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Parking at Walt Disney World

July 12, 2015

Parking at Walt Disney World

If you choose to drive your own car during your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, one of the first things you need to research is parking. Here is the information you need plus a few tips to make the process a little less stressful.

Price

The parking rate will depend on your vehicle, but the rate is the same at each Disney theme park lot. Prices are per day and prices subject to change without notice. You can pay with cash or with your credit card. The preferred parking spaces will be located close to the theme park entrances.

  • Preferred parking: car or motorcycle – $40 per day
  • Standard parking:  car or motorcycle – $20 per day
  • Shuttle, Limo, Camper, Trailer or RV: $22 USD
  • Bus or tractor trailer: $25 USD

If you pay for parking at one Disney theme park, you may park at other Disney theme parks on the same day for no additional charge. Just keep the ticket you were given at your first stop.

And remember that if you are a Disney Resort guest or have a certain annual pass, parking is complementary at all of the theme parks.

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Parking Lots

The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom all have large lots. And since they are so large it can get confusing when you are trying to find your car at the end of a long day. There are signs with Disney characters that can help you locate your vehicle. I recommend snapping a photo of both where your car is and the sign the it is closest to to help you remember.

Since the lots are so large there are also trams that service the parking lots. These take you to the gate of the park (except a the Magic Kingdom) so you don’t have to worry about walking a long distance.

The Magic Kingdom is a little different since parking is located at the Ticket and Transportation Center. No matter where you park you will have to take either the ferry or the monorail over to the Magic Kingdom.

Disabled Parking

There is parking for people with disabilities at each park at Walt Disney World. When you pay to park you can ask for directions but there is also a blue line painted on the road and lot that will lead to to the right place. If a Cast Member in the parking lot is trying to send you in a different direction just show them you placard or let them know you have a tag.

These lots fill up quickly so you do need to arrive early. If you arrive when the lots are full you will be sent to the regular parking lot. You won’t have the extra space that a disabled spot has but you are placed pretty close to the entrance. If you need extra space for your wheelchair ramp or just to get out of the car, let a Cast Member know so they can place a cone next to your car to keep someone else from parking next to you.

Parking at Disney Resorts

Parking at every Walt Disney World resort is complementary for all resort guests. It is also free if you have a dining reservation at a resort and choose to drive. Valet parking is also available at select Disney Deluxe Resorts for $25 per day.

Other Disney Parking Lots

If you are visiting Disney Springs, self-parking will be complementary. Valet parking is also available. The cost is $20 and it will be collected when you pick-up your car. You can find valet stands in the following spots:

  • Near the entrance to the Orange Garage from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM
  • On West Side in front of Cirque du Soleil from 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM
  • In the Lemon Lot near the World of Disney shop from 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Winter-Summerland Mini-Golf, Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf, Fort Wilderness, or ESPN’s Wide World of Sports parking have complementary standard parking. But keep in mind that the parking here is for the use of these venues only.

Gas Stations on Property

There are three Speedway Stations on Walt Disney World property. Prices are sometimes lower that what you find at other gas stations in the Orlando area. They are also a great spot to pick up drinks to take into the park. There is one located near the Magic Kingdom next to the Car Care Center, another close to Disney Springs, and one across the street from one of the entrances to Disney’s Hollywood Studios near Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. All three stations are open 24 hours.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

There are a number of ChargePoint charging stations available in parking lots at Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and Disney Springs. When you arrive just ask a Cast Member for directions to the charge ports. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To use them you will need a credit card or a ChargePoint card that you have preordered from chargepoint.com. The cost to charge your electric vehicle is $0.35 per kilowatt hour, with a minimum service amount of $1.50. Charging automatically stops when the battery is full and the ChargePoint station will “ping” you to let you know when your car is fully charged.

The charging points are located:

  • Epcot: 4 stations at the front of the Journey Parking Lot
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park: 4 stations in the Medical Parking Lot
  • Disney Springs: 6 stations: 3 on the 5th floor of the Orange Garage and 3 on the 5th floor of the Lime Garage

For more information staying off property when visiting Walt Disney World,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

  • Naomi M. (@HmSchoolDisney)
    July 13, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Great info on parking! I would have thought the gas stations on property would be more expensive, so it’s good to know they really aren’t.

  • Lin @ DisneyMamas
    July 13, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    The parking lots at Walt Disney World have always been impressive to me! How they keep them so organized and efficient given the size is impressive. Love the new garage at Disney Springs complete with lights to let you know if spaces are empty or occupied!

  • Jerusha
    July 13, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Thank you for these tips! Now that I’m convinced of the perks of driving, knowing where to put the rental once I have it is brilliant information. Thank you for helping me out! – Jerusha, TheDisneyChef.com

  • Cindy Howell
    July 13, 2015 at 10:41 am

    The idea of having to park at Walt Disney World can be a little daunting for some guests. These tips are really helpful!

  • Jennifer Kaufman
    July 13, 2015 at 10:32 am

    This is such a helpful post! I think people could easily a) forget about the cost of parking, which adds up and should definitely be budgeted, or b) worry about how hard it’s going to be. I love that you’ve included info about park hopping, accessible parking, and the oh-so-important gas stations (especially if you’re renting a car)! 🙂

  • FamilyTravelEscapades
    July 13, 2015 at 9:53 am

    This is a good reference to have. All of the great articles about staying off site is making me rethink always staying on property. The featured properties look so nice. We are DVC members so don’t know if parking would be discounted, but this is still cheap comparatively speaking. Thanks for the info.

  • Mary
    July 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I love that the Hess station stays in line even thought they have that prime spot!

  • Heidi Strawser
    July 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Great tips on parking! One thing I do love about staying on-site is parking for free! But, we’ve seen benefits of off-site lodging as well.

  • Caseylk
    July 12, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I love the idea of taking a picture of where you are at. I always mean to do that but forget. I think I will add it as a to do for our next trip. You gave such great advice on parking!