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javaonline
07-05-2006, 02:00 PM
Hi...I'm new here. I've been lurking for a while and checking out the boards, trying to digest all the info available on WDW. I'm planning our first Disney vacation for October. (6-13th)

I'm using hotel points to stay in a couple of hotels offsite, and I will be arriving each day in our rental car.

I'm looking for a way to save 9.00 per day on parking. Are there any special hints or tips on how to avoid parking charges? Any local discounts?

Anything?

MickeyP
07-05-2006, 03:43 PM
Can someone drop you off at the Contemporary?
Other than that, maybe your hotel has free shuttles.

spiceycat
07-05-2006, 04:25 PM
most of the time - it takes quiet a while out of your trip to avoid WDW parking fees.

you can park in DD - but then you need a bus to a WDW resort - get off then take another bus to the WDW park.... see how this one step can easily be over an hour to a couple of hours....

when you consider how much Disney costs - just pay the fee.

otherwise go buy an annual pass - then parking is free! I only have to pay $315 for the annual pass - DVC member. but it is $415 for everyone else - unless you are florida resident.

JoiseyMom
07-05-2006, 04:28 PM
The only way to avoid parking costs are to

1) Purchase an Annual Pass
2) Stay at on onsite hotel
3) Off site hotel shuttle

There are no other discounts or way to save on parking at WDW

englishteacha
07-05-2006, 05:03 PM
We cashed in bottles and cans (we pay a 5 deposit on all bottles and cans in Maine) to pay our tolls and parking fees on our trip. I know it's not avoiding the fee, but it is easier to pay it with "found" money! :) Otherwise, I don't know of any way to avoid the fee that won't take hours out of your day. I've come to accept parking fees as inevitable as a theme park goer. The only exceptions in 5 years of travel have been Canobie Lake Park in NH and Knoebels in PA!

Oreo Cookie
07-05-2006, 05:16 PM
There are no special discounts for parking. Parking is free to AP holders and guests staying on property. Did you check to see if your hotel offers a shuttle? If they don't, just pay for the parking. I know WDW is an expensive vacation, but the parking cost is a very small % of the overall cost of the trip.

Enjoy WDW!

javaonline
07-05-2006, 06:51 PM
I appreciate the help.

As a quick follow up question. If somehow I'm able to get my hands on a room key from the Dolphin or the Swan...is that all you need to get in past the parking gates?

JoiseyMom
07-05-2006, 07:24 PM
I appreciate the help.

As a quick follow up question. If somehow I'm able to get my hands on a room key from the Dolphin or the Swan...is that all you need to get in past the parking gates?


No, that doesn't do it. You get a parking pass, so to speak. It is a piece of paper from your resort with your length of stay and resort name on it. You are to keep this in your car at all times.

There is no way of avoiding this fee, unless you stay on site, or purchase 1 AP for your party. Sorry.

Kaa
07-05-2006, 10:09 PM
You will be charged for parking at the Swan and Dolphin. As a guest, I pay a nightly rate, but day guests pay an hourly rate. I'm sorry I don't remember the rate.

Piecey
07-06-2006, 12:13 AM
I just went on Monday.. and I was a little lost. I was supposed to pick up my CP friend and then we were going to go to Epcot.. well I was on the phone with him, trying to figure out where I was going when I ended up in the entrance to Epcot. I told the guy I was trying to find the CP place and he waved me through with directions on how to get "backstage".. I thought it was pretty funny and sorta sucked because I just had to exit and yet again try to find where they LIVE..

But I did get entrance to Epcot without paying.. lol

MickeyP
07-06-2006, 08:48 AM
What's a CP place?

MyGoofy26
07-06-2006, 11:16 AM
I may be wrong but I think "CP place" may refer to the apartments (Vista Way, Chatham, Commons) for the college program.

Piecey
07-06-2006, 11:40 AM
yeah.. sorry. He's a College Program-er.. He lives in Chatham