How to Choose a Disney World Resort Hotel?


Where should you stay in Disney World? With dozens of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, the options are extensive. When it comes to your trip, however, it pays to be picky! After all, where you and your family pick to stay affects all facets of your Disney Vacation experience! Walt Disney World Resorts are broken down into four categories; Value, Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villas. With Value being the cheapest and smallest of rooms to Deluxe Villas that have up to three-bedrooms!

Disney’s Value Resort Hotels

If you are on a tight budget or would simply like to spend less on your hotel stay, Disney’s Value Resort Hotels are for you. Even though they are the cheapest resorts they offer the most exaggerated flair! From the 41′ tall Rubik’s Cube at Disney’s Pop Century to the immersive movie scenes found at Disney’s Art of Animation there is always something to explore! The only downside of the Value Resorts is that the rooms are small, they average around 260 square feet.



Some of the upsides of the Value Resorts are they offer food courts, playgrounds and themed pools with adjacent kiddie pools! Guests that stay at these properties also enjoy many of the same attractive amenities that are offered at the higher-end resorts, such as, free transportation, extended theme park hours (including early entry) and in-room treats, such as towel animals.

Disney’s Value Resorts:

Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney’s Moderate Resort Hotels

Still in tune with a conservative family budget, Moderate Resorts offer families a bit more space than the Value Resorts, as well as a more resort-style atmosphere. Moderate Resorts have water sport rentals, organized activities ans themed pools with slides and interactive water features. Their rooms average 314 square foot. They are a little bit larger than the Value and they have themed choices like Pirate Rooms (Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort) or a Royal Guest Room (Disney’s Port Orleans).

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The room arrangements are great for families, each room has two sinks where as in Value resort you can only find one. The Moderate Resort’s food court provides plenty of kid-pleasing options and most locations have a sit-down restaurant. Complimentary transportation to the theme parks by bus or boat is also provided at Disney’s Moderate Resorts. To save some time and legwork make sure that when you are booking a room in the Moderate Resorts to reserve a room in a building that is close to the center of the resort activity. Because at the end of a long day of walking in the parks who wants to walk even further to their hotel room?

Disney’s Moderate Resort Hotels:

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness.

Disney’s Deluxe Resort Hotels

Elaborate themes, water park-style pools and onsite restaurants are what guests can find with they choose to stay at one of Disney’s Deluxe Resort Hotels. But, for many family visitors, some of the most attractive amenities featured at the Deluxe Resort Hotels aren’t entertainment-oriented, but instead, are focused on comfort and convenience. Among the most popular reasons guests opt for a deluxe spot to stay are spacious accommodations, proximity to a theme park, onsite character meet and greets (select properties) and access to an array of personal services. Plus, there’s full room service, which can be a big help when you’re traveling with kids.

At almost all Deluxe properties, guests enjoy direct access to at least one Disney World theme park via monorail, boat or walkway. All resorts are designed with interior corridors and services centrally located under one roof, making moving about with little ones less of a chore.

Families that value a personal touch will appreciate a concierge-level room option (also known as Club Level Concierge), which affords admission to a private lounge with complimentary food and beverages, access to exclusive tours (like the Sunrise Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and the service of a dedicated caretaker, who can help make arrangements for special occasions, rearrange furniture in rooms, shop for special supplies and perform other magical feats.

If you’re trying to conserve a little cash, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort are good options. Although standard rooms are on the small side, these resorts offer big themes for the lowest price point in the category.

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Disney’s Deluxe Resort Hotels:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

Disney’s Deluxe Villas

Offering the comforts of home, combined with the upper-level amenities available to those staying at a Deluxe Walt Disney World Resort, Deluxe Villas present the best of both worlds. Home bases for members of the Disney Vacation Club, these timeshare resorts offer accommodations for nightly rentals to the general public. Room options can vary from compact studios, equipped with microwaves, coffeemakers and mini-fridges, to sprawling, three-bedroom, three-bath villas with full kitchens, washers and dryers.

Of the nine Deluxe Villa (or Vacation Club) Resorts, six are associated with Deluxe Hotels and are situated either within or adjacent to a Deluxe Hotel building. Guests of Deluxe Villas enjoy the facilities of the associated resort, as well as the amenities exclusive to the Deluxe Villa property, such as dedicated pools and recreation facilities. Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa stand independently, and facilities and services at these properties are self-contained.

Disney’s Deluxe Villas
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Rooms for Five or More

There is an occupancy limit at all hotels. At most Value and Moderate Hotels, the maximum capacity is four guests per room, plus one child under the age of 3 in a crib. There are three exceptions: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside (Moderate) allows five guests in some rooms; Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (Value) allows up to six in Family Suites; and Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (Value) also allows up to six in Family Suites. At most Deluxe Category resorts, the allowance is often five people per standard room, plus a crib sleeper under the age of 3.

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Before booking, be aware that room rates at Walt Disney World Resort hotels are based on double occupancy. When more than two adults occupy a room, there is a daily surcharge for each additional adult ($10 at Value Resorts, $15 at Moderate Resorts, $25 at Deluxe Resorts). There are no such fees at Deluxe Villas, though there are occupancy limits at these home-away-from-home properties.

You can also opt for a sized-to-fit suite, available at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort (Moderate), as well as Deluxe Resort Hotel properties, where room layouts, dimensions and prices vary widely. To assess your options, select the accommodation you are interested in at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. Then, check the box labeled, “Room Types and Pricing.”

Many families find that one- to three-bedroom villas at Deluxe Villas offer the most comfortable, stick-together solution, providing flexible room arrangements, homey surroundings and a lot more space than you’ll find in a traditional accommodation.


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