When you head to Disney World or Disneyland, you’ll have a practically endless array of hotel options to choose among. That means that there’s something for everybody — but Disney insiders almost always recommend staying at Disney resorts.
By choosing one of the many Disney hotels near the park, you’ll gain access to all kinds of perks that will save you time and money. Plus, you’ll make your vacation extra magical. In fact, staying at Disney resort versus a standard-issue hotel can mean the difference between snagging a coveted restaurant reservation or FastPass+ slot and missing out on those perks.
Below, check out these and other best reasons why people love staying at Disney resorts.
1. You’ll get complimentary Magic Bands
One of the most buzzed-about perks of staying at Disney resorts and hotels? The complimentary Magic Bands. These electronic (but waterproof!) wristbands enable you to unlock your hotel room, access the Magical Express, enter the park, check in at FastPass+ entrances, redeem Dining Plan credits, and charge purchases to your room. All you have to do is wave your Magic Band in front of a sensor called a touch point.
Travelers who don’t stay at Disney hotels can purchase Magic Bands. However, they’ll have to manually link everything to the band — something that Disney takes care of for you if you stay at Disney hotels!
Savings: $12.99 per band