Walt Disney World includes a variety of options that cover a wide array of budgets and preferences. There are four main hotel categories at WDW: value, moderate, deluxe, and deluxe villas. Each level includes multiple hotels for you to choose from, to find the right fit for you and your travel companions!
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Value level resorts are the most budget-conscious and include whimsical, larger-than-life theming. Each value resort offers themed pools and quick-service (fast food) dining options. The standard rooms in this category are approximately 260-277 sqft and sleep up to 4 adults. All-Star Movies and Art of Animation boast Family Suites that are double the size (565 sqft) sleep up to 6 adults, include 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette for a more at-home feel.
All-Star Movies: stay amongst larger-the-life versions of your favorite characters from 101 Dalmatians, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000, Herbie: The Love Bug, The Mighty Ducks, and Toy Story.
All-Star Music: this hotel highlights popular music genres: Broadway, Calypso, Country, Jazz, and Rock.
All-Star Sports: a sports-themed resort with sections highlighting Baseball, Basketball, Football, Surfing, and Tennis.
Art of Animation: feel like you’re actually IN your favorite movies: Cars, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King.
**Cars, Finding Nemo, and Lion King sections are Family Suites
**Little Mermaid (standard) rooms rarely included in discounts
Pop Century: relive your favorite decade from the 1950’s to the 1990’s!
Moderate level resorts are a bit larger in size and include a few more amenities. Each moderate resort includes intricately themed pools with water slides and both quick-service and table-service options, the Port Orleans hotels share Boatwright’s table-service option. The standard rooms are a bit larger than value level, at 314 sqft each, sleeping up to 4 or 5 adults (Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans – Riverside offer rooms with a Murphy bed to accommodate up to 5).
Caribbean Beach: this resort is split into six beach areas: Aruba, Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad North, and Trinidad South
**The buildings at Caribbean Beach do not have elevators.
Coronado Springs: enjoy three Southwest/Mexico-themed areas – casitas or “little houses” primarily for convention-goers, ranchos feature Southwest pueblo-style buildings, and seaside village cabanas
**Coronado Springs frequently hosts conventions that may lead to crowds during meal times.
Port Orleans – French Quarter: a Disney-fied version of New Orleans and Mardi Gras. At about half the size of other Moderate resorts, the French Quarter has a much smaller, more romantic feel.
Port Orleans – Riverside: Magnolia Bend’s antebellum mansions and Alligator Bayou’s rustic cabins make up this resort celebrating the American South, formerly Dixie Landings.
The Cabins at Fort Wilderness: these more traditional individual-family cabins sleep up to 6 and include a small kitchen area.
For the kid-at-heart in your family, Disney has two unique Moderate-level room offerings: Royal Guest (prince/princess) rooms at Port Orleans – Riverside and Pirate-themed rooms at Caribbean Beach.
Deluxe level resorts are for those who want to be right in the middle of it all. These resorts offer intricate theming, waterpark-esque pools, and dramatic views ranging from beautiful to magical to animal! The deluxe resorts provide a variety of dining options, most even play host to one of Disney’s signature restaurants. In fact, the Grand Floridian is home to one of the few AAA Five Diamond awarded restaurants in Florida – Victoria & Albert’s. Rooms at this level range from a standard (345-375 sqft) to deluxe (500 sqft) and provide optional view upgrades of theme parks, savannas, and waterways.
Animal Kingdom Lodge: for authentic African decor, views of live animals on the savanna, and rooms with bunk beds!
Beach Club: this laid-back hotel features a beach atmosphere with the best pool on property (shared with Yacht Club) and gives you a direct path to Epcot’s International Gateway entrance.
Boardwalk Inn: themed to turn-of-the-century Atlantic City, the Boardwalk Inn puts you right in the middle of the action of Disney’s Boardwalk and provides a walking path to Epcot’s International Gateway entrance.
Grand Floridian: the height of elegance and sophistication, this hotel provides sweeping views of the Magic Kingdom and also has its own monorail stop. Several signature dining restaurants, including Victoria & Albert’s (AAA Five Diamond Rated), can also be found in this classic resort.
Polynesian Village: a touch of Hawai’i awaits you here, from leis and tiki men to an evening luau show, along with a monorail stop of its own.
Wilderness Lodge: just a boat-ride from the Magic Kingdom, this hotel brings the Pacific Northwest to central Florida – with spruce trees, wood decor, and a towering multi-story fireplace in the lobby.
Yacht Club: this nautically-themed haven is home to one of the best steakhouses at Walt Disney World, Yachtsman Steakhouse, and shares the best pool on property with the Beach Club. Epcot is within walking distance via the International Gateway entrance.
Deluxe villas are available at almost all of the aforementioned deluxe resorts, as well as Old Key West (themed to historical Florida) and Saratoga Springs (New York state). The villas offer a combination of the perks of deluxe level with the amenities of home. Disney villas provide more spacious accommodations (up to 2300 sq ft), with options such as partitioned bedrooms, full kitchens, and more. Villas can also be an excellent choice when planning a trip for a group since certain villas can sleep up to 13 people.
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when deciding on a hotel at Walt Disney World. There are so many options available, you’re sure to find one that meets your needs with the help of your favorite travel agent!
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