Personal Favorites: The Value Resorts
By Dave Shute
THE PERSONAL FAVORITES SERIES
This is the first in a new series about personal favorites.
It is based not on personal favorites or my own taste, but rather on a combination of facts, analysis, inference and judgment about what would be best for such a family.
My personal favorites can be quite different from my advice for these families–particularly because I’m older and hence traveling with twenty-year-olds, not little kids; have been to Disney World more than thirty times; and know I’ll be coming back!
I thought at least some might be interested to hear about some favorites…if for no other reason than so that they can argue, using the comment form below!
FAVORITE VALUE RESORT: ALL-STAR MUSIC
However, All-Star Music is my personal favorite among the values.
First, it is the loveliest of the values–and this one point would be enough to make it a favorite.
This loveliness comes from the courtyard between the two Jazz buildings–see photo above.
The courtyard creates a graceful garden in the middle of the resort. Moreover, because of the layout of the resort, guests in eight of its ten buildings will experience this garden as they move from their rooms to the main pool, bus stop, or food court.
The layout of the resort is simple and symmetrical, with a strong central axis linking the food court and the pools–see map.
Once you have looked at the map once, you don’t need to think again about where you are, or how to get from where you are in the resort to where you are going.
This is not true of any other value resort…or for that matter, most Disney World resort hotels of any price class.
Third, the negatives of All-Star Music don’t matter to me.
The difference in convenience among the values is not that big, and the absence of kid appeal doesn’t matter much to ancient old me!
The music theme also resonates a bit with me, as I used to play bass in a rock band…see photo (that’s me on the far right).
NEAR FAVORITES AMONG THE VALUES
MORE ON WHERE TO STAY AT DISNEY WORLD
- For where to stay, see this
- For what you get in each resort price category, see this