This post provides a quick overview of each of the hotel options at Walt Disney World. We start by reviewing the types of hotels at Disney World before moving onto a hotel-by-hotel guide to the resorts actually operated by Disney at Walt Disney World. This is the perfect place to start if you’re trying to pick your Disney World hotel!
We’ve reorganized our hotel content to be more targeted for what readers specifically want in a given post. It used to be all in a single post, and that was unwieldy and messy. Besides the reviews of every hotel (links are found later in this post), we now have the following posts:
Complete Guide to Disney World Hotels (this post) — post to start picking your hotel and for understanding the key differences between the different hotels at Disney World
Benefits of Staying at a Disney Hotel — covers the perks associated with Disney hotels
Best Disney World Value Hotels — in-depth mostly objective look at and ranking of the value resorts
Best Disney World Moderate Hotels — in-depth mostly objective look at and ranking of the moderate resorts
Best Disney World Deluxe Hotels — in-depth mostly objective look at and ranking of the deluxe resorts
Ranking of the Best Disney World Hotels — our subjective ranking of all the Disney hotels
So if you’re looking for something with more practical information about the hotels, you’re in the right place. If you’re looking for more detailed analysis, look inside the categorical rankings. And if you just want to know what two people who do this for a living think, check out that last link.
Types of Disney World Hotels
You can click here to jump to the guide, which goes through each Disney operated, non-DVC hotel one by one, listing pros and cons of each. Before we get to that guide, we want to quickly discuss some of the other hotel options that we won’t be going into in detail.
This is what the bulk of this guide (and most of our hotel content) is about, and when we say “Disney Hotels” we’re referring to hotels that are owned and operated by Disney.
These include places like the Grand Floridian, Caribbean Beach Resort, and the All-Star Resorts. These hotels have access to the full set of benefits for guests of Disney hotels, including Extra Magic Hours, Disney’s Magical Express, and the 60-day FastPass+ booking window.
Typically, people call these “on-site” or “on Disney property” hotels, which is a bit of a misnomer because there are hotels on Disney World property that are not operated by Disney, and we’ll cover them in just a second. Again, if you just want the breakdown of these hotels, you can click here to jump to the guide.
Disney Vacation Club (“DVC”) Properties
DVC hotels are owned and operated by Disney, and there are a variety of them at Disney World. You don’t have to be a DVC member to book a DVC property—they are bookable with cash and are categorized as “Deluxe Villas” on the Disney World website.
These properties also have access to the full set of benefits for guests of Disney hotels, and include properties like Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, and Bay Lake Tower.
We don’t cover the DVC properties in this post because they’re really a distinct set of properties with a unique set of considerations. They have kitchens or kitchenettes, and some have in-unit washers and dryers, for example. Some of them are more expensive that deluxe hotels but have worse transportation (because it’s common for DVC guests to drive or visit for longer periods of time).
If you’re interested in reading more about these, we’re happy to direct you to the Disney Tourist Blog ranking of the DVC properties.
“Other Select Hotels”
This is where things get tricky. Now we’re talking about hotels operated by companies other than Disney—like Four Seasons or Marriott. Some of these hotels get access to some of the perks that Disney hotel guests get. Let’s talk quickly about these
(Note: You should always check with the hotel to see what perks will apply during your stay. These can and do change.)
Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin. The Swan & Dolphin are operated by Marriott. Guests at the Swan & Dolphin have Extra Magic Hours, the 60-day FastPass+ booking window, and are served by Disney transportation, but they do not get other perks, including Disney’s Magical Express.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando, Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, and Disney Springs Hotels. The Disney Springs hotels are a set of seven hotels located just outside Disney Springs. Along with the other three listed hotels, these hotels have Extra Magic Hours access and the 60-day FastPass+ booking window, but no other Disney World perks.
“Good Neighbor Hotels”
Good Neighbor Hotels are hotels near Disney World that carry a Disney stamp of approval. These aren’t run by Disney, and they don’t have any special perks, but Disney thinks they’re good enough to call them Good Neighbors. Besides being okay hotels, the Good Neighbor Hotels do have (1) transportation to Disney World, possibly for a fee, and (2) a specialist who can help you with planning your Disney World vacation.
This area of Florida is filled with hotels and motels of every type. There’s little chance we’ll ever make it to one of the Good Neighbor Hotels, let alone any other hotel. If hotel rates are so bad that we don’t want to pay for a Disney hotel or even one of the lower-priced Disney Springs hotels, we’re probably going to settle for an Airbnb.
One last thing before the contents and rankings. There are four more significant changes in 2019 that will impact the rankings:
July 9 - Gran Destino Tower opens at Coronado Springs
August 29 - Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opens at Hollywood Studios (relevant to hotels near Hollywood Studios)
September 29 - Disney Skyliner Scheduled to Begin Operations
December 5 - Rise of the Resistance ride opens at Hollywood Studios.
We will be updating this post in mid-August after a visit to Gran Destino, in early November with Skyliner coverage, and in early December with Galaxy’s Edge coverage.
Until then, this guide does mention what hotels are impacted by these changes, we just won’t be updating with the particular impact until the aforementioned dates.
Guide to Disney Hotels at Disney World
Now for the real meat of this post—the Disney hotels, broken down by category and location.
Remember, if you’re set on a deluxe hotel and want to see more detailed comparison, you’ll also want to read our ranking of the Disney World deluxe hotels.
If you’re set on a moderate hotel and want to see more detailed comparison, you’ll also want to read our ranking of the Disney World moderate hotels.
Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts
In this section, we’re going to give an overview of the deluxe resorts and then move onto a location-by-location breakdown of the hotels. When we get to individual hotels, we’ll quickly list some “best” and “worst” points for for each, but it’s important to remember that the below list—Things Every Deluxe Resort Has—and the area-specific discussions (like “Monorail Area Resorts”) will also be relevant to your decisions.
Things Every Deluxe Resort Has
We’re going to start with an explanation of the things that separate the deluxe resorts from the other resorts. With a variety of hotels at each level (deluxe, moderate, value), you may find some of this in the other tiers, but we still want to give you an idea of what distinguishes these hotels
“Grown Up” Theming. Unlike the value resorts, which favor gigantic, colorful cartoony figures, the deluxe resorts take a more serious approach to theming. You won’t see a giant statute of Ursula at these resorts—you’re more likely to find model ships or African artifacts.
Table Service Dining. All the deluxe resorts have both a “signature” and a “casual” table service restaurant. All except Animal Kingdom Lodge also have a character meal on-site (Yacht Club shares with Beach Club). The flip side of this—which we constantly harp on—is that their quick service options tend to be insufficient. Most moderate resorts also have casual table service restaurants.
Non-Bus Transportation (Almost). Animal Kingdom Lodge has only bus transportation to the parks. Wilderness Lodge has a boat to Magic Kingdom that isn’t much better than a bus. The other six deluxe resorts all have better-than-the-bus transportation to at least one park by monorail, walking path, or boat. Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom more than compensate for this with comparatively low prices.
Club Level. If you choose, at the deluxe resorts, you can upgrade to Club Level for access to the club lounge and small food servings throughout the day. If you’re interested, you should read our opinion on Club Level at Walt Disney World (that post also links to our reviews of every club level).
Because we consider location to the the biggest factor in picking a deluxe resort, we’re going to break this list up by location. This also allows us to discuss features common to the resorts in those sections—so make sure you read these introductory sections, or you’ll miss some important factors. Then we’ll quickly address each hotel individually.
Monorail Resorts at Disney World
There are three monorail resorts at Disney World—Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian. These are commonly called “monorail” resorts because the monorail stops at them, connecting them to Magic Kingdom. As a result of this convenience (and their overall quality), these are three of the top four most expensive Disney hotels
The resort monorail stops at Magic Kingdom, then Contemporary, Transportation and Ticket Center, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and back to Magic Kingdom. A loop takes around 15 to 20 minutes.
Polynesian and Grand Floridian are connected by a walking path. You can also walk from Polynesian to Transportation and Ticket Center. There is a walking path that connected Contemporary to Magic Kingdom. A walking path connecting Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom is under construction as of mid-2019.
Because they’re so well-connected, it’s incredibly east to access to lobbies, grounds, bars, and restaurants of the monorail resorts from each other. Basically, besides pools and fitness centers—which are always accessible only to guests of a specific hotel—staying at any of these resorts gives you easy access to the amenities of the others.
So if the only reason you put Grand Floridian over Contemporary after doing your research is because of the restaurants, ask yourself whether $200 per night is worth the 15-minute monorail ride between the two resorts.
Finally, these hotels all have theme park view rooms with views of Magic Kingdom. For more on these, check out our post comparing theme Park Views at the Monorail Resorts.
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
2020 Rates Start At: $498 per night
Review of Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Review of Atrium Club Level at Contemporary Resort
Great Things About Contemporary
Only hotel with walking path (10 min.) to Magic Kingdom
Note: Grand Floridian, and by extension, Polynesian, is expected to get a path in 2019 or 2020
Lowest-priced rooms are cheapest of the monorail resorts
High quality rooms; modern, but not too boring
Theme Park View rooms are among best on property
California Grill is a “bucket list” Disney restaurant known for its amazing views
Not-So-Great Things About Contemporary
Transportation to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom is just average
Low room rates sell out quickly
Theming is less appealing than other deluxe resorts
Pool area is boring
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
2020 Rates Start At: $593 per night
Our Review of Disney's Polynesian Village Resort can be found here.
Great Things About Polynesian
Resort-wide theming is among the best at Disney World
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace are two of the best bars at Disney World
Pool is probably the second best (Yacht & Beach Club)
Great firework viewing, with music, from beach
‘Ohana is one of Disney’s most popular restaurants
Not-So-Great Things About Polynesian
Worst rooms along the monorail
Room + pool not enough to justify higher prices than Contemporary
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
2020 Rates Start At: $710 per night
Here’s our review of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
Here’s our review of the Royal Palm Club Lounge at Grand Floridian.
Great Things About Grand Floridian
Bucket list item
Most “luxury” feel of any resort, due to theming
World class restaurants
One monorail stop to Magic Kingdom
Not-So-Great Things About Grand Floridian
Luxury theming isn’t the same as actual luxury
High prices are wholly unjustified
Boardwalk Area Resorts
Similar to the three monorail resorts, it makes sense to group the three Boardwalk area resorts together. These three hotels—BoardWalk Inn, Yacht Club, and Beach Club all sit around Crescent Lake, a small body of water between Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Yacht and Beach sit on one side of the lake, with BoardWalk Inn along the other. A full loop around the lake is just under a mile.
The ground floor of BoardWalk Inn (along with its DVC counterpart, BoardWalk Villas) forms the Boardwalk entertainment district—a boardwalk with bars, restaurants, shopping, and activities (surrey bikes, a few carnival games).
Now, this is no match for Disney Springs, to be clear. But when you add in the restaurants at Yacht Club and Beach Club, and note that the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin (operated by Marriott) are also a short walk away, you’ve really got quite the resort area going on.
You can walk to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios from all three of these hotels. There is also boat service to both parks. Visiting Epcot will involve using a different entrance than most other guests, but this isn’t a significant issue (and we expect it to be mostly moot once the Skyliner traffic joins this entrance on September 29).
Yacht Club and Beach Club are part of a single campus, and they share a pool (Stormalong Bay), though they have separate lobbies, theming, and room designs. BoardWalk is completely disconnected from Yacht & Beach.
As with the monorail resorts, you can easily access all the lobbies, grounds, bars, and restaurants of any of these resorts from the other two. Since the entire loop around Crescent Lake is just about a mile, you’re looking at a ten minute walk (or a two-minute boat ride) between Yacht & Beach and Boardwalk.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
2020 Rates Start At: $487 per night
Review of Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
Review of the Regatta Club, the Club Level lounge at Yacht Club.
Great Things About Yacht Club
Best rooms of the deluxe hotels
Best pool (Stormalong Bay, shared with Beach Club) at Disney World
Lower price than BoardWalk Inn
Not-So-Great Things About Yacht Club
We’ve had poor service at some on-site restaurants
Popular for conferences, leading to crowded/loud lobby and bars
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
2020 Rates Start At: $533 per night
Our review of BoardWalk Inn can be found here.
Our review of the BoardWalk Inn club level, Innkeeper’s Club, can be found here.
Great Things About BoardWalk Inn
Shortest walk to Hollywood Studios and Boardwalk restaurants
Whimsical theming is more fun than Yacht & Beach Clubs
Not-So-Great Things About Boardwalk Inn
Prices inexplicably higher than Yacht Club and Beach Club
Pool not as good as Yacht Club and Beach Club
Rooms older than Yacht Club
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
2020 Rates Start At: $487 per night
Our review of Disney’s Beach Club Resort is here.
Our review of the Stone Harbor Club Level at Beach Club is here.
Great Things About Beach Club
Best pool on property (Stormalong Bay, shared with Yacht Club)
Less modern rooms than Yacht Club (in case you don’t like those)
Lower prices than BoardWalk Inn
Not-So-Great Things About Beach Club
Less modern rooms than Yacht Club (in case you do like those)
Longest walk in the area to Hollywood Studios
Other Deluxe Resorts
The remaining two deluxe resorts, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge, are not part of any group. As a result, we’ll have to talk a bit more about each of them individually.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
2020 Rates Start At: $417 per night
Our review of Animal Kingdom Lodge can be found here.
Our review of Club Level at Animal Kingdom Lodge can be found here.
Animal Kingdom Lodge has the worst transport options (i.e. location) of all the deluxe resorts. You can’t walk to a single park, and you’ll be relying solely on bus transportation if you stick to complimentary options. The lower price makes up for that, as it allows you to Uber / Lyft / Minnie Van in a pinch.
With no resorts in the area, Animal Kingdom Lodge is left more to its own devices to entertain guests, and it does so very well, with stunning grounds, great dining, its own savanna (with animals), and plenty of resort activities. One curious element missing is a character meal.
Great Things About Animal Kingdom Lodge
2nd lowest prices of deluxe resorts
Best theming on property (tied with Wilderness Lodge)
Fantastic restaurant lineup
Savanna with real animals right outside resort (and savanna view rooms available)
Wonderfully themed rooms
Reasonably priced club level
Not-So-Great Things About Animal Kingdom Lodge
Bus transportation (or rideshare) to all parks and Disney Springs
No character meals on-site
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
2020 Rates Start At: $406 per night
Our review of Disney's Wilderness Lodge can be found here.
Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge have a lot in common. Both have large, grandiose, nature-themed lobbies. Both have poor transportation options. Both have relatively low prices (which allow you some extra money for rideshares).
Some consider boat access to Magic Kingdom to be a perk of this hotel, but we strongly disagree, finding boat transportation to be only as good as bus transportation.
Unlike Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge is a little more connected to things. This is on the margins, because most guests won’t take advantage of it, but you can take boats to both Contemporary Resort and Fort Wilderness Campgrounds and Cabins.
Great Things About Wilderness Lodge
Lowest price of deluxe resorts
Best theming on property (tied with Animal Kingdom Lodge)
Good restaurants, including fantastic character meal
Boats to Fort Wilderness and Contemporary Resort
Not-So-Great Things About Wilderness Lodge
Bus to three parks, bus or boat to Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World Moderate Resorts
The moderate resorts are the middle tier of Disney World’s hotels, between value and deluxe. Personally, we don’t feel like they hit a “sweet spot”—if you’re on a budget we just recommend the values (and spend any extra savings on things like dining or tours), and if you’re looking to “treat yourself”, save up for a low-priced deluxe like Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Moderate rooms are much closer to the value rooms than the deluxe rooms. French Quarter and Caribbean Beach recently received “soft” refurbishments, but this makes the rooms just average. Riverside is in the process of getting the same refurbishment. Coronado Springs has the best rooms, having recently received a complete, “hard” refurbishment.
The grounds are sort of like the value resorts but with “grown up” themes. They don’t have the depth of the deluxe resorts. Room doors still face the outside, and you’ll be walking amongst a gigantic field of different buildings.
Dining options vary at the moderate resorts. Three of the four have on-site table service, but guests of Port Orleans — French Quarter will have to walk ten minutes to Riverside for a table service meal. Guests at Coronado Springs get the most variety of dining.
What really defines the moderate resorts for us is their generally poor transportation situation. Riverside and Coronado Springs rely solely on buses that make multiple stops around the gigantic resorts. Caribbean Beach is the same, but will be getting the Skyliner September 29 (which may or may not be an improvement). French Quarter usually has its own bus that makes a single stop, which makes it a standout among the moderate resorts.
Important Note About Driving
If you have a car at Disney World, you may find the moderate resorts significantly more tolerable, as there tends to be parking available near each building. You will have to pay the hotel parking fee ($20 per night as of publication), but you will get free parking at the parks.
Before we dive into each hotel, I want to provide a really quick synopsis based on what we just discussed. You can honestly sort through these four really quickly:
Port Orleans French Quarter - Smallest moderate, good transportation (bus only, but usually only a single stop), average rooms, can walk to Riverside easily
Port Orleans Riverside - Very large, mix of old and average rooms, bad transportation (bus only, multiple stops)
Coronado Springs - Best rooms, most dining options, but bad transportation and a “convention hotel” vibe
Caribbean Beach - Average rooms, large, new main building and dining options, bad transportation (bus only, multiple stops, but getting the Skyliner September 29)
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter
2020 Rates Start at: $246
Review of Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter
Great Things About Port Orleans — French Quarter
Small size makes for short walks to rooms
Usually has its own bus with a single stop
Theming is fun for adults and children
Not So Great Things About Port Orleans — French Quarter
Have to walk ten minutes to Riverside for table service dining
Rooms recently only “soft” refurbished (i.e. not up to Coronado Springs quality)
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
2020 Rates Start At: $246
Review of Port Orleans Resort — Riverside
Great Things About Port Orleans — Riverside
Grounds are absolutely beautiful and have a real “wow” effect
Table service dining on-site
Not So Great Things About Port Orleans — Riverside
Rooms in midst of soft refurbishment, which is improving them but still leaving them short of Coronado Springs quality (and not all rooms are even refurbished yet)
Large size means multiple bus stops and/or long walks are daily occurrences
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
2020 Rates Start At: $230
Review of Caribbean Beach Resort
Great Things About Caribbean Beach Resort
Recently refurbished main building and food court are great
Good table service on-site
Pool has fun “pirate” theming appealing to many kids
Skyliner (coming Sep. 29, 2019) may improve transportation
Not So Great Things About Caribbean Beach
Large size means multiple bus stops and/or long walks are daily occurrences
Rooms had a soft refurbishment recently that leaves them behind quality of Coronado Springs rooms
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Note: This guide does not yet incorporate the addition of Gran Destino Tower to Coronado Springs. It will be updated in mid-August to reflect the addition of the tower. Until then, we recommend the WDWNT review of Gran Destino.
2020 Rates Start At: $223
Review of Coronado Springs Resort
Great Things About Coronado Springs
Recently “hard refurbished” rooms are the best in the moderate category
Dig Site pool area is one of the better themed pool areas at Disney World
Wide range of dining options, including multiple table service options
Not-So-Great Things About Coronado Springs
Large size means multiple bus stops and/or long walks are daily occurrences
Has a real “convention hotel” vibe (as it actually targets these guests)
Walt Disney World Value Resorts
The value resorts are possibly the most under-appreciated resorts at Walt Disney World. Say what you will, but these are cool, fun, lively, almost trippy places.
If the Grand Floridian is a wealthy older couple in a horse drawn carriage riding down Fifth Avenue, the value resorts are a family of five hanging off a motorbike zipping through the streets of Bangkok. This isn't Disney life at its most elegant, but it might be Disney life at its best.
Let's be clear before proceeding. Value resorts have food courts, not restaurants. The rooms are smaller than the rooms at deluxe resorts. You're sticking to bus transportation (or Uber). The theming is not subtle. And the details, the amenities, everything else, well...you'll get what you paid for.
As with the moderate resorts, it makes sense to quickly discuss what sets the value resorts apart from each other. Then it’s pretty easy to identify the “great” and “not-so-great” elements of each.
Rooms at the Value Resorts
Pop Century Resort is entirely newly refurbished rooms. All-Star Movies is in the midst of getting nearly identical rooms installed, and several buildings are already complete. Once Movies is done, it’s expected that Music and Sports will be next.
Currently, Art of Animation is not expected to get refurbished rooms in the near future. Its current rooms (not Family Suites, which are an entirely different issue) are somewhere between the other old and new rooms in quality.
Until the Skyliner is operational September 29 (more below), rooms are the factor we weight most in comparing the value resorts. Some people don’t like the new feel of the refurbished rooms. We get that they’re a step in the direction of a “clean” and “modern” aesthetic. While we don’t care much for that among the deluxe and moderate resorts, we find it to be an improvement over the old value rooms.
Transportation at the Value Resorts
Until the Skyliner is operational, all the value resorts rely on bus transportation to get to all the parks and Disney Springs. Pop Century and Art of Animation have their own buses almost all the time, while the All-Star Resorts share during off-peak times.
The bus situation is…debatable. We’ve never been bothered by the sharing at the All-Star Resorts, as it only happens during off-peak hours. And you can walk from Music to Movies with no problem (some Movies rooms are even closer to the Music stop than the Movies stop), so this all seems to be splitting hairs.
If you don’t mind walking—we actually enjoy walking—you can also also take an Art of Animation bus and walk to Pop Century, or vice versa.
On September 29, the Skyliner is scheduled to being operations. At that point, Art of Animation and Pop Century will be connected to Epcot and Hollywood Studios via the Skyliner. It’s unclear at this point whether that will be an improvement at those resorts.
Other Differences at the Value Resorts
Here are some other differences between the value resorts:
The theme at movies is slightly more “Disney” in the traditional sense that you have giant Woody, Buzz, and Dalmatians sitting around
Pop Century has a slightly better food court than the All-Stars; Art of Animation has the best food court of the value resorts
All-Star Sports is just a wild west of teens and tweens (engaged in various sporting competitions throughout the year) that we avoid at all cost
You can walk easily among the All-Star Resorts; you can walk easily between Pop Century and Art of Animation
And just for completeness, here are some quick profiles of the value resorts.
Disney's Pop Century Resort
2020 Rates Start At: $154
Read our Full Review of Pop Century Resort
Great Things About Pop Century Resort
Newest (and best) rooms among the value resorts
Prices beat Art of Animation and are competitive with All-Stars
Unshared bus with a single stop
Can walk to Art of Animation for their better food court
Not-So-Great Things About Pop Century Resort
Some people think new rooms lack heart
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
2020 Rates Start At: $180
Read our Full Review of Art of Animation Resort
Great Things About Art of Animation
Best food court among values
Unshared bus with a single stop
Little Mermaid Rooms are heavily themed
Best Value resort pool (with underwater music)
Grounds have heavy “Disney” theming (lots of characters)
Not So Great Things About Art of Animation
Room quality lags behind Pop Century and new All-Star rooms
High price for Little Mermaid rooms hard to justify
One More Thing: Art of Animation rooms can be divided into the standard Little Mermaid Rooms and the Family Suites. The prices for the Family Suites are more in line with moderate or even deluxe resorts, starting at $428 per night.
The Family Suites are worth looking into if you've got the money and are looking for something a little different. But don't confuse them with a deluxe stay. You’ll still have bad location and a lack of high-quality dining options.
Disney's All-Star Sports Resort / Disney's All-Star Movies Resort / Disney's All-Star Music Resort
Note: We discuss the All-Star Resorts together, noting the differences briefly.
Great Things About the Value Resorts
Lowest prices of Disney hotels
New rooms (currently only some Movies rooms) are some of our favorite on property
Theming is fun (but over the top)
Not So Great Things About the Value Resorts
Often share buses with each other
Old rooms are worst on property
Differences Between the All-Star Resorts:
All-Star Movies has refurbished rooms (not all rooms yet) and the most “Disney” theming (because movies, duh), making it easily the best of the three
The shared buses stop at Sports, Music, then Movies.
All-Star Sports typically sees more large groups of kids visiting for athletic events at ESPN's Wide World of Sports.
Campgrounds and Cabins
The Disney website considers the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds their own category and places the Cabins in the Moderate category. Since these are really different places than the other resorts, we don’t see the point in ranking them alongside the other resorts.
The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
Rates Start At: $400 per night
Our Thoughts: As we cover in our review of The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Fort Wilderness is a truly unique experience. There’s really no sensible reason to rank it against the other Disney resorts, which is why we don’t.
The Cabins at Fort Wilderness are good for guests who are driving to Walt Disney World and have longer stays. They are equipped with a kitchen, which is a great for saving money.
They also have a personal parking space, so those with cars can quickly jet off to the parks in the morning. Fort Wilderness is filled with recreational activities, which is why it’s better for longer stays.
Without a car, or for shorter stays, the Cabins are great accommodations, but the location and difficulties getting to and from your cabin make it a very inconvenient option.
The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
Rates Start At: $68 per night
We’ve never camped at Fort Wilderness, but we have stayed in the Cabins, which share the same amenities as the campsites. See above for our commentary on Fort Wilderness generally, or read our review of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
The campsites are the lowest-priced accommodations at Walt Disney World, which automatically piques one’s interest. If you have an RV / camper or are really into tent camping, it’s easy to see why these are appealing. If you’re looking for straight value, it’s probably more sensible to save a bit or find the All-Stars at a discount. Don’t come to Fort Wilderness to save, come to Fort Wilderness to experience Fort Wilderness.
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