5 Disney Resorts That Can Save You Money
Check Out Disney's Value Resorts
The All Star Movie, Music, and Sports Resorts are 3 themed resorts that plunge you into a world that is oversized with your favorite characters and amenities that you can enjoy almost as much as the theme parks. We’ve stayed at the All Star Movie resort several times because we have so much fun taking pictures. The money we save gave us more spending money for souvenirs and character meals. Now we use our savings to take advantage of the dining plans. We love the spacious food court with so many different choices for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Each resort has more than one pool, souvenir shops, and video arcades. There are also laundry facilities. Just a tip from my experience, when you book a room, if the budget allows, book a preferred room instead of a standard room. It's not much more and if you have small kids that tend to fall asleep on the bus ride back from the parks so that you have to carry them, this feature is worth every penny. If your kids are older and that's not an issue, you can save your money and book a standard room.
When we took our vacation during the Christmas holidays, we stayed at the POP Century and really enjoyed the retro-themed décor from my generation through my daughters. The pools are very large at all the value resorts to make plenty of room for any size family and there are more than one pool at each of them. There are plenty of warm days in December in Florida, so never forget to pack your swimsuits. The nights can get cool enough for a light sweater, but the days are normally always warm enough for a swim. I usually check the National Weather Service website and plug in Orlando and get an idea of the weather to help me know what to pack. That way no surprises too to ruin your vacation.
The fifth and newest value resort, the Art of Animation, is the largest of the value resorts and actually has four different themed areas to choose from. Three of them have family sized suites, Cars, The Lion King, and Finding Nemo have rooms that sleep up to 6 people. The fourth themed area is The Little Mermaid with standard sized guest rooms that sleep up to 4 guests. The three areas with suites run around the same price as the Moderate Resorts that only sleep 4 guests. That is why they consider them a good value. All four areas share a large food court, a gift shop and large lobby area.
Of course being on property offers guests free transportation to all of the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs Marketplace. This in itself to me is a very big plus as all the resorts on property are much close to the parks and riding time is alot shorter. This isn't such a big deal in the morning when you are heading to the parks, but believe me when you are heading back to the resort that evening and everybody is wiped out from all the walking, this shorter bus ride is a blessing. The dining plan is only offered to guests staying at the Disney resorts and you also can take advantage of advance dining reservations before you even leave home. You can choose Fastpasses before you go on your vacation and while you are there you can enjoy the Extra Magic hours. There is a schedule of what park and when they offer the Extra Magic hours so you can plan to visit that park that day. This is one of our favorite amenities because we can catch rides that get long lines and run out of Fastpasses early.
Fastpass Tip: Decide what is your first priority rides and go get those Fastpasses as soon as you get to the park (if you have not already gotten them online at home before you came).