• On Jul 16, 2018
    Olivia from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Pros Cons staying on resort or off resort? Can you book meal plan if you stay off resort?

    Hi Olivia!

    I've enjoyed several trips to visit Mickey and friends and we have stayed at both Disney Resort hotels and at other hotels in the area. We have had amazing trips both ways, but overall I feel spoiled when I stay at a Disney Resort hotel because they provide so much convenience to our trip and we never have to leave the Disney magic!

    The Disney Resort hotels offer awesome benefits that you can enjoy during your vacation. Beyond the amazing pools and restaurants each of the hotels have to offer, you will be able to enjoy convenient complimentary transportation to the Disney theme parks, water parks and Disney Springs. Also, Guests staying at the Disney Resort hotels will be able to take advantage of Disney's Magical Express, which provides complimentary transportation to and from Orlando International Airport. Plus, with complimentary MagicBands, access to Extra Magic Hours and early access to FastPass+ reservations, Disney Resort hotels offer quite a few benefits for their Guests!

    Staying at a different hotel can be a great way to enjoy a budget-friendly vacation to Walt Disney World Resort. In my experience, I like to get a rental car when I'm not staying at a Disney Resort hotel for both airport transportation and daily transportation to the theme parks. Regardless of where you choose to stay, I'm sure your vacation will be incredible and you make many magical memories enjoying your vacation!

    Be sure to check out the Special Offers available to see if you can take advantage of one during your vacation! Let us know if you have additional questions as you continue planning. T-T-F-N, ta ta for now!

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Meet the Panelist: Crystal, Colorado

Hi! I’m Crystal and I’m a wife and mommy to two little Mouseketeers. My husband and I have been enjoying Disney Parks since before we were married, and now we take our children to see Mickey and the gang as often as we can, while  managing my oldest son's food allergies. Planning is key for my family to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun trip to our favorite place and it can be just as exciting as the trip itself. I can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure there, too! Learn More About Crystal

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