• On Jan 13, 2011
    Laurette Asked

    Do u think it's better (ie: perks, shuttles, meal plan etc...) to stay in a Disney owned resort vs. a non disney owned? We have priced them both ways & it just seems to be more cost effective to stay at a non disney owned resort. But no perks or meal

    Great question Laurette! When I'm asked my one big Disney tip, it's to stay at a Disney resort. I'll give you a few of my reasons, and then you can weigh the pros and cons to help make your decision.

    - Magical Express - Guests at Disney resorts enjoy Magical Express service from Orlando International Airport. No need to even pick up your luggage! It will be delivered directly to your room. Be sure to factor in transportation costs (rental car, taxi, car service) if you are staying off Disney property.

    - Transportation - Because I drive all the time at home, I love not having to drive while on vacation. Disney transportation is excellent, no car necessary! And depending on where you're headed, you can enjoy the monorail, boat or bus.

    - Extra Magic Hours - Guests at Disney resorts enjoy prolonged park hours, just for them! Each day, a park will either open early or stay open three hours after closing time. We've been at the Magic Kingdom at 2 am!

    - Package Delivery - Being a shopper, I love not having to carry my purchases around with me. Guests can have purchases sent directly to their resort.

    - The Resorts - We love Disney resorts! The theming is fantastic, the service attentive and the activities are so fun for the kids. You can enjoy tremendous value as well - Disney continuously offers specials, and value and moderate resorts are of exceptional value, especially when you factor in all of the above.

    Hope this helps in your decision-making Laurette!
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