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!

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