This article ranks the best Disney’s Value Resorts with considerations for 2024. We also discuss amenities and other benefits you can expect when staying at a value resort.
Value resorts are the cheapest Walt Disney World Hotels. They are fun but not fancy and considered cute more than lovely. That’s okay, though. Value resorts offer something that moderate and deluxe resorts don’t–a lower price for a hotel on Disney’s property. So, if you’re on a restricted budget or don’t feel like you’ll spend enough time at your resort hotel, a value resort might be worth your consideration.
But which one is right for your Disney vacation? That’s a tough call that, ultimately, you’ll have to decide. However, we have stayed at each of these resorts many times. Furthermore, we’ve stayed at every value resort at Disney World within the last 16 months. So, when it came time to rank them, it wasn’t difficult to decide our favorites.
That said, the three All-Star Resorts will be the lowest-priced options. These resorts are almost identical, so our rankings of these three hotels shouldn’t necessarily dictate which one you choose. You can go with whichever one most appeals to you. Or, for a step up in price, you can choose between Pop Century and Art of Animation. Those value resorts have pros and cons you’ll want to weigh against each other.
The Best Disney Value Resorts for 2024
Below is a list of every value resort at Walt Disney World.
- Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
For a list of the other category resorts, you can refer to these articles:
#5 Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
All-Star Sports is last on our list of best value resorts at Disney World. But we still love it! Each section of the resort is themed to a sport. For example, the baseball area of the resort is called the Homerun Hotel. Other sports in their respective areas include football (Touchdown), basketball (Hoops Hotel), surfing (Surf’s Up), and tennis (Center Court).
Most of these areas will have favorite Disney characters featured throughout. For instance, you’ll find Donald in a tennis match against his nephews in Center Court. Goofy sits on a pitching mound in the middle of the quiet pool at the Homerun Hotel, and Mickey sits in the winner’s circle toward the center of the resort.
We ranked All-Star Sports last because it’s not uncommon for the resort to host large school groups traveling to Disney for various competitions. Of course, that can happen at any of the All-Star Resorts. But it is more common during the weeks leading up to Christmas and around Spring Break through the end of the school year. These times of the year will be busy, regardless of where you stay.
Rooms at Disney’s All-Star Sports come with one queen-size bed and one queen-size pull-down bed. Each room sleeps up to four guests. All rooms at the All-Star Resorts have the same layout and furnishings.
Related: Disney’s All-Star Sports Review
#4 Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
All-Star Movies is next on our list of best value resorts. This resort’s footprint is a little different from Sports and Music. But other than that, everything else is the same.
If you’re a movie fan, this is probably the All-Star Resort for you. Each section is based on a movie. Preferred rooms are in the Toy Story and Fantasia sections of the resorts. You might also end up in Love Bug, 101 Dalmatians, or Mighty Ducks.
Preferred rooms are available at each All-Star Resort. This room category is an upgrade because it’s closer to the lobby, dining, and transportation. However, you won’t find any upgrades inside the room.
Related: Disney’s All-Star Movies Review
*All-Star Movies has a pool refurbishment scheduled for early 2025. You can check our resort refurbishment schedule for the exact dates.
#3 Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
All-Star Music is our top choice of best value resorts among the All-Star Resorts. However, two other value resorts rank higher because they have one big perk that the All-Stars don’t. We’ll get to that next.
As for All-Star Music, we love the theming. Resort sections include Calypso, Jazz Inn, Broadway Hotel, Country Fair, and Rock Inn. Each section is themed to that particular style of music.
Overall, All-Star Music is probably the least Disney-themed of the three. But you’ll find fun references to unique characters like The Three Caballeros at the resort’s feature pool. It’s shaped like a guitar. All-Star Music also tends to have the best buses. Since it’s a music-themed resort, they play way better music than all the other resort buses!
Related: Disney’s All-Star Music Review
#2 Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Regarding the value resorts, Art of Animation and Pop Century are at the top of our list. Deciding which of these value resorts ranks the best is difficult. While we love the theming of Art of Animation, the rooms at Pop Century are better. So, ultimately, the Art of Animation comes in second place.
Art of Animation is a unique resort because it has four themed sections: The Lion King, Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Little Mermaid. However, The Little Mermaid is the only resort section with value accommodations. The three other sections are comprised of family suites that cost significantly more. The Little Mermaid rooms are okay. But they are still in the old-fashioned style of a regular hotel room. Thankfully, the two full beds have been changed to queen-size beds in recent years, and solid surface flooring has been added.
Art of Animation and Pop Century have three pool areas, while the All-Stars only have two per resort. Additionally, these two resorts are located on the Skyliner, which is a huge perk to most guests. However, you’ll want to know that guests must take the Skyliner to Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Bus transportation is not provided to these two parks unless the Skyliner is down. Buses are provided to the other theme parks and Disney Springs.
We love to visit Art of Animation to explore the grounds. If you’re a fan of any of the animated films featured at the resort, you’ll likely fall in love with its charm.
Related: Disney’s Art of Animation Review
#1 Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Pop Century is our top choice for the best value resort at Walt Disney World. We enjoy staying here and think the rooms are stylish and functional. Of course, since the All-Stars have been refurbished to the same design, you’ll see some similarities.
Pop Century has sections influenced by “pop” references throughout the decades of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Staying here is like going way back in a time machine. The resort has loads of nostalgia.
Since Pop Century sits across the lake from Art of Animation, you get the best of both worlds. You can walk to Art of Animation, explore the grounds, shop, or have a meal there anytime. You can also hop on the Skyliner and explore nearby resorts like Caribbean Beach, the Riviera Resort, and the Epcot Resorts area.
Related: Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review
Things to Know About Disney’s Value Resorts
We hope you enjoyed our rankings of the best value resorts at Disney World. In addition to the things we’ve already discussed, here are a few other things you’ll want to know about this category of resorts.
Disney World’s Value Resorts Benefits
Guests of Disney’s Value Resorts can participate in early theme park entry, a perk extended to all Walt Disney World Resort guests. Here are a few details and tips about this benefit.
Early Theme Park Entry: This perk allows resort guests to enter any Walt Disney World theme park 30 minutes before officially opening to the general public. This early entry provides several advantages:
- Lower Crowds: Being among the first to enter the park allows you to experience popular attractions with shorter wait times. This will help you to check off must-see rides and experiences ahead of the crowd.
- Photography Opportunities: If you love capturing the magic of Disney, the early hours provide a fantastic opportunity for photos in front of iconic landmarks with fewer people in the background.
- Cooler Temperatures: Morning hours are often cooler, making outdoor activities more comfortable. But if you visit during cooler weather, don’t forget a jacket!
If you decide to take advantage of this benefit, you’ll want to get to the park at least 30 minutes before the early opening time. If you arrive “on time,” you’ll likely be too late to take advantage of the benefit. You’ll also have to make your way through the crowds waiting for the regular park opening.
Value Resort Pools
Pools are different at the value resorts than the deluxe and moderates. Each value resort has a feature pool that sits toward the front center of the resort close to the lobby. However, the All-Star Resorts only have one additional leisure pool. Pop Century and Art of Animation have two additional leisure pools.
None of the value resort pools have a water slide or hot tubs. We have a list of Disney Resorts with water slides. However, value resorts have the same poolside activities and Movies Under the Stars program as the rest of the resorts.
All of the pools at the value resorts have the same operating hours. They usually all have lifeguard attendants. (At the moderate and deluxe resorts, you’ll find quiet pools with longer hours that are not attended by a lifeguard.)
Each pool at the value resorts has a nearby laundry room. If you want to learn more, we have an article dedicated to each value resort’s pool:
- The Pools at Disney’s Art of Animation
- The Pools at Disney’s Pop Century
- The Pools at Disney’s All-Star Music
- The Pools at Disney’s All-Star Movies
- The Pools at Disney’s All-Star Sports
Here are a few photos of the value resort pools. You can click to make them larger.
Dining at the Value Resorts
Unfortunately, dining options are somewhat limited at the value resorts. Each value has a food court that serves as the resort’s counter-service dining location and a poolside bar at the resort’s feature pool.
Value resorts do not have lounges, table service dining, signature dining, or character dining. The food courts offer multiple stations with unique cuisines, so there’s a decent variety of options. Each one accepts mobile orders.
Since Pop Century and Art of Animation have access to the Skyliner. Guests can quickly travel to the surrounding resorts for a meal. You might preview our list of the best quick services at the Disney Resort Hotels to get a few ideas of our favorite options.
Value resorts offer basic room accommodations. This category will provide the smallest rooms square footage-wise at Disney World. Value rooms average 260 square feet.
Each room has a guest bath with a vanity and one sink. Most rooms have a tub with a shower combination. A few rooms have a king bed option, but most will have two queen-size beds.
Preferred rooms are an upgrade we mentioned earlier. You might consider this option if you would like to be within close walking distance of transportation and the resort’s major amenities. Value resorts are similar to motels, where you enter the room from the outside. None of these resorts have interior hallways, except for the family suites at Art of Animation. So if it’s raining when you return to the resort, you could have a long walk in the rain to return to your room.
Thankfully, all the value resorts have elevators. The center of each building has an elevator. Stairwells are available on the outer edges of each building.
Transportation at the Values
As we’ve already touched on, Disney’s All-Star Resorts only have one form of transportation. Buses travel from the All-Star Resorts to the following:
- Magic Kindom
- Hollywood Studios
- Animal Kingdom
- Disney Springs
- Blizzard Beach
- Typhoon Lagoon
Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts have buses and access to the Skyliner. If you stay at either of these resorts, you’ll have the advantage of traveling via the Skyliner to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. From there, you’ll board another Skyliner to either Epcot or Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
We have transportation guides for each of the value resorts that offer specific details on how to get to and from popular destinations:
- Disney’s Pop Century Transportation Tips
- Transportation Options at Art of Animation
- How To Get To and From Disney’s All-Star Sports
- Disney’s All-Star Music Transportation Options
- Tips and Transportation for All-Star Movies
Final Thoughts on Disney’s Value Resorts
Hopefully, this article helped you decide which Disney’s Value Resort is best for your next vacation. While they aren’t necessarily as bright and shiny of resorts as the higher categories, it doesn’t mean you won’t have a good time. We believe that all of the Disney World Resorts equally offer the opportunity to have an incredible vacation.
If you want to learn more about staying at Disney World, we have a complete list of Disney World Resort Reviews. If price is still a concern, you might consider a few off-property hotels:
- The Best Off-Site Disney World Hotels
- Best Marriott Hotels Near Disney World
- TownePlace Suites Review at Flamingo Crossings
- Residence Inn Review at Flamingo Crossings (*)
- Drury Hotel Review at Disney Springs (*)
- Fairfield Inn Review at Flamingo Crossings (*)
*Denotes our favorite budget-friendly hotels that come with money-saving amenities.
What Do You Think?
Have you stayed at Disney’s Value Resorts? If so, which ones? Do you have a favorite? Do you agree or disagree with our choices for best values at Disney World? Let us know in the comment section below.