AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On Sep 2, 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.

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    My family and I are visiting Disney in September 2010. We are staying off-site, but I would really like to visit the Disney resorts, and see what they look like. Is this possible?

    Hi, Colleen!  You can absolutely visit any of the Walt Disney World resort hotels, even if you are not a guest of the hotels!  The resorts have shops, restaurants, and some have amazing art work and architecture - not to mention beautiful scenery - that would be great to go and see!

    Animal Kingdom Lodge has a beautiful vantage point from where you can see the animals on the savannah and listen to the African story tellers.  The resort itself is home to some beautiful pieces of African artwork.  The Polynesian has absolutely lush tropical grounds that are a pleasure for the senses to walk around.  Don't miss the incredible fireplace and the totem poles at Wilderness Lodge!

    To gain access to the resorts, you just need to go through the security gate.  Let the security guard know that you'd like to take some time to browse the shops and see the resort, and they will give you a pass that allows you park for up to three hours in the resort parking lot.  If you are at one of the monorail resorts, this may be enough time to browse all three and only have to park once!  Take the monorail in between.

    If you can squeeze in an evening visit to the Boardwalk resort area, you'll likely find a variety of performers entertaining Boardwalk guests.  You may even get a glimpse of some of Illuminations from EPCOT.

    Have a wonderful time on your vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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