• On Nov 23, 2021
    Mark 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.

    We're staying at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek resort (WDW property but not Disney owned). We are wanting to visit the various Disney resorts to enjoy the decorations, but we've heard that resort parking is not available for non-guests. Recommend?

    Hey there, Mark! Thanks for coming to planDisney with your question! 

    I stayed at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek a few years ago and LOVED it! The resort is gorgeous, and since I rented a car, getting to the Walt Disney World theme parks was super easy and convenient. 

    When I was visiting WDW a few weeks ago, I wanted to do a “tour” of holiday decorations, just like you are planning. The Magic Kingdom monorail resorts (Grand Floridian, Contemporary, & Polynesian) seem to be the biggest sticklers about parking there. So, on our Magic Kingdom day, we simply took the boat over the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to enjoy the gorgeous Gingerbread House, and then rode the monorail to the other two resorts and got out to take a quick look and then back to Magic Kingdom. 

    I also might suggest a breakfast reservation at Whispering Canyon Café, at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. You can then park and eat breakfast AND see the enormous Christmas tree and other decorations around the lobby. 

    When we went to EPCOT, we took a detour out the International Gateway to walk over to Disney’s Beach Club Resort to see the Little Mermaid-themed Gingerbread Carousel. This was also a welcome break in the afternoon, and we found some cushy chairs to spend a little time in. I also love Beaches and Cream Soda Shop for a bite to eat or an ice cream creation. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Boardwalk Inn are also close enough to walk to, if you wanted to check out their holiday décor as well. 

    I think those are truly the top resorts to see for holiday decorations. We have often driven to a resort and asked at the gate if we can be let in, knowing that there is always a possibility that we will be turned away. I have also gotten lucky and been allowed in with no trouble. So, I figure it never hurts to ask. 

    I hope this helps with your holiday visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth. Be sure to stop on Main Street, USA for some cute holiday photos with extra “magic” in them. 

    Happy Traveling & Happy Holidays,
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GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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