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Parking at Disney World (Secrets & Tips)

When you are planning a trip to Disney, one of the things you need to think about is parking at Disney World. First-time Disney guests overlook this important detail and are surprised at the process and the prices.

Many people think they are saving a ton of money if they drive to Orlando to visit the Disney parks.

While this can be true, one of the things they fail to consider is the Disney World parking fee that is charged each day when they choose to drive their own vehicle. 

When you consider how many days you visit the Disney theme parks, you are probably looking at ticket prices.

What you might not be adding to the equation is the Disney World parking fee. 

Parking at Disney World (What You Need to Know)

How Much is Parking at Disney World?

  • Parking is FREE for Disney Resort Guests and Annual Passholders.
  • Parking at Waterparks & Disney Springs is FREE
  • Preferred parking: car or motorcycle – $50 per day
  • Standard parking: car or motorcycle – $25 per day
  • Oversized Vehicle Parking: Shuttle, Limo, Camper Trailer, RV, Bus or Tractor Trailer – $30 per day

The parking pass is good all day at all 4 theme parks—Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

This means if you choose to park hop, you will only have to pay to park one time.

You should check to see if the hotel you are staying at offers a shuttle to the Disney parks.

Shuttles are a free service for many hotels in the area and certainly a perk that can save you money.

Disney Annual Passholder

How to Avoid Disney World Parking Fees

Disney Annual Passholders do not have to pay to park at the Disney theme parks.

The only surefire way to avoid paying the Disney World parking fee is to stay at a Disney Resort.

Free transportation & no parking fee, if you drive yourself into the Disney parks, is one of the many perks to staying on Disney property

All you will need to do is have the parking attendant scan your Disney MagicBand.

Disney World Parking for Electric Vehicles

If you are driving to Disney World and have an electric vehicle, there are places for you to charge your battery.

There are ChargePoint charging stations located in the parking lots at Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as in Disney Springs.

Arriving Guests should ask Cast Members for directions to these charge ports when they are queued up in the parking lot.

These spots are few and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

If you are driving an electric vehicle, you will find a few charging stations at the Disney World parking lots. They are as follows:

  • Magic Kingdom Park: There are 5 spaces—1 space at the front of the Jafar and 4 spaces at the front of the Zurg
  • Epcot: There are 4 spaces at the front of the Journey Parking Lot
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: There are 4 spaces in the Medical Parking Lot
  • Disney Springs: You will find a total of 6 spaces—3 on the 5th floor of the Orange Garage and 3 on the 5th floor of the Lime Garage

To use the charging stations, you will need a credit card or a pre-ordered ChargePoint card.

The cost to charge at these stations is $0.35 per kilowatt hour, with a minimum service amount of $1.50.

Charging will stop once the vehicle’s battery is fully charged.

Epcot Parking Lot Map
Epcot Parking Lot Map

Locating Your Car in a Disney World Parking Lot

How many times have you parked the car in a parking lot only to forget in what section you left it? It has happened to me way too often.

Usually, we know what section it is in, but forget the exact row.

That can be a huge problem when there are 50+ rows in a section.

You can wind up roaming aimlessly through sections of cars before spotting yours.

This can be super frustrating when you are hot & tired from a long day at the park!

Magic Kingdom Parking

Did you know that there are over 12,000 parking spaces in Magic Kingdom alone?

That means that if you forget where you parked your car, you could be in BIG trouble.

Magic Kingdom Parking Secrets

The Magic Kingdom parking lot is divided into 2 sections, Heroes & Villains.

Be sure you know which one you are in because if you end up on the wrong tram you will NEVER find your car.

Instead, you will be taken on a very long and boring ride through the parking lot only to end up where you started.

  • The Hero Lot features sections: Woody, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Simba, Mulan and Rapunzel
  • The Villain Lot features sections: Zurg, Jafar, Hook, Scar, Cruella and Ursula
Yeti Parking Marker at Animal Kingdom

Parking at Epcot, Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios

The lots for the other parks are not nearly as large or tricky to navigate. 

  • Epcot is divided into: Discover, Amaze, Journey, Imagine, Create, and Wonder.
  • Hollywood Studios parking lots are based on characters you can meet at the park: Minnie, Jessie, Mickey, Buzz, Olaf & BB8
  • Animal Kingdom sections the parking lot into exotic & fantasy animals: Peacock, Unicorn, Yeti, Dinosaur, Butterfly & Giraffe
Parking at Disney World

#1 Disney World Parking Tip for Finding your Car in a Disney World Parking Lot

Use your cell phone to take a picture of your section and row marker. You will find signs like the one above in each parking section.

To know the precise row number, look at the pavement closest to the tram station.

Parking Pavement at Disney

You will find them painted on the pavement.

By taking a photo, you can be sure to find your car at the end of the day when your memory seems to fade!

What if you forget to snap that picture once you are on the tram?

The tram driver will announce where you came from twice: once when you leave the parking lot and again when you arrive at the park entrance.

Be sure to pay attention and then text it to yourself or someone in your party!

What to do if you can’t find your car at Disney World

If you don’t use our parking tip for Disney and you have no idea where you parked your car, you will want to go back where you got off the tram.

At some point another tram will arrive and you will want to let a cast member know that you’ve lost your car.

Someone will come by to help you locate it without you having to walk through the parking lot row by row.

Minnie Lyft Service

Minnie Van Lyft Service

Disney World gives the option for Disney Resort Guests to use the Minnie Van service to get to the Disney World parks.

It works with the Lyft app.

Just open the Lyft app from anywhere within Walt Disney World Resort property and request a ride.

Because this is a service through Disney parks, cars usually show up in minutes.

How to request a Minnie Van Lyft Service:

  • Open the Lyft app and select your Walt Disney World destination
  • Confirm your pick-up location and tap “Select Minnie Van”
  • The app will display a map tracking the vehicle that is headed to pick you up & the identifying vehicle number

Pricing for Minnie Van Lyft Service to Disney World Parks

While there was once a flat fee for the service, Disney World guests will not pay a fee based on how far their Disney resort is from the park they want to go to.

Fees range from $25-$35 on average.

Disney World Park Entrance

Frequently Asked Disney World Parking Questions

How do I avoid parking fees at Disney World?

Annual Passholders & Disney Resort guests do not have to pay Disney Parking Fees at the four Disney World parks.

Can you Uber to Disney World?

Yes, Disney does allow Uber to drop off at all Disney World parks. You can expect to pay less than $15.

How early can you park at Disney World?

The parking lots at Disney World open one hour prior to the parks opening.

Is Disney parking free after 6pm?

No, Disney World does not change the parking fees based on time of day.

Do you have any Disney World parking secrets or tips to share?

Disney World Planning Information

There is so much to think about when it comes to planning your Disney vacation. We encourage you to check out our entire site, but if you are just getting started with planning, we have some posts you should begin with.

Looking for the best time to visit Disney World? We have Disney World crowd calendars that will tell you what’s going on each month of the year, dates to avoid, typical weather conditions, and other useful information.

Considering a Disney World Resort? There are so many perks to staying on Disney property. We have a full list of all the Disney Resorts as well as many Disney Resort reviews for you to get a firsthand perspective.

If you are a foodie, you will be glad to know that there are great restaurants at Disney World, this includes buffets, character meals and even some places the adults will love.

Want to get the best deal on your trip? We can show you not only how to travel to Disney on a budget, but we can also give you ideas on how to save on Disney tickets and where to book your vacation so that you get the best price.

We even have Disney packing lists, essential park day items and other things to consider bringing with you to the park that you might not think about.

Lastly, if you are traveling to Disney World for the first time and unsure how Genie+ and Lightning Lane work, where to find Hidden Mickeys or if you should add a Disney Dining Plan, we have tons of information to share..

Remember that we aren’t travel agents, we are regular Disney travelers just like you, but have been blessed with the opportunity to visit the parks regularly. Because we’ve been so much, we’ve learned many valuable Disney insider tips that we can share with others.

Mary Horvath

Monday 28th of June 2021

Technically, parking for resort hotel people is not free. In the past, there was no parking fee charged at the hotel but today, they charge a daily rates at each resort. This allows those guests to park at not only at their resort hotel but also at any of the Disney parks.

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