I’ve visited Disney, a lot.
I’ve worked onsite there so my appreciation [and frustration] comes from a different perspective.
Because I’ve had the opportunity to work there, I know that they treat their guests very well.
I also know that it’s silly expensive.
Let’s start with the Magic Express.
Once you arrive at MCO, find your way downstairs to various lines going to your hotels. If you’re in the upper tier hotels, good for you! Your wait to get to your resort is considerably less.
This is going off of firsthand observations and is in no way confirming this but as I stood in line for Yacht and Beach or Grand Floridian or heck, Port Orleans and Coronado Springs, I barely waited for more than 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, folks in the Pop Century, Music, Sports ‘hotels’ waited for a lonnnnng time.
Once on your bus, the travel to your hotel is about 30 minutes - a very loud exciting [for the kids] intro video plays for the duration of your bus, giving you all the marketing glitzy 411 about your stay [where to buy your photopass, where to buy this, where to buy that].
I can’t speak to the situation at Pop Century, Music, Sports but most of the hotels - Y&B and GF - there are greeters who walk with you to check-in.
Sometimes, no need to go to the desk, a greeter will bring your check-in information to you [expedite!].
If you’re a baller, then congrats again, you are on club level.
This is a level where there’s food, all day long, just waiting for you to eat.
It’s expensive to stay on these floors because of the nonstop food and booze.
- 6:30-7:00 a.m. Coffee and juices.
- 7:00 - 10:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast with juice, coffee, tea, cereals, fruit, breakfast pastries and breads
- 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Snacks and/or tea with sodas, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, tea, and snack foods like crackers, pretzels, cookies and nuts.
- 5:00 - 7:00p.m. Appetizers with wine and beer and hot and cold appetizers from the resort’s restaurants and offerings like veggies and dip.
- 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Desserts and cordials with a selection of cordials and desserts from the resort’s restaurants.
The key here is they have beers and bottles of alcohol just sitting out and you can take as many or as little as you wish.
It’s definitely a convenience IF you’re going to be loafing around the hotel and not going to the parks.
It you’re intention is to go to the park all day and only be at your hotel in the AM and in the PM, then you don’t need this access because who in their crazy mind would leave a park…take the monorail or take a bus…all the way back to their hotel just to eat!? No one.
Now onto the parks, in order of my favorites:
1. Hollywood Studios
3. Magic Kingdom
4. Animal Kingdom
For kids, especially princess loving little girls, Magic Kingdom reigns supreme. Hollywood Studios and Epcot are definitely the most “adult”.
There’s no booze in Magic Kingdom so don’t even think about asking for some at one of the quick service stations.
In contrast, Epcot is focused on alcohol of the world.
Every country sells their country’s beer and you can do wine tastings, beer tasting and basically, just drink a ton.
I recommend you try and contain yourself if you’re with kids - it’s totes embarrassing watching wasted parents with their children. And it’s dangerous to be that banged up if you had to take care of kids…
The only other advice I have is allow for at least an hour traveling to restaurants, especially if getting to that restaurant requires a Disney bus.
Other than that, enjoy the Magic. Ha.