If you're planning an epic trip to one of the many Disney Parks, you're already going to be paying a pretty steep price. But rest assured the vacation will be amazing. However, there is one vital way you can make your Disney vacation even better. Consider staying in a Disney resort on-site!
It may add to the overall cost but if you're going to plan an epic vacation you might as well go big! There are some things that you can only experience if you actually stay on the Disney site during your entire trip. We're pointing out just a few of the things only people who stay on-site know.
10 The Luxury of 60 days to reserve their fast passes
When you purchase a ticket to a Disney park you're able to get three FastPasses to reserve yourself a wait-free ride at Disney's most popular attractions. The nice thing about the FastPasses is that they literally allow you to skip the line. You schedule a day and time you plan on going on a specific ride and then all you have to do is show up and go right in.
But many of the popular rides fill up fast, within the initial 30 days you have to plan ahead. However, if you stay on-site you get an extra 30 days which means you're more likely to be able to book your FastPass at the time most beneficial to you and your family.
9 What it's like to stay inside the Disney Bubble
If you never have to leave the Disney parks during your vacation then you never have to be without the magical Disney touch. When people stay on-site in one of the Disney resorts they get to experience the magical feeling of being inside of the "Disney Bubble" for as long as they want to.
The hotels are on Disney's property aren't your average Holiday Inn, they're themed to make your stay extra special and as if you've never even left the park at all. There are hidden Mickeys and character sculptures, themed bed sheets, and more to be found inside all of the Disney resorts.
8 They get to experience special evening activities
Did you know there are events going on at the Disney resorts hours after the park closes for the night? Even if your kids are just tired out from a long day, you can retire early from the park and return to your resort where there are evening activities offered to keep you entertained well into the night.
Most Disney resorts offer special activities like campfires, sing-alongs and movie nights outdoors. It's a more relaxing way to spend your evening if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the active theme park and a special benefit only people who stay in Disney resorts get to experience.
7 Going to the park before it opens or after it closes
Did you know that Disney resort guests get the special opportunity to visit the park after it closes or before it opens? Disney resorts will post a schedule of which parks are doing Extra Magical Hours during the week and you can then get there extra early and enjoy the park before anyone else gets there or stay after dark and soak in the quiet night without nearly as many people milling around after closing time.
These special perks are another way for Disney to show appreciation to their guests who choose to stay on-site. It's pretty cool to feel special enough to be at the park when it's technically closed to the public.
6 Free magic bands for the family
Magic Bands are a nifty invention for the Disney Parks that operate somewhat like an Apple watch. With a magic band, you're able to charge everything you buy straight to your resort tab so you don't have to worry about whipping out various credit cards for the different purchases you make.
Plus you can earn points for the purchases you do make that can be used to exchange for merchandise, dining, and more. The magic bands can also serve as your FastPass once everything is set up for you and your family. Typically a magic band costs money but by staying in the Disney resort, every guest gets one for free.
5 Extra time at the park
One of the biggest perks that only people who stay on-site at the Disney parks know about is the extra time you get at the park! Think about it, you're already at Disney. Say goodbye to lengthy morning routines and hustle to get on the right bus to travel from your hotel to Disney and then getting in through the admissions gate, parking, etc.
All of those inconveniences are wiped away giving you a couple of extra hours each day to spend at your theme park of choice. All you have to do is walk out of your hotel, take a quick special Disney bus if you like, and boom, you're there!
4 The glory of quick naps
Walking around an amusement park all day can be exhausting for anybody, no matter what age you are. If you travel to a Disney park when its the middle of a boiling summer and it's crowded, no one would blame you for wanting to take a nice nap. That's what is so unfortunate about not staying on-site.
If you wanted to take a nap you would have to leave the entire park and then come back, probably cutting into a sizable chunk of your time. However, if you don't nap, you might be miserable. People who stay on-site get to nap and then wake up refreshed and get back right back into the fun.
3 The refreshing cleanse of swimming in a pool
If you're in need of a break from the park but you're not necessarily tired, people who stay on-site know you have the luxury of taking a refreshing dip in one of the Disney resort pools. Orlando has some of the best pools in all of Florida. They don't skimp on designing these hotel accommodations.
It's basically like you're getting to go swimming in a water park in the middle of your theme park vacation and who doesn't love that? If it's a burning summer day in Florida, you're going to want to take a cool-off dip in the water and this way you won't have to worry about waiting in line at Disney's water rides.
2 The benefits of a dining plan
If you're one of those people who stays on-site at the Disney parks, then you'll know all about the amazing convenience of a Disney dining plan. They offer plans for various travel and family styles so that you can pre-pay for snacks, quick-service meals, and even restaurant dining.
This will make it easier for you to not worry about the hassle and budgeting of paying for food while at the theme parks because you can budget it in ahead of time by already planning on getting a dining plan. It's especially helpful if you're going to be at Disney for multiple days or a week.
1 Not having to lug their purchases around the park all-day
Despite what we tell ourselves about not buying souvenirs or overdoing it at the gift shops, there is just so much to buy and so much shopping to do at the Disney parks it's hard to resist. Well, the best thing about being an on-site guest is you can have your shopping goods taken to your room right away so you don't have to worry about lugging them around all day.
It's one of the best perks of staying in a Disney resort. Imagine being able to shop your heart out and then have someone take your things for you so you can go hands-free in the park until you're ready to head back to your room!