• On Aug 4, 2018
    Melissa from PA 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.

    i have heard rules have changed as far as "hotel exploring"? Not being able to park at hotels anymore unless you are staying there or have dining reservations, is this true?:( How about parking at the boardwalk, dinner reservations necessary?

    Hello, Melissa!

    Walt Disney World vacation is not complete for me unless I get a chance to visit some of the resort hotels to do some shopping or grab a quick bite to eat. A friend and I actually did just that this past week, making an unscheduled visit to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa to enjoy lunch and bring some souvenirs home for our children.

    There are no recent rules that prohibit parking at another resort. You will still be able to visit other resorts for shopping and dining, or, especially during the holidays, seeing the holiday decorations. The only parking change that has taken place in recent months is the addition of resort overnight self-parking fees. I will say, however, that our experience recently is that with some resorts undergoing enhancements, parking is definitely limited. 

    Guests are definitely encouraged to use resort transportation when they can, as with the limited parking at some resorts, it can be difficult to find a parking space in the self parking lot. You can always use valet service at the resorts that offer it, and that may at least shift the burden of finding a spot off of you. 

    Have a wonderful visit, Melissa!
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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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