In the previous post, I discussed the sheer expanse of the Walt Disney World Resort. Because it is so large, and there is so much to do within its gates, the location of where you choose to stay really matters.
Many off property hotels are positioned within a reasonable commute to Walt Disney World's Main Gate, but don't offer the convenience that being on property does in that being on property puts you right in the middle of the Magic. Everything that you could possibly want to do is right there and easy to access. It's as simple as hopping on a bus, boat or monorail and you're there. You'll wait longer to get where you want to go if you're staying off property, and that takes away from the fun.
If you've rented a car, location will be especially important in that you will save on gas since you won't be traveling far to get to and from your hotel. There are even a few gas stations located on property for your convenience, so you won't be going far to fill up.
There's also the exhaustion that many Disney Parks guests experience at the end of the day. It's so nice to just hop into your chosen mode of transportation after a long day of touring and be at your resort within a reasonable amount of time. There's no long drive to get back, which is really great when you just want to get to bed!
Location is also a factor in choosing where to eat. If you are staying off property, your hotel may offer a complimentary breakfast. That's a great way to save money, but be sure to make sure that it's not just a piece of toast or a soggy bagel, or you may be driving to get something to eat or waiting for a shuttle to take you to the parks for breakfast. When staying on property, you can walk to a food court or table service restaurant within your resort in a matter of minutes and get your breakfast before heading out for the day. Even better, if you have the dining plan, you don't have to worry about the cost of your meal! (We'll discuss this amazing option in the Extras part of this series, which is coming up soon!)
There's also something to be said about the nostalgia and joy that comes from staying on Disney property, which you can't get while staying outside of the gates. You can wake up each morning at a Disney Resort Hotel knowing that you'll get world class service and that touch of Disney Magic that can't be found anywhere else. Cast members go above and beyond to ensure that you get that touch each day and the themes of each resort bring even more of that Magic to you, which we will delve into a little more in a future post.
So there you have it in regards to location. Walt Disney World Resort Hotels are all positioned within the gates and close to everything that you could possibly want to do on Disney property, plus the built in and easy to navigate transportation system that we talked about in my last post helps you get to the action faster than if you were to stay off property.
Next up, we will discuss the Extras of staying on property vs off, which includes information about the Disney Dining Plan!