We are often done with parks by 1-2 pm and sometimes don't go back. So not a waste of a day.Are you sure you want to squeeze in a half day at a park on departure day?
Seems like a hassle and waste of money IMHO. I'd rather just enjoy the resort/Boma breakfest before leaving, but that's just me.
A long time ago, after four-days in the parks, I was surprised with one last morning to spend as I pleased. I decided on Magic Kingdom. Rather than running to squeeze in as much as possible, I just parked myself in a strategic spot on Main Street and did nothing. I soaked in the ambience, listened to the music, smelled the smells, and watched the people. I noticed things I'd never noticed before, and appreciated it all. To this day, that was one of my most memorable experiences in the parks!
Boma breakfast before departure. What an amazing way to say goodbye.
I wouldn't let the distance between your hotel and the parks be the deciding factor. When leaving the park, the wait time for a bus will be the same regardless of the park you attended. The actual drive time will only differ by 15 minutes or so.
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