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Off-Site Disney World Resorts – best options, some with onsite perks!

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Off-Site Disney World Resorts – best options, some with onsite perks!

There are lots of reasons why people traveling to Disney World choose to stay off-site.

Lower costs and the ability to use reward points plays into the decision making for some.

Others find the frequently larger spaces available in off-site rooms to be a better fit for them.

And, of course, there are some people that are interested in doing other things outside of Disney World (gasp!), and an offsite room simply makes that easier.

Whatever the reason, we want you to get the most bang for your buck and to help, we have some information about the most popular off-site resort options near Disney World.

Off-site hotels with Disney-like benefits

Did you know that there are some off-site hotels that provide nearly all of the benefits that you’d find at an on-site Disney World resort?

The hotels located in Disney Springs plus Shades of Green, The Four Seasons, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, Waldorf Astoria and the Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts all offer some of the perks you find for onsite guests.

A couple of important caveats:

  • None of the off-site resorts offer Disney’s Magical Express, so you’ll need to stay on-site at a Disney World Resort Hotel if that is important to your situation.
  • None of the off-site resorts offer MagicBands either, but you can purchase it online or at Disney World if you’d like to use one.

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels

In order to receive the perks listed below, guests must have a hotel confirmation number and a valid theme park ticket both linked to their My Disney Experience account:

  • Access to Extra Magic Hours
  • FastPass+ reservations at 60 days (instead of the typical 30 days for off-site guests)

Other perks available (no park ticket necessary):

  • Purchases made on Disney property delivered to your resort
  • Walking distance to Disney Springs
  • Transportation to the parks (note: this isn’t the same transportation you’d find at the on-site resorts, but rather a shuttle service operated by the Disney Springs Area Resorts)
Disney Springs Resort Area Map

Best Western Lake Buena Vista- Disney Springs Area

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B Resort & Spa

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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – Disney Springs Area

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Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Disney Springs Area

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Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area

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Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area

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Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area

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Other off-site options with Disney-like benefits

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Shades of Green, Waldorf Astoria, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, and the Four Seasons Resort also offer some benefits that are similar to those of on-site Disney World Resorts.

A package is not required to use these benefits; however, you must have a valid ticket linked in your My Disney Experience account in order to make your FastPass+ reservations at 60 days out.

  • Access to Extra Magic Hours
  • FastPass+ reservations at 60 days (instead of the typical 30 days for off-site guests)
  • Advanced Dining Reservations for up to 10 days of your trip at 180 days out
Offsite resorts with Disney benefits

Shades of Green Resort

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando

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Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

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Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

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Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

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Waldorf Astoria Orlando

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Bonnet Creek Area

The Bonnet Creek Area is comprised of what is basically a tiny island (70-acres) of land that is surrounded on 3 sides by Disney-owned property.

As you can see by the map below, this area is very near Caribbean Beach; however, there are no walking paths between this area and any of Disney’s property.

This area is home to 4 different resorts and a golf course.

Three of the resorts are “regular” resort hotels (and 2 of them, the Waldorf Astoria and the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek offer some on-site perks), and one is a timeshare comprised of apartment-style units which are available to rent/book through their owners.

Transportation is provided by the 3 resort hotels; however, a car or using Uber/Lyft/taxi is recommended if staying here as transportation is not as regular as what you’d find if staying on-site.

And, in the case of Wyndham Bonnet Creek (the timeshare option), the transportation costs to use and must be reserved in advanced.

Bonnet Creek Resort Area

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

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Waldorf Astoria Orlando

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Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

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Wyndham Bonnet Creek

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Other Popular Off-site Options

Other offsite options

SpringHill Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings

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TownePlace Suites by Marriott Orlando at Flamingo Crossings

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Villas of Grand Cypress

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