We are all about quantifiable data here at TouringPlans.com World Headquarters (located on an uncharted island in the South Pacific). There are many things you can’t quantify about a Disney resort. The adventure of an African game reserve versus the cozy romance of a Pacific Northwest lodge. The convenience of 24-hour Dole Whip versus sushi with a view of Wishes. Rubik’s Cube versus a frighteningly large cowboy boot. Theming and location aside, you can absolutely quantify the amount of space you get when you book the different categories of onsite resorts at Walt Disney World.
Not content to merely give you, our readers, a chart of the room dimensions, we decided to see how the relative square footage of the three resort categories compare when you drop them on top of each other. One trip to Home Depot later, we were ready to map it out.
It was a nice sunny day here in the South Pacific as we taped out our driveway (where we store our, uh, canoe), dragged out some furniture and suitcases, and threw down some sheets to show the size of two full sized beds (we know that all Deluxe and most Moderate resorts have queens at this point).
As you can see, there is a substantial difference between the size of a value room and a deluxe room. So how does it play out when you run the numbers? You pay 2.7 times more per square foot for a deluxe room than a value. (We used rack rates for value season – weekdays – for our comparison, deluxe prices based on the Epcot area resorts.)
|It’s been five years and prices have gone up. Here is an updated table using Summer 2016 pricing.|
What do you think? Is the price for a more convenient location, nicer furnishings, and better amenities worth it? Are you surprised by the numbers? Will you always stay at your favorite resort, no matter what? How many Volkswagens can you fit in a Disney resort room?