Disney World Resort Hotel Guest PerksIt’s good to know that staying at any Disney resort hotel comes with some pretty exciting perks. Early theme park entry, when offered, is available for all Disney resort hotel guests, no matter the tier. All resort guests also receive complimentary theme park parking and special extras like having their purchases delivered back to their hotel when available. Most deluxe resorts come with additional amenities and perks. As of 2022, deluxe resort guests are able to take advantage of additional evening hours as well. This means if you stay at a deluxe resort, your park ticket lets you stay and play after the park has closed to day guests on certain dates. This is a valuable perk, especially at Epcot when available, as it allows eligible guests to sign up for a third virtual queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. The ability to access this additional virtual queue may provide your only chance to ride if you arrive later in the day.
Disney Deluxe Resort vs Moderate vs ValueAside from price which we cover in detail below, some main differences between deluxe, moderate and value resorts are the offerings, architecture, dining options and quality of the rooms. When we say quality here we’re talking about how much space a room has and how nice or detailed the furniture in the room might be. Value rooms can usually be quite efficient with spacing. For larger accommodations, there are far more options in the deluxe range and at Disney Vacation Club resorts. All Disney hotels are clean and kept well. That’s just the Disney way. Here we’re illustrating some examples of the differences you may find between resort tiers.
Theming at Disney Deluxe vs Moderate vs Value ResortsUpon arriving at a deluxe resort vs moderate vs value, you’ll notice some differences right away. Value resorts all follow a similar model and layout of a basic main lobby where shopping and dining are located. The main pool is usually just behind the lobby. In the moderate level, the resorts are a bit more unique and individual with their architecture. When you arrive at a deluxe resort, you’ll know it. The exterior is usually big, welcoming and paints of picture of a time or style. For example, pulling up to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge takes you out of the real world and into the story of a national park lodge of the past. Over at a value resort, the bed frames will probably look much different than something nicer you might find at a deluxe. The value All Star resorts are vibrant and colorful but the theme is pursued in a very simple way. Oversized items that represent the theme, like characters or pop culture visuals, line the properties. Meanwhile, somewhere like the Polynesian Resort, a deluxe property, you will find rich landscaping that supports the theme and authentic representations of the region on and in the buildings. In moderate resorts, like Port Orleans, you will find a theme followed through in detail but on a less grand scale.
Deluxe vs Moderate vs Value Pools at DisneyAnother difference between the resort categories is how nice the pool will be. All resorts have big pools but some are larger, and more exciting, than others. Resorts in the deluxe tier have the best pool and water play areas with slides, rock sculptures and exciting theme integrations in many cases. At Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club deluxe resort you can enjoy a full day at the Stormalong Bay pool. The water complex has a small lazy river, a sand bottom pool, waterfalls and more. At Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, a moderate property, there is a big main pool with a winding waterslide around a pyramid. The value resorts have large pools with more simple theming, still providing a fun atmosphere for families. Most resorts in all categories also have quiet pools aside from the main one.
Disney Deluxe vs Moderate vs Value RestaurantsAt deluxe resorts, you’ll find some of the best restaurants at Walt Disney World like Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Even guests staying at other resorts love to book dining reservations at restaurants like these. You’ll find exquisite menu items, incredible firework views, amazing interiors and character meals among deluxe resort dining. This is in addition to basic quick service offerings. At moderate resorts there are usually quick service and sit down restaurants on the property. Depending on the resort, you may find a hidden gem like Toledo on top of the Coronado Springs Gran Destino Tower building. Both Port Orleans resorts have nice lounge settings with live entertainment. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has some of the best food options at a moderate resort with quick service, sit down and lounge style dining with island flare. Value resorts offer basic dining with approachable menu items in a quick service style. Think food court style and burgers, chicken nuggets and fries with soda fountains.
Disney Deluxe Resort vs Moderate vs Value Locations and TransportationMany of the deluxe resorts are within walking distance of the parks or a very short bus ride away. Location can be everything when you want to make the most of your vacation day. Where your resort is on the property also determines the kinds of views the property has. Over at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you can book a theme park view and watch the firework show from your room. Each resort varies but overall deluxe resorts usually have more to offer in terms of location. Transportation offered at your resort is very much inspired by where the location is. You’ll find that resorts on the water close to Magic Kingdom will offer their own boat transport for guests. The same applies to Epcot area resorts on the water. There is also a monorail line that goes around to Magic Kingdom area resorts and connects to Epcot. The Disney Skyliner reaches all resort tiers with a station at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort.
Disney Deluxe Resort vs Moderate vs Value PricingBelow we’re going over resort tier details and vacations prices in the value, moderate and deluxe categories. Remember the time of year has an affect on the price of a resort stay and tickets at Disney. We’re pricing out the summer of 2023 which is a popular time to visit but not among the priciest.
Value Hotel Disney Vacation CostFor those camping, you’ll find campsites are one of the lower priced options at Disney World. These technically aren’t listed as a value resort on the Disney World website but, instead, listed their own category due to their uniqueness. Value Disney World resorts include:
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness ResortThere are ways to plan a cheaper Disney World vacation. It all starts with a value tier hotel. A weeklong stay from June 12th through 19th in 2023 at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort would cost $1,448.26 total. With 7 day, 1 park tickets for 2 adults and 2 children, the price changes to $3,819.35. If those are park hopper tickets, the price goes up to $$4,181.43. Add Memory Maker, access to photos Disney Photopass photographers take throughout your trip, and you’re looking at $4,350.43.
Moderate Hotel Disney Vacation CostModerate hotels still offer a decent price while providing more intriguing offerings. Moderate Disney World resorts include:
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness ResortWe’ll price out these basics in early 2023 and see what a starting point is for a middle of the range resort at a moderately busy time of year. For a weeklong stay for two adults and two children, from February 6th through the 13th, staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside, including four, six day park hopper tickets the price is $5,063.80. A weeklong stay from June 12th through 19th in 2023 at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort would cost $2,466.00 total. With 7 day, 1 park tickets for 2 adults and 2 children, the price changes to $4,837.09. If those are park hopper tickets, the price goes up to $5,199.17. Add Memory Maker, access to your trip photos, and you’re looking at $5,368.17.
Deluxe Hotel Disney Vacation CostDeluxe Walt Disney World resort hotels are the crown jewels of the vacation destination. You can expect fabulous locations close to the parks, neat transportation options like monorails and the Disney Skyliner and wonderful dining right at your resort. Deluxe resorts are also more likely to have upscale amenities like spas or spa services and firework cruise experiences. Many resorts in this tier have firework views themselves. Deluxe Disney World resorts include:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club ResortFor a weeklong stay from June 12th through 19th in 2023 at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, the price would be $4522.53 total. With 7 day, 1 park tickets for 2 adults and 2 children, the price changes to $6,893.59. If those are park hopper tickets, the price goes up to $7,255.67. Add Memory Maker and you’re looking at $7,424.67.
Disney Vacation Club ResortsThe Disney timeshare can provide an excellent value on deluxe tier resort hotel stays. Disney Vacation Club Resorts are all located at deluxe hotel properties. Some have their own buildings, like the tall, round beauty next to Disney’s Contemporary Resort that’s called Bay Lake Tower. Others have a special place within a deluxe resort like Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. DVC Members get all of the perks offered to deluxe resort guests. Here is a complete list of Disney Vacation Club Resorts. The asterisks note resorts located outside of Walt Disney World.
Disney Vacation Club ResaleDisney Vacation Club can provide a better value when compared to renting Disney hotel rooms each year. With resale, or buying a contract from a Member who is selling their contract, it’s possible to save thousands. DVC resale contracts can come at much more affordable prices and provide nearly the same experience as buying directly from Disney. Resale owners aren’t eligible for DVC discounts or to attend special events but they stay in the same fabulous rooms and enjoy the same excellent amenities. Deluxe hotels offer so much and becoming a DVC Member is a way to enjoy them each year.
Non Disney Hotels at Walt Disney World with PerksThere are some hotels on Walt Disney World Resort property that are owned or operated by another company. Within those, some are able to offer their guests some of the perks Disney resorts get like certain extended park hour opportunities. The following resorts may be in that category depending on the kind of perk:
Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
Shades of Green on Walt Disney World® Resort
B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Holiday Inn Orlando
Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
Four Seasons Resort Orlando
Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista