6 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Resort

If your family is planning a Walt Disney World vacation, you may be tempted to stay at a hotel outside of the resort. The thing is there are so many benefits to staying at the park. Whether it’s the earlier and later access to the park or extending the magic, there are many reasons to stay at a Disney Resort.

5 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Resort
The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at Walt Disney World


1. Earlier Access to Reservations

When you choose to stay at a Disney resort, you’re able to book FastPass+ reservations 60 days prior to arrival for the entire duration of your stay (up to 14 days). Those staying outside of Disney can only reserve their FastPass 30 days prior to each park day. This can make a huge difference in the attractions and times you are able to reserve. Some of the most popular attractions such as Avatar’s Flight of Passage will surely not be available at 30 days or have very little time choices.

2. Extra Magic Hours!

Resort guests also get the benefit of enjoying parks earlier or later into the evening. The schedule for which parks will open earlier or stay open later changes. However, this can make a huge difference in how much you get to experience at the Disney park. Being able to get into a park one hour earlier than others or stay up to two hours later can give your family so much more time for everything on your bucket list. Everyday there is at least 1 park that either opens early or closes late.
5 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Resort
Walt Disney World


3. Location

The ability to pop back to your room for a nap, swim or even a snack makes staying at a Disney resort a must. Imagine being able to put the little ones down for a nap. That’s not something you can easily do when you’re staying outside of Disney. This can make a trip to Disney much more enjoyable. After all, every parent knows the struggles of missing naptime.
6 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Resort
6 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Resort


4. The Pixar Play Zone (The Children Activity Centres are shutting down on August 1, 2018. This is the only one remaining open. This service is not just available to guests staying at a Disney hotel)

Children ages 4-12 can enjoy a Pixar-packed evening of fun, games and Character encounters at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. This kids-only experience from 6 pm to 10:30 pm also includes dinner and dessert! This centre allow parents to drop off their children and go experience the parks for themselves. If you want a bit of alone time, but don’t want your kids to miss out, this is perfect. You may even want to take advantage of this service a few times during your vacation. Reserving in advance is strongly recommended as space is limited.
6 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Resort
Walt Disney World Mickey’s Magical Express bus – 


5. Transportation

No driving required, except for the Tomorrowland Speedway! No matter where you want to go on resort, Disney has bus (mostly), boat, or monorail services to get you there. They even offer a complimentary airport shuttle, Disney’s Magical Express, that will bring you to your resort with the option of letting them take your luggage directly from the plane to your room.

6 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Resort


6. The Magic

Last, but not least, staying at the park enhances the magical experience. Going to sleep in a Disney resort room is simply magical for children. The more you spend on a room, the more decorative of a room you can expect. In other words, the value resorts aren’t as magical as some of the higher end resorts. If you want your children to have a room that’s as fun as the park, you’ll have to pay a bit more.
There are many reasons to stay at a Disney resort. Not only do you not have to worry about driving to the park, but you also don’t have to worry about the traffic jams when trying to leave. There’s also the ability to book rides well in advance and leave your children in the care of others so that you can enjoy some alone time with your spouse. There is even an entire specialized profession (Authorized Disney Vacation Planner) that will help you plan the whole thing, like OMC Blogger, Jeremie from Pure Magic Vacations.
Families should experience staying at a Disney resort at least once!

Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. We stayed at Disney Resort and loved it. So many perks. And a good thing you can choose budget hotels within Disney resorts.

  2. We have always stayed at the Grand Floridian while visiting Disney World; there are always perks and extras and its always a wonderful, magical experience.

  3. I would love to do the whole experience because their hotels look amazing and so are their parks of course


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