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Disney World Parking

A guide to Disney World parking - Disney parking is different depending on what you are planning to do and whether you are staying on-property or off-property. It might seem daunting to think about driving from park to park, but it's probably more convenient than relying on the Disney shuttle buses.

At peak times the lines of people waiting for a bus become long. It's a hassle wasting time waiting; kids and parents get irritable and in summer temperatures can reach into the 90s (F) and humidity will make it seem like over 100F.

Taking your own vehicle or rental car to the attractions will be quicker. You can arrive and leave the parks at your convenience and you won't have to wait on shuttle services.

Disney World Parking at Disney World Theme Parks

The 4 main Disney theme parks are:- 

They have HUGE parking lots! Luckily you'll find that Epcot Center, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom lots are right in front of the park gates. Magic Kingdom parking is located further away at the Ticket and Transportation Center. From there you can take the monorail or ferry boat to the Magic Kingdom.

Parking is FREE for guests of the Walt Disney World Resorts and Swan & Dolphin Resorts. You will receive a Disney World parking pass which will allow easy access to the theme parks and other Disney resort areas. (Guests at the Disney Swan & Dolphin Resorts must show their room key at the parking tolls booths to enter the parking lots for free).

Parking fees for the 4 Disney theme parks:-

  • $14 per day for cars, motorbikes, taxis
  • $15 per day for camper vans, trailers
  • $18 per day for buses

Credit cards and cash are accepted.

If you are going to visit more than one theme park per day, save your parking receipt and you won't have to pay for parking again at your next theme park.

As the lots at these theme parks are so HUGE; Disney provides trams to help ferry guests to the main gates faster. This is a big help, especially during busy times when the car parks get full and you end up parked 1/2 mile away!

Disney World Parking - Pass Holders

Parking is FREE if you are staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resorts and if you are an Annual Pass Holder or Annual Premium Pass Holder.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Parking

One of the many advantages of staying "with the mouse" in one of the Walt Disney World Resorts is that parking is FREE at your resort hotel. Valet parking is also available at the Deluxe Disney Resorts for a fee (around $12) and tipping is still expected.

Downtown Disney Orlando

At Downtown Disney (the former Pleasure Island) you'll find all kinds of unique shops, restaurants and attractions located on the shores of Lake Buena Vista. You can visit Downtown Disney and park for FREE whether you're staying on-property or not and you don't need to purchase any tickets to enter.

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What's to see at Downtown Disney Orlando?

Shops at Downtown Disney Marketplace

Restaurants at Downtown Disney

Cirque-Du-Soleil Show

House of Blues Orlando

Characters in Flight Balloon Ride

Disney Quest Orlando

View a map of Downtown Disney here: Printable PDF Downtown Disney Map 

Downtown Disney Hotels

There are 7 Downtown Disney Hotels on-property, but they are not owned by Disney. You can park for free at these hotels. Each hotel has its' own parking lot.

Buena Vista Palace Hotel 

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista

Best Western Lake Buena Vista

DoubleTree Guest Suites Lake Buena Vista

Hilton Hotel Lake Buena Vista

Holiday Inn Downtown Disney

Royal Plaza Hotel

Read more about the 7 Downtown Disney Hotels 

Disney World Parking: Golf Courses

Parking is free at all Disney World golf courses and miniature golf courses, regardless of whether you're staying on-property or not.

Disney Golf Courses

Parking is FREE at these Disney World golf courses:-

Osprey Ridge Golf Course
3451 Golf View Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
1940 Broadway
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Palm, Magnolia and Oak Trail Courses
1600 Seven Seas Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Minigolf Courses

Disney's miniature golf courses: Fantasia Fairways, Fantasia Gardens and WinterSummerland. 

The two golf courses at WinterSummerland are accessed from the free parking lot at Blizzard Beach - just a short walk away. If Blizzard Beach happens to be closed, the parking lot will still be accessible.

Disney World Water Parks

There are two great water parks at Disney World, Orlando.

Blizzard Beach Water Park and Typhoon Lagoon Orlando Water Park

Parking at these water parks is FREE. You'll find the parking lot right in front of the entrance. The only downside to parking at these locations is there is NO parking tram to run you up to the front gate. This means if you arrive late and are parked way back in lot, you will have a long walk back to your car!

Other Disney World Parking Fees

  • Shades of Green Resort: $5 per day to park
  • The Beach Club, the Contemporary and the Polynesian Hotels allow Disney guests 3 hour parking.
  • Disney Swan & Dolphin Hotels charge around $10 per day for parking.
  • Parking at Fort Wilderness, Disney Wide World of Sports, Disney Quest, and Downtown Disney is FREE for both Disney and non-Disney hotel guests.

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