Which Disney World Resort Level is Best for Your Family?

Animal Kingdom Resort, Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort

By Frances.

Which Disney Resort is best for your family? All the Disney Resorts have magical theming and share the same inside-the-park benefits. The largest differences are found in pricing, dining and accommodations. Here is a quick snap shot of each resort level.

Value Resorts

  • 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

All-Star Sports ResortValue Resorts are great for the budget conscious guests. The rooms have two full size beds or one king bed, with the exception of the family suites. They only offer quick service dining, and room service is limited to pizza delivery. The pools are nicely themed but don’t have any frills like slides.

The value resorts do have the largest numbers of rooms, which equals the largest number of guests riding the buses. You could have to wait through a couple of buses before you get on, and they are often filled to capacity. If you want a mini fridge in your room, you have to rent it for a few dollars a day. Family suites sleep up to 6; these are two value resort rooms combined. One room with a queen size bed, living area with sleep sofa, bed/ottoman, a sleeper chair, and 2 full bathrooms. Microwave and mini fridge also included in the suite.

This resort accommodation is also great for the guests that want to go non-stop at the Disney parks. If you really only need a place to lay your head for a few hours before it’s time to start it all over again, then Value Resorts may be your best option.

Moderate Resorts

  • The Cabins 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

Coronado Springs Resort, Coronado Springs Resort lake, Disney's Coronado Springs ResortModerate Resorts are great for guests that would like to mix up their experiences. The rooms will all have queen size beds by the end of 2012. All rooms have a mini fridge in them.

Moderate resorts offer quick service dining. Port Orleans French Quarter is the only resort that doesn’t have a full service restaurantm but it is within walking distance to Boatwright’s at Port Orleans Riverside. All pools have at least one slide and are uniquely themed. This resort category is great for the guest that likes to enjoy the parks and come back enjoy the amenities.

Deluxe Resorts

  • 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 Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Crescent Lake DisneyDeluxe resorts are great  for guests that are looking for a unique experience. All resorts are over-the-top themed. All rooms have two queen beds or one king. Some resort rooms have bunk beds or day beds. All rooms have a mini fridge. All Deluxe Resorts have at least one on-site restaurant, and most have more than one. All resorts have access to at least two pools and at least one pool has slides. You can travel to the parks via bus, boat, or monorail, depending on which resort you stay at. This resort category is great for the guest that likes the best and is willing to pay a little extra for more space in the rooms and speedier transfers to the parks, because they have the smallest numbers of rooms.

Deluxe Resort Villas

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Bay Lake Tower, Disney Deluxe VillasDeluxe Resort Villas are great for guests that like the convenieces of home. All resorts are beautifully themed. Rooms are a deluxe studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom. The deluxe studio usually has a sofa sleeper and a queen bed, mini fridge and microwave. The 1,2 & 3 bedroom villas all of full kitchens and on suite laundry rooms. All resorts have at least one on site restaurant and most have more than one. All resorts have access to at least two pools, and at least one pool has slides. You can travel to the parks via bus, boat or monorail depending which resort you stay at. This is resort category is great for multi generational family trips. Everyone has their own space yet they are still together.

So what are you looking at in terms of price for each resort level?

Value resort rates start at $84 per night.

Moderate resort rates start at $159 per night.

Deluxe resort rates start at $265 per night.

Deluxe Villa resort rates start at $300 per night.

Polynesian Resort, Disney's Polynesian Resort, Disney's Polynesian Resort Pool

There’s a big $$ difference between the different resort levels, but there’s an equally large difference between the level of accommodations and amenities.

You can save money on your resort stay to Disney by planning ahead. Here is one current offer for Free Dining: For arrivals most nights Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, Oct. 19 – Nov. 1, Nov. 9-15, Nov. 23-29 and Dec. 10-20, 2012 Value resort guests will receive Free Quick Service Dining. Moderate & Deluxe resort guests will receive Free Plus Dining. You can upgrade any Free Dining package for a nominal fee.

Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you in the resort pools.

Frances

Frances Hedrick is a Disney Vacation Planner for Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys. She has stayed more than 150 days at the Walt Disney World Resort and at 14 of the resorts with her own family and friends. She loves sharing Disney magic 365 days a year.

You can contact her at frances@distinctive-journeys.com or on her cell: 404-414-6198. You can follow her magical vacations on her Facebook page: Disney Vacations by Distinctive Journeys.com

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Comments

  1. I was under the impression that the value resorts now have mini-fridges in them….

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