Mom And Daughter Resort Room
  • On Jun 11, 2008
    Marilyn from TN Asked

    I like one of the Dntn Disney Hotels (not Disney owned). What will I be giving up by staying here versus a WDW resort? We plan on staying "on resort." Can I still get the Disney Dining plan? Does transportation cost more? Cons please.

    Marilyn,

    You can click here for more details on benefits of staying at a Disney resort.  In summary, the key benefits that you will NOT have if you stay at a non-Disney resort are:

    - Magical Express transportation to and from the Orlando airport
    - Extra Magic Hour privileges
    - Disney transportation within WDW to your hotel
    - Disney Dining Plans
    - Package delivery of items purchased in the parks to your hotel
    - Charging privileges (charge expenses to your hotel room bill) while you are in the parks or at other resorts
    - Free parking at the resorts and parks

    You will note that several of the benefits relate to transportation.  So, transportation will cost you more since you will may need to pay for transportation from the airport to your hotel (each hotel is different), parking at the parks (if you drive), and it will be more convenient to have a car to drive back to your hotel (in my opinion).

    If you rent your own car at MCO (Orlando airport) and plan to use it during your entire stay, then the benefits you are missing are far fewer.

    Please note that Disney mentions on their site that the WDW transportation system is only for resort guests.  In my experience there is no problem for a non-Disney-guest to use any of the WDW transportation. I have NEVER heard of anyone having problems using WDW's transportation system, even if they are not Disney resort guests.

    Hope that helps you make a more informed decision.  ºoº
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