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Why the Frog Family Stays On Property, By Leap

by Leap on January 18, 2011 · 12 Comments · in Hotels, Resorts & Lodging

I’m asked all the time whether I think it’s worth it to stay at a Disney hotel. And 99% of the time, the answer is YES!Disney Transportation

Here are the main reasons why…

  • As the Frog Family chauffeur, complimentary transportation is my favorite reason to stay on-property. When we leave the hotel each morning, we hop on the Disney bus that takes us directly to the park of our choice. When we’re ready to go back to the room, we go to the bus stop right outside each park entrance and in just a few minutes, we’re on our way. We also have access to inter-park transportation like taking the Ferry boat from Epcot® to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. All this convenience and saving $14 a day for parking makes this Frog a huge fan!
  • As Disney hotel guests, we have access to extended park hours called Extra Magic Hours. The morning EMH is a great time to ride all our favorites before the park fills up. We are already well into our Frog TOUR whenDisney World Photo the rest of the guests are just entering the park. The night EMHs are a perfect time for us to slow down a bit and take our time wandering through the park. Click here to read more about Extra Magic Hours.
  • The Key to the World is an organizational life-saver on a Walt Disney World vacation. When Mommy Frog, the kids and I check in to a Disney hotel, we present our tickets from Undercover Tourist to the Cast Member. He or she adds our tickets, room key and charging privileges to one convenient card…the Key to the World!
  • When we fly to Orlando, Disney’s Magical Express® Transportation takes away all the hassle of baggage claim, renting a car and fighting traffic while trying to find the hotel. We skip baggage claim as our bags are delivered to our hotel within three hours of checking in. Then we sit back and enjoy an air-conditioned motorcoach ride directly to our hotel. At the end of our stay, our luggage is picked up and we’re taken back to the airport. (An added bonus…we skip airline check-in completely by using the Resort Airline Check-In Desk at the hotel!)

For more hotel information, including hotels near, but not on Theme Park property, check out my ‘Where to Stay’ article.

Read about the benefits of staying at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel here.

Considering staying off-site? Click here for Considerations Before You Make Your Reservation (blog).


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12 Responses to “Why the Frog Family Stays On Property, By Leap”

  1. Rita says:

    I am so excited to hear that WDW tickets we purchase from Undercover Tourist can be added to the Key to the World card!! I’ve been reading everything I can find to figure out how to get all the best deals next time we go and I hit a gold mine with your website!! Thanks.

  2. Barb Jackson says:

    I was just at Disney and they would not let me add my tickets to my key to the world card. I asked at my resort, Caribbean Beach and at Customer Service at Magic Kingdom. What is the secret?

    • FrogBlog says:

      Hi Barb, We’re sorry you couldn’t add them to your KTTW on your last trip! It seems not all Cast Members know that it’s actually possible to do this, so next time maybe ask to speak to another Cast Member. There’s really not a secret on this one. ;) I hope this helps! -Mommy Frog

  3. Matt says:

    Quick Question…

    I was reading on your disney home page and at the bottom, in the Skip the Lines box, under the Have a Plan section; it states “Avoid Extra Magic Hours (EMH)”.

    Everyone I’ve ever talked to and including this blog post says that is a big advantage to staying on property…

    Can you explain why they should be avoided? I don’t really understand the difference in message.

    Thanks so much!

    • FrogBlog says:

      Hi Matt, The park with Extra Magic Hours is more crowded the entire day. If you are not staying on Disney property and can’t take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours, we recommend avoiding the park that has them altogether. However, if you are staying on Disney property, we recommend going during the morning Extra Magic Hour but then hopping to a different park that is less crowded. If a park has evening Extra Magic Hours, it would be best to go to another park during the day then go the park with evening EMH that night. Sorry for the confusion. I Hope this helps! -Leap

  4. Dana says:

    Hi!
    We are going to Disney World July 18 – 28, yes crazy I know, but due to a variety of circumstances, that’s our time to go! Nonetheless…. I am wondering about staying at a Disney property. I have 3 kids, so we need a suite, I’ve called and it’s like 325.00 a night for a suite. I can get a room online for $136.00, but we can’t stay 5 in a room. Do you have any ideas, suggestions on how to get a beter rate on a suite? Is is even possible? The Disney people told me that only the All Star Music Resort and the new one opening this summer (Art of Animation?) has suites.
    Thank you
    Dana

    • FrogBlog says:

      Dana, If one of the kids is under 3 years, you could fit in a Standard Room using a crib or trundle type bed. If not, the All-Star Music Resort does have suites that sleep up to 6. Their summer rates begin at $295, I believe. There are a few off-site properties that include complimentary theme park transportation, however. One of these, Buena Vista Suites, is an all-suite hotel. I’m not sure of the rates, but it may be worth checking out. Hope this helps! -Leap

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