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  • On Apr 18, 2020
    Julia from MN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! My family and I were wondering if Disney Good Neighbor Hotels offer any sort of perks, such as earlier access to reservations/fast passes like the on-property ones do. Thank you!

    Hi Julia!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am delighted to hear that you are planning to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. 

    Although Good Neighbor Hotels offer lovely accommodations, they do not currently provide access to the same benefits as Walt Disney World Resort® Hotels. There are other select resort hotels that do offer some benefits (i.e. access to FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours). I chatted with a Cast Member and she shared current official Walt Disney World® Hotels as:

    • Best Western Lake Buena Vista
    • B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista
    • Double Tree Suites by Hilton Orlando
    • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
    • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
    • Holiday Inn Orlando
    • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
    • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
    • Waldorf Astoria Orlando
    • Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
    • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
    • Walt Disney World® Swan and Dolphin Hotels

    In the past, I have stayed at a few of these hotels, most notably, the Walt Disney World® Swan and Dolphin. While my experience has always been wonderful, I will say that these hotels are not always better for my budget, especially when I factor in the cost of transportation to and from the airport. Quite honestly, my family loves Disney's Magical Express® transportation from the Orlando International Airport to our resort hotel.

    I also prefer having access to multiple forms of complimentary transportation when we stay at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels. At Disney's Contemporary Resort Hotel, for example, we can walk to Magic Kingdom, catch the Resort Monorail, take Water Transportation, or hop on Bus Transportation depending on our destination. As you make your decision, I ALWAYS recommend that you confirm the benefits of each hotel prior to making a reservation since the list of hotels with special benefits could change!

    Julia, I hope this helps you make the best decision. Sending pixie dust your way as you plan!

    Magic and Memories,

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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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