Disney's recent price changes, for some visitors, the biggest expense in their Disney World vacations will be the hotel stay. While it's certainly possible to bunk down near Disney for less than the cost of daily tickets to the parks, many fans prefer to stay on-site. And that means paying more.Even with
Disney does offer a wide range of price options for its more than two dozen on-property hotels. It also offers a time share option, the Disney Vacation Club, that can change the math on hotels stays. Each price tier comes with its own benefits and compromises.
Disney's Value Resorts (rooms sizes are approximately 260 square feet, with double beds, and rates typically run $100-200 a night): Disney's Art of Animation Resort (864 rooms /1,120 family suites), Disney's All-Star Sports Resort (1,920 rooms), Disney's All-Star Music Resort (1,704 rooms/215 family suites), Disney's All-Star Movies Resort (1,920 rooms), Disney's Pop Century Resort (2,880 rooms), plus the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds (799 sites).
Disney's Moderate Resorts (approximately 314 square feet, with queen beds, and rates typically $200-300 a night): Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside (2,048 rooms), Disney's Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter (1,008 rooms), Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort (2,112 rooms), Disney's Coronado Springs Resort (1,917 rooms), plus the Fort Wilderness Cabins (409 cabins).
Disney's Deluxe Resorts (between 340-440 square feet, with queen and some additional bunk or day beds, and rates $300 and up): Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (972 rooms), Disney's Wilderness Lodge (727 rooms), Disney's Contemporary Resort (655 rooms), Disney's Polynesian Village Resort (484 rooms), Disney's Yacht Club Resort (621 rooms), Disney's Beach Club Resort (576 rooms), Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (867 rooms) and Disney's BoardWalk Inn (372 rooms).
DVC Villas (average sizes between 339-465 square feet, with multiple configurations): Disney's Old Key West Resort (558 units), Disney's BoardWalk Villas (282 units), The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (114 units), Disney's Beach Club Villas (177 units), Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (924 units), The Villas at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (449 units), The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (106 units), Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort (295 units), Disney's Polynesian Villas and Bungalows (20 over-the-water bungalows and 360 deluxe studio villas) and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (26 waterfront cabins and 158 one, two and three-bedroom villas).
With the average daily rate for hotel rooms in the United States running about $127 a night last year, with the average room's size being about 325 square feet, you're definitely paying a premium to stay on site at Disney. For Disney's most loyal fans, though, the benefits of being on site — both tangible and intangible — outweigh the better value in room space for the dollar available by staying off site. But just because you might be willing to pay a premium to be on site doesn't mean you are willing (or able) to pay an additional premium for deluxe rooms, too.
So what have you decided? Where do you choose to stay when you visit Disney?
Please tell us in the comments why you made the choice you do.
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