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Top 5 Considerations when selecting your Disney World Accommodations
  1. Cost. Many people choose to stay off property because they see it as being more economical; however, once you start adding up all the extra costs, you’ll soon discover that it might not be the best value for you. Let’s look at the transportation costs for staying offsite:
  • You will need to rent a car or use a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft to get to and from the theme parks. Depending on the time that you request a ride, the cost will most likely be $12-$18 per ride. If you’re traveling with a family of four, you will need to request a bigger car, which will run approximately $3 more per ride. Do the math and you’ll quickly see that it can cost an average of $36 for a family of four to get to and from a theme park each day.
  • If you choose to rent a car and stay off-site, you can expect to pay at least $40/day for the car. You will then pay $25/day to park at any of the theme parks so you’re looking at $65/day for transportation and parking. If you rent a car and stay at a Disney Resort hotel, you will be charged to park at the hotel, but theme park parking is complimentary. If you’re in Orlando strictly for the theme parks, you won’t need to rent a car if you stay at a Disney Resort hotel. With their extensive transportation system, you’ll be able to get to and from each of the parks.
  1. Time. They say time is money, and that is especially true when you’re on vacation. When you have a limited number of days to be there, you don’t want to spend time driving back and forth, and even worse, sitting in traffic jams or waiting to park. If you’re traveling with little ones who need to go back to the hotel for a nap, or even if your family just needs a break from the sun and heat, it can take hours to walk back to the car, return to the hotel and then come back later.
    If you’re staying onsite, you will use one of Disney’s free transportation options to quickly and easily get to and from the hotel. Think you won’t need a mid-day break? What if you get caught in a torrential downpour at one of the parks?

3. Transportation. If you stay at a Disney Resort property, it’s easy to get around by bus, boat, gondola, sky-liner or monorail, all of which are free for hotel guests. In addition, Disney has buses that will take you to the water parks and Disney Springs. Not only are these options convenient, but they will also save you time and money

4. Select perks. As a Disney Resort hotel guest, you are privy to other valuable perks:

  • Early Theme Park Entry into any of the four theme parks 30 minutes prior to the posted opening time. That may not sound like much, but you can knock out one or two of the big attractions instead of waiting with the crowds later in the day.
  • Extended Evening Hours. Maybe your family doesn’t rise early or move quickly in the morning. Select Disney Resort hotels also offer extended evening hours in the parks. Unlike early entry, which is offered every day, the extended evening hours take place on select evenings and are offered at only one park per day.
  • Early Access to Lightning Lane Selections and Dining Reservations. This means you can snag reservations for the most popular rides and restaurants. If you aren’t familiar with Lightning Lane, it is Disney’s new version of FastPass. You can learn all about it in our post about Disney Genie.

5. Disney Magic. If you want to be immersed in the world of Disney for your entire trip, you will want to stay at a Disney Resort hotel. Every staff member that you encounter from check-in to restaurant service to bellhops has been trained to bring you Disney’s world-class customer service. You’ll see Disney’s magical touches around every corner of the resort as well as in your room. The pools are amazing, and every amenity has been thoughtfully crafted by the Disney Imagineers.

As you can see, there are many advantages to staying onsite at a Disney Resort hotel. If you would like to know more, send me an email or fill out our form below to get started! I would love to help you plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World.

Top 5 Things to Consider