First things first is learning all about your 2 (or more like 2 1/2) main options: onsite, offsite with some benefits, and offsite with no benefits.
Just what are those benefits, you ask?
Lots of things, like being able to make your FastPass+ reservations at 60 days (instead of 30 days like offsite guests) and having access to Magical Express. Get the full list of perks of staying in an onsite Disney World resort.
It is important to understand all of those benefits before you start making any more decisions so that’s the first task: read (and understand) about the benefits of staying onsite.
Once you are familiar with the perks you can find at some resorts you’re ready to make a few decisions. Keep in mind that typically when securing a reservation, at most you can expect to have the best of any 2 of these 3 things:
- location: distance to the parks (with the closest of the resorts having those benefits we talked about above)
- price: total cost for your reservation, and be sure to factor in perks and costs associated with each resort
- space: total square footage
You aren’t going to get the best location and most amount of space for the lowest price, for example. You’ll have to decide what is important for your trip: your location, the total cost, or the amount of square footage or space you’ll have.