4 Best Reasons Why to Stay on Disney Property
I follow a lot of blogs and Facebook pages about Disney. I am a Disney Vacation Planner. But, even if I wasn’t, I love reading about all of the new things coming to Walt Disney World, the new perspectives and tips. And there’s A LOT of information out there! One question I’m always asked is whether someone should stay on Disney property.
Any time there is a major announcement, there are 15,000,000 opinions and it can get overwhelming and confusing. For me, though, even with ticket price increases and the relatively new policy of charging for overnight parking at all Walt Disney World Resorts, the fact remains: there is STILL no better value than staying on Disney property for your WDW vacation. There just isn’t.
We all know you can find cheaper options off site, and many people opt to do that. But, for me, I look at the big picture and I just don’t see any compelling argument to make staying off Disney property the best option for vacation planning. Here are my top reasons why:
One of the biggest values of booking a stay on property is the inclusion of FREE transportation in your vacation package. The free airport transfers alone makes this value unbeatable! With Disney’s Magical Express, the hassle of air travel is minimized as Disney takes care of all of your needs the minute you step foot off of the airplane at Orlando International Airport!
Once my family checks our luggage at the airline in our home airport, our vacation begins. The Magical cast members on the other end in Orlando take care of retrieving our baggage at luggage claim. We can simply board the comfortable coach bus and begin our vacation immediately.
And while we are on property, there are so many options to get from place to place- from buses to boats to monorails and even by foot, we have never felt deprived because we don’t have a car. With all of the easy, convenient and free transportation options offered on property PLUS the increasing accessibility of Uber and Lyft, there is absolutely no reason for that added expense, in my opinion.
There is no arguing that there is nothing more magical than Walt Disney World properties. Each resort on Disney propert has its’ unique theming that is incomparable to anything else! The minute the guest checks in, they are transported to the world of Disney. And this happens at EVERY category of resort from value to deluxe!
From sleeping Under the Sea in a Little Mermaid suite at Disney’s Art of Animation to experiencing the classic charm of New Orleans at Port Orleans- French Quarter, to living on the African savannah at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, there is magic everywhere! And speaking of magic- guests staying on property are the only guests of the 4 theme parks who are entitled to experience extra magic hours.
These are special hours when the theme park opens up earlier or stays open later. Day guests must leave the park (or are not allowed entry) while resort guests are able to take advantage of smaller crowds and shorter lines for attractions. This is a huge perk for resort guests and is priceless for my family of die hard thrill seekers!
Our entire vacation is encoded onto our MagicBands which are included for FREE for resort guests on Disney property. These bands are our park tickets, FastPasses, dining reservations, room keys and credit cards all wrapped up into one cute little piece of jewelry.
First of all, it means that the adults don’t have to travel to the theme parks with much “stuff.” We often leave our resort rooms for the day with our phones, our MagicBands, and our ID. We don’t need anything else. This helps us move through security quickly so that we can get down to the business of fun!
Currently, the Disney Dining Plan is only available to resort guests. My family finds this perk to be our favorite. Adding a dining plan to our resort package truly makes our Disney trips feel like an all-inclusive vacation. The kids don’t have to nag us all day for cotton candy or ice cream or pretzels.
They know that they have 2 snack credits to use that day so they don’t feel like they need to negotiate or whine. My husband and I don’t feel like we’re constantly saying “no” to them. Let’s face it- we’re on vacation! The less we have to whine or nag, the more it feels like a vacation!
And finally, with all of the amazing dining options to experience, having the dining plan means that those experiences are pre-paid and we can just sit back and enjoy them without worrying that our 9 year old has just ordered an expensive steak off the menu!
That’s Why I Stay On Disney Property
With so many options to make staying on Disney property accessible to every family size and wallet size, everyone should try it at least once! Call me for your FREE, no obligation quote for a Walt Disney World vacation, or for any other Disney destination!