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.
Parking at Disney Resorts
Beginning March 21, 2018, registered guests parking overnight at Walt Disney World Resorts will be charged a fee. This fee will be charged to your hotel folio when you check-out. All parking fees include applicable tax.
Standard Overnight Parking charges per Resort Category:
- Value Resorts: $13 per night
- Moderate Resorts: $19 per night
- Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night
There are a few exceptions to the resort parking fees. Complimentary standard parking is still available to Guests staying at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one motorized vehicle.
Disney Vacation Club members will not be charged for standard overnight self-parking when staying at a DVC Deluxe Villa, regardless of whether they use vacation points or another form of payment. Members also will not be charged to park when using vacation points to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.
And day guests will continue to receive complimentary standard self-parking while enjoying select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences at Disney Resort hotels.
Valet parking will continue to be available at Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas. Guests will be charged $33 per night (tax is included.)
As far as resort parking goes for guests with disability tags and placards, overnight parking will continue to be free of charge. You can also use valet at Deluxe Resorts is also complementary. Just remember to have some cash with you to tip the Cast Member parking and retrieving your car.
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 – $45 per day
- Standard parking: car or motorcycle – $22 per day
- Shuttle, Limo, Camper, Trailer or RV: $27 USD
- Bus or tractor trailer: $27 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.
Parking Lot Locations
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.
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. There are also signs pointing you in the right direction when you get close. 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.
Trams do not pick up guests in the disability parking lots. If you can walk a short distance and step up, you can park anywhere and catch a tram. You will be dropped off at the front of the lot at Magic Kingdom and the entrance to Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
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.
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. The station near the Magic Kingdom is currently under construction.
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. 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
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