I don’t know about you, but when I stay at a hotel, I always put out the “do not disturb” sign on my door whether I’m in the room or not. I don’t like to take the risk that something would disappear or get damaged in my room while I’m gone.
I’ve never had an issue with this at the Disney resort hotels, but I still decline housekeeping while I’m visiting. I just don’t feel that it’s necessary to have my room cleaned everyday. I don’t clean my house and change my sheets every day, and I don’t know many people who do.
Now, Disney is testing an offer that encourages guests to skip daily housekeeping. In recent months, guests staying at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort noted that they were offered $20 in the form of gift cards for every night of their stay if they declined “Mousekeeping” for their entire stay.
Disney has taken notice that guests have noticed a decline in the quality of their housekeeping services, and they’ve already started to reorganize.
Limiting the frequency of housekeeping saves water and power, and it also reduces wear on bedding and towels. What’s more, it also decreases the cost of paying the housekeeping staff. It’s actually a pretty common occurrence in other countries.
Opting out of daily housekeeping means that your room won’t be vacuumed and cleaned everyday, but you can still receive towel service and request toiletry items like those cute little hotel shampoo bottles. You also won’t get those cute little towel creatures on your bed every night.
Right now, this is just a test, but if this option is successful at not only getting guests to participate but saving money for Disney, it could spread to other Disney Resort Hotels.
Would you forgo Disney Resort housekeeping for a gift card instead?