The value resorts are the lowest-cost Disney resorts, and have the fewest amenities. These tend to be favored by families with young children and high school bands and cheerleading teams. The theming is bright and colorful, with oversized renditions of icons like Buzz Lightyear and footballs. Value resorts include Disney's All-Star Sports, Disney's All-Star Music, Disney's All-Star Movies, and the newest resort, Disney's Pop Century. Rates are generally $90-$125 per night, although occasional discounts bring the price down to $79.
Moderate resorts have slightly larger rooms than Value resorts, and include a sit-down restaurant in addition to the food court. Moderate resorts include Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter (formerly Dixie Landings). Rates are generally $130-$160 per night, although occasional discounts bring the price down to $109.
Deluxe resorts have the added benefit of good to great locations. Deluxe resorts are usually on water and nearer to theme parks. Rooms are slightly larger than Moderates, and many (not all) have private balconies. Deluxe resorts include Disney's BoardWalk Inn, Yacht Club, Beach Club, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, Polynesian, Contemporary, and the crown jewel, The Grand Floridian. The Polynesian, Contemprary, and Grand Floridian are all on the monorail line that takes guests to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Rates are generally $260 to over $1,000 per night, although occasional discounts bring the price down to $169.
Away from Home
Home Away from Home resorts generally include larger floor plans, kitchenettes, and multiple bedrooms. They are ideal for larger groups and families or for families who prefer to cook in their rooms. Home Away from Home resorts include Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, Old Key West, and Saratoga Springs (opening Spring 2004).