Security can be dire - last time we went we stayed off-site on I'tl Drive and were still able to wander freely around the hotels, make purchases in the shops, use the facilities.... didn't once see a security guard!
those are the same at all resorts
Odd. I remember them having my resort name on them, but maybe not.
In addition to seasonal considerations, there are some pools that are more careful than others. In particular stormalong bay (yacht/beach club) is known to be pretty picky.
Seriously, in the scheme of things, checking which guest is in which hotel isn't a priority for them. As long as you stay in the public areas and aren't wondering around the hallways where the guest rooms are, I don't think you'd have any problems.
A group of us were there last year. We were staying in one of the All-stars, but some of our party went to breakfast one day at the Grand Floridian, and we went to the Wilderness Lodge one evening.
In fact, it's a pretty shrewd move by Disney-- let the guests see all the other hotels and they're already planning where they'll stay on their next trip.
However, RGB is right: you can visit any hotel, any time, for almost any reason---pool hopping being the one notable exception.
Well, that and stalking guests.
That being said, try to get to the all star sports pool, that Goofy statue with the water cannon is really entertaining. :)
Having taken a trip to a disey park and staying on property, the 'official' stance is that pools are restricted to guests of that particular resort only. However, any other recreatonal activities (i.e. boat/bike rental, golf, tennis, campfire programs, boat cruises, etc) are open to anybody at any resort.
Your "Key to The World" card does NOT explicitly state your room number or resort. I suppose thats all in keeping with modern hotel room security standards. However their is a code number on the keycard that staff could use to tell which resort you are a guest of.
Now, common sense will dictate that they aren't going to start checking roomkeys unless it is obvious you aren't a guest there, or the pool is getting crowded. Remember Disney is all about putting a positive carefree guest experience first, so as long as people aren't being disruptive and there is plenty of pool to go around, they likely wont care. Still, bear in mind what the 'official' rules are, you might just save yourself that embarassing, awkward situation should you find yourself with a lifegurard who decided to do a random keycard inspection.
Along with that, anybody can use the restaurants, gift shops, lounges and other common areas of the resorts, and since most everybody there is dressed in theme-park casual, the only way you are goin to attract security to yourself is if you start causing a disruption or start acting in a suspicious manner, (i.e. standing in front of a room door trying a stack of keycards out on it...)
Also note resorts nearest the parks may enforce parking restrictions if you are not a guest. When you check in you are given a parking permit for your dashboard that clearly states which resort issued it.
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