A trip to Disney World is obviously a mixed bag of all things fun. There’s the in-your-face fun like a day at the parks and then there’s the not-so-obvious ways to have fun.
Sometimes you need a break from the intensity of the non-stop action that’s always happening in the parks or maybe you have less than a full day to fill and you don’t want to use up one of your Disney Park Hoppers. One of my favorite non-park things to do is Resort Hopping.
RESORT HOPPING – The act of letting Disney handle the transportation (a perk of being a Disney guest) while you check out various Disney resorts.
This is a great way to soak in some Disney resort experiences other than where you are currently staying. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite? Just as they do in the parks, Disney goes all out in their planning and theming throughout their hotel properties.
More than just a place to sleep
Staying on Disney property is not just a “place to sleep”, but an experience. A great way to not only check out the hotel grounds (and no, please don’t hop into the pool while you’re there!), but also a great way to see what sort of amenities each property has.
We always make sure to check out the gift shop(s) to find neat Resort-specific souvenirs, maybe grab a meal or a snack and try to make time for some relaxing (aka people watching) while soaking in the sensory wonderfulness. Seeing the varies hotels is also a great way to cool off on a hot and humid Disney afternoon. The transportation and hotels are all cool and comfortable!
While I prefer to catch my zzzzz’s at the Polynesian, some of my favorite resorts to visit are:
- Port Orleans Riverside on a quaint back porch rocking chair overlooking what appears to be the Deep South
- The Wilderness Lodge at a cozy seat near the fireplace or outdoors as the Fire Rock Geyser erupts
- The Grand Floridian on a comfy couch in the elegant grand lobby filled with beautiful fresh flowers and the sounds of classical music from the grand piano in the center
- The Contemporary gift shops in the Grand Concourse as the monorails whiz by overhead and a futuristic feeling surrounds you
- Animal Kingdom Lodge on a quiet balcony overlooking the savanah while eating Zebra Domes
Going on a hotel hop can be an easy-on-the-wallet way to spend an afternoon. With a number hovering around 25 Disney-owned and operated hotels on property, there are not only spaces to fit any budget, but there are also hundreds of priceless experiences waiting to happen. Make sure to get out there and see all that Disney has to offer!
Have you ever hotel hopped while at Disney? Which is your favorite resort to visit?