• On Oct 29, 2018
    Lory from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    When staying at AK resort as a passholder can you arrive early in the morning to experience a park that day? Also does the 24.00 per night parking fee only apply to guests staying in the resorts?

    Hi Lory,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my favorite resorts. I stayed there recently and loved sitting on our balcony and watching the animal graze. 

    If you arrive early in the day you can usually check-in but your room will probably not be ready. In that case, I always come prepared to head out to a park. I'm not sure how early you're planning to arrive, but some of the parks do have Extra Magic Hours where the park is open an hour early or an hour or two later in the evening. Extra Magic Hours are only available to guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel which includes you as a guest of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Check the park hours to see which parks may have Extra Magic Hours when you're visiting. 

    Parking fees at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels apply to overnight guests of the Hotel. If you drive or rent a car during your vacation, you will be responsible for the parking fees. I have gotten used to using Disney's Magical Express for transportation to and from the airport and using Walt Disney World Transportation during my visit. It's surprising but I don't miss having a car with me. 

    Lory, thank you for visiting us! I hope you'll let us know if we can help you with any other questions.
    Wishing you a magical visit,
    Amy H. 
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hey, Howdy, Hey! I'm Amy H. and I have been a fan of Walt Disney World since my first visit during the Magic Kingdom Park's opening year. I'm married to my favorite person in the world and since our son and daughter are in college, we have been enjoying more spur of the moment trips to the Most Magical Place on Earth. No matter the ages or size of your traveling party, I'd love to help plan you plan a magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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