How close are you to Disney’s ‘Main Gate’?
One thing that drives me crazy is when I see hotels or vacation rentals being advertised as being 5 miles from Disney’s “Main Gate”! Disney World is so huge, there is no ‘Main Gate’.
What does that mean exactly? Making such a claim is just an attempt to trick people unfamiliar with the area into thinking that a ‘Main Gate’ location is close to where they want to be! But in reality, it makes no sense. Just imagine any good size city in a central location. There will probably be 10 different highways leading into it, from 10 different directions. They don’t close off all the other highways and select one to call the ‘Main Highway’. It’s silly.
So what about those photos you see of the ‘gates’ leading to Walt Disney World? Yes, they’re real, and they do exist, but there are four roads with ‘gate’ signage (and likely more coming). And yet there are 10 different roads that actually enter into the resort boundary!
With there being different gates, it really becomes meaningless for one property to claim that they are ‘only so far from the gate’ while another says the same thing. They can all be referring to different gates, so a comparison becomes meaningless. To complicate things more, the various gates themselves are different distances from the attractions! And the roads they’re on vary tremendously in how congested they often are and how far you can get in a set amount of time!
For example, if you enter by the most Northern access, which happens to be closest to Orlando proper, you will immediately hit the worst traffic congestion in all of Walt Disney World. (This may or may not be a problem depending on the time and day of the week you are there.)
So how do you know what to choose? Where is the best location (from a driving perspective) to stay in a Disney Area Vacation villa?
For further information, see the article: Why people get confused about Walt Disney World