A lot goes into planning a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort. Here are the key things to consider when organising your dream vacation.
Guests can buy tickets to visit a single park, or Park Hopper® tickets that provide access to multiple parks and other areas of the resort. There are also options for multiple days as well as admission for a single day.
Guests booking a vacation package through Walt Disney World® Resort can take advantage of promotions such as free dining or discounted park ticket rates.
Throughout the year Walt Disney World Resort offers many special ticketed events. These require the purchase of a separate ticket as well as park entry.
Walt Disney World Resort offers four different categories of accommodations for guests, ranging from Value resorts (starting at $99 per night) to Deluxe Villa resorts (from $335 per night). Value resorts are further away from the theme parks, with only buses available to transport guests to the parks, whereas Deluxe Villa accommodations are closer, with more transportation options.
There are lots of accommodations options outside Walt Disney World Resort hotel, but staying at a resort hotel offers many perks, including advance FastPass+ reservation, Extra Magic Hours, and access to Disney dining plans. Resort guests also receive airport transpor-tation, and MagicBands.
List of Accommodations
Getting To and From the Resort
The nearest major airport to Walt Disney World resort is Orlando International (MCO). The journey time between the airport and the resort can range from 25 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can use the complimentary Disney’s Magical Express Service, which travels between the airport and the resort’s hotels. Other visitors can make use of taxis and shuttles from the airport.
Disney’s Magical Express Service,
There are many rental car companies available at Orlando International Airport. It is also possible to rent a vehicle at the resort’s Car Care Center, located near the Magic Kingdom® Theme Park.
Parking at Walt Disney World Resort hotels for registered guests is not complimentary, and prices range from $13 to $24 per vehicle per night based on hotel category.
Renting a Car from Disney World
Traveling Between the Parks
The theme parks and hotels at Walt Disney World Resort are up to 6 miles (11 km) apart, with little or no designated walking paths. Traveling is kept simple as Disney operates several modes of transportation that go to guest areas, including buses, monorails, boats, and the Skyliner gondolas. You can also rent “Minnie Vans” using the the Lyft app.
Disney’s Transportation System
Many restaurants at the resort accept reservations 120 days in advance, and guests are recommended to book well ahead, especially for unique experiences such as character dining, fireworks dessert parties, and popular restaurants like Be Our Guest.
Guests can bring their own food and drinks (except alcoholic beverages) into the parks, provided they do not need to be heated. Please note that glass containers are prohibited, with the exception of baby food jars.
Disney Dining Plans
A convenient choice for guests staying at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels is the Disney Dining Plan, which can be added to vacation packages. As dining plans are pre-purchased, guests know what is being spent on food in advance (excluding gratuities). There are three different dining plans available for purchase, depending on your tastes and budget.
Disney Dining Plans
My Disney Experience App
It is highly recommended that guests download the My Disney Experience app, available for free on both Google Play and the App Store. The app allows guests to create FastPass+ reservations, look up wait times for rides and show times for parades, explore Walt Disney World Resort with the help of a GPS-enabled map, reserve dining, and search for merchandise across the parks, among many other useful tools. Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort so guests can use the app anywhere.
FastPass+ allows guests to pre-book their spot in line at many of Walt Disney World Resort’s most popular attractions. All that is needed is valid theme park admission and a My Disney Experience account. Guests can make FastPass+ reservations on the My Disney Experience app, the Walt Disney World® website, or via kiosks throughout the park.
Guests staying in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can make their FastPass+ selections 60 days before the first day of their visit, for the duration of their stay. Other guests will be able to make their selections 30 days before their visit. Selections are made on a first come, first served basis, so guests are recommended to make their selections as early as possible.
MagicBands are wristbands that serve as a guest’s park ticket and entry into FastPass+ queues. For guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, MagicBands can also function as a hotel room key and – with a credit card on file – a convenient way to pay for merchandise and food. MagicBands are complimentary with any Walt Disney World® Resort reservation.
Memory Maker allows guests to pay one price for unlimited digital downloads of all pictures taken at the park, including attraction photos, select character dining experiences, and those taken using the PhotoPass® service.
PhotoPass® photographers are stationed at key picture points throughout the parks, ready to take photos for guests using professional cameras, or the guests’ own cameras.
Need to know Walt DisneY world® information
AVERAGE DAILY SPEND FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR
US Federal holidays.
US Spring Break & Easter.
June, July, and early August.
Last week in November (Thanksgiving).
With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in late 2019, Walt Disney World® Resort may be much busier than usual well into 2020.
These vary by park, by day, and by season. All parks extend their opening hours during the summer months.
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Guests with Disabilities
Disney Play App