Back in November, I was finally able to stay on Disney property for the first time. I had some mixed feelings about staying at a Disney resort, but overall, I thought it was a good experience. Since I have stayed on and off property, I am going to be talking about the pro’s and cons of staying at a Walt Disney World resort. A lot of people wonder if they should stay off or on property, so I thought that this would be a helpful post!
• You never leave Disney and are always surrounded by the Disney magic: This is probably one of my favorite parts about staying on property, and I think that is the same for others. When you stay on Disney property, you never leave Disney until you actually go home from your vacation.
• Free Transportation: From the airport, the Magical Express(a motorcoach) takes you to your Disney resort, and it also takes you back to the airport. At the resort, there is a bus that will take you all over Disney property. If you rather spend money on more merchandise rather than a rental car, then, this is a great perk for you!
• Extra Magic Hours: I, sadly, didn’t get to experience this when I stayed at a Disney resort, but basically, you get to go to the Park before the Park opens or after the Park closes for a couple hours. There is usually Extra Magic Hours everyday at one the Parks either in the morning or the evening. This is only available for guests staying on property, so it’s a great time to ride attractions that are typically very busy during the day. Extra Magic Hours is free, but of course, you have to have bought a Disney ticket that day to get into the Park.
• MagicBand Perks: You don’t need to stay on property to have a MagicBand, but you do get your MagicBand for free if you stay on property. A MagicBand is how you get into the Parks, and it’s your key to your room. You also have the option to connect your credit card to it, and when you purchase something, you just have to scan your MagicBand and put in your PIN code that you chose.
(If anyone is wondering why I didn’t include the Disney Dining Plan, I have heard mixed feelings about it, so it’s not going to be in the pro’s or the cons. It can be a pro, but it also can be a con. You can read about it here at the official Walt Disney World website. If you are looking into the Disney Dining Plan, I would recommend to do some more research on it besides just looking on the official website.)
• It’s Expensive: It’s not just deluxe resorts that are expensive because moderate is expensive, and value can get expensive, too(neither moderate or value is nothing close to how expensive deluxe is, of course)! Disney resorts are probably going to cost more than off-site hotels/resorts, so just keep that in mind.
• Small Rooms: Unless you are staying in a suite, the rooms are going to be small, but if you aren’t planning on spending much time in your room, then, it probably won’t be too big of a deal. It also depends on how many people are staying in the room. I don’t think it’s that bad when you only have a couple people, but when you have five people, the rooms are going to feel even smaller.
• Always Crowded: It kind of feels like you never even left the Disney Parks because it’s so crowded and loud at the Disney resorts. Sorry, but I like to relax at the pool when there is not a ton of people.
• The Transportation is Awful: I loved the Magical Express, but the transportation around Disney property was awful, at least when I went. It took awhile to wait for the buses, and at the end of the day, when you are worn out, and your feet hurt, you don’t want to stand up during the 15 minute bus ride.
Overall, I don’t think staying at a Disney resort is worth it unless you stay at a deluxe resort or a very nice moderate resort. That’s just me, so it’s all based on if you think the pro’s overrule the cons. Anyway, I hope this post has helped you and that you enjoyed reading it!