Have you planned a last-minute surprise trip to Walt Disney World and discovered that there’s very limited availability at the resort hotel you’d like to book? Or maybe you and your family want to spend your money on experiences in the parks, rather than on your accommodations. Perhaps you and your family are park openers and closers—you get there at rope drop and stay till the Kiss Goodnight, and you see no point in paying for luxuries, décor and services you won’t be using when you’re at your hotel. Whatever the reason, there are many Guests that visit Disney World and don’t stay at a Disney Resort hotel. Instead, they opt for one of the national brand chain hotels because they are nice, they are comfortable, and many offer a good value. Here are ten nice hotels within only a few miles of the parks at Disney that offer visitors quality accommodations at a reasonable price.*
*For the purposes of this article, hotels listed have advertised room rates for below $150 per night, based on a four-person occupancy.
10 Reasons Walt Disney World Fans Come Back Year After Year
There are a thousand ways in which a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort is different from other family getaways. But one big difference between any other vacation and a vacation at Disney is that many of the 50 million Guests that walk through the gates at Disney’s four theme parks each year do so annually (or more often). It’s true—lots of families make Disney World their summer vacation destination every year. Others make Disney their Christmas vacation destination every year. But why? What is it that keeps these families coming back year after year? Let’s look at 10 reasons fan families return time after time to the most magical place on earth.
13 Rookie Mistakes at Walt Disney World Resort
When it comes to choosing a vacation destination on planet Earth, the possibilities are endless. You can travel abroad and experience cultures outside of your own in other countries. You can choose to stay here in the United States, visit another state’s annual fair and enjoy entertainment and attractions that you cannot experience in your own hometown. Maybe an educational venue is more your style; those possibilities are endless too.
On a traditional vacation, however, you’ll more than likely have to choose one experience over another, one country over another, one state and its museums over another state and its offerings. But what if you could travel to one destination and be immersed in the history of its beginnings, its development, where it’s been and where it’s headed? And what if—at that same venue—you could also experience diverse cultures and learn about each culture’s history and customs? Wouldn’t it be great if, while you’re there, you could also sample some of each culture’s cuisine? And wouldn’t it be even more bang for your buck if you could also enjoy live entertainment, amazing attractions, interactive exhibits and out-of-this-world nighttime shows?
Such a place does exist, and it’s closer than you think. At the Walt Disney World outside of Orlando, Florida, the experiences are so many and so diverse that you will never go wrong in choosing it as your next family vacation destination. But with all it has to offer, you might go wrong in how you experience it, especially if you’re a first-time Guest to the parks, also known as a Disney World rookie. Here are 13 rookie mistakes people make at Walt Disney World and how you can avoid them.