• On Oct 10, 2012
    Hollie from UT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! We are DL faithfuls, first time ever to DW in january. We are staying off site. Father in law gets tired and likes to leave mid day sometimes. So if he takes our car, leaves and needs to come back for us later, is it a huge pain? DW looks huge!

    Hi there, Hollow!

    The Walt Disney World Resort property currently measures out at approximately 47 square miles (30,000 acres); in that, it is definitely more expansive than its West Coast counterpart.

    However, depending upon where you are parked each day at each Park, and depending upon how far off property your accommodations are, your father-in-law's travel time can range quite a bit.

    Fortunately, most of his time will be spent either on some form of complimentary Disney transportation (motorcoach, ferry, launch) or in his personal vehicle.

    Without knowing exactly where your accommodations are located, I hesitate to offer any kind of prediction regarding time. But it is safe to say, I think, that while the trip back and forth might be a bit of a drive, much of it will be undertaken in as much comfort as Disney can provide its Guests.

    Is this doable? Certainly. Families - and individuals - take midday breaks all of the time to decompress, swim, nap, etc. By the end of his first back-and-forth trip, he will have a better sense of the time requirement he will need on either side, and will be able to plan accordingly.

    Have a wonderful trip!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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