As a travel planner, I get asked a lot of questions about Walt Disney World. A LOT. The first question is almost always, “Is it worth it to stay on property?” to which I always respond, “Yes. 100% yes" and here’s why:
Extra Magic Hours — If going into the parks early or staying late with only a fraction of the guests is your cup of tea, then let’s talk about Extra Magic Hours. Extra Magic Hours offer resort guests the opportunity to either enter or stay late at a different park each day. Extra Magic Hours are a great time to get on those E-Ticket attractions that maybe you didn’t get a Fastpass+ for, or on a day where you selected Fastpass+’s for Epcot but still want to try to do Seven Dwarfs Mine Train early.
MyMagic+ — I think this is probably the biggest advantage to staying at a Disney Resort. MyMagic+ links all aspects of your trip together into one seamless experience; from creating your MyDisneyExperience.com account to the app to MagicBands to online check-in. You can actually check in online and have your room number texted to you, and then use your MagicBand to get in to your room, where Disney’s Magical Express has placed your luggage. MagicBands are your room keys, park tickets, dining plan, Fastpass+ tickets, and can be used for charging privileges. They are also waterproof. You will miss them when you go home and can’t pay with them at the grocery store! The app (for iPhone and Android users) stores your itinerary with Fastpass+ selections, dining reservations, park hours, and show times. It’s literally at your fingertips. MyMagic+ is incredible, and only portions of it are available to those staying offsite.
I can’t imagine visiting Walt Disney World and not staying on Disney property. I have just as much fun at my resort as I do at the parks. When you weigh out all the options and consider different costs, Disney really does offer some great values at their resorts.