8 Do’s And Don’ts For Walt Disney World Resorts

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The easiest way to make sure that a vacation in Walt Disney World is as magical as can be is by staying on property at a Walt Disney World Resort. With over twenty different options to choose from, Disney Resorts feature many different perks and experiences which are sure to add magic to any Disney vacation. Guests who stay at Disney Resorts can enjoy world class accommodations, amenities, pools, Disney transportation, dining, shopping, beautiful themes, and recreation which are sure to amaze them. While guests take a step in the right direction by choosing to stay on property at a Walt Disney World Resort, there are still some do’s and don’ts that they should follow once on vacation. Here are eight do’s and don’ts for Walt Disney World Resorts.


8. Do Choose The Right Resort —

The first thing that guests should do regarding Disney Resorts is choose the right one for them. Guests should begin by looking at their budget and seeing how much they are looking to spend per night in Walt Disney World. This is helpful since Disney Resorts are broken down into three price categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. Once guests decide on a budget, they can choose one of the price categories and make a decision from the few Disney Resorts that fall under that category.

7. Do Book FastPasses In Advance —

One of the best ways to save time on a Walt Disney World vacation is using FastPasses on popular attractions and experiences. FastPasses act as reservations and allow guests to visit a certain attraction at a designated time to enjoy the experience with little to no wait. Guests are entitled to book three FastPasses per day for one park in advance and can then book a fourth once the initial three have been used. Guests who stay on property at a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses sixty days in advance which gives them an advantage over those staying elsewhere who can only book thirty days in advance.

6. Don’t Skip Extra Magic Hours —

A huge perk that comes with staying on property at a Disney Resort is having access to Extra Magic Hours. These exclusive times in the park are only available to Disney Resort guests and usually feature one park opening an hour early to guests in the morning and another remaining open up to three hours later. Disney Resort guests should definitely take advantage of Extra Magic Hours since the parks are less crowded and the wait times for popular attractions and experiences are lower.

5. Don’t Skip Advanced Dining Reservations At Resorts —

The Disney Resorts are home to some amazing dining locations including full service options which are very popular with guests. Since these restaurants are located at the Disney Resorts and not in the parks, guests might assume that they do not need to book Advanced Dining Reservations to enjoy meals there, but they are totally wrong! Guests who are looking to dine at Disney Resort locations like the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort should definitely book Advanced Dining Reservations as far ahead of time as possible.


4. Do Know How To Get Around —

An easy way to make the most of a stay at a Disney Resort is knowing how to get around. Guests should know where the front desk, guest services, pool, laundry services, amenities, and bus stops are located to be able to maneuver their Disney Resort with ease. In addition, guests should be familiar with the Disney transportation provided at their Disney Resort and know the easiest ways to get to the theme parks, Disney Springs, and other locations on property.

3. Do Explore The Lobbies —

No matter where a guest is staying, they are free to visit any of the Disney Resorts to check out their dining, shopping, beautiful grounds, and lobbies. Guests should definitely make it a point to visit different Disney Resorts to enjoy their beautiful lobbies including Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort.

2. Don’t Skip The Pools —

Each Disney Resort is home to at least one amazing pool that guests can enjoy. With slides, hot tubs, lazy rivers, sand bottoms, zero depth entries, and delicious pool bars, the Disney Resort pools are the perfect places to kick back and relax while enjoying a Disney vacation.

1. Do Enjoy Stacey —

Each Disney Resort is also home to an array of special television stations which share important information on the parks and tips for how to make the most of each vacation. One channel in particular features a Must Do list hosted by the energetic and lovable Stacey. The host shares tips for the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs and shows guests how to make their vacation as magical as possible. No stay at a Disney Resort is complete without watching Stacey!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.