• On Feb 20, 2020
    Joseph from FL 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.

    Hello, I'm a weekday pass holders, I know I get standard parking at the theme parks. I want to know if I can park for free at the different deluxe hotels like Animal lodge etc.. I want to visit them and view their lobby, maybe grab a quick bit to eat?

    Hi Joseph,

    It's great to hear from a fellow Floridian and a fellow passholder. Don't you love the convenience of being able to visit Walt Disney World frequently? It is one of the best benefits of living in the Sunshine State.

    You absolutely are welcome to visit the resorts, and I would encourage you to do so. Just last night, my family and I drove over from our home in the Tampa Bay area to meet friends at Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner. We relaxed in the beautiful lobby, enjoyed a drink at Victoria Falls and then ate bountiful amounts of African-inspired food at Boma.

    All you need to do to access complimentary self-parking is show your ID at the security gate and let them know you are stopping by for a dining reservation, a snack, some shopping or just to look around. Most of the time, there's ample parking. 

    The only time you may have an issue accessing parking without a resort or dining reservation is during special events or at peak seasons, such as during the holidays. The monorail resorts -- the Contemporary, Polynesian Village and Grand Floridian -- usually have the most restrictions on parking for non-resort guests because of their popularity and proximity to Magic Kingdom. And the Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts typically limit access during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

    Otherwise, feel free to wander through the resorts. Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge are two of our favorites to visit for a stroll through the grounds and a bite to eat. But there's something interesting to see and do at every resort. I love to spend a day resort-hopping during the Christmas season to see all the gorgeous trees and gingerbread creations.

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Joseph. Please check back if you have other questions or would like recommendations about the best quick bites in the resorts. Have fun exploring!

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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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