Did you know that there are hotels that are on Walt Disney World property, but they aren’t officially Disney resort hotels, with the Disney moniker? The Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels are located right near Disney Springs, but because they weren’t Disney owned and operated, they didn’t have the perks of being on-site hotels. That is until now.
Beginning with stays on January 1, 2018, and continuing throughout 2018, Guests of the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels will be able to participate in Extra Magic Hours at the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks. For those who maybe stay at these resorts but they don’t know what Extra Magic Hours are, Extra Magic Hours are when one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks opens early or stays open later for guests to enjoy select attractions. To use this hotel benefit on a Disney vacation and staying at one of these Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, Guests will need a valid, official Extra Magic Hours voucher from the hotel, and a valid Walt Disney World theme park ticket.
In addition, Guests of these resorts will receive an additional perk. Those who are scheduled to begin their vacation starting on January 10, 2018, are Guests at the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, and have booked a Walt Disney Travel Company package including a stay at one of the hotels, and theme park admission, will be able to link their hotel reservation on MyDisneyExperience.com. This means that once you link your valid theme park ticket, Guests of these resorts will be able to make their FastPass+ reservations 60-days in advance, just like those staying at a Disney owned and operated resort.
Guests may take advantage of these new perks at the following Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels:
- B Resort & Spa – the stylish resort opened in June 2014 with 394 newly renovated guest rooms, the full-service B Indulged AVEDA Spa, and features American Kitchen Bar & Grill
- Best Western Lake Buena Vista – the 18-story, 325-room resort overlooks scenic Lake Buena Vista and the Walt Disney World Resort, and offers two restaurants, a lounge, and wireless internet
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – the luxurious resort hotel features 229 spacious suites, and is the only all-suite resort hotel in the Disney Springs Resort Area
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace –the 27-acre, newly renovated hotel features a beautifully redesigned pool area with four pools, seven restaurants and lounges, spa, and a Character Breakfast every Sunday
- Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – the closest hotel to Disney Springs, the resort offers two pools, a Disney Character Breakfast each Sunday, seven restaurants and lounges (including Benihana Steakhouse), and 24-hour fitness center
- Holiday Inn Orlando – offers the ideal setting to stay and play, featuring modern Florida décor, a beach entry swimming pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areas
- Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – featuring a Disney Character Breakfast 3 days a week, 394 guest rooms, six dining options, and the Oasis Aquatic Pool Playground with interactive water features.
I have personally stayed at one of these resorts on multiple occasions and they really are a hop, skip, and jump away from Disney Springs. (I’ve walked from these resorts and gotten to Disney Springs in as quick as 5 minutes.) When staying there, the resorts really did have some very Disney-like touches (like character breakfasts), so as a Guest of these resorts, it was frustrating sometimes to be so close to the magic, but not receive some of the other important benefits like Extra Magic Hours. It will be nice to have this ability. (And by the way, for those who don’t remember, a few of these resorts did have some of these perks previously, but lost them for a few years, so this isn’t necessarily a new thing that is being done. It’s just been a while.)
For more information on the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, visit DisneySpringsHotels.com.