There are tons of options when it comes to Disney Resorts. It can be quite difficult to decide which resort is best for you and your family or significant other. Here is a break down of how each resort stacks up and what you should be considering, besides the budget, when deciding.
For people who are spending all the times in the parks, the Value Resorts are the simplest with not a lot to do on the property. There is a food court and store front, no sit down restaurants (or table service meals as referred to by the dining plan). Transportation to other parks would be via the bus system. However, you can choose to rent a car which might be useful considering the buses fill up fast and the value resorts are the farthest from the parks (especially Magic Kingdom). The value resorts are bright, colorful, flamboyant themes and include the Pop Century, All-Star Music, Movie and Sport along with the recently added Art of Animation Resort.
The Pop Century is themed after the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, with elements from that era, like rubik’s cubes, vinyl records and Play-Doh.
The All-Star Resorts are themed after, music, sports and movies (go figure). Giant helmets, guitars and Dalmatians are some of the few decorations to theme these resorts.
The Art of Animation is broken into different sections like, the Pop Century and themed after 4 movies, Finding Nemo (see photo above), The Lion King, Cars and The Little Mermaid. The rooms are themed after the movies as well.
The All-Star Music and Art of Animation have family suits for large families. The Art of Animation also has a small kitchen, the All-star music has a small one as well, but not to the extent as the Animation resort. Pools are a little more basic, no slides but still a lot of fun. The Art of Animation has the largest pool on Disney resort property. Value Resort Rooms start at $85 per night, based on season.
The Moderate resorts are a little closer to the parks. The Orleans resorts are near Epcot and Downtown Disney, The Caribbean Beach is close to Epcot and the Coronado is close to the Animal Kingdom. There are table service meals available in 3 out of the 4 resorts; all of the resorts have food courts. The pools have slides and a little more fun. The hotels are themed after New Orleans, The Caribbean and Mexico. Two of the Moderate Resorts have the option of traveling to downtown Disney by water taxi, but to get to the parks you have to take a bus. Bikes, horse- drawn carriages and water taxis are some of the amenities you will find here.
The moderate resorts are about $60-$100 more per night then the Value, starting at $162 per night. There aren’t as many rooms available at the moderate resorts as there is at the values. When we stayed at the Port Orleans riverside we really enjoyed the muddy river bar by the pool, Bob the Piano Man and the roasting marshmallows.
The Deluxe hotels have something for everyone. Offering the most amenities than any of the other resorts including character dining, boat rentals, a sand bottom pool, five diamond restaurant, spas and more. The rooms are larger and some have small areas with a microwave, fridge and coffee maker.
The Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian are the closest to the Magic Kingdom and have the monorail available to them. In addition they all have the bus system and the Polynesian and Floridian have water taxis too.
The Wilderness Lodge is also close to the Magic Kingdom, but the monorail is not available. However water taxi and buses are. The Beach Club, Boardwalk Inn, & Yacht Club are next to Epcot, and have water taxi or buses as transportation. Then there is Animal Kingdom Lodge, obviously closest to Animal Kingdom. Some rooms offer a Savanna view, where you can watch giraffes, zebras and wild birds from your room! Other great offerings include childcare and concierge service at club level. Prices start around $284 per night.
For larger families or groups, the deluxe villas are great. The villas come with Kitchenettes or Kitchens, DVD Players and some have a washer and dryer in addition to a Balcony or Patio. The Deluxe Studios can sleep 4, 1 Bedrooms can Sleep 5 and 2 bedrooms can sleep up to 9.
The Deluxe Villas are…
They include all the same things as the deluxe resorts do. Some offer club level services as well.
These resorts are offered to your Vacation Club Members. Only Deluxe resorts are offered for the DVC members. Tree House Villas Saratoga Springs, Grande Floridian, Polynesian Bungalows (newly added in 2015), Bay Lake Tower, Animal Kingdom Villas, Old Key West, Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, Boardwalk Villas, Villas at Wilderness Lodge, and Beach Club Villas are the resorts you can choose from for your “home resort”.