One of the things my husband and I love doing when we visit Walt Disney World is resort hop. We love how each resort makes you feel like you are truly in a different world. From Polynesia to Upstate New York, to an African Safari, to an animator’s studio and so much more, the Disney details are what makes these resorts so special and unique. While we usually stay at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, mainly because of the affordable price and the fun decades theming, we love visiting other resorts to experience the ambiance, even if we can’t sleep there.
That being said, resort hopping is not as easy as you think. If you are driving, it’s probably a lot easier; however, if you are staying on property and rely on Disney transportation, it can be a bit tricky. Why? Because you need to get on the bus from the resort you are staying at and go somewhere else first, like a park, Disney Springs or the Walt Disney World Ticket and Transportation Center, and then get on a bus to a different resort. Coming back, it’s the same thing. Because getting to one resort could take upwards of an hour by the time you wait for the bus and drive to where you need to go, we usually save resort hopping for our “day off” during our week stay.
Therefore, my Blue Sky Disney Imagineering concept would be a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of all the resorts. Similar to the hop-on, hop-off bus tours you find in major cities like New York City or Boston, only this one would just be to resorts. You hop on at your resort “home base” and the bus takes you to all the resorts, then you hop off at whatever resort you want, and hop back on when ready to leave.
This could be a tour at the $50-$75 range and would be offered maybe two or three times a week. Not only would this cut down on travel time, but it would allow you to see more than two resorts in a day, which is usually what we average. It also would make it really easy if you have dinner reservations at a specific resort. Just hop on a bus…no transfers.
But, it could also be a great promotional tool for Disney as well. I mean, you can get a virtual tour of the resort online, but nothing beats seeing the resort in person. For example, on one of our recent trips, we visited Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. We knew it was going to be gorgeous from photos we had seen, but our jaws dropped when we actually got to see it. It was incredible! So grandiose and beautiful.
So, Disney, if you are reading this, please, please, please consider adding this to your fantastic list of tours you already offer.
Do you resort hop when you visit WDW? What tips do you have for resort hopping? What’s your favorite resort?
(Photos from the authors’ personal collection.)
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