Disney World Tips and Tricks #5: Staying On Disney Property
Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. So it’s no surprise that there are all types of accommodations to fit every budget.
Some families stay at non-Disney properties to save money. Others do it because they’re also visiting other attractions like Seaworld or Universal Studios. Yet from our personal experience, if your vacation is a Disney-focused trip, staying on property is simpler and easier. This tip is definitely one of the top Disney World tips for adults.
The main reason is the convenience of Disney transportation (see Tip #6 below). Apart from that, Disney’s 25+ resorts cover a range of budgets in several categories:
On top of that, they’re also just plain cool. On our 2014 family Walt Disney World trip, we stayed at Art of Animation, a modestly-priced resort.
Disney World Tips and Tricks #6: Disney Transportation
As the main driver in our household, I always appreciate it when someone else gets behind the wheel. We flew to Orlando, yet thanks to Disney transportation (buses, boats, monorails, and soon the Skyliner cable car system), we didn’t need a car. Using this transit system helped preserve my personal sanity and helped me survive WDW.
First of all, by staying at a Disney resort, Disney’s Magical Express took us straight to our resort. Not only that, but we didn't need to get our bags at the airport. They magically showed up in our room. And at the end of our trip, DME took us back to the airport!
Once you’re on Disney property, the extensive transportation network can literally get you from anywhere to anywhere.
If you’ve never been to WDW or haven’t been in a long time, it's hard to imagine how extensive it is. Disney’s Orlando empire covers about 30,000 acres (about 47 square miles). Within the boundaries, there are four theme parks, almost 30 resorts, Disney Springs, two water parks, four golf courses, spas, and more. And they’re still expanding!
Can you picture dragging your kids back and forth from all of these places? Of course getting around takes time, but letting someone else drives makes it much easier to survive.
If you stay off-property, you can still uses Disney transportation. BUT, if you stay on site, all you need to do is walk out of your resort and hop on a bus or boat. AND they load and unload right at the park entrances. The transportation makes it especially easy for families with Park Hopper tickets.
Disney World Tips and Tricks #7: Packing for Walt Disney World
What goes in your family’s suitcases depends on the season. In general, pack for comfort. Below are some packing guidelines.
Don’t Just Survive, Enjoy Your Walt Disney World Vacation!
Walt Disney World is such a magical place. If it’s your first Disney vacation, don’t let anything dull the magic. By following these Disney World tips and secrets (including the tips in Part 1), you can keep the magic alive!
To book your first or your next Walt Disney World dream vacation, contact us today. Or to book your next WDW getaway, we’re ready to get the magic started!
Jamie believes that vacations should be relaxing.
Jo is a travel planner who loves all things Disney! She also has food sensitivities and lots of experience with special diets while traveling.
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