Walt Disney World resorts are known the world over for their service, amenities, and attention to theme. However, regular visitors to the resort know that the best reason to stay on property is all of the perks that come with a Walt Disney World hotel stay. From complimentary transportation to Extra Magic Hours, there are plenty of awesome extras that come with staying at a Disney hotel. However, it looks like Walt Disney World is making some big changes to its resort perks, which may impact your next stay at the resort.
1. 24-hour private dining at deluxe resorts discontinued
Guests who have stayed at one of Disney’s deluxe-level resorts are able to take advantage of several amenities beyond what is offered at moderate or value level resorts. Historically, that has included 24 hour private dining, which allows guests at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club to order food at any hour from a special menu and have it delivered directly to their room.
However, effective at the end of the month, this amenity is being discontinued, with in-room private dining now ending at midnight for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s BoardWalk resorts ending at midnight, and the other resorts concluding service for the day at 2:00 AM.
Though this may not have been a very popular perk for guests, it is one that many had come to expect as part of the deluxe resort experience, and its removal may be a little bit disappointing for some guests who had previously enjoyed being able to order a late night meal after a long night at the Magic Kingdom or Disney Springs.
2. 60-day FastPass+ booking window extended to off-property resorts
Ever since the general release of FastPass+, Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests have been able to enjoy an extended 60 day FastPass+ booking window. However, according to a report from WDWNT, it looks like Disney is opening up this perk for guests staying at Good Neighbor Hotels, including those on Hotel Plaza Boulevard near Disney Springs and several others outside the borders of Walt Disney World.
Though an exact list of the hotels that will be participating in this FastPass+ expansion has not been released, this feature is expected to become available before the end of the year. Though this is certainly good news for guests who stay at these lower cost hotels, the opening up of this larger window may make FastPass+ reservations a little bit more scarce for some of Walt Disney World's most popular attractions, including Avatar - Flight of Passage and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which means it will be even more important for guests who qualify for the extended FastPass+ window to take advantage of their extra time as soon as possible.