Did you know that your absolute FAVORITE Disney World resort hotel may be the one that somebody else absolutely loathes?
Today we’re looking at the hotels that YOU, our readers and followers, chose as your most hated Disney World hotels! For one reason or another, these eight resorts stood out amongst your fellow Disney fans as the most problematic!
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
The first Disney World resort hotel up at bat is Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. One of the common themes you’ll see in this rundown of most “hated” resorts is the sheer size. Disney’s Caribbean Beach is one of several Disney World resort hotels that is simply HUGE and very spread out. This is by far the most popular complaint we received across all of the resorts listed today.
With a large footprint comes several bus stops, making for additional travel time in between the parks and the hotel. There’s an internal shuttle if you want to cut down on the time it takes to walk from your room to many of the hotel amenities, but that internal shuttle is a huge red flag to some guests who would rather have everything within a short walking distance.
Another big drawback to Caribbean Beach is the fact that there are no elevators in any of the buildings. This makes for an added inconvenience if you have heavy suitcases or any mobility issues whatsoever. Be sure to request a room on the ground floor if you’re planning a trip to Caribbean Beach and have issues with stairs!
We aren’t going to fill this list up with pure negativity! For every complaint we hear about a resort, there are just as many pluses depending on what your travel party wants or needs! There are several perks to staying at Caribbean Beach, starting with the Skyliner. The Disney Skyliner gives guests staying at Caribbean Beach extremely easy access to both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
If you have little swashbucklers in your party, Caribbean Beach is a super fun choice for your resort stay. Many of the rooms come with a really neat pirates theme, and their main pool, Fuentes del Morro, is among the better pools at the Moderate Resorts.
There aren’t a ton of dining options at this resort, but if you aren’t planning on spending a ton of time at your resort that would require dining, Caribbean Beach is a solid way to save a few bucks.
Disney’s All-Star Resorts
Next up is a trio of Disney World Resort hotels — the All-Star Resorts! These sister hotels (All-Star Movies, All-Star Music, and All-Star Sports) belong in the Value Resort category, meaning you’re paying the lowest price among all of the Disney World hotels for fewer amenities. These aren’t going to be the most “luxurious” accommodations you’ll find in Disney World, but aside from that, there are some other key reasons why people say this is on the bottom of the list.
The All-Star Resorts are kind of the tale of two resorts — the smallest rooms with the biggest, larger-than-life statues. The combination of tiny living quarters and the in-your-face, sort of outdated statues can make for an experience that isn’t worth the savings financially.
The All-Star Resorts are also massive in their own right — combined, the All-Star Resorts have over 5,000 rooms! That’s a lot of people and can make for rather crowded buses.
Speaking of buses, they’re going to be your only Disney transportation options available to you. So if you see those long lines at the bus stations, you may have to call an Uber or Lyft if you want to get to your destination quicker.
The All-Star Resorts are also popular with large groups thanks to those lower room rates, so expect to see these hotels be more popular with school trips, cheerleaders, and other traveling groups that may or may not need to wake up and head out to some sort of competition at those early hours of the morning!
The clear benefit to staying at the All-Star Resorts is that you’ll be saving a ton of money. If staying on Disney World property is a must-do for your family, then you may really want to consider a Value Resort like the All-Stars. If you aren’t planning on spending as much time at your hotel and you really just need a place to crash at the end of the night, then these resorts may be the way to go.
Not to mention the All-Star Resorts have awesome bakery cases! These may not be stellar options from a dining perspective, but some of our favorite cupcakes and desserts are frequently found at the All-Star Resorts.
You’ll end up saving a ton of money while still getting all of those perks that come with being an on-property guest, like complimentary transportation, early access to FastPass+ reservations (when available), the ability to charge to your room, and much more.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Like Caribbean Beach, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is another large, sprawling hotel with an internal shuttle loop and multiple bus stops on your way to and from the parks.
It’s also pretty far from the theme parks, and since you can only get around from Coronado Springs by bus, it may take you a while to get, well, anywhere in Disney World.
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is also typically more expensive than the other Moderate Resorts (we’ll explain why in just a sec), including Caribbean Beach, which has the added benefit of the Disney Skyliner.
Another common complaint about Coronado Springs is that it doesn’t feel quite like “Disney” — essentially the polar opposite problem than the All-Star Resorts, which at times can feel TOO much like Disney!
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort also has the distinction of being a conference resort. With multiple ballrooms and conference centers, the hotel caters to conference guests and you’ll often see business casual-wearing adults in search of their next Happy Hour. This may not bother your family much, but it can add to that “not-so-Disney” feel.
Disney’s Coronado Springs may be pricey for a Moderate Resort, but it offers Disney luxury on a budget, in large part thanks to its new Gran Destino Tower addition, which opened in the summer of 2019. The resort features many more sit-down restaurants than the other moderate resorts, not to mention it comes with two on-site gyms (no other Moderate hotel offers this!) and a Business Center.
The biggest and most obvious pro to staying at Coronado Springs is that for Moderate pricing you get essentially all of the benefits typically reserved for the Deluxe resorts — think Disney’s Contemporary Resort or Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. With gyms, spas, and plenty of restaurants and bars, you may be surprised at how much bang for your buck you can get at Coronado.
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
So far, we’ve only covered Value and Moderate resorts — now let’s talk about one of the Deluxe resorts that guests can’t seem to fall in love with! Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, like many of the other hotels mentioned so far, is big, spread out, and hard to travel to and from. You have to take the bus everywhere with the exception of Disney Springs (more on that in a second).
Not only does it feel large and sprawling, but it gives off a Florida apartment complex vibe more than it does a Deluxe resort hotel vibe. If you’re paying near-top-dollar to stay here, it should feel like you’re on a top-dollar vacation and NOT like home!
If you’re all about nightlife and want to spend as much time as possible in Disney Springs, then you cannot beat Saratoga Springs. The resort is within walking distance (we’re talking minutes, depending on where your room is located!) from Disney Springs, giving you instant access to all of its shopping and dining.
Saratoga Springs is also a great choice if you want more peace and quiet when you’re at your hotel. The large, sprawling layout lends itself to a more laid-back vibe, and you’ll find that you aren’t as “on top” of other guests as you may be at other Disney resorts.
If you’re into golfing, Saratoga Springs is another great choice, as you’ll be close to golf courses without having to shell out Grand Floridian-level prices.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
We’re back to another Value resort in Disney World — this time we’re taking a look at Disney’s Pop Century Resort! As far as Value resorts go, Pop Century may suffer feel outdated and may seem to have a rather “cheap” look and theming to it. While bright and colorful, the decor themed to the decades spanning from the 1950s to 1990s can feel boring compared to some of the other, more lavishly decorated Disney World hotels.
Another big drawback and one of the reasons why Pop Century is more disliked by guests is the small rooms. If you have a bigger travel party (especially if you have more than two adults in your room), you’ll certainly feel a bit cramped.
In fact, there’s not much to write home about when it comes to Pop Century. Other than the Disney Skyliner (a big perk we’ll talk about below), there’s really nothing that separates it from the All-Star Resorts.
Pop Century has a BIG plus by being situated along the Skyliner Route. This way, you feel less “trapped” and can easily travel to not only EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but the other Skyliner Resorts as well, opening up the door for way more dining options than Everything Pop.
Speaking of expanded dining options, Pop Century is walking distance from Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. That gives you access to their food court as well!
The rooms Pop Century, while small, recently went through a decent renovation, so the money you’re saving by staying at this Value resort is stretched even further.
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
The next hotel on our list is another Deluxe resort — Disney’s Old Key West Resort. This is an older property built with timeshare accommodations in mind. In fact, this is Disney’s original Vacation Club property, formerly known as the Disney Vacation Club Resort.
While Saratoga Springs may give off an apartment complex vibe, Disney’s Old Key West gives off a “retirement home” sort of vibe, with less apparent Disney theming throughout the resort. We got another large and sprawling resort on our hands here, with multiple bus stops and an internal shuttle that signals long walks to get from point A to point B.
Like several of the other resorts on our list, Disney’s Old Key West lacks ample transportation options. Your main option will be the bus system, although you can hop on a boat and take a leisurely trip down the river to Disney Springs.
Since this was originally intended to be a timeshare resort, you’ll find that many of the rooms are larger in size for much less money. As Old Key West is an older resort, it’s not as “flashy” and you can usually find a room here at a decent price for a Deluxe resort.
That “retirement home” vibe we were talking about before can be a major plus for many guests. It doesn’t get much more quiet and laidback than Old Key West, and you may find this resort to provide some respite from the loud, busy, and wild theme parks.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
The last two resorts on our list may surprise you and may cause some controversy in the comments! We have to include Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa because a lot of our readers mentioned it as one of the resorts that they, yes, HATE the most!
One of the most common complaints about Disney World’s flagship resort is that it’s far too expensive for what you get. Rooms at the Grand Floridian easily cost several hundred dollars per night, and that’s for your standard size, standard view room! You can find Deluxe accommodations across Disney World for less per night with all of the same amenities.
Many of our readers pointed out that the Grand Floridian often comes across as too pretentious and even a bit dated, especially in the rooms themselves (seriously, who else feels those “grandma vibes” from looking at the rooms?). That pretentious feeling the resort may give off to some guests makes it a less-than-ideal choice when you’re traveling with little kids.
Most of the rooms at the Grand Floridian are not accessible by the main building, meaning that you’ll have to go outside for basically anything you need at the resort. This is not great for such a rainy climate as Central Florida! If you’re paying literally top dollar to stay here, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting your hair wet just to grab breakfast!
This is, of course, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, so there has to be SOME sort of pro for staying here, right? Of course, there is! Staying here is truly at the height of Disney World luxury, and you can feel that in nearly every corner of the resort. You simply cannot beat the dining options here, from casual sit-down dining at Grand Floridian Cafe to the ultimate dining experience that is Victoria & Albert’s.
You also can’t get much closer to Magic Kingdom than at the Grand Floridian! If your priority is to spend as much time as possible in the Magic Kingdom and you have it within your budget to stay at one of the Monorail resorts, you should strongly consider doing so.
For even more options to get around, there’s a newly completed walkway from the Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom, offering a scenic 15 to 20-minute walk in between destinations!
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Last but not least on our list of Disney World hotels people seem to hate is Disney’s Contemporary Resort! This is one of Disney World’s original hotels, opening up in 1971…and many feel that the hotel feels a bit old and dated.
The theming and decor aren’t all that magical, and our readers commented that it gives off a rather stale feeling, almost like an airport or an office. At a high price tag, many guests can’t seem to justify spending extra to stay somewhere that totally lacks that extra magical Disney touch you may find elsewhere.
Like the Grand Floridian, Disney’s Contemporary Resort has the advantage of being steps away from Magic Kingdom. The Contemporary is by far the closest hotel to the Magic Kingdom’s gates, and for that reason alone many families choose to stay at this resort.
There are also excellent dining options at the Contemporary! They have something here for just about everybody, from family-friendly dining at Chef Mickey’s to the ultimate date night experience at California Grill. And if you get the right room, the views are INCREDIBLE! And the monorail goes through the resort, which may be a bit draw for kiddos. On top of this, the rooms are being rennovated.
There’s a Disney World resort hotel out there for everybody, but not everyone will agree on which resort that is! While every resort on property has its drawbacks, they each have something unique to offer that may be perfect for your family! We hope this helped shed some light on the important factors you may not be considering when deciding where to stay on your next Disney World vacation!