Today we are going over the perks of staying on-site at a Disney World Resort. Lately with all of the changes being made within Disney both in regard to the parks and the resorts, sometimes it’s still hard to see the perks that are still offered. I have listed several perks for you to view to help you weigh out the pros and cons of staying on-site!
Early Dining reservations
Guests with a Valid Disney Resort Hotel Reservation: Make reservations for your entire length of stay (for up to a 10-night stay) up to 60 days in advance of your arrival! This can help you enjoy streamlined vacation planning, since you can make all your reservations on the same day—rather than checking availability day after day. All Other Guests: Make reservations up to 60 days in advance.
Every resort is themed and has special qualities to them. The magic does not stop at the park, the moment you walk into a Disney resort you can feel the magic and pixie dust. If you are looking for themed rooms check out these resorts:
Genie+ Lightening Lanes Early Access
If you’re a Guest of a Disney Resort hotel, you’re eligible to make your first individual Lightning Lane purchase starting at 7:00 AM each day of your visit. All other Guests are eligible to make their first purchase when the park opens.
Resort package delivery
When you are shopping in the parks, you have the ability to send your packages back to your resort so that you don’t have to carry them around. You just fill out a form at the gift shop and it will be delivered to your resort. You just simply pick up your items at the resort gift shop.
Vacation packages can be paid down over time (with no interest).
When booking a vacation package that includes a resort stay and park tickets, the vacation can be paid off over time as long as it is within the required time before the vacation starts. Packages require a $200 refundable deposit (if cancelled within the cancellation window) and then you can make your payments as you can in any way that you like.
More than 25 Different Resorts to choose from:
Each resort is themed completely differently 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-$600, Moderate $245, and Value $125-$200 depending on the season.
Extra Magic Hours:
Extra Magic Hours are for those that wish to enter the parks 30 minutes before it opens to the general public. Or stay in the park after it closes to the general public, depending on the season.
Extended Evening Theme Park Hours
Guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels or Disney Deluxe Villas can enjoy extended evening hours experiencing select attractions, shops and dining after regular park hours.
Free transportation to the parks via Bus, Ferry, Skyliner, 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. And now as of January, free parking 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 if 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!
Free Magicbands: Disney now charges guests for Magic Bands
Extra “Extra” Magic hours:
Free refillable resort mug with dining plan: (During the pandemic the Dining Plan has been suspended)
What is your favorite Disney resort to stay at and why? Leave a comment below!