Take advantage of Disney value resorts, which are on property, include a variety of perks, and maintain the magic of Disney throughout your stay.
When it comes to doing a Walt Disney World vacation on a budget, the biggest impact on your bottom line is going to be where you stay; especially in relation to the length of your visit.
There are two schools of thought in this regard. On one hand you can save money by staying in a lower cost hotel off property, foregoing the immersion and convenience for a lower price point. The other option is to take advantage of Disney value resorts, which are on property, include a variety of perks, and maintain the magic of Disney throughout your stay.
There are a couple of nice benefits to staying off property for sure. For one, it’s easier to do other non Disney things. You could also potentially get nicer accommodations for less. However, if you do plan on visiting other Orlando destinations, you may wish to rent a car, which might be a budget buster.
When you stay at any Disney resort hotel, you have certain benefits that come with your reservation. You can secure your dining plans and Fastpasses earlier than those staying at a non Disney hotel. You also get the benefit of Extra Magic Hours which entitles you to more time in select parks outside of regular hours of operation.
Another awesome benefit is that you can have the merchandise you purchase in the parks delivered to your hotel. The complimentary Disney transportation allows you to experience your entire trip without ever having to rent or drive a car.
You also get your MagicBand for free, which is a tool of great convenience as it can be used as a credit card, room key, ticket and Fastpass holder and more!
The Value Resorts
The value resorts are the most budget friendly accommodations in Walt Disney World, with the exception of the campsites at Fort Wilderness. If you want to rough it at Disney World, you can! Besides the campsites, there are five value resorts.
They are cheaper accommodations and a little farther out from most of the attractions in Disney World. Most of these resorts have the room entrances outside, which is common even among moderate resorts. Aside from that the key difference in value resorts is the theming, which primarily consists of oversized props.
There are three All Star resorts, Pop Century, and Art of Animation, which is the top of the value resort line.
The All Stars
All Star Resorts are located in the Animal Kingdom resort area. There are three All Star Resorts: All Star Movies, All Star Music, and All Star Sports. These resorts rely heavily on bus transportation and share the same bus route. They are also the cheapest option with rooms starting at $99 per night. All Star Movies is known to have the best food court of the three hotels. Food courts are the only dining option in value resort hotels.
Pop Century started as half of a plan. There was supposed to be a twin resort themed to the first half of the twentieth century. Plans changed and that other resort became Art of Animation. Pop Century treats guests to iconic imagery from decades in the later half of the century. The location is at the Wide World of Sports on the edge of Disney World. However, besides the buses there will soon be a gondola system called the Disney Skyliner that will transport guests to Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
Art of Animation
The top of the line value resort comes at pricing a little bit closer to that of the moderates, but this is the resort that offers family suites. The accommodations make terrific use of limited space to provide additional sleeping through the use of Murphy beds. This resort features some of Disney’s most memorable animated films and is full of photo opportunities. It’s also home to the Big Blue Pool, one of the best on property, in the Finding Nemo section and the famous Landscapes of Flavor food court. Art of Animation will also have gondola access in fall of 2019.