Today we are going over the perks to staying on site at a Disney World Resort. I have listed several perks for you to view to help you weight out the pros and cons to staying on site!
Free refillable resort mug with dining plan:
We woke up every morning and used the mug for coffee or juice and then again later on for a soda nightcap.
Fastpass + reservations can be reserved up to 60 days in advance:
Reserve Fastpass + 60 days in advance on your mobile app. You can reserve 3 passes a day for attractions/shows, once those are used up you can reserve more. The general public can reserve up to 30 days in advance.
Dining reservations can be reserved up to 180 days in advance:
You will want to get on your dinner reservations right away! Some of the restaurants like Beauty And The Beasts Castle and Cinderella’s Castle book very quickly.
The Dining Plan is available:
Some people use the dining plan to save money, others for convenience. Having a dining plan eliminates the need to budget for meals and makes your Disney experience even more magical with an all-inclusive feel. There is nothing better than not having to tell your kids no to a snack or meal that they want because it’s not in your budget!
Every resort is themed and has special qualities to them. The magic does not stop at the park, the moment you want into a Disney resort can still feel the magic and Disney love.
Free transportation from Orlando International:
The Magical Express is available to pick you up from Orlando International and drop you off at your resort eliminating the need to rent a car or Taxi. The Magic Express is also there for your departing flights!! For more information on how to use the Magical Express, click here.
Free Dining Plan during certain times of the year:
Disney runs a plan every year that includes free dining with your resort stay I have crunched the numbers on this plan and it is much cheaper if you are wanting to do the dining plan. This plan is usually for those traveling in August and September.
The free dining plan is available RIGHT NOW! This offer needs to be booked before January 16th through Disney Worlds website.
25 different Resorts to choose from:
Each resort is themed completely different to enhance your Disney experience. There are 3 different tiers to choose from, Deluxe, Moderate, and Value. The deluxe resort price is usually between $445-$500, Moderate $245 and Value $125-$200 depending on the season.
Whether you have a pirate or princess, they have a room themed just for you.
Extra Magic hours:
Extra Magic Hours are for those that wish to enter the park before it opens to the general public. Or stay in the park after it closes to the general public, depending on the season.
Every guest will receive a free Magicband with your stay at the resort for free. Magicbands allow you to have your passes, wallet and room key right there on your wrist!
Extra “Extra” Magic hours:
For a limited time, September 1st-November 2nd Hollywood studios open at 6:00am, the Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom at 7:00am.
Free transportation to the parks via Bus, Ferry and Monorail:
No need to worry about parking or renting a car, this alone will save you hundreds! To save more on your Disney trip, click here for more money-saving tips.
Free parking at the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs:
If you do decide to drive or rent a car, Disney has free parking at the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. However, the parking is not free to park at the resorts. For more information on Disney parking, click here.
Staying at a Disney World resort will also allow you to head back to the room of you or your littles want to nap or just take a rest mid-day. For those of you that do not want to haul lunch or dinner in the parks, escaping back to the resort for a quick bite is easily done. We personally like to head back to the hotel mid-day on those hot humid days for a short swim and quick nap. I feel like staying on-site allows you to take off time from the park to just rest, without feeling like you are wasting money by not spending every waking moment in the parks.
Looking for ways to save on your Resort, check out Hotels.com for their special pricing!
What is your favorite Disney resort to stay at and why? Leave a comment below!