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  • On Jun 18, 2008
    Michael from IL Asked

    You've been so helpful, better than any book :) !We're driving to WDW in Sept. and staying at WL. We were wondering if it was worth it to drive up to the parks instead of taking WDW transportation. (w/4 year old son & 10 month old baby)

    Michael,

    Glad to have more readers from my neck of the woods, and glad you find our info helpful.

    If you have a car and are staying at the Wilderness Lodge (WL), then the quickest way to get to the Magic Kingdom (MK) is by boat and by car to the rest of the parks. The reason that it is faster to drive to the other parks is that you won't have to wait for the bus. Even though you may need to walk a little further from your parked car to the park entrance, on average you will still save about 15-20 minutes. 

    The reason why it takes longer on average to drive to the MK is that you can't park at the MK but instead have to park at the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) and then you need to either take the Monorail or the ferry boat to the MK. The boat will drop you off at the MK entrance.

    Since you are staying at a Disney resort you will not have to pay for parking at any of the parks nor at the WL (true for guests of any Disney resort).

    I hope you have a great stay at the WL.  I haven't stayed there yet, but I recently took a tour and fell in love with it.  A few tips to help you further enjoy the WL:
    - Ask for the "Hidden Mickey Hunt" sheet to help find Hidden Mickeys throughout the resort
    - Ask about the "Flag Family of the Day" when you check-in.  One lucky family gets to go to the roof of the Wilderness Lodge every morning and raise the flags.  The view from the roof is spectacular.  Since there's only one family per day, you'll need luck on your side - but it doesn't hurt to ask if it's available for any morning during your stay!
    - Consider taking the WL tour (not just for WL guests!) which is offered various days each week at 9 am.  If you can't do the tour, ask the front desk for a copy of the "WL Fun Facts" sheet which describes many interesting details about the WL.
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