With thousands of visitors arriving each day, Disney World should be a parking nightmare. Thankfully, though, Disney has created a meticulous system for getting you parked and on your way to the magic as quickly and safely as possible.
While the Disney theme parks differ from one another in style and themes, the parking lots work in the same way. Guests arriving by car proceed through a toll booth, and either show a resort parking pass or pay a parking fee.
Next, Disney cast members will direct you to the next available parking spot. Where you park depends on when you arrive. Cars arriving in the morning are parked side by side in rows, while cars arriving later in the day may be directed to fill in specific areas. No matter where you park, a tram is available to take you to the park entrance.
After parking, you can board the tram and ride to the park entrance. Stay safe while you are enjoying the parks — be sure to lock your car, and remove any valuable items. Double check for your tickets, wallet, and any other essentials, as you won't be returning to your car until you depart the theme park.
Special Parking Areas
If you are have a handicap hang tag or license plate, you will be able to park in a special section that is close to the park entrance.
There are a limited number of electric vehicle charging stations available for your convenience.
ChargePoint charging stations are located at Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Simply ask a cast member for directions to the charge ports.
If you are a guest at a Disney resort, you will receive a parking pass for your car at check in.
This pass should be placed on the dashboard of your car, and will allow you to park for free in any of the Disney theme parks for the duration of your stay.
If you are not staying at a Disney resort, then you will need to pay a fee for parking each time you visit. Rates begin at $20.00 per day for a passenger car, truck, or SUV and increase depending on the size of your vehicle — parking a motor home or bus is more expensive than parking a van.
- Each parking area is marked with signs indicating characters and row numbers. Take a photo with your cell phone of the area where you parked to help you find your car at the end of the day.
- If you are parked close enough to the entrance, it might be better to walk instead of wait for the tram!
- If you are an annual pass holder or Florida resident pass holder, you may be eligible for free parking -- check your passholder sleeve for benefit information.
Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert since June, 2000.