Staying On-Property and On-Budget at Value Resorts

by | Jun 27, 2019 | WDW Blog, WDW Resorts

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Staying “on property” sounds like a dream in a far off land to most. But if you plan your trip well enough in advance, it is honestly very doable at their Value Resorts. 

As we all know there are different levels of resorts at Walt Disney World, including “Value”, “Moderate” and “Deluxe”. But what exactly does your dollar get? Today we are going to take a quick look at what you are getting — and missing — when you try to achieve the economical Disney dream at the “Value” level resorts.

Walt Disney World Value Resorts include:

  • The All-Star Resorts, (Sport, Movies, and Music)
  • Art of Animation
  • Pop Century

Value Resorts Have a Lower Parking Fee

With the resort parking fee policy, a Value resort is not only a more economical stay but doesn’t kill your wallet with the parking fee either. Walt Disney World resorts charge for overnight parking. The rate depends on which level of the resort you’re staying in. 

Parking fees at Walt Disney World Resorts were recently updated:

For reservations made before June 18, 2019:

  • Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night 
  • Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night
  • Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night

For reservations made on or after June 18, 2019:

  • Disney Value Resorts: $15 per night
  • Disney Moderate Resorts: $20 per night
  • Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $25 per night
Pop Century Resort

Pop Century Resort has theming you just can’t miss. Photo: Laurie Sapp

Strong Disney Theming

Value resorts are probably my favorite to stay in because to me, they just feel like Disney. The exterior of the rooms all have some cute imaginative design with a handful of your favorite friends of the big mouse in charge. 

Though all of the resorts are beautifully landscaped, the value resorts are just so cute and classic Disney. Access to the rooms is outside, which I prefer because you can’t hear people closing their doors echoing down the hall. That being said, you can hear excited children and parents alike running back and forth, but that is something you’re just not going to avoid at Disney World.

Pop Century Resort Room

A retro-style room at Pop Century Resort. Photo: Laurie Sapp

Nice Rooms, But Not to Hang Around In

The rooms are some of the more whimsical classic Disney design — but I will say the beds are probably the least comfortable in the hierarchy.

Staying in a value resort is definitely a great idea if you are not planning on being in the room much. There is limited seating other than the beds, so if you plan on hanging around the room, a moderate or deluxe room might be more your style.

World Premiere Food Court at Disney's All-Star Movies Resort

The World Premiere Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. Photo: Cliff Wang

Great Poolside Pizza

In my opinion, the All-Star resorts have some of the best pizza! 

The cafeteria isn’t a far walk from any of the rooms and its such an easy meal to grab after a long day at the parks. Right out back from the cafeteria is the pool. Each day there are different activities including trivia and swim up movies, making it the perfect spot for a pizza snack with a side of fun.

Another wonderful perk of staying in one of the value level resorts is that since you saved on the room, you have more money to spend on souvenirs!

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Written by Brady McCleery

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Brady McCleery is military by day and moonlights as a self-proclaimed, King of Tajin, Disney Guru. He is a podcast host and small-time influencer just trying to keep it real. He dreams of one day living at Walt Disney World. Follow Brady McCleery on Instagram.
Brady McCleery

Written by Brady McCleery

Brady McCleery is military by day and moonlights as a self-proclaimed, King of Tajin, Disney Guru. He is a podcast host and small-time influencer just trying to keep it real. He dreams of one day living at Walt Disney World. Follow Brady McCleery on Instagram.
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