Guide to Resort Categories at Walt Disney World

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When planning a trip to Walt Disney World, one of the most important aspects to decide is where to stay. The resort currently has more than 25 onsite hotels to choose from. These hotels are broken down into four levels: Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villas. While all Disney hotels share some of the same amenities like free resort transportation and MagicBands, there are quite a few differences in each level as well. Each category offers guests different levels of accommodations and amenities to fit any family’s budget.

Value Resorts

Walt Disney World’s first resort category contains the most affordable accommodations but also offers the least amount of amenities and perks. Disney’s Value resorts offer guests rooms with standard amenities like televisions, safes, mini-refrigerators, hairdryers, irons and complimentary WiFi. Value resorts also come with access to pools, game room, gift shop, pool bar, and Quick Service food court. Guests may self-park their car for an additional fee of $13 per night.

Disney's Pop Century Resort

Value standard rooms run around 250 square feet and feature either 2 full-size beds or 2 queen-sized beds. Disney’s Value resorts are currently undergoing major refurbishments to update furnishings and add queen beds to all rooms. Currently, Disney’s Pop Century has completed these upgrades, while work on Disney’s All-Star Resorts and Disney’s Art of Animation are still underway.

Guests with larger families can stay in suites at Disney’s All-Star Music and Disney’s Art of Animation. These suites offer a separate bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a living room with fold-out bed options. Suites also come with a kitchenette equipped with a sink, microwave, and refrigerator.

Theme park amenities include complimentary bus transportation to all parks and Disney Springs as well as resort-wide charging privileges linked to guest MagicBands and complimentary merchandise delivery from the parks to the hotel. Guests staying at Pop Century and Art of Animation can also access Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot via the Disney Skyliner. The most valuable theme park perk in this and most other levels is the ability to enjoy one park’s Extra Magic Hours allowing early entry, or a later stay at a designated theme park beyond normal operating hours.

Disney’s Value Resorts

Moderate Resorts

Disney’s next hotel level is its Moderate resorts. These hotels are a step up from the Value resorts and have upgraded amenities and rooms. Moderate resorts offer the same amenities as the Values like televisions, safes, mini-refrigerators, hairdryers, irons and complimentary WiFi. Moderates also come with access to multiple pools (except Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter), game room, gift shop, pool bar, full-service lounge (except Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort), waterslide, and Quick Service food court. Moderate resorts also feature a Table Service restaurant, with the exception of Port Orleans – French Quarter which only has a Quick Service location. Guests may self-park their car for an additional fee of $19 per night.

Moderate standard rooms run roughly 315 square feet and come with either 2 queen-sized beds or 1 king-sized bed. Some rooms in Port Orleans – Riverside have a child’s pull-down bed as well.

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Guests with larger families can enjoy a bit more space in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins. These free-standing cabins run roughly 500 square feet and sleep up to 6 adults and offer a separate bedroom, kitchen, living room, and one bathroom. The kitchen is equipped with a sink, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort also offer a selection of special themed rooms. At Riverside, guests can stay in a princess room with theming from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog while guests staying at Caribbean Beach can stay in pirate-themed rooms.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort also features the new Gran Destino Tower offering 1 bedroom suites as well as Club Level rooms with added amenities like concierge service and access to Club Lounge.

Theme park amenities include complimentary bus transportation to all parks and Disney Springs as well as resort-wide charging privileges linked to guest MagicBands and complimentary merchandise delivery from the parks to the hotel. Guests staying at the Port Orleans resorts can also access Disney Springs by boat. Caribbean Beach offers access to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot via the Disney Skyliner as well. The most valuable theme park perk in this and most other levels is the ability to enjoy one Extra Magic Hours allowing early entry, or a later stay at a designated theme park beyond normal operating hours.

Disney’s Moderate Resorts

Deluxe Resorts

Walt Disney World’s Deluxe Resorts offer upgraded comfort and amenities and are the best Disney has to offer. There are currently 8 Disney run resorts in this category. While each hotel features different theming and styles, they all share common perks available to guests like premium furnishings and space. Deluxe resorts offer the same amenities as the Values and Moderates including televisions, safes, mini-refrigerators, hairdryers, irons, and complimentary WiFi. Deluxes also come with access to multiple pools, waterslide, game room, gift shop, pool bar, full-service lounge, and Quick Service food court. There is at least one Table Service restaurant in each hotel as well. Guests may self-park their car for an additional fee of $24 per night.

Deluxe rooms can vary greatly in size and run from around 350 to 450 square feet. Standard rooms come with either 2 queen-sized beds or 1 king but other options are available including fold-out beds.

All Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts feature Club Level offerings. Club Level rooms at Disney resorts feature the highest level of comfort along with amenities like concierge service and access to a Club Level lounge.

Theme park amenities include complimentary bus, boat, or monorail transportation to all parks and Disney Springs as well as resort-wide charging privileges linked to guest MagicBands and complimentary merchandise delivery from the parks to the hotel. The most valuable theme park perk in this and most other levels is the ability to enjoy one Extra Magic Hours allowing early entry, or a later stay at a designated theme park beyond normal operating hours.

Disney’s Deluxe Resorts

Deluxe Villas

Guests wishing to stay in Deluxe level accommodations, but needing more space, can take advantage of Disney’s Deluxe Villas. These resorts are mainly designated as Disney Vacation Club locations but are also available for standard reservations. Villa resorts offer the same standard expected amenities including televisions, safes, hairdryers, irons, and complimentary WiFi. Most Deluxe Villas are attached to Disney Deluxe resorts and share facilities like access to multiple pools, waterslide, game room, gift shop, pool bar, full-service lounge, and Quick Service food court. There is at least one Table Service restaurant in each hotel as well. Guests may self-park their car for an additional fee of $24 per night.

Villas come in many different types including Studios, 1, and 2 bedrooms. There is a selection of Grand Villas offering 3 bedroom options as well as cabins and even on-the-water bungalows. All villas come with a kitchenette equipped with a sink, microwave, and refrigerator. 1 bedroom and larger villas are also equipped with a full stove and oven.

Theme park amenities include complimentary bus, boat, or monorail transportation to all parks and Disney Springs as well as resort-wide charging privileges linked to guest MagicBands and complimentary merchandise delivery from the parks to the hotel. Guests staying at the new Disney’s Riviera Resort can also access Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot via the Disney Skyliner. The most valuable theme park perk in this and most other levels is the ability to enjoy one Extra Magic Hours allowing early entry, or a later stay at a designated theme park beyond normal operating hours.

Disney’s Deluxe Villas

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