Shortlist
Recently Viewed
You have not viewed any villas yet. When you do, they will appear here for easy reference.

Search


Categories

About This Guide
Latest Articles
Most Viewed
Random Selection
Articles With Photos
Meet The Authors
Accommodation   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
Animal Kingdom   page 1 / 2
Cruising
Days Out   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Dining   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 32 / 33
Discovery Cove   page 1 / 2
Disney General   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Disney Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Epcot   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Florida History   page 1 / 2
Golf   page 1 / 2 / 3
Hints and Tips   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Hollywood Studios   page 1 / 2
Magic Kingdom   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Miscellaneous   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17
Museums
Night Life
Other Activities   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15
Other Florida   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14
Other Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Owners Vacation Diary   page 1 / 2
Places to Visit   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Planning your Trip   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Sea World   page 1 / 2
Shopping   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
Shows
Sports and Recreation
State Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Travelling   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11
Universal Parks   page 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Water Parks

Florida Guide > Accommodation

Access to Disney Resorts & Hotels

There is a common misconception that the Walt Disney World resorts and hotels are the exclusive domain of their paying guests. It is easy to understand why this should appear to be the case as the entrance to each is heavily guarded with security officers and electronic barriers reminiscent of something like ‘Checkpoint Charlie’…. well not quite perhaps but I’m sure you get my drift.

The security is intended to make sure that the parking lot is not used by unauthorised vehicles and that residents always have priority access. By displaying resort passes in their windscreens the officers on the gate are able to recognise authorised users and allow them entry whilst, at the same time, challenging those who do not meet the given criteria.

However, Disney is quite open to the ‘try before you buy’ approach as long as there are no negative impacts on their private or business clientele that may give cause for complaint.

Basically, if there are no business conventions or other major functions taking place it is most probable that there is plenty of parking available and, as a non Disney resident, you would be welcome to sample the delights of any the resort areas for a limited time period.

By just turning up unannounced there is a risk, albeit relatively small, that you may face the embarrassment of being refused entry, whereas if you are expected, access is more or less guaranteed.

How do you become an expected guest I can hear you ask……. well the simplest way is to book a meal in advance through the Disney Dining dedicated phone line (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) with all resort restaurants accepting bookings from non residents. These restaurants, however, do get very busy and it is recommended that you make a reservation as early as possible.

Upon arrival at the security gate the officers will ask what the reasons are for your visit.

If it is to have a meal, then their paperwork will be scrutinised to check off your name, if it is for a casual visit to simply have a look around they may just ask a few more questions.

In either case you will be asked to provide proof of identification, (a passport or driving licence is ideal), and the car registration number before a temporary pass is issued.

The passes usually carry three hour duration although we are not sure how rigidly this is enforced. In any event it should provide more than enough time to get a feel of what the Disney resorts have to offer…. . . we think you’ll be impressed.

We aim to provide accurate and useful information, but if you feel anything provided here is not accurate or out of date, please email us with the address of the page concerned and any comments so we can amend as necessary.

Page added on: 23 September 2010
Viewed 3586 times since 23 September 2010.

There are no photos available for this article at the moment.

Villa Owners: Upload A Photo To This Article

To upload a photo for consideration, click here. Please only submit photos relevant to this article.

Other Articles Viewed

The following articles were also viewed by people who looked at this one:

Bookmark This Article


These sites allow you to store and share links over the internet. You can share the links with other users or just use them to access your links from any computer you are using. More information is available here.