When planning where to stay on your Walt Disney World vacation, there are hundreds of options to choose from. Every hotel chain, big and small, can be found within driving distance to Walt Disney World. While some of these options seem appealing at first glance, a deeper look often reveals hotel fees, parking charges, and lackluster customer service.
Even the nicest of these options can’t compare to what a Disney resort offers. At a Disney resort, you aren’t just booking a room to sleep in, you are booking part of an experience that will create a lifetime of magical memories.
Here are five reasons to stay on property at Walt Disney World:
1. Your Vacation Starts At Home
When you book your vacation package and stay on property at Walt Disney World Resort, you receive access to My Disney Experience FastPass+ selections before non-resort guests. You can select your experiences and build your itinerary. You will also receive customizable Magic Bands for each member traveling in your party in advance of your resort visit. The magic literally starts as soon as you book your vacation package. It’s a great way to build momentum and excitement for your visit and to explore the attractions and resorts even before you arrive.
2. Extra Magic Hours
The magic starts early and stays up late! Guests staying on Walt Disney World Resort property receive the amazing benefit of having extra hours in the parks before or after posted park hours. During these hours, the parks are closed to non-resort guests. Of course, this means shorter lines for attractions, less wait times for meet and greets with your favorite characters, and lots of room on those crowded walkways. Guests can use those extra hours to take another spin on Space Mountain, experience Test Track at EPCOT, or capture that perfect family photograph in front of Cinderella’s castle. What would you do with a few Extra Magic Hours?
3. Let the Professionals Do the Driving
Staying at a resort property means that you do not have to drive yourself anywhere at the Walt Disney World Resort. Flying to Orlando? Disney’s Magical Express can pick you up from the airport. You can go play in the parks while your luggage is delivered to your room! During your stay, you will have several transportation options. Walt Disney World’s complimentary Bus Service delivers guests to and from the parks, water parks, and Downtown Disney. Select resorts also feature boat transportation and some include the world-famous monorail. A stay at the Contemporary Resort, for example, even allows you the option to walk from your room to the gate of the Magic Kingdom! Guests who drive to Walt Disney World receive complimentary free parking at all parks and resorts. So, relax and enjoy the ride!
4. Options for Every Family
When you choose to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort property, you are not limiting yourself to just a few choices. There are over 25 resort options to choose from. Value resorts, like Disney’s Art of Animation and Pop Century, offer affordable, family accommodations with Disney’s iconic themes. Port Orleans and Caribbean Beach, just two of the several moderate resorts, give unique décor and landscape. And deluxe resorts, like Disney’s Contemporary Resort offer views and experiences found nowhere else. How would you like a view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks from your room?
Several resorts have an assortment of accommodations including standard rooms and family suites. Travelling with a large party? A 2-bedroom villa with a full kitchen might be the right fit for your family. There’s more than enough room for your entire family to relax!
Your family might even enjoy pitching a tent and experiencing a campsite at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. S’mores are close to perfection already. The only way to make one better is to have one at a campfire at Walt Disney World!
5. Disney Magic Everywhere You Go
Staying at Walt Disney World Resort guarantees you an amazing guest experience for your entire visit. Disney’s Cast Members are always providing exceptional service and make note of important needs and details. On a recent visit, my wife and I received an anniversary card from Mickey Mouse hand-delivered to our resort room by a Cast Member. The same attention to detail experienced in the parks is extended into the resorts. Each resort features Disney themed experiences and décor unlike anywhere else. You can watch your favorite Disney movie by the resort pool, or participate in a Mardis Gras parade at Port Orleans French Quarter. At Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, classic Disney and Pixar characters surround guests. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge overlooks an amazing landscape dotted with giraffes, and elephants, and also offers a nighttime safari trek. Every resort offers something different. When you stay at a Disney resort, the magic never stops!