Many people looking into a Walt Disney World Resort Holiday often question what perks are offered when choosing a Disney Resort Hotel over staying ‘Off-Property’. While there are some obvious extra added benefits to choosing a Disney Resort over staying elsewhere (such as prime location!), there are many extras in your Resort package which you may not realise are included.
A Huge benefit for those choosing a Disney World Resort Hotel, guests staying on-property have the added advantage of getting first access to FastPass+ selections, up to 60 days in advance of you holiday. If you choose a non-Disney hotel, guests with theme park admission purchased can access this service 30 days prior to their trip. Choosing a Disney Hotel allows you a whole extra month of planning and organising your FastPass+ selections, as well as giving you a head start to ensure you get a FastPass+ reservation for some of the more popular attractions (such as meeting Anna & Elsa or Toy Story Midway Mania)
Adding a wealth of extra value to your Theme Park admission ticket, Walt Disney World Resort guests have the added benefit of more time in the parks! A service only for Resort Guests, Extra Magic Hours allows admission to selected parks on selected days, up to 1 hour before opening or 2 hours after park close. This extra time in the park gives you more time during your day, and also allows the opportunity to visit the Theme Parks when they are less crowded and queue lengths are much shorter.
Not needing to worry about car hire is another benefit of being a Walt Disney World Resort guest. With the complimentary shuttle service to and from Orlando International Airport (Disneys Magical Express), and free transportation between all Walt Disney World Resorts & Theme Parks, choosing to hire a car becomes an option as opposed to a necessity. As a little extra benefit, if you do decide to hire a car, Resort guests are given complimentary parking at all Walt Disney World Theme Parks, saving $17 per day for parking at the parks.
The latest Disney craze, MagicBands are just about anywhere and everywhere around Walt Disney World. However, Walt Disney World Resort guests receive a complimentary MagicBand. These bands are essential however, and not just a souvenir trend; they are your room key, park ticket, and are used for the Dining Plan, Photpass & Fastpass+ information. Not having to pay for one when booking a Disney Hotel is another benefit which will save some spending money when you arrive!
WiFi is now complementary throughout all Walt Disney World Resort Parks, however Resort guests also have the benefit of free WiFi in their Walt Disney World Resort Hotel too. Internet connection is becoming more and more essential during your Disney Holiday, and it is useful to know there are no hidden fees to access it once you arrive. This will make access the My Disney Experince app a lot easier, making it more simple to tweak any restaurant or Fastpass+ reservations from your room
Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guests have the benefit of being offered a range of Dining Plans, allowing food to be paid for before your holiday (if you’re lucky, you might even be able to book a Free Dining Offer!). Not everyone chooses to pay for a Disney Dining Plan, but some find it very cost effective and allow a more transparent and “all-inclusive” up-front cost when budgeting and pay for their holiday. These streamlined plans work in tandem with your MagicBand, giving a handy little side benefit of not having to bring any cash into the Theme Parks at all, as all your food entitlements are on your band!
Finally, the last big benefit of staying in a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel is the ability to be completely surrounded by legendary Disney Service & Entertainment at all times. From specially trained Cast Members to Disney Movie under the stars, fantastically themed pools to high standard amenities & guests rooms, only a Disney Resort can offer you the chance to be immersed in all things Disney – doing it in a way that only Disney can!
Check up on the current Walt Disney World Special Offers to see how you can make the most of staying in a Walt Disney World Resort. At various times of the year, you will see many different special offers, including money off your Resort or even a Free Dining Plan for booking
Once you’ve looked at the special offers you may be entitled to, have a look at the various Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and choose the one which is right for you. If you really aren’t sure which one to choose, consider narrowing your options by looking at the Resorts by Area.
Once you’ve made all these decisions, you’ll be ready to book your Walt Disney World Holiday!