Staying Club Level at Disney, Is It Worth It?
Have you ever wondered what staying club level at Disney entitles you to?
Are you trying to figure out if the extra cost is worth it? Well we set out to discover the answers to these questions and help you make the decision to stay club level or not for your next trip at Disney.
Disney resorts that offer club-level accommodations.
The Disney deluxe resorts, the Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Beach Club, the Boardwalk, the Contemporary Resort, the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian, and the Wilderness Lodge, all offer club-level accommodations. There are different advantages for each resort's club-level.
Guests who stay club-level at the Animal Kingdom Lodge can book the exclusive Wanyama Safari followed by dinner and wine pairing at Jiko-The Cooking Place or the Sunrise Safari with a private breakfast at Disney's Animal Kingdom park.
- The Albatross Treasure Cruise, a pirate excursion for all ages, is available to club-level guests at the Beach and Yacht Club Resorts.
- The balcony at the Boardwalk's lounge is a great place to watch the IllumiNations fireworks show at EPCOT.
- The club-level rooms at the Contemporary have some of the best views of any Disney resort, with views of Cinderella's Castle and Bay Lake.
- Club-level guests at the Grand Floridian are offered the convenience of curbside and in-room check-in upon arrival, and there is also a daily tea offered in both of the lounges.
- The King Kamehameha Club is the two-story club lounge at the Polynesian resort with floor to ceiling windows that offer a great view of the nightly Wishes fireworks show at Magic Kingdom.
- The Old Faithful Club at the Wilderness Lodge has a high cast-to-guest ratio to provide the ultimate service.
So what does staying club level get you?
The extra service and amenities are a big part of why people stay club-level at any hotel. At Disney resorts staying club-level will get you access to extras before you even leave home. Extras include a concierge staff member to help in your Disney vacation planning; a separate check-in area; in-room amenities include robes, triple-sheeted beds, additional toiletries, and turndown service; access to Wildlife Discovery specialty tours (at an additional cost); and of course access to the club-level lounge.
From personal experience I will say that the lounge is the best part about staying club-level at any hotel. Each morning there is coffee and continental breakfast, followed by snacks around lunchtime, hors d'oeuvres and wine before dinner, and dessert and cordials after dinner. Other than breakfast the food in the lounges at Disney will not take the place of a regular meal like at other resorts.
Is it worth it?
This is the big debate when it comes to club-level accommodations, is it worth the extra cost? I think it comes down to what your expectations are. If you are expecting a club-level experience similar to that of luxury resorts I would be cautious. While you do get extra service and amenities it is not up to par with a club level experience at say the Ritz Carlton because it doesn't have to be. People are going to stay at Disney regardless because its Disney.
But I would still go for it if I had the extra money. The convenience of being able to go to the club lounge for breakfast and getting snacks and drinks throughout the day just makes your life easier!
Many thanks to AKLResort.com and WildernessLodgeSite.com for contributing pictures to this piece. Do you have any thoughts on Disney's club-level accommodations? Have you had a club level experience? Do you think it is worth it? Let us know below!