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  • On Mar 5, 2010
    Colleen from Centurion Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi. My family and I are vising WDW in Sep 2010. I have family that live 10 min from MK, so we always stay with them. Will we be able to visit the different resorts to see what they look like, as I have always wanted to see them? Thanks

    HI Colleen!

    Absolutely! Resort hopping (especially along the monorail) is always a favorite activity of ours. While you won't be allowed to use the amenities (such as the pool) you are always welcome to visit any Disney resort. In fact, we've been known to visit the Grand Floridian at Christmas time just to see the Gingerbread house!

    Some of the resorts are easier to travel to than others. The monorail resorts (Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and Polynesian) can easily be visited on a day that you are visiting the Magic Kingdom. If you don't plan on visiting the parks at all, you can usually park at one of these resorts (I'd suggest the Polynesian) without any trouble. From the Magic Kingdom or Contemporary, you can also take a boat to Ft. Wilderness and/or the Wilderness Lodge.

    If you are at Epcot, you can exit via the International Gateway for an easy stroll to the Yacht & Beach Clubs and the Boardwalk. From Hollywood Studios, you can take a boat ferry to these resorts.

    From Downtown Disney, you'll be able to take a boat ferry to the Port Orleans resorts as well as Saratoga Springs.

    For the other Disney resorts, the fastest transportation would be to drive. However, if you're willing to spend time riding buses, you're welcome to do that as well.

    A couple of notes: Don't forget that to park at a theme park there will be a fee. Parking at resorts is free, but may have a time limitation.

    And one last idea - one great way to visit a resort is to try out one of the restaurants. Its a great excuse to spend a bit of time at the resort and enjoy the ambiance!

    Hope you have fun "resort hopping"!
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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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