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Disney in a Minute: Connecting vs. Adjoining Rooms?

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We’re here with a series of quick posts, “Disney in a Minute,” bite-sized nuggets of information that can better help you understand a Disney term or planning topic. Enjoy!

We often hear questions from guests traveling with larger families or groups of companions. They’ll ask if their Walt Disney World resort hotel offers adjoining rooms. The answer is, well sure, but that may or may not be what you actually want.

Adjoining rooms are rooms that are located next to each other. All the Disney hotels have rooms next to each other, that’s sort of the nature of hotels in general. You may want adjoining rooms if you’re traveling with a large party of unrelated guests or extended family – people you’d like to have dinner or ride on Space Mountain with, but not that you’d want to have hear you snore or share a bathroom.

Wilderness Lodge Boulder Ridge hallway.

However, what you may really be interested in are connecting rooms. Connecting rooms are those with an internal door between them. That internal door may be opened to create what is functionally one larger room. Connecting rooms are typically desired by nuclear families with young children or by caregivers of people with nighttime medical needs. In other words, you want a connecting room with people whom you regularly see in their PJs or for whom you have a safety concern. All Disney World resort hotels have connecting rooms, but these exist in limited quantities.

If you’re booking a Disney Vacation Club villa, connecting rooms may be referred to as “lock off” rooms.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

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