Disney World Resort hotels can be really convenient (and beautiful!) places to stay while visiting Disney World.
If you’re feeling pressured to stay at a Disney World hotel, the truth is that you don’t HAVE to, and in fact, there may be some reasons why you shouldn’t!
Let’s go over five different reasons why you shouldn’t stay at a Disney World hotel in 2022.
You Want More Perks
In the past, qualifying Disney World hotel guests were able to enter a Disney Park one or even two hours before opening with Morning Extra Magic Hours. This service is now discontinued and replaced with Early Theme Park Entry, which allows hotel guests early entry by only 30 mins.
Evening Extra Magic Hours were also a thing that let hotel guests stay one to two hours after closing. This has been replaced by Extended Evening Hours, which is now limited only to deluxe Disney hotel guests. It also takes place only at EPCOT and Magic Kingdom, on designated evenings.
If you were hoping for MORE perks, you’re not really going to find them at Disney hotels right now.
You Always Used Magical Express
In case you missed it, Disney’s Magical Express was discontinued as of January 1st, 2022. And without this previously complimentary service, you have to pay for transportation from the airport, whether you choose to use the replacement Mears Connect service, rent a car, or take a cab.
Without Magical Express, your hotel options might be a bit more open considering you’ll have to pay for airport transportation regardless. If that was a major perk for you it might be worth checking out other hotels!
You Don’t Use Disney Transportation
If you don’t need Disney transportation, you don’t really NEED to stay at a Disney hotel. Free transportation is one of the biggest perks of staying at a Disney World hotel, but if you tend to drive yourself or rely on Uber, staying at a Disney hotel isn’t totally necessary.
You might prefer the flexibility of driving yourself or avoiding parking fees by ride sharing, so there might be other, better hotel options for you.
You Want Free Breakfast
Free breakfast is just…not really a thing at Disney hotels. You can, however, find it at many other Orlando hotels.
If you don’t want to add paying for breakfast to your growing Disney World budget, skip Disney hotels, and go with a hotel that offers complimentary breakfast.
You Have a Strict Budget
Even with value resorts, you’re probably paying more than you would for the same (if not more) amenities at a non-Disney hotel. While value resorts like Pop Century and Art of Animation also have benefits like the Skyliner, they’re essentially large motels with outdoor room entrances.
And while many value motels tend to offer free breakfast, none of Disney World’s value resorts offer free meals. If your budget is tight, it might be worth checking out other Orlando hotels.
And there you have it. Staying at a Disney World hotel isn’t going to work for everyone! Keep reading All Ears for more Disney World planning tips and tricks!
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