The Guide to Walt Disney World Value Resorts

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I seriously love Disney World, like kind of obsession level. I’ve been 3 times and I would go every year if I could. It truly is the happiest place on earth to me. Our most recent trip was June 2017.

When you are going to Walt Disney World in Florida you have lots of options for places to stay. The two main choices are if you will stay ON Disney property or off. I prefer to stay on property; to me the benefits outweigh the cost savings. When you stay on property you have transportation to and from the airport and from your resort to the parks all included, there are “extra magic hours” where the parks are open only to resort guests, FastPass+ booking 60 days in advance, you can get the dining plan and book your dining reservations 180 days in advance, complimentary magic bands that act as your park ticket, room key and you can connect it to your credit card. To me staying on property is all part of the Disney experience!

There are 23 resorts in 4 categories of hotels at Disney; value, moderate, deluxe and deluxe villas, there is also a campground. I have only stayed at the value resorts because I can’t justify paying so much for a room that I don’t spend much time in. There are 5 value resorts: All Star Music, All Star Movies, All Star Sports, Pop Century and Art of Animation. The All Star resorts are in the Animal Kingdom area and Pop Century and Art of Animation are in the ESPN Wide World of Sports area.

Room Types:

All Star Movies, All Star Sports and Pop Century have standard and preferred rooms that sleeps up to 4 adults. Preferred rooms are closer to the main building and pool. In addition to rooms that sleep 4 adults, All Star Music and Art of Animation have family suites that sleeps up to 6 adults and have 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette with microwave, and coffee maker. All rooms have a hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, a safe, a telephone, a mini fridge and an iron with ironing board.

Food Options:

All of the value resorts have in room pizza delivery, a quick service food court and a pool bar. None have table service restaurants.

Pools:

Art of Animation has 3 pools one of which is the largest resort pool on property and it has underwater speakers! Pop Century also has 3 pools; the main one has fun water jets! The All Star resorts all have 2 pools with different themes. None of the value resort pools have water slides, however waterslides are found at moderate, deluxe and deluxe villas.

Transportation to Parks:

All of the value resorts have complimentary bus transportation to all the theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, and ESPN Wide World of Sports. In July 2017 Disney announced at the D23 expo that they are starting construction on gondola transportation connecting Pop Century, Art of Animation and Caribbean Beach (a moderate resort) to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. No word on when the Skyway will be open.

Shopping and Recreation:

All of the value resorts have a gift shop, a short jogging trail, a playground, and an arcade.

Final Thoughts

All in all I think the Value Resorts are a great way to stay in the Disney experience and save some money. Have you ever been to Disney World and stayed on property? Which hotel?

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2 responses to “The Guide to Walt Disney World Value Resorts”

  1. Chelsea says:

    Great post Jennifer! We stayed at Art of Animation, 10 mins from every park. We loved it. We chose this one because, as you said above, it accommodated our large family of 6 (Lorraine came with us). We would do it again in a heartbeat!

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