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Old 10-02-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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Is free parking at the Disney Boardwalk limited to 3 hours like it is at the other resorts?

DH and I are arriving on 12/1 and staying at AoA. We will mainly be using our rental car as I don't do so well on buses. After checking in, we plan to spend the afternoon at Epcot followed by a 7:55 ADR at Kouzzina. Will we be charged for parking if we leave the car at the Boardwalk all afternoon and just walk to and from Epcot? Would it be better to just park at Epcot for the afternoon and then drive over to the Boardwalk before dinner?

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Old 10-02-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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Is free parking at the Disney Boardwalk limited to 3 hours like it is at the other resorts?

DH and I are arriving on 12/1 and staying at AoA. We will mainly be using our rental car as I don't do so well on buses. After checking in, we plan to spend the afternoon at Epcot followed by a 7:55 ADR at Kouzzina. Will we be charged for parking if we leave the car at the Boardwalk all afternoon and just walk to and from Epcot? Would it be better to just park at Epcot for the afternoon and then drive over to the Boardwalk before dinner?

Thanks in advance!
Self parking at BWI generally is more restrictive than other resorts and is limited to BWI guests. Valet parking is available and you also can frequently park by the Hess station across the street.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:28 AM   #3
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I would park at the YC instead. As long as there isn't a convention you could park there all day without an issue.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:07 AM   #4
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Is free parking at the Disney Boardwalk limited to 3 hours like it is at the other resorts?

DH and I are arriving on 12/1 and staying at AoA. We will mainly be using our rental car as I don't do so well on buses. After checking in, we plan to spend the afternoon at Epcot followed by a 7:55 ADR at Kouzzina. Will we be charged for parking if we leave the car at the Boardwalk all afternoon and just walk to and from Epcot? Would it be better to just park at Epcot for the afternoon and then drive over to the Boardwalk before dinner?

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If you want to park there beyond the 3 hours, you would have to pay for valet parking. For me, the convenience of doing that is worth the cost.
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Generally speaking, parking at resorts is for those using that resort, not for park access. There are times during the year that there is no way you can park at a resort if you aren't paying to stay there...FandW weekends at the Epcot resorts for instance. The parking entrances are actually blocked off and you can only get in with a room key!!!
At other times of year, it is easier. But, I seldom recommend parking at any resort in order to get to a park. I would really recommend one of two things...
1. park at Epcot and then move the car to BW
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2. park at BW but use the lot behind the Hess Station, or pay to valet park.
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:06 AM   #6
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Generally speaking, parking at resorts is for those using that resort, not for park access. There are times during the year that there is no way you can park at a resort if you aren't paying to stay there...FandW weekends at the Epcot resorts for instance. The parking entrances are actually blocked off and you can only get in with a room key!!!
At other times of year, it is easier. But, I seldom recommend parking at any resort in order to get to a park. I would really recommend one of two things...
1. park at Epcot and then move the car to BW
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2. park at BW but use the lot behind the Hess Station, or pay to valet park.
We are going to be down there Oct 27th-Nov 4th and have dining reservations at Cape May. Where are we supposed to park? We would not be using it for park admission, but need to park somewhere long enough to eat. Do they still allow people with ADRs to park long enough to eat or are we going to have to park all the way over at the Hess station?
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:31 AM   #7
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We are going to be down there Oct 27th-Nov 4th and have dining reservations at Cape May. Where are we supposed to park? We would not be using it for park admission, but need to park somewhere long enough to eat. Do they still allow people with ADRs to park long enough to eat or are we going to have to park all the way over at the Hess station?
You will be permitted to park at BC while dining at Cape May. There's no problem doing that.
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Thank you so much for the advice! We will just plan to park at Epcot for a few hours and then move the car before dinner. DH worked as a valet in college and won't go near a valet stand now!
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We are going to be down there Oct 27th-Nov 4th and have dining reservations at Cape May. Where are we supposed to park? We would not be using it for park admission, but need to park somewhere long enough to eat. Do they still allow people with ADRs to park long enough to eat or are we going to have to park all the way over at the Hess station?
As the PPs have said, you are allowed to park any resort for up to three hours while enjoying the amenities of that resort. So you can park at the YC or BC (I forget which one has Cape May) for three hours while you eat. Just tell the guard at the gate you're eating at Cape May and they'll let you in (they may ask to see ID or take down your license plate).
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:23 PM   #10
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I would park at the YC instead. As long as there isn't a convention you could park there all day without an issue.
The same rules apply at the YC - 3 hours while you're dining, shopping and enjoying activities at the resort. I don't understand why you think it would be okay to park here all day.
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I visit resorts I'm not staying at all the time. It's been YEARS since I was told there is a 3 hour time limit when parking at any resort. I've parked at Contemporary, Polynesian, BoardWalk, Beach Club, Grand Floridian, and all the Mods. to name a few.

The guard asks if he can help me, I tell him why I'm there and he waves me through after I show him my ID. Maybe that's not the case all year. I'm usually there August, September, January or May. Perhaps during peak seasons they're more strict about parking.

Disney wants people to visit BoarkWalk and spend their money. I don't think they expect you to park at the Hess station and walk from there. I never do.
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Parking at the resorts to dine or shop, is allowed. What is not allowed is parking at the resorts to access Epcot or Hollywood studios.
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I visit resorts I'm not staying at all the time. It's been YEARS since I was told there is a 3 hour time limit when parking at any resort. I've parked at Contemporary, Polynesian, BoardWalk, Beach Club, Grand Floridian, and all the Mods. to name a few.

The guard asks if he can help me, I tell him why I'm there and he waves me through after I show him my ID. Maybe that's not the case all year. I'm usually there August, September, January or May. Perhaps during peak seasons they're more strict about parking.

Disney wants people to visit BoarkWalk and spend their money. I don't think they expect you to park at the Hess station and walk from there. I never do.
You were lucky as we are DVC members and have been turned away or had to park in the lot behind the Hess station.

It really depends on the occupancy levels of the hotel, whether there is a convention going on and certain times of the year.

I think we would all agree guest staying at the resorts should have precedence for parking over those visiting.
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You were lucky as we are DVC members and have been turned away or had to park in the lot behind the Hess station.
You might be a DVC member, but I assume that you weren't staying at the Boardwalk Villas. Because if you were there is no way you would be turned away or forced to park behind the Hess station.
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The same rules apply at the YC - 3 hours while you're dining, shopping and enjoying activities at the resort. I don't understand why you think it would be okay to park here all day.
Well... For one I've done it. Before we started staying there we made a reservation for breakfast at cape may. Then ventured over to Epcot for the rest of the morning. Had lunch at LeCelier spent a few more hours in the WS and returned to the car around 5pm.

We did have a resort parking pass and and the lot by the convention center was almost empty. Not sure how often they check but I've never had a problem. We usually go during the slowest times of the year as well. Being able to do this is the reason we now stay at BC/YC. If we hadn't we might not have seen the benefits.
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