Why do guests choose to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort? There are so many choices of hotels and vacation homes in the area around the Disney parks which one should you choose. Top Travel website Travelocity has released a video which asks what are the top 4 reasons why guests choose a Walt Disney World Resort.
Location Location Location
This emerged as the number one reason why guests stay at Disney World onsite hotels. Very simply they are close to the Disney theme parks. As the saying goes ‘time is money’ and you can certainly save time in getting to the theme parks by staying on site. Some hotels are of course more ideally located than others. The Disney Monorail Hotels are in the best location as of course you can easily travel to Magic Kingdom using the monorail.
In general the rule is that the higher the category of Disney hotel, the closer it is to the parks. So expect a longer journey from the Value Resorts including the new Disney Art of Animation Resort to the parks than from a Deluxe or Moderate Resort. The exception to this is Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge which is a wonderful one of a kind hotel but it is the furthest away from Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios of all the hotels.
Disney World Transportation
Guests enjoy the easy access to Disney World Transportation. The Transportation system is very efficient and consists of the monorail, boats and buses. This transportation system is free for all Disney guests to use not just Disney resort guests.
Disney Extra Magic Hours
The Extra Magic Hours are one of the very best perks available to Disney World Hotel guests. On select days every week Disney Resort guests have either early access to the parks, or can stay later in the parks than ‘regular’ guests. This is a big advantage as of course the crowds are less, and so are the lines. If you use Extra Magic Hours to their best advantage you can see more attractions in a shorter space of time. Because your hotel is so close to the theme parks too you can return to your hotel after an early morning start for a rest and then go back out later in the day.
Disney Magical Express
The Disney Magical Express transports you easily and efficiently from Orlando International airport to your resort hotel – all free of charge. The Magical Express is extremely convenient, particularly as on most domestic airlines you check your bags on the plane and they are delivered to your Disney World Hotel Resort room for you. This saves a lot of stress in the airport. When it is time to return home a number of domestic airlines allow you to print your boarding pass in your resort hotel – another time saving perk.
Disney Dining Plan
The Disney Dining Plan wasn’t mentioned in the Travelocity survey but this is a big draw for many Disney resort guests. The Dining Plan is a popular way to pre pay for your Disney World dining – and it will usually also save you some money. How much it will save depends upon how each individual uses the plan, but really for most families this is going to save them a reasonable amount of money. Particularly popular of course is the free dining plan which is offfered from time to time. This is a great deal as the cost of the basic dining plan is included in with your hotel costs.
The Disney Hotel Experience
The Disney Hotels are pure and simply, just unique places to stay. It is that difficult to explain Disney magic! From the timeless elegance of the Disney World Grand Floridian to seeing a giraffe from your balcony at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge or encountering a 35 foot tall Buzz Lightyear at Disney All Star Movie Resort all of the hotels have something very special to offer.
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Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.