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  • On Nov 6, 2008
    Ann from IN Asked

    We will be at WDW at Thanksgiving. We would like to visit the different resorts to see their Christmas decorations. Do we have to pay to park at each resort and how much is it? What are better ways to get between them and what resorts do you you suggest.

    I absolutely love to tour the WDW resorts.

    When we've driven to resorts on Walt Disney World property, we tell the Cast Member at the security gate why we are visiting that resort (to shop, dine or tour). Some resorts will issue a 3 hour parking permit, while others will just wave you in. Typically the resorts on the monorail line (Contemporary, Grand Floridian and Polynesian) are stricter.

    Unless you use the valet parking service, self-parking is free.

    To tour the monorail resorts, I would park at the Transportation and Ticket Center. You can then take your time visiting each resort. The TTC also serves at the Magic Kingdom's parking lot. As long as you are staying at a WDW resort, parking will be included.

    Once you park at the TTC, board the resort monorail. The Express monorail will take you directly to the Magic Kingdom. The resort monorail will stop at the Polynesian first. The next stop is at the Grand Floridian. You will definitely want to tour the GF. You'll want to see the decorations in the Grand's lobby. Follow the gingerbread smell to the Gingerbread house!

    Board the monorail and stay on board when it stops at the Magic Kingdom. It'll proceed to the Contemporary Resort and then the TTC. Then drive to the Wilderness Lodge. You could also disembark at the MK and then take the boat to the Wilderness Lodge. This will not be the fastest route however.

    Next, I would drive to the Boardwalk Inn Resort. Tour the lobby. Then exit out onto the Boardwalk. Walk over to the Beach Club to see the chocolate carousel in the lobby. You might want to walk over to the Yacht Club to see the train while you are there!

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I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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