I’m a AP holder, so parking has never been an issue for me… But I can tell you that whenever we have gone to a resort that we were NOT staying at, we were never provided with a “resort specific” parking pass.
What happens is, as we pull up to the security guard at the resort gate, we always tell them what we are doing there such as: “dining reservations”, “just here to visit”, etc… and then we are directed to the appropriate parking area.
For example, when we were visiting the GF during the Holidays to see that fantastic ginger bread house, the security guard directed me to the parking area across the street from the resort. We hung out at the GF for probably 4 hours or so, and then we returned to our vehicle. Now keep in mind, this was a very busy time of year and I did not see any security personnel rolling around in a golf kart to keep track of the vehicles in said lot.
So from my experience, I have never seen anything enforced whatsoever.
Now, as I mentioned, I have no need to take advantage of the situation because I’m a passholder and 90% of the time when we visit the resorts on the Disney premises, we are most likely staying at a resort ourselves. But I do find it to be VERY interesting that an author representing “Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel” advocates the use of free parking at the various locations listed in the article…
Very interesting indeed :closedeye