The Best Disney World Resorts that Won’t Break the Bank

June 26, 2015

Every family needs to experience the magic of Disney World Theme Parks.

The best way to do so is by staying at a Disney World resort, where benefits like park transportation and extra magic hours add to your Disney vacation. It’s really the only way to be completely immersed in Disney! The only downside? Accommodation costs can add up quickly. To help save your hard earned money, follow this guide to the best Disney World Resorts that won’t break the bank.

lion king at the art of animation resort

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Art of Animation ResortPrice: Starting at $115/night
The best bet for a Disney World value resort is Art of Animation. Comfort is key, as most rooms have been upgraded to suites. Plus, the resort has dedicated bus transportation, upgraded amenities and a food court–Landscape of Flavors–with offerings that raise the bar on value resort dining. The over-the-top theming, featuring scenes from The Little Mermaid, Cars, The Lion King and Finding Nemo, puts guests right in the heart of their favorite Disney cartoons.

exterior view of large fooseball characters outside of Disney's Pop Century Resort in Orlando, Florida, USADisney’s Pop Century ResortPrice: Starting at $102/night
Pop Century is the perfect second choice for families seeking a Disney value resort. Set amongst scenes highlighting pop culture trends from the 50s to the 90s, this resort highlights everything from yoyos and Play-Dog to Mr. Potato Head and Pac-Man. The whimsical atmosphere is complimented by updated furnishings, easy access to food options–including Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors food court–as well as pools with aquatic features and movies under the stars.

Disney’s Port Orleans RiversidePrice: Starting at $170/night
For a moderate Disney Resort, you can’t beat Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside. Invoking the charm of the antebellum south, the theming is some of the best of Disney World resorts. The picturesque setting is enhanced by white-columned mansions, backwoods cottages and tranquil bayous. Rooms here have been recently refurbished, allowing for more comfort and space to stretch out. Amenities like the 3.5 acre aquatic hideaway with a Tom Sawyer theme add to the appeal of Port Orleans Riverside.

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

exterior day view of Disney's Coronado Springs Resort with reflection on the water in Orlando, Florida, USAPrice: Starting at $175/night
The lakeside, southwestern theme of Disney’s Coronado Springs is transportive. Spanish and colonial Mexico cultures are celebrated, both in the brightly colored casitas, ranchos and cabanas and the dining selections available like Maya Grill. It’s also seen in the Mayan-temple designed pool, complete with water slide. Heavenly bedding and modern updates make rooms rather inviting too. When you stay at Coronado Springs Resort, you have access to all of the Disney resort perks but at a fraction of the cost of other resort options.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Price: Starting at $170/night
Want a beach experience while visiting Disney World? Choose Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Located around the 45-acre Barefoot Bay, this tropical paradise brings a bit more fun in the sun to your Disney World vacation. Palm trees, sandy beaches, colonial architecture–it all puts you in an island state-of-mind. Villages of the resort are themed after islands like Barbados, Aruba and Jamaica, with vibrant colors and sea-worthy, pirate-themed rooms adding to the Caribbean cool. With 200 acres to explore, this resort is a nice choice for visitors who want the best of both worlds on vacation.

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