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Today marks the last day of March Madness, when one college basketball team wins the NCAA tournament and a big fancy trophy. And maybe you’ve been tracking your bracket for weeks and now you’re wondering what you’re going to do with all of your new-found free time. Or maybe you don’t care about basketball at all, and you wish there was something similarly engaging that you actually care about. Great news! TouringPlans is here to pick up right where March Madness left off with … April Absurdity!

Over the next two weeks, we’re hosting our very own 32-team tournament. Nothing boring like basketball here, though. Each “team” is now a WDW resort, and they will all be going head-to-head vying for the peoples’ vote. That’s right – you have the power to crown the champion. The Best Resort Of All. The competition is certainly fierce. Will there be a Cinderella story? Will there be controversial calls? Stay tuned.

The tournament bracket has been seeded with TouringPlans survey data. The resort with the highest overall average satisfaction score (The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) nabbed the top seed, while the resort with the lowest overall average satisfaction score (Disney’s All-Star Music Resort) comes in with the 32nd seed.

By the end of next week, we’ll narrow this bracket of 32 to one champion

How will the tournament work?

Today, the Round of 32 survey will be open until 9:00 p.m. Eastern, allowing each of you to submit your opinions on which resorts should advance in the tournament. The rest of the tournament will proceed according to this schedule:

Wednesday (April 7th): Round of 32 results announced + Sweet 16 voting open
Friday (April 9th): Sweet 16 results announced + Elite 8 voting open
Monday (April 12th): Elite 8 results announced + Final 4 voting open
Wednesday (April 14th): Final 4 results announced + Championship voting open
Friday (April 16th): WDW Resorts Tournament Champion announced

Get those votes in to make sure your personal favorite resort makes it to the next round, and come back on Wednesday to see if other TouringPlans readers agree with you. Click here to vote for your favorites! 

Do you have any predictions about who will advance to the Sweet 16? Are there any matchups that you think will be particularly close? Let us know in the comments.

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Becky Gandillon

Becky Gandillon was trained in biomedical engineering, but is now a full-time data and analytics nerd. She loves problem solving and travelling. She and her husband, Jeff, live in St. Louis with their two daughters and they have Disney family movie night every Saturday. You can follow her on LinkedIn: or instagram @raisingminniemes

3 thoughts on “TouringPlans WDW Resort Tournament

  • I’d like to speak with the manager about Port Orleans Riverside being given such a low seed.

    • Matt, no managers work here 🙂
      I hear what you’re saying. Interestingly, Riverside falls right in the middle of the pack of the moderates with an average satisfaction score of 4.68. French Quarter (4.81) and the Cabins (4.76) outweigh it, but it beats Coronado Springs (4.61) and Caribbean Beach (4.52). It’s tough when so many resorts are so well-loved.

      • Thanks for the info! We began staying at Riverside years ago. At that time, it seemed it was the top-rated moderate. Maybe things have changed since then?

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