Disney Value resorts are the most affordable, budget-friendly lodging on Disney World property. Disney Moderate Resorts are next, followed by Deluxe as the most expensive option.
While Value Resorts are some of the furthest Walt Disney resorts from the parks, they are still inside the park. This proximity is a clear advantage over any off-site resort.
Like Moderate and Deluxe guests, Disney Value resorts guests receive plenty of perks because they are staying at an on-site, Disney-owned resort. These privileges include free transportation to and from the airport, Disney Dining plan eligibility, free MagicBands, Extra Magic Hours, free parking, FastPass+ reservations at 60 days, Advanced Dining reservations at 180 + 10 days out, resort room charging privileges, and resort package delivery. There are plenty of amazing off-site resorts, but these on-site Disney resort perks are a huge plus.
The good news is the guests at Value resorts can easily access all of the Disney World theme parks via free Disney transportation. The downside is that the only transportation option available to Value resort guests is bus service (ie, no direct monorail or boat access). However, buses operate through the day and transport guests directly to and from every Disney World theme park. Bus stops are conveniently located in the front of each resort. Pop Century and Art of Animation each have their own dedicated bus service to and from the theme parks, while All-Star Sports, All-Star-Music, and All-Star Movies share one bus line to and from the parks. (picking up and dropping off passengers at each All-Star resort along the way).
As far as Disney World resorts go, Value Resorts are the most “Disney-ish,” kid-friendly resorts in the park. Each resort has its own overall theme, with each building/wing of a resort themed around a Disney movie, musical style, sport, decade, or some other specific element. For example, All-Star Sports has a “surfing” wing, All-Star Movies has a “Toy Story” wing, and Art of Animation has a section of family suites themed after “Finding Nemo.” These themed areas and elements are lots of fun – for kids and adults alike!
While the exterior of each building exudes a lot of character with fun themes and icons of Disney personalities, the interiors have minimal decor. For the most part, the rooms are basic and no-frills. Standard rooms typically feature bright colors but little in the way of design, closet space, and have just a basic shelf and towel rod in the bathrooms. All rooms have cable tv and free wifi. With the exception of Art of Animation (which has interior hallway access to each room), the rooms of Value resorts are accessed from the exterior. As such, these rooms a slightly reminiscent of your average Motel 6, albeit with a lot more magic.
Standard room size at Pop Century and the 3 All-Star resorts are 260 square feet, while Art of Animation is 277 square feet. This compares with roughly 314 square feet at moderate resorts. Maximum occupancy is 4 people (plus one baby under age 3 in a crib).
In addition to standard rooms, All-Star music also offers family suites (520 sq ft), as does Art of Animation (565 sq ft). Family suites can sleep up to 6 people (plus one baby under age 3 in a crib).
Standard rooms at the Disney Value Resorts have either 2 double beds or 1 king bed. In the Family Suites of All-Star Music and Art of Animation, the master bedroom has 1 queen bed with several combination sofa beds in the family area.
Pools, Arcades, and Play Areas
Pools are always one of the most fun aspects of staying at a resort, especially for kids. While none of the Disney Value resorts have water slides, each has their own themed-pools (open to guests staying at the resort). The All-Star resorts each have two heated pools apiece, while Pop Century and Art of Animation each have 3. Kiddie pools are located in close proximity to the larger pools.
Pools at Value resorts tend to be a little smaller than the pools at Moderate and Deluxe resorts. However, there is one notable exception: Art of Animation’s Big Blue Pool is the largest pool at Disney World.
All Value resorts have their own arcade room, jogging trail, and a playground for kids.
If you are familiar with how the Disney Dining Plans works, you know there are two distinct categories of dining credits: Quick Service and Table Service. Each of the 5 Disney Value resorts has their own food court. These meals count as Quick Service meals.
None of the Disney Value resorts offer Table Service meals. That isn’t to say you should bypass a Disney Dining Plan which offers Table Service credits. However, you will just have to go elsewhere in the park to take advantage of these more elaborate (and expensive) sit-down Table Service meals.