Vacations are great, but the aftermath of them isn’t always as fun. One of the worst parts of returning from trips is the pile of laundry you racked up while gone. For some people, keeping up with laundry while on your trip is the best option available. For others, doing laundry during vacation is a necessity to make sure you have all the clothing you need for your stay. Whatever your reason, if you want to do laundry while you’re staying at a Disney resort, you have a few different ways to accomplish this: In-room washer and dryers (available in some rooms at Deluxe Villas) Self-service laundry facilities Valet laundry and dry cleaning services
Disney World has many beautifully themed resorts and when you stay at one of the Disney resorts, you'll have access to some amazing resort pools. From the sand-bottomed, shipwreck themed Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort to the Finding Nemo themed, zero-entry Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, there is no shortage of great options to choose from when you're ready to cool-off after a day in the parks. But, are you able to use a pool at a resort other than yours?
Sometimes travel and flight schedules mean that you'll find yourself needing to arrive to your resort before the "official" check-in time or with time to kill after the official check out time. You can always leave your bags at Bell Services, if you'd like, but what if you'd like to use the pool (or other resort amenities)? Can you do that?
With everything running on credit/debit cards these days, it can be difficult to figure out what to do if you're paying cash, but here's how you can do it at Disney World. If you do not utilize online check-in and you tell Disney that you don't want that card used for incidental charges, you should be able to pay cash without them charging your card on file. In addition, Disney will ask you for a card to use for room charges. It is important to note that when you check-in to your resort room, a hold for the amount due at check-in plus $100 for incidental expenses will be placed on the credit card you have associated with your room. As you charge back to your room, if your balance exceeds the initial $100 being held, additional holds will be placed on the credit card incrementally. The credit card hold should not exceed what you currently owe plus an additional $100. If you do use your MagicBand to charge to your room but don't want the card on file to be charged, then you'll need to head to the front desk to pay off the balance periodically to make sure they don't charge you automatically. Be sure to do that at least 24 hours before checkout to catch the last batch of charges before you leave.
Refillable mugs may sound like a fantastic option if you're heading to Disney World but whether or not they make sense depends on a lot of things. Thinking about purchasing some for your next trip? Check out the answers to some of the most frequent questions we receive about Disney refillable mugs!
Daily housekeeping is one of the perks of staying in a hotel but there are lots of reasons people may choose to decline it: privacy, security, or maybe you just like taking care of things yourself. Now Disney is giving you another reason to opt-out of housekeeping: a Disney gift card. But how do you get a gift card for declining housekeeping services at Disney World?
Ever wonder how to get to an early morning (before the parks open) breakfast? The easiest and fastest way is going to be driving or using a taxi or Uber or Minnie Van. This is especially true if you’re going to an early morning reservation at a resort. Hands down. But, if those aren’t options for you, you can still get there via Disney transportation.
On arrival day, do I have to check-in before I go to the parks? Sometimes, but you don't have to do it in person! It is not unusual for people to want to hit the parks as soon as they arrive. However, to do that, you'll need to make sure your tickets (and dining plan if applicable) is ready to go and activated. SO, here is what you'll need to do:
If you have a problem with your resort room, your first inclination might be to call from your room down to the front desk.
Lots of guests find out that as soon as they arrive to Walt Disney World they are ready to begin planning their next trip. Even if you think you might want to return you should strongly consider booking a Bounceback Offer. But, what exactly is a Bounceback offer and how can it save you money?
If you've spent anytime at all on Disney message boards or if you've poured over our crowd calendar you might have noticed something called "Pop Warner Week" listed. But what is Pop Warner Week at Disney World and why do people sometimes recommend avoiding it?
If you're reading this then you probably know that there is more planning involved for a Disney World trip than you'll find with many other vacations. With dining reservations happening at 180 days out and FastPass+ reservations happening at 60 days, you'll need to be prepared. But, when can you actually book that Disney World vacation for 2019?
If you are planning a trip to Disney World to see the Christmas decorations you may be wondering when those decorations actually go up! The good news is that it is earlier than you might think...
I absolutely love all things Christmas, including the decorations. But, come the day after Christmas I'm usually ready to get my house back in order so it isn't unusual to find me boxing stuff up on December 26th. Disney isn't quite as fast at taking their decorations down, but they aren't too far behind. So, just when do they take the decorations down at Disney World?
(Last updated: March 22, 2019) Disney already has fantastic transportation options to help get you and your family around the entire Walt Disney World Resort area. But soon, in addition to the buses and boats and monorails and Minnie Vans guests will have a brand new transportation option to use: gondolas! Yep. That's right - gondolas are coming to Disney World, but just where will they go and when will they be available?
Disney World has many beautiful resorts and some of the most iconic of them reside along the Disney World monorail line. If you're looking to stay someplace with convenient access to Magic Kingdom (and Epcot), then one of the monorail resorts may be just what you are looking for. Disney World Monorail Resorts: Disney's Contemporary Resort Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Why should you stay on the monorail? The main reason people choose to stay on the monorail is for the convenience, especially the convenience of getting to Magic Kingdom. If you are planning to spend most of your time at Magic Kingdom then a monorail resort might be for you. This is especially true if you use a stroller. The nice thing about the monorail is your little ones can stay in their stroller when riding the monorail unlike the buses where you have to fold your stroller up. Another advantage that the monorail resorts have are their amenities. Like the other Deluxe Category resorts, the monorail resorts offer some of the most amenities and extras of any the resorts. Disney's Grand Floridian has a spa and a 5 star restaurant (Victoria and Albert's). All 3 of the resorts have character meals and you'll find several signature dining experiences in the monorail resorts, too. The grounds are lovely and lush and being on the monorail also means being along the water, where you'll find boats that can transport you to other areas of the Disney World resort (which is a nice perk!). So, while the monorail resorts are pricey, they do offer guests a lot in the form of convenience and amenities in return. So how do you pick which one is the best for your vacation? Thankfully, each resort has it's own pros and cons that should make narrowing down your choices a little bit easier. We talk all about those in our post on the Pros & Cons of Disney World Resorts. Looking for specific information on each of the monorail resorts? We have that, too! Disney's Contemporary Resort Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Disney's Polynesian Village Resort