Skip to main content

Stories and tips to get the most of your
Disney Rewards

10 Benefits of Staying at a Disney Resort Hotel

Hotel balcony view

A Disney vacation may start the moment you leave the house, but the real thrill begins the moment you check in for a stay in the magic!

Whether you’re visiting Walt Disney World® Resort or the Disneyland® Resort, an amazing array of benefits await Disney® Visa® Credit Cardmembers staying on property. Here are 10 benefits of staying at a Disney Resort hotel that help you launch into fun and take your vacation to the next level.

  1. 1. Stay Close to the Parks

    Those staying at a Disneyland® Resort hotel are just a short walk from the theme parks, or opt for the Monorail station via Downtown Disney. Guests of Disney’s Grand Californian® Hotel & Spa or Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel can even enjoy access to Disney California Adventure® Park through an entrance inside the hotel (valid theme park admission, hotel key card and park reservations required).

    Getting around the more expansive Walt Disney World® Resort is just as easy with complimentary transportation options, which are available to all parks guests. Depending on where you stay, you could walk to your Park of choice or reach it via a short motor coach ride, monorail, water taxi or on the Disney Skyliner. Plus, Disney Resort hotel Guests can take advantage of one of the many Walt Disney World® Resort benefits, including the Disney Minnie Van™ Service for an additional cost.

    Guests riding the Minnie Van

  2. 2. Enjoy Unique Resort Amenities

    Resort life is like living happily ever after. In fact, there are so many benefits of staying in a Disney Resort hotel, you’ll probably want to stay put some days!

    Wake up to the sights of an African safari when you stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, or book a reservation to join favorite Disney Princesses for an enchanting three-course breakfast at Disney’s Grand Californian® Hotel & Spa. You can even roast marshmallows by a crackling campfire at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort or catch a movie under the stars at the Hippy Dippy Pool in Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

    No matter at which Disney hotel you stay, you’ll enjoy early entry and access to attractions (valid theme park admission and park reservation required), thrilling evening entertainment, delectable dining experiences and endless surprises!

  3. 3. Get Treated Like Royalty

    Exceptional services are a given and one of the top benefits of staying at a Disney hotel. Check in online and bypass the front desk with direct-to-room service at all properties, including Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort or the Disneyland® Hotel. Stop by the concierge or Guest Services Desk to discover park hours and show times or make dining reservations. You can even start your day with a wake-up call from a favorite Disney Character!

  4. 4. Easily Earn Disney Rewards Dollars

    Don’t forget Cardmembers earn 1% in Disney Rewards Dollars on every card purchase, every day! That means if you keep your Disney Visa Card on file at Disney’s Grand Californian® Hotel & Spa or Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, for example, you can earn Disney Rewards Dollars for items charged to your room. Food, drinks, room service (at select properties)—you name it, they all add up!1

  5. Father and son eating breakfast

  6. 5. Take a Tour

    Get your steps in by embarking on a self-led tour around your Disney Resort hotel. Explore themed running trails like the 1.38-mile trail that passes colorful courtyards inspired by Disney and Pixar classics at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. And enhance your stay with a Segway tour around Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort or a Starlight Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge—both available at an additional cost.

  7. 6. Snag Early Access to Dining Reservations

    One of the top Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort benefits is the food! Savor flavors from around the world, only steps from your room, like French and Italian cuisine at Topolino’s Terrace–Flavors of the Riviera at Disney’s Riviera Resort or upscale Californian flare at Napa Rose inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel®.

    Plus, hotel Guests can make dining reservations for the entire length of their stay up to 60 days in advance from the beginning of your stay! That means you can make all your reservations at once instead of having to check availability day after day.

  8. 7. Boost Your Experience Using Disney Rewards Dollars

    Cardmembers, don’t forget to pack your Disney Rewards Redemption Card to enhance your stay with more play! Redeem toward Enchanting Extras like a poolside cabana at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, hands-on classes at Sangria University inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge or spa treatments at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa.1

  9. Polynesian Village Resort

  10. 8. Save 10% at Select Dining Locations

    Disney fans and awesome food go hand in hand (or hand in glove, if you’re Mickey Mouse), and that goes for select hotel dining locations, too! One of the benefits of staying at a Disney Resort hotel is that Guests get a 10% discount when they use their Disney Visa Card at select restaurants like The Turf Bar and Grill at Disney’ Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa or Goofy’s Kitchen.23 Check out the full list of dining locations and be sure to arrive hungry!

  11. 9. Enjoy Resort Shopping Savings

    If you’ve got the perfect gift idea for Disney fans at home, don’t wait until you get to the Parks: when you purchase with your Disney Visa Card, resort merchandise locations honor your 10% discount off select merchandise purchases of $50 or more.4 That way you can keep bags of swag, like eclectic keepsakes from The Artist’s Palette at Disney’s Saratoga Springs® Resort & Spa, or Acorns Gifts & Goods inside Disney’s Grand Californian® Hotel & Spa, in your room and venture into the Parks with your hands free! Or, if you’re staying at a Disneyland® Resort hotel, you can use Next Day Package Delivery to have purchases made in the theme parks or at select Downtown Disney locations delivered straight to your hotel room!

    The Artist’s Palette shop

  12. 10. Get More Time in the Parks

    The only thing better than a Disney day is making that day last a little longer. Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel or at a Disneyland® Hotel can get a 30-minute jump on their magical day with early theme park entry, available at all four Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks, Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park.* Experience select attractions, dining and shopping locations before the crowds. Go for an early morning exploration under the sea at Disney California Adventure® Park’s The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, or get a head start at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure inside EPCOT®. Check out the Disneyland® Resort Early Entry schedule or Walt Disney World® Resort Early Entry to start planning that “Extra Magic”!

Cardmembers, these Disney benefits are just the beginning! Book your vacation package with your Disney Visa Card and save with special vacation financing.5 Check out the full list of vacation perks through your Disney Visa Card and start imagining the possibilities.

Related posts

Disney® Premier Visa® Card


EARN A $300


after spending $1000 on purchases in the
first 3 mos. from account opening.6


EARN A $300


after spending $1000 on purchases
in the first 3 mos. from
account opening.6


EARN A $300


after spending $1000 on purchases
in the first 3 mos. from
account opening.6

The Mandalorian Premier Card Art Vintage Mickey Premier Card Art
Shopping Perks
Disney Photo Opportunity
Vacation Perks
Disney® Premier Visa® Card