Tips for Staying at the Disney Springs Hotels in Walt Disney World

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On our next trip to Walt Disney World we are going to be staying at 2 of the 7 Disney Springs Hotels instead of staying at a Disney Resort. Many people prefer to stay at Disney Springs Hotels for their cheaper prices, discounts, and proximity to Walt Disney World.  For us while cost is a huge factor something that equally important for me is the extras that you get.  Before I get ahead of myself I wanted to first let you know where we will be staying when visiting Walt Disney World later this month.

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Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort – Directly across the street from Disney Springs the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista stands tall above most other Disney World Orlando hotels. They offer a shuttle to all things Disney, a character breakfast in their Lakeview Restaurant 3 days a week, family-friendly amenities like the Oasis Aquatic Playground, and a yummy Bar & Grill on property.

Many of my friends have stayed here and love this resort! They come back year after year and I for one am looking forward to checking this place out.

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Also on this trip we are staying at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area. Located just a short walk from everything the Disney Springs Area has to offer, as well as several Orlando attractions, Disney Golf courses and shopping. This newly remodeled hotel in Disney Springs puts you in the center of it all. A friend told me I needed to try the 1805 Angus burger from Palm Breezes and I am really looking forward to checking it out.

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Here is a list of all 7 Disney Springs Hotels:

Ok now that I have the Hotels I will be staying at in Disney Springs I am going to move on to our Tips for Staying at a Disney Springs Hotels in Walt Disney World:

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Savings – I am going to start with something just about all of us worry about and that is finances, unless you won the lottery or is named Bob Iger when you go to Disney you want to save money. With the cost of Annual Passes, Tables in Wonderland, and Parking going up making your dollar go further is important to your Disney Vacation. Unlike the Disney World Resorts most hotels in Disney Springs has some sort of Free Dining.

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort has a Kids Eat Free option. 

The Kids Eat Free Package at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, includes overnight room accommodations for up to four people and you can save $30 per breakfast on the wonderful breakfast buffet in our restaurant with this package. You receive a free daily breakfast buffet for two children (age 11 and under) with the purchase of one paying adult. This includes the Disney Character Breakfast at the resort on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.


at the Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area they also have a kids eat free option.

Kids 12 and under Eat Free when ordering from the “Rainforest Adventure” Menu. Breakfast: 7am to 11am Dinner: 6pm to 11pm

So saving a meal a day is a good start, none of the Disney Hotels have free meals!


Location – All of the Disney Springs resorts are centrally located on Disney Property. If you have ever stayed at Saratoga Springs or Old Key West you will know how close these resorts are to the theme parks. All of the Disney Springs hotels offer Free Transportation to the Disney Parks (Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios & Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park) every 30 minutes. Buses pick up just outside the front of the hotel. There is also an evening shuttle to the Disney Springs Area or you can just walk.

The only problem you might run into is getting to these resorts from the airport, but no worries I got you covered.

You can get a rental car to and from the Orlando airport. I have used Thrifty and Budget many times with no issues. You can make reservations on any of the travel sites like Priceline or Expedia.

Take a Taxi. You can just walk off your plane and just jump in a cab and be on your way to any of the Disney Springs Hotels. Unfortunately Uber is not at the Orlando Airport yet. There is some sort of contract disputes right now so a cab is your only option.

I use Mears shuttle service to any non Disney Hotel I stay at. They are safe, comfortable, and affordable. They will run you about $20 each way or you will get a discount if you do a round trip. While I know this is not free Disney Transportation the savings you get from your room makes up for it.

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Rooms – Many of us don’t spend a ton of times in our rooms. I am long enough to drop off my luggage, set up my laptop and then I am off to the parks or Disney Springs. I mean I can lay around a room at home but I don’t always get to Disney as much as I would like. While the Disney theming is cute and don’t get me wrong I love the Disney Hotels sometimes the theming is wasted on me. One thing I do like is a room with a view. Many of the Disney Springs hotels offer beautiful Disney views, if you happen to be at the hotel at night you might even be lucky enough to see Wishes off in the distance or even Illuminations.

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Here is a money saving tip… Many times the Disney Springs Hotels will offer discounted rates or give you a discounted room if you are a AAA member. When I am trying to decide which hotel I stay at I will check the pricing on Priceline or first then go to the actual hotel website to see if they have a special that meets or beats the big name travel sites price. For example the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort has a special Advance Purchase Package where if you book 7 days or more prior to your trip you will receive a 20% discount off their best available rate.

Also I like to post many specials the Disney Springs Hotels are running throughout the year. Here are a few.

Convenience – Did you know that since many of the Disney Springs Hotels are on Disney Property they offer the Disney Souvenir Delivery service? Any gift purchased in any Disney store (NOT kiosk) can be sent to your hotel. This prevents you from having to carry purchases throughout the park. It usually takes about 1 to 2 business days for the items to reach the hotel, depending on how busy they are. Pretty cool huh?

Overall the Disney Springs Hotels are a great place to stay. They are located close to everything Walt Disney World has to offer. If you can land one of the specials they are running you will save a TON of money. Then you can use that money for souvenirs, dole whips, or even for another trip back to Walt Disney World.

Have you stayed at any of the Downtown Disney / Disney Springs Hotels? Which one was it? Let us know how you liked it in the comment box below.


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