Planning on staying at a Disney World hotel?
Once you’ve figured out your budget — and maybe even picked your hotel! — you’ll want to know what’s included in your stay. After all, you get quite a few perks on property! Now, some benefits such as an early FastPass+ booking window and Extra Magic Hours have been eliminated due to limited operations — but there is still plenty to enjoy!
Free Transportation to the Parks
One of the most obvious features of your Disney World hotel stay is the free transportation to the parks. Depending on your hotel, you could have access to the parks via bus, boat, Skyliner, or monorail — or a combination of a few of ’em!
It’s complimentary, quick, ‘n’ easy. However, you will want to plan ahead for any delays that could arise. Disney suggests giving yourself an hour to take Disney transportation from one part of property to another (and we second that!).
If you choose to drive, your Disney hotel stay will qualify you for free parking at the theme parks. Now, standard parking is $25 per day, so that can add up to some BIG savings! And if you want to upgrade to prime parking, you’ll be able to do that by paying the difference.
Do keep in mind, though, that you’ll have to pay for overnight parking at your hotel. That costs anywhere from $15 to $25 per night, depending on whether you’re staying at a Value, Moderate, or Deluxe resort. So this perk could cancel out with your parking costs — or it could help ya save just a bit!
Disney’s Magical Express
If you’re flying into the Orlando International Airport, you can use Disney’s Magical Express service to get complimentary transportation to your Disney hotel! It’s a convenient way to avoid a taxi, rideshare, or rental car if you’re just trying to get on Disney property.
Now, Disney is discontinuing the Magical Express service in January 2022 — it’ll be replaced by a new, paid service by Mears (the same company that owns the Magical Express). So you will still have a similar option, but as of next year, it’ll no longer be free.
Early Theme Park Entry
If you’re an early riser, you may want to take advantage of the Early Theme Park Entry perk for hotel guests. This “replacement” for Extra Magic Hours will be instated to celebrate Disney World’s 50th anniversary, and it’ll let hotel guests into the theme parks half an hour before opening every day.
MagicBands used to be complimentary for Disney World hotel guests. They’re no longer free, but those hotel guests can get some of ’em for as low as $10 or $15, depending on what is available — which can be significantly cheaper than what they’re sold for in the parks.
Sure, there’s lots to do in the parks, but there are also oodles of activities at your hotel! And lots of ’em are free: we’re talking pools, Movies Under the Stars, recreational activities, fitness centers, crafts, lawn games, and more. (You can even watch an Electrical Water Pageant!).
On top of these freebies, there are other activities that you can pay a little extra for. You can go horseback riding or rent a boat at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, ride a Surrey bike at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, or rent a cabana at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We’ve got a full list right here for ya — just keep in mind that some are temporarily unavailable due to limited operations.
If you’ve got a long trip to Disney World planned, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s a quick and easy way to do your laundry. Self-serve laundry facilities are available at each hotel! You can even use the LaundryView technology to keep track of your clothes while they’re getting cleaned.
Deluxe Villas also have an in-room washer and dryer (with a complimentary box of single-use laundry detergent!) to make laundry day EVEN easier. So if you want to pack light, rest assured that you can rewear some outfits.
All Disney hotel rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi, a coffee machine, a mini-fridge, a safe, and toiletries (think lotion, bar soap, and shampoo). You can check out our tour of a standard room at Disney’s Pop Century Resort to get a lay of the land!
If you’re trying to figure out what to pack for your vacation, this may help ya narrow down what you need to bring. Plus, the mini-fridge makes food storage WAY easier!
It helps to know everything that comes with that Disney hotel price tag, so you can make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. We’ll keep bringing you more Disney tips and tricks, so stay tuned to DFB!
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