Benefits of Staying at  Walt Disney World Resort Hotel

By Darren Wittko

If you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you'll be able to take advantage of exclusive benefits that offer great vacation value. Plus consider this fun fact: 92% of guests (who normally stay off property) will return to a Walt Disney World hotel on future visits. So once you experience the difference of an on property stay versus off-property, you’ll likely want to stay with Disney again.

Early Access to FastPass Selections

Guest who stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel get a head start on FastPasses and can begin making selections for attractions 60-days in advance. Off property guests can begin making FastPass selections 30-days in advance.

Complimentary Magic Bands

Resembling a wristband or bracelet, MagicBands are available in 7 different colors and can be customized with your name up to 10 days before arrival. Use your MagicBand to:

  • Unlock your Disney Resort hotel room

  • Enter theme parks and water parks (with valid admission)

  • Charge food and merchandise purchases

  • Connect PhotoPass images to your account

  • Check in at FastPass+ attraction and entertainment lines

Complimentary Disney Transportation and Parking

Disney offers complimentary motor coach, ferryboat and monorail services to take you throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Guests staying at Disney World Resort hotels enjoy complimentary standard parking at Disney Theme Parks, Disney Water Parks and Disney Springs Area. Note there is a fee for overnight parking at hotels.

Disney Dining Plans

Disney dining plans are available exclusively to guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. With over 200 Walt Disney World restaurant locations, dining plans offer a convenient and often affordable way to enjoy the best restaurants and Character Meals.

Extended Theme Park Hours

Guests can take advantage of more time in one of the Parks before they open, or after they close with Extra Magic Hours. Disney Resort hotels guests can enjoy some of the most popular attractions beyond the normal operating hours. Guests staying offsite can enter the parks only during normal operating hours. 

Complimentary Airport  Shuttle + Luggage Service

Onsite guests can skip baggage claim with Disney's Magical Express, a convenient motorcoach service between Orlando International Airport and their Disney Resort hotel. Disney will retrieve your luggage at the airport and deliver it to you room.

Convenient Proximity to the theme parks

When staying at a Disney Resort hotel, it's only a short trip back to the room to enjoy the pool or rest before returning to the Theme Parks to enjoy more magic. Walt Disney World Resort is 47 square miles, so staying near the Theme Parks will save you time. Traffic on the major roads surrounding Walt Disney World such as I4 and Route 192 can be gridlocked especially when the parks are opening and closing.  

Priority access to theme parks

During busy times of the year, such as Independence Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, the Theme Parks may reach capacity, for Epcot that's 120,000 people and 75,000 people for Magic Kingdom! As the Theme Parks near capacity, Disney will begin restricting entry to Disney Resort hotel guests only. 

Resort Hotel Entertainment

Themed pools, water slides, outdoor Disney movie screenings and Character Dining experiences are just a few of the fun activities that may be available when staying at select Disney Resort hotels. Many hotels also offer evening campfires, s'mores and storytelling.


Last Update: October 2019, By Darren Wittko