Deciding where to stay during your next Walt Disney World Resort in Florida holiday and want to stick to a budget? There’s plenty of ways you can save money on your accommodation and still have a uniquely magical experience.
Split Up Your Stay
Experience the best of both worlds and split up your hotel stay, spending part of your holiday in a Disney Resort Hotel, and the other half off-site in an alternative hotel/villa. This way, you can still get a taste of the fun and excitement that comes with staying in a Disney Resort Hotel (plus all the added benefits during your stay!), yet will also save money by choosing to move to another style of accommodation for the rest of your trip. Of course, it completely depends on your budget how long you want to spend at each accommodation, making this a fantastic affordable option.
Pick Hotels with Breakfast Included
If you’re staying off-site, consider choosing a hotel that comes with breakfast. These may be slightly more than accommodations that don’t offer this service, however when you consider the savings that could be had, it’s usually worth it. Many of these complimentary breakfasts are normally buffet-style, so you can eat as much as you like, starting the morning right for a day exploring the Disney Parks, and limiting the amount of snacks you’ll have to purchase once inside. If travelling as a family, hotels with free breakfasts are a convenient option - you don’t have to worry about cooking first thing in the morning, and you and the kids will receive some much-needed energy!
Check Facilities at Hotels
When conducting your accommodation research, be sure to look for reviews that mention the hotel/villa facilities. In the Orlando heat, a large pool is vital, as it gives you the option to cool-off in-between exploring the Disney Parks, or even have a well-deserved lazy pool day. If travelling with children, look for information about the kids facilities - do they have a kids club? A babysitting service? A place for the kids to let off steam and have some fun?
Not only is this another (complimentary) way to entertain your little ones, but you will also get some time to unwind and enjoy your holiday too! If travelling as a group of friends or couple, see if the hotel has a good bar, movie nights, or any other facilities that will make your trip even more special.
Research Transport Options to the Disney Parks
How you’re getting to your favourite Disney Parks each day is going to be one of the most important things to consider when choosing where to stay.
Staying in an on-site Disney Resort Hotel means you’ll have access to a range of transportation options to get you to and around the Resort, including the Walt Disney World Monorail, Disney Skyliner and Disney’s Magical Express, depending on where you stay. Some of the Hotels are even within walking distance of some of the Disney Parks, too.
If staying off-site, have a look at how long it will take you to get to the Disney Parks, before you arrive. Renting a car can be expensive and come with added costs, however if you plan on doing some further exploring of Florida and the surrounding theme parks, this option may be worth it.
If choosing not to rent a car, apps like Lyft and Uber will probably be your best bet of getting between your hotel/villa and the Disney Parks. You can estimate how much this journey will cost using the apps, so can easily account for this within your budget, helping you to consider which option is the top choice for you.
Staying at a Disney Resort Hotel
Staying on-site at a Disney Resort Hotel may actually be cheaper than you initially think, especially when you take into consideration all the perks that come included with this stay. Hotel guests will get:
- Complimentary MagicBands - Use your MagicBand to access the Disney Parks (with valid admission) and more
- Extra Magic Hours - Enjoy access to select Parks before or after regular opening hours
- Complimentary WiFi - Stay connected and share your Disney snaps
- Early access to Disney FastPass+ Planning - Guests at Disney Resort Hotels get early access to plan selected Disney FastPass+ attractions, shows and more up to 60 days before they arrive, 30 days before regular Park guests!
- Disney Dining Plans - These plans are a great way to budget meals without compromising on quality flexibility and choice. With selected Disney Dining Plans, you can even use your meal credits on those magical Disney Character Dining experiences.
- Complimentary Transport - Get around the Resort with a range of transport options, to and from your hotel.
Staying at a Disney Resort Hotel is therefore an easy way to make the most of your Walt Disney World experience, making your holiday hassle-free and extra magical. The hotels are also divided up into a range of price categories, meaning that you can easily determine which one is the most suitable for your budget. Click here to browse our Disney Resort Hotels now.
Take Advantage of the Hotel Activities
Your hotel can be another attraction all in itself! Do you research beforehand and find out which accommodations have the most appealing activities for you to enjoy. For example, a number of Disney Resort Hotels offer entertainment during the evening, proving that a hotel isn’t just a place to rest your head.
Spot the resident zebra, giraffe, gazelle and flamingoes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge; or how about a campfire sing-along with Chip ‘n’ Dale (s’mores included!) with an outdoor screening of a Disney movie, held every night at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Keep the magic going with these unique experiences, and make the most of your budget by taking advantage of them all.
Decorate Your Hotel Room
If you choose to stay off-site but still want to carry the magic of Disney with you during your hotel stay, consider bringing some decorations to transform your hotel room into a Disney-themed paradise. After gaining permission from your accommodation, this a fun and easy way to get the feel of a Disney stay, whichever hotel you choose. DIY bunting, window stickers, plushies, and Disney props can transform even the plainest of rooms and ultimately your stay, giving you a bit of Disney magic, on a budget.
Consider a Villa...
Travelling as a larger group? Consider staying in a villa to save money, as opposed to separate hotel rooms. Bring along the grandparents and/or family friends to make the most of your budget and get fantastic accommodation at a fraction of the price.
You’ll also get cooking facilities and larger entertaining spaces, meaning you’ll save money on eating out too. Sharing the costs of one large villa often works out cheaper than staying in individual hotel rooms if you are travelling as a large group, so can be a great option for those looking for a more affordable stay.
...Or a Disney Partner Hotel
We’ve spoken a lot about on-site and off-site hotels, but what about those that fall in between these categories? Well, there’s a number of Disney Partner Hotels to choose from when considering where to stay during your Walt Disney World visit, each of which come with added benefits:
- Extra Magic Hours
- Early Access to Disney FastPass+ Planning
- Free WiFi
- Free Transportation to the Disney Parks
- Disney Character Breakfasts at selected hotels
The hotels offer fantastic value-for-money, along with the quality and comfort you expect from internationally recognised hotel chains. They are also located right in the heart of all the Disney fun, meaning you’re never too far from your favourite attractions and experiences. All this makes these great options for those wishing to get those all-important perks, while looking for an affordable stay. Click here to browse our Disney Partner Resort Hotel options.
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