Club Level at Disney World
One advantage to planning a trip to Disney World is the ability to customize your vacation exactly how you wish. From choosing your resorts to restaurants, theme parks to FastPass+ rides, you call the shots. But – as is the case with so many things – the more enhancements you add on to your trip, the more magical AND expensive it becomes. And Disney vacations are not cheap to begin with so extra money spend better be worth it. Luckily, there is a way to splurge on concierge-style treatment without totally breaking the bank: Club Level at Disney World.
Most of Disney World’s best resorts offer Club Level rooms. When you consider how much you are spending on your trip, adding a Club Level enhancement doesn’t cost too much more in the grand scheme of things. This may come as a surprise to many people because most guests assume Club Level is significantly more or they have never heard of this perk in the first place. Let’s investigate what Disney’s Club Level entails, which resorts offer this perk, the benefits of Club Level, and whether or not Club Level is worth the money. Hopefully this will you you determine if Disney Club Level is a good fit for your family vacation.
Many hotels offer special room categories to choose from as you book a trip. They may offer upgraded amenities, room perks, or concierge-level services at a higher price. Disney World’s version of this is called Club Level, a special category of rooms that offer its guests VIP treatment.
Club Level (aka, Club Level Concierge) is not offered at every Walt Disney World resort hotel. However, it is an option if you stay at Disney Deluxe Resorts. Deluxe resorts are the most expensive tier of hotels at Disney World, so, while Club Level by itself isn’t too expensive, the fact that you must stay at a Disney Deluxe resort may be a disqualifier for many budget-conscious guests.
So which resorts offer Disney’s Club Level accommodations?
Club Level is available at all of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts and at one of Disney’s Moderate Resort (the brand new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort).
Here is a breakdown of the resorts offering Club Level as well as the name(s) of the Club Level lounge at each resort:
- Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kilimanjaro Club Lounge
- Beach Club Resort – Stone Harbor Club
- Boardwalk Inn – Innkeepers Club
- Contemporary Resort – Atrium Club (12th floor) and Tower Club (14th floor)
- Grand Floridian Resort – Royal Palm Club and Sugar Loaf Key Club
- Polynesian Resort – King Kamehameha Club
- Wilderness Lodge Resort – Old Faithful Club
- Yacht Club Resort – Regatta Club
- Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort – Chronos Club
As you can see, each resort has a Club Level lounge on its property with the exception of Contemporary and Grand Floridian resorts, which have two.
What do you get for booking a Club Level room?
Rooms that fall in this category will give you access to a number of perks and amenities that non-Club Level guests do not get. Each resort may offer slightly different benefits, but here are a few things that come standard with Club Level at Disney World:
As you may know, ticketholders to Walt Disney World’s theme parks are able to make 3 FastPass+ reservations per day. One of the major perks of staying Club Level is the option to buy 3 additional FastPasses per day. This is a huge positive because waiting in lines is the most annoying part of a trip to Disney World.
Club Level FastPass Details
Disney still advertises this perk as a “pilot program” so hopefully they will make it a permanent feature soon. But for now, the program details are as follows:
- The 3 additional FastPasses cost $50 per person, per day
- There is a 3-day minimum purchase (in other words, you are required to spend at least $150/person (3 days) and the cost increases to $200/person for 4 days, $250/person for 5 days, etc.)
- Other people on your reservation do NOT need to purchase the extra FastPasses
- There are no FastPass+ tier restrictions (but you can’t use a FastPass+ for the same attraction more than once)
- You may select any 3+ days you choose during your vacation (don’t need to back-to-back days)
- Club Level FastPasses may be booked up to 90 days from your check out date (regular FastPasses have a 60-day window from check-in at a Disney resort)
- A Park Hopper ticket will allow you to book Club Level FastPasses in multiple parks on the same day
- Guests who opt for Club Level FastPasses can also book their regular FastPass+ reservations on the same day
Extra FastPass+ selections can make a big difference in terms of the number of times you spend on rides vs. in line. Be sure to use your FastPasses on the most popular rides so they don’t go to waste. Attractions in Pandora, Toy Story Land, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are the most in-demand, but classic attractions like Pirates of the Carribean and Peter Pan are always good choices.
Club Level Lounge
Besides the ability to purchase additional FastPasses, the other major benefit is the Club Level Lounge.
The Lounge provides guest staying at Club Level a place to unwind after a busy day at the theme parks. Club Level lounges provide comfortable sitting areas, tv’s, areas designed for kids, and some offer great views of the resort or nightly shows (The Club Level Lounge at BoardWalk Inn has a great view of the nightly fireworks).
Club Level Lounge becomes a home-base during your trip and provides you will a fun space to spend time with your family, travel group, or to meet new people, You will be able to access the Club Lounge as soon as you check-in until midnight of your check out day.
But the “bread and butter” of Club Lounge its complimentary food and beverages. Club Level Lounge provides guests with a place to grab some breakfast foods, snacks, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. There are offerings for both kids and adults, and staff will acommodate anyone with special dietary needs.
Club Level Lounge Details
Menus may vary from resort to resort, but a typical schedule is as follows:
- Coffee – 6:30 am – 7:00 am
- Continental breakfast – 7:00 am – 10:30 am
- Light snacks – 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
- Hors d’ouevres and beverages (including wine and beer) – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Desserts and cordials – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
As for evening-time beverages, you can expect to find a selection of complimentary alcoholic beverages (for adults) including beer, wine, and cordials in addition to the standard coffee, tea, canned sodas, lemonade, etc.,
Signature Services – Trip Planning Assistance
Up until recently, Disney Club Level guests could utilize a service called the Disney Itinerary Planning Office (IPO). Cast Members (at the specific resorts offing Club Level) were there to help guests book their Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) and FastPass+ choice.
Disney now calls this perk “Signature Services” and they are able to assist you in the same manner as the old Itinerary Planning Office.
Please be aware that Disney’s Club Level Signature Services don’t haves special access to additional dining reservations or FastPasses beyond what you see in My Disney Experience. Additionally, Signature Services cannot book your Advance Dining Reservation or regular FastPass+ reservations any earlier than you or a travel agent. In fact, you may be at a disadvantage w/ hard to get reservations because the Signature Services office opens until 9 am EST, while the window to book reservations opens at 7 am EST. This means that either you or your travel agent will be able to book reservations a full 2 hours before a Signature Service Cast Member ever could, and you could miss out on that difficult reservation!
With this in mind, Disney’s Signature Services might not be the best choice if you hope to secure hard-to-get Advance Dining Reservations and FastPass selections. Sure, the service is helpful, informative, and easy peasy, but a dedicated, commission-free Disney Travel Agent like those at The Vacationeer can do everything Signature Services does and get you the difficult FastPasses and Advance Dining Reservations.
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Check-In for Club Level Guests
Club Level guests that arrive between 7 am – 10 pm will go directly to the Club Level floor or building to checked-in there. By doing so, they will be able to bypass the line that forms at the front desk.
Club Level Concierge Desk
Club Level guest can seek out the assistance of Cast Members working at the concierge desk between the hours of 7 am – 10 pm. They can help with dining reservations, ticketing issues, transportation options, MagicBands, etc.
Club Level rooms are typically located away from regular rooms – and on separate floors or separate buildings – of Disney resorts.
Guests staying at a Disney Club Level room must use their MagicBands to access the floor or building. This limits the traffic flow and adds a degree of security and quietness to these areas.
Evening Turndown Service
Guest staying Club Level will receive traditional room service as well as evening turndown service. Evening turndown service is when the Club Level room is given a light tidying and the bed linens are turned down in preparation for the night. And, as a special touch, guests will find chocolate treats left on the pillows!
While many Disney resorts now have wall-mounted toiletry dispensers, guests of Disney Club Level rooms will find upscale H20 brand toiletries and such items like sunblock, etc. in addition to the standard soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
Robes and Slippers
Guests of Club Level rooms at Disney World will find plush robes and slippers in their rooms. Nice touch!
Complimentary Newspapers And Fax
Disney World Club Level guests can pick up complimentary newspapers near the lounges. There is also complimentary fax assistance if that is something you need.
Some Disney resorts deliver a colorful daily itinerary to their Club Level guests each evening. This is a great visual reminder of what you have planned for the next day, delivered right to your room!
It’s hard to make the case that Club Level at Disney World is actually a cost-savings. Sure, there are plenty of perks and if you hang out in the Club Lounge all day, then this could potentially offset some of your food expenses. But most people will be out and about most of the day and miss out on many of the food and beverage offerings.
Where Club Level does make sense is if you really hate wasting time in line and want the extra FastPass, or if the Lounge idea (and other perks) sound appealing to your family.
If money is no object, then Club Level Concierge certainly makes sense because you have more options and more ways to be pampered with this level of service. And when it comes down to it, Club Level isn’t really that much more in the grand scheme of things. In fact, the cost of a room is often comparable to a non-discounted standard room at the same Disney resort.
Club Level is one of the best ways to receive concierge-level service at Disney World. You will be able to maximize your limited time at the theme parks by utilizing additional FastPasses.
Your Disney World vacation will be expensive no matter how many corners you cut. Sometimes its worth splurging and getting the best!