• On Jan 20, 2018
    Patricia from NH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a few. Which hotels on the outside of Disney world can we use in order to get package of the tickets n dining plan? Disney Springs. Can we come n go from there to the 4 parks? What do we use?

    Hi Patricia, Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you for reaching out to us with your planning questions.

    While a lot of off-property hotels advertise theme park dining incentives for booking a room at their location, the dining credits they offer are usually presented as a Disney Gift Card. Disney Dining Plans are only available for purchase to those who stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. But don't fret; a lot of people love the dining plans because they are often seen as a way to pre-pay for meals in advance of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Should you choose to stay off-site you could always buy your own Disney Gift Cards from a grocery, big box, or drug store near your home in the months and weeks leading up to your vacation and use the gift cards to pay for park tickets, souvenirs, and even meals and snacks from almost every dining location across the whole property.

    Disney Springs: Disney offers complimentary bus transportation for everyone from all Disney theme and water parks directly to Disney Springs starting at 4 p.m. daily until 11 p.m., or until 2 hours after each park closes, whichever is first. However, there is no direct transportation from Disney Springs back to the various theme parks. You can take a bus (or boat!) from Disney Springs to a resort hotel, and then take a second bus from that hotel to the park of your choice.

    I hope this helped with your planning, Patricia, and we'll see you real soon!

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Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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