Free Parking at Resorts for Guests?

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  1. canadawithboys

    canadawithboys Earning My Ears

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    I'm specifically looking at Art of Animation resort, and wondered if there is complimentary parking for guests at the Disney Resorts?
    Thanks! :D
     
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  3. snykymom

    snykymom Still tagless after all these years

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    Yes. And at the parks.
     
  4. DVC California

    DVC California Good Old DVC

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    Upon check-in, you will be issued an AoA dashboard parking permit. That and/or your KTTW (room card) will provide you with complimentary parking at AoA and the theme parks.

    If you plan to visit other WDW resorts, parking is limited to three (3) hours if you are not staying at that specific resort.


    HTH, Steve
     
  5. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    For the benefit of any lurkers that might be staying at other Disney resorts, the above info applies equally to them as well.
     
  6. Gorechick

    Gorechick DIS Veteran

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    Also, whenever you drive to the security gate at the resort and parks, have your KTTW handy as they will ask to see it in addition to the parking pass on the dashboard.
     
  7. canadawithboys

    canadawithboys Earning My Ears

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    Oh my gosh, thank you! You have no idea how excited I am to hear that we get free parking at the Disney parks as well! I did not know this before!! It's so expensive and here I was thinking we'd have to use shuttles as much as possible in order to avoid wasting money!
    :D :D :D
     
  8. lbv7

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    With the KTTW card being phased out and replaced by magic bands, if the guards want to see additional proof that you are actually staying at a WDW hotel what are they going to do, scan your wrist? Does anyone know?
     
  9. dansdad

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    Yup.:thumbsup2
     
  10. POOHsie

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    We used to stay off-site, then tried Dixie Landings (POR) in 1993. We were hooked, and never stayed off-site again. If you don't need a family suite, I would suggest you look at Pop Century, which is directly across the lake from AoA. It's cheaper, it has many discounts during the year (AoA doesn't have discounts bc it's new and popular), and you can access AoA by a short walk across the lake via the Generation Gap bridge. So you have access to all of AoA's artistry, food court, gift shop and buses, without paying the premium price.

    Disney can be considered expensive compared to off-site hotels, but there are many perks that add considerable value. The resorts are close-in (time savings, especially for taking a mid-day break), free resort parking (saves $10-15/nite), free car parking at theme parks ($15/day savings), free package delivery from parks to your resort (saves carrying souvenir bags around the parks all day), EMH (priceless), Magic Bands & FP+ (latest technology).

    We drive to WDW and park at the theme parks, except MK. Lots of people do this, too. Because from the MK parking lot to the MK front gate, you have to cross Seven Seas Lagoon, either by ferry or monorail. It's a time-sink. OTOH, the MK bus arrives near the MK front gate, on the other side of the lake. I would recommend this strategy for you, too.
     
  11. snykymom

    snykymom Still tagless after all these years

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    At the parks, I was simply waived through when I showed them the pass - didn't even have to come to a full stop.

    At resorts, I was never asked for my KTTW card. I was asked for ID, though - I just showed them my license and that was good enough.
     
  12. sharadoc

    sharadoc Visiting Disney World since 1986, happily driving

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    I wish they would have a separate resort guest lane at the parking lot entrances, just like the buses have. I get SO impatient when going to a park that I hate it when I have to wait for someone to pay :goodvibes
     
  13. disnut8

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    It wouldn't matter if there was a separate lane. There would be non-resort guests who would use it and most would just be confused but the Cast Members would still have to be set up to take payment and provide information. And I'll bet it's the same way in the "bus only" lanes. Only most people see only buses and get the idea quicker.

    Disney World is a place where you can make the world's worst mistake and an "employee" will make it seem like it's no big deal and it happens all the time.
     
  14. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

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    Same experience. When visiting a resort that was not my own they wanted ID, not the KTTW card.


    The people that take ages to pay would just get into the guest-only lanes and it would be the same situation. Like the lady I saw with a big heavy backpack heading straight for the no-bags line at the parks, as the employee was saying (loudly) "NO bags, NO bags line".
     

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