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    Visiting Resorts.

    Is it possible to park and then ride various modes of Disney transportation and visit all of the resorts without paying for a park ticket? Can it be done in a day or an afternoon? On the smaller modes of transportation, are the drivers tipped? Thanks

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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

    Because you never actually need to enter the gates of a park when transferring on Disney transportation, you can use Disney transportation without a park ticket to get from your Disney resort to a park, then transfer to another bus to go to another Disney resort. This takes a LOT of time, and really cannot be done in a day, never mind an afternoon. Transfers can take upwards of an hour each.

    Disney transportation is provided free for Disney Resort Guests. Tipping is not done.

    You can cover a lot of different resorts, though, if you plan well. You can see all the monorail resorts in an afternoon. You can walk to the Epcot resorts that lie around Crescent Lake. But many of the resorts are only accessible by bus (half of the moderates, all of the values). Bus and boat transfers take a bit of time.
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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

    If you're looking to visit all of the resorts in one day, I'd suggest renting a car for the day. It's relatively cheap and right on Disney property. The trouble with the buses is that, unless it's on the same route to a park, there aren't buses that run between resorts. You'll have to plan it out very carefully, otherwise you'll find youself at resorts or the TTC just to switch to a new hotel.
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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

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    If you're looking to visit all of the resorts in one day, I'd suggest renting a car for the day. It's relatively cheap and right on Disney property. The trouble with the buses is that, unless it's on the same route to a park, there aren't buses that run between resorts. You'll have to plan it out very carefully, otherwise you'll find youself at resorts or the TTC just to switch to a new hotel.
    exactly... you might take the WL bus to Epcot and go to Fort Wilderness... but the AK bus might take you right back to WL... if you are gonna do that i think starting at WL and taking it on the MGM bus will take you to Grand Floridian... then you can take the monorail to the MK reosrts... and then hop the Poly bus to say Epcot and hit the Boardwalk and such... and then take the MGM bus and walk to the studios resorts and so on and so forth... just if you do that... be prepared... TO WALK A LOT...!!!
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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

    I one day plan to hit every resort in a day...I guess it's just going to take a lot of strategy

    And as a tip, sort of...there's the blue flag boats that go from the Contemporary to Ft. Wilderness to Wilderness Lodge...they only come once every half hour, but if you time it right it could help you move around quicker
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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

    Quote Originally Posted by N.J.boy@N.C.St. View Post
    I one day plan to hit every resort in a day...I guess it's just going to take a lot of strategy

    And as a tip, sort of...there's the blue flag boats that go from the Contemporary to Ft. Wilderness to Wilderness Lodge...they only come once every half hour, but if you time it right it could help you move around quicker
    I've done it before. But again, by car. I'm not sadistic enough to try it by Disney transportation.
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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

    If I were to try it, I'd probably stick with the Deluxe resorts. I mean, if you just want to peek in the lobby, glance around, and say, "Oh, nice. Next!", that's fine, and I suppose you could do it. But I would want to give a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour to each resort to look over the lobby, pools, spas, grounds, arcades, gift shops, etc, and maybe glance in the eateries as well. Why else would you do it? And considering there are 20 different resorts in Walt Disney World, with at least 7 Disney Vacation Club Villas properties...even with allowing for driving time and skipping the Disney transportation, it's just not practical.
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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

    I love visiting different resorts. It's a good way to keep busy on non park days. I just can't sit at a pool all day, like my wife can. It's a good way to preview a resort you may want to stay at in the future.
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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

    We visit different resorts every trip down. We usually spend our first day in Orlando taking different Disney transports. It's fun and we never set a destination. We play the whichever bus shows up first we get on and see where it takes us. The kids love to ride the Epcot monorail just so they can get a sneak peek of the crowds and such.
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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

    It is easy enough to do the monorail resorts (plus wilderness lodge, fort wilderness) in one go... and same with all the epcot resorts, easy to do in one go. The problem is how long you plan to spend in each resort, the bus transfer between the two areas (since you need to go to a park and then take a resort bus) and then the AKL is way out of the way (its a long bus ride, and again you need to transfer from the AK resort!). I think you could do at least all of these in one day (so like ursala said, just the deluxe's) but it will for sure take all day!

    I usually just pick an area and do that in an evening/afternoon... so the MK ones, or the Epcot ones, or AKL. That way you can take all time you need to visit each one, and we usually plan an ADR at one of the resorts as well just to try something new

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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

    Hi everybody, here's another resort visiting question.

    On my upcoming trip, I plan to stay on property and would like to spend some time touring around the other resorts. I was wondering, is there parts of the resort that are off-limits? For example, am I only allowed to use my resort's pool, or would I be welcome to take a swim at another resort? Is it normal to walk around the grounds to see the architecture, or would people look at me strangely like I was going to break into the place? Are there times that would be considered unacceptable, like late at night, or does WDW operate around the clock? LOL I know I could eat in the restaurants, and I'm sure Disney wouldn't stop me from shopping in any of their shops Thankyou!!

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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

    Quote Originally Posted by MamaMayhem View Post
    Hi everybody, here's another resort visiting question.

    On my upcoming trip, I plan to stay on property and would like to spend some time touring around the other resorts. I was wondering, is there parts of the resort that are off-limits? For example, am I only allowed to use my resort's pool, or would I be welcome to take a swim at another resort? Is it normal to walk around the grounds to see the architecture, or would people look at me strangely like I was going to break into the place? Are there times that would be considered unacceptable, like late at night, or does WDW operate around the clock? LOL I know I could eat in the restaurants, and I'm sure Disney wouldn't stop me from shopping in any of their shops Thankyou!!
    Everything at other resorts are free for the doing, except the pools, no pool hopping unless you're a DVC member.....but enjoying the atmosphere, gift shops, restaurants and lounges is open to everyone.....

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    I always drive around. I can't see taking the bus, especially since they don't link directly to other resorts. I had to stop at the Grand Floridian on my final day to buy some gingerbread for someone back home. I went to park and they told me to drive in and use the guest lot which, as it turns out, is across the street and nowhere near the lobby. I drove back in and pretended that I missed my turn, and the guard directed me again. From there, I drove up front, told the greeter that I was checking in, left the keys, bought my stuff, went back out and left. Easy. Tried parking at the Contemporary but they said that you needed a special pass for the entire month of December (I guess they're trying to cut down on the number of people walking to the MK from their lot). They wanted me to use the TTC lot and then take the monorail over to the Wave for dinner. Umm, yeah, that won't be happening.
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    Re: Visiting Resorts.

    done it many times but as said you need your own car or a rental. then you can use their pools except the yacht club pool
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    Is there an issue parking at a Disney resort say if you have dinner reservations and you're not staying on property?
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