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  • On Nov 30, 2020
    Bethann from NJ Asked

    I'm trying to plan a vacation for Halloween 2021 for 3 adults and 2 children. What are the benefits for staying in the Park vs. Staying outside in my Time Share?

    Hello Bethann! Thanks for bringing such a great question to planDisney! You are actually asking about two of my favorite things - Disney at Halloween and staying at a Walt Disney World Resort!

    Let's talk first about Halloween! Mickey and Minnie really know how to celebrate the fall season in a way that is frightfully fun! Traditionally, the Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! This special ticketed event is held on select evenings from the late summer through Halloween! It is a favorite in our family! We are hoping this special party returns next fall! I'll keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for more information about this event!

    Given the option to stay offsite or at a Disney Resort Hotel, I will take the on property resort every time! While many of the traditional benefits of staying at a Disney Resort Hotel have been temporarily suspended due to safety precautions, there are still plenty of great reasons to stay on prime Mickey real estate! Practically speaking, you have to consider proximity to the parks. The Disney Resort Hotels are all within close distance to the four Disney Parks and Disney Springs! Proximity makes a big difference when trying to devote more time to the vacation and less time to travel! Speaking of traveling, Disney still offers complimentary transportation throughout entire resort! This includes complimentary bus, boat, and Skyliner transportation! Not only does this mean easy travel from the resort hotels to the Disney theme parks, but also from Orlando International Airport to your hotel via Disney's Magical Express! This same service will also get you back to the airport at the conclusion of your visit!

    The other special part about staying at a Disney Resort Hotel is the magic of Disney! For me a visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth is made more magical by staying on property! After a long day of park visits, I love seeing Cinderella Castle from my room at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa or Disney's Contemporary Resort! I will also never forget arriving at my room at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and opening my blinds to see Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge lit up at night! So cool!

    Finally, the last benefit of staying on property is the chance to enjoy Disney Dining at your resort! Character Dining at Topolino's Terrace at Disney's Riviera Resort or Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort make any visit extra special for kids (and adults too)! Each resort also has many dining options which make for an easy walk to and from your dining destination!

    Bethann! Enjoy selecting a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel! Come back to planDisney as you continue dreaming of your fall 2021 vacation!

    Hakuna Matata!  Jonathan G.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonathan, Pennsylvania

Hi, everyone!  My name is Jonathan.  I am a Disney-adoring husband, dad of three sons, and elementary school principal from Pennsylvania.  If you're visiting planDisney with questions about the Most Magical Place on Earth, then Hakuna Matata because you've come to the right group of people!  I'm happy to use my past Disney-travel experiences and knowledge to help you enjoy every moment of your vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Learn More About Jonathan

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