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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 visiting the Disney theme parks, you are probably looking at ticket prices.

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

Parking at Disney World: Secrets & Tips

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 – $45-$55 per day
  • Standard parking: car or motorcycle – $30 per day
  • Oversized Vehicle Parking: Shuttle, Limo, Camper Trailer, RV, Bus or Tractor Trailer – $35 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.

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 or show your Disney Resort reservation on the My Disney Experience App.

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 a Cast Member 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 13 spaces—3 on the 5th floor of the Orange Garage, 3 on the 5th floor of the Lime Garage, 3 on the 3rd floor of the Grapefruit Garage and 4 in the Watermelon Lot near the Cirque du Soleil theater.

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 $0.40 per kilowatt hour with a 20-minute grace period. After the grace period, the user will be charged $0.30 per minute until the car is moved.

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 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 there are over 12,000 parking spaces in Magic Kingdom alone?

That means 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 Insider Tips Parking Tip

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 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 within Walt Disney World Resort and enter your destination.
  • Confirm your pickup location. Lyft will provide a fare estimate, and your payment will be processed directly through the app.
  • “Select Minnie Van”; if Minnie Van service is not the default vehicle type displayed, you will need to scroll through your vehicle options until Minnie Van service is displayed.
  • The app will display a map tracking the vehicle en route—along with an identifying vehicle number to help you spot your car.
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 6 pm?

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?

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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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