There is a dizzying array of lodging choices. You could choose to stay at one of the many Disney World hotels or off property. In almost every case, you'll find a cheaper nightly rate for comparable accommodations -- in some cases considerably cheaper -- away from Disney. But, you should consider overall costs, including car rental, gas, and parking, as well as the time and hassle it would take to travel between an off-property hotel and the Disney resort. Also consider the following perks when you determine the value of staying onsite.
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Benefits of Staying at Disney World Hotels
- Free Ground Transportation
Guests staying at Disney World hotels can board complimentary Disney's Magical Express buses at the Orlando Airport that take them directly to their resort. And they can avoid the baggage carousel since Disney delivers luggage directly to guests' hotel rooms. On the return trip, which is also free, guests can save time at the airport by checking their luggage and getting their boarding passes at their Disney hotel.
- Extra Theme Park Hours
Disney World hotel guests can jump-start their day by getting into select parks an hour before the general public. A lot of ground can be covered when the parks are less crowded. Some parks remain open on certain evenings to resort guests up to three hours after closing to the general public.
Learn how to pre-plan your visit, minimize lines, and maximize fun by taking advantage of the free program. On-property hotel guests qualify for complimentary MagicBands that can store all of your park info. Also, guests staying at the resort's hotels get to make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of their visit (in contrast, non-hotel visitors can make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance).
- Other Perks
Guests at Disney World hotels can use the monorails and other resort transportation (as can everyone else), purchase packages that include park tickets and discounted meals, and take advantage of free package delivery to their hotel rooms.