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Arriving at a Disney Park by car - Part 2
Continued from part 1.
On leaving your vehicle, walk to the end of your row and wait behind the posts for the tram that will take you to the park entrance. Disney cast members will be on hand to ensure that you do not cross into the tram zone whilst waiting, and that you and your party board safely. Guests are directed to seat five to a row with children on the inside all strollers must be folded. It may be frustrating not to get on to the first tram that comes along but there will be another one right behind, stay safe.
When everyone is safely boarded you will begin your short journey to the park entrance, or in the case of The Magic Kingdom, to the ticket and transportation center, your host cast member will remind you where you are parked, once again this is really important. On journey to the park you will be given a brief commentary about the park opening times and the days highlights such as times of parades and fireworks and anything special which may be happening on the day of your visit.
If you arrive at the parking lot area early in the day, or later on when some early birds have left, you may be parked in a lot where transportation by tram is not required and it is just a short walk along a designated footpath to the park entrance. Transportation by tram is also not required at the water parks.
On arrival at the park entrance you will disembark the tram to the side directed by a driver, this will be the only side from which it is possible to exit. At the park entrance you can purchase tickets if you have not already done so, or you can upgrade your existing tickets if required, for example to a ticket with park hopping privileges. At some parks, automated ticket kiosks are available. Guests already in possession of a ticket can make their way directly to the park entrance, although, if you have a bag this will be searched by Disney Security before joining the entry line and it helps if you have it open ready for inspection.
The Magic Kingdom is the exception. When you leave the tram you will find yourself at the Ticket and Transportation Center where you can buy tickets if required and where your onward journey to the park begins. You have the choice of traveling to the park by ferry or by monorail, many people choose to travel by monorail simply because of the misconception that the journey is quicker. The journey to the Magic Kingdom park entrance by monorail or across the Seven Seas Lagoon by ferry takes exactly the same length of time, so why not use one method of transportation on your outbound journey and another on your return?
Once you arrive at the park entrance the drill is pretty much the same with bag checks and the presentation of tickets to enter through the turnstiles. Immediately inside all the parks, including the water parks, you will find park maps and copies of the day' s scheduled events. Enjoy!
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