Should I choose a Value or Moderate Disney Resort? No matter which is picked, all guests receive an immersive experience by staying on site with complimentary Disney transportation to and from the parks. However, to answer which resort level is right for your group, consider the following 7 questions.
How important is Room Size?
Expect a standard room size of roughly 260 sq ft at a Value resort, where a moderate resort is 30% bigger. Also at a moderate are queen size instead of the double beds you get at the values.
How important is pool time?
While all Disney pools have amazing theming, the Moderate Resorts contain a water slide and values do not. If you plan on spending a day or two poolside, the water slide is an added bonus kids love. However, value or moderate resort guests will find daily poolside activities for children, led by Cast Members.
Do you plan on dining at your Resort?
All Disney Resorts contain a food court with various options. However, only (select) moderate Resorts contain table-service restaurants, such as Boatwright’s at Port Orleans Riverside, as well as lounges. Where as, values will provide just the standard food court.
How important is theming to you?
Disney’s Value resorts tend to have busier theming, while fun and entertaining, for some it is too much. For those looking to relax after the parks, moderate resorts have less bold theming and a more upscale feeling.
How many guests are in your party?
For groups up to 4 (+one child under 3) can stay at a Disney Value Resort. For a group of 5, a moderate resort can be less expensive than 2 value rooms. Or consider, All Star Music & Art of Animation which have Family Suites that sleep up to 6.
Do you prefer quiet when you return to your Resort?
Value resorts tend to be larger and more spread out then moderate, therefore more guests around you. Another thing to consider is school and sports groups stay at the Value resorts, where moderate resorts tend to be quieter. Also, moderate resorts have “quiet” pools (away from the main pool), while these do not have a waterslide, they are almost always not crowded and perfect for relaxing.
Is it worth the extra cost?
Unless you need an option that sleep 5, many find the quarters at any given Disney Value Resort are more than magical enough. For those groups who plan on spending most of their time in the parks anyway, a value resort can be worth the savings. On the other hand, if you plan on spending much time at the Resort, the amenities offered at a moderate may be worth it to your group.
Learn more about the Walt Disney World Resorts and contact Destinations in Florida to help you book your perfect resort.