Not only does Disney World offer endless choices in family entertainment; Disney also offers multiple options when it comes to choices in accommodations while you’re visiting the parks. There are all kinds of resort hotels at Disney—everything from whimsically-themed hotels to elegant, beautifully-decorated resorts. The six value resorts are very popular—especially among families. But even if you know you want to stay at one of Walt Disney World’s value resorts, you’ve got to choose one of the six. Here are a few things about each value resort to consider when you’re making your decision.
6. Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
This magical resort is perfect for movie lovers! Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort celebrates the big screen, and that theme is carried throughout the resort with star-studded décor and decorations around every corner. The resort also features lovable characters from Disney/PIXAR’s Toy Story and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. Outside the resort, you will see larger-than-life versions of Pongo and Perdita from 101 Dalmatians, Woody, Buzz and Bo Peep from Toy Story and more—each several stories high! Stars decorate the resort common areas, and the movie theme is even found in the guest rooms. Eat at the World Premiere Food Court, which was designed to look just like a movie theater lobby. On select nights when movies are shown outside on a huge screen, you can sit in an outdoor seating area called the Reel Spot. Be sure to pack your swimsuit because the Fantasia Pool is amazing! The giant curtains are drawn at the pool, and Sorcerer Mickey is working his magic, along with giant versions of the marching brooms with buckets from Disney’s Fantasia. Or enjoy the Duck Pond Pool—a hockey rink-style pool that was inspired by Disney’s The Mighty Ducks.
5. Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Book the resort that celebrates music of all kinds. From jazz and country to calypso and rock, music of varying genres is the theme at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. Outside the resort, a giant jukebox almost seems to be playing music. An enormous guitar, drum set, violin and pair of maracas are part of the décor outside as well. If you’re hungry, head to the Intermission Food Court and eat in the music-themed dining room. Choose from burgers, sandwiches, pastas and more. There is also a deli-style market. Up for a swim with the family? The “musical” pools at this resort are just the thing. Have you ever seen a guitar-shaped pool? A piano-shaped pool, complete with black and white piano keys? Both are at the All-Star Music Resort but watch out for the Three Caballeros—they’re up to no good and spraying water on unsuspecting Guests at the pool. The resort also has a jogging trail, an arcade and a playground for little ones.
4. Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
If you’re more of an armchair quarterback than a Broadway musician or a walker of the red carpet, Disney’s got a resort for you too. Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort immerses Guests in the theme of sports of all kinds—baseball, basketball, tennis, surfing and of course, football. The décor also features some of your favorite Disney characters gearing up for the big game. Everywhere you look there are enormous larger-than-life football helmets, a football field, footballs, tennis rackets and baseball bats. Hit a home run at the Grand Slam Pool shaped like a baseball diamond. And if you’re more of a surfer dude, you can hang ten at the Surfboard Bay Pool that’s lined with several giant surfboards. This resort also has an arcade, playground and the End Zone Food Court, where you can choose from all kinds of American food!
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3. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Ah, animation—is there a more natural theme for a Disney World Resort hotel? Didn’t it all start with a mouse—an animated mouse? Disney’s Art of Animation Resort celebrates animation, imagination and color! Ariel, Sebastian and King Triton from Disney’s The Little Mermaid have made their home at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, as have Simba and company from Disney’s The Lion King, Dory, Nemo, Crush and friends from Disney/PIXAR’s Finding Nemo, and Lightning McQueen and his crew from Disney/PIXAR’s Cars. Each Guest room and suite is themed after one of these favorite Disney films. Outside, you can even take pictures with Lightning McQueen, Mater, Doc and more! Cozy up to the Cozy Cone Pool if you’re ready for a swim or take it easy at the Flippin’ Fins Pool. The Art of Animation Resort boasts the largest swimming pool on Disney property—the Big Blue—which is also the only one with underwater speakers that allow you to hear Dory and Nemo! Get snacks and drinks from the Drop Off poolside bar, and if you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the resort, the Landscape of Flavors food court is open from early in the morning until late at night. It features 5 different food shops, which includes a made-to-order pizza and pasta station. The resort has an arcade and even offers drawing classes in the afternoons. If you need more Vitamin D in your life, you can also rent surrey bikes for 30 minutes or an hour at a time when you head out past the resort toward Hourglass Lake. At the center of Hourglass Lake, you’ll find the Disney Skyliner which is a gondola-style transportation that allows guests to travel to and from Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Art of Animation Resort, Pop Century Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort, and Rivera Resort.
2. Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Relive the good ol’ days from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s when you and your family stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. This resort keeps it groovy and rad, all at the same time by celebrating all kinds of popular sayings, fads, dances, gadgets and more from the last half of the 20th century. Take a swim at one of the themed swimming pools—the 1950s Bowling Pool, the 1960s Hippy Dippy Pool or the 1990s Computer Pool. If you and the fam are looking for a groovy and far out place to eat, you can choose breakfast, lunch or dinner from 7 different food stations at Pop Century that serve grilled entrees, pastas, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, waffles and more. Plus, don’t forget to have some Tie-Dye Cheesecake and/or a Dole Whip. After you eat, head outside with your camera. The resort is decorated with all kinds of totally rad larger-than-life icons from the last century, including some outta sight bowling pins, hip yo-yos, an enormous totally fly Sony Walkman, a way cool Big Wheel tricycle and a real happenin’ giant laptop computer. And don’t flip your wig when you see Lady and the Tramp—they’re both several stories high, man! Don’t forget to take a ride on the Disney Skyliner at the center of Hourglass Lake. If you can dig this cool pad, be a cool cat and bring your family to the Pop Century Resort next time you visit the parks!
1. The Campsites at Fort Wilderness
You won’t know you’re in Florida, thanks to the woodsy cabin retreats, 750 acres of lush forests, creeks, hiking trails, wildlife (armadillos, deer, rabbits, ducks and more) and an overall feel of the rustic outdoors that you’ll find at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Disney offers four types of campsites—a tent or pop-up camper site, full hook-up sites, preferred and premium sites. Each site accommodates up to 10 Guests and comes fully-equipped with landscaping, water, cable TV and electrical hook-ups, picnic tables and charcoal grills. Some have sewer hook-ups as well. Camping at Fort Wilderness is perfect for the family who loves the outdoors, loves exploring and loves to camp. It’s the best of everything—all with a Disney touch and feel. When you’re not enjoying the four theme parks at Disney, you can make the most of your time at Fort Wilderness with activities like campfire sing-alongs, archery classes and pony rides. What’s not to love about a campsite in the woods—especially in the woods at Disney World?
You can’t go wrong with a stay Disney World Resort hotel—each one is unique and offers different things to Guests, but every one of them offers stellar customer service and a chance to stay in the magic the entire time you’re at Disney! Which resort hotel will you choose?