Whether you're all about staying off-site or you've always been one to stay at the deluxe (or moderate) Disney resorts, you can have a great time at the value resorts. Here are six reasons to consider the value resorts for your next Walt Disney World trip!
1. Spend that money somewhere else
Staying at a value resort isn't just about saving on the entire trip. Too many people approach their Disney (and non-Disney) vacations with a resort budget in mind and just spend according to that. Why not save $200 per night on the resort and spend that $200 elsewhere! Staying at a value resort doesn't have to mean your entire trip has to be value-focused. $200 per night is dinner for two at a signature Disney restaurant. These restaurants are an amazing part of the Disney experience, so consider reallocating some of your money that way.
2. Simplify your food options
Food courts might not be for everyone, but I love them. Two deluxe resorts I love are Beach Club and Animal Kingdom Lodge. At Beach Club, there are a few scattered quick service locations around the resort. You'd need to consult the menus beforehand or wander between them to make a choice (but they are pretty good options). At Animal Kingdom Lodge, there is one hidden in the resort with pretty lame options. At Pop Century, you can stand in one place and get a sense of your huge selection. No, Everything Pop is not signature dining, but it is good food, at reasonable (Disney) prices, that gets the job done in one quick stop. I wish every resort had a food court, I really do.
3. All Fun, No Stuffy
This is about taste, but some (definitely not all) of the deluxe resorts can feel a bit stuffy. That can be nice for the right kind of day on the right kind of trip, but sometimes you want to be able to walk in flip flops to grab a bite to eat without feeling a little out of place. The value resorts tend to be bumpin' with kids and adults alike running around, having a fun time.
4. Rethink the midday pit stop for new experiences!
The single best reason to stay at most deluxe resorts is the convenience in returning to them midday. Especially for families with children, this is a great option to have. But, unless it's absolutely essential that you return to your room for the midday pit stop (e.g. to nap), you might try alternative plans. For example, stop at another resort. If your morning is at Magic Kingdom, take the monorail to the lobbies and lounges at the monorail resorts and relax there with a quick bite for an hour, then head to your next destination. From Epcot, walk over to the Boardwalk or to the Yacht & Beach Clubs. You'll find plenty of places with space to relax and good lunch options.
5. Get the Suite Experience at a reasonable cost
Okay, this is maybe just saying "value resorts are less expensive," but its an important point to make. Many people don't realize that Art of Animation has beautifully themed suites that tend to price around a standard room at a deluxe resort. If you're interested in having a particularly awesome room without breaking the bank, you should consider this option. It's an experience unlike any other at Disney.
6. Enjoy those Disney guest perks!
Value resort guests get all the perks of the other Disney guests. If you are used to staying off-site, you might not know what you're missing! You'll get to book your Fastpass+ reservations further in advance. You'll get complimentary transportation via Disney's Magical Express to and from Orlando International Airport, and best of all, you'll get access to Extra Magic Hours! These are great perks that make on-site resorts a special value.