Disney World May Add $15 Nightly Resort Fee to Hotel Stays

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A WDWNT reader sent the following tweet our way yesterday…

Apparently, Disney is surveying guests to see what they think of a nightly fee that would “cover” resort guest amenities such as MagicBands, Magical Express, Extra Magic Hours, etc. Of course, these are all things that have always been complimentary with your resort stay, so it would be interesting to see Disney market these items as a $15 charge every night in addition to what you are being charged for your hotel room.

I personally doubt any guest surveyed was OK with this, but Disney is at least thinking about implementing this charge in the future.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.


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  • Why wouldn’t they just up the nightly price of the room per night? Ohh, I know, so they can put the resort fee in the fine print and not on the online quoted price that doesn’t include taxes and fees. I am staying at a “value resort” when I go this year, I refuse to pay huge amounts for a bed and a shower and don’t plan on spending much time at the pool, so it seemed logical. I also looked at staying off property but priced out parking and resort fees at other nearby hotels and thought between savings on the Disney Dining (now I know that’s a joke after more research), and EMH I’d be better off in value resort than staying for free off hotel points at a nearby Marriott property. If they add a resort fee I’m absolutely staying off the property if I ever go again.

  • I wonder if the reason is anything to do with the Disney Vacation Club. They are limited to the amount annual dues can be increased each year but maybe this new charge could be imposed on owners. Have to check my contract to see exactly what it states annual dues include.

  • My daughter is 10 and we have been going since she was a year old. I see the changes each year we go and not for the better. when we first stepped foot in disney world I truly felt the magic. The cast members went out their way to make you feel special. I had been to many amusement parks in my life but Disney was top notch. Now they are starting to become a regular amusement park without the thrill rides such as six flags. I am happy I had a chance to enjoy the true Disney in past years. RIP Disney World

  • The hotels have paid for themselves at this point. They are making money or else they would not offer you tickets for 10 days at almost the 4 day rate…the longer you stay the more you spend…by taking more money out of the pocket of the customer they will reduce stay time and end up losing what they pick up in resort fees…

    When people are inside a park 15 bucks is not a huge deal, but when planning a 10 day trip they see it bc they are comparing…so let me see 5,000 for 10 days here with resort fee vs this off site place for 1,500 with no resort fees….i will deal with the hassle….