We had booked a ROOM ONLY (due to our AP discount) at the LITTLE MERMAID rooms to save $$$. Figured we would save our dough for the TASTE OF THE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS event, which is smaller than usual, but most booths will give you up to 30% with your AP, which can REALLY add up if you like to buy swag.
NOTE - don’t know if this helps or not - I didn’t pay for the room in advance (just the 20% deposit), and I did the TP fax request (quiet lake room), AND we checked in via the App. Our room wasn’t ready when we got there, but after 3pm, we realized that they had given us a FREE UPGRADE (the same cost we were going to pay for the Little Mermaid room) to a LION KING FAMILY SUITE. I was celebrating like it was 1999!
Stayed here (Lion King, building 6, room 6623) from January 30 - February 6, 2021. Queen bed in bedroom with door that closes, shower with soap/shampoo/conditioner on wall, single sink in bathroom with closing door, with wall vanity mirror with light. As noted in TOURING PLANS review of this hotel, the bathrooms are not lit very well, but beautiful / fun decor. If you need brighter light for make-up, you might bring a mirror and do it in a common room area.
Room has second bathroom in common area with door that closes to the full size tub/toilet, and a sink with no door that is exposed to the common area. The kitchenette has a mini-fridge that is larger than the ones at POP, where you could store a full-sized half gallon of milk, no problem. Has microwave and mini-sink, Cuisinart coffee maker (teabag type of joffrey’s coffee) with disposable cups, plates, and bowls. Also has a mini-bar sink at the area. ORDER from Walmart delivery, and it’s food delivered to bell services ($6 fee plus tip if you have them deliver to your room), or you can arrange to meet them at the lobby circle. YOU MUST MEET THE DELIVERY GUY/GAL IF YOU ARE ORDERING ALCOHOL FROM ANY DELIVERY SERVICE - or they take the ENTIRE ORDER back to Walmart - oops!
There are PLENTY of places to store clothing (2 full sized dressers, side tables by master queen bedsides and the table that turns into a full size murphy bed has two as well), and the lamps that look like flowers are adorable and can serve as a night light for little ones that might sleep on the pull out couch or on the murphy bed convertible table.
Don’t forget that you’re not too far from the lobby and transportation via bus or skyliner. It’s a bit of a pain to be at the end of the line, but if you are going to Epcot, staying on a skyliner hotel and entering via the INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY is really amazing. You will get to DHS faster (or Epcot if you’re doing the FUTURE WORLD area first) via bus sometimes, so check your app to catch the closest / fastest one.
Laundry room near the BIG BLUE POOL, which was under construction when we were there, close to the bar (oh, yes…) which opens regardless of the pool being open. Frozen coke zero? Yes please.
They have MOBILE ORDERING for the food court, with limited sweets (where did all the choices go?) and a limited menu. We purchased a refillable cup, but because they are filling up paper cups FOR you due to the pandemic, SAVE YOUR MONEY and don’t bother buying a $20 - $30 refillable cup. Kids meals COME with a drink, and most of the time if you’re asking for coffee (non-fancy), tea, or soda, they don’t even ask for the receipt. People were just walking up asking for drinks, and they got them.
This room is QUIET, it’s got a textured floor without carpet (so wear socks, pool shoes, or bring your slippers), and a trash/recycle can in the main space. Two little tree stumps that can be used for beverages or an extra seat at the couch.
Plenty of plugs for you to charge devices, including USB ones on the dressers.
Due to COVID, they don’t come to do the regular housekeeping that you’re used to on a regular basis. You can ask via a note (leave it on the table with a cash tip… they need the $$$) for extra towels, or you can call via the room phone to housekeeping for extra towels, pillows, blankets, whatever you need.
If you have a LARGE amount of trash, either let them know (so they can empty it) or grab the bag, tie a knot in the top, and leave it outside of your room. They are happy to leave you extra garbage bags if you ask… we liked making meals in our little kitchen and watching TV after a day on our feet in the parks.
NOTE - UBER EATS will actually deliver to your room food from all kinds of restaurants. I signed up for a free week trial of UBER / UBER EATS, (which you can cancel even after a month if you’re there more than 6-days and the monthly payment kicks in), which saved us a bunch of money.
We had BUCCA DE BEPPA delivered (twice), and a cool breakfast place called HASH HOUSE A GO-GO… omg, you have to eat their breakfast food just ONCE. The brown sugar banana pancake was excellent!
NOTE - UBER EATS CANNOT LEAVE RESTAURANT DELIVERIES WITH BELL SERVICES.
Uber eats will deliver to your door, you just need to communicate with your driver the resort name, your building number, and your room number. PLEASE TIP THESE PEOPLE, using these services helps the local community.
You could easily get away with eating in your room the entire trip if you wanted to do so. HEADS UP - the couch is comfortable for short periods of time. If you’re planning on sitting in the room for hours on end, it might be a little rough on your buttocks… lol.
DECOR is fantastic, your kid (or the kid in you) will love it. Quiet enough, but the rooms are as loud as being at POP (aka - if you are sensitive to sound, bring earplugs like I do)