If you know anything about Walt Disney World…you know there are a ton of resorts available on Disney property just waiting for you to visit. I’ll be honest, I am still learning myself…but I will do my best to share what I have learned so far.
Disney has 3 levels of resorts….value, moderate and deluxe. But keep in mind…just because it is a value resort, does not mean it lacks any of the Disney Magic and Disney experience people have come to love.
Let’s start with a list by type.
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
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
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 Resort
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
Shew…long list, right? When you are deciding on what resort to stay in for a Disney vacation…there is literally something for everyone.
Want the most bang for your buck? Value is the way to go.
Have a little more to spend and want a top-notch experience with a bit more luxury? Go for the Deluxe.
Or do you want something in between? Then go the moderate route.
We personally stayed at Pop Century on our trip and I was sold. It may be a value resort, but I loved it. Granted, the rooms are a little small…but are you really at Disney to hang out in your room? 3 pools, a good-sized food court, a pretty decent gift shop and dedicated bus service makes Pop Century a no-brainer. I’ve heard good things about the other value resorts as well…but this girl is sticking with Pop Century until I have the money for one of the deluxe resorts!
We also got to walk around the Grand Floridian Resort while killing some time before a dinner reservation and it is an absolutely stunning resort. When I think opulent…I picture the gorgeous lobby with music playing and lots of chairs and couches to lounge on while enjoying the entertainment.
I’m sure some people are probably thinking….why should I stay on Disney property? Isn’t it more expensive?
Well, I will give you a few great reasons.
1. Chances are most offsite hotel prices would be comparable to that of a value resort.
2. Disney Transportation – no need to drive or pick up a rental car. Between all the onsite transportation options and the Magical Express from the airport you will ultimately save money.
3. Parking – If you are not staying onsite, you have to pay for parking at every park everyday. Standard parking is $20 per day….5 days would be $100 for parking alone! If you are a Disney Resort guest, parking is complimentary.
4. The Dining Plan – Only onsite guests have the ability to book the dining plan. This might not be for everyone, but I love the convenience of it!
5. The “Disney Bubble” – When you stay onsite you get to stay completely immersed in Disney. Just check the carpet in your room…you’re sure to find a few hidden Mickeys!
So where do you stand? What is your go-to resort? Or do you prefer to stay off-site? Let me know in the comments!