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  • Writer's pictureCollin Brazan

Breaking down the Walt Disney World Resort value resorts—which hotel is right for you?

Updated: May 20

Disney's Art of Animation Resort. ©Disney.
Disney's Art of Animation Resort. ©Disney.

One of the earliest key decisions guests are presented with when booking their dream vacation is selecting which Walt Disney® World Resort hotel is the perfect fit for their party. Disney divides its sprawling Florida resorts into three categories based on offerings and price: value, moderate and deluxe.

The value resorts are perfect for those who want to travel on a budget while still maintaining the invaluable magical atmosphere Disney offers across its destinations.

What every value resort offers

On average, value resorts have the smallest rooms of the three categories, making them ideal for smaller parties or those who see their room as a place to rest at the end of busy park days. The standard rooms sleep four guests in addition to a baby and a crib, averaging 260 square feet. The family suites at Disney's All-Star Music Resort and Disney's Art of Animation Resort sleep up to six guests in addition to a baby and a crib, averaging 520 square feet.

Standard value resort bathrooms usually contain one sink with open access (though separated from the rest of the room with a curtain or sliding door), while a toilet and shower/tub combo are often located in a separate area with a door. Family suites have two bathrooms.

Family suites include kitchenettes.

Guests staying in standard rooms have the option to have two queen-size beds, with one serving as a pull-down table bed, or can have a single king-size bed. Bedding in family suites differs at each resort.

Value resorts offer dining in the form of quick-service food courts, poolside bars and in-room pizza delivery (typically offered exclusively in the evenings).

All value resorts also offer a handful of entertainment offerings that include themed pools, playgrounds and outdoor movie nights on inflatable screens.

Guests staying at all Walt Disney World Resort hotels get 30-minute early entry into all four theme parks and get complimentary transportation to the parks and to Disney Springs®.

Disney's All-Star Sports Resort

Typically one of Disney's most affordable resorts, All-Star Sports is opening after its COVIDr-mandated hiatus Dec. 9, 2021. A popular destination for group trips, including sport and cheer competitions, guests sensitive to high noise levels may want to consider additional options if those events coincide with their calendar.

That said, all of the All-Star resorts offer close proximity to Disney's Animal Kingdom® and offer complimentary bus transportation to Disney's four theme parks, along with Disney Springs. Though the All-Star resorts may share buses in the slower periods of the day, they usually each have their own during park opening, park close and some busy seasons.

There is no better place to find value while still maintaining the benefits on staying on Disney property.

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort acts similarly to its sports counterpart, except it carries movie theming in exchange for the athletic look. It also debuted a redesigned lobby, refreshing the feel of the resort's high-traffic areas.

Disney's All-Star Music Resort

Though this resort brings many of the same features as the other All-Stars, it is unique in that it is the only All-Star resort to offer family suites.

This is the perfect resort for larger parties looking to get the most value out of their Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

Disney's Pop Century Resort

Located near EPCOT® and Disney's Hollywood Studios®, Pop Century switches the All-Star look for a retro, decade-by-decade style that keeps the atmosphere vibrant and exciting in the same way the other value resorts have been made famous for.

Pop Century is Walt Disney World Resort's largest resort in terms of capacity and is often priced a level above the All-Star resorts, but it also comes included with some additional transportation in the form of the innovative Disney Skyliner. With eagle-eyed views of Disney property, the Disney Skyliner can take guests to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Riviera Resort, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The resort is also in close proximity to Disney's Art of Animation Resort, giving guests an expanded number of dining options and places to explore.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

The newest of the value resort, Disney's Art of Animation Resort has become known for its expansive family suites, theming around some of Disney and Pixar's most iconic films and the availability of the Disney Skyliner. It is perfect for those who have big parties and value fast transportation.

As an added bonus, Disney's Art of Animation Resort boasts our personal favorite food court of all the resort hotels.

No matter your party's need, Walt Disney World Resort's value resort hotels provide colorful, invigorating destinations to call home for the duration of your theme park adventure.

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