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Disney World Resort Recommendations

Stormalong Bay a swimming pool at Disney's Beach Club Resort
Stormalong Bay at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Selecting a place to lay your head each evening while on your Disney World adventure can have a huge impact on how magical a time you have. Balancing the budget with luxury is always a difficult task. At Magical Adventure Co. we have reviewed our favorite places to stay at and around Disney World. These are the options that we believe are the best balance of value across all price points. From a value resort option at around $200/night to the more pricey Deluxe choices, you can’t go wrong with any of these!


Deluxe Resorts

Disney Deluxe resorts range from around $350/night to over $600/night, with some club and suite offerings costing in the $1000s. However, we have narrowed in on a few choices that fall at the lower end of the range, but still pack a punch in terms of amenities and dining options.

Our #1 resort across all of Disney World is Disney’s Beach Club Resort. From the location, to the pool, to the overall theme, this resort is simply the best. Running at about $450/night it's not for everyone, but if it fits your budget it is definitely worth it. You can read our full review of this amazing property here.

Disney's Beach Club Resort view of the hotel
Disney's Beach Club Resort

Our next recommendation for a Deluxe resort stay is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This resort truly is an oasis away from the busyness of the parks. With some of the best dining in all of Disney World, an amazing pool, and of course a fantastic view, this resort is a perfect location for those looking to spend a little more time away from the parks. Plus, you can often find rates under $400/night, making it one of the least expensive Deluxe options. You can find our full review here.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort view of the atrium
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort

At Magical Adventure Co. we love the magic of staying at a Disney Resort, getting that exceptional Disney service wherever we go and never having to leave the experience of the most magical place on Earth. Plus the benefits of Extra Magic Hours, early access to FastPass+ reservations, Magical Express to and from the airport really make it worth it for us. However, on-property resorts do often come with a pretty steep price tag. That is why we often recommend the Hilton Bonnet Creek resort. With nearly all of the same benefits that come with staying on property and at about half the price, this resort is a great choice. To read more about this deluxe off-property gem click here.

Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort view of the pool in Orlando Florida
Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort

Value and Moderate Resorts

If you are looking for a less expensive option, but still want to stay on property, there are around a dozen Value and Moderate Resorts on Disney property to choose from. Value resorts are similar in amenities and quality to a Hampton or Fairfield Inn and run between $100 and $200 per night. Moderate Resorts are a little pricier at around $200 to $300 per night and are similar to a Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott. Plus, Disney has done a great job over the past few years of improving the in-room quality of these hotels.

Our favorite of these resorts is Disney’s Port Orleans: French Quarter. This Moderate Resort is incredibly well themed. The continual hum of Jazz music in the lobby and New Orleans style architecture throughout, make this place a joy to return to each evening. At around $250 per night, we personally stay here on most of our own adventures! Check out the full review here.

Port Orleans Resort: French Quarter view of the hotel themed after the New Orleans French Quarter
Port Orleans Resort: French Quarter

Our final recommendation is Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. This ode to the animation art form is the most “Disney” themed hotel in all of Disney World. And compared to other Value Resort options, Art of Animation shines when it comes to the pool as well as transportation options. At around $200/night for a standard room and $450/night for a suite that sleeps up to 6, this hotel has something for everyone. We detailed our thoughts in our full review here.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort view of the Littler Mermaid area of the resort
Disney's Art of Animation Resort

We would love to discuss options with you in more detail. When you sign up for a free Embark session we can walk through your budget and needs and help you select the best hotel for your adventure!

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