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nyc2theworld
03-28-2012, 11:38 PM
Question.

Guest enjoys one too many beverages at EPCOT and should not legally be behind the wheel. Guest goes up to Guest Relations and tell them...

"Listnen, I cannot legally be behind the wheel but I will pay for a taxi back to my hotel. Is there anyway I can make sure security does NOT have my car towed tonight? I'll be back tomorrow and can pick it up first thing when the Park opens. I'll pay for parking again too (assuming they aren't an annual passholder). So will my car be safe?"

I'm curious as to what Disney would say to said guest.

gmeh1
03-29-2012, 01:19 AM
Question.

Guest enjoys one too many beverages at EPCOT and should not legally be behind the wheel. Guest goes up to Guest Relations and tell them...

"Listnen, I cannot legally be behind the wheel but I will pay for a taxi back to my hotel. Is there anyway I can make sure security does NOT have my car towed tonight? I'll be back tomorrow and can pick it up first thing when the Park opens. I'll pay for parking again too (assuming they aren't an annual passholder). So will my car be safe?"

I'm curious as to what Disney would say to said guest.

Take a cab or resort bus in the first place.

bumbershoot
03-29-2012, 01:24 AM
Many people here have said that they don't tow the first night you leave your car there. Pretty sure they understand what can happen.

maxiesmom
03-29-2012, 05:28 AM
The very smart thing to do would be to not drive in the first place. We are all not the best judges of when we should or shouldn't be driving after a few adult beverages. By the time you feel you are not safe to drive, you probably were not safe to drive a drink or so before that.

Just don't drive to the parks if you intend to have a few drinks.

jlewisinsyr
03-29-2012, 07:16 AM
We never drive to EPCOT for the specific reason you've outlined.

Polydweller
03-29-2012, 09:27 AM
Well first and foremost we are all responsible for our own behavior and if we know we are going to have to drive then we have the responsibility of not overindulging. It is also not Disney's responsibility and they won't force you to drive intoxicated. You can choose to do so or take a taxi home and if it costs you an extra night parking well that's the cost of overindulging. So, don't drive in the first place or watch how much you drink or be prepared to pay for the taxi and parking.

seashoreCM
03-29-2012, 09:37 AM
I highly doubt that security will touch the car other than to keep records on possible cars abandoned there, i.e. in the same place for a few nights.

It would be just as safe as in any municipal or airport or commuter rail parking lot or garage.

nyc2theworld
03-29-2012, 10:02 AM
Many people here have said that they don't tow the first night you leave your car there. Pretty sure they understand what can happen.

Thanks, that's what I was wondering.

joxer1014
03-29-2012, 10:11 AM
If you are a resort guest with a parking permit in your car, they would know how to contact you no problem. If you are off property them maybe you could leave a note in your car when you park in case you can't drive out telling where you are staying and the hotel's phone number and your name. That way security could contact you and they know the car is not abandoned.

The Mayor
03-29-2012, 11:04 AM
That's why I always stay at the Boardwalk...it's within crawling distance:lmao:

Starshine
03-29-2012, 11:13 AM
That's why I always stay at the Boardwalk...it's within crawling distance:lmao:

Just watch out for the posts keeping the surrey bikes from coming down the hill into Epcot. Darn things jump right out in front of you! :rotfl:

The Mayor
03-29-2012, 12:51 PM
Just watch out for the posts keeping the surrey bikes from coming down the hill into Epcot. Darn things jump right out in front of you! :rotfl:

Those are stabalizing posts:lmao:

TDC Nala
03-29-2012, 12:58 PM
That's what taxis are for, if you're planning to drink and you don't have access to Disney transportation I suggest one of those. Disney isn't going to allow a guest who's impaired to get in a car and drive away though. As to what it might cost to retrieve the car, the guest shouldered that responsibility when they became too impaired to drive.

gmeh1
03-29-2012, 01:15 PM
Those are stabalizing posts:lmao:

LOL. :lmao:

OrangeCountyCommuter
03-29-2012, 01:18 PM
I know someone who did that. Security thanked him for letting them know and said they would note it and it would be fine.

They asked where he parked.... when get got back the next morning, car was still there. There was a note on it saying something like "guest courtsey"??? Guess it meant something to security :)

But boy this group is tough.. lots of "judgement" here. LOL!

gmeh1
03-29-2012, 01:35 PM
I know someone who did that. Security thanked him for letting them know and said they would note it and it would be fine.

They asked where he parked.... when get got back the next morning, car was still there. There was a note on it saying something like "guest courtsey"??? Guess it meant something to security :)

But boy this group is tough.. lots of "judgement" here. LOL!

Not judgemental, just using common sense. FL is wicked strict about DUI, one beer can do you in. Now, if they were as strident about texting while driving, we might get somewhere near safe drivers. (sorry about going off topic)

nyc2theworld
03-29-2012, 02:26 PM
Alas the Swolphin is sold out during my visit or else I would stay there...but I got a great rate on a DTD hotel and would rather not play bus hopping at the end of the night at EPCOT. Just wanted to know what my options were if in fact 1 drink turned out to be 10 drinks at Rose & Crown with a random group of new friends I just met.

gert
03-29-2012, 03:14 PM
Alas the Swolphin is sold out during my visit or else I would stay there...but I got a great rate on a DTD hotel and would rather not play bus hopping at the end of the night at EPCOT. Just wanted to know what my options were if in fact 1 drink turned out to be 10 drinks at Rose & Crown with a random group of new friends I just met.

What if 1 drink turns out to be 10 and you're too drunk to realize you shouldn't be driving?

Starshine
03-29-2012, 03:30 PM
Those are stabalizing posts:lmao:

:lmao::lmao::lmao:

gmeh1
03-29-2012, 03:46 PM
Alas the Swolphin is sold out during my visit or else I would stay there...but I got a great rate on a DTD hotel and would rather not play bus hopping at the end of the night at EPCOT. Just wanted to know what my options were if in fact 1 drink turned out to be 10 drinks at Rose & Crown with a random group of new friends I just met.

Most of us were suggesting you take the bus TO Epcot and a cab back to your resort.

bumbershoot
03-29-2012, 03:55 PM
But boy this group is tough.. lots of "judgement" here. LOL!

And not a whole lot of answers to the actual question asked.


OP, glad I could help. Try not to have 10 drinks, though; that would get expensive! :goodvibes

TDC Nala
03-29-2012, 04:23 PM
If you're at a DTD hotel, doesn't it have a shuttle bus? If you don't want to do "bus hopping" then get a taxi. If you think you're going to drink, then don't drive. And if you drive then don't drink.

Lillabelle0
03-30-2012, 10:57 PM
NYC, I commend you for trying to make a back-up plan. It is nice to know our options beforehand because it helps us "in the moment." LOL..I have recently learned about all the fabulous drinks Disney has to offer. When I am there (in a few months) I will be trying the Grey Goose slush. I will be using the bus system though, so no back-up plan needed for me! At least I hope!! Happy sipping!! Be safe! :thumbsup2