As a seasoned veteran of Disney World, I have stayed at the majority of Disney Resorts and have experienced hotels in every category available. This series is will tell you why each one of them is my favorite for one reason or another and might give you some insight on which Resort will be your best option for your next Disney World vacation. I’ll start this series with the Value Resorts. Disney has 5 Value Resorts on property, All-Star Music, All Star-Movies, All-Star Sports, Pop Century, and Art of Animation. I have stayed at 3 of these 5 but Value Resorts tend to be somewhat identical minus the theming.
You can find that niche whether it be movies or pop culture, and experience it with larger than life replicas. There are hundreds of photo ops you could take with your family. These hotels are great for families that love characters, Disney movies, and want to be immersed in full Disney experience 24/7.
The value resorts are super affordable for families that wish to stay on Disney property and for families that would rather save money to visit more often.
Even though buses are the only mode of transportation to get to the theme parks (as opposed to monorail, boat, walking, etc.) I found the value resorts to be very efficient. Now granted you will always get stuck waiting longer than anticipated at least once on your trip, but I believe the buses come more frequently here than at some Deluxe Resorts.
This could be a pro or con depending on your personal preference. Granted the food court gets very busy during breakfast time, but the fact that these value resorts have giant food courts with many options is favorable to me. Sometimes I just want a quick bite to eat. I don’t want my only option to be table service meals because that can be time consuming and costly.
Family Suite Options
The All-Star Music and Art of Animation offer family suite options for parties of 5-6 people. The family suites are preferable to booking 2 separate rooms because you get a little living room with couch, kitchenette, and 2 bathrooms. Mom and dad get their own room while the kids can have a great time in the other section of the suite.
The walk to your room can be quite long unless you have booked a prefered room location. You might have to bribe you husband to go make the treck to fill up your refillable mug. Some of the layouts can be a bit confusing too.
The value resort bus stops are basically chain linked queue lines that are out in the open. This can be a little annoying on rainy days or super hot days. Other categories offer covered bus stops and benches. Also, the lines can be very long, especially in the morning.
Because these rooms are in the value category, the rooms are the smallest on Disney property. Squeezing 4 in a room might get a little tight, and the walls are a bit thinner than other resorts, but if you’re anything like me after a long day at the park, you will pass right out and won’t hear a thing.
The Art of Animation Resort was originally going to be the second part of the Pop Century. The “Legendary Years” idea was scrapped after a decline in tourism post 9/11. The buildings were empty for quite a while. There is a bridge that connects the Pop Century to Art of Animation that you can walk on and go venture around the other hotel. I have seen alligators swimming in the lake that separates the 2 resorts.
Let’s face it, Disney World vacations can cost a pretty penny. Value resorts are an excellent option for families that prefer to spend most of the day at the parks or love a good Disney themed experience. They are affordable and true to their name, a great value, considering you get many of the perks offered at Deluxe Resorts: Magical Express, Disney transportation to/from parks, wireless internet, gift shops, pools, suites and more.