While many things at Disney World are returning to normal, there are some perks that may never return.
Staying in a Disney World hotel used to mean a lot more than just convenience, with special perks such as early park access, airport transportation, and many more.
Some of these benefits have yet to return, so are these perks gone forever?
Sometimes when you return to your room at the end of the night, all you want is a snack without leaving your bed, but that’s not possible in most Disney World hotels at this time. Although room service has returned to a few Disney World hotels, like Disney’s Yacht Club, it remains unavailable at most other hotels.
This means you probably can’t expect to order in-room dining at your hotel, and we don’t yet know if this service will ever return. Keep in mind that you can order food delivery, like pizza or Door Dash, but you usually have to get your food from the main lobby.
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Merchandise delivery used to be a super convenient way to avoid carrying around that bulky souvenir all day. You could arrange for your purchase to be Delivered right to your Disney World hotel roomand not have to worry about lugging it around all day.
Right now, you can opt for select stores to hold your purchase until a certain time of day, or pay for your items to be shipped to your home. It’s uncertain whether merchandise delivery to your hotel room will ever return.
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Extra magic hours
Extra Magic Hours allowed guests staying at qualifying Disney World hotels to have extra time in Disney Parks, either in the morning or evening. It was usually an hour, but sometimes it could be two extra hours of park time!
Instead, Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Hours have seemingly replaced Extra Magic Hours, and there are some big differences. Only deluxe hotels qualify for Extended Evening Hours on select dates, and Early Theme Park Entry was reduced to 30 minutes, rather than an hour. We don’t yet know whether these are permanent or temporary changes.
Learn more about Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Hours here!
As you may know, Magical Express was officially discontinued as of January 2022, so this perk really is gone forever. Now hotel guests must schedule their own airport transportationwhich means an added expense and more planning for your Disney World trip.
Now, your options include services like Mears Connect or The Sunshine Flyer, rideshare, renting a car, or a few other transportation methods. Make sure you remember to include this added expense in your budget!
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Since Disney World reopened in July 2020, housekeeping has been modified in Disney World hotel rooms to take place every other day in a lightened way. Light cleaning includes wiping certain areas, trash removal, more towels, and vacuuming.
In the past, housekeeping services were provided daily, but this is still not an option for Disney World hotel guests. At this point, we don’t know whether daily housekeeping will return as an option in Disney World hotels.
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Free Magic Bands
Complimentary MagicBands are no longer available for Disney World hotel guests, although they can occasionally be purchased at a discount. You don’t have to get a MagicBand, but it can be a convenient way to purchase items around Disney World and even enter your hotel room.
If you don’t want to add this expense to your budget, you can use MagicMobile via your smartphone, which lets you add your Disney World ticket or pass to your device’s digital wallet. Then you can use your phone (or your smartwatch) the same way you use a MagicBand!
Read more about MagicMobile here!
Minnie Vans were not exclusive to Disney World hotels, but they were a super convenient way to get around Disney World via the Lyft app. Before Disney World closed in 2020, Minnie Vans could transport guests within Disney World Resort, or to and from the Orlando International Airport.
Since Disney World reopened in July 2020, Minnie Vans have yet to make a reappearance, though you can still see them parked around the resort. We don’t know when (or if) they may return, but you can still use rideshares like Lyft and Uber — it’s just not as fun without the polka dots.
Learn more about the Minnie Van service here!
Airline check in
Resort Airline Check-in has been discontinued, so this is not a perk you will find in your Disney World hotel. This service allowed Disney World hotel guests the option to check-in for a flight on a qualifying airline, check luggage, and even get a boarding pass.
This was a convenient way for guests to head straight to security at the Orlando International Airport, but now guests have to stick to the usual airport arrival routine.
Learn more about getting to and from the Orlando Airport here!
Some of these Disney World hotel perks are gone, but some could possibly still come back. Only time will tell! Stick with AllEars for more Disney World news!
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