Walt Disney World Resort, What do I need to know about the hotels?

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The Grand Floridian a Walt Disney World Resort

What should you know about staying at Walt Disney World Resort the first time you go? It’s probably unlike any vacation you’ve ever booked before. It has the potential to be one of the most amazing vacations you’ve ever been on. However without being armed with the proper information it can quickly become a stressful situation. Hopefully, this general overview of the Walt Disney World Hotels will help make one of many decisions easier.


Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

There are three types of hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort.

  1. Value Resorts
  2. Moderate Resorts
  3. Deluxe Resorts

In this article we will give brief explanations about the Resorts and talk a little about how they differ.

Value Resorts At Walt Disney World 

  • Pop Century
  • All Star Sports,
  • All Star Music,
  • All Star Movies
  • Art of Animation

The prices start around $98 a night and run as high as $130. These Walt Disney World Resorts, most especially the All Star, resorts are very popular with schools.  Things can be a little loud and chaotic here. The all star resorts are all pretty much the same. Despite the different themes the are all laid out the same. The rooms are pretty straight forward without many frills. Since these resorts are the largest the dining options are very cafeteria style. The best chain comparison would be a Best Western. Of course, the aesthetic is way better. If you need to stick to a very strict budget these hotels are good for you.

Art of Animation is by far the coolest looking value resort in my opinion. Large sculptures of your favorite Disney characters surround the buildings creating some super awesome scenes to take fun pictures. Art of Animation is classified as a value resort, however, the prices can be steep as the real draw to this resort is the family suites. The suites can run upward of $ 300 to 500 a night depending on the season. Cheaper traditional hotel rooms are also available but they are limited in number.


Moderate Resorts at Walt Disney World 

  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Coronado Springs Resort
  • Port Orleans Riverside
  • Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Cabins at Fort Wilderness

Moderate hotels vary from value resorts in a few ways. For starters, the quality of the furnishings are slightly nicer. The theme around the resorts is a little more immersive. The food courts or restaurants that are available don’t feel like you are sitting in a giant high school cafeteria. For instance, at Caribbean beach the food court would remind me of an old world market. These Walt Disney World Resorts run about $175 to $280 a night.

The moderates at Walt Disney World Resorts, are where the hotels really begin to come into their own unique identity. For example, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness is where you get a  chance to hang out with Chip and Dale at a campfire. At Port Orleans riverside you can go on a carriage ride. Coronado springs main pool has a giant ancient temple.

Caribbean Beach and Coronado Springs are both currently under construction. Caribbean beach in particular I wouldn’t recommend staying at right now. However, if you find that the price is too good to beat I would look for a current YouTube review so you can see what the progress of the hotel is before committing. At the moment the food court is in a tent outside and you’re eating buffet style. Personally, it’s not something I could hang with but I realize that a lot of people might not mind the construction, or may find it interesting.

At Coronado springs the construction is much more limited and I don’t think it will impact your vacation.


Deluxe  Resorts Walt Disney World 

  • Grand Floridian Resort
  • Polynesian Resort
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort
  • Wilderness Lodge Resort
  • Board Walk Resort
  • Beach Club Resort
  • Yacht  Club Resort


The Deluxe resorts are the smallest hotels found on property. Consequently,  are completely immersive worlds unto themselves, for example, at the Grand Floridian you can take your children to have Tea with a princess. In addition, Victoria and Albert is a five diamond, once in a lifetime, dining experience that has made it onto peoples bucket list.

Appropriately, they have the nicest rooms available of all the Walt Disney World Resorts. They also have the most amenities available. All the Deluxe Resorts at Walt Disney World have fine dining available. As well as lounges/ bars.

They each have special touches that make them amazing resorts. However, this all comes at a very steep price point. The starting cost per night at the Grand Floridian is $574 and only goes up from there. The only con I can list about the Deluxe resorts is that you don’t get the service that is normally associated with this price range.

In conclusion, I would just like to say that all these hotels are great. I hope that this helps because there is something magical about being in the Disney bubble.

While we have covered all three hotel options there is also Disney Vacation Club  We wont delve into it too much in this article but check in later this week to read all about it.

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2 Replies to “Walt Disney World Resort, What do I need to know about the hotels?”

    1. Hi Rosa,

      Thanks for your comment! The Dolphin is definitely a Deluxe both in amenities and location.

      We will discuss the details with you in response to your email shortly 🙂 Have a magical day.

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