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Arriving at a Disney Park by car - Part 1
The roads within Walt Disney World are often several lanes wide and they can get very busy, but on the plus side they are well surfaced and clearly sign posted. Speeding is most definitely frowned upon and it is not unusual see police with speed cameras enforcing the speed limit. Combine all of the above and it makes Walt Disney World very easy to get around. Your villa owner will have given you a rough guide to the length of time it will take you to reach Walt Disney World property from your vacation home, but, depending on traffic it may take you another 20 minutes or so to reach your final destination so leave plenty of time for your journey so as not to be disappointed.
Follow the signs to the theme park of your choice and you will arrive directly at the parking lot. With the exception of the water parks there is a charge for parking and this is currently $20 a day for a car, and $22 a day for an RV. Do not worry if you don' t have the correct money as the cashier is used to providing change, cards are also accepted. The cashier will hand you a parking ticket to display in your vehicle and it is important not to lose this as it is valid for any of the Walt Disney World parks on the same day, which means that if you wish to leave the park and return later or if you want to move on to another park you do not have to pay another parking fee.
If you are not stopping at the park but merely dropping off guests make your way to the extreme right-hand lane and you will not be expected to pay a parking fee but will be directed to the drop off zone. Disabled guests with the correct authorization will be directed to selected parking lots.
On leaving the payment booth follow the cones to the parking lot that is in current use – you cannot simply choose where you wish to park, it is very organized and Disney cast members will be there to direct you. Very important, make sure you make a note of the lot and the row in which you are parked. It is easy, in your excitement to get into the park, to forget to do this, but without this information it will be well nigh impossible to find your vehicle when you are leaving later. A good tip is to take a photo on your cell phone and make sure everybody in your party he has this information, surely one of you is bound to remember? If the worst thing happens, and you do forget where you are parked stand at the edge of the parking lot and flag down a security patrol who will help you find your vehicle, but remember this really is a last resort!
Take care, especially of children, when leaving your vehicle, by the time you have parked up another car will have parked alongside you and you do not want to be opening doors at the same time. Cars are always approaching from behind you so direct children to stand in front of the vehicle whilst you remove your belongings from the trunk. Likewise walk in front of parked cars when making your way to the tram stop. Take everything with you that you may need for the day, it is a long way to ' pop back to the car' and you can rent lockers inside the park for extra belongings that may or may not be required.
Continued in part 2
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