Deciding where to stay for your Walt Disney World vacation can be a big decision. There are so many choices, but the biggest choice may be whether or not to stay on-property. Sure, Disney World Resorts often come with a higher price tag, but I think you will find Disney has done their part to make sure the higher cost is worth it for families. Let’s take a look at some of the best reasons to stay on-property.
Transportation - For me, this is the biggest reason to stay on Disney property. No matter which on-property resort you choose, finding transportation to the parks will not be a problem. All Disney resorts offer complimentary bus transportation to practically anywhere on Disney property you would want to go. The buses operate on a fairly regular schedule, so you usually won’t have to wait very long for a bus to take you to your desired Disney location. Some of the moderate and deluxe Disney resorts offer transportation to certain locations via ferry boat as well. If you prefer a more futuristic approach to transportation, consider staying at the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, or Contemporary resorts. Each of these deluxe resorts features monorail transportation to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
Extra Magic Hours - Guests staying at Disney resorts get the added benefit of extra time in the parks. During Extra Magic Hours, Disney resort guests will be able to experience select attractions. Among attractions featured for Extra Magic Hours are favorites such as Splash Mountain, Tower of Terror, Soarin’, and Expedition Everest. Morning Extra Magic Hours allow guests to visit attractions one hour before the park opens to the public. Evening Extra Magic Hours allow resort guests to enjoy the parks for an extra 2 hours after closing.
Theme - The unique themes found at each Disney resort are another great reason to stay on-property. Staying at a Disney resort can allow you to be transported to an African safari, a Polynesian island, or even to the world of your favorite Disney animated film! Imagine waking up to see a giraffe right outside your window at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge! If you’re traveling with little princesses, what better place to stay than the Royal Guest Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside! Disney’s great resort themes are not limited to the moderate and deluxe resorts. At the new Art of Animation resort, guests are transported to the world of Nemo and friends. You can ever hear them talking underwater in the Big Blue Pool!
Customer Service - I have always been impressed with Disney’s superior level of customer service. They will do just about anything to help make your stay as magical as possible. If you have an early morning breakfast reservation at the parks, just let them know and they will gladly schedule a bus to come pick you up. Looking for a certain character in the parks? The Disney cast members at your resort will track down your favorite character and let you know where you can meet them. One of my favorite services they offer is purchase delivery. If you make a purchase at one of the parks, they will actually deliver it to your hotel room so you aren’t stuck carrying shopping bags around the parks all day!
Once you try staying at a Disney resort on-property, I’m confident you will agree with me that there is just no other way to visit Disney! The added benefits of complimentary transportation, Extra Magic Hours, magical resort themes, and fabulous customer service make staying at a Disney resort a must for any Walt Disney World vacation.
Where do your prefer to stay for your Walt Disney World vacation? Let us know in the comments!