A Disney World vacation is amazing no matter where you stay. That said, staying in a Disney resort can take your vacation to the next level. The ability to stay in the “Disney bubble” for the duration of your trip means there are no breaks in the magic, and the close proximity to the parks and amazing amenities offered by these resorts are wonderful.
Of course, if you’re going to splurge and stay on Disney property, you will want to make sure you're staying in the best possible resort in your price range. Lucky for you we’ve made finding the best of the best easy by compiling a list of our favorite Disney resorts in each category below.
Value Resorts are the least expensive of the bunch. Because they are budget-friendly, they do not include as many frills as some of the other resorts. However, they’re clean and well kept with all the most important Disney resort amenities, making them ideal for families on a budget or those who will spend most of their time in the parks.
Art of Animation
Art of Animation is the newest of the Value Resorts. It’s also the most expensive, but we absolutely love the fun theming so we’re willing to excuse the higher price tag.
This resort offers both traditional-sized rooms featuring Little Mermaidtheming and family suites that feature your choice of Lion King, Cars, or Finding Nemotheming. The pool area is extra fun, with underwater sound effects and a Finding Nemosplash pad. Moreover, the food court is one of the best Value Resort food courts.
Finally, Art of Animation has its own set of buses, so over-filled buses are rarely a problem.
Our second favorite Value Resort is Pop Century. This fun hotel features pop culture theming from days gone by, making it a very nostalgic place. We love the special themed treats in the food court and walking through the various decade-themed areas of the resort.
The theming in rooms is minimal, but the rooms are comfortable and clean. Additionally, like Art of Animation, Pop Century does not share buses with any other resorts. This is great during busy times of year because it prevents long waits and crowded bus rides.