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Disney World Resort Overview


Walt Disney World Hotels

The Walt Disney World resort offers hotels in three categories: value, moderate, and deluxe. Each resort category offers different amenities, offers different price points, but all the resorts are loved by Disney World guests! 

We’ll go in depth to each resort category so you can pick the best Disney resort for your family! 


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Disney’s Deluxe Resorts

Walt Disney’s World most luxurious resorts are in the Deluxe category. What separates Disney’s Deluxe Resorts from Moderate and Value Resorts is the transportation and amenity options, so if you are looking for a resort with several transportation options and all the amenities you could think of look at Disney’s Deluxe Resorts. 

Disney’s Deluxe Resorts offer many world class amenities like spa services, horse back riding, excellent restaurants, character dining, golf courses, beautiful beaches, boat rentals, and other great services! Many of the Deluxe Resorts also offer multiple modes of transportation like boat service, the monorail, and the ability to walk to the parks. 

Below are Disney’s Deluxe Resorts:

  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort 
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort 
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort 
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Resort 
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


In addition to Disney’s Deluxe Resorts, there are also many Deluxe Villas if are a member of Disney’s Vacation Club (DVC). If the villas aren’t filled, you can book a villa on the Disney website. Deluxe Villas are a great option if you’re traveling with a larger party or want the convenience of a large room or kitchen. If you’re looking to book a resort room, you may see some of the properties below which are DVC villas:

  • Disney’s Bay Lake Tower 
  • Disney’s Copper Creek Villas and Cabins 
  • Disney’s Riveria Resort 
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows 
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Disney’s Deluxe Resorts or Villas are for families looking for all the amenities and close proximity to the parks.  They give a more luxurious feel and have everything you need right at your finger tips! 

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Disney’s Moderate Resorts

Walt Disney World’s Moderate Resorts fit between the Deluxe and Value resorts so they provide some amenities but not to the extent of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts. Most of Disney’s Moderate Resorts offer delicious restaurants, a large food court, several pools, carriage rides and a feature pool. Right now, Disney’s Moderate Resorts only offer bus transportation but each Moderate Resorts has multiple bus stops so you’re never far from a bus station. 

Below are Disney’s Moderate Resorts:

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort 

Disney’s Moderate Resorts are for families looking for a higher end feel but at a mid-level price.The Moderate Resorts have lots of great amenities and options but at an affordable price!


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Disney’s Value Resorts

Walt Disney World’s Value Resorts are the most reasonably priced but offer great amenities for families to enjoy! The Value Resorts offer the fewest amenities which includes many pools and a large food court.  Disney’s Value Resorts each have a bus station and two of the Value Resorts have direct access to Disney World’s new Skyliner System.

Disney’s Value Resorts are preferred by many kids because the pools are awesome and the resorts are filled with larger than life characters. If you have kids, be sure to check out the value resorts because I guarantee they will love them! 

Below are Disney’s Value Resorts:

  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s All Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All Star Music Resort 

Value Resorts are for families looking to save some money or families looking to immerse their kids in the world of Disney. The Disney Value Resorts are also great for families that are never in their room. If you are never at your hotel, there is no sense paying for a Deluxe level resort! 

For stays at all Disney resorts, make sure to pack the essentials like water and groceries. I often order a case of water and a few pantry items off Amazon and have them shipped directly to my resort room! 

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Split Stay 

Many families also choose to do a split stay and stay a few nights at one resort and a few nights at another resort. Split stays are awesome for people looking to experience more than one hotel or for families that want the Deluxe Resort experience at a more affordable price point. 

If you stay a few nights at a Value or Moderate Resort and a few nights at a Deluxe resort, the price often evens out.  Disney World does an amazing job with split stays and transports your bags for you.  On moving day, you bring you bags to the front desk and they will magically show up at your new resort and in your new hotel room. 

I often suggest split stays for families who love to spend time at the pool.  All the resorts have awesome pools but the Deluxe Resorts have water slides, water features and offer an a special experience for both adults and kids. If your family likes to have a few pool days, maybe save your pool day for your Deluxe Resort stay. 

Many kids love pool days just as much as Disney Park days. Make sure to bring towels, sunscreen, pool toys, floaties, and pool tubes! The pool extras make pool days even more fun! 

Pool toys


How to Choose a Resort

Walt Disney World has over 25 resorts that fit all families, budgets, and preferences. With all the options, there is a perfect Disney resort for everyone!

When selecting a Disney World resort, price should be your most important consideration. Typically, the Disney Value Resorts are under $200 a night, the Disney Moderate Resorts are under $300 a night, and the Deluxe Resorts vary but are usually more than $300 a night. If you are being considerate of budget, the value and moderate resorts are always your best options. 

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Another important factor to consider is location and transportation options. Begin closer to the parks, many of the Deluxe Resorts have more transportation options. For example, the Contemporary Resort has access to the Magic Kingdom Monorail and the Boardwalk Resort has access to the Epcot and Hollywood Studios Boat System.

Disney’s Moderate Resorts are a little further away from the park and only have bus transportation.  The Moderate Resorts do have multiple bus stops though so you don’t have to walk far to reach the bus. 

The Value Resorts are furthest from the park and offer both bus and Skyliner transportation. Traditionally, Value Resorts only had bus transportation but since 2019 a few of Disney’s Value Resorts now have access to theDisney’s Skyliner System . 

Another consideration is the great amenities at the Walt Disney World Resort.  Disney’s Deluxe Resorts have lots of amenities like great restaurants, spas, elaborate swimming pools, shopping, etc.

Each Disney resort has different amenities so you will need to check each individual hotel but Disney’s Deluxe Resorts certainly have the most amenities.

Disney’s Moderate Resorts and Disney’s Value Resorts also have amenities like restaurants, large swimming pools, carriage rides, etc. Like the Deluxe Resorts, each resort is different so check the amenities before you book your hotel stay! 


For stays at Walt Disney World make sure to check out the Disney World website  or My Disney Experience . 


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27 thoughts on “Disney World Resort Overview

  1. I know where to look now when we make our next trip to Disney! We have typically always gone to Disneyland but have been wanting to go to Disney World. Can’t wait until they open back up!

  2. This is very helpful! Which resort would you say is your favorite? Which one would you choose if you could only stay at one?

    1. There are some many great options to choose from! My favorite resort is probably Disney’s Caribbean Beach because I love the island vibe and it’s now located on Disney’s Skyliner, which is amazing. If I could only stay at one, I would probably stay at Caribbean Beach or Disney’s Contemporary Resort. I love that you can walk to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary!

  3. Love this post! I’ve been to WDW twice and have stayed at All-Star Movies (2017) and All-Star Music (2019), so both value resorts. I really enjoyed them, but preferred Movies. My sons (ages 8 and 5 now) also preferred the Movies. I’d love to stay at one of the Deluxe resorts… Will have to win the lottery first though 😂

    1. There are so many awesome resorts to choose from! Check out Pop Century for your next visit! It’s my favorite value resort because it’s located on the Skyliner! It makes getting to and from the parks SO easy! 🙂

  4. So true that having different transportation options can be such a bonus! It’s so nice having the Skyliner at Pop Century now instead of just the buses!

  5. This makes me want to go back to Disney so much! Lol I live in Canada, so will be a while lol. Excellent and informative post. Thanks!

  6. I love wandering around the resorts (Port Orleans is the best for hidden mickeys and attention to detail, Grand Floridian for watching the fireworks at MK) but I don’t think I’d ever stay. I much prefer a private villa where I’m not charged parking!

  7. We stayed a Fort Wilderness and for this camping family, it was the best thing ever. We would recommend that option to everyone.

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