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  • On Feb 23, 2024
    Helen from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, if I decide to stay at Hilton Orlando Palace can I hire a Minnie Van to take us to Magic Kingdom? (Not sure if this hotel is considered part of Disney) Also, do we get early access if we stay there?

    Hi Helen,

    Welcome to planDisney!

    With your trip approaching in a little over a month, I am doing a happy dance! My dance slowed down a bit as I did some research for your question. When I checked the Lyft mobile app for the Disney Minnie Van™ Service Connected by Lyft option to Magic Kingdom, I did see not see the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace as an option for a pick-up point. I also called the hotel and the person I spoke with at the front desk did not believe Disney Minnie Vans provide service to the hotel. Of course, please double-check. You may get a different staff member at the hotel who has additional information. In better news, when I checked the resort hotels eligible for early theme park entry, the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is currently on the list.

    My family prefers Disney Resorts Collection hotels because of the fantastic theming and complimentary transportation as well as proximity to the theme parks. If you do decide to stay at a non-Disney hotel, I will also suggest that you get clear information about the available transportation to the Walt Disney World® theme parks. I once was at a non-Disney hotel which advertised complimentary transportation, but it only ran once every hour. It was not convenient.

    My family actually prefers resort hotels within walking distance to a theme park or that have multiple transportation options. Disney's Pop Century Resort, for example, has access to Walt Disney World® Bus Service and the Disney Skyliner. Disney's Contemporary Resort has access to Walt Disney World® Monorail Transportation and is within walking distance to Magic Kingdom.

    Helen, I will offer one last tip. Time is of value. When we are deciding on our options for resort hotels, we consider how long it would take us to travel to and from the hotel. We also consider, as you are, whether or not the hotel allows us early entry or extended evening hours at the theme parks. So, even if the resort hotel might cost more, if it saves us time or gives us more time in the parks with lower crowds, I consider that a factor in making our decision. So, let the dancing begin again! Sending you a little extra pixie dust as you make those final plans!

    Magic and memories,
    Donyell

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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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