FAQ: Benefits of Walt Disney World Resort
What benefits are available at Walt Disney World Resorts?
Although benefits vary from resort to resort, some are shared by all official Walt Disney World resorts. These include:
- Free transportation between hotels and theme parks by bus, boat, monorail, and Skyliner
- Swimming pools with slides, whirlpools and activities
- Free parking at Disney theme parks, Disney water parks, and the Disney Springs area
- Airport transport on Disney’s Magical Express (until January 1, 2022, date of termination of the service).
- Free WIFI
- Online registration
- Delivery and pick-up of merchandise
- First access to FastPass + and advance meal reservations (temporarily on break)
- Extra Parking Time: From October, all guests get one 30-minute early entry to the theme parks while luxury resort guests will get two extra after park opening hours.
Which hotels are considered Deluxe?
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Polynesian Village, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, as well as Disney’s Rivera Resort.
Which Disney Deluxe resorts will have extra time in the parks on certain nights?
All Deluxe rated Walt Disney World Resorts (see above) will receive this benefit, including the Swan and Dolphin, although it is not a Disney property.
Are all the benefits free?
Almost all of the benefits are free. Although some – some of the craft activities, cruises, bike and boat rentals, or wine and food tastings – may incur additional charges.
If I stay at a Walt Disney World Resort, can I take advantage of the benefits of another hotel?
All resort benefits are reserved for guests of that particular resort, however, you may dine and drink at any resort.
Is it easy to transfer between Walt Disney World Resorts?
Yes, bus, boat, monorail and Skyliner services make it easy to travel between hotels.
Plus, Disney’s baggage transfer system is great if you plan to stay at more than one resort while on vacation. At the end of a stay, simply drop your bags off in the lobby upon check-out and request that they be transferred to your next resort as you explore the parks. When you arrive at your new resort, you can either collect them from reception or have them delivered directly to your room.
Is there transport from the airport?
Disney’s Magical Express is a free shuttle service between Orlando Airport and Walt Disney World Resorts. But unfortunately, this benefit will end from January 1, 2022.
Are luxury perks like a concierge and club level rooms available?
Yes. All of the above resorts have concierge services that can help you purchase park tickets, make restaurant reservations, and more.
Additionally, all resorts except the Disney Vacation Club Riviera have club-level rooms. These rooms cost more than Standard Rooms, but come with club-level lounges that serve free food and beverages (including alcoholic beverages) throughout the day as part of your rate.