Guests who stay on Disney property enjoy privileges and amenities unavailable to those staying outside the World. Though some of these perks are advertising gimmicks, others are real and potentially valuable.

Extra Magic Hours At The Theme Parks

When you stay in the Disney-owned hotels, the Disney Springs area hotels, the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, and Waldorf Astoria you are able to enter a designated park 1 hour earlier than the general public each day or to enjoy a designated theme park for up to 2 hours after it closes to the general public in the evening. Extra Magic Hours can be valuable if you know how to use them. See our Extra Magic Hours page for tips and information.

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You’ll be asked to show your MagicBands to board Disney’s Magical Express, so pack them in your carry-on stuff rather than your checked bags.

Free Transportation To and From the Airport

Disney's Magical Express is a free resort perk that will pick you up at Orlando Internation Airport when your vacation begins, and drop you off when it's over. If you arrive in Orlando by air, Disney will collect your checked baggage and send it by bus directly to your Walt Disney World resort, allowing you to bypass baggage claim. Magical Express is available daily, 5 a.m.–10 p.m.; free bus service to your hotel is available 24 hours a day. Transportation to your resort hotel will usually include stops at other resorts. The time from deplaning to arriving at your resort will be anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes depending on your resort (35 minutes of that will be driving to Walt Disney World property).

When it’s time to go home, you can check your baggage and pick up your boarding pass at the front desk of your Disney resort. This service is available to all guests at Disney hotels (excluding the Swan, the Dolphin, Shades of Green, and hotels of the Disney Springs Resort Area), even those who don’t use Magical Express (folks who have rental cars, for example). Resort check-in counters are open 5 a.m.–1 p.m., and you must check in no later than 3 hours before your flight (within the US and Puerto Rico) or 4 hours for international flights. Participating airlines are Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United. All of the preceding airlines have restrictions on the number of bags, checking procedures, and related items; consult your carrier before leaving home for specifics.

For more information see our Disney's Magical Express Frequently Asked Questions page.

Early Access to FastPass+ and Dining Reservations

Disney hotel and campground guests, along with guests staying at the Swan and Dolphin resorts, those staying in the Disney Springs area hotels, and those at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria can make FastPass+ reservations 60 days before they arrive—30 days earlier than the general public. Disney resort guests can also make dining reservations up to 190 days before their visit, 10 more than the general public.

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Power shoppers, rejoice: if you're staying on Disney property, you can charge theme-park and Disney Springs purchases to your hotel room. Even better, you can have your loot delivered to your resort's gift shop at no extra charge instead of having to lug it around with you all day long.


If you don’t have a car, commuting to the parks is easy via the Disney transportation system. This is especially advantageous if you stay in a hotel connected by monorail or boat service. If you have a car, however, dozens of hotels outside Disney World are within 5–10 minutes of theme-park parking lots.

Priority Theme-Park Admissions

On days of unusually heavy attendance, Disney may restrict admission into the theme parks for all customers. When deciding whom to admit into the parks, priority is given to guests staying at Disney resorts. In practice, no guest is turned away until a park’s parking lot is full. When this happens, that park will be packed to gridlock.

There's no extra charge per night for children younger than 18 sharing a room with their parents. Many hotels outside Disney World also offer this.

Free Parking at Theme Parks

Disney Resort guests with cars pay nothing to park in theme park lots. Others pay at least $25 per day.

Recreational Privileges

Disney guests get preferential treatment for tee times at the golf courses.

Last updated on March 1, 2019