The Benefits of Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel

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Staying at an onsite Walt Disney World Resort puts you in what is commonly known as “The Disney Bubble”. This basically means that while staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, everything you need during your stay is within the property gates. The resort has over 25 unique hotels with themes and price points that are perfect for any family size and budget. Guests staying at one of these world-class hotels receive many perks that are not available to those staying offsite. These perks range from early access to the parks to complimentary transportation and much more. 

Tolédo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
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Advanced Dining Reservation Planning

One of the most stressed about aspects of planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation is being able to nab a coveted advanced dining reservation. As with all things, some restaurants are more difficult than others to reserve. Although advanced dining reservations can be made starting at 60 days prior, guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel get an extra benefit. These guests have the ability to make dining reservations starting at 180 days prior to check-in for the duration of their stay – up to 10 days. In essence, these guests have the ability to make reservations for restaurants before the general public.

Disney Skyliner in Action

Transportation

AIRPORT

Disney’s Magical Express Service provides transportation for Disney Resort hotel Guests between Orlando International Airport and their Disney Resort hotel via motorcoach. Disney’s Magical Express service will no longer be offered starting with arrivals January 1, 2022.

The service will continue to operate for new and existing reservations made at Disney Resort hotels for arrivals throughout 2021.

RESORT

Our complimentary motor coach, ferryboat and monorail services are available to take you throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Skyliner offers Guests the opportunity to glide across the sky while traveling between Disney’s Hollywood Studios, International Gateway at Epcot and the following Resorts:

Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Riviera Resort

MagicBands

MagicBands

Resembling a wristband or bracelet, MagicBands can be used to:

Unlock your Disney Resort hotel room
Enter theme parks and water parks (with valid admission)
Charge food and merchandise purchases
Connect PhotoPass images to your account
Check in at FastPass+ attraction and entertainment lines
Disney Resort hotel Guests with an arrival date through December 31, 2020 will receive complimentary MagicBands – available in 7 different colors. Magicbands will no longer be provided on a complimentary basis for new reservations for arrivals at Disney Resort hotels January 1, 2021 and beyond. However, Guests will have the option to purchase MagicBands, up to 10 days before arrival at special pre-arrival prices. These bands can be personalized with different MagicBand colors, favorite Disney Characters and fun themes—and can even be customized with your name.

Theme Park Parking

Registered Guests of a Walt Disney World Resort hotel get to enjoy free Standard theme park parking. Guests can also upgrade to Preferred Parking by paying the cost difference between Standard parking and Preferred parking.

Guest Services

When visiting Walt Disney World theme parks, guests are immersed in the magic. Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels stay fully immersed in the magic and never have to leave the “Disney bubble”. Cast Members at the resort hotels also have the opportunity to gift Guests some extra little pixie dust to make their vacation that much more magical and special.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
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Extended Theme Park Hours

Each day, at least one of the theme parks – Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom – offer extended theme park hours to onsite guests. Extra Magic Hours occur either in the morning before the theme park opens to the public, or in the evening once the theme park is close to the public. Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels have the opportunity to enjoy select attractions and experiences during Extra Magic Hours.

**Disney has announced that Extra Magic Hours have been suspended and will be replaced by a new early entry program for onsite guests in the near future

Character Dining at Topolino's Terrace – Flavors of the Rivie

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Dining Plan

**As a result of physical distancing, capacity in restaurants and availability of dining experiences are very limited and certain experiences such as Character dining cannot be provided. As a result, Disney dining plans are temporarily unavailable.
When available, book a Disney Resort Hotel Package with a dining plan that fits your travel style and budget. Dining plans let you pre-pay for snacks, Quick-Service meals and Table Service restaurants throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Choose what’s right for you. With the addition of the new Disney Dining Plan Plus, we now offer 4 distinct plans so you can make your decisions based on your vacation style and dining needs. For instance, we offer Quick-Service and Table-Service meal options. Plans may offer a fixed number of each meal type, like the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan and the Disney Dining Plan. Alternatively, the Disney Dining Plan Plus and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan offer you the flexibility to choose how to redeem your meals throughout your stay.

Big Top Souvenirs Magic Kingdom

Ability to Charge Purchases to Room

Only Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels have the ability to charge their purchases to their room. Guests no longer have to worry about bringing cumbersome wallets and purchases with them into the theme parks and can instead travel lighter!

No Additional Resort Fee

Some resorts charge guests a mandatory Resort Fee due upon check-in or check-out. No such fee exists for guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Cinderella Castle and Disney's Contemporary Resort
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Location

As the saying goes, ‘location, location, location’, and this saying could not ring any more true when referring to the Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel have some of the best locations from which to choose, including options that allow them to walk a short distance directly to a theme park. Guests can even choose to stay at a resort or in a room category that allows them to see Happily Ever After at the Magic Kingdom. How cool is that!?

If you need help planning your perfect vacation, contact our friends at Key to the World Travel® for a free, no-obligation quote for your next trip. Click here.

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