The Walt Disney World resorts owned by Disney and located on Walt Disney World property come in three categories:
Each of the Deluxe resorts includes a special floor of guest rooms known as Club Level.
Such floors are not at all uncommon practices at higher-end hotels. Club Level at Disney includes the expected amenities in addition to fancier room choices.
Enjoy personalized service when you stay in a Club Level room at a Deluxe Resort. And enjoy an exclusive Club Level Lounge. Before your trip, advance itinerary planning assistance can help you arrange golf tee times, dining reservations, childcare services, transportation and more.
Then when you arrive, delight in personalized concierge services, evening turndown service with chocolates and complimentary fax assistance.
The exclusive Club Level Lounge offers a variety of complimentary, daily refreshments, like:
- Continental breakfast
- Hot samples from Resort restaurants
- Evening wine and beer selections
- Desserts and cordials
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Sure it does!
The real question becomes,
What does it cost?
While Club Levels at Disney tend to include room choices not available on other floors, the Club Levels do include some rooms similar rooms to non-Club Level rooms.
At the time of this writing in early October 2014, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (a Deluxe resort) near Epcot includes both a Standard View Room and a Club Level Standard View Room. Since these rooms are similar but on different floors, they provide a decent comparison on costs.
The quoted price for the Club Level Standard View room is $510 per night and the quoted price for the Standard View room on other floors is $362 (don’t hold us to these prices as they do change and these prices do not apply to specific dates).
The Club Level room is $148 a night more expensive. So, for a five night stay you will pay $740 more for the Club Level room.
Is Club Level worth the cost?
We believe it is…in certain situations, and those situations tend to involve food and drink.
If you and your family tend to be light eaters, don’t sit down during vacations for frequent full meals every breakfast, lunch, and supper, and you enjoy beer or wine (and are not picky about the label) chances are Club Level might be a good deal for you.
With access to the Club Level lounge, you have access to what we call an extensive continental plus breakfast which will include cereal, bread, and pastries in addition to fruits, cheeses, hard boiled eggs, and a warm option or two. When you consider the cost of breakfast at Disney normally in excess of $10/person, the Club Level might be a good idea cost wise.
In addition you’ll have access to beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drinks throughout the day – those costs off Club Level range from $2–3 for the soft drinks to $6–8 for the beer and wine.
After breakfast, the Lounge will have a set up of small snacks available throughout the day – chips, cheese and crackers, covered pretzels, and an assortment of small candies and snacks that the kids may enjoy.
In the early evening the Lounge will offer heavy hors d’oeuvres, generally things you might see at a wedding reception or other evening social event offering something less than a full meal. The equivalent lunches or snacks might run anywhere from $5 to $15 per person off Club Level. After the evening hors d’oeuvres, the snacks return and beer, wine, and cordials are served until the lounge closes, which is normally around 10:00pm.
Just doing the simple math, the extra cost of Club Level start to appear pretty reasonable, especially when you also consider the special treatment like dedicated concierge desks on club level, the nicer rooms, and the exclusive feel.
What are the downsides?
The food and drink options are limited and while the Club Level cast members will do their best to accommodate special requests, chances are you will be stuck with the options they are offering at the time, which do change somewhat from day to day.
If you and your family like to sit down to full meals at breakfast, lunch, and supper, you will be disappointed with the Club Level lounge offerings, and you may feel that you are not getting your money’s worth from Club Level (of course, you may enjoy the other perks, but we’re not sure that they are always worth the cost).
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