Heading to the Walt Disney World Resort? Consider Staying at a Disney Springs Resort

Often, when we and other Disney fan sites on the web look to cover the best places to stay in Walt Disney World, we often look at some of Disney’s biggest and grandest resorts in the area, but sometimes that comes at the expense of other truly spectacular areas in the resort, and beyond. One great area that deserves more attention is the Disney Springs area and the Disney Springs Resorts, and these offer a fantastic alternative for Disney fans looking to stay on-property while still keeping on-budget, and certainly deserves a look for your next visit.

The Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels are located at the very edge of Walt Disney World property, and unlike the rest of the hotels on Disney property, these hotels are not Disney-themed, and one of the biggest downsides of this is that these hotels don’t partake in Disney’s exclusive Extra Magic Hours, which offer additional time in the Disney theme park for those staying on-property. Despite those two downsides, the ability to stay on-property at far more affordable prices, but still offering quality service, is an experience certainly helpful for more cost-effective vacations.

Recently, we made our way out to Walt Disney World to check out what the Disney Springs Resort area had to offer, and we were not disappointed. To experience it, we reached out to the DoubleTree by Hilton Suites, who were extremely helpful in assisting us and setting up this story and experience to share with you. While these hotels may not be Disney-owned, what’s clear is that the Disney experience certainly isn’t lost on your way out of the theme parks, and the hotel crew wastes no time in going out of their way to assist their guests. The hotel prominently displays their Disney pride, making this the best way to experience your vacation, especially for those not looking for the extravagant experience of staying at one of Disney’s larger owned resorts but still within distance of the Disney theme parks, and just mere minutes from Disney Spring’s shopping complex. With such a great location and service at affordable prices, there’s really an endless amount of benefits to be had by staying in this area, and from the first-hand experience, the DoubleTree by Hilton Suites.

Therefore, the DoubleTree by Hilton Suites is certainly a lot simpler than most of the hotels in the Disney area, but this doesn’t detract from the fact that it is a wonderful and beautiful hotel. The rooms are spacious and clean, and everything is well-organized and cared for. There are beautiful amenities like their stunning outdoor pool, or their excellent breakfast, and in-hotel grocery store. Another added bonus is that each hotel in the Disney Springs area has a Disney gift shop built into the hotel. DoubleTree’s gift shop is significantly small, but it makes a good stop for a quick Disney-themed gift on your way out. Additionally, each hotel sells tickets to the Disney theme parks (and Disney only) so purchasing extra days or extra passes for the parks are as quick and easy as going to the front desk. Most importantly, the team went above and beyond in their attempts to be as helpful as possible and to provide us with the best experience we could have asked for, which by far is the most important element of any vacation to Walt Disney World.

Of course, the best part about staying at the Disney Springs area is its location and transportation abilities. Because you’re staying on Disney property, transportation to and from the parks is efficient and easy, and the best part of all, you have the ability to leave your car at the hotel and avoid Disney’s pesky daily parking fees. Disney Springs offers free transportation to and from each theme park every thirty minutes beginning one hour prior to park opening and ending one hour after park closing. For those looking to cut back on their car-renting expenses or simply visiting without a car, the resort makes getting to the parks fast and easy, and far more cost-effective. While many off-property hotels also offer shuttles to and from the Disney parks, none of them offer as frequently as the Disney on-property resorts do, making staying here an extra bonus, and the travel time is significantly shorter than its off-property competition.

Map of the distance between DoubleTree Suites by Hilton and the Walt Disney World theme parks. Photo courtesy of DoubleTree.

There are some downsides to staying at the DoubleTree in Disney Springs, and one of the biggest is that the hotel includes a cost to park your car in the hotel parking lot, at $20 per day for self-parking and $26 for valet. There are also added expenses, like the hotel breakfast, which is also at an additional $20 for each morning. It is a bit inconvenient for the more basic areas of your stay to have to be at an additional cost, especially for something as basic as parking your car outside the hotel overnight. However, for those visiting without a car, and plan to rely on Walt Disney World transportation, luckily, you can avoid those small extra costs.

Often, in a resort complex filled with over thirty hotel options, the spectacular work of the Disney Springs Resort Area hotels gets overshadowed, and in the near future, we hope to have the ability to bring attention to many more of the hotel experiences in the area. In the meantime, we’re thrilled to commend the work and accommodations provided by the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, and for that reason, we certainly recommend staying at this wonderful hotel on your next visit, especially if you’re hoping to stay as cost-effective as possible and within proximity of the Walt Disney World Resort. The DoubleTree is a beautiful and delightful hotel tucked in the corner of the property of what makes up Walt Disney World, and there’s much to love about this hotel. Therefore, we thank the DoubleTree Hotel for extending their hospitality to us so that we could showcase their excellent help and service, and for all their help and their wonderful property and amenities, we recommend that you consider a stay at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton on your next Walt Disney World visit.

For more information, visit the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton’s website right here. 

 

Photo courtesy of DoubleTree Suites by Hilton

 

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