5. Think about how much time you’ll spend at the resort
If you are planning on spending very little time at the resort (when your hotel room is really just a place to sleep and shower), a Disney value resort may be the way to go. With a value resort stay at one of the All Star Resorts, Pop Century, or Art of Animation, you can take advantage of all the resort-exclusive benefits without breaking a bank for a resort you know you will not be spending much time in.
Alternatively, if you plan on spending lots of time at the resort, you may want to spring for a hotel that has more to offer in terms of dining, recreation, and spa services. Recreational offerings cannot be beat at Animal Kingdom Lodge, where guests can learn about the animals on the savannah from African cultural representatives, and foodies will love the variety of dining options at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, which is home to 17 restaurants and lounges.