I admit that the Travel Life Family is a frugal bunch. While we are willing to upgrade for some amenities and experiences, we generally choose a budget-friendly option that meets our travel needs. Because of this, we have lots of experience with Disney’s value resorts!
Value resorts at Walt Disney World have certain characteristics in common. All have a main building that houses the food court, a gift shop, registration, guest services, and a transportation hub. Guest rooms, which average 260 sq. ft., are in separate buildings connected by sidewalks. Value resorts have one main pool featuring activities throughout the day as well as additional “quiet” pools. Value resorts also offer playgrounds, jogging trails, arcades, and pizza delivery. (Coffee drinkers be advised that most value resort rooms do not have coffee makers although Disney seems to be changing that during current and upcoming refurbishments.) Because of the over-the-top theming, kids usually love the value resorts. My son would be perfectly happy to spend every vacation at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. Parents, on the other hand, appreciate the more affordable rate combined with Disney service and the perks of being an on-property guest. (For an overview of Disney resorts along with their on-property benefits and services, click HERE.)
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Disney’s All-Star Resorts
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, All-Star Music Resort, and All-Star Movies Resort are located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort area and are also convenient to Disney’s Blizzard Beach, the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf course, and an on-property McDonald’s. Although they are separate entities, the resorts are adjacent, and guests are free to use the amenities at all three properties, including the pools. Occasionally, the resorts share bus service with All-Star Sports guests being picked up and dropped off first, then Music and Movies respectively. Additionally, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort offers family suites, making it a great option for families with up to six members.
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort, located in the ESPN Wide World of Sports area, is a fan favorite. Some prefer that Pop Century has its own bus service, but I suspect most guests are there for the tie-dye cheesecake! Pop Century’s rooms have been updated recently, including the addition of queen-sized beds! One bed even folds into the wall, allowing extra space in the room when guests are not sleeping. Pop Century’s theming showcases icons from the last half of the 20th century, which provides a blast from the past for parents and grandparents and a lesson on historical relics for the younger crowd. We love Pop Century and find that the only downside is its size. Pop Century is larger than the All-Star Resorts, so some guest buildings are further from the food court and bus depot. This can be solved, however, by booking a preferred room near the center of the resort.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
For many years, guests requested more options for larger families, and Disney delivered with suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, located across Echo Lake from Pop Century. The theming at this resort is truly amazing; guests discover scenes from classic movies like Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid (all guest rooms are suites except in The Little Mermaid section, which has standard rooms). Art of Animation includes the same amenities as the other value resorts, but also claims the largest resort pool on Disney property. The Big Blue Pool even has underwater speakers! Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is often excluded from the discounts offered at the All-Star Resorts and Pop Century Resort, but for families looking for an immersive Disney experience, this resort is worth it!
Disney’s value resorts provide an excellent option for those wanting a more affordable Disney vacation. While the amenities of the moderate and deluxe resorts deserve consideration, I appreciate that the money I save when staying at a value resort allows me to be one step closer to booking another vacation. For more information about any Walt Disney accommodations, please contact me today!