June 20, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels: The Value Resorts!

Hello everyone! I hope you are well! In today’s Disney post, we are talking all about the Value Resorts at Walt Disney World! I’m going to take you through all of the different resorts at this level, give a brief breakdown of types of rooms available (and the pricing as of June 2018), and a little bit about each resort. I will be going through all Walt Disney World Resorts in the coming weeks. If you’d like to stay on site at Walt Disney World, this post series is for you! Okay, let’s get started!

What is a Value Resort?

The Value Resorts are the lowest level of resorts at Walt Disney World, therefore they are the least expensive! The themes are more “in your face Disney” and are generally very popular with families. School groups tend to stay at the Values as well. Value Resorts have larger than life statues of characters from Disney films, and each resort has a different theme. Within the resorts there are different sections, and each section has a pool, with the largest pool being closest to the main building! All resorts have a food court, arcade, shop, and basic hotel amenities. Okay, let’s get to the resorts!

The All Stars!

There are 3 All Star Resorts, all close to each other in the Animal Kingdom resort section of Walt Disney World. Prices start at $110/night (as of June 8th, 2018.)

 

All Star Music– This resort opened 1994, and I stayed here in 1997 on my 1st trip to Walt Disney World! Sections of the resort are different genres of music, and I remember staying in the Country section! They have two types of room configurations: 2 Double beds, or a family suite that includes 1 queen bed, 1 twin sleeper chair, 1 double size sleeper sofa. Standard location or preferred location (close to the main building) is available. Intermissions is the name of the food court.

The Value Resorts

All Star Movies– This resort opened in 1999! It has different sections themed to different movies like Fantasia, Toy Story, 101 Dalmatians and more! All rooms have 2 double beds, and standard or preferred rooms are available. The food court is called World Premier! Look at the film reel railings! It’s all in the details.

The Value Resorts

All Star Sports– All Star Sports opened in 1994! Each section is themed to different sports, like football, tennis, and more! All rooms have 2 double beds, and standard and preferred rooms are available. End Zone is the name of the food court. Most sports groups (like cheerleaders) stay here when they visit Walt Disney World for tournaments.

The Value Resorts

Notes about the All Stars

  • school groups tend to stay here because they are the least expesive
  • cheerleading and sports groups are the same
  • They are fairly far away from Magic Kingdom
  • Your room (if you don’t go for preferred location) can be far away from the bus stop (10 minute walk or more)
  • In the lower seasons, the All Star Resorts sometimes share buses

pop century

Rooms starting at $120/night (as of June 8th, 2018). Resort is in the Wide World of Sports Resort area.

Pop Century Resort opened in 2003! Each section is themed to a decade, from the 50’s to the 90’s. The rooms have either 2 double beds, 1 king bed, or 1 queen bed and 1 queen table bed. The entire resort is undergoing renovations (one section at a time), and the rooms are really nice! The views are standard, standard pool view, preferred, or preferred pool view. The food court is called Everything Pop! I’ve stayed here 3 times and as of right now it’s my favourite Value Resort! This was the first resort we stayed in an accessible room, and it was in a preferred location which was nice! I also find that the resort area is more central, and it’s a bit faster to get to each of the parks.

 

The Value Resorts

art of animation

Starting at $155/night, $342/night for suites (as of June 8th, 2018). Also in the Wide World of Sports area. Pop Century and Art of Animation are connected by a bridge! The gondola system will be coming to these resorts as well! (Estimated completion mid 2019).

Art of Animation is the newest Value resort, and it opened May 2012. It’s a little different than the other Values!  I would call it Moderate-lite (next level up of resorts), or value-plus. There are 4 sections, 3 are made up of family suites (Finding Nemo, The Lion King, and Cars) and 1 section is standard rooms (Little Mermaid). For the family suites, all rooms have 1 queen bed, 1 double table bed and 1 double size sleeper sofa. For the standard rooms, you get either 2 double beds or 1 king. These rooms are HEAVILY themed to the section, and they look awesome. I hope to stay here someday! Little Mermaid section would be my first choice. (Ethan and I actually considered staying there on our trip in 2013, but with the room discount available we stayed at a Moderate resort for close to the same price). The food court is called Landscape of Flavors, and is supposed to be one of the best food courts of the Value Resorts!

The Value Resorts

 

Random Tips!

  • stay in a preferred room if you can, it’s worth the time saved walking back to the rooms!
  • if you are going to be in the parks all day, save some money and stay at a value
  • because lots of families stay here, there tend to be a lot of buses at the end of the night at the parks!

If you’d like to listen to me talk about the different resorts instead of reading about them, check out the video below!

 

If you’d like to learn more about these resorts, visit the Walt Disney World website here.

 

Thank you so much for joining me today! Have you ever stayed at a Value Resort? Let me know in the comments below!

Kelsey
June 6, 2018

Summer at Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone, I hope you are well! The weather has really been heating up lately, which got me thinking about summer, and summer at Walt Disney World! Today I’ll be sharing the special events you can look forward to if you are visiting Walt Disney World this summer! Okay, let’s get started!

Summer at Walt Disney World

 

hot hot hot!

If you are visiting Walt Disney World this summer, it’s going to be hot! Make sure to check out my post with tips to staying cool in the summer!

 h20 glow parties at Typhoon Lagoon

Running select nights from June 21st to August 11th (every Thursday and Saturday from 8pm-11pm), this looks like it would be so much fun! I’ve never been to the water parks at night! Themed from the short (which you should watch if you’ve never seen it!) Rex is your Dinosaur of Ceremonies, and the party includes dance parties, special food, and fun for the whole family!

Tickets are $55 per adult and $50 per child (ages 3-9) plus tax. Guests can arrive as early as 7pm.

While it is on the expensive side, I think it’s a cool idea and it would be fun to see Typhoon Lagoon all glowed up!

Summer at Walt Disney World

incredible summer

The Incredible Tomorrowland Expo runs from May 25th to September 3rd, 2018 and takes place in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom! With character interactions, photo ops and special food, it looks like a fun place to be!

Summer at Walt Disney World

Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot

From June 9th to August 19th, 2108 the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Live! concert series will be happening at Epcot! The concerts will be taking place 5 times daily, and it looks like it would be fun! With Gamora, Starlord and a band of aliens, they will be playing classics from the 70’s and 80’s!

Summer at Walt Disney World

Donald’s Dino Bash at Animal Kingdom

Beginning May 25th, Dinoland USA is getting a party! Scrooge McDuck will greet guests as well as Launchpad McQuack and Donald himself! There’s also a dance party! I’ve seen some footage on Instagram of Chip and Dale in their dinosaur costumes dancing, and I would even visit them (considering I HATE dinosaurs). It looks like it will bring some life to a pretty boring area of Animal Kingdom (that I don’t know why it exists in the first place, but that’s a different story).

Summer at Walt Disney World

Toy Story Land!!

An exciting addition coming to Hollywood Studios coming June 30th! It’s going to be BUSY, so try and book your Fastpass+ as soon as your window opens! If that’s not possible, try to be there for park opening, and try when Fantasmic and the fireworks are going on!

Toy Story Land has 2 new rides: Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers, plus Toy Story Midway Mania and a new quick service location called Woody’s Lunch Box!

For more information on everything mentioned, visit the Walt Disney World website!

Other posts in the series:

Fall at Walt Disney World

Winter at Walt Disney World

January and February at Walt Disney World

Spring at Walt Disney World

Are you headed to Walt Disney World this summer? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
March 14, 2018

Spring at Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s Disney post! Today I will be sharing everything there is to do during Spring at Walt Disney World! From special events to seasonal offerings, and tips I’ve learned from trips, I’m sharing it all! Spring is one of my favourite times to visit, so writing this post was easy! Okay, let’s get started!

Spring at Walt Disney World

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Running from February 28th- May 29th, 2018, this is one of my favourite festivals at Epcot! I love seeing the different topiaries around World Showcase and sampling the food! In the last few years they’ve increased the food offerings (it’s like Food & Wine lite) and I haven’t been since 2013 but the food this year looks great! You can check out all of the food offerings for this year here. There is also a concert series just like at the Food & Wine Festival!

Spring at Walt Disney World

easter egg hunt

There is a fun activity to take part in at the Flower & Gardne festival every year, and a new addition this year! Maps and stickers are $5.99+tax, and it’s your job to find the Easter eggs hidden around World Showcase! New this year is the Spike the Honey Bee Scavenger Hunt. You can find more information about these events here.

Spring at Walt Disney World

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Chocolate Easter Eggs at The Grand Floridian

One thing I’ve never seen in person is the chocolate eggs at the Grand Floridian! One of my favourite resorts in general, and the chefs from around the resort make beautiful themed Easter Eggs!

meet the easter bunny

You can find Mr. and Mrs. Bunny in Magic Kingdom until Easter, and get your picture with them!

Star Wars RunDisney Weekend

Sure to be a busy weekend with 3 races (a 5k, 10k and Half Marathon), this takes place every year! I know some people who are running this year, and I hope to run one of these races in the future! (Mostly because it falls around my birthday that I could then be in Walt Disney World on my birthday!

seasonal shows

The Trolley show in Magic Kingdom gets a spring update, as well as Festival of Fantasy! I love how Disney makes subtle changes for the seasons 🙂

low (ish crowds)

March and April can be busy with Easter and spring break, but I’ve found May to be fairly low in crowds. It’s actually one of my favourite times to go! I’ve been to Walt Disney World in May 4 times! On my 1st trip, 2nd trip, 4th trip and 7th trip! I find the weather is perfect (hot which I like, and it’s still warming up in Canada so it still feels like a vacation to a warm destination!)

New UP! Bird show at Animal Kingdom!

Starting April 22nd, the relacement for Flights of Wonder will be showing! Featuring Dug and Russel from UP! It will premiere in Earth Day, which is also Animal Kingdom’s birthday!

If you’ve been to Walt Disney World in the Spring, let me know what one of your favourite things was! For me the Flower and Garden Festival is always fun, and I love seeing the topiaries every year!

Other Disney Seasons posts:

Fall at Walt Disney World

Winter at Walt Disney World

January/February at Walt Disney World

Spring at Walt Disney World (you’re here!)

Summer at Walt Disney World (coming soon!)

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey