Walt Disney World has over 20 on-property resorts (and more in the works!). With many resorts to choose from, the options can be daunting! In this blog series, I'm breaking down the resort categories, and reviewing the pros and cons of each.
Disney On-Site Resort Bonuses
Before we jump into the value resort category, remember that Disney offers special perks to all guests who stay at Disney Resorts, regardless of the category which they stay! As a guest at any Walt Disney World resort, you'll enjoy:
MagicBands for each member of your party
Free Magical Express Shuttle to and from Orlando International Airport
Shuttles to and from the four Disney theme parks, Disney Springs and the Disney water parks
Extra Magic Hours in the Disney theme parks
Movies Under the Stars at the resort
Early access to fastPass+ reservations before the off-site guests
Value resorts, as you may have guessed, are the most economical rooms at Walt Disney World. While the standard rooms can be smaller than the other rooms on property, they do have comfortable beds with fun theming!
The Resorts Disney's All-Star Resorts: Music, Movies & Sports
The three All-Star Resorts are situated in a row on property and have bright and bold theming. Each resort has its own food court, but the three resorts do share buses. Each room features a standard hotel layout with two double beds. The All-Star Music Resort offers a limited number of family suites, as well, which sleep up to 6. Pricing starts at ~$110 per night.
Disney's POP Century Resort
This is a resort that all generations of your family will love! The buildings of the resort each feature a different decade - you'll find a jukebox in the 1950's area and a walkman in the 1980's. Newly refurbished rooms feature two queen beds, one of which is a fold-down Murphy-style bed. Pricing starts ~$130 per night.
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Art of Animation is Disney's newest Value Resort, and Disney really went all out! AoA is often referred to as a "Value-Plus" resort because it is a step above the other resorts in the value category. Immersive theming puts you center stage in some of Disney's best-known films: Finding Nemo, The Lion King, Cars and The Little Mermaid.
Art of Animation is a unique resort, in that most of the rooms are Family Suites. The suites are larger rooms that sleep up to 6 people. They also include a kitchenette and a separate sleeping space with TWO full bathrooms. A smaller number of rooms are traditional standard rooms with two double-sized beds. Suites start around $380 per night, and Standard (4 person) rooms start at $153 per night.
Room averages 260 square feet (non-suite)
Exterior room entrance
No coffee pot (except POP Century!) or balcony
Double Beds at All Star Resorts and Art of Animation standard rooms, queen beds at Pop Century
Large pools, but no waterslides
The theming is bright, bold and fun!
Art of Animation and All-Star Movies offer family suites, which sleep up to 6 and include two bathrooms, a separate sleeping space and a kitchenette. These rooms are 565 square feet, and 520 square feet, respectively.
Resorts are large and spread out. I highly recommend a preferred room to be closer to the main buildings and bus stop locations.
Economical for budget-conscious travelers
Big Pools - the pools are plentiful and fun at the Value resorts. At Disney's Art of Animation you'll find the largest pool on WDW property, and it has music playing under the water!
Food Court - while not the fanciest option, provides lots of choices for all members of the family, and is open late for those late night snacks after the park.
Room Size - these rooms are really small, but if you're planning to be out of the room touring the parks all day, they work just fine.
Noise Levels - the walls are thinner than at the moderate and deluxe resorts, and large parties of kids on property for competitions (cheerleaders, schools, sports) stay at value resorts, usually the All-Stars.
Toiletries - the towels are small and thin, and soaps are in a dispenser, nothing fancy here.
Bus Transportation - All three All-Star Resorts share the same buses, which means they go from one resort, to the next, to the next picking guests up. This means crowded buses and longer waits.
The value resorts are fantastic for the active family searching for a Disney vacation on a budget! If you're looking for a resort to just rest your head after hitting the parks from sun-up to sun-down, a value resort may be perfect for you!
Hoping for a more relaxing atmosphere, dining options and extra amenities? Be sure to check out my posts on Disney's Moderate Resorts and Disney's Deluxe Resorts.
I truly hope this value resort overview is helpful to you! Have you visited a value resort at Walt Disney World? I'd love to hear your thoughts below!
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