There have been so many changes at Disney recently that we wanted to re-address the age-old question… “Why Stay on Site…it’s SO much cheaper to stay off-site!” While years ago it was simply a matter of money and proximity, today it’s not quite so simple. Today I’ll share the top 10 reasons to stay on Disney property!
While this new service will be available to all guests, regardless of where you stay, on-site guests will have an added advantage when it comes to Genie+ and Lightning Lanes! Only a limited number of Genie+ purchases will be allowed day and on-site guests can begin booking their Lightning Lane attractions at 7 a.m.!
Starting October 1, 2021, as part of The World’s Most Magical Celebration, Disney Resort hotel Guests and Guests of other select hotels will be able to enjoy more fun with 30-minute early entry to any Walt Disney World theme park, every day. It’ll be a great way to get a jump start on your Disney day, no matter the day!
Discounted Magic Bands
While Disney has discontinued free Magic Bands, guests staying onsite can purchase them for a discounted rate! MagicBands are offered for sale up to 10 days prior to arrival to Guests residing in the United States and Canada in English only. Disney has added a lot of capabilities so you can also your My Disney Experience Mobile app but we honestly love how convenient using Magic Bands are!
We’d love to talk about dining plans but as of the date of this article, Disney hasn’t brought those back yet (to us that’s a huge onsite perk) so let’s talk about snagging those hard-to-get dining reservations. If you are staying off-site, you have to log on or call 60 days prior to EACH day of your vacation, while onsite guests only have to log on or call on the 60th day prior to their arrival for their WHOLE vacation!
Disney Guest Service
Disney is known for its amazing guest service…it’s what keeps guests coming back year after year. Whether it’s at your resort, the parks…even the bus drivers! Everyone strives to keep up the standard of world-renowned guest service. When staying off-site you never know what you might get…especially if you consider renting a home or timeshare.
No one pays attention to the details like Disney does! By selecting a Disney property you can stay in a room fit for a Pirate or a Princess….a suite surround by your favorite characters from Cars, Nemo or Lion King…view Giraffes from your balcony, and much much more! Disney resorts are unique and offer something for everyone, in every price range!
Proximity to the Parks
Did you know that Walt Disney World is TWICE the size of the city of Manhattan!? That’s 47 square miles. Traveling within the “world’ can be time-consuming, but when you move outside the property, it can take even longer! Some resorts are even within walking distance to the parks (like Disney’s Contemporary or Beach Club.)
Making your vacation even more stress-free, Disney will take you where ever you need to go on Disney property! From buses to monorails, boats and even a gondola system, Disney’s free transportation is a huge perk to staying onsite.
A Walt Disney Vacation package only requires a $200 deposit with the balance due 30 days prior. Your Living With The Magic Vacations travel planner can help you set up a payment plan to break up your balance into bi-weekly, monthly, or semi-monthly installments!
Concierge Planning Services
When you book a Disney resort vacation with a Disney Travel Planner (like Living With The Magic Vacations) we can assist with every aspect of your vacation! We’ll walk you through everything you need, from selecting the right resort to planning your park days, booking dining, understanding the new Disney Genie and so much more!!