Choosing Your Disney World Hotel on a Budget

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Part of being a 24 year old Disney lover is understanding that I just don’t have the money to sustain consistent trips to the happiest place on earth. Not only that, but the trips I do take have to follow a very strict budget. At 24 years old, I’m not making a “through the roof” salary to spend freely. The hotel options I can afford are limited, the timing of the trips is crucial, and it’s important to find creative ways to maximize my time when I’m there.

Disney World doesn’t make visiting on a budget TOO difficult to make work. With different hotel ranks, it’s pretty easy to pick out the hotels that you can afford with your budget. Value and moderate resorts tend to be the only options I look at when planning a trip. Will I browse through the deluxe resorts and deluxe villas in my free time? Yes, because I’m a Disney World addict. But, when I’m really in vacation planning mode, I won’t even touch the surface of those. It’s important to be realistic when I actually sit down to plan my vacation.

Value resorts are the lowest end resorts on the Disney World property. The rooms are smaller, the theming isn’t as extravagant, and the resort itself is not going to have a lot of extra “frill” to enjoy. The value resorts include the 3 All Star resorts (All Star Movies, All Star Sports, and All Star Music), Pop Century resort, and, I believe, they include Art of Animation in there as well. Pop Century resort just received a face lift in it’s rooms, and I can tell you from personal experience that it’s been well done. And, according to Disney Tourist Blog, the All Stars will be receiving a similar face lift until about midway through next year. While the overall resort theming will seemingly stay the same, the rooms really needed an upgrade to step out of the 90’s. These upgrades will likely cause for an slight increase in price, but the value of these resorts as an option on a budget is still fantastic.

The moderate resorts come with a slight price increase, but they are more well themed and the rooms are larger. The moderate hotels include Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans French Quarter, Port Orleans Riverside, and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness. These hotels have a very concise theme, and it really brings you into the Disney World feeling. Deciding to choose a moderate hotel is really about your personal preference. Something to keep in mind is that the lower end moderate hotels (Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach) are VERY large resorts. But, that doesn’t mean you’re forced to walk from the main check in area all the way to your building every night. There are multiple bus stops around the resort to take you as close to where you need to be. There really is something about the added theming and the larger, more decorated rooms that makes the moderate resorts a really great option if you have some more wiggle room with your budget.

Deluxe resorts are not something I’m going to get into here, as most people my age probably can’t afford that quite yet. But, if you can, please let me know how you do and how I can too!

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