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Walt Disney World Resort offers over 20 different resorts on the Disney property. Finding the right one for your family’s needs and budget can be a little overwhelming. Disney Resorts are broken down into four basic categories: Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villas. Here is a basic overview of what each category has to offer to help you narrow down your choices:
Value Resorts: All-Star Movies, All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, Pop Century, and Art of Animation are all included in this category. All Value resorts offer quick service food court dining, pizza delivery to your room, bus service to all Walt Disney World Resort areas, multiple pools, playgrounds, and an arcade. Standard rooms feature two double size beds, a mini fridge, and a coffee maker. These rooms can accommodate up to four guests plus one child under the age of three in a crib and are an average of 260 square feet. Family suites at All-Star Music and Art of Animation feature two bathrooms and a kitchenette, can accommodate up to six guests plus one child under the age of three in a crib, and are an average of 520 square feet.
Moderate Resorts: Caribbean Beach Resort, Coronado Springs Resort, Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, and Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness are all included in the category. Dining options at Moderate Resorts include quick service food court dining, limited meal and pizza delivery to your room, and a casual dining (table service) restaurant. Some Moderate Resorts offer limited water launch service to select areas, but all offer bus service to all Walt Disney World Resort areas. Resort recreation includes multiple pools, water slides, playgrounds, and an arcade. Some resorts also offer bicycle and watercraft rentals and health clubs. Standard rooms feature two queen side beds, a coffee maker, and a mini fridge. Some also offer a small fold down bed. The average size of a standard room at a Moderate Resort is 314 square feet and can accommodate four or five guests plus one child under the age of three in a crib. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness accommodate up to six guests and one child under the age of three in a crib and feature a full kitchen.
Deluxe Resorts: Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, Boardwalk Inn, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Contemporary Resort, and Wilderness Lodge are all included in this category. Dining options at Deluxe Resorts include quick service food court dining, full menu room service, and up to four causal (table service) restaurants. Character dining is also available at some Deluxe Resorts. well as water launch service from some resorts to varying destinations and monorail service from some resorts. Resort recreation includes multiple pools with water slides, playgrounds, an arcade, and health club. Bicycle and watercraft rentals are also available at some Deluxe Resorts. Standard rooms feature tow queen beds, a coffee maker, and a mini fridge. Some also offer a day bed. The average size of a standard room at a Deluxe Resort is 344-440 square feet and can accommodate four or five guests plus one child under the age of three in a crib.
Deluxe Villas: Beach Club Villas, Boardwalk Villas, Kidani Village- Animal Kingdom Villas, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, and Old Key West are all included in the category. Deluxe Villas are Disney Vacation Club villas. They are first offered to Disney Vacations Club members, then the remaining rooms are released to the public about six months before check in date. The Deluxe villas have a full kitchen and washer and dryer. They also offer most of the dining options of the Deluxe Resorts. Resort transportation and recreation is also the same at the Deluxe Resorts. Depending on the floor plan of the villa (studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, or three bedroom), the number of guests a villa can accommodate varies between four and twelve guests plus one child under the age of three in a crib.
Do you have a favorite Disney resort or resort category? I would love to hear what you think about the Disney resorts!