When you begin to plan your Disney vacation one of the biggest questions that comes up is whether to stay on-site or offsite. There are many advantages to staying onsite however many people balk at the high price tag Disney resorts can carry. Why stay at a Disney resort when you can find other accommodations nearby for less? There are many reasons!
Enter parks earlier and stay later
Guests who are staying in Disney Resorts can take advantage of Magic Hours before general park opening and closing times. Every day select attractions are open longer at one of the theme parks. By taking advantage of this you can skip long lines when the park is open to the public.
The Disney Experience
When you stay onsite you’ll have Disney 24/7. From themed rooms, to characters onsite, movie screenings, to amazing dining experiences everything is in one place. Many restaurants at the resorts offer character dining opportunities. Taking advantage of this you’ll have more interaction than you would at a park character dining experience. You can also enjoy a variety of entertainment right onsite.
Whether you drive or fly to the resort Disney has you covered. When you stay at a Disney resort there is complimentary airport pick up and drop off at Orlando International. You’ll also be able to go to and from any of the parks. If you decide to drive parking at resorts and at the park is also complimentary. This can be a big cost savings and should be included in your calculations when making a choice.
All inclusive meal plans
Eating takes up a big chunk of a vacation budget. There are a variety of Magic Your Way vacation packages that include dining. At the high end the platinum package with exclusive benefits and experiences as well as 3 meals a day and 2 snacks at either a table service or quick service restaurant. At the lower end you’re entitled to 2 meals a day and 1 snack at quick service restaurants. Any of these options are available in the resort or in the parks. There are several other meal plans in between these options.
Plenty of Choices
There are twenty-five Disney resorts and different price points – that means there’s something available for every family and budget. While some people prefer to stay in a resort like the Grand Floridian that has a more sophisticated feel, others opt for sleeping in a the cabins at Fort Wilderness.
Disney also has many options for families of all sizes. No two families are the same so why should every vacation be identical.
Have you noticed additional benefits to staying at a Disney Resort?