Here’s all you need to know.
Disney World Resort Parking Fees
Resort parking for guests: Self-parking is FREE at all of the Disney World resorts.
Parking for Disney Vacation Club members: Parking is free for DVC members staying at a Disney Vacation Club Deluxe Villa or a Disney Resort hotel. It’s free whether you’re using Vacation Points or another form of payment.
Resort day guests: If you’re visiting a resort to experience dining, shopping and entertainment, Standard Self parking is free.
Parking at The Campsites in the Fort Wilderness resort: Each campsite has one parking space which is free.
Resort Valet Parking: Only available at the Deluxe resorts and villas, as well as at Coronado Springs Resort, valet parking is $33 per night. That includes tax. Valet parking is free to guests with valid disability placards.
You can visit Disney’s website page on parking here.
When trying to decide whether or not to stay on property, free parking is a perk to consider. Most area resorts have parking and resort fees, so this can be factored in when deciding whether or not to stay at a Disney World resort.
Free Parking at the Disney World Parks
Free Parking: Some guests qualify for Free Standard Parking at the four main Disney World parks. They are:
- Guests who are staying at a Disney resort
- Annual Passholders
- DVC members
If the above guests want to purchase Preferred Parking, they pay the difference between the value of the standard parking and the preferred parking. So currently standard parking is $25 and Preferred is $50, so they’d pay $25 to park in the Preferred Parking area.
Cost for parking for everyone else
One fee covers you for the day, in all four theme parks. So if you’re park hopping, there’s no need to pay again.
Preferred parking: A car or motorcycle – $45 to $50 per day (pricing is seasonal and could change based on the dates you visit)
Standard parking: $25 per day
Oversized vehicle parking: $30 per day for a Shuttle, Limo, Camper Trailer, RV, Bus or Tractor Trailer
Disney World Parking in the theme parks for guests with disabilities
Guests with disability placards can park in the handicapped lot areas, however they still must pay standard parking fees. These lots are closest to the theme park entrances and do not have tram service. Sometimes they fill up and Disney will open an overflow area for handicapped guests, and these are usually quite a bit further away from the Park entrances.
Guests who have mobility problems and do not have a valid state issued handicapped placard can request to park at the end of a row so they can be closer to the trams, to minimize walking. Trams are not scooter/wheelchair accessible.
There are some spots in the handicapped overflow area that don’t require a handicapped placard. Those spots are painted with white lines. If you don’t have a valid handicapped placard, be careful not to park in the spots painted blue or those with a handicapped symbol painted on the ground or on a sign. Those require a valid placard and you could be ticketed for parking there.
Disney does leave courtesy wheelchairs in the handicapped lots that you can use to get to the park entrance, but these do run out at times.
Parking at the Water Parks, Disney Springs & ESPN
This all currently remains free. Valet parking is available at Disney Springs for $20 a day (tip not included).
Additional Resource for this article: wdwinfo.com
More about valet parking
Certain resorts offer valet parking:
- Grand Floridian
- Polynesian Resort
- Yacht Club
- Beach Club
- Boardwalk Inn
- Wilderness Lodge
- Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Coronado Springs (the only moderate resort)
- Swan (free if you’re dining at a signature restaurant there – get your parking ticket validated)
- Dolphin (free if you’re dining at a signature restaurant there – get your parking ticket validated)
Pricing is mentioned above. If you park valet, you can use the valet parking all day. You can even park and take Disney transportation to the parks. However it’s less expensive to park inside the parks.
Can I avoid parking fees at the parks by parking at a nearby resort and taking Disney transportation?
No. Many people ask if they can park at a resort and take Disney transportation to the main parks to avoid paying for parking. Disney has gotten wise to this strategy and has made rules to keep this from happening. First, guests who are visiting those resorts to look around or to dine, only get three hours of parking time. Also some resorts will not let guests in to park during very busy times.
To learn more about the different types of transportation at Disney World, read the following articles:
Using the Walt Disney World Monorail
Disney World Boat Transportation
Walt Disney World’s Bus System – All you need to know
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