The Differences in Disney Resort Categories

by Casey Morris on April 17, 2020

WHAT DEFINES EACH RESORT CATEGORY?

Did you know that Disney has over 20 resorts on property? All of these resorts are divided into 4 different categories based on amenities, bed size, room size, etc. Each of the resorts in each category will be similarly priced for the standard rooms, but will vary greatly when you consider all of the room upgrade options that some resorts offer. We created this chart for a quick comparison, but read on below to discover more information and links every resort!

VALUE

MODERATE

DELUXE

VILLA

Typical size of Standard Rooms

260 – 277 sq ft

300 – 314 sq ft

340 – 488 sq ft

339 – 374 sq ft (studios)

Number of guests in room 

standard – up to 4 suite – up to 6

standard – up to 5 (at some)       suite – up to 8

standard – up to 5 (at some)       suite – up to 8

up to 12

Bed Sizes

2 Full OR

1 Q & 1 pull down

OR 1 King

2 Full OR

2 Queens OR

1 King

2 Queens OR

1 King

Variation of Kings/Queens/sleeper sofas

Room Ammenities

some have coffee makers

no ceiling fans

no balcony/patio

coffee makers

ceiling fans

no balcony/patio

coffee makers

ceiling fans

balcony/patio

coffee makers

ceiling fans

balcony/patio

Resort Pools

No slides

No towels provided (bring from your room)

themed main pool with slide

splash play area

towels provided at pool

themed main pool with slide

splash play area

hot tub(s)

towels provided at pool

themed main pool with slide

splash play area

hot tub(s)

towels provided at pool

Dining Options

Food Court

Food Court

Table Service Restaurant (except at French Quarter)

Quick Service Restaurant(s)

Table Service Restaurant(s) (characters at some)

Full Room Service

Quick Service Restaurant(s)

Table Service Restaurant(s) (characters at some)

Full Room Service

Transportation Options

Bus to all parks

Skyliner at Pop Century and Art of Animation only

Bus to all parks

Port Orleans has ferry to Disney Springs

Caribbean Beach has Skyliner

Bus to all parks

Ferry at some

Monorail at some

Walking distance to parks at some

Bus to all parks

Ferry at some

Monorail at some

Walking distance to parks at some

Skyliner at Riviera

Here is a list of each category, along with every resort within those categories. The resorts listed are links that you can discover more information, pictures and even videos at each location to help you determine which option best fits your family, so be sure to click on the ones that interest you the most!

VALUE RESORTS

This category has 5 resort options. Each resort is what we call “cartoon-ish” due to them having statues of characters as tall as the buildings (which the kids tend to love, by the way). Our favorite by far in this category is Art of Animation, followed by Pop Century (personal preference).

Art of Animation

All Star Movies

All Star Sports

All Star Music

MODERATE RESORTS

This category also has 5 resort options. These resorts have more lush landscaping, better food options and a much more upgraded feel versus the values. The cost difference is not huge to upgrade to moderate, especially for the standard room pricing. Our favorite in this category, by a small margin is Coronado Springs (in the Gran Destino Tower), closely followed by Port Orleans French Quarter (again, personal preference). Although, Caribbean Beach having access to the Skyliner is a huge plus!

Caribbean Beach

Coronado Spring

Port Orleans Riverside

Port Orleans French Quarter

Ft Wilderness Cabins & Campsite

DELUXE RESORTS

This category boasts 8 different resorts, more than any other category. Every resort in this category provides either walking distance to a park, or water transportation/monorail to a park, except Animal Kingdom Lodge. Due to AKL being the only Deluxe that only offers bus transportation, the price to stay there is considerably less than the other Deluxe resorts. If you are tight on budget but would love the quality of a Deluxe, we recommend AKL, especially since often times their discounts are phenomenal there.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Beach Club Resort

Contemporary Resort

Grand Floridian Resort

Polynesian Village

DELUXE VILLA RESORTS

Technically, each of the Deluxe category resorts has a separate Deluxe Villa building. Examples: Contemporary Resort has Bay Lake Tower, Wilderness Lodge has Boulder Ridge and Copper Creek, etc.

These 3 Deluxe Villa Resorts are stand alone, not having a Deluxe Resort as it’s main building.

All the Deluxe Villa options provide Studio rooms which sleep from 2-5 guest. In addition, they have 1, 2, & 3 bedroom villas that come complete with full living room/dining room/kitchen and even a washer and dryer!

Old Key West Resort

Riviera Resort

Saratoga Springs Resort

With so many resort options to choose from, plus each resort having many room categories, contact one of our travel advisors for assistance! Our free, concierge level travel planning will help you decide which option is best for your family, and on your budget!

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

by Casey Morris on April 16, 2020

QUICK RESORT OVERVIEW

Resort Category: Prime Value

Resort Size: 600 guest rooms

Bed Options: Varying options from 1 King bed all the way up to 575 sq ft suites.

Transportation Options: Bus to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and City Walk; dedicated walking path to Volcano Bay water park.

Dining Options: Two restaurants and two bars.

Pools: One pool and a splash play area

Overall Vibe: Universal’s Aventura Hotel is the modern and stylish place to stay. This perfectly priced hotel offers exclusive theme park benefits and is within walking distance of Universal’s Volcano Bay™, offers great views of all three Universal Orlando theme parks and is underscored by a design that is vibrant, free-flowing and calming. It’s your chill zone, your party place, your hangout, your refuge.

DETAILED REVIEW

CHECK IN

Although you can check in as early as you would like, your room is not guaranteed to be ready until 4:00 pm. You can leave your luggage at Bell Services and head on into the parks to play if you would like!

DINING

Urban Pantry

Inspired by Asian and European food halls, Urban Pantry at Universal’s Aventura Hotel brings you a variety of high-quality dining options, unique themes and visual experiences all in one spot.

Bar 17 Bistro

Bar 17 Bistro is the stunning rooftop bar and grill at Universal’s Aventura Hotel that features urban international flavors and so much more.

barVentura

Grab a drink after check-in at this contemporary and inviting lobby bar at Universal’s Aventura Hotel. This breezy and comfortable meeting space is the perfect before or after dinner hangout.

Bar Sol

Quench your thirst between splashes at the sleek pool bar at Universal’s Aventura Hotel. You might spend a whole day in these relaxing surroundings. And why not, when all your frozen drinks, cocktails, beer and wine are right here?

Starbucks

The Starbucks at Universal’s Aventura Hotel is in the heart of the hotel lobby and offers all your favorites and a few you may have never tried.

POOLS

There is one centrally located pool and a kids splash area.

RECREATION

There is a VR Game Room and fitness center to enjoy.

ROOMS

There are 3 rooms types to choose from.

Let’s start off by looking at a resort map:

Standard Room

A 314 sq ft guest room with 2 Queen Beds.

Standard King Room

A 238 sq ft guest room with 1 King Bed and a sleeper sofa.

Kids Suite

A 575 sq ft suite with 1 King Bed, 2 Twin Beds and a sleeper sofa. Choose this room with a Standard or Skyline View!

Lastly, here is a great overview of the entire resort:

If you have any further questions about this resort, please contact your PPDD Travel Planner.

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