Do you have a Walt Disney World vacation coming up but are having a hard time deciding which resort to book? The Disney resorts on property are all incredible. Depending on your budget you may want to consider different tiers of resorts. Value resorts offer basic amenities at a reasonable rate. Moderate resorts add a little more luxury and Disney magic for a little more money. Deluxe resorts are top tier, on par with 4-star resorts. Deluxe Villas are almost all associated with a Deluxe resort but come with kitchen amenities as well as private bedrooms and separate living spaces. If you’re feeling a little extra adventurous (or maybe a little strapped for cash) there is also a campground on the Disney property!

First, let’s tackle why staying on Disney property is worth the price tag. Transportation around the resort is free. You’ll find buses, boats, and monorails that can take you between resorts, parks and Disney Springs (a downtown style shopping center with lots of evening entertainment and restaurants as well as upscale shopping). By staying on property you’ll be able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours (an extra hour in the morning before the park opens or in the evening after the park closes for resort guests only). You’ll also be eligible to book a Disney Dining Plan. A few other perks include: free transportation to and from Orlando International Airport, guaranteed entrance to the parks (in case of capacity issues), advanced dining reservations, package delivery to rooms and ability to charge things within the parks to your room. Free wifi is also available at all of the resorts.

Next, let’s break down those hotel tiers.

Value resorts include: Disney’s All Star Movies, Disney’s All Star Music, Disney’s All Star Sports, Disney’s Pop Century, and Disney’s Art of Animation. These resorts offer basic rooms with 2 queen beds that accommodate up to 4 adults and some have family suites that can accommodate up to 6 adults. You’ll find quick services food courts at these resorts which are great for grabbing a quick bite in the morning on your way to the parks! If you’re planning to spend most of your time in the park and just need a place to rest your head and maybe hang by the pool, these resorts are great options! Fun Fact: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is often referred to as Value Plus. It’s the nicest and newest of the value resorts and the themed family suites are well loved!


Moderate resorts include: Disney’s Caribbean Beach, Disney’s Coronado Springs, Disney’s Port Orleans- Riverside, Disney’s Port Orleans- French Quarter, and The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge. These resorts have quick service food options as well as table service food options. They are slightly larger than the value resorts, which may mean more walking to get to bus stops and dining options. The rooms are a little larger, and some rooms can sleep up to 5 adults. If you’re looking to spend a day or two at the resort or by the pool, you may enjoy the atmosphere and themes at these resorts.

Deluxe resorts include: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. These resorts are on-par with 4-star resorts. They offer more luxury than other resorts. Here you’ll find a number of table service dining options including character dining experiences. You’ll also have incredible convenience to the parks, some are even in walking distance of certain parks. Some rooms at these resorts can sleep up to 5 adults. If you’re planning a long stay at Walt Disney World with equal time in the parks and hanging at the resort, the Deluxe resorts are the perfect option.

Deluxe Villas include: Bay Lake Towers at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s Boardwalk Villas, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. These are incredible options for long stays or large families. With studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom options, you can find a villa to meet your family’s needs. You’ll also find kitchenettes in the studios and full kitchens in the other villas. The 1-3 bedroom villas have washers and dryers for laundry too! You’ll also notice that most of the villas are located at the Deluxe resorts which means they are super convenient to the parks.

No matter where you stay on Disney property you are bound to have a fabulous vacation. I’m happy to help you price out some options and narrow down your choices. Just e-mail me at

Do you have a favorite Disney resort? Drop it in the comments or send me an e-mail at! I’d love to hear your thoughts.