Author: Stephen

I'm Stephen Ashley. My wife and I are huge fans of Disney World. I'm the author of Walt Disney World With Disabilities. I also wrote a book called Walt Disney World Made Easy for Everyone, but rather than have it published, at this point we've decided to place all the material from the manuscript on this website so everyone can have access to it! I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it makes your day just a little bit brighter and easier.

There are 1,014 guest rooms, which includes 117 suites that may especially appeal to families. Though this resort is not owned by Disney, it’s right on Disney property and considered an official Disney hotel.  Situated on 27 acres, it’s almost directly across the street from Downtown Disney, and the Disney bus transportation depot. Address: 1900 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-2206,  Direct: 407-827-2727 Reservations: 866-397-6516 We recently had the chance to stay there, and we were put on the 20th floor.  The view from our balcony of Downtown Disney was spectacular.  If you choose this resort, we feel it’s worth the…

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Address: 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, Florida 32821, Reservations: (888) 353-2009  Hotel Operator: (407) 597-5500 Website: www.waldorfastoriaorlando.com This is one of the newer resorts in the Disney area, having opened October 2009. With a convenient location right in the heart of Disney, the Waldorf is located on land not owned by Disney. However, it’s been deemed an Official Disney World Hotel, at least through 2019. This means that guests of this resort can participate in Disney’s Theme Park Early Entry system. On the down-side, this resort does not currently qualify for early 7 am reservations for Individual Lightning Lane reservations. See our Disney World’s Genie+ and…

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Location: In the Downtown Disney Resort area. Address: 1960 Broadway, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Phone: (407) 827-1100. Fax: (407) 827-1151 Making the most of the beautiful back woods area on Disney property, Disney created a peaceful and uniquely appealing resort. If you love nature and you liked tree houses as a kid, here’s a one-of-a-kind experience that may be for you! Disney’s Treehouse Villas were closed for years, and re-opened in 2009. Redesigned with a lot of Disney magic added, the octagonal shaped units are elevated 10 feet off the ground (about 18 steps up, but there are handicapped accessible…

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Designed to resemble turn-of-the-century style summer homes on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, these upscale resorts are attached though guests must step outside to get from one resort to the other. Here’s the location and access info: Location: In the Epcot area. Yacht Club Address: 1700 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830. Beach Club Address: 1800 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830. Beach Club Villas Address: 1900 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830. Beach Club phone: (407) 934-8000. Yacht Club phone: (407) 934-7000. Beach Club Villas: (407) 934-2175. Beach Club fax: (407) 939-3850. Yacht Club…

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Location: Disney Springs area. Address: 2201 Orleans Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-1000. Phone: (407) 934-5000 Fax: (407) 934-5353. Parking fee: $20 per night. Check-in: 3 PM. Check-out: 11 AM. Resort Type: Moderate. With just 1008 rooms, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter is the smallest and most compact of the moderate priced resorts at Disney World. Despite that, it still feels spread out and open. The seven three-story buildings are scattered along one side of the beautiful “Sassagoula River”. The theme here is the New Orleans French Quarter during Mardi Gras. We find it to be charming with its pastel painted buildings, intricate wrought iron…

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Location: In the Epcot Resort area. Address: 900 Cayman Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL., 32830 Phone: (407) 934-3400 Fax: (407) 934-3288. Parking fee: $20 per night. Check-in: 3 PM. Check-out: 11 AM. Resort Type: Moderate. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Overview If you’re longing to combine your Disney vacation with a tropical island getaway, this resort may be for you. Guest rooms are scattered in 33 unconnected, 2-story brightly colored buildings around a beautiful 42-acre lake called Barefoot Bay. The lake has white sand beaches and a tropical island connected by bridges. There are some incredible sunsets over this lake! This massive 200-acre resort has 2112 rooms…

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Facts at a Glance About Toy Story Mania!: Park: Hollywood Studios Location: Toy Story land. Height Requirement: None. Genie+: Yes. Individual Lightning Lane: No.  Quick Notes: Inspired by Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story” films, guests are “shrunk” to toy size to play games with the stars of the film. 3-D & 4-D moving motion base ride with short bursts of speed, and 360° fast spinning, jerking and sudden stops. Air is blown at you briefly. Some people will experience a minor water spray. Disney Warnings: Spinning. Ride a briskly-moving, rotating carnival tram through a wacky midway to play the Toy Story characters’…

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