We are staying offsite but want to visit the Animal Kingdom Lodge to view the Christmas decorations. Will we be able to park there? Will we be allowed inside if we are not guest at a WDW Resort hotel?
Some resorts can be difficult but you should have no problem at AKL. It is truly a magical resort. If they stop you just tell them you want to see the decorations and maybe grab a meal at the Mara. Enjoy!
We just did this yesterday. We just told the guard at the gate that we were going to see the animals. He was very friendly and, after scanning our Magic Band for security, sent us right in. It was no problem. It is worth doing…it is beautifully decorated. They even had a photographer taking photos in front of the tree. She took some amazing shots of my son and his friend.
Just reread you post and saw that you are not staying at a WDW resort. They asked us for either a Magic Band or a photo ID, so I believe you will be fine… just take an ID with you.