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5 Surprising Benefits of Staying at Walt Disney World's Value Resorts

Kids running at Art of Animation Resort under Timon and Pumbaa

It is very easy to write off Walt Disney World’s Value Resorts—Pop Century, The Art of Animation, and Disney’s All-Star Music, Movies, and Sports Resorts. After all, for most families who don’t want to splurge on Disney’s Moderate accommodations or Vacation Club rentals, isn’t it just a better value to stay somewhere off-site?

Guests who have never stayed at Disney’s Value Resorts may be surprised to learn that there are some distinct advantages to the Most Magical Place on Earth’s most affordable accommodations. Particularly if you are travelling with kids, want convenience without frills, or are visiting Walt Disney World last minute, these resorts can prove unexpectedly amazing!

1. You can’t beat the price (on property)

Giant piano pool at All-Star Music Resort

Image: Disney

It’s no surprise that the best deals you will find on Walt Disney World property (other than camping at Fort Wilderness) are found at Disney’s Value Resorts. On any given day, the prices at Disney’s All-Star resorts (particularly All-Star Sports) run the cheapest, followed by Pop Century and The Art of Animation. In general, prices range between $95 to $200 depending on the season, with some opportunity for discounts for Florida residents and Annual Passholders. Even for guests who manage to increase their resort value by staying at Port Orleans, the Swan and Dolphin, or renting Disney Vacation Club points, you still cannot beat that price of the value resorts for an on-property resort in most cases.

While you can definitely find a decent room in Orlando for that price, what you lose is access to the benefits of staying on Walt Disney World property. Guests staying at Disney’s Value Resorts get the convenience of Walt Disney World transportation, Extra Magic Hours in the parks, early access to Fastpass+, the option to choose a Disney Dining Plan, free self-parking (which even the Swan and Dolphin doesn’t have!), and most importantly, convenience after a long, sweaty day in the Florida sun.

For guests visiting on a limited budget, the money you save by staying at Disney Value Resorts can go towards dining, souvenirs, and every other aspect of your trip. Particularly if it is more important for you to have the freedom to splurge in other areas, the sacrifice of a no-frills room is well worth the exchange.

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