Disney Resorts: 10 Reasons to Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel by Mary Vaughan
Thinking about booking at an offsite hotel on your Disney vacation? Before you book, read on to learn why you may want to stay at a Walt Disney World resort!
- Convenience: The parks are huge and it's a ton of walking. Being able to head back to your resort when you need a little break to swim and relax during the day is a huge component to enjoying your time.
- Free Airport Transportation: Disney offers the Magical Express shuttle, so when you fly in and out of Orlando International Airport you can ride the bus for free to and from your resort.
- Free Magicbands: Disney sends personalized bands in the mail before your trip.
- The Dining Plan: A great option to add to your vacation package to save money on meals.
- Disney Magic: The way the resorts smell, the atmosphere, the theming.
- FastPass Booking Date: Resort guests can book FastPasses 60 days in advance while those staying off property can book them 30 days in advance and options are often limited by then.
- Magic Hours: Each day at least one theme park opens early or stays open late for resort guests only.
- Resort Charging Privileges and Package Delivery: You can link those free MagicBands to your credit card with a secure pin code so no need to carry your wallet and any shopping can be sent right to your resort so you don't need to carry it around all day.
- Complimentary Resort Transportation: Resort guests can use resort buses, boats and the monorail to get around Disney property for free.
- Dining Reservations 180 Days Out: Everyone can book at the 180-day mark, but the difference of the booking when staying on site is on the 180-day mark you can book that day plus 10 additional days, which, for a lot of guests, will cover their entire trip. When you stay off site you have to book each day separately so those popular reservations become harder to get.
(Side note: The Swan & Dolphin resorts and some Disney Springs area hotels do get a few of these perks.)
Photo (main): Walt Disney World's Port Orleans Resort
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