Disney World Simplifies How You Book Your Room At Select Hotels

Planning a Disney World vacation can be complicated.

Between securing your park tickets and making Park Pass Reservations, figuring out if you should purchase Disney Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane attractions, competing for the best dining reservations, and choosing your hotel, there’s a lot to keep track of! And, even once you’ve chosen the Disney World hotel you’re going to stay at, you open up a whole new can of worms when it comes to choosing the room type you want.

Do you want a garden view room? A theme park view room? And what even is the difference between a lagoon view and water view room? Well, according to Disney, things are about to get simpler!

Disney’s BoardWalk

Recently, Disney sent out a notice to travel agents sharing that they will be implementing some big changes to resort room categories at Disney World Deluxe Resorts beginning this month. The room categories will be simplified into three options — Resort View, Water View, and Theme Park View.

This will also apply to all 2024 reservations.

Disney’s Beach Club

Previously, there were A LOT of options to choose from when booking a Disney Deluxe Resort. Here’s a look at just a few of the room view categories at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge prior to this change:

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Room Categories ┬ęDisney

With Standard View, Nature View, Courtyard View, Water View, and more all at varying prices, it could be a lot to sift through when it came time to book your hotel stay.

But, now things look simpler with four room type categories — Fireworks View, Standard View, Resort View, and Water View.

New room categories at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge ┬ęDisney

Disney shared that they are doing this to “focus on the guest experience at check-in as we assign rooms and prioritize specific requests.” So, essentially, with fewer room category types, Disney will be able to assign rooms more efficiently and you’ll likely be able to get into your room sooner when you arrive!

That being said, with fewer room categories, there’s a greater chance that you won’t be placed in a room with the exact view that you’re hoping for. We recommend adding more details to your room request or contacting Disney prior to your trip if you have specific preferences when it comes to where your room is located in the resort and what it overlooks.

Water View room at Disney’s Gran Destino Tower

Already have a stay booked? There’s no need to worry! Disney sent out the following notice to guests who booked a hotel stay prior to this change:

“Dear Guest,

We wanted to let you know that we are making some changes to our resort room type names in order to make it simpler for you to choose the room you want in the future. Please note that your plans in My Disney Experience may now show your upcoming resort room type has been renamed, however you will still receive the exact room type you originally booked. There is no additional action required prior to your arrival.

We look forward to welcoming you on your upcoming visit and wish you a magical stay!


Disney Destinations, LLC”

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Of course, we’ll be on the lookout for any other changes that may impact your next Disney World hotel stay, so be sure to stay tuned to The VacationEAR for the latest!

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