Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Making a plan to visit the "Happiest Place on Earth"? You are not alone. Walt Disney World in Florida has continued to be one of the most iconic theme parks in the entire world since its opening in 1971. Disney World’s four sub-parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom – are home to over 50 rides, Insider reported. The allure is undeniable, with over 12 million guests reportedly visiting Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in 2021, according to Statista.

Though the numbers might be intimidating, we’ve got tips, tricks, and secrets to help you plan your best Walt Disney World trip. If braving the crowds feels like a barrier between you and your trip to the park, you may want to ignore all of our reasons for visiting Disney World at Christmas, one of its busiest seasons. Perhaps, you are simply looking for the perfect place to stay while visiting Disney World. With over 30,000 hotel rooms on the property, the theme park can accommodate all the guests seeking to make family-friendly memories. Plus, staying at a Disney hotel has some extra perks that could make your trip even easier.

Guests at Disney’s hotels have free access to Disney transportation

Disney's monorail at the park

While Orlando, Florida, has plenty of hotel rooms for guests wanting to partake in the magic of Disney World, you should consider staying at a Disney hotel for some key benefits that could make your trip significantly less stressful. Those who stay at Disney hotels have total access to Disney transportation across all four theme parks, according to the Disney World website. Whether you choose to go by bus, boat, or monorail, these complimentary transportation options will get you across Disney’s vast property with little time and effort, and at no extra cost.

Some Disney resorts and hotels are within walking distance of the parks. Both Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Beach Club Resort are close to EPCOT, cutting back on any transportation fees. After a long day of rides, you will be able to conveniently walk to many restaurants in the area that are located around the park. The only thing that could make a long day of exploring better is the fact that you don’t have to worry about parking or transportation back to your hotel room at the end of the night.

Get early access to the parks when you stay at a Disney hotel

The "Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind" ride at Disney World

The allure of Disney World is obvious, displayed by the millions of visitors who explore its four theme parks throughout the year. If skipping the long lines and avoiding crowds are major priorities for you, staying at a Disney Resort hotel could be the best option for you and your family. According to Kim Swanson, a travel agent with Magical Moments Vacations, the "early morning magic hours" Disney Resort guests have access to can completely alter your Disney experience, per Good Housekeeping.

The long lines that most have to wait in throughout the day haven’t begun during these early hours. "By making the most of this extra half an hour, we got on the following rides very quickly with most of them being a straight walk on: Avatar Flight of Passage and Navi River Journey at Animal Kingdom, Rise of the Resistance, and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Hollywood Studios, and Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom," Phil Dengler of The Vacationer told Good Housekeeping.