IS CLUB-LEVEL WORTH THE COST?
Guest staying at a Walt Disney World Deluxe Resort have the option of booking a club-level room on a private, concierge floor. Club-level rooms and suites come with a significant emphasis on special treatment and amenities.
what's Included with club-level rooms and suites
signature services team
Soon after making your club-level reservation, you’ll be contacted by the Signature Services Team. They will begin working with you to assemble an itinerary and they can handle most special requests.
Popular items the Signature Services Team regularly works on for guests:
- Dining reservations
- FastPass selections
- Special event tickets
- Disney’s Magical Express reservations
- Grocery shopping for special dietary needs
- Arrange a marriage proposal on property
- Arrange a magical moment for anniversaries and special occasions
- Personal shopping for gifts and souvenirs
- Golf tee times
- Arrange child care
- Arrange transportation - town cars, shuttles, taxis
- Spa reservations
From the moment you arrive at your hotel the special treatment begins. You’ll check in to the hotel with the concierge staff, no need to wait in line with the general public! This is also a good time to meet the staff that will be taking care of you during your stay.
Club-Level Lounge Privileges
The most valuable benefit to staying club-level is access to the concierge lounge where light meals and snacks are provided throughout the day. You'll also have access to unlimited soft drinks, water, beer and wine at no additional cost.
Each morning a continental breakfast is served. Expect a wide array of coffees, fresh juice, cereals, pastries, yogurt, granola, bagels, oatmeal and fresh fruit.
Mid-day snacks are typically pretzel bites, Goldfish crackers, chocolate chip cookies and popular candies. Beverages are on hand as well. When you’re coming back to the hotel for a mid-day break, this is perfect. Plus These Benefits:
- Wine-and-Cheese Tasting - In late afternoon a wide array of cheeses, crackers and wines are offered.
- Dinner offering - Each Disney concierge lounge provides hot appetisers from the feature restaurant at the hotel. If you’re a light eater this can be a meal in itself and a great way to cut costs.
- Dessert and Cordials - Later in the evening a fantastic selection of fine chocolates, pastries and cordials are offered in the lounges.
Club-level Rooms at Walt Disney World
Most club-level rooms are regular rooms: two queens and a sleeper sofa or one king and a sleeper sofa and will accommodate up to five guests (plus one infant). There are some exceptions however: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and some rooms at Disney's Beach Club Resort sleep up to four guests (plus one infant) and do not have a sleeper sofa. Suites are also offered on the concierge floor and are popular with honeymooners. Suites that are not on the concierge floor usually come with lounge privileges.
To access the concierge floor you’ll need a specially coded Magic Band to activate the elevator button. You’ll be the envy of the elevator for sure!
Club-level rooms are priced according to the view they offer. Unless the view is ultra important to you, standard or garden view is fine for most. The one exception however is Disney's Polynesian Village Resort where a Lagoon View room is well worth the additional cost.
WHAT CLUB-LEVEL COSTS
Club-level accommodations can be an additional $90 to $250+ more per night over a regular room, depending on the resort, time of year and view. But with that additional cost comes a lot of value. You might actually be able to save money by staying club-level. There's a great deal of value in the amenities that you'll receive, especially with the concierge lounge. View current club-level offers.
Is Club-Level Worth it?
Aside from the VIP experience there is actually a lot value in staying club-level. Having access to the concierge lounge can replace several meals and snacks. You might find that the evening appetisers are enough to count as dinner or can supplement a lighter meal later on. Skip desserts in the restaurants and parks, the offerings in the lounge are amazing and you can try as many as you want! Having access to unlimited beverages can be a great savings too, especially if you enjoy beer and/or wine. Feel free to take a few beverages to go as well.
In general, a Garden View Club-Level room is about the same price as a preferred view room. For example, a Theme Park View room at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is about the same cost as a Garden View Club-Level room. The Garden-View Club-Level room is a much better value when you consider the amenities you'll receive.
Club-Level accommodations sometimes included special offers and discounts. Magical Vacations Travel often has exclusive club-level rates for Disney's Beach Club Resort and for Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.
Dining Plan + Club-Level, too much food?
Another way to get more value out of your club-level stay is to skip the Dining Plan, especially if you’re a light eater. A family of 4 could spend as much as $264 per night on the Disney Dining Plan - that actually costs more than staying club-level. You might not get all your meals from the concierge lounge, but you can supplement many of them with quick service dining or by having lighter meals at table service restaurants.
There is one exception however: if you plan on doing multiple Character Meals or buffets. The Disney Dining Plan would likely save you money in this case.
Another popular option is to include the Quick Service Dining Plan to a club-level reservation as another way to save money.
If you prefer to have the Disney Dining Plan in addition to club-level consider using the concierge lounge for breakfast, beverages, and snacks. Redeem your Quick Service entitlement for lunch, and your Table Service entitlement for dinner. Since menu prices are higher at dinnertime, this is would be the best way to use your Dining Plan.
CLub Level or Disney Villa Resort?
If you usually stay in a villa-style accommodation with a kitchen, you might consider club-level at Disney because of the lounge privileges. Best of all, you won’t have to do any of the cooking or the cleanup.
meet the Concierge Lounges
Menus are set each week and change often. Copies of the menus can be requested upon arrival to the resort.
The King Kamehameha Club at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
This is often considered the King of Club-Levels at Walt Disney World and is by far the most popular. Located in the exclusive Hawaii Longhouse, the lounge here offers panoramic views of the Seven Seas Lagoon, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Cinderella Castle. A favorite activity among guests is to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks right from the lounge. The music comes over the speakers too. Or, step outside onto the beach to watch. You will also have a front row seat when the Electrical Water Pageant passes by. The Hawaii Longhouse is also just steps away from the Volcano pool and the Oasis pool. Each evening the hors d'oeuvres are prepared from the popular ‘Ohana Restaurant and the Kona Cafe. Read more about club-level at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.
Kilimanjaro Club at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
One of the most unique and popular lounges, known for it's spectacular food. Each day begins with fresh fruits and juices in the morning, a selection of African snacks in the afternoon and a selection of wines, hors d’oeuvres, and appetizers from the hotel restaurants like Jiko - The Cooking Place and Boma. By the way, Jiko is one of the most awarded restaurants in the entire state of Florida!
The Stone Harbor Club at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and the Regatta Club at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Try the sea-food samplings of steamed clams and bacon wrapped scallops. Not a seafood lover? Try the braised beef tips. These two lounges are known for having a large, more gourmet menu of offerings compared to other hotels.
The InnKeeper’s Club at Disney’s BoardWalk
Known for it’s chocolate covered strawberries and the infamous milk and cookies service offered each night. This is one of the smallest club-levels at Walt Disney World with only 57 guest rooms on the floor. The cast-to-guest ratio is among the best at Disney and it's known for being one of the most beautifully decorated lounges.
Old Faithful Club at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Located on the top floor of the hotel, this lounge is best known for outstanding service. It's also one of the most affordable. Other than the King Kamehameha Club at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, The Old Faithful Club lounge has one of the best menus of all the lounges. Snacks and appetisers are sent up from Artist Point and Whispering Canyon Cafe, both are very popular restaurants at Walt Disney World. Look for the salmon pot pie and smoked pulled pork!
Royal Palm Club and Sugar Loaf Club at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
With 181 club-level rooms and suites this is the largest and most extravagant club-level lounge at Walt Disney World Resort, complete with afternoon tea service. This being Disney’s flagship resort you can expect a few extra amenities in the club-level lounge. The Palm Club is located inside the main building and offers a broader selection of cordials. In the 225,000-square-foot Sugar Loaf Key building, located just behind the main building, includes in-room facilities such as a wet bar and lavish decor. You never know who you might see in the lounge - it's quite common to see a celebrity or two here as well.
Last Updated: March 2017 - Darren Wittko