Everyone knows how exciting planning a Disney World vacation is. But if you’re not prepared, it can quickly become overwhelming. Among the decisions you’ll make is whether to stay at a Walt Disney World resort or a nearby hotel in Orlando.
Whether you’re looking for convenience, comfort, or a bit of extra magic, I highly recommend booking a Walt Disney World hotel. The benefits of staying on Disney property are endless!
Not convinced just yet? Take a look at what you can expect as a guest at a Disney World hotel.
A Variety of Lodging Options
Naturally, your choice of lodging in Orlando depends on your travel budget. To ensure that everyone can have a magical vacation, Walt Disney World Resort offers a wide range of hotels and resorts for every type of budget.
Disney divides their properties into three categories: Value, Moderate, and Deluxe
Some of Disney’s value resorts include:
- Disney’s Art of Animation
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
A few of the best moderate resorts are:
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
If you’re looking to go big at Disney World, consider booking a room at these deluxe resorts:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Yacht Club
No matter which property you choose, you’re in for a magical time.
Free Magic Bands
Did you know guests who stay on property receive complimentary MagicBands? It’s true! You can control your entire Disney vacation with your MagicBand, which is connected to the My Disney Experience app. While MagicBands are available to everyone for an additional fee, free MagicBands are one of the many benefits of staying on Disney property.
MagicBands utilize RFID technology and offer a variety of uses including:
- Unlocking your hotel room
- Entering theme parks and water parks (with valid admission)
- Connecting PhotoPass images to your account
- Checking in at FastPass+ lines
- Charging food and merchandise purchases to your room
Remember, your MagicBand must be properly synced with the My Disney Experience app in order for you to experience the magic throughout the resort.
Exclusive Access to FastPass+
If you stay at a Walt Disney World resort or hotel, you can also book your FastPass+ reservation before anyone else! Using the My Disney Experience app, you can place up to three (3) FastPass+ reservations starting 60 days before your trip. Those staying at a nearby Orlando hotel can book up to 30 days in advance.
These advance reservations grant you access to top FastPass+ options including top thrill rides, shows, and more.
Extra Magic Hours
Doesn’t it seem as though there’s never enough time to experience all the Disney World theme parks have to offer? Another one of the exclusive benefits of staying on Disney property is the Extra Magic Hours at the parks.
Extra Magic Hours allow hotel guests to enter the park early or stay late to ride select attractions. Refer to the My Disney Experience app for guidance in selecting the days and times you’d like to use your extra time in the parks.
Leverage your additional time in the parks by riding the most popular rides without the crazy long lines!
Continue the Magic
While Extra Magic Hours extend your time in the park, the Walt Disney World hotels keep the magic going with Disney decor, characters, themed rooms, and so much more. Plus, as you explore your hotel or resort, keep an eye out for Hidden Mickeys! You never know where you might spot one.
If you’re a lifelong Disney fan or introducing your little ones to the wonder of Disney, the on-site hotels and resorts provide an immersive experience from the moment you arrive.
Among the benefits of staying on Disney property is the complimentary resort transportation. From the bus system to the monorail, guests can access the theme parks without needing a car. This ongoing free service ensures that Walt Disney World guests can access any part of the resort whenever they desire without worry about gas money, parking, or driving.
And, should you choose to drive, you also receive free theme park, water park, and Disney Springs parking as a guest. Do know that Disney hotels now require per night parking fees.
Disney’s Magical Express
Speaking of free transportation, there’s no need to rent a car with Disney’s Magical Express. Offered only to hotel guests, this airport service enables visitors to go from Orlando International Airport to their Disney World hotel with ease. Plus, once your Disney vacation (sadly) comes to an end, you can check-in to your flight from your resort.
Access to the Disney Dining Plan
While not a required purchase, the Disney Dining Plan is only available to hotel and resort guests. With this pre-paid food service, you can enjoy the resort’s renowned sit-down and quick-service restaurants without budgeting extra money for each day. It’s all included in your plan!
If you’ve been dreaming about purchasing your own Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears, you’ll find these shopping perks to be the best benefits of staying on Disney property.
You can charge purchases throughout Walt Disney World theme parks and stores directly to your room using your MagicBand. If you’re concerned about bringing cash or busy credit cards into the theme parks, this is a safe and convenient solution.
Also, to avoid carrying bags of souvenirs and gifts around the parks, you can ship your purchases to your room. This means more time to play and shop all day long!
Kid-Friendly Amenities Throughout
For those traveling with children, arguably the greatest benefits of staying on Disney property is the abundance of kid-friendly amenities and activities. From watching classic Disney movies under the stars and arcades filled with exciting games, to pool parties and wake-up calls from your favorite characters, the fun never ends!
Be sure to check out the schedule of kid events and activities at your Walt Disney World hotel upon arrival.
What are Your Favorite Benefits of Staying on Disney Property?
Another top benefit of a Disney hotel is the savings you’ll receive if you bundle your stay with your theme park tickets! Start planning your Disney vacation with Tripster and see how much you can save.
Why do you choose to stay on-site at Walt Disney World? What benefits of staying on Disney property did you enjoy? Share your experiences below!