Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando is known as the most magical place on earth, and for good reason. Bursting with entertainment, live shows, musical performances, thrilling rides, character meet and greets and fun-filled water parks, a holiday here is unforgettable.
Our Disney villas are within their own fun-filled resorts between 13-20 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, meaning you’re far enough out of the hustle and bustle of the parks but close enough that you can easily get to and from them. Plus, with on-site activities like tennis and golf, communal pools, spas and club houses – there’s plenty to get up to outside of the theme parks. And if you’d like to hire a car for your holiday, just give our friendly concierge team a shout – we would recommend hiring a car for ease of getting around Orlando, as well as to and from the parks (and in order to stock up on groceries!) as our Disney villas are all a short distance from the various theme parks.
Why visit Walt Disney World Resort?
It’s completely magical: imagine seeing your child’s face when they see their favourite character or go on a ride from their favourite film!
Great for all ages: it isn't just for school-age kids, babies can enjoy some of the rides and the performances, and there are plenty of rides and shows that adults will love.
Style and character are everything at Oliver’s Travels, and our collection of handpicked Disney villas have this in spades.
We have destination experts who know the ins and outs of all our regions, picking villas that aren’t only unique, but also in the best locations. What's more, our villas are 100% family-friendly, and have the ‘wow’ factor.
Our helpful concierge team are on-hand to make your stay extra special. Whether you want a fully-stocked fridge, a local in-house chef to cook your meals, housekeeping or any other extra service – consider them your holiday genie, who will happily grant your wishes.
Once you’ve bought your flights for your family holiday to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, the excitement finally sets in. But it’s also such a big trip, and we understand how hard it can be to get all the information you’re looking for. So, we scoured the internet to find some of the most asked questions and pulled them all together into one handy, easy-to-reach place.
Walt Disney World Resort is the same size as Greater Manchester, so in other words it's HUGE. To experience all 6 parks, you'd need at least 7 days minimum. That's a day per park, plus an extra day to re-visit some of your favorite attractions at the end. The extra day can also be used to have a day off from the park to partake in other Florida-based activities including Gatorland, Everglades Airboat Adventure, Wonderworks etc.
The weather in Walt Disney World Resort is warm year-round. It's particularly hot in the summer months, so it's best to visit between December - May. August is the wettest month of the year (7.32 inches), and although Walt Disney World Resort is rarely affected by hurricanes, Hurricane Season is between June and November. It's worth noting that they are all-weather parks, so there are plenty of activities and things to do if it rains.
There are lockers at Walt Disney World Resort, and they can be rented at $10 a day for small lockers, $12-$15 a day for large lockers and you can rent a jumbo locker at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot for $15 a day.
It's customary to tip at Walt Disney World Resort, but usually only when service staff carry your luggage, or if you've had table dining service - just make sure to check the gratuity has not already been added to your bill before you tip.
Yes! This time of year is particularly magical at Walt Disney World Resort, with various performances, decorations, firework shows and holiday dining options.
Best time to go
It’s busier than usual during major worldwide public holidays (i.e. Halloween), due to an increase in separate ticketed events (i.e. Mickey’s Not So Scary Party). Customers should be aware that Walt Disney World Resort will close one of the water parks for maintenance from October to March.
December to April are the best months to visit the parks as the temperatures are pleasant, but not too hot, you avoid the busy summer crowds (unless you go in half-term) and the weather is dry.
What are the Walt Disney World Resort parks?
Magic Kingdom Park
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Getting there and around
Getting to Walt Disney World Resort requires a little bit of forward planning, particularly when you’re staying outside of the parks. We recommend hiring a car for ease of getting around – which our concierge team can help you with.
Some resorts offer complimentary shuttle service to the parks, however for the most part, we highly recommend you hire a car to get around. If you'd like further resort-specific information, head over to our Florida page.
You're able to get the LYNX bus service to suburbs around Orlando, as well as taxis, Uber or Lyft. LYNX buses will drop you off at Disney's Transportation & Ticket Centre, and then you can take the park's monorail, ferry or bus to the entrance point.
You can walk between the MGM Studios and Epcot; however, the other parks aren't within walking distance of each other and you'd need to take advantage of the bus, monorail and ferry options at the parks.
How do you get around Walt Disney World Resort?
Walt Disney World Resort offers various transport options to get between their parks – you can use the bus, monorail (although it doesn’t cover an extensive network) and even water taxis and ferries.
Family and kids
Your family trip to Walt Disney World Resort is, more often than not, for the kids (that’s what we have to tell ourselves, even though we’re secretly super excited.) But it’s hard to know what age your child should be before you take them to experience the magic. Here we talk about which park is good for what age, how to find the characters and more practical info about stroller rental.
Both children and adults can have a great time at Walt Disney World Resort, no matter their age! But the best age to take your child is around 6/7 years old - as they're big enough for most rides, and young enough to be fully immersed in the magic!
The easiest and least time-consuming way to meet Disney characters is by either booking a meetup in advance with a Fastpass ticket, or by booking a character meal. There's also a My Disney Experience app that you can download for the whole experience - including where and when to meet the characters (there's free WiFi in the parks.) You can also pay for a private meet and greet session if you wish, although this isn't cheap.
You can rent strollers from Walt Disney World Resort, which has single and double options. A single stroller works out at $15 a day and a double stroller is $31 a day. You can save money by renting them for the length of your stay - single strollers $13 a day and double at $27.
Which Disney park is best for kids?
All the parks are suitable for children of all ages. Magic Kingdom Park is extra special, as this is where most Walt Disney World Resort characters can be found.
And for adults?
Disney’s Hollywood Studios for thrilling rides and Epcot for food.
Whether you (or your little ones) have always wanted to act like you're on an action-packed film set, are besotted with every - and all - animals, or more about screaming and throwing your arms about on a crazy rollercoaster, we've highlighted each park and what they're all about below.
This is exactly what it says in the name – it’s a kingdom full of magic! From character meet and greets to thrilling rides (some suitable for babies) and special after-hours, this is the go-to park for the whole family!
Divided into two parts – Future World and World Showcase - Epcot was imagined by Walt Disney to be a futuristic city and has been reimagined with lots of cleverly designed structures and attractions – with a few rides thrown in for good measure.
The biggest park of them all, with over 1700 animals in their natural habitats. Find festivals, entertainment, safaris and rides as well as exotic animals – a great day out for family members young and old.
ON THE GATE: A 1-day ticket on the gate can cost anywhere from $116 - $249. Our Walt Disney World Resort 7-day ticket costs £469. That’s £67 a day, saving you (depending on the exchange rate) at least £49 a day, most of the time more.
BUYING TICKETS ONLINE: Our supplier doesn't require deposits, whereas most online brokers do at roughly £25 per person. We won’t charge you amendment fees or cancellation fees (on 90% of our product – few exceptions apply) whereas, online brokers offer this at a price of typically £25. Finally, we offer free delivery for all gate ready real-turnstile tickets, whereas other online brokers charge for such a service, depending on the delivery class. This can be up to £13 for next day delivery.
*Please note these prices are subject to change at any time without notice
Yes, tickets are cheaper after 4pm. We can help you organise after-hours tickets for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park, where you can take advantage of little-to-no-wait for popular rides and character greetings. Ice cream, popcorn and select beverages are also all included with these tickets.
Walt Disney World Resort does not offer senior citizen discounts. However, you may be able to find discounts and offers via your own senior citizen membership groups.
Do you need more information about tickets?
Just contact Amelia, our expert on anything related to Walt Disney World Resorts, and she will be happy to help.
We have a great collection of stylish villas in resorts near Disney, most within a short drive from the parks. All resorts have lots of activities and facilities on-site, such as clubhouses and pools, so when you’ve had a big day exploring Walt Disney World Resort, you can come back and chill out in your private villa or in the resort’s communal facilities. This is perfect when you’re ready to escape the busy crowds and retreat somewhere a little more relaxing… it’s the best of both worlds, and great for a big family holiday!
Keep reading to find out more about our resorts.
More information about our Disney Resorts:
Below you will find information about our resorts, and you can read even further by clicking in each of them, but if you want some extra information about them and about the region, check our Florida page.
Distance to Walt Disney World Resort: 17 miles Includes: Clubhouse (restaurant & lounge), 24-hour gated security, 2 swimming pools, water slide, lighted tennis courts, fitness centre, and golf club with an 18-hole championship course.
Distance to Walt Disney World Resort: 9.3 miles Includes: Clubhouse, waterpark, communal pool with private cabanas and poolside bar, spa, fitness centre, tennis and basketball courts, volleyball, and golf courses (National and International courses designed by Greg Norman.)
Distance to Walt Disney World Resort: 7.1 miles (complimentary shuttle service) Includes: Waterpark, sports courts, soccer field, kid’s play area and splash zone, pool centre and family-friendly restaurant.