You’ve decided that you are going to Walt Disney World (WDW). That was the easy part! Now comes the tough decision on deciding where to stay. I’ve got some tips today and tomorrow on breaking down the resorts types to help you make up your mind.
There are four levels of WDW resorts: Value, Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villas. Each resort is designed with a theme in mind, and all WDW properties have amenities such as pools, park transportation and access to extra magic hours, in addition to the perks of being able to book dining reservations and FastPass+ reservations before the general public.
Today I’m going to break down value and moderate resorts types, and tomorrow I’ll cover the deluxe and deluxe villas.
Let’s start with the Value resorts. Value resorts are perfect for the budget conscious traveler, and they start at $85 per night. We personally stay at Pop Century Resort, and have had nothing but good experiences there. I’m at Disney World for the parks, not the hotel, so this has been an easy choice for us. I would rather spend my money in the parks than on my hotel room. I would equate the value resorts to a La Quinta type hotel. You have a small, but clean room, bathroom area, and a few amenities. Not many perks, but it gets the job done. The value resorts have food courts instead of restaurants, amazing kid-friendly theming, including gigantic models of characters and huge swimming pools. Park transportation from value resorts is by bus.
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – tent and camper sites available
The downside to staying at a value resort is that there are a lot of children there (hence the kid-friendly decor), and schools/teams often utilize the value resorts for different events and competitions around WDW. This means that you could have lots of loud cheerleaders staying right down the hall from you practicing their cheers before national competitions the next day. So if you are looking for a quiet, adult friendly getaway, this might not be the right choice for you. We have found that our stays at Pop Century have been lots of fun for our kids, and we personally have had no issues. We will even be staying at Pop Century for our anniversary trip because we both want to maximize our park time, and don’t plan on hanging out at the resort much.
Now let’s move on to the moderate resorts. Disney has 5 moderate resorts that you can chose from, and these are all one step up from the value resorts. The moderate resorts start at $162 per night. The theme is more adult in nature, however kids still have plenty of fun staying at these resorts. Moderate resort rooms are a bit larger than value resort rooms, have themed pools with water slides, offer bars/lounges, food courts, and have various other forms of activities like boat rentals or carriage rides, that aren’t available at the value resorts.
The moderate resorts generally run $70-$150 more per night than value resorts, depending on the time of year, and are much quieter than value resorts. These resorts would equate to a Hampton Inn or equivalent hotel. Nice, roomy enough for a family of 4 or 5, depending on which resort you are in, and a few more perks than a value resort. Transportation to the parks from moderate resorts is by bus or boat, depending on the resort. If you are staying for more than a few days, and plan on spending time exploring your resort, this might be a good choice for your family, especially if your kids love the pool or beach.
So that’s the breakdown of value and moderate resorts at Walt Disney World. Come back tomorrow as I talk about the deluxe resorts and deluxe villas. Let’s chat in the comments with your thoughts on Disney’s value and moderate resorts! ~A ºoº