We’ve stayed on Disney property for each of our past trips, and we’re staying on property again this trip. I looked a bit at staying off property before we booked our trip this year, but there were five big reasons that kept us on Disney property:
5.) Resort Hotel Delivery — If you are able to go to Disney and not shop, please tell me your secret. I can’t do it. I love to bring little souvenirs home for myself and my friends. But I hate lugging them around! Resort Hotel Delivery to the rescue. If you stay on property, you can have your purchases delivered to the gift shop at your resort and pick them up at your convenience.
4.) Key to the World Card — Your room key is a lot more than a room key when you stay on Disney property. Your room key is also your park tickets and your credit card! All I have to carry with me in the park is my ID and my Key to the World. Oh, and my Photopass card.
3.) Dining Plan — We’ve been lucky enough to always get free dining with our vacation. And I am crazy about the Dining Plan. We have eaten at places we likely wouldn’t have eaten otherwise. I’m quite certain you can eat cheaper than the cost of the Dining Plan, but I definitely think you’ll eat better with the Dining Plan.
2.) Transportation to the Parks — We never rent a car when we go to Orlando. Disney makes it incredibly convenient (surprise, surprise) to get to all things Disney when you stay on property. Depending on where you stay, you’ll be able to take the monorail, ferry, or bus to the parks or Downtown Disney. Getting between the resorts generally requires a stop at a park, but it’s not hard to get around. Busses can be full at night, but I really love not having to rent a car.
1.) Magical Express — Magical Express is the best and the worst ride at Disney. The Magical Express gets you between the airport and your resort in style and comfort. Is it sad that I love the cartoons they show? Because I really do. The only bad part is going back to the airport.
Bonus reason: Extra Magic Hours — This is a perk we actually haven’t used a ton, but not because it isn’t a nice perk. Each day, a park is open an hour early or two hours late for Disney Resort guests. The morning hours are really nice. The parks don’t tend to be super crowded when the parks open early. The later hours can sometimes be busier.
What about you? Do you stay on property? Do you have an off property location you love?