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10 Lies You Shouldn’t Believe About Resorts at Walt Disney World

When planning your Walt Disney World vacation one of the main things you need to figure out is where you’re going to stay. There are many hotels and resorts in the Central Florida area, plus vacation homes are another option that many guests will pick. If you want to stay in the Disney magic the whole time you can choose to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Here are ten lies not to believe about Walt Disney World Resort hotels. 

10. Too Expensive

Walt Disney World has many different resorts to choose from that are in different price ranges. There are three main classifications of resorts; Deluxe, Moderate, and Value. If you are on a tight budget check out the Value resorts. They are still gorgeous and are a great way to stay within all things Disney.

Disney’s Pop Century

9. Not Worth It

There are numerous places you can choose to stay while in Central Florida. Up and down Route 192 and International Drive you will see many different options. Some may think that it’s not worth it to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, but you can be immersed by the service and excellence that you expect from Disney your entire stay. Might as well go all out while planning your vacation.

8. All Resorts Are Near Each Other

Walt Disney World is over 40 square miles, which means there is plenty of space for them to build resorts. Some are located within walking distance of theme parks, and some are a little further. While deciding where to stay the proximity of the parks may be something that you want to take into consideration.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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7. That Everything Is Mickey Themed

Although “it was all started by a mouse” not every inch of Disney property is Mickey or character themed. Many of the resorts are very high class and fancy. If you want to stay in a more character themed resort there are options, but there are plenty of luxurious resorts that you can stay in. You can find Hidden Mickeys all over, though.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

6. That Parking Is Free

If you bring your car or rent a vehicle and are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel you will have to pay for overnight parking. Many who have stayed at Walt Disney World before may have been able to park their vehicles for free, but there is a fairly new policy which does require paid overnight parking. If you do take your car to the theme parks you will get free parking there.

5. You Need to Stay at a Resort to See It

Many people love checking out all the different Walt Disney World Resorts. You don’t need to be staying at one to resort hop. Disney loves showing off their gorgeous resorts, so make sure to check them all out while you’re there. When you see the other resorts, you just might start to plan your next vacation.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

4. You Can Pool Hop

Each Walt Disney World Resort hotel has pools for its guests to enjoy. You must be staying at that specific Walt Disney World Resort hotel to use their pool. You will need your MagicBand that is linked to your room in order to enter the pool area. You are not allowed to jump around and experience all of the pools just because you are staying on property. If you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel, though, make sure you take advantage of your pool.

3. You Have to Stay at the Resort to Eat at the Restaurants

Each Walt Disney World Resort has different delicious restaurants. You don’t need to be staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel to make reservations or dine in any of these places. This includes dining at the food courts. Make sure you check out all the different options, and enjoy the scenery at the same time. 

2. It’s Just a Place to Sleep

Walt Disney World Resort hotels are so much more than just a place to sleep. A resort stay is its own unique experience. There’s shopping, dining, recreational activities, movies under the stars, and more. There’s so much to do at the resorts that you might want to add an extra day onto your vacation just so you’ll have time to experience it all. 

1. That You Need a Car

If you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel there is no need for a car. If you fly into Orlando International Airport you can use Disney’s Magical Express, which will take you and all of your luggage to your resort. There are also buses and other transportation that will take you from your resort to any theme park. Once your vacation is done, hop on another Disney’s Magical Express bus. That will take you right back to the airport. All of your transportation is taken care of for you.

About Tricia Kennedy

Tricia Kennedy lives in Orlando and loves having Walt Disney World pretty much in her backyard. She can be found at Disney several times a week. She will often stop by a park for an hour or two, but she also enjoys spending a whole day there with her friends. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Tricia especially enjoys Star Wars Weekends and has ridden Star Tours over 200 times. Tricia's other favorite thing is Disney's BoardWalk, where she can often be found taking a walk or watching the nightly street performers.