So where should I stay when I visit Disney World?
That shit is expensive.
|I got a great deal (emphasis mine) on this garden wing room at the Contemporary it was $300/night and I still had to share a fucking patio|
For the cost I paid for my room at the Contemporary (which really was an awesome deal by Disney standards) I could have booked the Four Seasons and been Disney adjacent, but it still wouldn’t have been worth it to me. That sounds batshit crazy, but the folks at the Walt Disney Company have a monopoly on the Disney Bubble and it’s value is ridiculous, and to some it’s priceless.
The Disney Bubble?
Free Magic Bands, non-resort guest have to purchase these for $13+ each.
Free Transportation from your hotel across the Disney property via boat, bus, or monorail, Minnie-vans and soon to be gondola system called the Disney Skyliner.
Welcome Home is the first thing you’ll hear when checking into your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. It sounds corny as fuck because it is, but the cast member who greets you says this sincerely and you immediately feel the pixie dust starting to rain down upon your vacation. At the Polynesian Village Resort the greeting is actually “Aloha, welcome home” as they ring a lei around your neck in traditional Hawaiian fashion. *Editor’s Note: The cast member will usually greet you little ones as Prince or Princess which is quite cool. You can also stop by your local Disney store where they will usually do this a well which should in theory cost you considerably less than checking into a Disney Hotel, but fair warning, the Disney store is full of Disney branded shit you didn’t know you needed.
Extra-Magic Hours which allow you early or late access to a specified theme park.
Early FastPass+ booking window, this is a huge benefit. If you want to ride Frozen Ever After or Pandora: Flight of Passage you’re going to want a Fast Pass otherwise expect to wait in line at least two hours. By staying on-site, Disney offers guest the opportunity to book these FP+ choices 60 days out from the start of their vacation (the general public gets to do this at the 30-day mark). *Editor’s Note: For the next year or maybe even two, you won’t be getting a FP+ for Flight of Passage at the 30 day mark. Hell, you will be fighting for one at the 60 day mark. There’s a “hidden” benefit of longer stays on-site, the 60-day window opens according to the first day of your stay and you can book FP+ for rides for the entirety of your stay at that point. Meaning that if you’re staying for two weeks you can be booking FastPasses well over 70 days in advance.
It was late after the fireworks and once this was over we walked right back to our room on-site, super convenient