So you’ve booked a stay at a Walt Disney World resort hotel. Yay you! You next thought may be to wonder what you might expect to find when you walk into your hotel room.
The quality of in-room amenities will vary depending on where you stay, but all of the Walt Disney World resorts have some basic room features in common. Here are the basics that every Disney World resort guest will encounter, no matter where they’re sleeping.
At least one television with remote control.
- Suites and multi-room villas will have more than one TV.
Free wireless internet.
- This long-awaited feature is a relatively new addition to the Disney hotels. There is Wi-Fi in the guest rooms as well as in the hotel lobbies and other public areas. The signal is not always top notch, but it’s a huge step forward over the former $10 per day wired internet situation that existed as recently as early 2012. Full Wi-Fi coverage in the parks is on the way as well.
At least one telephone.
- Suites and multi-room villas will have more than one phone.
- There are free ice machines available at all the Disney resorts.
ALL Walt Disney World hotel rooms now come with a small refrigerator in the room at no extra charge. Gone are the days of paying for fridge rentals in the value resorts.
A clock radio.
- Many room clocks now include a dock connector for an iPod or MP3 player.
Regular hotel guests have an unlimited supply in their rooms. Disney Vacation Club guests using DVC points to pay for their room will have more limited towel access.
An iron and ironing board.
I’ve heard that some folks use these alien objects to neaten up their clothing after unpacking or doing laundry. I prefer to remain rumpled during my Disney World visits.
A hair dryer.
- These are usually wall mounted but may be found in a drawer in some deluxe rooms or suites.
- Sizes vary depending on resort. Most will hold up to a 13-inch laptop. If you have larger items, bring them to the front desk staff, who can store them in the hotel’s safe.
All hotels will have bar soap. Value resorts will have a shampoo/conditioner combo. Moderate resorts may have shampoo/conditioner combo or separate supplies. Deluxe resorts will have separate supplies, as well as possibly shower gel, body lotion, or other niceties. If you forget anything, the resort gift shops are well stocked with sundries.
- May be paper, plastic, or glass depending on the resort level.
- Courtesy of the Gideons.
An Orlando area telephone book.
- Useful sections may include restaurants, medical care, transportation, and non-Disney entertainment and attractions.
Coffee maker and supplies.
- Standard equipment in moderate and deluxe rooms, as well as in value resort family suites. Not found in regular value resort rooms.
- There are usually at least half a dozen wooden hangers in the room. If you need more, just call housekeeping to ask.
A few other items can be obtained in any Disney resort room at no additional charge, upon request. These include:
- A Pack ‘n Play crib.
- Bed rails.
- Extra blankets and pillows.
- Specialized items for guests with medical needs, such as sharps containers or visual smoke alarms.
Beyond these basics, there are wide differences in the in-room amenities among the different resorts. The list above covers nearly everything you’ll find in a room at the All-Stars, while folks living the high life at the Grand Floridian get fluffy robes and chocolates on their pillows, and guests of the Disney Vacation Club villas have full kitchens in their rooms.
So, weary travelers, is that what you’d expect to find in every hotel room? Is there something missing from this basic list that you’d like to see? Does the addition of refrigerators at the value resort change where you’re most likely to stay? Let us know in the comments below.