Are upgrades worth paying for at Walt Disney World Hotels?

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Is upgrading your Disney World room worth it?

Is it worth paying for a preferred location or better view at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel?

At Walt Disney World resort hotels you can pay an extra fee to get a preferred location, a water view, a pool view, etc.  Are these upgrades worth it?  We go over the different Walt Disney World resort hotels from Value to Deluxe Disney resorts to let you know when it’s worth paying for the room upgrade.

On this weeks Mouse Chat Disney Podcast we cover teh different Disney resorts in detail and go over the specifics where we think paying any extra fee is worth it.  In general we don’t see the value in the Disney Vaule Resort upgrades for a pool or water view.  The Disney Value resorts are structured like motels with the entrance door and window facing the outside sidewalk and railing.  So in these rooms people are walking past your rooms window and it’s not room that’s designed so you can sit and see a fantastic view from inside.  The Disney World Deluxe resort are the style of resorts with nice balconies and views of the gardens, pool, water, animals, or theme park views in some cases.  The Disney Deluxe resorts are where you might want to splurge and get an upgraded room view.  We cover the Disney deluxe resorts that we feel an upgraded view is worth it and why on our Mouse Chat Disney podcast below in this blog post.

So please listen to this weeks Mouse Chat for the best Disney World Resort Rooms, locations and views.

Listen to our full Mouse Chat show here for our Walt Disney World room upgrade advice.

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  1. Caribbean Beach Resort gave us a free upgrade to a preferred room on our first time staying there. It worked. That is the resort we always go to and since then we have paid for the preferred room. They hooked us.

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  2. Disney gave us an upgrade to one of the cottages and included club level at Boardwalk. Was great but kids had to sleep on sofa sleeper, it had one bed upstairs. Also, was given an upgrade to vlub level and Beach Club LOVED IT!!!!!!

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    • WOW that awesome Terrie!!

      I need to travel with you. Glad you got the Disney World room upgrades.


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