Can a visitor park at our hotel?
"I am a DVC Member and will be staying at one of the resorts. A relative would like to visit Disney World for a couple of days as he just moved to the area. Can he park at the resort I'm staying at and take the bus transportation with us? If yes, is there a charge?"
It's Free If...
Let's go with the easy question first. Will it cost anything? No. If they are able to park, as long as they don't stay overnight, it will be free. Disney hotels only charge for parking overnight. Oh, and all Disney transportation once onsite is free and open to the public.
Might Be A Problem, If...
The easy answer to the first question is yes, your friends can come and join you for a day or two, but...
Lately, some of the hotels have started to really scrutinize those trying to park at the resorts. If you don't have a reservation (hotel or dining) you might be turned away. This has come from so many people parking at the resorts to avoid paying for parking. It's mostly at the monorail hotels and the Epcot hotels this happens.
Dad's Bottom Line
Will your friends get hassled? Maybe. Will they be turned away? Probably not. As long as they have your name and room number they will probably be allowed to park. Probably. Worst case, they'll have to go to a park parking lot and meet you in the parks.