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Hotel options for Disney World abound. You can stay at a Disney resort, you can stay on property at the Swan or Dolphin, which get some Disney hotel perks but aren't operated by Disney, you can stay on property at other hotels, or you can stay off property, including at a Good Neighbor Hotel. Each of these options will have ways to book using points. In this post, we go through the options and give a quick overview of each. This post and its companion posts are always in development, so check back for more!
Booking the Swan and Dolphin with Starpoints or Marriott Points
Booking a stay at the Swan or Dolphin with points is your most straightforward option of getting a Disney experience with points. That's because those hotels are actually owned and operated by Starwood, now a part of Marriott. This is, for example, why you'll book room-only bookings through the Swan and Dolphin websites, and not the Disney World website. We have a guide to booking the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin with points.
Pros of this Method: Swan & Dolphin are great hotels with most Disney benefits. Good value using Marriott points this way. Points are easy to get.
Cons of this Method: This only works at Swan & Dolphin, which are not owned by Disney.
Credit Cards Involved: Primary cards involved are
Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards cards can be helpful, too.
Typical Nightly Rate: 50,000 points per night
Booking Hotels Near Disney Through Chase Travel Portal
The Chase portal varies in which hotels it shows, but there are a wide variety of hotels near Disney World that can be booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards points.
Pros of this Method: You'll get more than 1 cent per points and these points are easy to earn.
Cons of this Method: This isn't the best use of your Chase Ultimate Reward points. Cannot book Disney-operated hotels.
Credit Cards Involved
Chase Ink Cash/Business Preferred
Typical Nightly Rate: 10,000 points for value resort, 30,000 and up for deluxe resorts
Book Three Disney Springs Hotels With Hilton Points
The Disney Springs hotels got a big boost heading into 2018, as it was announced they would have access to Extra Magic Hours. Moreover, when booked as part of a vacation package (see "Cons" below), you'll get access to a 60-day window for booking Fastpass+ (which can be quite important), instead of 30 days. Three Disney Springs Hotels are Hilton Hotels:
As Hilton hotels, these hotels can be booked using Hilton points.
Pros of this Method: Hilton points aren't too difficult to come by. Disney Springs hotels usually are considered better hotels (dollar for dollar) than the Disney hotels. You'll have access to Extra Magic Hours.
Cons of this Method: Redemption options aren't stellar value unless you have a lot of Hilton points already. You won't get the 60-day Fastpass+ window that you'd get by booking a vacation package.
Credit Cards Involved: Hilton Honors Card from American Express, Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express; Other American Express Membership Rewards Cards can be helpful. Citi ThankYou cards can also be helpful.
All Your Other Disney World Planning Questions Answered
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Just starting out? Check out our Walt Disney World planning guide! If you're still picking dates, we've got everything you need to know about Disney crowd calendars. For picking your hotel, check out our Walt Disney World hotels guide.
When it comes time to book, we've got you covered with posts on how to book cheap flights, how to get the best deal on your Disney hotel, and where to find discount Disney World tickets. And of course everyone wants to know whether or not they should get a Disney World dining plan!
Don't forget to master your Disney World FastPass+ strategy a few months in advance. We'll keep you out of long lines so you can maximize the magical time in the parks! We've got park-specific guides as well: Magic Kingdom FastPass, Epcot FastPass, Animal Kingdom FastPass, and Hollywood Studios FastPass.
Know what to ride with our guides to: Magic Kingdom rides, Hollywood Studios rides, Epcot rides, and Animal Kingdom rides! Plus learn about the water parks with our guide to Blizzard Beach and our guide to Typhoon Lagoon!
Finally, before you head out, be sure to check out our to-the-point packing list, 10 essentials you forget to pack for every Disney trip. And if you're interested in saving, there's no better list than our 53 Ways to Save on your Disney trip from start to finish.