Why You Should Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort

Hey Insiders, Kara here! I wanted to chat with you about a few things about Disney resorts! I know some people choose to stay elsewhere when visiting the parks, but I am definitely NOT one of those people! I’ve been visiting Walt Disney World for years, however, this year takes the cake; Since joining TKI, I’ve been to the parks 9 times so far this year, with trip #10 just a few weeks away! As a frequent guest at Walt Disney World resorts, I’m very used to not only the level of service, but also the convenience of staying on Disney property! On a recent trip, I discovered how different (and complicated!) it is to stay off the property and try to get to and from the park each day! (without a car, of course!) The hotel had such a nightmarish shuttle situation, I opted to pay an Uber to get to the park instead! Disney makes everything so simple and seamless, I just can’t imagine staying anywhere else! Let me tell you why…

Contemporary Disney Hotel

First of all, Transportation. Like I said, unless you have a car (and are willing to pay to park!), there’s no transportation like Disney transportation. No reservations are required to use the buses, they run constantly all day and are free for resort guests. (The same goes for guests staying at resorts where the skyliner or monorail is available!) If you plan to attend an after-hours event at the park, such as Christmas or Halloween parties At Magic Kingdom, keep in mind that most off-property hotels do NOT offer transportation beyond regular park closing hours. You will likely need to Uber or take a taxi back to your hotel when your event ends at midnight or later. Disney Resort guests are covered; their buses never stop until the event is over. The same goes for RunDisney guests, with transportation to early morning events available from all Disney resorts.

A higher level of service and security. Disney Guests expect a higher level of service when they visit a Walt Disney theme park, so why not book this guarantee at your hotel as well? There’s nothing worse than coming back to a hotel room after a long, exhausting day in the park and it’s not a clean, comfortable environment for your family. With a Disney resort, you know your room is clean and sanitized to perfection. If you ever have a problem, you can rest assured that Disney will fix it to the best of its abilities. Cast members are always on hand at reception to ensure your magical experience doesn’t end when you leave the parks. This includes providing a safe environment for children to play and for families of all ages to enjoy.

Convenience. One of the best improvements in recent years is the ability to order food on mobile directly from your My Disney Experience app! Guess what? It doesn’t stop at the parks! You can also order food from quick service outlets at your Disney Resort! Imagine waking up early and ordering your food on your mobile in the app while you get dressed, then it’s ready when you board to catch the bus to the park! Take it and go; such a time saver! The same goes for the evening; I love ordering dinner on my mobile on the way back to the resort so it’s ready when I arrive! I can take my meal and bring it directly to my room! You really appreciate these little conveniences after a long day at the park!

Organized activities for children and families. Take a day off away from the parks? Don’t worry, there’s plenty to do around your Disney resort too! Leisure entertainers around the pools will organize games, music and even arts and crafts for guests to participate in! (Some arts and crafts offerings incur an additional charge.) In the evening, families can watch movies outside on the large inflatable screen and even have smores on some evenings! The fun never has to stop on your vacation, whether it’s a day at the park or not!

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Genie+ booking priority. Perhaps the icing on the cake for Disney Resort guests is their priority reservation of paid attractions at Walt Disney World. While all guests can reserve the attractions included in Genie+ starting at 7:00 a.m. that day, only Disney Resort guests can immediately reserve these popular paid attractions! Here are the exact rules taken straight from the Walt Disney World website: Guests of a Disney Resort Hotel and other select hotels: Make your first selection at 7:00 a.m. on the day of your park visit (includes guests of the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, and Shades of Green Resort®). All other guests can make their first selection when the park opens.” It’s a huge time saver and gives Disney Resort guests the upper hand on the most popular rides, like Star Wars Rise of the Resistance and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind!

There are many factors to consider when selecting the best resort for your family’s vacationing needs! Let our favorite friends at Academy Travel help you find the perfect match! They book all our trips for us, and we would be lost without them! Click here to get a free quote and information from a Disney travel expert! ALL of their services are totally free!

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