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No Matter What Your Budget, Here's Where You HAVE to Stay at Walt Disney World

When you visit Walt Disney World, you’ll want to stay onsite. The amenities at official Disney Resorts are better, especially the daily Extra Magic Hours benefit. And the close proximity to Disney theme parks is another huge advantage. Which Disney resort should you pick, though? Here’s an evaluation of the best and worst options in every tier.

Value Tier

Image: DisneyThe perception of the Value resorts is that they’re all All-Star hotels. Technically, that’s not quite accurate. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort was initially intended as a part of Disney’s Pop Century Resort, but those plans evolved. And the Pop Century isn’t one of the All-Star properties, either.

There’s even a hidden option, The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Unless you have ready access to an RV, that place won’t help you much. If you do, however, it’s probably your favorite. Guests are fiercely loyal to Fort Wilderness.

I previously ranked the various All-Star Resorts at Walt Disney World. While some theme park tourists understandably disagree, I stand by my selection of the worst of them. The worst overall Value Tier property is Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. I just can’t get past the noise here, and the lousy logistics don’t help, either. This is the place where people stay when they have an event at ESPN Wide World of Sports. When you’re not in that situation, you can do better.

Image: DisneyThe best Value Tier resort isn’t one of the properties listed in that article. Instead, it’s the obvious one. Art of Animation is a gorgeous resort that embodies everything that’s wonderful about Disney animation. The lithographs on display throughout the lobby are worthy of your time, even when you’re not staying here. Guests from nearby resorts should take the time to visit here.

When you do stay at Art of Animation, you’ll love it. The family suites are spacious and meticulously themed to classic films. Whether you prefer Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, or The Little Mermaid, your room’s décor will embrace the movie premise. I’ve listed these suites as among the finest at Walt Disney World. Frankly, they’re mislabeled in the Value Tier. Since they technically count, however, Art of Animation is the clear choice in the group.

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