Kids with Woody at Disney' Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground; in costume as cowboys
  • On Jan 27, 2024
    Rondell from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Check in Day at FWC, planning to drive to MK for ETPE. Will we get free parking and allowed ETPE before checking in at FWC? Will TTC transportation be running early enough for us to make ETPE from TTC?

    Hello, Rondell, thank you for coming to planDisney! It sounds like you may be a Walt Disney World (WDW) expert but for those visitors of planDisney that may not be as familiar, I am going to help our guests swing like Tarzan through the jungle of Disney acronyms to answer your questions. 

    One of the many benefits of staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, whether it’s The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness or The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, sometimes called Fort Wilderness Campgrounds (FWC), overnight self-parking at the resort and standard theme park parking is complimentary for all guests! I highly recommend utilizing the mobile check-in option through the My Disney Experience app so you can begin taking advantage of the complimentary bus, boat, monorail, and Disney Skyliner transportation options immediately upon arrival, regardless of whether your room, cabin or campsite is ready for you. 

    Did you know that there is a water launch, or water taxi, option that will take you directly from Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground to the entrance of the Magic Kingdom (MK) so that you don’t need to go to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), Rondell? Being a waterman myself, I never shy away from the opportunity to grab my morning coffee and take a relaxing boat ride from our resort to the parks. But if your preference is to drive to the TTC so you can monorail to the Magic Kingdom all you would need to do is show the friendly Cast Member at the TTC parking booth your reservation information, and you will be able to take advantage of the complimentary theme park parking. 

    Walt Disney World Monorail Transportation typically operates 30 minutes before the earliest park opening, so if you are trying to take advantage of the coveted Early Theme Park Entry (ETPE), you would want to park at the TTC and be ready to hop aboard the highway in the sky then. If waking up to the gentle breeze of the Seven Seas Lagoon on a ferryboat from the TTC to Magic Kingdom sounds relaxing, please know that the hours of operation are subject to weather and water conditions, but operate similarly to the bus and monorail options, service starting 30-45 minutes before the earliest park opening time.

    I hope your upcoming visit to WDW is amazing, Rondell! Be sure to make your way to Fantasyland and enjoy one of my all-time favorites, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh!

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