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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Back to Basics: Values vs. Moderate vs. Deluxe

You will hear any Disney travel agent or frequent guest start using words like "value," "moderate" and "deluxe" when it comes to discussing Walt Disney World resorts.

So what does this really mean?

Obviously values are cheapest, moderates are in the middle and deluxe resorts are the most expensive.

The value resorts consist of the All Stars Movies, All Star Music, All Star Sports and Pop Century as well as the new Art of Animatio resorts that will be coming in May.

The Moderate Resorts are Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Fort Wilderness Campground and Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter.

The deluxe resorts are my favorite and consist of Animal Kingdom Lodge. Yacht and Beach Club, Boardwalk Inn, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Wilderness Lodge.

Besides price, what is the difference in these resorts?

Room Size: The rooms at the value resorts are going to be the smallest. A room in the value resorts are going to be around 260 square feet compared to the Grand Floridian (a deluxe resort) at around 400 square feet. When considering a resort, it is important to realize how much room you really need and how often you will be spending time in the resort. With small children it will probably be better to get a larger room.

There are major differences in transportation between value, moderate and deluxe resorts. A value resort will only have bus transportation to the parks and Downtown Disney. For me. transportation is a huge reason that I choose to stay at deluxe resorts, especially with small children. When you have a stroller with two kids it is a lot easier to just stroll onto the monorail without having to get the kids out and fold up the stroller. The Contemporary, Grand Floridian and Polynesian resorts are all on the monorail system and can take you to Epcot and Magic Kingdom.

The Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness Campground both have boats that will take you to the Magic Kingdom. The Epcot Area resorts consist of Disney's Yacht and Beach Club and Boardwalk Inn. You can take boats to both Hollywood Studios and Epcot from these resorts and you can even walk to both parks!

If you are staying at a moderate or value and are taking a bus to parks, there will be multiple stops to other destinations.

Restaurant offerings- The deluxe resorts and moderate resorts have table service restaurants and the value resorts have only quick service resorts. Value resorts do not have room service but do have pizza delivery.

Pools: Any pool at Disney is excellent but the value resorts pools do not have slides.

Resort Mini-Fridges: You will be charged a daily fee for a mini fridge in the value resorts while they are free in the moderate and deluxe resorts.

Disney has a resort to fit anyone's needs and budget! No matter what, stay on property!!! Call me today for a free quote!

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