Every vacation in Walt Disney World is sure to be an absolutely magical experience thanks to the amazing theme parks filled with attractions, dining, entertainment, and shopping. While the theme parks are the biggest part of most Walt Disney World vacations, there is one way in particular that guests can ensure that they are completely surrounded by the magic at all times. Staying on property at a Disney Resort is the perfect way to enjoy special perks and amenities which help to add even more magic to each Walt Disney World vacation. From amazing dining and special perks to wonderful amenities and décor, there are so many reasons to love Disney Resorts. However, with over two dozen to choose from getting the most out of a stay at a Disney Resort can be a little confusing. Luckily there are some do’s and don’ts that guests can follow that will ensure that their stay is as amazing as possible. Here are the top ten do’s and don’ts for Disney Resorts.
10. Do Pick The Right Resort
With so many Disney Resorts to choose from, guests might be overwhelmed with making the right choice. The easiest way to narrow down the options is by choosing which price category is right for each guests. Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value being the most reasonable, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. Once guests have an idea about their price range, they then only have to choose from a handful of Disney Resorts in each category.
9. Do Research Buildings
Once guests decide which Disney Resort they would like to stay at, they should spend some time researching the layout of the area. Guests who want be located near the lobby, pools, dining, or other amenities should definitely consult the Disney Resort’s map and be sure to request a specific building or area when booking their reservation.
8. Don’t Skip Dining
While there are some amazing dining options in the Disney theme parks and Disney Springs, the Disney Resorts are home to some of the most popular dining locations in all of Walt Disney World. Guests should definitely consider dining at a Disney Resort during their vacation and some of the most popular locations are ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
7. Do Explore Other Resorts
While guests definitely spend the most time at their own Disney Resort, they should also be sure to explore some of the other locations as well. Resort hopping is a great way to check out some amazing locations and exploring the architecture, décor, dining, and shopping locations found there. Guests who visit Disney’s Wilderness Lodge can enjoy checking out some cozy fireplaces with oversized arm chairs, guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge can check out the savanna where animals can be found serenely grazing, and guests at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort can enjoy tons of entertainment, nightlife, and dining options.
6. Do Know Your Way Around
There’s nothing worse than feeling lost, especially on vacation. Once guests decide which Disney Resort they are staying at, they should spend some time researching how to efficiently get around. Each Disney Resort offers complimentary transportation for guests to and from the Disney theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. Guests should be sure to know ahead of time whether they will be traveling via bus, monorail, skyliner, or boat in order to save themselves time while on vacation.
5. Don’t Skip The Pools
Each Disney Resort is home to at least one amazing pool. Guests who spend time there should definitely enjoy all that the pools have to offer including some amazing amenities. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort share Stormalong Bay which features a sand bottomed pool, sun deck, lazy river, water slide, hot tub, and much more. Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort features Doubloon Lagoon which is home to a serpent water slide, kids’ splash area, hot tub, and nearby Mardi Grogs pool bar. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is home to the Big Blue Pool which pays homage to Finding Nemo with larger than life character statues and underwater speakers!
4. Do Tune Into Stacey
Each Disney Resort room features a state of the art television that has plenty of local and specialty channels. One of the specialty channels features Stacey who hosts a must do list for all of Walt Disney World. Stacey shares with guests what the must do experiences are throughout Walt Disney World with plenty of energy and fun along the way. No stay in a Disney Resort is complete without tuning into Stacey.
3. Do Enjoy The Details
What makes each Disney Resort so unique and special are the amazing details which bring the theme to life. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort features gently swaying palm trees, tiki touches, and authentic Polynesian art and artifacts. Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort features wrought iron details, festive jazz music, and quiet gardens and fountains. No matter which Disney Resort a guest stays at, there are sure to be some fantastic details which help to bring the experience to life.
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2. Don’t Miss Special Offers
A stay at a Disney Resort can be expensive, so guests should be sure to frequently check Walt Disney World’s website for special offers. Occasionally there are discounts on rooms and tickets, free dining offers, and even discounts for the military, annual pass holders, and more.
1. Do Use Extra Magic Hours
One of the biggest perks of staying on property at a Disney Resort is being able to access Extra Magic Hours. These special times allow guests to enter into one theme park an hour early each morning and stay up to three hours later each night. Since these times are only open to Disney Resort guests, the parks are typically much less crowded and popular attractions have much lower wait times.