By the end of the year we will have been to Walt Disney World 4 times, twice we have stayed offsite, in a villa out in Davenport, and twice we will have stayed onsite at a Disney Resort. They both give different holiday experiences, and I can’t say which is better than the other. I love aspects of both. In this post (because I need a quick post to catch up!) I’m making a list of the Walt Disney World Resorts – staying at all of them has to be on my bucket list somewhere right? *need to update*
As you would expect, there are perks for staying onsite, which I’m going to list below. We loved the perks when we stayed at Old Key West last year, and I think it’s going to be hard to give them up when we stay in a villa again!
Perks of staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resorts
- Early Access to Disney FastPass+ Planning – you can make your FastPass+ selection up to 60 days before you arrive! compared with 30 days if you are staying offsite.
- Extra Magic Hours – enjoy select attractions at one of the theme parks beyond the standard operating schedule.
- Complimentary Resort Transportation & Parking – Disney buses, ferryboats and their world-famous monorail make getting around easy. Complimentary parking is also available.*
- Complimentary MagicBands – Use your all-in-one MagicBand to access Disney theme parks, unlock your Resort hotel room, check in at FastPass+ entrances for previously selected attractions and entertainment, and more. Plus, as a Resort hotel Guest, you can even customize a MagicBand with your name and choice of 7 colours!
- Disney’s Magical Express – Don’t worry about your transfer from Orlando International Airport to your resort, the free bus will take you there (and back again when it’s time to fly home)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi – Stay connected while off and about on your vacation with convenient, wireless high-speed Internet access in Guest rooms, at select restaurants and around most public spaces.
- Disney Dining Plans – you can only purchase these if you stay onsite. You also have the benefit of being able to book 180 days + 10 for your Advance Dining Reservations
As well as these fabulous perks, you are treated to some very unique resorts, with great design, theming and facilities. We have stayed at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, and are staying at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort [for 2 nights, before moving to] Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, which took my breath away the first time we visited it in 2014.
*Complimentary resort transportation – the buses (not including Disney’s Magical Express), the ferryboats and the monorail are free to all guests at Walt Disney World, not just those staying at one of their accommodations.
The resorts at Walt Disney World are categorized into value, moderate and deluxe – based on price range. They also have a selection of deluxe villas and a campground.
- Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Deluxe Disney Villas
- Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Treehouse Villas
- The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Have you stayed at a Disney Resort(s)? Tell me about it in the comments section!
Thanks for reading Day 29 of 100 Days of Disney 2015! 71 to go! Come back tomorrow for another Disney post!
Posts in the 100 Days of Disney Series:
Disney Crafts | Disney Printables | Disney Dining | Disney Vacation Planning | Around Walt Disney World | Disney Resorts | Disney Photography | Disney Theme Parks | Disney Rides + Attractions | Disney Shows + Parades | Disney Fashion | Disney Merchandise | Disney Movies | Disney Songs
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