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Why You Should Book A Walt Disney World Resort Instead of Staying Off Disney Property

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You sit down to your computer and type in Walt Disney World to book a family vacation. Then the sticker shock hits. You ask yourself is it worth it to stay at a Walt Disney World resort when there are cheaper places all around Orlando. Well..... Yes! It is worth it and here are few reasons we think why.


Any guest staying at a Walt Disney World resort will receive complimentary round trip ground transportation from the Orlando International Airport to your Walt Disney World resort. About 3 weeks before your vacation, guests will be mailed a letter with special luggage tags to attach. This will enable the guests to bypass baggage claim and head directly to their resort for check-in. Disney will pick up any tagged luggage and deliver it to your room (usually within 3 hours time). Make sure to call and book Disney’s Magical Express as soon as you know your flights. If you have a travel agent this will be handled for you.

Guests receive free transportation to the Walt Disney World theme parks. Disney does not charge resort guests a fee to use a Walt Disney World bus, ferry, water taxi, or monorail service to the parks. Some off property hotels do charge a fee and only pick up at certain times. Walt Disney World transportation runs an hour before and an hour after the theme parks close.


Would you like to get into the theme parks before it opens to the general public? On certain days a theme park is open for what Walt Disney World calls “Extra Magic Hours” which is either an hour before opening or the selected park stays open 2 hours later. Only Walt Disney World resort guests and the participating “Good Neighbor Hotels” are able to take advantage of this.

All guests that book a Walt Disney World resort will receive a complimentary MagicBands* Each guest may choose their color and the bands are mailed to within 30 days of the arrival date (international guests must pick up bands at resort check-in).

Walt Disney World resort guests also are given priority when booking dining reservations. Guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort are able to book dining reservations 180 days in advance of their arrival date.

Wanna get that Slinky Dog Dash FastPass? Walt Disney World resort guests are able to book FastPasses 60 days in advance versus 30 days if not staying on Walt Disney World property.


This is a huge one for me. I have stayed at numerous hotels and resorts all over the world and nothing compares to Disney customer service. Disney goes above about beyond to make sure their guests have a good experience. Yes. Things do happen but I can assure you that Disney will always step up to make it right.

Last but certainly NOT least….


No one can deliver the experience that Disney does. Whether it’s the enchanted beds at the Disneyland Hotel or the extra touches here and there like getting a birthday card from Mickey left on your bed you can be sure your vacation will always have that Disney magic touch. Every Disney resort has a special theme. Can you name some? My favorite is the beautiful Walt Disney World Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. As soon as you step into the resort you see the majestic décor and if you look closely near the elevators you might even spot Tinkerbell. Some Walt Disney World resorts even have themed rooms you can book like the Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans - Riverside Resort with the Princess & the Frog theme or the Lion King Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. These themed rooms may be a little extra but children and even the “bigger kids” love to be immersed into their favorite Disney movie.

Hopefully now you have a little more understanding why you may pay a little more to stay at a Walt Disney World resort. Have no fear! Walt Disney World does offer room rate specials throughout the year to guests, the annual passholders, Florida residents and Disney Visa card members. Make sure to ask your travel agent if an offer is available. Our agents make sure to be on top of any specials announced during the year such as free dining or any seasonal discount.

Now if this makes you ready to book a Walt Disney World vacation contact one of our amazing Pixies today! We specialize in booking magical vacations!

*Good Neighbor Hotel guests do not receive complimentary MagicBands

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