One of the best ways to stay close to the magic at all times on a Walt Disney World vacation is to stay on property at a Disney Resort. With over twenty Disney Resorts to choose from, each option has an amazing theme, pools, amenities, scenery, dining, shopping, and décor. With so many amazing options to choose from, Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. Even though Value Resorts offer the best deals and prices, they are still wonderful options for guests to enjoy while on a Walt Disney World vacation. From stepping directly into popular Disney and Pixar movies to swimming with beloved Disney characters, Value Resorts have their own charm and many enjoyable experiences that are sometimes overlooked by guests. Here are eight fabulous Value Walt Disney World Resort experiences that most guests miss.
7. Big Blue Pool
Guests who stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort can feel as though they have stepped into classic Disney and Pixar animated films including The Lion King, Cars, The Little Mermaid, and Finding Nemo. The Disney Resort’s pool is one of the largest in Walt Disney World and allows guests to relax and splash alongside characters from Finding Nemo. The Big Blue Pool boasts larger than life statues of characters from the movie, underwater speakers, a zero depth entry, Squirt’s Righteous Reef, and the Schoolyard Sprayground. Guests will love hanging out and cooling off at the Big Blue Pool!
6. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort’s Chandelier
When checking in or passing through the lobby of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, guests immediately find themselves immersed in artwork and sketches from classic Disney and Pixar films. One of the highlights of the lobby is a massive chandelier perched high above in a glass atrium. The chandelier is adorned not only with lights but with actual animation! Guests can look closely to find small rectangular sketches and drawings of characters and scenes from favorite movies.
5. Tie Dye Cheesecake & Dole Whips
Disney’s Pop Century Resort invites guests to travel through the decades of the 1900s to relive some classic moments in pop culture. Guest rooms are located in each of the decades and are adorned with items appropriate to that era including psychedelic flowers and disco dancers. One of the best places at the Disney Resort to enjoy a meal or snack is the Everything POP Shopping & Dining Quick Service location. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner… with two very popular items are served up for dessert! First, the Tie-Dyed Cheesecake features red velvet cake with several layers of neon colored cheesecake that is delicious to the last bite. Second, the refreshing and smooth taste of the Dole Whip is now available at Pop Century. Go ahead… have both!
4. Giant Props
Each Value Disney Resort is home to larger than life props and characters which emulate the theme of certain areas throughout the Resort. Guests who stay at Disney’s All Star Music Resort are surrounded by massive instruments, those who stay at Disney’s All Star Movies Resort can spot huge characters from classic Disney films, and guests who enjoy Disney’s All Star Sports Resort can spot a huge football field and massive golf ball containers. Disney’s Pop Century Resort features huge items and memorabilia from each era of the 1900s, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort highlights scenes and characters from Disney and Pixar films.
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3. Walking Through the Movies
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort brings guests into four classic films which are beloved by many guests. A highlight of staying at the Disney Resort is feeling as though guests have stepped directly into the movies and can interact with the characters. Guests can wander down Route 66 with characters from Cars, dive into the ocean with Nemo and friends, and sit on Pride Rock with Simba.
2. Calypso Pool
Guests who stay at Disney’s All Star Music Resort love being surrounded by larger than life instruments ad wonderful beats at all times. One of the best ways to relax and have fun while enjoying the Disney Resort is by visiting the Calypso Pool which is shaped like a massive guitar and features a fountain with the Three Caballeros in the middle. There are massive maracas nearby and guests love getting splashed by the Three Caballeros while relaxing!
1. Special Rooms
For guests who are looking to step directly into some classic Disney films, the themed rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are the way to go. Guests can stay in rooms themed after The Little Mermaid full of nautical touches, The Lion King with plenty of art straight from the savannah, Cars full of rustic and automotive details, and Finding Nemo with whimsical ocean décor and accents. These rooms are sure to make guests feel as though they have stepped directly into the movies!