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lindajo
04-20-2004, 12:22 PM
Is it Kosher to park your car at the Contemporary resort and walk into the MK? I was reading UG, and they suggested doing this with a PS at one of the restaurants, and taking advantage of this type of entry/exit into the MK. I was thinking the restaurant part was unnecessary, as long as I was a guest at one of the resorts and had my parking pass. I know everyone is protective of their "home" resort's privileges, but this seems harmless. It sure would be nice at closing time, but don't know if this ranks right up there with pool-hopping....:confused:

safetymom
04-20-2004, 12:27 PM
Why not park at the TTC and leave the parking lot for paying guests of the Contemporary?

jel0511
04-20-2004, 12:28 PM
To get into the parking lot at CR, you need to have a PS. You'll also be given a 3 hour parking pass, if you don't remove your car by the time the pass exipres, Disney will tow your car. It's much easier to park at TTC and monorail it over to MK.

Bojangles
04-20-2004, 01:12 PM
We had to drive around 30 minutes trying to find a parking space and later that night we watched from our balcony as the non-guests flooded out of the CR parking lot at park closing. :rolleyes: I didn't see anyone towed. I didn't even see those 3 hour parking permits on most of the cars.

Park there all day, for all I care. I will never stay there again.

wdwdvcdad
04-20-2004, 01:26 PM
just valet park, pay your $6 & do whatever you want.

26555
04-20-2004, 01:59 PM
Can you valet park your car w/o a priority seating?

sandyneck
04-20-2004, 01:59 PM
They will allow you to valet park. I went out of my way to ask at the GF is we could park, have our character dinner, then go to the MK. They said as long as we valet parked we could do whatever we want. They use a different parking lot so you are not taking up the spaces for non-valet guests staying at the resort, so I don't see this as a problem. I would not just park in the regular lot however. This is much easier than the TTC. No trams, no long lines for the monorail, and a much more relaxed experience.

TnKrBeLlA012
04-20-2004, 02:15 PM
I just returned for POP and I had reservations at Chef Mickey the security guard just looked at the paper on the dash and said go ahead. We never got checked to see if we really had made reservations their and then never gave us a 3 hour parking pass. We asked the security guard if we could take the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom after we ate and he said not a problem. So I dont see any harm in doing that.

Bojangles
04-20-2004, 02:19 PM
Originally posted by TnKrBeLlA012
So I dont see any harm in doing that.

Unless you're one of the people paying $300+/night to stay at the CR and can't find a place to park. :wave2:

TnKrBeLlA012
04-20-2004, 02:28 PM
Originally posted by Bojangles
Unless you're one of the people paying $300+/night to stay at the CR and can't find a place to park. :wave2:

I don't want to start an argument, I do see your point, but if security said I can do it, who am I going to listen to you guys..............or Disney?? ;)

Bojangles
04-20-2004, 03:02 PM
Originally posted by TnKrBeLlA012
who am I going to listen to you guys..............or Disney?? ;)

Us guys. :hyper: j/k...I probably would have listened to security and parked there too.


Actually, I blame Disney for not enforcing their policy, not the people parking there. They let the parking problem at the monorail resorts get way out of hand.

McCall
04-20-2004, 03:12 PM
there are times they are very strict about the parking and other times they are not, probably somewhat based on park capacity at the time. But technically you are not allowed to park at the resorts without being a guest at that resort of having a legitimate reason and a pass to park there.

Sammie
04-20-2004, 07:11 PM
Originally posted by TnKrBeLlA012
I don't want to start an argument, I do see your point, but if security said I can do it, who am I going to listen to you guys..............or Disney?? ;)

Did you tell security you were parking there, going to a park, and they let you in anyway.

If they did they violated resort policy and should be reported. Parking lots are not for accessing the parks, they are for the guest staying at the resort and someone there to dine or shop. There are signs at all resorts with access to the parks that states parking is not allowed for accessing the parks.

I do agree that Disney needs to be the one to intervene.

wdwdvcdad
04-20-2004, 07:49 PM
Originally posted by Sammie
Did you tell security you were parking there, going to a park, and they let you in anyway.

If they did they violated resort policy and should be reported. Parking lots are not for accessing the parks, they are for the guest staying at the resort and someone there to dine or shop. There are signs at all resorts with access to the parks that states parking is not allowed for accessing the parks.

I do agree that Disney needs to be the one to intervene.

I think they should be put in the same holding cell as the dastardly pool hoppers.

kramer_clan
04-20-2004, 07:49 PM
I did at one point park at the Polynesian to eat there and then go to the Magic Kingdom, but I now obey the three hour rule. Even though they probably do not check every car in the lot at the three hour point, I respect the people that stay at the resort. I think that I would be very upset paying an enormous amount of money to stay at one of the monorail resorts and then not be able to find a place to park.

We have a seating at Chef Mickey's for our trip in June and we will take the bus to the MK and then monorail to the CR.

Vicki

Stitch Inside
04-20-2004, 07:55 PM
Originally posted by Sammie
Did you tell security you were parking there, going to a park, and they let you in anyway.

If they did they violated resort policy and should be reported. Parking lots are not for accessing the parks, they are for the guest staying at the resort and someone there to dine or shop. There are signs at all resorts with access to the parks that states parking is not allowed for accessing the parks.

I do agree that Disney needs to be the one to intervene.

How 'bout if you dine there, then access the park, and then buy something as you go back through?

Sammie
04-20-2004, 07:59 PM
Originally posted by kramer_clan
I did at one point park at the Polynesian to eat there and then go to the Magic Kingdom, but I now obey the three hour rule. Even though they probably do not check every car in the lot at the three hour point, I respect the people that stay at the resort. I think that I would be very upset paying an enormous amount of money to stay at one of the monorail resorts and then not be able to find a place to park.

We have a seating at Chef Mickey's for our trip in June and we will take the bus to the MK and then monorail to the CR.

Vicki

Thank you, July before last it was so bad at the Polynesian, one afternoon around 2pm we had to park at the TTC and walk to the resort as the lot was full. Upon walking to the resort from the TTC lot, through the Polynesian lot, we are amazed at the large number of cars in the lot without a Polynesian parking pass.

I really have no problem with someone coming over to dine or shop and getting a 3 hour pass. I do have a problem when as a guest I have to hike in from the TTC to get to my resort.

The parking lots are not large enough to handle peak capacity at the resort and numerous others.

Smcgibeau
04-20-2004, 08:22 PM
We've done this at the Boardwalk Inn and visiting the boardwalk too. Am I technically taking up someone's space who's staying at the BWI or BWV? Probably. But where else do you park to visit the BW? Anyone know?

Stitch Inside
04-20-2004, 08:24 PM
Originally posted by Sammie
I really have no problem with someone coming over to dine or shop and getting a 3 hour pass. I do have a problem when as a guest I have to hike in from the TTC to get to my resort.

The parking lots are not large enough to handle peak capacity at the resort and numerous others.

Next time plan accordingly. Either park it when you get there and use Disney transportation, or leave the vehicle at home. We usually drive down to our resort and then have a hard time remembering where we parked the car when it's time to go home.

Sammie
04-20-2004, 08:31 PM
Originally posted by Stitch Inside
Next time plan accordingly. Either park it when you get there and use Disney transportation, or leave the vehicle at home. We usually drive down to our resort and then have a hard time remembering where we parked the car when it's time to go home.

I really do not think if I am paying the required amount to stay at the Polynesian that I should not be able to use our car. We live in Florida and have no plans to leave the car at home. Once there we visit friends in the area and shop.

I really am not into paying in access of $200 or more to not be able to bring a car, so someone that is not staying there can have a parking place.

MAGICinMYHEART
04-20-2004, 08:38 PM
Originally posted by lindajo
but this seems harmless. It sure would be nice at closing time, but don't know if this ranks right up there with pool-hopping....

Lindajo,

Harmless, maybe to you it would seem harmless, if it where only you it would be harmless...But when you multiply this action by hundreds of others and someone staying at one of these Resorts then is actually put out...it becomes something else to them.

Yes, while staying at The BWV I have had trouble finding a parking space driving around and around when all I wanted is just to go to my room.

Yes, it is nice at closing time that's why people stay at the Deluxe Resort and spend the extra money.

CindysGusGus
04-20-2004, 08:53 PM
It looks like the OP is staying at the FW. Wouldnt it be much easier and less controversial to just take the boat to MK and then hop the Monorail to CR?? Much better than driving 30 minutes in circles looking for a space that someone staying at the CR could use??

As for the BW...according to Disney the difference is the entertainment of BW, people are there for that not to walk elsewhere so they allow free parking. JMO

CindysGusGus
04-20-2004, 08:53 PM
It looks like the OP is staying at the FW. Wouldnt it be much easier and less controversial to just take the boat to MK and then hop the Monorail to CR?? Much better than driving 30 minutes in circles looking for a space that someone staying at the CR could use??

As for the BW...according to Disney the difference is the entertainment of BW, people are there for that not to walk elsewhere so they allow free parking. JMO

freediverdude
04-20-2004, 08:53 PM
If it were me staying at the Contemporary or Polynesian (which I will be this summer, so I can test this), and I drive around looking for a spot and there isn't one spot in the whole lot, then I would be going either to the valet people or the front gate people and tell them there isn't a single spot, and ask them what should I do. At that point I would think they would have to either agree to move a car without a parking pass or give you free valet. Especially at the Contemporary I don't think they could just tell you to go park at the TTC. Maybe if enough people are without a space and then go and make Disney take care of it, Disney will either make more spaces or enforce the rules more.

BCV23
04-20-2004, 09:02 PM
Originally posted by freediverdude
If it were me staying at the Contemporary or Polynesian (which I will be this summer, so I can test this), and I drive around looking for a spot and there isn't one spot in the whole lot, then I would be going either to the valet people or the front gate people and tell them there isn't a single spot, and ask them what should I do. At that point I would think they would have to either agree to move a car without a parking pass or give you free valet. Especially at the Contemporary I don't think they could just tell you to go park at the TTC. Maybe if enough people are without a space and then go and make Disney take care of it, Disney will either make more spaces or enforce the rules more.

Great point.

And to whomever suggested to just park your car and use WDW transportation if you're a guest at the Polynesian so that others can park there...surely you jest.:crazy:

Stitch Inside
04-20-2004, 09:04 PM
Originally posted by Sammie
I really do not think if I am paying the required amount to stay at the Polynesian that I should not be able to use our car. We live in Florida and have no plans to leave the car at home. Once there we visit friends in the area and shop.

I really am not into paying in access of $200 or more to not be able to bring a car, so someone that is not staying there can have a parking place.

Then maybe you should stay somewhere where parking isn't such a problem since it is so important to you.

Stitch Inside
04-20-2004, 09:11 PM
Originally posted by BCV23
Great point.

And to whomever suggested to just park your car and use WDW transportation if you're a guest at the Polynesian so that others can park there...surely you jest.:crazy:

I'm not suggesting that, I'm just saying that it sounds like the Poly and CR have major parking problems, plan accordingly.
I'm not going to let a parking place or lack there of ruin my vacation.

Deb & Bill
04-20-2004, 09:18 PM
Originally posted by Stitch Inside
Then maybe you should stay somewhere where parking isn't such a problem since it is so important to you.

You have got to be kidding. :mad:

Deb & Bill
04-20-2004, 09:20 PM
Originally posted by Smcgibeau
We've done this at the Boardwalk Inn and visiting the boardwalk too. Am I technically taking up someone's space who's staying at the BWI or BWV? Probably. But where else do you park to visit the BW? Anyone know?

There is a day guest parking lot across the street from the Boardwalk. So instead of turning left into the BW parking lot, turn right and walk across the street and up the hill.

TnKrBeLlA012
04-20-2004, 09:26 PM
Originally posted by Sammie
Did you tell security you were parking there, going to a park, and they let you in anyway.

If they did they violated resort policy and should be reported. Parking lots are not for accessing the parks, they are for the guest staying at the resort and someone there to dine or shop. There are signs at all resorts with access to the parks that states parking is not allowed for accessing the parks.

I do agree that Disney needs to be the one to intervene.

I told security that I had reservations and asked them if after we could take the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom and he said it was fine. I didnt just go and park their I did have reservations to eat.

And if you want to talk about not enough parking spaces..I just returned from the POP in the 50's building and you could park wherever it didnt matter where, mostly everyone was parked illegally. I did complain to the front and the lady said that there was like 1400 rooms and only 1200 parking spots! :rolleyes: So basically if you got back from the parks late u were screwed!

Stitch Inside
04-20-2004, 09:30 PM
Originally posted by Deb & Bill
You have got to be kidding. :mad:

About...?;)

freediverdude
04-20-2004, 09:43 PM
I don't think it's unreasonable to expect to be able to park your car if you're an overnight guest at a Disney resort. Whether it's at a resort that historically has had parking problems or not. If there is a problem with that, then it's Disney's responsibility to find you a parking spot within a reasonable distance from the buildings or agree to valet park your car for free. I don't have any problem with people driving in and parking to eat and shop, but the 3 hour permit rule should be enforced if there are parking problems. Especially with the monorail resorts, it's very easy to park in the TTC and grab the tram and monorail to any of those resorts for day guests to eat and shop, and then they can feel free to go on to the MK if they want. I could see if you were running kind of late for a priority seating that you might have to drive directly to the resort lot and go right in, but I think the day may soon be coming where anyone not staying overnight at the resorts would have to use the monorail to visit these resorts, if the parking situation gets worse. Or at the very least, strictly must produce a valid priority seating number and be issued a 3 hour permit.

Bojangles
04-20-2004, 09:49 PM
I don't know why everyone is so opposed to parking at the TTC or at any of the parks for that matter. We were at MIL's offsite condo over Easter. The 4 days we were there, we never waited more than a couple of minutes for a tram. :D

philaround
04-20-2004, 10:07 PM
Originally posted by lindajo
Is it Kosher to park your car at the Contemporary resort and walk into the MK? I was reading UG, and they suggested doing this with a PS at one of the restaurants, and taking advantage of this type of entry/exit into the MK. I was thinking the restaurant part was unnecessary, as long as I was a guest at one of the resorts and had my parking pass. I know everyone is protective of their "home" resort's privileges, but this seems harmless. It sure would be nice at closing time, but don't know if this ranks right up there with pool-hopping....:confused:

If I understand this post correctly you are saying that you will be at another resort at Disney. If this is true you will receive a length of stay slip to put on your dash board. This pass will get you free parking at all PARK parking lots. To park at another resort the rules do say you MUST have a PS for a restaurant at that resort and are given a temporary 3 hour pass. If Disney really wants to make some quick money they should tow these cars that are parked against the rules and charge the offenders a hefty fine just like in the real world if the local police have your car towed for illegal parking.

Gabrielle
04-20-2004, 10:43 PM
It's a great idea to make dinner reservations on a Spectromagic night

Instead of waiting in line for the monorail afterward, it's a nice leisurly stroll over to the Contemporary, away from all the crowds. If you come back to MK just for the parade and fireworks, the three hours will be sufficient to fit in dinner afteward.

M. Eisner
04-21-2004, 06:38 AM
I think Stitch Inside is not really that thoughtless, just trying to stir the embers. It would be best to ignore those posts.
If WDW allows this to go on, then guests who are having difficulty should do exactly as freediverdude said, ask the resort or valet where to put your car. I can't imagine paying to stay at a better resort and they are not able to supply reasonable parking because it is filled with non-resort guests.
Imagine if concierge people couldn’t use that service because non-concierge guests were using it all the time.

Stitch Inside
04-21-2004, 06:52 AM
Originally posted by M. Eisner
I think Stitch Inside is not really that thoughtless, just trying to stir the embers. It would be best to ignore those posts.


Thoughtless? Stir the embers? It sounds like these embers have been glowing red hot for a long time. Ignore me?
Mr. Eisner you are mistaken. I am just stating the obvious, until Disney does something about the parking problem, plan accordingly. Be prepared for limited parking spaces. And I also agree with freediverdude that you should ask the resort or valet where to park.
Have a "magical" day.:earsboy:

skiwee1
04-21-2004, 06:52 AM
Originally posted by philaround
If I understand this post correctly you are saying that you will be at another resort at Disney. If this is true you will receive a length of stay slip to put on your dash board. This pass will get you free parking at all PARK parking lots. To park at another resort the rules do say you MUST have a PS for a restaurant at that resort and are given a temporary 3 hour pass. If Disney really wants to make some quick money they should tow these cars that are parked against the rules and charge the offenders a hefty fine just like in the real world if the local police have your car towed for illegal parking.

Actually the Poly has been towing offenders that go over the 3 hour allotment. After searching for a spot to park my vehicle it is with some pleasure to see yet another car being towed off the lot! LOL!

Stitch Inside
04-21-2004, 06:56 AM
Originally posted by skiwee1
Actually the Poly has been towing offenders that go over the 3 hour allotment. After searching for a spot to park my vehicle it is with some pleasure to see yet another car being towed off the lot! LOL!

And the crowd goes wild!:jumping1:
Finally, an example of Disney enforcing their rules.:D

skiwee1
04-21-2004, 07:03 AM
Originally posted by Stitch Inside
And the crowd goes wild!:jumping1:
Finally, an example of Disney enforcing their rules.:D

Yes it is nice isn't it? Disney finally enforces the rules. Now if they would only do that with poolhoppers and reusers of mugs! LOL!

Eeyore1954
04-21-2004, 07:09 AM
Originally posted by skiwee1
Yes it is nice isn't it? Disney finally enforces the rules. Now if they would only do that with poolhoppers and reusers of mugs! LOL! But wouldn't that put the self-appointed DIS police out of a job? :smooth:

ducklite
04-21-2004, 07:13 AM
Originally posted by Smcgibeau
We've done this at the Boardwalk Inn and visiting the boardwalk too. Am I technically taking up someone's space who's staying at the BWI or BWV? Probably. But where else do you park to visit the BW? Anyone know?

In the lot across the street. According to BW management, anyone not staying at the BW or having a handicapped placard will have to park across the street in the near future, regardless of the reason for their visit. It's about time.

Anne

ducklite
04-21-2004, 07:14 AM
Originally posted by Stitch Inside
Next time plan accordingly. Either park it when you get there and use Disney transportation, or leave the vehicle at home. We usually drive down to our resort and then have a hard time remembering where we parked the car when it's time to go home.

Considering that we must use our car several tiems during our trips to attend to personal business outside of WDW, that's not an option.

Anne

ducklite
04-21-2004, 07:18 AM
Originally posted by Stitch Inside
I'm not suggesting that, I'm just saying that it sounds like the Poly and CR have major parking problems, plan accordingly.
I'm not going to let a parking place or lack there of ruin my vacation.

And by your signature I see that you generally stay in moderates that don't have parking problems due to their inaccesible locations.

Has anyone ever noticed that the people making comments like this are the ones who have never paid big bucks for a deluxe room then been inconvenienced by people staying elsewhere?

Amazing. :::::::::::::::::::shaking head::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Anne

Stitch Inside
04-21-2004, 07:22 AM
Originally posted by ducklite
Considering that we must use our car several tiems during our trips to attend to personal business outside of WDW, that's not an option.

Anne

As a certain President once said, "I feel your pain.'
And hopefully the problem will be solved if the earlier post is true and Disney is starting to enforce their rules. I wonder if the DIS had anything to do with that.

BTW love your new vacation home. As they say in the Real Estate world it's all "Location Location Location". Do you have room for another family of 4?

McCall
04-21-2004, 07:28 AM
Originally posted by Eeyore1954
But wouldn't that put the self-appointed DIS police out of a job? :smooth:

No of course not who do you think is reporting the cars? also we can all gather to watch when the offenders who's cars were towed show up looking for them and throw a tizzy fit, great entertainment, that!

McCall
04-21-2004, 07:32 AM
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BTW love your new vacation home. As they say in the Real Estate world it's all "Location Location Location". Do you have room for another family of 4? [/B]

I'm sure they would love to have you stay, but I'm afraid there is No Parking Available.

Stitch Inside
04-21-2004, 07:34 AM
Originally posted by ducklite
And by your signature I see that you generally stay in moderates that don't have parking problems due to their inaccesible locations.

Has anyone ever noticed that the people making comments like this are the ones who have never paid big bucks for a deluxe room then been inconvenienced by people staying elsewhere?

Amazing. :::::::::::::::::::shaking head::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Anne

You posted this while I was complimenting your house.
No personal attacks, please.
If I were to splurge for a deluxe on the monorail I would also splurge for the valet parking.

Have a "magical" day.:earsboy:

skiwee1
04-21-2004, 07:36 AM
Originally posted by Eeyore1954
But wouldn't that put the self-appointed DIS police out of a job? :smooth:
]
I doubt anyone goes around turning in mug reusers or parking lot scofflaws. :rolleyes:

georgina
04-21-2004, 07:36 AM
Originally posted by philaround
To park at another resort the rules do say you MUST have a PS for a restaurant at that resort and are given a temporary 3 hour pass.

I know you can't park at the resorts to go to the parks, but I have never seen a copy of rules that say you are not allowed to visit another resort to look around, shop in the gift shop, etc. We did a grand tour one year of Christmas decorations - just told the security people we were there to look around, which was what we were there for. You do not have to have a PS to park there from my experience.

wdwdvcdad
04-21-2004, 07:47 AM
Originally posted by ducklite
And by your signature I see that you generally stay in moderates that don't have parking problems due to their inaccesible locations.

Has anyone ever noticed that the people making comments like this are the ones who have never paid big bucks for a deluxe room then been inconvenienced by people staying elsewhere?

Amazing. :::::::::::::::::::shaking head::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Anne

Wrong again.....But the righteous indignation is not unexpected. The solution is simple. If you want to park somewhere, pay the 6 lousy bucks & valet. You can then stay as long as you wish.

Stitch Inside
04-21-2004, 07:53 AM
Originally posted by wdwdvcdad
Wrong again.....But the righteous indignation is not unexpected. The solution is simple. If you want to park somewhere, pay the 6 lousy bucks & valet. You can then stay as long as you wish.

I was feeling sad and poor and I was about to go drink more coffee.:jester:

wdwdvcdad
04-21-2004, 07:56 AM
Originally posted by Stitch Inside
I was feeling sad and poor and I was about to go drink more coffee.:jester:

maybe we can meet on my lanai for a cup.:tongue: