This coming Tuesday, my husband and I are enjoying my birthday in Orlando. We are enjoying 3 days in a hotel, having dinner at Boma (in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort), and pin trading in Downtown Disney. Even though most of our activity is going to be on Disney property, we are going to be staying off property. We have stayed both on and of property before and I want to give my pro/con list for staying on property.
I do have to say that I live in Florida and am about 2 hours away. This does have an impact on my decision making.
Staying on Disney Property
- Disney transportation. You do not need to worry about getting anywhere. After a long day at the parks, who wants to have to figure out how to get to the hotel they are staying at in an unknown area. Orlando is big!
- Disney Dining. When you stay on property and buy park tickets you can get a Disney Dining plan. A couple times during the year this is even offered for free. Disney food is amazing whether you get counter service, character dining, or fine dining.
- Awesome Pools. Have you seen the pools at Disney? They are amazing!
- Disney Cast Members. They are friendly and helpful. For example, my cousins went the other week. One o my cousins fell and scraped up her knees. A cost member came over to help. He treated her scrapes, made her smile, and gave both her and her sister a plush to. That is going above and beyond and is what you can expect from Disney!
- Mousekeeping. Won’t doesn’t love towel Mickeys and the other cute designs they come up with.
- Extra Magic Hours- Only Disney Resort guests get this privilege .
- Disney’s Magical Express- if you are flying in, they handle everything for you!
- Cost. Disney resorts can get pricey, especially during peak seasons.
- I can’t think of any others. LOL
Now my husband and I can’t always afford to stay in a resort. When we do it is usually not peak season combined with our Florida resident discount. Those prices compare with most Orlando room prices anyways. When do do stay off property we use Hotwire. We have stayed in the Rosen Plaza Resort for $48/ night, the Baymount Inn for $48/ night and this coming week we are staying in the Holiday Inn Express for $35/ night. Here are a few tips if you are going to use Hotwire: some resorts add a parking fee (the Rosen had a $16/day parking fee) which makes the daily rate go up, pay attention to the recommend percentage ( I only got for 75% and up), and keep in mind it is not a “Disney” hotel so the service is different.