Disney World hotels can be exciting and magical. But they are far from perfect.
And this is true for ALL levels of resorts, too — Value, Moderate, AND Deluxe. While you think your Disney hotel might include it ALL — there are some surprising things that you just aren’t going to find at Disney World hotels that you may find elsewhere.
So you might think — “Wait, Disney doesn’t live up to other hotel’s standards?” And the answer is a mixed bag. Disney hotels tend to offer remarkable customer service, fun theming, easy access to the parks, great dining options, pools, and more.
But it can still be surprising to find that certain amenities are lacking in Disney World resort rooms:
Most hotel rooms have a bedside clock that lets you set an alarm. But surprise! There aren’t any clocks in Disney World resort rooms! Disney got rid of the alarm clocks some time back, but when’s the last time you used an actual physical clock anyway? That’s why we have smartphones…right?!
So if you’ve got a Disney World resort booked, make sure you have a way to set an alarm so you can get up early to nab those Rise of the Resistance boarding passes and get to the parks for rope drop! And don’t forget — you can get a wake-up call from Mickey Mouse himself by following the prompts on your room’s phone!
If you want to read before bedtime, don’t count on having a bedside lamp — some Disney hotel rooms just don’t have them.
If that’s a deal-breaker, be sure to ask specifically about that when you choose a resort. Granted, many of the rooms that don’t have lamps do have small lights above the bed that work just as well.
Remember all those little bottles of H20 soaps, body washes, shampoos, and conditioners that you used to get at Disney World resorts in your room? Well, some resorts have switched to big bottles of refillable toiletries.
These options have replaced the little bottles that you’d stock up on before heading home from your trip at most Disney World hotels.
As many of you know, hotel rooms often have some sort of mini bar situation. This offers expensive but quick options when for things like liquor, water, candy bars, etc. But guess what folks, you won’t find them in your Disney resort room. But many rooms do have mini fridges. And if you find that your room doesn’t have a mini fridge, call down and ask if they have one for you. They just might be able to bring one up for ya! Other rooms, like suites, offer larger fridge options.
But if you love the idea of just grabbing something to snack on or drink from the room mini bar, you’re going to be out of luck.
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Some hotels offer free bottles of water to guests, but Disney World resorts do not. If you need bottled water in your room, we recommend bringing your own bottled water (it will be cheaper buying it at a grocery store than at Disney World).
In the parks, we also recommend taking advantage of free water — because what’s better than FREE?
Okay, we have a LOT of stuff that needs to be plugged in, and some Disney resort rooms are seriously lacking in the electrical outlet area. We often need WAY more than what’s available. At least many rooms have been upgraded to have USB ports now, too, so that helps!
So if you need to plug a lot of stuff in, consider bringing a mini power strip, mobile chargers, ect.
Outside Patio or Deck
If you’re thinking of sitting outside on a patio or deck just outside your Disney World resort room, you’ll need to know that not all rooms have a patio or deck.
Looking for a full list of hotels with patios and decks? Here’s a great resource from Disney.
Now, when it comes to interior doors, you will find that some Disney World hotels have them and others only have exterior doors that lead directly to the outside.
If this is important to you, make sure you call and ask the hotel prior to booking to make sure you have the option!
One thing you’ll notice that’s missing from most Disney World hotel rooms is a microwave. However, almost all DVC villas have a microwave, so if you’re a Disney Vacation Club Member (or have rented DVC points), you’re good to nuke whatever food your heart desires.
Otherwise, don’t expect to be able to reheat any leftovers in your hotel room.
So, you may find a few surprising things missing from your Disney World hotel room! Hopefully, this helps you prepare in advance for what you will want to pack/bring to be the most comfortable during your Disney World hotel stay.
Is there any amenity you miss at Disney World resorts? Let us know in the comments!