6. Value Resorts
If you’re vacationing on a budget then a stay at one of Disney’s five Value Resorts may very well be just the thing. While the cost for staying in such a designation goes for, on average, a much cheaper rate than you’d find in comparison to other resorts in other categories, the quality you get for your money’s worth is just as stellar with all the same standards of enchantment and boundless Disney magic. The resort-wide perks and benefits available to Disney guests extend to all on-premises vacationers, regardless of resort category. And like all Disney Resorts you’ll find plenty of onsite recreations, themed swimming pools, countless activities, and even on-location resort shopping. What distinguishes a Value Resort as being a “Value” resort can be best summarized by a few standard traits that they all share. For starters, room size comparisons on average are slightly smaller than those within other categories. A standard room at a Value Resort typically spans somewhere around 260 total square feet and can comfortably accommodate up to four guests and an additional crib. Rooms generally offer two double bed or one king-size bed options and come equipped with a mini refrigerator and microwave oven.
Food options are always included at every Disney World Resort; however, guests staying at a Value Resort should note that hotels in this category do not include their own onsite restaurants. Options are primarily provided via quick service eateries within a main building with light fare or snack options sometimes available at poolside bars as well. But the eateries here more than compensate for their lack of restaurants by offering versatile serving stations that provide a plethora of picks, convenient grab-and-go items, and assorted goods to suit any palate.
Another defining attribute you will no doubt notice at any Value Resort is the inclusion of enormous themed icons surrounding that resort’s particular motif. For example, at All-Star Sports you will see gigantic sports gear, equipment, and other things themed after popular gaming events. Likewise, All-Star Movies features the likenesses of many well-loved Disney classics in film, including Fantasia, 101 Dalmatians, Toy Story, and Herbie the Love Bug. All-Star Music boasts large musical instruments and references to Disney’s musical side in countless ways. At Pop Century guests will find themselves surrounded by giant manifestations of major pop culture crazes throughout the decades, from Play-Doh® to yo-yos, and rollerblades to Rubik’s Cube®, along with other fun references in between. Disney’s newest Value Resort, the Art of Animation, features grand icons from four great animation classics that define the resort’s overall theme—The Lion King, TheLittle Mermaid, Finding Nemo, and Cars. In fact, this particular resort isn’t just a Value Resort but is in a different sort of category known as a “Value Plus Resort.” That’s because in addition to standard rooms, Disney’s Art of Animation is actually comprised primarily of family suites in addition to standard rooms that already happen to be slightly larger than those typical of other Value Resorts (at 277 square feet). These family suites span a grand total of 565 square feet and even feature furnished kitchenettes, two bathrooms, a master bedroom with queen bed, pullout sofa, and even an “Inovabed,” bed feature, which is a table that converts into a bed. Also note that All-Star Music Resort also features family suites as well.