Disney Sports Team Mom Tips ~ Tournament Hotels

Disney Sports Team Mom Tips ~ Tournament Hotels

One of the most important aspects of the youth sports travel tournament experience is determining where will your players and families stay. When you participate in one of the many events hosted by or held at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that there are a number of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels to pick from that include Disney Resort Perks that are available only to guests staying at these fabulous properties.  Not only will you find this choice to be competitive economically, it will just make your tournament experience as smooth as can be.  Check out why…


When you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort, you have access to the Disney Transportation system to take you anywhere you need to go. From the airport to resort, ESPN Wide World of Sports to Magic Kingdom, you can get there with Disney’s extensive bus system on your side. For certain events, Disney Sports will also arrange tournament transportation.

Group Rates

Disney Sports works with key Walt Disney World Resort properties to offer a variety of group packages to meet every team’s budget.  Perhaps most widely recognized by athletes you know who have visited for an event are the Pop Century and All Start Resorts. Built specifically with youth sports events in mind, these value properties are incredibly affordable enabling families to focus on the tournament instead of the expense.

Big Rooms

Team Moms know that when you compete at a tournament, your focus is on the field, making sure your athlete is well rested and ready to go for the next game ahead.  Having a cramped hotel room won’t make that happen and that’s where The Art of Animation saves the day.  The best choice for players and fans, it offers rooms not only with small scale kitchen facilities but also 2 bathrooms and enough sleeping space for up to six family members. And let’s face it, if you are going to the world championship, you’ll likely have a car full of fans who want to see your all star play.

Entertaining Hotels

Tournament schedules can be hard to navigate giving you minimal down time between games or just enough time to take a break and refresh at the hotel but not enough time to get out and enjoy the day.  When it comes to Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, having a hotel that will entertain the entire family all on it’s own is a given.  The Art of Animation is perhaps my favorite because each section of the hotel is fully themed, taking you into one of 4 movies at every turn. During the New Fantasyland grand opening I was blessed to stay in Cars Land with my family and loved everything about it.  Be rest assured the Nemo, Lion King, and Little Mermaid sections of the resort are equally as enchanting and unique.  Not just from the room decor but from the moment you step into the lobby to the artwork on the grounds and the incredible movie themed pools, you truly are immersed in the show.  And there is SO much to do, including an incredible game room, cartooning sessions, and special activities hosted by the staff for guests all day long.

While most of your time at a Disney Sports Tournament will likely be spent at ESPN Wide World of Sports watching your athlete compete, there’s no question you want to make sure your time off the field is as fun and comfortable as it can be. Choosing a team package at a Disney Resort will go a long way to making that happen.  Tell me…

What is most important to you when choosing a tournament hotel?

This post is part of a series designed to show Team Moms what its like to participate in a tournament hosted by or held at ESPN Wide World of Sports. I hope you find it helpful as you plan your team’s travel tournament schedule this year. For more tips from around the web,stop by Pinterest to check out our Team Mom Tips Board ~ we hope you love what you see there.

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!


Disclosure: Special thanks to Disney Sports for inviting me to attend the 2013 Disney Sports Festival Media Event. I was not asked to post at anytime and my pixie dusted observations about the event are entirely my own. Clearly, I am a huge fan and have been since my Walt Disney World College Program Days. To see the magic of Disney encompass the passion of youth sports is a wonderful thing.

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