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Melissa resides on Florida's beautiful Space Coast with her husband and four Disney-loving boys. She frequently allows skipping school for Disney World visits...because making memories is more important than math. Their family has also been seen on HGTV's hit show "My Yard Goes Disney."

5 Resources You Should Know About If You’re Not Staying On Disney Property

Cape May Cafe Breakfast Buffet

1. ADR Parking If you’re road tripping to Disney (or renting a car), the free onsite parking that Disney Resort guests enjoy is certainly enviable. However, you can still make the parking situation work in your best interest with some careful planning. If you make an Advanced Dining Reservation at one of the Disney Resorts, you are automatically granted free ...

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5 Resources You Should Know About If You’re Not Staying On Disney Property

Cinderella Castle

2. Extra Magic Hours I know what you’re thinking. “What?! Extra Magic Hours are only for Disney Resort Guests!” And yes, that’s true. But, you can still use EMHs to your advantage when staying off-property. Think about it: all the on-property guests are going to be planning their park itineraries based on the EMH of the day. That means as ...

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5 Resources You Should Know About If You’re Not Staying On Disney Property

Disney Transportation Bus

3. Shuttles Transportation on Disney World property is simple and comprehensive. Staying off-property can limit your transportation options significantly, but you won’t be completely stuck. Most nearby resorts offer complimentary shuttles to Disney World property. Check with your resort before booking if shuttle service is important to you since the level of flexibility can vary. Some resorts only make stops ...

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5 Resources You Should Know About If You’re Not Staying On Disney Property

Cast Members

4. Disney Springs Guest Relations One of the things you may miss by staying offsite is the helpful Disney cast members available at Walt Disney World Resorts. However, if you find yourself in need of face-to-face assistance, the Guest Relations team at Disney Springs is equipped to help with all your vacation needs. Located in the Disney Springs Welcome Center, ...

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5 Resources You Should Know About If You’re Not Staying On Disney Property

Groceries

5. Grocery Delivery Many guests choose an off-property resort because it’s easier to find a suite with a kitchen. I know that making food in our resort has saved lots of money and time for our family. But who wants to make a dreaded grocery store run when you’re on vacation? Thankfully, there are several ways to get the food ...

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5 Resources You Should Know About If You’re Not Staying On Disney Property

Fantasy World Resort

There are incredible perks to staying on Disney Property, but for some it makes more sense to find a place nearby instead. When the best choice for your party is to stay off-property on your Disney vacation, these resources will make your stay even more enjoyable.      

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4 Off-Walt-Disney-World-Property Hotels With Character Dining Experiences

Lake View Character Breakfast

1. Wyndham Lake Buena Vista At the Lakeview Restaurant in the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, guests can interact with Pluto and Goofy while enjoying an expansive breakfast buffet. And here’s the bonus: this is probably the most reasonable Character Dining experience you’ll ever find, with a price of $27 for adults and $13 for kids four and up (that’s right, ...

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4 Off-Walt-Disney-World-Property Hotels With Character Dining Experiences

Goofy four seasons

2. Four Seasons Resort At the upscale and exclusive Four Seasons Resort, guests are accustomed to a high level of luxury and service, so of course the Character Dining experience does not disappoint. Goofy, Mickey, and Minnie have all been reported at Ravello, the on campus fine dining establishment during breakfast time. In addition, the Four Seasons takes things a ...

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4 Off-Walt-Disney-World-Property Hotels With Character Dining Experiences

Hilton Character Breakfast

3. Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace I’ve personally stayed at this hotel, and we had a great experience. Within walking distance to Disney Springs, guests of the Buena Vista Palace enjoy not only an ideal location but also the opportunity to dine with Goofy, Minnie, and Pluto at  Letterpress Restaurant for Sunday breakfast. Letterpress has hip, modern decor and lots ...

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4 Off-Walt-Disney-World-Property Hotels With Character Dining Experiences

4. Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista This hotel in the Disney Springs district offers Sunday breakfast with characters from 8:30-11:00 at Covington Mill Restaurant. Though they don’t guarantee which characters will be present (much like other on-property establishments), guests have reported sightings of Br’er Bear, Br’er Fox, Minnie and Pluto. They also rave about the omelet bar! The Hilton Orlando ...

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