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Old 06-11-2012, 11:33 PM   #16
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If you were staying outside, just park at Downtown Disney and take the shuttle buses to the parks.
I have no problem with this suggestion. If someone wants to burn 3 hours a day either waiting for or riding in buses to go about 5 miles to save $14, happy busing.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:35 PM   #17
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I have no problem with this suggestion. If someone wants to burn 3 hours a day either waiting for or riding in buses to go about 5 miles to save $14, happy busing.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:39 PM   #18
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$14/day, free with AP.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:05 AM   #19
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If you're staying on Irlo Bronson between Osceola Mall and I-4, there's a bus you can take to the TTC. Number 56, runs twice an hour, $2 each way or you can get a (weekly? monthly?) pass. My son hasn't used that route, but he's been happy with the routes he's used.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:14 AM   #20
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We always stay offsite (we figure it saves us about $200 per night, all things considered), but we usually have between 9 and 12 park days, so we've always got at least one AP, which makes parking free.

Also to consider is that if you get one AP to get free parking, you can use it to get a Tables in Wonderland card, which can pay for itself rather quickly if youre planning on a couple nice dinners with some wine or cocktails.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:16 AM   #21
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I should think so, I think it is rather steep anyway, considering how many people must park at all the Parks in Disney.


Actually the praking costs are in line and you would find it is about the same al over the USA......think of your last ballgame parking!

How many park is not the issue.

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Old 06-12-2012, 08:25 AM   #22
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we went last month, first time staying offsite, so we drove into DHS. Got there at about 0845 and they were waiving everyone straight through the ticket booths. Granted it was the first day of Star Wars Weekends, and BUSY, but I believe this isn't uncommon, at least at DHS and AK at RD time.

To the guy who suggested parking at DTD, don't forget, busses don't start running there until later if OP want's to hit RD, that suggestion is a waste. As Mesa said, it could waste about 3 hours of the day for the person. Especially if they choose a Saratoga Springs bus.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:29 AM   #23
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To be clear:

THERE ARE NO DIRECT BUSES FROM DTD TO ANY PARKS.

You must take a bus to a resort first, then take that resort's bus to the park. It can eat up a ton of time.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:41 AM   #24
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Perhaps this would explain why it was so hard to find a parking spot at DTD last week so we could shop.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:50 AM   #25
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I just got caught up in this issue. W are staying off property at Wyndham Grand Orlando and scored and awesome room for $129/nt but after I booked, I later found out that parking at resort is $30 and parks is $14! Needless to say, we could have stayed on property then at a moderate and saved.

Oh well, you learn something new everyday. Plus it was getting really close to our 2 night 1 park stay that I was a little antsy on booking something.

I will say though that if we were on property I would still drive to parks. Quicker, free, easier with strollers.
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If you were staying outside, just park at Downtown Disney and take the shuttle buses to the parks.
~I can't see why anyone would want to, but I've seen a lot of people do this when we stayed at the Poly. I didn't know this at the time, but in hindsight, they probably parked at DTD.

~We were all on the bus at DHS right after Fantasmic!, it was a long day and our bus was packed. And I distinctly remember a group of people who exited our bus and walked right over to the benches, they were clearly waiting for another bus, but they looked very tired and miserable. Who knows how long they waited for that DTD bus, it can be very slow, especially on weekends. I would just pay for parking, LOL.

~For the record, parking at the ballpark and football stadium is $30, it's $55 if you want to tailgate. We are glad to pay it, at the end the game, we know our vehicle is safe and easily accessible, instead being double and triple parked, towed off somewhere, broken into, or just outright stolen!
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Perhaps this would explain why it was so hard to find a parking spot at DTD last week so we could shop.
YES We went to DTD twice on our last trip, and parking was a serious challenge. We usually try to drive there because of the bus wait factor, but it was so bad we may have to revert back to the bus.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:03 AM   #28
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Perhaps this would explain why it was so hard to find a parking spot at DTD last week so we could shop.
I'm sure it's at least partially responsible for the overcrowded lots at DTD, but I can't imagine anybody parks at DTD to take Disney buses to the parks more than once. It's one of those things that carries its own karmic punishment.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:22 AM   #29
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I tried doing a search but only forund ticket prices. What is the price to park a vehicle in the Park lots per day? We are weighing our pros and cons for staying on Disney property versus staying outside.
If your dates are flexible, I think the absolutely most economical way to do WDW is to stay onsite during value season with some kind of discount (free dining or room discount).

If feasible, you could drive there and that would save both airfare & parking & car rental.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:38 AM   #30
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I tried doing a search but only forund ticket prices. What is the price to park a vehicle in the Park lots per day? We are weighing our pros and cons for staying on Disney property versus staying outside.
If you want advise on both staying onsite and offsite, make a post in both the Resorts board and the Orlando board. You will get different opinions from each board.
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