When planning a Disney World vacation, the question “Should we stay at a hotel on Disney property or off the property?” is sure to come up. The Orlando/Kissimmee area is known to be one of the top vacation spots with plenty of hotel options to choose from, making your decision a tough one. And while many factors come into play, we’re highlighting the five benefits of staying off Disney property to help make your vacation planning a little easier.
Better bang for your buck – For many, price is often one of the top determining factors when considering where to stay on vacation. After all, Disney World (and vacation in general) can get pretty expensive, so it’s important the hotel you choose fits into your budget. You’ll find that you can still experience all the advantages of staying on Disney property as you can off the property, minus being right in the middle of all the magic. Don’t worry. There’s a handful of hotels that are only one mile from the main entrance to Disney and offer free shuttles to the parks!
Room accommodations for the whole family – If you’re traveling in a large group, it’s likely people will have their individual preferences on the kind of room they want to stay in. For example, families with young children may prefer a hotel that offers exterior corridor rooms that are close to the pool. While couples with teenagers might prefer a room suite, so they have more space to spread out and a kitchenette to prep late night snacks. Off-site hotel rooms tend to be more spacious for the amount you’re paying, too.
Permission to bring your pup – Animals are a part of the family which means they should get to go on family vacations too, right? While Disney offers a premium pet care resort for guests traveling with pets, they don’t allow animals in the theme parks or resort hotels. So, if you want to make sure your pet pal experiences all the vacation fun, try booking an off-property hotel. Pets are always welcomed in the garden and pool view rooms at Ramada Gateway.
Complimentary breakfast, free kids’ meals and free drinks – Yup, you heard that right! Many off-site hotels offer some of these perks to show their guests just how much they appreciate them! Disney hotels and resorts usually don’t offer these accommodations unless you’ve purchased a club level room.
Quicker access to restaurants, non-Disney attractions and more – Although most trips to Central Florida are centered around the theme parks, many people like to explore the rest of the area, too. Staying off-property, you have more dining options (at a less expensive rate) and are even closer to grocery stores. You also have quicker access to the non-Disney attractions such as Wild Florida, the Orlando Eye and Orlando City’s soccer stadium!
So, if you’re unsure whether it’s more beneficial for you and your family to stay on Disney property or off-property, we hope this blog finds you well!