Staying at a Disney World hotel is a very special experience for Disney guests.
Staying on property keeps you immersed in the magic during your entire vacation, and also brings you special perks that staying off property would not give you. However, while everything seems to be sunshine and roses, there’s a harsh reality to staying at a Disney World Hotel that we need to talk about.
The truth is that even staying at the cheapest Disney World hotels, aka the Value Resorts, can still cost you hundreds of dollars a night. We all know that, yes, but have you ever stopped to think about how you’re paying all that money…to barely spend time in your room?
When most people plan trips to Disney, they plan to stay at the Disney hotels to stay in the Disney bubble their whole trip, and have easier access to the theme parks that they’re planning to spend all day in.
This is especially true if you’ve splurged on a deluxe resort, and you have the same early entry to the theme parks all Disney hotel guests get, PLUS deluxe-resort specific extended evening hours. You’ll want to spend as much time in the parks as possible to get your money’s worth, and make sure you experience everything you want to.
However, that means that you’re really in your hotel to shower and sleep, which is maybe around 8 hours each day. Now, some families choose to spend a resort day at their hotel soaking up all the amenities and exploring the hotel, and that’s where you’ll get a little bit more of your money’s worth, but not by much.
Yes, you’re spending $100+ for each of your family members to explore the park each day, BUT you could be spending MULTIPLE $100s of dollars on a room where you just lay your head at night and rest up for the next big day in the parks.
So how can you fix this issue? That’s the problem — you can’t. The only thing we can recommend is staying at those value resorts to save some money while still having a safe, comfortable place to shower and sleep, getting some of those Disney hotel perks, and staying in the Disney bubble without feeling like you’re being totally ripped off.
You can also choose to stay at some of Disney’s Good Neighbor Hotels, which have some of the same perks as staying at a Disney hotel, but many are just as expensive. Or, you can choose to book a Vrbo or Airbnb nearby for much cheaper, but you’ll need to have your own transportation to the parks each day.
We know, this isn’t ideal, but it’s the price we all need to pay to just stay in the Disney bubble. We’re always here to help you plan your Disney vacations, so stay tuned to AllEars for all the latest tips, tricks, and news!
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