Disney resort hotels are divided according to location (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney Boardwalk). Prices vary drastically according to season, week and day.

While deluxe resorts are the best Disney has to offer, note that you're paying for Disney theming and location convenience, not luxury. Most offer multiroom suites and villas, upscale restaurants, children's programs and easy access to theme parks.

Around Walt Disney World

If you don't stay in a Walt Disney World® resort, countless other hotels, motels and resorts in Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee and Celebration lie within a few miles of Walt Disney World®. There's an excellent selection of chain motels along grassy Palm Pkwy just outside Disney's gates and a cluster of seven upscale chain hotels (www.downtowndisneyhotels.com) across from Disney Springs.

Disney's Value Resorts

Five value resorts, the least-expensive Disney properties available (not including camping), have thousands of motel-style rooms and suites; are garishly decorated according to their theme; connect to all the parks by bus only; and cater to families and traveling school groups – expect cheerleader teams practicing in the courtyard or a lobby of teenagers wearing matching jerseys. You will definitely feel the difference because of the lower price: instead of proper restaurants, there are food courts and snack bars, and things are particularly bright, hectic and loud. Some value resorts offer family suites with two bathrooms and a kitchenette.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Inspired by four animated Disney classics (Finding Nemo, Lion King, Cars and Little Mermaid) and the newest of Disney's Value Resorts (finished in 2012), this dazzlingly bright hotel is the best bet for budget-conscious Disney travel.

Disney's All-Star Resorts Three self-contained hotels, three of Disney's five 'value' accommodation options, let you take your pick between movie, music and sports themes.

Disney's Pop Century Resort Each section pays homage to a different decade of the late 20th century, with massive bowling pins that extend beyond the roof and giant Play Doh.

Staying at a Disney Resort hotel

Disney resort hotels are divided according to location (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney Boardwalk). Prices vary drastically according to season, week and day.

Disney's website www.disneyworld.disney.go.com outlines all its resorts and package offerings. Most rooms sleep up to four, with no extra charge for children or cribs, and a handful offer themed rooms and bunk beds.

While deluxe resorts are the best Disney has to offer, note that you're paying for Disney theming and location convenience, not luxury. Most offer multiroom suites and villas, upscale restaurants, children's programs and easy access to theme parks. Epcot resorts offer walking access and pleasant boat transport to restaurants and entertainment at Disney's BoardWalk, Hollywood Studios and Epcot, while Magic Kingdom resorts are an easy boat or monorail ride to park gates.