Over the past few months, Disney has made a few important changes worth noting for those planning on driving a car to Walt Disney World. Whether you’re staying onsite at one of Walt Disney World’s amazing resorts or opting to stay off-site and drive in each day, parking fees can add quite a bit to your Disney budget. To help you plan ahead, here’s everything you need to know about parking at Disney.
Parking Fees for those staying onsite – Historically, free onsite parking has been one of the major perks for those choosing to stay onsite at a Walt Disney World resort. Sadly, this changed earlier this year with the announcement that Disney would begin charging resort guests nightly for parking. The fees are based on the category of resort you are staying in and look like this:
- Value Resorts – $13 per night
- Moderate Resorts – $19 per night
- Deluxe Resorts – $24 per night
- Valet Park- (available at select resorts) $33 per night
But I booked my package last year and was told nothing about parking will I still have to pay? No. anyone who booked in their Walt Disney World vacation package before March 21, 2018, will not be required to pay the fee.
We are going to be bringing more than one car with us. Is the rate per room or per car? The rate is per car. If you are going to have two cars under the same reservation than that will double the nightly fee.
If I’m staying at a resort and driving to the theme parks will I have to pay for parking there as well? No. Theme park parking for guests staying onsite will continue to be complimentary.
I’m planning on visiting a Disney World resort for the day for dining or shopping. Will I need to pay for parking? No. You will not be required to pay for parking unless you are opting to have your car valet parked at the resort.
My family will be staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Will I have to pay extra now for parking? Parking will remain complimentary for those staying at the campsites and lots at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
Parking at Walt Disney World Theme Parks – Guests visiting Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios must pay for a parking pass. Guests have two options to choose from. Preferred Parking which includes the lots in closest proximity to the theme park or standard parking. Here is a breakdown of costs.
- Preferred parking: car or motorcycle – $45 per day
- Standard parking: car or motorcycle – $22 per day
- Oversized Vehicle Parking: Shuttle, Limo, Camper Trailer, RV, Bus or Tractor Trailer – $27 per day
Parking at Disney’s theme-parks remains free for guests staying onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort.
I am going to be visiting more than one park each day. Do I need to pay for multiple parking passes? No. The parking pass covers you for all four theme parks. Just present the pass when you arrive and you will not be required to pay again for parking.
I have an Electric Vehicle. Are there charging stations at the theme parks? Yes. Disney does offer charging point stations at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs. Upon arriving at the parking lot, guests should ask a cast member for directions to the ports. Guests should note that there are only a handful of stations available at each of the locations above and they are on a first-come-first-served basis. Guests opting to use the service will need a credit card or Chargepoint.com card and will be required to pay $0.35 per kilowatt hour with a minim of $1.50 fee.
I’m only planning on visiting the Water Parks. Will I need to pay for parking? Standard parking at both Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach is complimentary for all guests.
Parking at Disney Springs – Those opting to spend at Day at Disney’s downtown shopping district will be pleased to know that standard self-parking is complimentary at Disney Springs. Valet parking is also available at a flat rate of $20 per day.
I’ve heard some people say that you can park for free at Disney Springs and then take FREE transportation to the theme parks to avoid paying for parking. Is this true? The internet is full of sites offering ways that Disney guests can cheat the system and park for free at Walt Disney World. However, for those of us that visit the parks on a regular basis, the sheer logistics of what is needed to make this work makes many of us say “No Thanks”. Though you could technically park for free at Disney Springs and head to the parks, is it really worth the 1 hour that it might take you by the time you wait for a resort bus, transfer at a resort (because buses don’t run directly between Disney Springs and theme parks), and then wait for another bus to take you to the theme parks? Now imagine doing this late at night when you are exhausted. Though you could technically save yourselves the $22, is it really worth it?
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