[QUOTE=mickeymotto;1017066]The reason I don’t see a problem with this is because we really do use it to eat at the restaurants in the resort. But if we also choose to go to a near by park, we are not going to drive back to our home resort and transport or drive over to another parking lot.
IMHO, I don’t believe we are manipulating the system, just taking advantage of a perk that we do pay for by purchasing the TIW.
Also, most resort guests do self park and the valet is used mostly for restaurant guests, which we are. And we do ALWAYS tip the valet.[/QUOTE]
Apologies, but I want to reply so others can see both sides. :happy:
I DO see a problem with this, several in fact. First and foremost, it IS manipulating the system to park at a resort for a day at the park, because whether you use valet or not, you are imposing on others who wish to use the lots as well. If a bunch of people were to park for the day in the resort’s regular lot, there would be no place for people who are guests at that resort to park. Can you imagine how you’d feel if you pulled up to your resort one night only to be told that there was no place to park your car because all the people who came for breakfast lunch or dinner decided to ditch their cars in the lot to go to the parks? Or if you were coming for dinner and drove to the resort and wanted valet parking, only to be turned away because the valet lot is full with cars of the TIW breakfast crowd – No, I can’t see any way those valet lots were designed for long-term parking for park visits.
Second, if you look at the description of the benefits of the TIW card, you will see the phrase “for the purposes of dining” when it refers to the parking. This is from the Disney website:
[I]•Resort valet services are complimentary to members, for the sole purpose of dining. This privilege will only be extended to one vehicle per membership card. Present your membership card with a valid dining receipt at the Valet Stand upon retrieving your vehicle.
•Theme Park parking is complimentary to members, for the sole purpose of dining. Before 5:00pm, please pay for parking at the Toll Plaza. Visit Guest Relations on your way out of the Theme Park, and if it has been less than 3 hours, show your membership card and dining receipt for reimbursement for parking. After 5:00 p.m., members can show their membership card at the toll plaza to enter the parking lot. Theme park admission is required for dining in all Theme Park restaurant locations. On Block-Out dates, there will be a charge for parking and valet services.[/I]
As for having paid for TIW… you paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 to $100. What if tons of people bought TIW so they could just get that parking discount all year? A lot of people would use it as “Parking In Wonderland” instead of “Tables In Wonderland.” They’d happily book a ressie at Poly just to be able to drive in and have a lovely parking spot right next to the monorail, then just ditch the restaurant altogether. I would never think you’d do something like that, but believe me, plenty of people would, convincing themselves that it’s OK because they get away with it.
It’s very convenient to leave your car at your home resort and use Disney transportation to get to the dining resort, then to the parks, then back to the home resort again at the end of the day. Door to door service! :happy: