Sometimes when planning a vacation, people forget to consider one important question – where will I park my car? Luckily, you’ll find ample parking at Disney World that is easy to find and access. This guide will answer all your questions about Walt Disney World parking.
Table of Contents
- How Much Does Disney World Parking Cost?
- Is There Free Parking at Walt Disney World?
- Parking by Disney World Park
- Tips for Parking at Disney World
- FAQs About Parking at the Walt Disney World Resort
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How Much Does Disney World Parking Cost?
Standard parking costs $25 per day at the Disney World theme parks. You can purchase preferred parking for $45-50 per day for a better location closer to the park entrance. Oversized vehicle parking (RV, bus, camper trailer, tractor-trailer, etc) costs $30 per day. Select annual passholders and guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel receive complimentary theme park parking.
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Parking costs at Disney resorts vary by resort category. Self-parking at Disney value resorts costs $15 per night. At Disney moderate resorts (including The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort), you will pay $20 for overnight self-parking. Guests staying at Disney deluxe resorts and deluxe villa resorts will pay $25 per night for standard parking fees.
Valet parking is available at all Walt Disney World hotels for guests with a valid disability parking permit. Some hotels offer valet parking for all guests at $33 per day. Disney World is still in the process of bringing back valet parking for all Disney hotel guests.
Disney Vacation Club members receive free Disney resort hotel parking when they are staying at one of the DVC deluxe villa resorts or when they are using vacation points to pay for their Disney hotel stay.
Day guests visiting Walt Disney World resort hotels can enjoy complimentary parking.
Of course, standard overnight self-parking costs are not the only thing that varies between the Disney World resort hotels. To help you choose the best hotel and location read my guide to where to stay near Disney World.
Free Parking Locations at Disney World
There are no parking fees at Typhoon Lagoon water park, Blizzard Beach water park, Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Winter Summerland miniature golf course, and Fantasia Gardens miniature golf course.
Is There Free Parking at Walt Disney World?
All Walt Disney World guests can find free Walt Disney World parking at the water parks, Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the miniature golf courses.
Annual passholders and Disney hotel guests receive free theme park parking during their Walt Disney World vacation. Disney Vacation Club members receive free resort self-parking when they stay at a DVC deluxe villa resort or use points to pay for their vacation at any Disney hotel.
Parking by Disney World Park
Parking at Magic Kingdom
To visit the Magic Kingdom, you will leave your car in the parking lot at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC). The area is divided into several parking lots named for several Disney heroes and villains. You shouldn’t have a problem finding a parking space since the lots can hold more than 12,000 cars.
Since trams are running continuously to bring you from your car to the Ticket and Transportation Center, I would skip preferred parking at the Magic Kingdom.
See my itinerary for planning the perfect day at the Magic Kingdom.
Parking at Epcot
The Epcot parking lot is expansive, with over 11,000 spots available. The parking trams are currently not running at Epcot, but they are expected to return within 2022. Since this is one of the largest parking lots in the country, it may be worth the extra money to purchase preferred parking.
Plan your trip to Epcot with my Epcot one day itinerary planner.
Parking at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The entrance to the Hollywood Studios parking area can be confusing to find. It is located southeast of the park at the intersection of Osceola Parkway and Victory Way. Luckily, the Walt Disney Company has excellent signage to direct you around the Disney resort.
Even though this is one of the smaller parking lots (holding approximately 6500 cars), you can expect to walk a bit because the trams are not currently operating. Like Epcot, the trams are expected to return within 2022.
If heading to Hollywood Studios, don’t miss my guide on how to do one day at Hollywood Studios.
Parking at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom has the smallest lot of the Disney theme parks, holding just over 6,000 vehicles. Many of the parking spaces are within walking distance of the entrance. There is a tram to take guests from the farther lots to the front of the park.
Check out my itinerary to learn how to do one day at Animal Kingdom.
Parking at Disney Springs
Disney Springs parking used to be a nightmare. However, with the renovations of the area also came 3 parking garages. There is also surface parking available.
There is no parking fee to use the garages or surface parking. If you would like to valet your car, the service is available for $20 per day.
👉 Pro Tip: The security checks and walkways from the garages to Disney Springs are located on the 2nd floor. If spots are available, try to park on that floor for minimal walking.
Parking at Disney’s Boardwalk
There is no designated parking area for the Boardwalk, so you’ll need to park at the Boardwalk Inn. Sometimes, security will turn you away if you do not have a dining or recreation reservation. If they allow you to park at the Boardwalk Inn, there is no parking fee.
Another option to access Disney’s Boardwalk is by parking at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. Day guests must pay $35 plus applicable tax to park at the hotel.
Tips for Parking at Disney World
Use the My Disney Experience Car Locator
Recently, the My Disney Experience application introduced a car locator feature. By connecting to GPS, the app will remember the location of your car in the vast lots of the Disney World parks.
Getting to know the My Disney Experience app is just one of my many Disney World tips to make your vacation easier.
The Tram is Not Always Faster
Depending on where you are parked and how many trams are running, you could end up waiting 10-15 minutes to catch a tram (especially with the morning rush). If you can see the entrance of the park, I recommend just walking to the front.
Make Your Rental Car Stand Out
If you like to rent cars for your Disney World trips, you probably already know that most of the cars look the same. Many rentals are silver, black, or white. Add a colorful ribbon or magnetic bumper sticker to help your car stand out in the large lots.
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Park at Disney Springs to Access Hotels
Technically, parking at Walt Disney World hotels is reserved for overnight guests and day guests with a dining reservation.
Disney hotels will sometimes turn away guests without reservations. During the holidays, you can expect seasonal parking restrictions (especially at the Magic Kingdom resorts). However, everyone is welcome to park at Disney Springs and take the bus transportation to a Disney resort.
Skip Parking – Use Disney Transportation
If you are staying at a Disney resort hotel, you can save a lot of money by skipping a rental car. The only transportation you’ll need to pay for is getting from Orlando International Airport to your hotel. Disney offers free transportation to every theme park, the water parks, and Disney Springs.
Using free Disney transportation is just one way to do Disney World on the cheap.
FAQs About Parking at the Walt Disney World Resort
Does Disney World have electric vehicle charging stations?
Electric vehicle charging stations are available at the following designated parking areas at Disney World:
– Magic Kingdom – Medical Parking Lot, Zurg Lot
– Epcot – Journey Lot
– Animal Kingdom – Medical Parking Lot
– Hollywood Studios – Mickey Lot
– Disney Springs – Orange Garage, Lime Garage, Grapefruit Garage
– Coronado Springs Resort
– Wilderness Lodge
– Riviera Resort
Is Disney parking cash only?
There is no need to carry cash for parking at Walt Disney World. You can use cash, credit card, Disney gift card, or digital payment methods for parking.
Can you leave a Disney parking lot and come back?
You only need to pay one parking fee per day at Walt Disney World, so it is possible to leave and come back. You can leave the lot and return or head to another theme park. Just show your valid receipt at the parking kiosk for admission.
There are a lot of considerations when planning your Disney World vacation but be assured that parking at Disney World is one of the easy ones. For more tips, check out all my Orlando guides.
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