If you’ve ever looked at the Disney World resort hotels, you’ve probably noticed they are broken down into a few categories — Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa.
While the names might give you a general sense of what to expect with each category, what might not be so clear is just what makes each category different than the others. That’s why we’re breaking them down and getting to the bottom of what exactly makes a Deluxe Resort hotel “deluxe”!
We’re breaking down each of the Disney Resort categories, from Value to Deluxe!
Disney World Value Resorts
While there are some definite exceptions to the rule, typically Disney’s Value Resorts are considered to be the most “budget friendly”. In this category are Disney’s All-Star Movies, All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts. Since they are a bit more budget-friendly, the standard rooms at the Value Resorts are typically slightly smaller in size, with fewer amenities than you’ll find at the Moderate or Deluxe Resorts.
Each Value Resort includes a food court as a dining option, two or more swimming pools, and Disney transportation. Up until the launch of the Skyliner, buses were the only form of transportation at Disney Value Resorts, but now the Skyliner does connect Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios! Because of this, you can expect those two resorts to typically run for more expensive rates.
Disney World Moderate Resorts
The Moderate Resort hotels at Disney World are in between a Value and Deluxe, with more amenities and larger room sizes than you’d find at a Value. The Moderate Resorts include Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter and Ft. Wilderness Cabins.
Additionally, a Moderate Resort hotel typically includes a full-service restaurant in addition to food courts, a swimming pool with a slide and hot tub, recreation options, and additional forms of transportation (specifically at the Caribbean Beach Resort, you can take the Skyliner directly to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and you can visit the Magic Kingdom by boat from Fort Wilderness Resort).
Disney World Deluxe Resorts
So it’s time to answer that question — what exactly makes a Deluxe Resort hotel “deluxe”? Well, for starters, a standard room at the Deluxe Resort hotels will typically be larger than what you’d get at a Value or Moderate. At most of the Deluxe Resorts, you will also have more options for transportation, including the Monorail, Skyliner, or ferry boat to get to the parks. Location is often key to the appeal of Deluxe Resorts.
The Deluxe Resorts include Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village, Wilderness Lodge, Yacht Club and Beach Club, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. Additionally, the new Riviera Resort is considered a Deluxe Resort.
While each of the hotels in this category are different, what puts them all in this category is that they are what most guests would consider a bit more luxurious, offering various amenities, beautiful rooms, and truly immersive experiences. For example, at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can actually stay in a room where your balcony oversees various animals of the savannah, including zebras and giraffe!
Each of the Resorts in this category will give you a particularly unique experience that lives up to it’s “deluxe” ranking.
If you’ve stayed at a Disney World Resort hotel, which has been your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!