When you’re in a hotel room, you want to have all the comforts of home, only better. One of those home comforts is the towels in your room. Are they better or worse than the ones you’re used to? Are there enough of them? For those burning questions and more, here’s everything you ever wanted to know about towels at Walt Disney World.
What kind of towels can I expect to find in my WDW hotel room?
At check in, every Walt Disney World resort hotel room is stocked with a bath towel, a hand towel, and a wash cloth for the maximum number of guests allowed to stay in that room. For example, a standard guest room at the Beach Club can sleep up to five guests, so the room will be stocked with five towels, five hand towels, and five wash cloths. This is true even if only one or two people are checking into room that could theoretically sleep five.
What is the quality of the towels like?
In my opinion, they’re fine, but not fabulous. If you’re used to 6-foot-long, uber-plush bath sheets, you may be disappointed, but most folks will find the towels to be perfect serviceable.
Will I get fresh towels every day?
Usually, but there are some situations where you won’t.
The main exception to the rule that you do get fresh towels every day occurs if you’re staying in a villa-style room using Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points as your payment method (more on that in minute). Otherwise, if you want fresh towels every day, you can get them at no extra charge.
What do I do if I need more towels than are initially provided in the room?
Assuming that you’re staying in a regular, non-DVC, hotel room, you can get fresh towels any time you want or need. Just pick up your phone and touch the “housekeeping” button. A small word of warning: depending on where you’re staying, it could take while for them to bring you the extra towels. If I’ve needed more and my room is close to the hotel pool at a resort that has pool towels, I’ve been known to go down and grab a few of those pool towels as supplements for the room.
Do I have to tip the guy that brings me more towels?
You mentioned towels at the pool. Does every pool have towels?
At the moderate and deluxe level resorts, there are carts full of towels by the pool whenever the pool is open. Just take what you need.
At the value resorts, there are sometimes carts full of towels by the pool, and sometimes not. Disney goes through periods where value resort guests are asked to use their room towels at the pool. You may encounter this during your visit. If you are using your room towels at the pool, you will likely find you have the need for more towels. Just call housekeeping and ask for them.
Are the pool towels the same as the room towels?
In my experience, the pool towels are a bit smaller and less substantial than the room towels. They’re fine for drying off, but if you want to wrap yourself up, you’ll need to use several.
Is there any charge for using the towels at the pool?
What’s a towel animal?
It’s what it sounds like: an origami-esque folding of a towel or washcloth to form an animal or other creature. Sometimes the animals are made out of just towels. Other times the animals are put together with rubber bands, tape, or pipe cleaners, which make them more sturdy and portable.
My towel animal is cute! Who put it there?
Your housekeeper did. Towel animals are one of those little extras that make a Disney hotel stay so fun.
Will I definitely get a towel animal in my room?
In my experience, there are often, but by no means always, towel animals left in Disney hotel rooms. My personal towel animal hit rate is about 60% yes. Your mileage may vary.
Can I do anything to increase my odds of getting a towel animal?
You’ll some find anecdotal evidence among Disney fans that leaving a tip for your housekeeper will increase your odds of getting a towel animal. Personally, any time I’ve gotten a towel animal in my room, it was there when I checked in, with no possibility of a tip influencing it either way.
If I get a towel animal in my room, can I keep it?
I’ve asked many different hotel cast members about this including housekeepers, housekeeping managers, and front desk staff. The word is that, yes, you can keep your towel animal. Cool!
Drat, I got one in my room once, but didn’t know I could keep it. Any tips on how to make towel animals at home?
There are actually several books about this topic including: The Lost Art of Towel Origami, How to Make a Towel Monkey and Other Cruise Ship Favorites, and Towel Folding 101. If you’re crafty, this could be a nice way to add a little Disney magic to your home world.
Since I can keep towel animals, does this mean I can keep other towels from my room too?
Um, that would stealing. So, no.
Are there towels at the water parks?
Towels are available to rent at the water parks. If you’re flying to Walt Disney World, towel rental is usually your best option.
How much does it cost to rent a water park towel?
Prices can change, but the current fee is $2.00 per towel. Think of it this way, if renting towels saves you money over a checked baggage fee, then you’re ahead of the game.
What are the water park rental towels like?
They’re pretty much like the pool towels at your resort: standard thin-ish white bath towels.
Can you bring your room towels to the water parks?
You probably could, but this would be a bit of a pain, particularly if you’re going anywhere except your hotel either before or after you hit the water park. It’s better just to rent them there.
What if I want something more substantial to dry off with?
There are large, fluffy beach towels sold at the water parks, as well as at many theme park and resort gift shop locations. Prices start at about $15 each and rise pretty steeply from there.
There’s also new towel product, the Show No, now being sold at the Disney water parks. It’s a combo towel/coverup with the image of Mickey or Minnie. Kiddos can change underneath the Show No, eliminating one thing to do in the crowded changing rooms.
Any other suggestions?
If you happen to be thinking about replacing your home bath towels, rather than discarding your old towels at home, bring them with you to Walt Disney World. When you’re done, leave them at the hotel. As an added benefit, you now have lots of empty suitcase space to use for bringing home souvenirs.
Back to the hotel room towels, you mentioned that if you’re staying in a Disney Vacation Club villa, you won’t get fresh towels every day. What’s up with that?
Just to be clear, if you’re staying in a DVC villa and you’re paying with money, you’ll get a regular room cleaning with fresh towels, every day of your trip. If you’re in a villa and paying with money, you can call housekeeping and get more towels at any time, with no charge.
However, if you’re staying in a DVC villa and you’re paying with DVC points (your points, borrowed points, or rented points), things are totally different.
Guests paying with points will have no housekeepers enter their room on days 1-3 of their visit. On day four, you will receive “trash and towel service.” No housekeeper will enter your room again until day 8 of your visit. If you’re staying as long as 8 days, you’ll get a complete room cleaning, including new towels.
What does “trash and towel” service mean at the Disney Vacation Club Villa?
It’s pretty much what it sounds like. A housekeeper will enter your room to empty your trash cans. She will also take away your dirty/wet towels and replace them with fresh ones.
What are my options if I’m staying on DVC points and I want new towels on days 1-3 or 5-7 of my trip?
If you’re in a one, two, or three bedroom villa, then you have a washer/dryer in your room. You’re welcome to wash your room towels yourself.
If you don’t want to do this, you can call housekeeping for an “Extra Towel Package.” This consists of 4 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 4 washcloths, and one bathmat for each bathroom in your unit. There is currently a $6.00 charge for this (prices can change). The fee will be added to your resort bill.
Ugh, I’m staying at a DVC villa using points, and I don’t want to do laundry, and I don’t want to pay $6.00 for more towels. Any workarounds?
Well, as I mentioned before, there’s really nothing from stopping you pick up a few extra pool towels and using them in your room. Your housekeeper will just take them with the rest of the towels when she cleans the room.
What’s Disney’s position regarding the environmental impact of towel washing?
There will often be a little card in your bathroom explaining that there is an environmental impact to unnecessary towel washing. The card will instruct you to hang up your towel if you want to reuse it, or place it in the tub or on the floor if you want a fresh one.
In my personal experience, I find in that in regular (non-DVC) Disney hotel rooms, I am given new towels regardless of whether I hang them or leave them in the tub. You many encounter something different during your vacation.
Is there any time I would need a towel at the theme parks?
There are many situations where you’ll get damp at the parks, including two rides that have the potential to soak you to the bone (Kali River Rapids at the Animal Kingdom and Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom). If you’re planning on enjoying those attractions, you could wear a poncho to avoid some of the wet. Or, yes, it might be helpful to have a small towel in your backpack to triage your dampest areas.
Are there ever any special deals on Disney towels?
With some regularity, the gift shops in the parks and resorts will promote a special offer along the lines of, “If you spend X dollars in our store, we’ll let you buy this super cool souvenir at a great price.” Often the “super cool souvenir” is a towel. Look for signage in the shops to see if a similar offer is available at the time of your visit.
So folks, what did I miss? Are there other towel topics to discuss? Do you have any towel tips and tricks to share? Let us know in the comments below.