So, you’ve chosen your Disney resort for your stay based on several factors such as location, amenities, and most likely, price. But did you know that you are not bound to that one resort during your stay? No, it’s true! Disney actually encourages resort hopping as it allows guests to explore other resorts and possibly choose to stay at them in the future or pass along their findings to others who may end up booking that resort based on what they heard. Each resort offers several different reasons to book it but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t venture out to see what other adventures are out there!
Disney resorts offer some of the most incredible dining experiences around. From snacks to buffets to character dining to quick service that looks and feels like table service to even a 5-star experience, the Disney resorts offer some real hidden gems and you’re missing out if you stick to your booked resort! Some resorts offer exclusive eats as well, such as specialty cupcakes or dishes. The character meals offer one-of-a-kind interactions and menus and the signature dining locations offer top notch meals for those special occasions or splurges coupled with sweeping views of the resort property; some even offer exclusive prime fireworks-viewing locations. Some quick-service locations are just as good (and in some cases, better) than a lot of table service restaurants on property.
Most resorts free movies and kids activities during the day and evenings! The front desk of your resort will have a movies and activities schedule available during your stay and you are more than welcome to hop to another resort should you want to enjoy one of these movies.
Believe it or not, some of the resorts do not offer playgrounds for your little ones to blow off some steam on your resort days. But never fear! You can hop over to a playground at another resort and let them burn off all that pent-up energy.
Each resort has intricate theming in every aspect which allows for some unique and fun photos to be taken! A personal favorite of ours is the Cars section at Art of Animation.
It may seem a bit scary at first, but it’s worth the effort! Resort hopping is easy, especially if you’re staying in one of the resorts on the monorail or Skyliner transportation loops or in the Epcot Resorts area as you can easily walk or use the aforementioned transportation to another resort. Does that mean it’s difficult to do if you’re staying at another resort? Not at all! You can easily hop on a bus from your resort to one of the parks or to Disney Springs and then board the corresponding bus to the resort you wish to visit. Be sure to take the time to explore what’s waiting just beyond the river bend during your next Disney resort stay!
Leslie Nieves is a mom to two amazing boys and specializes in planning Walt Disney World vacations as a travel agent with Intouch Vacations! She has been in the Orlando hospitality industry for over 10 years. As a former Disney Cast Member as well as a former Universal Team Member, she can help you make the most of your Orlando getaway at either property or help you maximize your visits to both! As an autism mom, she also specializes in assisting families with sensory issues make the most of their visits. Leslie would love the opportunity to “show you the World” and help make magical memories for your family!