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Your Disney World Parking Guide

Are you trying to find the perfect parking spot at Walt Disney World? Fantastic! You’ve come to the right place. Below is my Disney World parking guide to help you park your car.

Hey Disney vacationers! Are you gearing up for an unforgettable adventure at Walt Disney World but feeling a bit unsure about the parking situation? Fear not! As someone who’s experienced the best of both worlds – the convenience of Disney’s complimentary transportation and the flexibility of having my own car on-site – I’m here to share a comprehensive guide on parking at Disney World. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned Disney aficionado, this guide will help you navigate the parking nuances like a champ.

Understanding Parking at Disney World: What You Need to Know

Theme Parks – Parking Costs for Different Visitors:

  • Resort Guests: Enjoy complimentary parking. It’s one of the perks of staying on-site!
  • Offsite Visitors: Budget for $30 per day.
  • Annual Passholders: Free parking is a part of your pass benefits. Just show your card and ID.
  • Preferred Parking: Costs more ($55/day peak, $45/day regular), but if you’re a passholder or resort guest, you only pay the difference (around $20-$25).
  • Oversized Vehicles: Same rate as regular cars, $30/day.

Parking at Disney Resorts:

  • General Parking: Free for resort guests. Visiting for dining or tours? Park up to 3 hours for free.
  • Valet Parking: Available at $33/day, but free for guests with a handicap placard.

Parking at Other Disney Destinations:

  • Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, & Disney Springs: Self-parking is free. Valet parking at Disney Springs is $20/day plus tip.

Navigating the Parking Experience

At the Parks
  • Parking Lot Timings: Aim to arrive about an hour before Early Entry if you’re looking to rope drop.
  • Arrival Process: Pay at the entrance booths or show your MagicBand/Annual Passholder card.
  • Pro Tip: Speed up the process by showing your Annual Pass card and driver’s license together.
Parking Lot Trams
  • A Lifesaver: These trams are incredibly helpful, especially after a long day. Remember to fold your stroller before boarding.
End of the Day
  • PLocating Your Car: Use your phone (drop a pin) or the My Disney Experience app’s Car Locator feature.
  • Exiting the Park: Despite the crowds, Disney’s parking lots are efficiently managed.
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Driving vs. Disney Transportation: Making the Right Choice

Opt to Drive When

  • You’re planning to resort hop
  • You’re aiming for an early start at EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom. Direct parking is often faster than Disney transportation.
  • Going to Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, or Typhoon Lagoon. Parking is free and conveniently right outside the entrance gate.

Choose Disney Transportation When

  • Visiting Magic Kingdom: The parking lot is about a mile away. For a quicker experience, consider Disney’s transportation.
  • Planning to park-hop
  • Arriving post-rope drop but before late afternoon

Parking FAQs: All Your Questions Answered

Here, you’ll find handy answers to all your questions about Disney’s parking at the theme parks, Disney Springs, and resorts.

A handy feature for locating your parked car.

Parking at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is reserved for those staying at the resort or with dining reservations.

Guests staying at a Disney resort can park at the resort and theme parks for free. Additionally, Annual Passholders enjoy free parking at the theme parks. Parking at Disney Springs is free for all guests.

No, you do not have to pay for parking twice when either park hopping or leave then return to the same park. If you keep your receipt, you can park at any of the theme parks on the same day.

Preferred parking is for parking spots that are the closest to the park entrance. There is an additional charge to park in these spots.

Select Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs offer Valet Parking for an additional fee.

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Renting a Car at Disney World: Is It for You?

If you’re contemplating renting a car but worried about navigation, rest assured that Disney makes it quite straightforward. However, if you’re still on the fence, exploring Disney World’s transportation options might be a good idea. They offer a range of convenient choices, from buses to monorails, ensuring your travel within the resort is hassle-free.

Ready, Set, Park!

Navigating parking at Disney World can seem overwhelming, but with these tips and insights, you’re well-equipped to handle it like a Disney pro. Remember, whether you’re driving or hopping on a Disney bus, the key is to enjoy every magical moment of your Disney World adventure. So, buckle up, choose the best parking option for you, and get ready for an unforgettable experience at the Most Magical Place on Earth!

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Meet the Author: Nate Bishop

I’m a die-hard Disney fan with 38 years of visits under my belt, having stepped into Disney World 120+ times. Proud to be a Disney Annual Passholder, a Vacation Club member since ’92, a Castaway Club Member, and a runDisney enthusiast. Oh, and I’ve graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge. Need Disney insights or planning tips? I’m your guy!

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