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Walt Disney World Resort Classifications

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The Deluxe Resorts are incredible!

At Walt Disney World, there are different classifications of resort hotels. The more you’re willing to pay, the fancier a resort will be. To break things down to the easiest level, there are three basic classifications of resorts. 

Deluxe:

If you’re looking for the best that Walt Disney World has to offer, you’ll find it at the Deluxe Resorts. There are full service and signature restaurants, plenty of shopping options, the best pools, and little extras along the way. The Deluxe Resorts are also closest to the theme parks. They include:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel*

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel*

*The Swan and Dolphin are not owned or operated by Walt Disney World, but guests still receive many of the benefits of staying on property.

Moderate:

If you’re looking for something with plenty of room but you don’t want to pay the Deluxe price, a Moderate Resort might be a good option. There are plenty of amenities, a nice variety of dining options, and fantastic themes. The Moderate Resorts include:

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Value:

If you’re looking to save money but still stay in the middle of the Walt Disney World magic, then a Value Resort could be for you. The rooms are smaller, the pools aren’t quite as fancy, and the main dining option is a counter service food court. Still, the Value Resorts are incredible, and in some ways they have the most classic Disney feel of any of the resorts. The Value Resorts include:

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

If you’re looking to rough it, or if you have a camper or an RV, you can also book a spot at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. You’ll still enjoy all the benefits of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort when you stay at the campground.