Walt Disney World Resort Categories
Planning a Walt Disney Resort vacation can be overwhelming! There’s a lot of options when it comes to staying on site and you want to make sure that you pick the right one. No worries though! This post is to help you research on what the differences are in the different hotel categories, then this post is for you. While any Disney hotel you choose to stay at is going to give you the top-notch Disney customer service that they are known and loved for, the size of your room and resort layouts can vary in the different categories.
All About Disney World Resort Categories
All hotels include:
These items are included in all Walt Disney World Hotels regardless of category level.
- Magic Bands
- A pool- some of the coolest hotel pools you’ll see at a hotel!
- Retail Shop
- Mini-fridge in room
- Extra Magic Hours
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Complimentary Transportation
The Value Resort Categories inlclude
- Standard Size: 260 sqft
- Fun, bright, kid-friendly themed with large icons
- Double Beds Standard
- Food Courts and pizza delivery but no table service restaurants
- Spread out
- Rooms open to outside corridors
- Art of Animation has mostly suites, a larger food court and their standard rooms are 277 sqft.
- Bus Transportation to all parks and Downtown Disney
- Themed Pool
These resorts offer big bright themes and character images throughout the hotels. If you are going to be spending the majority of your time at the park and just need a place to sleep then this is probably ideal. My favorite value resort is the Art of Animation. The themed rooms are adorable, the only downside is the resort is quiet spread out. Check out my post on Disney Story Rooms for more on the bright themes and character images!
The Moderate Resort Categories include
- Standard Size: 314 sqft
- Beautiful themes, more subtle themes than the Value Resorts.
- Standard Queen beds
- Lush landscaping
- Table Service Restaurant, Food Court, Pizza Delivery
- Main feature pool (with waterslide) and other quiet pools
- On-Site Recreation options
- Spread out layout
- Caribbean Beach Resort- 340 sqft
- Riverside and Caribbean Beach can accommodate up to 5 people
- Themed Rooms available at Caribbean Beach and Riverside
These resorts offer a little of an upgrade in the resort decor. My favorite Moderate Resort is Gran Destino Towers at Coronado Springs. It feels more like a deluxe resort. I also LOVE Port Orleans- Riverside and their Royal Rooms but depending on how many kids there are and their ages the rooms can feel a little cramped.
The Deluxe Resort Categories include
- Standard Size: 437 sqft
- Impeccable Theming with lobbies and gift shops
- Queen Beds Standard, pull out sofa beds
- Rooms open to inside corridors
- Table Service Restaurant (Including 1 upscale option) and Quick Service Restaurants
- Main pool with water slide and other quiet pools
- Accommodate up to 5 people in a standard room
- Onsite gym, salon and valet parking available
Although it is more, for families of 4+, the deluxe resorts offer you more room for your stuff and typically also offer a sofa bed. It’s not a big deal for everyone but for us it makes a big difference. The Magic Kingdom deluxe resorts offer the benefit of being right at the park which is so helpful when you have little ones and such a stress reliever. My favorite deluxe resort is the Polynesian, followed by the Wilderness Lodge which is typically better priced and easier to find a room at. All of the Magic Kingdom deluxe resorts are nice and I can’t say I have a complaint about any of them. Check out our stay at the Contemporary Resort.
Printable Comparison Chart for Resorts