Laundry at your Resort
Doing laundry while on vacation is not number one on your list of things that you want to see and do. However, given the unpredictable Florida weather and the airline baggage fees, Guests may find that they have no choice but to take time away from park touring to do a load or two of laundry. The Walt Disney World Resort realized that Guests would like to be able to do something while they were doing their wash so, at many of the Walt Disney World Resorts, the laundry facilities are located next to the main swimming pool or the quiet pool(s). Knowing that I am able to swim while washing clothes does seem to take a little of the sting out of the fact that I am doing chores while on vacation.
DIStracted Tip: An assortment of laundry detergent, fabric softeners and dryer sheets are sold in vending machines located in the laundry room. I bring my own from home as it is much cheaper than buying it onsite.
Makeover with Internet-Connected Machines
As was reported by Lisa S. in her article, This is not your Stepmother’s Laundromat, the laundry rooms received an interior makeover and have been outfitted with internet-connected machines. While there are still a few coin operated machines in some of the laundry rooms, most machines require the use of a debit card (one that does not require a PIN) or credit card. The cost for one load is $2.50 per washer and $2.50 per dryer. The new machines also offer quicker cycles that reduce wash time and increased capacity for larger items. I did notice that I was able to put more items of clothing into the machines and I only had to use one dryer cycle for our clothes, even the load with the heavier cargo shorts.
During our recent two-week stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, I had the opportunity to try out the new machines and shot a video of how you make your machine selection. Thanks to my fellow Magical DIStracted team member, Rachel H. for the video editing.
Once your selections have been made, you place your clothes in the washer or dryer number that you selected. The machine numbers are clearly marked:
The washers are in a single line on each side and the dryers are stacked along the back wall of the laundry room.
Once you have started the machine(s), you can log onto the www.laundryview.com/disneyworld site. Immediately, you can check the status of your wash. Once you are on the laundryview.com site, you find your resort and click on the laundry facility that you wish to use. For example: There are six laundry rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort. I clicked on Caribbean Beach Resort and the drop down box lists all six villages. Click on the appropriate village and it will show you something very similar to the picture below. I took a screenshot of the status check that I made after logging on. You may also notice in the screenshot that you can see what washers and dryers are open prior to even going down to the laundromat.
Knowing that my laundry still had X amount of minutes to be done allowed me time to do other things. I knew that I had plenty of time to go over to Old Port Royale and pick up the items that we had sent to Package Pickup. If a Guest wants to go back to their room to take a quick nap or shower, they can check the status from their phone or laptop. It’s easy as can be!
I am not the kind of gal who is blown away by the latest high-tech gadgets or gizmos. But, the new internet-connected machines that Walt Disney World has installed made me a happy girl. No need to get out of the pool or rush your drink at Banana Cabana Pool Bar to check on the washer. No having to go down to the laundry room to see if the dryer had finished tumbling. I give the new laundry facilities two thumbs up!