How much to hotels cost at Disney World?
Unless you live nearby or get an Airbnb rental, you will need to stay at a hotel in or around Disney World.
The question then becomes, should you stay on-property at a Disney-owned hotel or should you save a few bucks and stay off-property?
One thing you should know is that non-Disney, off-property hotels are usually cheaper, but staying at one doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll save money by so.
When you factor in the extra money you’ll spend on transportation, the extra time traveling to and from the theme parks every day, and missing out on Extra Magic Hours, free airport transportation, and the other perks Disney hotel guests receive, is it really worth it? We would argue “no.”
Walt Disney World has three tiers of on-property hotels: Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. As you may have guessed, Disney Value Resorts are the least expensive (starting around $120/per night as of June 2020), Deluxe Resorts are the most expensive (from $456/night as of June 2020), and Disney World’s Moderate Resorts are somewhere in the middle.
Deluxe Resorts tend to be closer to the theme parks and have bigger rooms, and better pools and restaurants.
The rooms of Value Resorts are smaller, transportation is mostly via bus (no monorail or boat), and the restaurants are more like food courts. That said, Value Resorts are great for families and budget-conscious travelers because they are affordable and situation you inside Disney World.
If you want an upgrade from Value but don’t want to drop an arm and a leg, check out the Moderates. They are really nice!
If camping is more of your thing, check out the campground sites at Fort Wilderness Resort (average is about $120 per night)
See our Disney World Resort Comparision page.
Getting to Disney World
If you’re flying into Orlando and staying at one of Disney’s hotels, then you don’t need to worry about paying for transportation. Simply add the complimentary Disney Magical Express bus service to your package and you will receive free shuttle transportation directly to your hotel. If you are staying at a non-Disney hotel, then you will need to rent a car or use a rideshare or taxi service.
Once in the park, all Disney transportation is completely free for everyone.
Annual pass holders get free parking, but if you arrive at a Disney theme park in your own car, then you will have to pay for parking. And if you are staying at a Disney resort but have your own vehicle, then you can expect to pay the following for parking:
If you value your time and your money, then the clear answer is to leave your car at home, book your stay at an on-property Disney resort in a convenient location, and just use Disney’s own transportation to get around. There are plenty of taxis and Ubers at Disney World, but using those services can add up. And why rent a car when there is so much to do and see at Disney? No need to check out the surrounding areas when you have the most magical place on Earth at your fingertips!