Family on dock at Grand Floridian
  • On Apr 5, 2023
    Andrew from TN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello. We are going to stay at a Disney resort hotel. We wanted to visit the Magic Kingdom resort hotels on one of our non-park days. Do you have to have a park reservation to park at the Ticket and Transportation Center parking lot?

    Greetings, Andrew! It's my pleasure to welcome you to planDisney.

    Andrew, one of the reasons my family and I keep coming back to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year (after year) is that each trip is different! A big part of what makes each visit unique is how we plan our non-park days and I'm excited to chat about yours. And... visiting Disney Resort Hotels other than the one you've selected for your stay is one of my favorite activities!

    Now, Andrew, the quick answer to your question is no, as a guest of any Disney Resort Hotel, you do not need to park at the Transportation and Ticket Center. You are welcome to use the complimentary transportation in order to visit other resorts. However, if you have a car with you and prefer to drive, you may do so. For example, let's say that you're staying at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, but have a dining reservation at Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Your choices would be to take the bus from your resort to Magic Kingdom Park and then use the walking path or monorail to visit the Contemporary OR you could drive your car directly to Disney's Contemporary Resort. When you arrive, just let the parking attendant know that you have a dining reservation or pull up your hotel reservation on your My Disney Experience Mobile App to show the Cast Member that you are an onsite guest.

    If you are hoping to visit a few different resorts around Magic Kingdom Park, the quickest option may be for you to park at the Transportation and Ticket Center and then enjoy the monorail like an attraction while visiting multiple locations! You can even create your own snack crawl between the monorail resorts. For example, the first monorail stop from the Transportation and Ticket Center will take you to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. You can then hop back on the monorail to visit Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The next stop will be Magic Kingdom Park before the final stop: Disney's Contemporary Resort. Each resort has great quick-service dining options where you could grab a bite to eat while you're touring the lobby and the grounds. 

    Andrew, I hope this helps and gives you some ideas for your upcoming non-park day. If you have any additional questions, please come on back to planDisney where, like Genie helping his buddy Aladdin, we are happy to help make your wishes come true. 

    Lauren

    Lauren
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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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