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Best Overall: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Kick back by one of three pools – including the largest pool in the entire Walt Disney World Resort."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Disney’s Pop Century Resort — See Rates at TripAdvisor "A nostalgic tribute to all the fads of the second half of the 20th century."
Best Value: Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Many guests especially recommend it for families with small children."
Best Splurge: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Enjoys a scenic location on the shores of Lago Dorado in the Animal Kingdom area."
Best Romantic: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort — See Rates at TripAdvisor "This is your opportunity to embark on the pseudo-Caribbean tour of a lifetime."
Best Music-Themed: Disney’s All-Star Music Resort — See Rates at TripAdvisor "The entire hotel is inspired by the world’s most popular music genres."
Best Sports-Themed: Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Takes its inspiration from five different sports – baseball, basketball, football, tennis and surfing."
Best Campground: The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort — See Rates at TripAdvisor "Intersected by woodland trails and inhabited by free-roaming deer, rabbits, ducks and armadillos."
Best Overall: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Among all of Disney's value category hotels, the Art of Animation Resort receives the best reviews on TripAdvisor. It’s located on the park’s bus route in the Wide World of Sports area, and in fall 2019, guests will be able to ride the Skyliner to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. From its suites to its courtyards, the hotel is inspired by the artistry of animation. Standard rooms are The Little Mermaid-themed and include free WiFi, a mini-fridge and a safe.
Family Suites sleep six adults, and although they’re more expensive, they can be economical if you split the cost. Choose a Cars, Finding Nemo or The Lion King theme and enjoy the extra space afforded by a living room, kitchenette and two bathrooms. After a day of rides, kick back by one of three pools — including the largest pool in the entire Walt Disney World Resort. Other highlights include tasty American cuisine at the Landscape of Flavors and fun 'Movies Under the Stars' evenings.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Also located in the Wide World of Sports area, value-category Pop Century Resort is a nostalgic tribute to all the fads of the second half of the 20th century. At Hippy Dippy Pool, flower-shaped water jets recall the vibrant fashions of the 1960s. Kids will love the nearby water fountain pool, while Mom and Dad can sip sangrias at Petals Pool Bar. In addition to two smaller pools, the hotel also has a kids’ playground, a gaming arcade and a scenic jogging trail.
At Everything POP food court, you can refuel on retro favorites including waffles, shakes and hot dogs. Alternatively, you can have pizza delivered directly to your room. Rooms are more subtly themed than the ones at Art of Animation, displaying just a Pop Art rendering of Mickey Mouse to remind you where you are. Free WiFi, a mini-fridge, a safe and a hairdryer all come as standard, and each room can sleep up to four adults. This hotel also connects to the bus route and Skyliner.
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Best Value: Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort is the best-reviewed of the three cheapest value resorts. Many guests especially recommend it for families with small children, who will love the larger-than-life characters from Toy Story, Fantasia and 101 Dalmatians scattered throughout the property. Standard Rooms start from $112 excluding tax and can accommodate up to four adults in two double beds. If you don't want to walk long distances to the resort’s facilities, consider paying extra for the more central Preferred Room.
Disney magic is everywhere you look, from the Sorcerer Mickey statue spraying water into the enormous main swimming pool to the movie-theater inspired World Premier Food Court. At the latter, you’ll find five stations serving everything from breakfast omelets to evening pasta dishes. Adults can unwind with specialty cocktails at Silver Screen Spirits Pool Bar, while activities for kids range from an outdoor playground to an indoor gaming arcade. This hotel is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom area and is on the park’s bus route.
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Best Splurge: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Those with a slightly bigger budget should consider splurging on a stay at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. This moderate-category hotel enjoys a scenic location on the shores of Lago Dorado in the Animal Kingdom area and charms with classic Spanish architecture and influences. Admire Moorish lanterns hanging in the lobby’s grand colonnade, as well as the majestic Mayan pyramid at the center of the Dig Site Pool. The pool also has a waterslide and the park’s largest outdoor hot tub.
Dining is a more grandiose affair at Coronado Springs, whether you opt for lakefront dining at Three Bridges Bar & Grill or tapas and seafood at rooftop restaurant Toledo. Alternatively, a host of more laid-back options help keep your spending to a minimum. Kids will particularly enjoy this resort’s campfire activities, playground and 'Movies Under the Stars' evenings. For adults, there are fitness and spa facilities at La Vida Health Club, while Standard Rooms sleep up to four adults and include free WiFi, a coffee maker and a mini-fridge.
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Best Romantic: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Fun-loving couples can enjoy the romance of the islands at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, another moderate-category hotel located in the Epcot area. With lush landscaping and architecture inspired by the colonial towns of Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad and Aruba, this is your opportunity to embark on the pseudo-Caribbean tour of a lifetime. Spend romantic evenings walking hand-in-hand through Old Port Royale, sip cocktails at Banana Cabana or celebrate a special occasion at Sebastian’s Bistro.
During the day, indulge your inner child on the water slides at the main swimming pool, or enjoy a moment of adult relaxation in the tranquil hot tub. You can ride bikes along the island promenade, play volleyball on the sand courts or sign up for a catch-and-release fishing trip. King Bedrooms are designed especially with couples in mind and come with standard amenities including a coffee maker, mini-fridge and free WiFi. For your convenience, this resort is connected to the bus and Skyliner.
Best Music-Themed: Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort is the second of the park’s cheapest value resorts and a must-visit for all music aficionados. From the gigantic instrument statues to the guitar and piano-shaped swimming pools, the entire hotel is inspired by the world’s most popular music genres. When you’re not in the park or enjoying the pools, explore the jogging trail that runs throughout the resort area, play a game in the arcade or sit back with a music-themed cocktail at Singing Spirits Pool Bar.
Intermission Food Court features a choice of different serving stations and a deli-style market. You can also order pizza for in-room delivery. The cheapest accommodation option is a Standard Room, starting from $112 excluding tax. Preferred Rooms put you closer to the hotel’s central amenities, while Family Suites sleep up to six adults and have a kitchenette and two bathrooms. Additionally, the hotel is located on the bus route in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom area.
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Best Sports-Themed: Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
The third resort that offers rooms from as low as $112 per night is Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, which takes its inspiration from five different sports – baseball, basketball, football, tennis and surfing. Giant football helmets enclose the stairwells in the Touchdown! area, Surfboard Bay Pool is surrounded by larger-than-life surfboards and the Grand Slam Pool is shaped like a baseball diamond. At End Zone Food Court you’ll find crowd-pleasing burgers, hot dogs, pizzas and gelato. For grown-up libations, head to Grandstand Spirits Pool Bar.
There are plenty of activities to keep children entertained in between park visits, from a gaming arcade to an outdoor playground and 'Movies Under the Stars' events. Room choices include Standard Rooms (complete with free WiFi, a mini-fridge and a safe) and Preferred Rooms (located closest to the resort facilities and transport). Expect colorful bedspreads, simple wooden furniture and space for up to four adults in two double beds. This Animal Kingdom resort also offers bus transportation throughout the park.
Best Campground: The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Embrace the great outdoors with The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Located within 750 acres of forest in the Magic Kingdom area, the campground is intersected by woodland trails and inhabited by free-roaming deer, rabbits, ducks and armadillos. There are four types of campsite to choose from, including Tent or Pop-Up Campsites to Premium Campsites for large RVs. All of them have water, WiFi, a picnic table, a charcoal grill and hook-ups for cable and electricity. Many also have sewer hook-ups.
There's plenty to do at the campground — hang out at one of the swimming pools, rent a golf cart or sign up for archery, horse-riding and canoeing activities. In the evenings, family memories are made at Chip ’N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long. When you don’t feel like cooking, there are several dining options to choose from. Head to Trail’s End Restaurant for Southern-inspired brunches and buffets, or buy hot dogs and s’mores kits from mobile food truck The Chuck Wagon.
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