When it comes to Walt Disney World accommodations, there are almost too many resorts to choose from, and knowing where to start isn’t always easy. One of the ways that Disney categorizes their resorts is into three different types: Value, Moderate, and Deluxe resorts / Villas. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from each:
Value Resorts are more modest accommodations without as many of the fancy amenities and room options. These are often the most cost-effective options and a great way to bring a family to Walt Disney World for less. The rooms can be smaller, and the buildings more densely packed with rooms. You will also find value resorts usually further away from the parks in proximity and often have fewer high-end dining and shopping options nearby. On a positive note, Value resorts have some of the largest outdoor pool areas and are great for families to enjoy the bright decorations and character influences. Look through a few of the value resort options here:
- Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Moderate Resorts have more immersive theming in a grander sense that is less character-driven and more generally themed. Unlike the food courts commonly found in the Value resorts, most moderates will have more dining options on-site, including a table service restaurant. Room staples like bedding, views, and furniture will also be a step up from value options. Many moderate resorts have more elaborate pool areas with slides or other equipment, though some are smaller and can feel more crowded. Take a look at some of the moderate resorts below:
- The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort | Campground
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Deluxe Resorts and Villas take the Disney magic to a whole new level, offering stunning rooms and beautiful outdoor areas while hosting some of Disney’s Signature dining experiences. Deluxe resort rooms can give your vacation that extra sprinkle of luxury. Villas are also available for those who want to access larger accommodations, often including a small kitchen and other in-room amenities that aren’t in standard resort rooms.
- 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
How Do You Choose Between Value, Moderate & Deluxe At Walt Disney World?
If you are planning your Walt Disney World stay and feeling pressured to make the experience perfect by spending excessive money, don’t worry; you aren’t alone. And take it from someone who has done it in almost every way possible; the most expensive options aren’t always the best. Do not underestimate the ability of a well-priced Moderate resort to accommodate all of your family’s needs and still feel like a pixie-dusted experience. Even though Value resorts offer different room types for bigger families, resorts like Port Orleans Riverside have some standard rooms that can accommodate five people, if one of them is a smaller child, with a Murphy bed.
If the bottom line of your vacation is keeping the budget as low as possible, a Value resort will get you where you need to be. Should you be looking for a little bit of both, value for money and feeling like you’re in a special place, then a Moderate is for you. When does a Deluxe resort become the best option? It’s a matter of personal preference; I think the Deluxe resorts are perfect for anyone staying for some time without visiting the parks too often. That way, you can thoroughly enjoy all the perks of staying there. If your days are spent primarily enjoying the resort, its amenities, and services, then it makes the cost a little bit more tolerable. When visiting Walt Disney World with a busy parks and recreation schedule, a Deluxe resort is a significant expense that you may not be getting the most out of.
What is your go-to resort type when visiting the parks? Has your family’s needs changed over time and also changed where you prefer to stay? Let me know what you think about which resort type is the best.
Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.
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