We'll start with Extra Magic Hours, which give you more time to play in the parks than someone who is staying off site gets. For example, if Magic Kingdom has a morning Extra Magic Hour, you get to enter the park a full hour before everyone else, which allows you the opportunity to rush to the rides that usually have the longest lines and get them out of the way before the crowds come in. Evening Extra Magic Hours offer even more time in the parks because once the regular crowds have gone home for the day, you get to stay behind and play- often for 2-3 hours longer! That certainly adds value to your park tickets during your stay!
Next, we'll talk about Magic Bands, which are an awesome new technology that you'll find exclusively at the Walt Disney World Resort! A Magic Band is a wristband that is water and sweat proof, which contains an RFID chip that stores your tickets, room key, Dining Plan credits, Fastpasses and, if you choose to, your credit card information so that you can make purchases on property. All of these preferences can be set up in your My Disney Experience account. If you stay off property, you'll be paying to use them, but on property, they are included!
Moving on, did you know that as a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guest, you have the ability to make your Fastpass + reservations a full 30 days before everyone else gets to? It's true! Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel get to plan their Fastpass + reservations 60 days in advance of their stay, as opposed to the 30 days that off property guests get. This means that the most sought after reservations (like the ones for Soarin', Toy Story Midway Mania and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, to name a few!) are twice as likely to be available for you to book! Awesome, right?
Finally, we are going to discuss the ability to take advantage of using the Disney Dining Plan as a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guest who books a room/ticket package. For those of you who are not familiar with it, the Disney Dining Plan allows you to pay for your meals in advance so that you can have more fun and do less worrying about how much your food will cost during your visit. For example, when you sit down for a meal, you won't have to micromanage what each member of your family orders since you can order anything that you want that falls under the category of a dining credit. It's so nice to be able to order what you want instead of looking at prices and there are Disney Dining Plans that work for every budget!
For more information on the Disney Dining Plan, click here!
For more information on Magic Bands, click here!
For more information about Fastpass+, click here!
For more information about Extra Magic Hours, click here!
As you can see, it certainly pays to stay on Disney property!
In the next post, we're going to delve into the different Disney Dining Plan options that are available to you!