The Walt Disney World Resort is a vast hotel and recreational complex. Simply said, it’s 120 km2 of pure magic and enchantment for the entire family, young and old alike!
FOUR THEME PARKS
The first park to be inaugurated at the Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom makes your fairytale dreams come true, and adds fun and adventure with dynamic entertainment, classic attractions, favorite Disney characters, spirited parades, and a daily firework extravanganza. The magnificent Cinderella Castle sits at the center of all this action and gives you access to all areas of Magic Kingdom:
- Main Street, USA
- Liberty Square
- New Fantasyland
Almost twice the size of Magic Kingdom, Epcot offers attractions and entertainment dedicated to technological innovation with Future World, and to the culture and cooking of 11 countries in the World Showcase. Cultural creativity, imagination, and diversity are celebrated in an entertaining, educational, and amusing atmosphere all enhanced with the combination of daily fireworks, holographic projections, and lasers.
DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
Showcasing the effervescence of both Hollywood and Broadway, the park takes you behind the scenes of the entertainment industry with shows, attractions, guided tours, and special events (not to mention the parades, Disney characters meet-and-greet, and a wonderful fireworks extravaganza).
DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM
The biggest park in the world dedicated to animals (contemporary, ancient, and imagined) and wildlife conservation. The park is filled with exciting entertainment and attractions that combine adventure, exploration, and learning.
2 WATER PARKS
DISNEY’S TYPHOON LAGOON
Fun for the entire family, featuring thrilling waterslides, a children’s play area, raft rides down the river, a giant Surf-type wave pool (with 6-foot high waves!), and Shark Reef – where you can swim with real sharks!
DISNEY’S BLIZZARD BEACH
A one-time ski resort melted under the hot Florida sun, Blizzard Beach has one of the highest and fastest waterslides on the planet (chairlift included)! The whole family will enjoy the numerous waterslides, the wave pool, and the children’s play zone.
WALT DISNEY WORLD GOLF
The Walt Disney World Resort offers 4 18-hole golf courses, some of which have hosted annual PGA Tour events for more than 30 years: Disney’s Palm Golf Course, Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course, Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, and Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course. These golf courses are all ranked 4 or 4.5 stars by the Golf Digest magazine. There is also Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, a 9-hole course for beginners.
On site, golfers will find:
- 3 professional boutiques
- 4 practice fields and 4 practice greens
- Free private transfers for Disney hotel guests
- Equipment rental ($)
- Private lessons with PGA professionals ($) (reservation required)
The park also includes 2 miniature golf courses with different levels of difficulty: the Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf and the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. Golf clubs are included in the entrance fee and lockers are available on site ($).
ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX
This state-of-the-art sports complex offers a variety of sporting events and youth amateur athlete programs (competitions, tournaments, training camps, and college recruiting events).
The ESPN Wide World of Sports complex also hosts special professional events such as the Atlanta Braves’ spring training, AAU Sports (Amateur Athletic Union) and national cheerleading competitions.
The Walt Disney World Resort boasts 25 unique hotels to meet all budgets and totally immerse you in the Disney magic.
Each Disney hotel has several pools, at least one restaurant, a souvenir shop (that sells every-day essentials), and an arcade. In addition to the round-the- clock quality Disney service, several entertainment programs for the entire family are offered and vary from one hotel to another (poolside animation, movies under the stars, supervised sports and recreational activities, jogging track, bike rentals, etc.).
Arrival Upon arrival at their Disney hotel, guests receive a MagicBand bracelet in exchange for their reservation voucher. Each magnetic bracelet includes the room key, a Magic Your Way ticket and its options, and the credits of the Dining Plan selected. You can also charge purchases in the Disney boutiques and restaurants on the MagicBand bracelet by giving a credit card number at check-in. The total amount will be charged to this card at the end of the stay.
DISNEY HOTEL ADVANTAGES
Located right at the heart of the magic, the Disney hotels enhance the Walt Disney World Resort experience by offering its guests several advantages:
DISNEY’S MAGICAL EXPRESS
Free shuttle form the Orlando International Airport (MCO) to the Disney hotels.
Disney’s Magical Express delivers luggage right to the hotel rooms for all flights that arrive between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. Simply affix the yellow labels from the confirmation booklet to your suitcases and they will be picked up at the airport and delivered directly to your room. This service enables guest to check in at their hotel and then immediately go enjoy the parks without worrying about their luggage. Please allow 2 to 4 hours following your check in for luggage delivery.
For arrivals after 10 p.m. or for guest who wish to have their luggage with them right away, do not affix the yellow labels. These guests must pick up their suitcases from the luggage carrousel and take them with them. Guests arriving on a direct flight from Quebec City must pick up their luggage to clear customs and immigration.
ARRIVAL AT THE ORLANDO AIRPORT
Guests arrive on level 3, Side A. Proceed to Side B and take the elevator or escalator down to level 1 and follow the directions to Disney’s Magical Express counter. At the counter, guests are assigned a motorcoach according to their hotel. The commute lasts 30 to 40 minutes.
Disney innovates with the MagicBand bracelets. These electronic bracelets replace the Key to the World for Disney hotel guests. Use your MagicBand to access your room, enter the parks, use your fast passes reserved ahead of time, charge expenses to your room, etc. Guest may choose their bracelet color in advance in their Disney account. If no color was chosen, the bracelet will be gray.
Bracelets are handed out at the reception desk at check-in.
EXTRA MAGICAL HOURS
Access to Extra Magical Hours
Each day, one of the four parks opens an hour earlier and another closes up to three hours later than usual. These extra hours are exclusively for Disney hotel guests and the MagicBands (room key and Magic your Way ticket) are required for entrance. The restaurants, boutiques, and some of the most popular rides will stay open at this time.
Please note that the Extra Magical Hours schedule is subject to change without notice. Go to www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan to view the schedule for the next 180 days.
WALT DISNEY WORLD TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Free Walt Disney World Resort transportation from the hotels to the parks (bus, monorail, and boat).
Air-conditioned shuttle buses run from the Disney hotels to the parks, the water parks, and Disney Springs. At the entrance of each hotel and at the exit of each park, guests simply go to the stop of their chosen destination. Shuttle buses run one hour prior to park opening and up to one hour after closing with departures every 15-20 minutes in each direction. Shuttles to Disney Springs run till 2 a.m.
- Guests are guaranteed to have access to the parks at all times, even in cases of park closure due to overcapacity.
- All purchases at the Disney boutiques can be delivered directly to the hotel. Packages can be picked up at your hotel boutique the following day
- Free parking at the theme parks
- Restaurant reservations for the entire stay available 180 days prior to arrival.
Priority golf reservations for all courses (up to 60 days in advance).
Theme Park tickets
1 Park per Day Ticket enjoy admission to one theme park per day of each day of your ticket. You can pick a different park each day.
Park Hopper gives you the flexibility to come and goas you wish between the four theme parks in the same day and this for the duration of the ticket.
Park Hopper Plus adds a number of Fun Visits equal to the number of days on the basic Magic Your Way ticket to be chosen from the following:
- Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park
- Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
- Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course
- Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
- Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
No Expiration with this option, days not used on the Magic Your Way ticket never expire.
Please note that options must be the same for all guests in a room and on the same reservation.
To enhance your Disney experience, open a My Magic + account at: www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/my-disney-experience
You can personalize your account with character pictures, etc.
Allows you to reserve 60 days in advance if you have a hotel package, and a whole lot more! You can reserve Character greetings, parades, shows and fireworks. You may only select FastPass+ for one park per day.
Any advance reservation can be modified prior to departure or with the hotel concierge.
The Disney Dining Plan is a meal plan that can be added to a Magic Your Way Vacation package. Save 30% to 40% compared to buying meals on site. The Dining Plan gives the same number of credits as the number of nights at a Disney hotel (for example, a 7-night stay equals a 7-day meal plan).
Please note that the Walt Disney World Resort restaurants are classified according to the type of meals served and not the hours of service (breakfast, etc.).
- In the quick-service restaurants, one credit includes the main dish and its side, a dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage
- In the table-service restaurants, one credit includes a main dish, a dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage (no substitutions allowed from a dessert to an appetizer)
- For snack credits, the items that equal one credit are identified with the Dining Plan logo on the menus. One credit equals one individual portion (ice cream, beverage, popcorn, fruit, pastry, side dish)
Simply tell your server at the quick-service restaurant which Dining Plan you have and he/she will clearly explain what you can order and if there is a supplement.
The Refillable Mugs are available at the hotel’s fast service restaurant and can be redeemed at check-in. These mugs can be refilled at any time during the entire stay at the quick-service restaurants’ beverage islands which offer a variety of hot and cold beverages (coffee, tea, herbal tea, sodas, lemonade, ice tea, etc.).
DINING PLAN CATEGORIES
Following is a list of what each Dining Plan includes per person (please note that all guests on the same reservation must have the same Dining Plan):
DISNEY DINING PLAN
- 1 quick-meal credit/day
- 1 table-service credit/day
- 2 snacks credit/day
- 1 refillable mug/stay
DISNEY QUICK SERVICE DINING PLAN
- 2 quick-service meal credits/day
- 2 snacks credit/day
- 1 refillable mug/stay
DISNEY DELUXE DINING PLAN
- 3 meal credits (all services included)/day
- 2 snack credits/day
- 1 refillable mug/stay
Gratuities are not included in any meal plan. They can be paid in cash or charged to the room. A gratuity of 18% of the total bill will be automatically charged for groups of 6 people or more.
It is strongly recommended to reserve ahead of time for all table-service restaurants. Reservations are open 180 days before the desired date and the most popular restaurants are often completely booked in the first week of reservation (particularly during the peak season).
The restaurants that offer Character Dining and the busiest ones will request a credit card number as guarantee when reserving. If the reservation is not cancelled within the given time limits, a penalty will be charged to the card. Certain meal events may require a deposit or complete payment in advance (dinner-show, etc.). For these events, a credit card number must be entered to validate the reservation.
Reservations are made via your Disney MyMagic + account at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/my-disney-experience or by phone at 1-407-939-3463 (1-407-WDW-DINE).
ALLERGIES AND DIETARY RESTRICTIONS
Requests regarding allergies, dietary restrictions, and special assistance needs can be made for each meal reservation. Disney pays special attention to its guests’ requests in these matters and the chefs at each restaurant will do their utmost to meet all individual needs. However, it is important to submit these requests at least 48 hours prior to the date of the meal so the chef can be ready to welcome you.
A list of all meal ingredients is available prior to ordering at the quick-service restaurants. Please note that all restaurants now offer at least one vegetarian option.