About a year ago the internet lost its collective mind when it was announced that Non-Disney hotels in the Disney Springs area were going to be able to take advantage of perks that before only Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests had. As we predicted months ago, today we find out that the Disney Springs area hotels will continue to have a 60 FastPass+ booking window and Extra Magic Hours through all of 2019…
Before, staying in a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel gave you a leg up in booking your FastPass+ reservations over all the other Orlando-area guests because you could do it 60 days out, whereas the rest of people staying off property had only 30 days to do it. That is easily the difference between getting some of those hard to get attractions like Flight of Passage or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Not only FastPass+, but also guests in these Disney Springs area hotels can use the Extra Magic Hours too allowing them to get into and stay later at the Disney Parks while the rest of the public can’t.
The original contract for this relationship between the “Good-Neighbor” hotels and Disney was supposed to last through 2018, but it’s obviously been working out for both sides, and now it’s been extended another year. People were very upset about including others staying in non-WDW hotels because it eliminated some of the perks that made staying on property so special.
The Disney Springs area hotels that take advantage of these perks include:
- B Resort & Spa
- Best Western Lake Buena Vista
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
- Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
- Holiday Inn Orlando
- Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
Overall it isn’t as huge a deal as some are making it out to be. The capacity of those hotels isn’t that much, and not all the guests are going to Disney World anyways. From all the calculations I’ve heard the impact has been minimal. You might as well get used to it though, this partnership isn’t going away anytime soon…
I want to know what you think about the non-Disney hotels in the Disney Springs area continuing their perks through 2019…
- Should they get these perks?
- Does it affect your willingness to stay at a WDW Resort?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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