Walt Disney World Resort Removing Alarm Clocks from All Resort Hotel Rooms

We all know that a Walt Disney World Resort vacation revolves around time. There are reservations you can't miss, FastPass+ times you must make, and 3 o'clock parades. Time is money at Disney. Regardless, Disney is reportedly removing all alarm clocks from the hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club Villas.

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We first heard about this when a co-worker checked in to Disney's Contemporary Resort and discovered there was no clock in the room. After a call to the front desk she was told that clocks were available by request only.

After a little more investigation (and a phone call to DVC Member Services) it was confirmed that Disney is in fact removing clocks from all hotel rooms and DVC Villas. Guests can still request a clock/radio for their room.

Perhaps the clock removal has something to do with the fact that a majority of guests have smartphones, tablets, and other devices that are used as alarm clocks. But if you really need a clock in your room you'll need to bring one from home or request one at the hotel.

What do you think about the reported removal of clocks from all Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms? Let us know in the comments.

Brittany Marten wrote on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 20:31:

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Makes perfect sense to me! I was at Pop last month and noticed the same thing. Im sure maids are also getting tired of having to replug in and reset alarms clocks that are unplugged by guests wanted to use the outlets for phones and such!

MojraL wrote on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:08:

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Great! I always use my phone as an alarm clock, and the alarm clock on the nightstand just takes up space and gives the kids something to play with. (Have you ever had an alarm clock blasting at 3:00 AM, because the kids had set it while playing?)

Dennis wrote on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:00:

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Vacations are like college, no classes before ten.
Plan your vacation right and there is no need for early rising!! Lol

Kevin H wrote on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:20:

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I don't use the alarm but I like looking over for the time. Maybe a simple clock with a bunch of USB charging ports.

Summer wrote on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:38:

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Ridiculous. I think the majority of people use clocks to tell time, not just for alarms. Of course I use my phone if I need to set an alarm because I'm already familiar with how it works, but if I'm way over in the vanity area of the room getting ready for the day or a dinner, I'd much rather be able to glance over my shoulder at a clock to make sure I'm on time rather than walk across the room to find my phone to check it. Same goes for waking up in the middle of the night wondering what time it is...I'd much rather peek open one eye, see the time and go back to sleep rather than fumble around for my phone, drop it, maybe knock something else off the nightstand, and then light up the phone (and half the room) to see the time.

Ana wrote on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:45:

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I agree with some of the previous comments. I've been an Annual pass holder for years. I've always used my iPhone to wake me up. That clock takes up outlet space to plug in your phone. If anything you can always call the front desk and set up a "wake up call". If you have an iPhone and it's plugged into the outlet, you can always just say hey Siri what time is it? And Siri will tell you without having to look at any clocks or phone. Let's embrace technology and just move forward. Also watches are still being sold if you still need to see a time.

SteveS wrote on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:50:

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Stayed at the Contemporary Resort in early January and we did not like this change. I agree that many people are now using the alarm clock on their personal devices, but it's still nice to be able to just look at a clock for the current time. It was really annoying to have to pick up the phone just to check the time.

Ron wrote on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 14:58:

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I prefer to use the wake up call service. Nothing like havingMickey, Goofy or Stitch wake me up and get me ready for the parks.

Lita wrote on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 15:56:

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This will conserve lots of energy.

eric wrote on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 16:59:

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They should put up real mickey mouse clocks on the wall. Then sell them in the Disney store. It promotes time management with a little bit of mickey...

Susan B wrote on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 19:50:

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I think it's fine ... I'm one that always unplugged it to use the outlet for my iPhone/iPad/iPod. I do hope they replace it with a docking type plug in station for all the smartphones, tablets, etc. I would love to see a few plug-ins on the nightstand!

Theresa wrote on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 23:44:

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I recently stay on property and had to ask for a clock. I don't have phone with an alarm. The housekeeping staff acted like I was nuts for wanting an alarm clock. Just leave the clocks in the room!

kristy wrote on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 00:27:

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I personally dont agree with it. I was at WDW for 2 weeks November 2015 in which the clock had already been removed from the room and it was very inconvenient to soley have to rely on my phone for time or an alarm. The option was not given to me to request one for my room. It was also not informed to me upon making my reservation that if I wanted one I had to bring one from home. Granted I probably would have used my cell phone as an alarm anyways, in my opinion it just shows WDW's lack of respect for the guests that visit the resort.

Connie Phillips wrote on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 01:22:

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Stayed at Polynesian Village Resort last week and no clock was in the room. Disney Cruise Lines seem to have removed clocks from the ships as well. The Disney Dream had no clocks in our stateroom. Not my favorite thing to have to look at my phone for the time instead of a clock!

DonnaB wrote on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 03:06:

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I'll miss the radio! After years of hubby's shift work when the radio blocked outside noise, it's almost a necessity to sleep! As for outlets, we bring a multiple USB charger that handles 4-6 devices at once and only requires one outlet.

Claire T wrote on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 12:45:

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This may come as a total surprise to Disney and everyone saying this is a great idea, but i used the clock to see what time it was! Whether it was coming back from the pool, or if i got up in the middle of the night. I had one of the rooms with the clock gone and it was a pain to find my phone all the time.

LF wrote on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 15:02:

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I this is so stupid. They are removing them because they claim to many people have smartphones, ipads, tablets and other devices to tell the time, but while I do have a cell phone myself and a computer, not every single person in the world has a phone or the other devices like tablets and ipads. Believe it or not there are people that do still exist in this world that do not have cell phones and they don't go around appearing to be talking to themselves because their head isn't glued to some stupid bluetooth device. Here they are telling you that you need to request one from the front desk, but what they don't tell you here is there is most likely a hidden charge which will come up on your resort bill later as probably showing "1 ALARM CLOCK RENTAL:$20" or something outlandish like that. They also say that you should bring your alarm clock with you from home but now airlines can charge as much as $75 for overweight luggage and a tiny alarm clock might not seem like very much weight but when you have a suitcase that is already jammed packed full of clothes, shoes and other stuff, that little old clock can just push your baggage weight over the limit and then you'll find yourself having to dish out that extra money because of it, money that could of been used it WDW to buy yourself a Disney sweater or your kid a Donald Duck toy or something but is now being forked over to the person checking your luggage instead and he/she will most likely use it to buy their lunch with that same day. It makes one think is WDW and the the people who work at the airport or doing this together just as a way of getting more money out of a costumer who is already shelling out thousands of dollars to begin with. it's like they have to squeeze out every single penny from us. Just another ridiculous way of separating the costumer from their hard earned money. Might as well have a machine that grabs the customer upside down by the ankles and shakes them until everything falls out of their pockets....keys, phone, loose change, wallet, credit cards, etc..............

Laughing@whiners wrote on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 05:00:

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Good now maybe the early magic hours wont be so packed because people will sleep in. If you dont like it dont come to Disney anymore!!!

IslandHighlander wrote on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:21:

We just wrapped up a vacation stay at Bay Lake, and we still had a clock in our room. I personally don't care for the removal of clocks from resort rooms. I don't think it will save much on power, as all the devices that are brought (tablets, phones, cameras, etc) are still being plugged in, with the adaptors being left plugged in sometimes for the entire vacation. But it does seem to be a sign of the times, as that is in fact what many people do now. Kind of like the discussion many people are having over Magic Bands...my niece and nephew hated having to wear something on their wrist. I asked them how it was any different than wearing a wristwatch, to which they replied 'Who wears a wristwatch?'... Again, it just seems that it's more normal today to pull out your phone to check the time than glance at your wrist, or a wall. If you give me an alarm clock, I promise I'll use it...

Rich K wrote on Fri, 02/12/2016 - 22:10:

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We just got back from vacation at Boardwalk Villa. I thought the clock was just missing and called housekeeping who told me that clocks were by request only now. I think it is so stupid. First of all, as DVC owners, I'm paying for a fully furnished villa, and that should include a clock. First thing I do when I arrive is set my alarm for the morning. I don't llike 'wake up' calls and I don't know how or want to learn to set my alarm on my phone, which by that way is a pre paid account. I also think it makes Disney look cheap when every hotel you go into has a clock in the room.

ElaineC wrote on Wed, 02/17/2016 - 15:38:

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I'm glad that a clock can be requested if you want one. I don't care about the alarm since I am an early riser and never schedule anything too early at Disney, but I want the clock so that when I wake up during the night I can easily see what time it is. I don't want to have to fumble around for my glasses, put them on, then fumble around for my phone to see what time it is. By then I've woken someone else up! I'm old school and not tied to my phone at all.

kathy hettrich wrote on Fri, 07/28/2017 - 19:55:

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ive gone to disney for the past 4 years and found no clock in the rooms i didnt know why and found out that they took them out because it seams that everyone but me have computers, cell phones etc. i need the clock because i have to take medication early in the morning and i need to set it for a eary time with out having to have a wakeup call from the front desk please tell disnsey that not everyone has a cell phone me included. from a 60 year old women who needs the clock for convenenice. thank you

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