Why I’m Using a VPN at Disney World

Planning a trip to Disney World?  I have the pleasure of spending New Year’s with my family in Orlando.  We’re staying at a Disney resort, Port Orleans French Quarter, and the Wi-Fi connection has been great so far.  In fact all of the Disney resorts now offer free Wi-Fi for their guests.

Disney - Epcot

Why Do You Need a VPN Service?

As with any Wi-Fi connection you need to ensure your privacy when connected to a public network.  A VPN wil help protect your online privacy and unblock geographic restrictions for those traveling to Disney World from abroad.  For example you can connect to a server in the UK and watch BBC programming while at Disney World.

Best VPN for Disney World Resorts and Local Hotels

Since the goal is to protect your privacy while visiting Disney World I’ll recommend some leading VPN services with fast servers in the United States.  Watching videos nd streaming services like Netflix takes a VPN that offers fast, reliable connections.  All of these providers will do that.  Better yet they are all offering holiday promotions so you can save and enjoy your vacation.

RankVPN ServiceBrowser
Works onSmart
1ExpressVPNCheckboxDesktop Mobile WebCheckboxExpressVPN
2NordVPNCheckboxDesktop Mobile LinuxCheckboxNordVPN
3Private Internet AccessCheckboxDesktop MobilePIA

How to Use a VPN at Disney Resorts and Nearby Hotels

I’ll use IPVanish for the example of how to use a VPN to protect your privacy while enjoying all the wonders of Disney World. First you’ll want to download their client. IPVanish offers free software for Windows, Mac and Linux. In addition to free apps for iOS and Android.

Now that you’ve had a chance to download and install the software it’s time to connect. Launch the IPVanish client and select a server location. We’ll walk you through step by step using their Windows client.

IPVanish Map View

  • Select a server location. We chose Atlanta but IPVanish has a large network of servers located around the world.
  • We recommend you select OpenVPN (TCP) or (UDP). For streaming videos from sites like YouTube we use OpenVPN (UDP). They also support PPTP and L2TP. We still recommend OpenVPN for the best privacy protection.
  • Click connect. After a few seconds you’ll see the button at the top change to green and show “Disconnect”. You’ll also notice the server location and IP address show up at the top of the client.
  • We’re now located in the U.S. as far as anyone can tell online. As such we can reach any site as if sitting in Atlanta. The same would be true if we connected to a server in the Canada or anywhere else in the world.

That’s all there is to it. Now that you have an IP address from the IPVanish server in the US you can browse the Internet as if you were actually there. Connecting to a server in the United Kingdom would let you watch BBC programming with iPlayer.  The same is true for other countries.

As you may have guessed by now a good VPN opens access to content around the world. If you live outside the United States the service can help you access popular services like Netflix, Hulu and Pandora. You still need an account for services like Netflix but the VPN will help you watch US television shows and movies on Netflix as if you were sitting in the United States

Walt Disney World Resorts with Free Wi-Fi

Here’s a full list of Disney resorts that offer free Wi-Fi for guests:

Value Resorts:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Moderate Resorts:

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Deluxe Resorts:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Deluxe Villas

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

If you plan to stay at any of the Disney resorts listed above you’ll enjoy free Wi-Fi access in your room.  There’s no connection limit so you can enjoy the Inernet on a wide range of devices.  At the moment my family is using the Wi-Fi on a laptop, two iPads and an Android tablet.  Cheers to the Disney team as the Wi-Fi is performing great this holiday weekend.  Protect your online privacy and unblock geographic restrictions with a VPN.  Leaving you to enjoy Disney to the fullest. Please share this post with your friends so they can enjoy a magical, safe vacation. Follow us @VPNFan for the latest VPN deals.

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