Why We Love Walt Disney World’s Value Resorts

You don’t have to go fancy to have fun. We love a good Disney Moderate Resort, and I never pass up a visit to a Disney Deluxe Resort, but nothing beats the ease of a Disney Value Resort. Staying in a Disney World Hotel is a great way to make your Disney vacation even more fun. Staying at a Disney Value Resort is a great way to stay in the center of the magic while saving some cash. This is why we love Disney Value Resorts.

Ease into the Culture of Disney Resorts

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For Walt Disney World Resort newbies, starting with a value resort is a great way to learn about Disney Resorts and ease into Disney culture. I refer first-time Disney Resort Guests to the value resorts because they will be impressed and excited about their first stay on the property without experiencing sticker shock. In fact, you might find value resorts comparable in price to hotels off the property.

Convenience & Excellent Theming

Regardless of the size, age, and preferences of your travel party, the convenience of staying on the Walt Disney World property is a winner. Being able to arrive at the magic with minimal travel time and immerse yourself for your entire vacation is so relaxing. No need to fight traffic each day going to and from the Parks just enjoy your vacation.

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A quick peek at the Disney website will leave you wowed at the incredible theming of Value Resorts. Step into your favorite Disney films at Art of Animation, count down the decades at Pop Century, or cheer on your favorite team at All-Star Sports. You will be crazy about the Resort theming at every Value Resort.

Kind Cast Members to Answer Questions

Cast Members are on hand to answer questions and make Guest arrangements. If you have questions about Parks, transportation, the Resort, or anything else, you are all set. Unlike other theme parks or Resorts, you’ll find that Cast Members are so happy and willing to help. There are plenty of Cast Members willing to direct you around the property and offer suggestions for meals, fun, or more.

Easy Transportation

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While the array of transportation options that Moderate Resort and Deluxe Resort offer can be nice, they can also be confusing for newbies. Value resorts are serviced completely by plenty of Resort buses ready to transport you to and from the fun. Bus stops are in a central location with great clear signage to offer a stress-free transportation experience. If you have questions about the bus schedule just ask a Cast Member.

Extra Magic Hours

Staying at any Walt Disney World Resort will gain you extra Park time to play each day- extra magic hours. That’s right, you get the same extra time Park perks as Guests paying hundreds of dollars more per night to stay at a Deluxe Resort. 

Extra magic hours alone are worth paying to stay on the property. With the Park open only to resort Guests, you will find shorter wait times and much more manageable crowds in the Parks.

Delicious Dining Options

Value resorts do not have a table service restaurant on the premises. Still, dining options are abundant and delicious at value resorts. Disney’s Value Resorts have delicious walk-up dining that caters to an array of tastes and preferences. 

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The convenience of walking up and snagging great food fast at Disney’s Art of Animation or having the opportunity to linger and relax in World Premier Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Resort is awesome. The huge dining room is the perfect space to go when you want to wake up early for a great breakfast prior to a Park day.

Kid Friendly

Walt Disney World is a wonderland for all kids. But value resorts are a perfect fit for kids. The abundance of young families that frequent the Resort, larger-than-life theming, and the loud and carefree vibes not always characteristic of deluxe resorts make value resorts especially kid-friendly. 

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Quick service dining options at Disney’s Pop Century Resort or other Disney World Value Resort make food sharing with young children easier. You can easily pick and choose components of your meal from different walk-up counters in the same dining room. Chicken nuggets, Mickey cupcakes and carrot sticks for the kids have never been easier to find right alongside entrees like chicken Alfredo, wraps, and paninis for the adults.

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Resort Shop Fun

You need not leave your Resort for great shopping. Value resorts offer pretty large character gift shops filled with all things Disney. Souvenirs, clothing, and unexpected vacation needs are all covered and readily available for Guests in the Resort gift shops. If you forget a bottle of sunscreen, want to snag new Minnie ears, or need an autograph book before hitting a Disney Park- visit the gift shop in your Resort.


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Pools Surpass All Vacation Expectations.

Disney pools keep with the Resort theming and strive to impress. Each Value Resort has a few pools to accommodate Guests and provide centrally located swimming options for most Resort sectors. The Finding Nemo-themed Big Blue Pool at Art of Animation Resort.

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The Hippie Dippy Pool at Disney’s Pop Century Resort and the Surf Pool at All-Star Sports are all some of my favorite Value Resort swimming options. One thing is for sure, nothing beats kicking back at a Disney pool on a hot afternoon and basking in the beautiful Florida sun.

Game Room & Activity Counselors

The Resort game room is a big draw for kids of all ages. Reloadable coin cards make it easy to ration game money between kids. Playing table hockey or video games is the perfect break from the sun after the Park or pool.

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Scheduled activities are another high point of staying at a Disney Resort. Parents can relax poolside while kids play with other Guests and activity counselors. Games of Marco Polo, hula hoop contests, Disney name-that-tune, and other games keep kids engaged and occupied in the pool.

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Movies Under the Stars

Each evening that the weather permits, a Disney film is screened under the stars. This experience is free to Resort Guests and is the perfect way to help little ones wind down at the end of the day or take a break with the family before returning to the Parks for late night extra magic hours later in the evening.

Pro Tip: Bring boxed candy from home so your family can enjoy the full movie experience.

Resort Rooms That Will Wow Kids

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If you are traveling with young children, they will be starstruck when they learn they will be sleeping in the middle of their favorite Disney films. The Little Mermaid and The Lion King rooms are just a few of the many expertly themed room options for Guests staying at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. Overall, the bright, fun colors, art, and theming of Resort rooms at all Value Resorts tend to be crowd-pleasers with the little ones.

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Options for Larger Families

All-Star Music Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort offer accommodations for larger families. Up to six adults can stay in Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King suites at Art of Animation Resort. This means that larger families do not have to sacrifice the budget in a deluxe villa to accommodate the whole family.

Pricing Perfection

If you have taken a few minutes to compare the cost of value resorts to surrounding hotels in the Orlando area, you understand just how comparable the Value Resorts are in price. 

During lower traffic seasons, Guests can often snag Resort rooms at value resorts for even lower prices. The savings in convenience, stress and the addition of extra magic hours makes staying on the property at a Value Resort totally worth the splurge.

Perfect for Affordable Weekend Trips

If you live in a nearby area and are looking to make a quick weekend trip to Walt Disney World, a Value Resort is a great match. My family prefers to spend less on a Resort room during short trips when we know all of our time will be spent in the Parks.

The Magic Does Not Stop When the Park Day Ends

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This point goes for all Disney Resorts. A big part of the value of staying on the Disney property is the feeling that you never leave the magic. The stress of the real world melts away as soon as you park your car at check-in, and you are free to enjoy all the fun of Disney on your own schedule. Staying at a Value Resort means you can feel better about the vacation budget but still enjoy the perks of living the carefree Disney life for a few days.

Disney Resorts Provide the Little Extras

The fun music piped in at the pool, the wonderful Mousekeeping staff that keeps your hotel room sparkling, and the enthusiastic pin trading Cast Members that welcome you at the Resort door are just a few of the little extras that Disney offers that keep Guests coming back. The Disney difference is certainly evident at the value resorts.

Are you ready to plan your Disney trip to a Disney Value Resort yet?

About Katie Chapman

Hey There! I am a Georgia native with a passion for writing, traveling, cooking, decorating, pugs and of course all things Disney. Growing up in South Georgia just a few hours from Walt Disney World made for a magical childhood. Some of my best memories were made on Main Street U.S.A. with my sister watching SpectroMagic nighttime parade or beside my grandparents, parents and extended family at Chef Mickey’s celebrating on a family vacation. Epcot was my favorite park from a young age and I credit it with my interest in and love for international travel. As a kid I loved meeting characters and watching films around World Showcase and could spend hours exploring each of the countries in Epcot. These days, my husband and I get away to explore a new country whenever we can and even incorporate trips to The Disney Store and Disney Parks around the world in our travels. One of our travel goals is to visit every Disney Park in the world. I love writing about Disney restaurants, park tips, Disney outfit inspiration and Disney history. Pocahontas is my favorite Disney Princess (90s kid here!) but Mr. Toad is my spirit animal. When I’m not at Disney I’m reading about park history, watching Disney documentaries and shopping vintage Disney merch for park outfits. I never pass up a reservation to Ohana, an empty seat on Living with the Land or a Violet Sake.