Top 8 Reasons You Need To Stay On Property At Walt Disney World

Guests who visit Walt Disney World should definitely plan on staying on property at a Disney Resort. With over a dozen resorts to choose from, guests who stay on property can be close to the magic at all times and enjoy perks that those who are staying off property don’t have access to. From amazing pools and dining options to convenient transportation and special park hours, staying on property is a must do for any guest who is looking to get the most out of their Walt Disney World vacation. Here are the top eight reasons why guests need to stay on property when visiting Walt Disney World.


8. The Resorts

Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories: Deluxe which is the most expensive, Value which has the best deals, and Moderate which falls somewhere in between. By having three different categories, guests can choose the perfect resort for them no matter what their price range. Every Disney Resort is home to amazing themes, dining options, guest rooms, amenities, and pools which make any stay a relaxing and welcome one.

7. Extra Magic Hours

Guests who stay at a Walt Disney World Resort have access to exclusive times in the four theme parks. Extra Magic Hours are available only to those who stay on property and allow guests to enter one theme park an hour early each morning and remain in another one up to three hours later than when it closes to the general public. Extra Magic Hours are amazing times to visit the theme parks as there are fewer crowds, lower wait times, and more opportunities to enjoy attractions which tend to be very popular and otherwise have very long wait times. Good Neighbor Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels are also able to enjoy Extra Magic Hours, as well as Shades of Green Resort. You can see the list of resorts included at

6. Disney’s Magical Express

Guests who stay at a Disney Resort can use the complimentary service of Disney’s Magical Express. When arriving at the airport, guests can proceed to a check in area for the service and soon find themselves on a bus headed directly for their Resort! Guests don’t even need to worry about their checked baggage as Disney takes care of it and delivers it to the resort room several hours after arriving. When leaving Walt Disney World, guests using Disney’s Magical Express can check in for their flight and check their luggage with TSA employees at their resort and simply be there on time to be picked up by a bus which will take them directly back to the airport. Disney’s Magical Express is a great service to use which makes traveling to and from Walt Disney World a breeze.

5. Complimentary Transportation

Disney Resort guests have access to easy and complimentary transportation throughout the entirety of their stay. Depending on which resort, guests can get to any of the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs via buses, ferries, boats, Monorail, and Skyliner that are continuously running. No matter where a guest needs to go, they are sure to be able to get there quickly from their resort thanks to Disney’s amazing transportation system.


4. Stacey

One thing about staying on property that many guests love is being able to watch special channels in Disney Resort rooms. Guests can tune in to channels which provide important information about the parks, share details about Disney’s Vacation Club, and provide Must Do Lists. Guests particularly love watching Stacey who tours the four theme parks, two water parks, and Disney Springs to provide guests with a Must Do list of amazing experiences to enjoy on a Disney vacation.

3. FastPasses

One of the biggest perks of staying on property while visiting Walt Disney World is being able to book FastPasses way in advance. Guests who stay at a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses sixty days before arriving on their vacation, making it easy to score passes for attractions and experiences which tend to book quickly. Guests who do not stay on property can only book their FastPasses thirty days in advance, and that thirty day window makes a huge difference in the availability of FastPasses! Good Neighbor Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels are also able to book sixty days in advance, as well as Shades of Green Resort. You can see the list of resorts included at

2. Pools

Each Disney Resort is home to at least one amazing pool for guests to relax, splash, and cool off in. Most of the pools have water slides, unique interactive features, nearby pool bars, and beautiful views sure to make any guest happy. One of the most impressive pools at Walt Disney World is Stormalong Bay which is three acres of aquatic paradise for guests who are staying at either Disney’s Yacht Club Resort or Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Featuring a lazy river, multiple water slides, a sand bottom pool, and zero depth entry, Stormalong Bay is a great example of how amazing Disney Resort pools are.

1. Access To The Disney Dining Plan

Perhaps the biggest perk to staying on property at a Disney Resort is having access to special offers including getting the Disney Dining Plan for free. The Disney Dining Plan allows guests to enjoy delicious meals at full service and quick service restaurant locations as well as scrumptious snacks and treats throughout Walt Disney World. Having the Disney Dining Plan is a great thing no matter what, but guests who stay on property and get it for free are awesome!

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.