Disney World Value Resorts

The Disney World Value Resorts offer Disney’s least expensive on-site accommodations. For a couple or small family planning to use their resort for little more than a place to sleep and cool off in the pool, the Disney World Value Resorts are an excellent choice. When we travel to Walt Disney World, we spend most of our time touring the parks and as such, the value resort category is where we spend most of our nights. But that’s not to say we never treat ourselves to some luxury now and then…

The playful, mostly Disney movie theming, is geared towards Disney’s youngest fans, however adults traveling without kids will be perfectly comfortable at Disney’s Value Resorts. Each of the five value resorts have a counter service food court and a bar at the main pool.  There are no table service restaurants and no indoor bars or lounges. Also, with only one centrally located bus stop at these sprawling resorts, there can be quite a bit of walking between the bus stop and your room. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided in the rooms and most of the public areas.

The Standard Disney Value resort rooms are 260 square feet. Most include two double beds but a limited number of rooms with one King bed are available upon request. Rooms have a maximum occupancy of 4 people (plus one baby under age 3 in a crib). Rooms also include a small table with two chairs, small dresser, flat panel TV, a small refrigerator, and only one sink. Note that the Family Suites in the Value category, and the Moderate and Deluxe category rooms have two sinks.

In 2006, Disney remodeled rooms in the Calypso and Jazz sections of the All-Star Music Resort by combining existing standard rooms into Family Suites. These rooms are 520 square feet and sleep up to six in one queen bed, one sleeper sofa, a twin sleeper chair, and a convertible ottoman, plus one baby under 3 in a crib.

The Disney World Value Resorts are: (follow the links for more details of each resort)

In 2012, Disney completed the Art of Animation resort. We were lucky enough to have a trip planned that coincided with opening day at Art of Animation. In talking with some of the cast members that day, they put their new resort in a category called “Value Plus”, so we will separate our descriptions on this page. In addition to being a shiny new resort, Art of Animation also has arguably the best food court of any of the values, offering much more interesting entrees and desserts.

Standard rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation resort are 277 square feet, slightly larger than the “other” value resorts, but the layout is largely the same. This area of the resort is themed to The Little Mermaid movie. Note that this section is the furthest section from the bus stop. If you do not have a car to park near your room, the walk from the bus can be painful at 2AM after a long day touring the parks.

The real draw of Art of Animation are the Family Suites. The suites here sleep no more than those at All-Star Music, but at 565 square feet, they offer a bit more space. Sleeping arrangements are a bit more convenient with a dining room table that easily folds down to a full size bed, but if you need separate sleeping surfaces for kids that will not be sharing a bed, All-Star Music may be a better option. The Suites sections of Art of Animation are themed to Finding Nemo, Cars, and Lion King. Click here for photos and more information about Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

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