Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Welcome to our Walt Disney World Resort Introduction Page.

Here you’ll find an overview of the resort types and what they have to offer, as well as links to individual Resort Pages with more detailed information on what each has to offer.

Walt Disney World breaks their resorts down into several price categories these are:

Value Resorts

Disney's Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts
Disney’s Pop Century Resorts

The Values are the least expensive option when selecting a resort. Here you’ll find:

  • Small rooms (260 Sq Ft)
  • Outdoor room entries
  • Limited luggage service
  • Food courts
  • Pizza delivery
  • Heated pools
  • Bus transportation
  • A Pool Bar

The Value Resorts are:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

All-Star Resorts Combined Page

Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts Combined Page

Moderate Resorts


The middle of the road price wise. (Except for Fort Wilderness Cabins, which cost more)

  • Medium sized rooms (314 Sq Ft)
  • Outdoor room entries
  • Business Class rooms (at the Coronado)
  • Luggage service
  • Food courts
  • Table service restaurants (except French Quarter)
  • Limited room service
  • Pizza delivery
  • Heated pools with water slide and hot tub
  • Additional Quiet pools (standard rectangular pools located through the resort)
  • Bus or boat transportation
  • On site recreation
  • One or two Lounges
  • A Pool Bar

The Moderate Resorts are:

Deluxe Resorts

Walt Disney World Monorail Resort Bar and Lounge Crawl

The most expensive Disney resorts

  • Biggest rooms (344-440 Sq Ft)
  • Indoor (hallway) room entries
  • Concierge/Club level floors/sections
  • Luggage service
  • Valet Parking
  • Food courts
  • Multiple table service restaurants
  • Fine Dining
  • Room service
  • Pizza delivery
  • Heated pools with water slide and hot tub
  • Additional Quiet pools (Except the Animal Kingdom Lodge) these are standard rectangular pools located through the resort
  • Beach Access (Except the Animal Kingdom Lodge)
  • A variety of bus, boat, and monorail transportation
  • On site recreation
  • Multiple Lounges
  • Usually two Pool Bars

The Deluxe Resorts are:

Disney Vacation Club Resorts

The Disney vacation Club is Disney’s timeshare program. DVC locations are either co-located with some of the Deluxe resorts and share amenities, or in a couple instances are totally separate resorts.

DVC properties offer studio, one-bedroom, and 2 bedroom condo type rooms with kitchen facilities. These resorts are more expensive than the Deluxes but could be an option for big parties. You may pay by the night just as you would for any other WDW resort, or rent points to use for your stay from a DVC owner through a third party.

The Disney Vacation Club Resorts are:

  • Bay Lake Towers at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort (Stand Alone DVC Resort)
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort (Stand Alone DVC Resort)
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa (Stand Alone DVC Resort)
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

On Property Non-Disney Resorts

  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Shades of Green (U.S. Military Only)(Off Site Link to our sister site)
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Lake Buena Vista
  • B Resort & Spa
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel
  • Buena Vista Palace Resort & Spa
  • Holiday Inn – Orlando Lake Buena Vista

Resort Areas

Walt Disney World also divides its resorts into groupings called Resort Areas. This is to give you the guest a quick sense of what the resort is near. There are five resort areas, they are The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the Disney Springs Resort Areas.

The Magic Kingdom Area has four Deluxe Resorts and a campground with campsites and Moderate level Cabins. They are the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Polynesian Village Resort, Wilderness Lodge, and Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

As you would imagine the Magic Kingdom Resorts are closest to the Magic Kingdom. The two original resorts (Contemporary and Polynesian) as well as the newer Grand Floridian are “Monorail Resorts.” They are located on the Magic Kingdom monorail line that makes the transit to the park a snap. They are also some of the most expensive rooms on property because of this. All Magic Kingdom Resorts have boat service to the Magic Kingdom as well and bus service property wide. The Contemporary is close enough to walk to the Magic Kingdom!

Note Shades of Green, the U.S. Military only, Department of Defense owned and operated resort on WDW property is also a Magic Kingdom Area Resort.

The Epcot Area has three Deluxe Resorts and one Moderate. They are the Yacht Club, Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, and the Caribbean Beach Resort. The first three, all Deluxes are located adjacent to Epcot and offer boat service to the Epcot International Gateway and Disney Hollywood Studios entrances. You can also easily walk to Epcot, while the Studios is a bit longer walk. The Caribbean, the Moderate is located across a major street from Epcot and only has bus service to all WDW destinations.

The New DVC Riviera Resort will be an Epcot Area Resort.

Note the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts, which are non-Disney owned resorts are also Epcot Area Resorts.

The Animal Kingdom Area has one Deluxe, one Moderate, and three Value Resorts. They are in order the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Coronado Springs, and the three All-Star Resorts (Movies, Music, and Sports). The only transportation method available for all of these resorts is the WDW bus system.

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Area has two Value Resorts. They are the Pop Century and the Art of Animation Resorts. These two Values are the newest of all Disney’s Resorts, Animation being the newest. The only transportation method available for these resorts is the WDW bus system.

Disney Springs Resort Area has two Moderate Resorts. They are the Port Orleans – Riverside and the Port Orleans – French Quarter. These resorts have boat service between each other and Disney Springs as well as bus service to all WDW destinations. There are also two DVS Resorts in the Disney Springs area: Old Key West and Saratoga Springs.

Besides these Disney Resorts there are seven non-Disney resorts in this area: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Lake Buena Vista, B Resort & Spa, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, Buena Vista Palace Resort & Spa, and the Holiday Inn – Orlando Lake Buena Vista.

If you are interested in staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, get a quote from our recommended Fee Free Travel Agent, Ears of Experience.

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