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Why We Still Recommend Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort

With many on-site hotel perks on hold, you may be asking as a seasoned vet, “Should I stay on Disney property?” Objectively speaking, off-site accommodations are usually cheaper – even for luxurious hotels. Many visitors swear by them, even if they bring on additional fees like gas, ride-sharing services, etc. Again, with post-pandemic travel temporarily altering Walt Disney World, it may be harder to justify the price tag. But despite this, we still feel a Disney resort is still a cut above the rest. Allow us to elaborate.


1. Free Transportation

Even with Disney’s Magical Express expected to end in 2022, the company still offersmore free transportation than any of its competitors. Any guests staying on Disney property have the convenience offree transports between the parks, hotels, and shopping/dining areas. This includes the monorail, a fleet of busses, several boats (of varying capacity), and the newest addition of the Skyliner gondolas. Regarding the Skyliner, this incredible next-generation ski-life features enclosed cars and round trips to both EPCOT and Hollywood Studios for various hotels. (Best of all, the Skyliner even services some Value Resorts like Pop Century!) When you couple this with the lack of fees for gas, parking, car rentals, or Lyft rides – the savings can add up pretty quickly. Don’t just take our word for it. Let the numbers speak for themselves.

Disney Skyliner

2. Onsite Amenities

Disney hotels vary in terms of theming, but there are benefits guaranteed to you whether you are staying in a Value Standard Room or a Deluxe DVC Villa. Every Disney hotel features onsite dining for hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, they have immersive pool areas and gift shops. Not only do these shops have hidden gems of souvenirs, but they’re also great places to grab snacks-to-go, over-the-counter medicine, and toiletries you forgot to pack. So, in most cases, there is no need to hop off-site for necessities. Disney brings these to your doorstep! The same can’t be said for every local motel feeding on tourism.

World Premiere Food Court
Photo: Disney

3. Atmosphere

Speaking of theming, Disney is the king of transporting guests to a whole new world. In every hotel, regardless of tier, the theme is reflected in everything from pool design to lighting fixtures to the ambient background music. Don’t believe us? Step into the lobby of the Polynesian and catch a whiff of pineapple and citrus fruits. Wander the Broadway section of the All-Star Music resort and hear your favorite divas belting through the speakers. Admire the Disney mosaics on the lobby floor of the breathlessly elegant Grand Floridian. Honestly, there’s just as much effort required there as in the parks. Disney doesn’t do anything halfway and the rich environments of their hotels are just one example.

Disney’s Riviera Resort (Credit: Disney)

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About Rebekah

Rebekah is a life-long Disney enthusiast who is thrilled to be sharing her passion with fellow fanatics! As someone who lived on a Disney diet in childhood, her appreciation for the company has only grown over time. When Rebekah isn't planning her next trip, she can be found reading, blogging, obsessively exercising, and participating in the musical theater community.