Disney World building another 2,000 rooms for the budget market

Walt Disney World's Cinf=derella Castle
Walt Disney World's Cinf=derella Castle

Good news, budget Mousketeers! Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., is expanding the inventory of its lowest-priced rooms. The new Disney's Art of Animation resort will add 1,120 suites and 864 standard, motel-style rooms in a section of the park beside another value-class resort, Disney's Pop Century. It opens in 2012, in time for the vacation playground's revamp of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.

Right now, Disney's "value" resorts are the cheapest it offers ("moderate" and "deluxe" are more expensive), with prices starting at $82 per night for a standard room in the lowest season, and $154 during the busiest nights of the year. Similar suites currently start at $190 and sleep six.