Value Resorts – The best way to go? My thoughts below…..

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Disney Value Resorts. Someone unfamiliar with WDW may hear that and think of the local Holiday Inn or something similar. Not that there’s anything wrong with the chain hotels, of course. Value Resorts almost seem too nice to be thought of as discounted or the lower end of the Disney Resort spectrum. I have stayed in two of them, Pop Century and All Star Movies. I had good experiences at both. My kids loved the pools, the food courts, gift shops, etc. Great scenery too. We enjoyed our stay, even though we didn’t spend much time in the room. That whole point, of not being in the room much, is where I’m headed with this article!

When I went to WDW the last time and stayed on property (we live here now, so we don’t stay overnight living so close), we got to experience both the Deluxe Resorts and the Value Resorts one in the same week. Actually, now that I think of it, the past two trips were this way. In 2009, we were scheduled to stay at Pop. A few weeks before check in, we received an email from Disney, offering to upgrade us to Old Key West. We took it! OKW was beautiful. We had a pool close to the room, there was a big bathroom, patio, etc. I really did love it. When check out time came, we really weren’t ready to go home. So, we decided to stay at All Star Movies for two nights to extend our stay. I’ll admit, I did feel the size difference, since we just came from OKW, but it was ok. We spent most of the day at the Parks, and only were in the room to sleep.

In 2011, we were graciously offered to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge by a friend of TMSM at that time. We had a Savannah View room. It was great to look out from the balcony and see the animals. Again, big bathroom here too. The pool area was nice, had a water slide and play area for the boys, etc. It was nice, and we were grateful for being able to go. We stayed at AKL for 4 nights, then spent 3 more nights at Pop Century. Again, I noticed the size difference, being that we just came from a Deluxe Resort. However, Pop was really nice too. The atmosphere at Pop is really up beat and fun. The food court was awesome, and we even got some of their exclusive cheesecake! Our room was close to the main pool, and to the main building. Location, location, location!! It was fun.

Staying at two resorts in one week really gave me the opportunity to compare the experiences that both of them have to offer. I’ve stayed at Coronado Springs as well, so I’ve been able to try each level. My conclusion…… well, it depends! If you’re like us, and are on the go all day, then paying for the more expensive resorts doesn’t seem to make sense. We literally leave the resort in the morning, go-go-go, then come back at night and hit the food court for a snack before going to the room for bed. In this case, I would rather spend more money on souvenirs and other extras, then put that money into an expensive resort.

On the other side of the coin…. If you are staying for a longer period of time, and take breaks during the day, I can see why a Deluxe Resort might fit for you. Not everyone is on the go for the full day. Some like to go back to the room in the afternoon for a swim or a nap. I’ve done this too. Having a bigger room works well, if you’re going to spend more time in it. When we stayed at OKW, the pool was right outside the room, so we used it a bit more. The first day we arrived at AKL, we also hit the pool and relaxed. The kids took off and played on the water slides and participated in the pool side activities.

As with everything else Disney related, people all have strong opinions on how they feel and what the best way to go is. For me, the Value Resorts make the most financial sense. Granted, I’m a shopper, so that makes a difference as far as money goes. I’d rather go to Disney Springs in the evenings and go to World of Disney or Basin and get stuff to take home. Spending a lot more money on a resort just doesn’t fit my budget. It’s all a matter of personal preference. Maybe someday I will be able to stay at a Deluxe Resort and not sweat the cost, but for now, doing Disney on a budget works for me!

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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3 thoughts on “Value Resorts – The best way to go? My thoughts below…..

  • January 18, 2013 at 12:50 am
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    I personally like staying in a moderate resort. Port Orleans French Quarter is my favorite. I think it is hard to decide whether or not it is worth saving money on a value resort. I think anywhere on Disney you get exceptional treatment, so it all boils down to personal preference. Although I can say the view from the balcony into the savannah at AK is amazing and a fantastic way to start the morning.

  • mm
    January 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm
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    Yes the beds are indeed a bit smaller!! I’m so exhausted when I get back to the room, I barely notice! lol

  • January 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm
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    you might to tell everyone that the values have full size beds not queen — there are a few king size but those only have the one bed in them & are usually handicap.

    I have only stayed in value – love it but like you said we don’t stay in the room for long. with 2 teen boys – we go go go then get back & fall asleep fast

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