By guest blogger Carl Trent of Dad’s Guide to Walt Disney World
Why should you stay in a Disney Hotel for your next vacation? That’s a great question. There are lots of great reasons, but the top 5 are:
1. The Magic of Disney
Where else can you wake up in a room made for a princess? Or how about a pirate? How about sleeping in a room guarded by a 60-foot-tall Pongo (from “101 Dalmations”) or walk down stairs surrounded by a huge yo-yo? Disney Magic is everywhere when it comes to the Disney Resorts.
From the torch lighting at the Polynesian Resort to the nightly “Hustle” at the Pop Century, there is always something really fun happening at a Disney Hotel. The grounds at all of the hotels are always clean and filled with fun for all ages.
Where else can you get a wakeup call from Mickey?
I could go on and on about the Magic of the Disney Hotels, but we better move on.
Getting from the airport to Walt Disney World is a bit of a drive. It’s about 20 miles and a $65 cab ride each way. If you don’t have a car, it can get expensive.
A few years ago, Disney introduced Magical Express for guests staying at a Disney Hotel. Now, Disney will pick you up at the airport and take you right to your hotel. (They’ll take your luggage too.) It’s a great service.
And the best part is it’s FREE. Yes, FREE. You do have to make reservations, but that’s not hard. Free is better than a $65 cab ride.
And yes, they will even take you back to the airport when your vacation is done. Isn’t that thoughtful of them.
3. Extra Magic Hours
Are you tired of fighting all the crowds at the parks? If you are staying at one of the beautiful Disney Hotels, you can get in the park before or stay after everyone else has to leave. It’s Magic. (No, it’s Extra Magic Hours.)
On selected days (published in advance), guests of a Disney Resort can enter the Extra Magic Hour park one hour before the park opens for the general public. Other days you can stay up to two hours after the park closes. That’s a big perk. During these hours the lines will be shorter than at any other time of the day. You might find yourself alone in line for Space Mountain or Buzz Lightyear. That’s as good as it gets.
4. Disney Dining Plan
The Disney Dining Plan is available only to guests staying at a Disney Hotel. You actually pay for your meals as part of your Disney Vacation Package. When you get ready to pay the bill, you just use your Dining Plan credits and off you go.
No lugging around cash. No big bills at check out. No big credit card bills when you get home. It’s all part of the plan, the Disney Dining Plan.
You can’t beat the Disney Hotels when it comes to convenience. Only at a Disney Resort can you jump on a boat or a monorail and be in a theme park in just minutes. There are some resorts that are so convenient you can actually walk to the parks.
The hotels all have buses that run every few minutes and will deliver and pick you up right at the front gate of the theme parks and the water parks.
There are lots more perks for guests of the Disney Hotels that can really make staying at a Disney Resort very appealing. There is Package Delivery (buy something at a shop in a park and have it delivered back to your hotel) and charging privileges. These perks can come in very handy at times. Oh yeah, let’s not forget FREE parking. That can really add up at $14 per day.
The bottom line is staying at a Disney Hotel is truly a magical experience. It’s convenient, it’s fun, it’s full of beauty and Disney. That’s why I love them.
For more information about all 25+ resorts come see my Disney Hotels page.
Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation is a big task. There are hundreds of things to think about. That’s where I come in. Hi, my name is Carl Trent, but I’m better known as Dad. The Disney Dad. I run a little website called DadsGuidetoWDW.com. At Dad’s Guide we want to help you plan a “Perfect” Vacation. Dad is a self-proclaimed (rarely challenged) Disney World “expert” who focuses on how to develop a plan that will allow you to have the best vacation possible.