• On Oct 17, 2021
    Heidi from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the advantage of staying on-site if fast passes are no longer a part of the package?

    Welcome to planDisney, Heidi and thanks for dropping by with your question.

    I know that quite a lot of thought goes into choosing where to stay for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, especially since time away with family is precious and budgets (even larger ones) are finite. While I will miss the Fastpass+ system (and haven’t yet tried Disney Genie) I find that as a Disney Vacation Club Member my family chooses to stay “on-site” because we love the theming of the resorts, the on-site dining options, the pools, the complimentary theme park transportation and the special “extras” like resort activities. One trip we had even planned a resort-only stay with no theme park time, just to enjoy a “taste” of Disney. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is great for this type of trip with its walking path to Disney Springs (but I’ll gush about that property at another time!).

    Heidi, each time a beloved part of our Walt Disney World experience retires (like my favorite nighttime show: Happily Ever After), I need to remind myself that Walt Disney said, “we keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” While it doesn’t stop me from shedding a tear, it does help me get excited about all the Magic that’s yet to come.

    Heidi, I know that where to stay on vacation is a personal decision with many factors involved and there is certainly no “one-size-fits-all” but I hope this perspective helps as you’re debating your next adventure.

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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