Today’s theme is kind of a novel one, exploring the wide variety of activities and interests Disney can accommodate, especially DVC Members who know Disney like nobody’s business. So, let’s explore fun one-day, resort-focused experiences; all these prices are approximations. Now let’s do Ballin vs. Budget!

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Maybe you’re craving some Adventure?

Resort – Animal Kingdom Lodge


Lunch time Dine With An Animal Expert at Sanaa

A night time night-vision goggle savanna experience with the AKL Staff

Dinner at Jiko with South African Wine Pairing

Nightcap at Victoria Falls Lounge

Cost-Roughly $1,000.00 for two people


Brunch at Boma

Spend the Afternoon at the pool

Dinner at Sanaa

Stargazing on the Savanna Overlook Deck

Cost-Roughly $220 for two people

Grand Floridian Walking Path

Maybe you want a nice relaxing escape from the parks?

Resort – The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa


A Morning at the spa complete with massages

A shopping trip to Basin

Lunch at Narcoosee’s

A late afternoon Cruise on Grand Yacht One

A 12 course meal with wine pairing at Victoria & Alberts

Cost-Roughly $3,000 for two people


Walk around the grounds and enjoy the music, beaches, and landscaping

Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare

A nice light lunch at Courtyard Pool Bar

Spend the afternoon at the beautiful pools

Dinner at Gasparilla Island Grill, followed by movies in the courtyard

Cost-Roughly $250 for two people

Saratoga Springs

Maybe you want to be closer to Nightlife?

Resort – Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa


A round of golf in the morning

Followed by an afternoon massage at the spa

Then over to Disney Springs for a quick lunch at Wine Bar George

Shopping at stores like Coach, Kate Spade, And Tommy Bahama

Followed by a lovely dinner at Boathouse

After dinner Amphicar Ride

Dessert from the Ganachery

Cost – Well that depends on how it goes in Coach! Estimated $1,500.00


Sunrise Yoga

Quick breakfast at Artists Palette

Rent a Surrey bike and tour the expansive property and enjoy the sights

Lunch at Paddock Grill

Relax after lunch by the pool (Don’t swim for 30 min or whatever)

Walk to Disney Springs for some pin trading

Dinner at Earl Of Sandwich followed by Movies under the stars

Cost – $300

Whatever your aspirations and desires may be, Disney’s DVC Resorts can accommodate any interests and any budgets. These are truly world-class resorts with their own individual and unique charms and amenities. And people with any budget can find magic, delicious food, and creature comforts at any of them. What’s your ideal Ballin or Budget day?

Disclaimer: Some experiences listed may be temporarily unavailable due to COVID. However, we are hopeful to see many of these great experiences return soon.

Philip Murphy

Just a Hairy Battleship.

4 thoughts on “DVC Stays: Ballin vs. Budget

  • Narcoosee’s doesn’t serve lunch. The three nicer restaurants (V&A, Citricos, Narcoosee’s) at the Grand are dinner only.

  • Great article!

  • All good stuff if you are “loaded” with cash! All are over priced in my opinion. Our $100 bucks a day food budget still works!

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