One of the added bonuses to visiting the Walt Disney World Resorts is being able to stay at one of the Disney resort locations. Not only do you get to continue to enjoy Disney-quality service, amenities and activities, you will be in the heart of all things Disney. Many Disney vacationers talk about being able to resort hop. However, not as many travelers know about resort hopping. Which brings me to another WDW 101 question: “What is resort hopping?”
Resort hopping is the art of making ones way through the different Walt Disney World Resorts during their vacation. This gives guests an opportunity to see what each of the resorts have to offer, while only staying at their favorite (or an affordable) one. However, be careful of what you do when resort hopping. Some activities are only available to guests staying at that resort and may require a room key to verify accommodations. But, there is still plenty of things to do when hopping from resort to resort at the Walt Disney World Resorts. Let’s take a look.
Each resort offers a unique theme, including breathtaking views of the resort, unique shopping venues, different cuisine choices and many more places to explore. All of the resorts are open for those wishing to check out another Disney resort. You can either drive from resort to resort, but the best way is to head to Downtown Disney and go to the resort of choice from there. You can take the buses to any of the other Disney resorts or hop on a transportation boat to Saratoga Springs, Port Orleans or Old Key West. You can also head to Magic Kingdom and take the monorail to area resorts or hop on a boat across Seven Seas Lagoon or over to Bay Lake.
As a resort hopper you will be able to take advantage of many of the amenities each resort has to offer. These amenities include restaurants, trails, stores, pool areas (see note below about pools) and other activities that are not restricted to only those guests staying at that resort. The best time to resort hop is during the holidays when all of the resorts have Christmas decorations up and the lights are on.
When it comes to the recreation area of the resort, some pools are off limits to resort hoppers. Select resorts, such as Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Yacht and Beach Club, check pool keys before entering the pool area. Other resort pools are restricted to guests only, but only do random room key checks. Be careful when trying to use a pool at another resort because if the pool gets overcrowded, non-resort guests may be asked to leave.
So the next time you are staying at the Walt Disney World Resorts, take an afternoon to check out a new resort. You might just change your accommodations for your next vacation.