Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 7, 2013
    Renee 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.

    My family is driving to WDW in June. Will it be easier and quicker to travel from park to park if we drive our own vehicle from our hotel? Or, should we take the buses? Do we have to pay to park at other resorts? We will have one 5 year old with us.

    Hey Renee!

    Having done the drive to Disney last year, and being a rental car advocate, I can tell you that having a car on property can be such a time saver!

    My family and I find that we save tons of time and stress driving our car to the parks as opposed to taking Disney transportation.  While Disney transport is plentiful and a great way to traverse the Walt Disney World resort, guests are recommended that they allot 45 minutes to an hour to arrive at their scheduled destination.  For me, thats a lot of time in which I could be enjoying the parks, relaxing at the pool, or just plain resting!  Some guests do not want to bothered with having to refuel the car (and with gas prices, I don't blame them!), but it comes in quite handy when one needs to shop for groceries or a small first aid kid.  I find having a car enables guest to come and go as they please as well as ensures there is no wait line.  It truly is a personal choice.

    As for parking, if you are a guest at a Walt Disney World Resort, you are not charged parking fees at any of the four theme parks.  Guests are allowed to park at other resorts, with appropriate Key To The World card and/or photo identification.  There is no fee to park at the resorts.

    Hope this helps you plan your magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Malanie, New York

Hi there! The Disney Parks have been a part of my life since I was a little girl. Introducing my children, husband, and family to all the magic that Walt Disney World can offer has led to countless moments with Mickey and Friends, Disney Vacation Club membership and fun on the high seas with Disney Cruise Lines! Our vacations are usually centered around a visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth, and I am super excited to help you plan and create magical moments for you and your families! Learn More About Malanie

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