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The Difference Between Disney’s Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts

Walt Disney World has more than 25 magical resorts to choose from. To help you decide, Disney provides three types of resorts: Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. However, you may still be wondering how a hotel is categorised and what differences to expect from your stay. At Ocean Florida, we have decades of award-winning experience helping families plan their dream Disney holiday. Today, we can help you look beyond the costs of accommodation and compare locations, room designs, resort amenities and more - until the only thing left to know is your flight time!

Value Resorts


Value Resorts include: Disney’s All Star Movies Resort, Disney's All Star Music Resort, Disney's All Star Sports ResortDisney's Art of Animation Resort & Disney's Pop Century Resort.
Ideal for: Affordable family holidays that prioritise easy access to theme parks and Central Florida over luxurious amenities.

Giant pools without water slides

Each Value hotel has a large central swimming pool and smaller pools around the resort. Although those wanting waterslides will need to upgrade to Moderate or Deluxe hotels, there are still some spectacular pools. This includes the largest swimming pool of all resorts – The Big Blue – at Disney's Art of Animation Resort; through over 300,000 gallons of water, underwater speakers will play smash hits while you swim.

Food Court Dining

Unlike other categories, there is no table service dining at Value hotels. Instead, guests can enjoy a central food court and drinks station. Menus include a cafeteria-style range of options, such as burgers, pizzas and salads.

Moderate Resorts


Moderate Resorts include: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds, Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter & Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.
Ideal for: A touch of luxury without premium prices, particularly for older families or groups who would enjoy adult themes.

Swimming pools with waterslides

If you want your swimming pools to really make a splash, consider a Moderate resort. All resorts in this category have an array of fun waterslides, not least Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and its five-storey water slide from a Mayan pyramid! Moderate resorts will also often include kid pools, whirlpools and more.

Table service dining

You can enjoy a variety of sit down meals with table service at Moderate resorts, as well as the food courts found at the Value level.

Deluxe Resorts


Deluxe 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 olynesian Village Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge & Disney's Yacht Club Resort.
Ideal for: Decadent themes and deluxe amenities which bring the full magic of Disney to your hotel door. 

Luxurious features and themes

The luxurious features of a Deluxe hotel create a truly immersive experience. At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, the horseshoe-shaped hotel sits around 40 acres of savannah to over 200 freely roaming animals. While at Disney's BoardWalk Inn Resort, you can time travel to 1930’s Atlantic City the centre of a lively quarter-mile promenade, with waterfront views of the harbour as street performers play.

Award-winning dining

Food lovers can enjoy a wide array of culinary delights at Deluxe Disney Resorts from revered Chefs. This includes fine dining, character dining, signature dining, table service, tea rooms and food courts. At Disney's Contemporary Resort, you can even experience one of the select few restaurants in North America to be AAA Four-Diamond award-winning.

Prime location

Location is where Deluxe Resorts find their extra magic. While Value or Moderate resorts are close to theme parks, some Deluxe Resorts are within walking distance!

So which Disney Resort should you choose?

While some things change between resorts, Disney’s attention to detail for what guests want remains the same. For example, while some guests may enjoy the VIP treatment of Deluxe Resorts, young families might enjoy the fun themes of a Value Resort more AND enjoy paying less. Or you may desire to be beside Animal Kingdom, yet happy enough to stay at the Value Resort of All-Star Sports since it's only 1.8 miles away. The extra research into finding out what is on offer from specific resorts can help make all the difference to your decision. At Ocean Florida, our expert knowledge has helped thousands of families fulfill their Disney dreams – and we would love to help you too. 

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