Choices, choices and more choices of resorts at Walt Disney World. Hmmmm.....what about the value resorts? Is it good for our next vacation to the Happiest Place On Earth?
Walt Disney World is home to five value resorts:
- All-Star Movies
- All-Star Music
- All-Star Sports
- Pop Century
- Art of Animation
No matter where you stay in Walt Disney World, you know it will be clean, but there are differences to each level of resorts. Of course! Because if there wasn't a difference, there would be no need for different levels and all resorts would be the same price. Every location has a special quality that makes them more or less expensive. This includes differences within each level. It all boils down to supply and demand. Walt Disney World is a place for everyone to experience. With that being said, here are the pros and cons for anyone who is contemplating and trying to figure out the differences between the value resorts.
Price: Value resorts are the most budget-friendly out of all the Walt Disney World resorts. Art of Animation is considered a "value plus" resort and rates vary higher than the other value resorts.
Rooms: All of the rooms have two double beds that sleep up to 4 adults; The Art of Animation and All-Star Music also have Family Suites that sleep up to six adults.
Dining: Each of the value resorts have their own quick service food court.
Pools: The Value resorts are home to some of the best swimming pools on the entire Walt Disney World property.
Rooms: The majority of the rooms at the value resorts are quite small at about 260 square feet. When a special discount is released for all resorts, value resort rooms receive the smallest discount.
Resort Amenities: Value resorts do not have table service restaurants, a concierge, spa/fitness or room service.
Transportation: The value resorts are well known for "not so good" bus transportation via the Disney Parks buses. The All-Star resorts have some of the "VERY not so good" bus service on property. The three All-Star resorts normally share one bus. So, the lines tend to be incredibly long. ESPECIALLY, at the end of the day. Pop Century and Art of Animation have their own dedicated bus route, but the lines can still be really long. To put it into perspective, Disney fans have reported "the buses being packed like sardines".
Property size: The resorts are spread out quite a bit. If you are not in a preferred room or if you don't request a room close to the main building, you might be looking at a long walk to the food court and bus stop.
Dining: When the free dining plan is offered certain times of the year to guests buying a minimal amount of nights and days of theme park tickets, Quick Service Dining is the only option available to value resort guests. (But, a Disney fan reported that you can pay the difference to upgrade to the next level to include one Table Service per day per person.)
So, stop and think what is most important to you and your vacation party. Are you booking during a time where you qualify for free dining and want to eat at table service restaurants? Are you planning on using the refillable mugs a lot, which can only be refilled at resort quick service restaurants? Do you plan on spending more time at the resort more than just sleeping? Do you like having room service or a table service restaurant available to you where you stay? If any of the cons are no big deal to you or is something you can work around, a value resort is great! If some of the cons mean more to you than expected, take a look at the moderate resorts. I've seen some moderate resorts minimally more money per night over a value resort depending on the location. Either way, you know you will be staying in a clean resort at the Happiest Place On Earth!