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  • On Nov 12, 2022
    Marge from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    There is quite a price difference between the different Disney hotels. If it is better to stay at a disney hotel, will we be okay picking one of the cheaper options? Is there a big difference because of the more you pay?

    Hey Howdy Hey Marge,

    It is wonderful to see you again here at planDisney. Picking the perfect Disney Resorts Collection hotel can be a tough choice as there are so many to pick from. And, you are correct - there is quite a difference in the various price options. The good news is they are all Disney owned and operated and will provide you the opportunity to stay in the middle of the Disney magic!

    Walt Disney World Resort separates their hotels into three main categories, and a total of five categories overall. The three main categories include Value Resort Hotels, Moderate Resort Hotels and Deluxe Resort Hotels. If you are looking to combine your love of camping with your Disney World vacation, there is also a wonderful Campground option, and if you are looking for more room and perhaps access to a kitchen or in-room laundry, there are also a number of wonderful Deluxe Villa choices. 

    Each resort has its own unique personality and theme and they all offer the Disney details, touches and magic we love! Additionally, Guests at any Disney Resort will have access to Early Theme Park Entry, complimentary Resort Transportation, the ability to book Individual Lightning Lanes at 7am and the option to use their MagicBand+ for not only theme park admission but also to open their resort door and charge back to their room. 

    Some of the main differences you will find between the various resort categories is the size of the rooms and the amenities offered at the resorts. Deluxe Resort and Deluxe Villas will provide more space than the standard Value option. Additionally, Value Resorts will provide a Quick Service dining option and a nice pool to relax at, but you will need to select a Moderate or Deluxe Resort if your wish list includes a table service restaurant or pool area with water features or a slide. One more noticeable difference is distance to the theme parks. The Value Resorts tend to be a little further from the theme parks resulting in a slightly longer ride, where Deluxe options are usually just steps away from at least one of the four theme parks. 

    If you have a fairly generous budget, or plan on spending more time relaxing at your resort and less time at the theme parks, I would definitely recommend selecting a Deluxe Resort. You will love the location, room options and amenities. However, if you are looking for something budget friendly and prefer to spend your money on Enchanting Extras or fantastic dining options, then go for the Value option. We have stayed at Value Resorts many, many times and have had just as amazing of a trip. 

    I hope this information helps you make the perfect choice! If I can help with any additional planning questions, please stop back and see me.

    T-T-F-N (Ta-Ta for now),
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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