styles of the last 20 years.”
But following renovation:
“The refurbishment simplified the look of the rooms, making them much less visually busy while still retaining a requisite level of sophistication.”
For comparison, here is what you get with the Four Seasons:
Pricing Is Sky High Across the Board, Even “Value” Resorts
Given the number of Disney World properties (30+) it’s no surprise that Mickey offers something for all price points and even offers camping and RV parks. But looking down market at the “Value” resorts like Pop Century which features exterior entrances and plain jane, small rooms go for $197/nt.
The La Quinta, by comparison, is half the price and looks just as nice if not nicer.
When you consider that all three full-service hotels I have reviewed for this blog (Hilton Bonnet Creek, Hilton Buena Vista Palace and Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress) had nicer rooms if not incredible suites for at or less than the price of Pop Century, it’s a wonder why anyone books these at all.
I am fully aware that some just want the Disney experience start-to-finish and may not take a trip to Disney World but once every three or four years, they don’t mind spending big on their trips. However, for less money and a better experience at every price point, those guests would be able to return to Disney more often and for less money by staying at competing properties. Many of those properties still have access to Extra Magic Hours, 60-day access to Fast Pass and sometimes even character breakfasts.
If the Grandma Floridian was a better property, then maybe it should be priced higher. But more expensive than the objectively better Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton or even the ultra-exclusive Park Hyatt Maldives is just absurd. Mickey’s gone goofy.
What do you think? Is Mickey losing his ever-loving mind? Is this just a result of the market that wants to stay there and doesn’t care about quality? What about the value resorts?