Soon to have over 30 resorts, Disney World offers a wide range of options for your stay. These are categorized into Deluxe, Moderate, or Value resort categories, and differ in price, proximity to parks, amenities, transportation and dining options, and design and theming.
Every Disney resort has a story to tell, often casting its guests as the star of the show. Each resort has a unique theme that sets the stage through imaginative art, color and design. Its clever visuals and exquisite detail are designed to both surprise and delight. Value resorts do this through big, bold colors and iconic art where Deluxe resorts have a more relaxed, refined ambiance combining subtle details with superb service.
In addition to the expected determinants like season, demand, room type and special promotions, the cost of each resort category is primarily determined by how close it is to a Theme Park, with deluxe resorts offering special transit options like the monorail, boats, or ability to get there on foot. You’ll pay a premium for these luxuries, which largely account for the cost of the room.
This category ensures that you are close to at least one theme park, and have unique transportation options (monorail, boat, walking). Deluxe resorts offer a variety of dining options that include fine dining and lounges. They are distinctive in their theming, which includes impeccable landscaping and design.
Amenities include valet parking, concierge services, lounges, live music and boutique-style shops. Most also offer water sports, watercraft rentals, bike rentals, live music, a spa and/or health center and have onsite childcare centers.
The deluxe resorts are:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Club Level Rooms are available in the Deluxe category and offer personalized concierge service, a lounge with complimentary continental breakfast, midday snacks and evening wine, hors d’oeuvres, cordials and desserts, for a premium price.
Villas are part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC), and are in high demand, only becoming available to the public after being offered to DVC members first.
What sets these apart from the Deluxe resorts is their layout –– they are available in studios, 1-, 2- and 3- bedrooms; and include kitchen facilities, a washer and dryer, balconies or patios, and may include multiple bathrooms, and whirlpool spas.
Studios have kitchenettes, which include a sink, microwave, and mini fridge. The others have fully stocked kitchens.
The deluxe villas are:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas–Kidani Village
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
- The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Moderate resorts are an excellent compromise between cost and convenience, offering fantastic theming, lush landscaping, and expanded dining options.
This category also features Disney Story Rooms that include pirate-themed rooms at Caribbean Beach and Royalty Guest Rooms at Port Orleans–Riverside. Fort Wilderness cabins offer more spacious accommodations or pitch a tent or bring an RV to make camp at Fort Wilderness at lower prices than the value resorts.
The moderate resorts are:
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground
- Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins
The budget-sensitive value resorts offer the same benefits of staying on property while being competitively priced.
The latest round of refurbishments at Pop Century have elevated the options with rooms that now rival the moderate resorts. For larger groups, All-Star Music resort and Art of Animation offer family rooms that can accommodate as many as 6 with 3 separate living spaces and a kitchenette.
The value resorts are:
- Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort