Welcome to the next installment in our series dedicated to helping you choose the perfect place to stay on your Senior Trip!
I strongly urge people taking a senior trip to stay on Disney property. The value resorts offer a great bang for your buck. They are clean, have fun themes, free buses to the park, pool bars, and a huge food court. If you want to spend the money, the moderate and deluxe resorts are gorgeous. There are over 25 resorts, so variety is abound.
Value Resorts– These resorts have the least amenities and smallest rooms but are still filled with magic and are quite whimsical. They have different themed clusters of motel style buildings with giant icons.
For example, All-Star Sports different sections include baseball, basketball, tennis, surfing, and football. Each value resort has a large food court, multiple pools, a gift shop, pizza delivery, an arcade, and pool movies.
All-Stars– The All-Stars were the first value resorts on property. Located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are three resorts within the complex each with their own amenities. You can choose between Movies, Music, and Sports. They are all pretty similar, just different theming.
Each has it’s own bus stop but sometimes share a loop. Due to it being a guest favorite, All-Star Movies tend to offer fewer reduced rates than Music or Sports. All-Star Music has a select number of family suites that are 520 square feet. They include a queen size bed, sleeper sofa, and sleeper ottoman. These suites are less themed than at Art of Animation, but usually are a better deal.
I’ve stayed at All-Star Music before and loved it! To me, it really had a sense of community. I enjoyed the musical theme and lounging in the quiet piano shaped pool. The food court had a good variety of food. I enjoyed my stay at All-Star Music and would gladly stay there again.
A lot of athletic, dance, cheer and music teams stay at the All Star Resorts when in Orlando competing or performing.
Pop Century Resort– Dubbed a blast to the past, this resort explores pop culture of the 1950’s to the 1990’s. The rooms surround Hourglass Lake, with Art of Animation on the other side. The resort is close to ESPN Wide World of Sports, and has buses to all the parks. Giant Rubik’s cubes and Mickey Dial Phones adorn the resort. Make sure to try the famous tye-dyed cheesecake in the food court. This resort is adored by many, and tends to have less tour groups then the All-Star Sports.
Art of Animation– Walking into this resort transports you into frames of beloved Disney movies. Sketch and color are a big theme and make the lobby and food court gorgeous. The movies showcased are Finding Nemo, The Lion King, Cars, and The Little Mermaid. Family suites are the majority at Art of Animation, but the Little Mermaid wing contains regular rooms. These rooms book fast and tend to be a bit pricier than the other resorts.
The resort opened in 2012, making it new and shiny. The food court is one of the best on Disney property with many creative dishes. The family suites fit up to six people, and may be a good choice for a larger group. The room has one queen size bed, one twin size bed, and a sleeper sofa. The kitchenette has a counter, fridge, and counter to make simple meals. The room is 565 square feet and runs from $339 to $522 depending on the season.
If you have six people, you may want to consider booking three standard rooms at a value resort. It’ll be about the same price and everyone will have their own bed. Or save a lot of money by fitting four into a room.
Later on I’m going to plan a mock trip to break down the prices. The dates I’m using are Monday June 6th-Saturday June 11th. A five night, six day trip. Below is the average nightly rate for a standard room (Two double beds) at each value resort using the Spring Vacation deal offered when I wrote this article. Keep in mind weekday rates are cheaper than weekends. It’s smarter to vacation during weekdays as it saves you money and the parks tend to be less crowded.
All-Star Movies- $123.20 (Preferred room, standard was not available for the offer)
All-Star Music- $110.40
All-Star Music Family Suite- $252
All-Star Sports- $110.40
Art of Animation Standard Room- $173.60 (Offer not available)
Art of Animation Family Suite- $304.48
Pop Century- $118.40
Please come back Wednesday when I will be covering the Moderate Resorts!
*Photos courtesy of Walt Disney World
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