Disney World has MANY hotel options for your trip.
Choosing one that is right for you can be one of the biggest challenges while planning your Disney vacation. Disney offers several categories of hotels: Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. We’ve noticed that many people don’t completely understand the differences between these and have come to believe a few things that aren’t necessarily true about Value resorts.
So we’re here today to crack these four myths about Disney’s cheapest hotels, the Value Resorts.
Disney has five Value resorts — which are Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort. These are considered Value resorts because typically they’ll have the lowest-priced rooms. But many people have started believing these 4 lies about them because they are considered “cheap” hotels.
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Okay, back to the four lies everyone believes about Disney World’s least expensive hotels.
1. They’re Cheap
Don’t get us wrong, we are fans of Disney’s Value Resorts. But we have to be honest -– just because they’re called “value” resorts does not necessarily mean they’re cheap.
In the past, we have found rooms at Moderate resorts for comparable prices to the Value resorts, especially Art of Animation. If you want to stay at one of these hotels, you’ll need to be prepared to spend roughly $150 or more a night. But Disney does run deals from time to time, so if you keep your eyes out you may be able to get a room at a discounted price!
2. You Don’t Get The Same Benefits
This is an unfortunate common misconception. By staying at any Disney World hotel, even the Value resorts, you have access to (almost) all the same benefits. We say almost because there is one benefit you do not have access to at a Value resort, currently.
At the Value Resorts, you still have access to vacation packages, the Disney Dining Plan when it returns in 2024, and extra time in the park with Early Theme Park Entry. The only benefit that is not included for Value Resorts is Extended Evening Theme Park Hours.
At Value Resorts you can still find many resort extras like movies under the stars, multiple pools, and fun play areas for kids. Since they are still Disney World Resort hotels, you still get to be part of the magic!
3. They Aren’t Nice
Sadly, we’ve heard this myth many times. Oftentimes people think that since these are the “cheap” hotels they aren’t nice. But this is certainly not true. We particularly love the Art of Animation and will visit it even if we’re not staying there. The rooms at each of them are also nice with Art of Animation being one of the few Disney hotels with family suites.
These hotels are honestly nice, and it’s too bad they’ve gotten the reputation of not being that way. They may be less expensive than many other resorts on property (which is certainly a perk!), but they are still Disney hotels and have the Disney level of detail and expectations.
4. They Have The Worst Transportation
Of course, these hotels have lower prices for certain reasons. One thing we know is that they are located kind of off the beaten path. They’re not right next to any park and certainly not within walking distance of any of the entertainment. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t accessible by Disney transportation.
Each of the hotels has buses that run to and from them to the parks. Pop Century and Art of Animation have their own Skyliner station so you can get right to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. They may not be right beside any of the parks, but getting to them is not difficult from these Value resorts.
So, they may not be as “cheap” as people expect them to be, but Disney’s Value resorts are great options when you don’t want to spend $500 a night at a Deluxe hotel. They still offer great accommodations and all the perks of staying at a Disney World hotel.
We hope this helps clear the air! In the meantime, check back to All Ears for more Disney updates.
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