News affecting Guests staying at Disney World Resort hotels: Disney World parking fees for resort Guests are here. How much will resort Guest Disney World parking cost? Here’s the information you need to know about all the parking at Disney World including parking at theme parks, Disney Springs, and the water parks.
Unless you are THIS GUY, parking at Disney World just got more expensive.
You are pretty much guaranteed to pay for parking when you visit Disney World in one way or another. There are a few select exceptions (more on that below) but a parking lot fee is standard at Disney World for guests who drive in from off-site.
If you stayed onsite, it was a different matter. Disney World resort parking was once free for hotel guests.
Disney World resort guests have enjoyed free parking for years but all that changes next week: Disney World announced new parking fees affecting overnight guests.
Parking at Disney World Fees Added For Resort Guests
How you get to Disney doesn’t really matter: just get to Disney World!
Here’s the good news: you don’t have to drive to Disney World – or rent a car at the airport even. You can pass over the parking fees at Disney World if it doesn’t pertain to you.
How does one do this? You can use Uber Orlando or Lyft Orlando to get around for one.
And if you fly into MCO, the Orlando airport, Disney’s Magical Express is happy to do the driving for you! For free, too.
But for those that do travel to Disney World with a car, a whole new fee has been added to your hotel room. You’ll also want to know about parking at Disney theme parks, parking at Disney Springs, and parking at the Disney water parks.
Here’s the official rundown of the parking fees at Disney World.
Parking Fees at Disney Resorts
From Disney World Press Release:
Effective for reservations made March 21, 2018, and thereafter, standard overnight self-parking is available to registered Guests for a fee that will be applied to their hotel folio upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable tax.
Standard Overnight Parking charges per Resort Category:
Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night
Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night
Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night
Complimentary standard parking is available to Guests staying at Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.
Valet Parking is available at select Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villas for $33 per night (sales tax included).
Guests with Disabilities
Designated parking areas are available throughout Walt Disney World Resort for Guests with disabilities. A valid disability parking permit is required.
Disney Vacation Club:
Members will not be charged for standard overnight self-parking when staying at a DVC Deluxe Villa, regardless of whether they use vacation points or another form of payment. Members also will not be charged to park when using vacation points to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.
Complimentary standard self-parking is available while enjoying select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences at Disney Resort hotels.
Parking at Disney World Theme Parks
Parking fees are nothing new to Disney World.
If you drive to the theme parks, you are most likely going to pay for the privilege.
Here are the current parking rates according to the Disney World website for theme park parking.
The good news is you only have to pay once: one fee is good for all day at all four theme parks. If you love to park hop from Magic Kingdom to Epcot, you’ll only pay one Disney World parking fee.
- Standard parking: car or motorcycle $25 per day
- Oversized Vehicle Parking: Shuttle, Limo, Camper Trailer, RV, Bus or Tractor Trailer – $30 per day
- Registered Guests of Disney Resort Hotels, select Annual Passholders, Premium Passholders and Disney Premier Passport holders may enjoy complimentary standard self-parking at Disney Theme Parks.
Preferred Parking at Disney World
If you want to park as close to the action as possible, you’ll pay a little more for parking at Disney World.
Special preferred parking lots are located conveniently close to the theme park entrances.
Preferred parking: car or motorcycle $45- 50 per day
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Disney World Parking Lots
If you drive an EV to Disney World, you’re in luck!
ChargePoint charging stations are available in parking lots at Epcot, Disney?s Animal Kingdom park and Disney Springs.
They are available on a first come, first serve basis.
- Epcot: 4 stations in Journey Parking Lot
- Disney?s Animal Kingdom Park: 4 stations in the Medical Parking Lot
- Disney Springs: 6 stations in the Orange Garage and 3 in the Lime Garage
To use this service, you will need a credit card or a pre-ordered ChargePoint card available at chargepoint.com
Disney Parking Tips
We often rent a car or drive to Disney World.
With a family of 6, road trips are a way of life around here!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when parking at Disney World.
1. Pay Attention To Where You Park.
Disney lots are MASSIVE and it’s so easy to get excited and run to the tram- forgetting your family truckster in the lot behind you.
Don’t do this. You will have regrets.
Take a moment to make sure you know where you parked: take a picture at the end of your row noting that you are in Discovery 23 (or D23 as I like to call it- my happy lane!)
2. If you do forget, remember what time you arrived.
Let your tram driver know the approximate time you arrived at the park and they might be able to drop you off in the general area!
It’s not perfect, but it’s better than wandering the parking lot lost for hours. Ask me how I know…
3. If you are driving a rental car, take a picture of the license plate.
I once wandered the Hollywood Studios parking lot because not only did I forget where I parked, I forgot what my rental car looked like!
And it didn’t have a clicker to open the doors or sound the panic button.
There were a lot of silver Outlanders in the lot that night, let me tell you! Knowing the plate number would have helped narrow things down.
4. Be prepared to fold your strollers.
The trams will require you to fold the strollers before you board, so make sure you are ready to do so when you get to the loading area in the parking lot.
5. Walk in front of the parked cars, not behind them.
When you park, you will need to walk in front of your car towards the tram rather than behind it for safety. Cast Members will remind you of this, but it’s just a safer way for everyone to move in the right direction.
6. Arrive early if possible.
Florida parking lots are hot and nasty places; the earlier you arrive, the closer to the park entrance you’ll be.
Which means the faster you can get out of that asphalt gross smell!
7. Park Hopper peeps: park where you plan to end.
So important: if you want to spend time in Magic Kingdom in the morning and Epcot at night park in the Epcot parking lot.
Utilize the Disney transportation, Uber, or Monorail to get around from park to park. The last thing you want to do is have to backtrack to a park you left long ago to find your car!
Parking at Disney World Water Parks
Complimentary parking is available for all water park guests.
We highly recommend hitting up Typhoon Lagoon when you are at Disney World.
Parking at Disney Springs
Currently, all parking is free at Disney Springs.
There are two large parking garages (Orange Garage and Lime Garage) as well as surface parking.
There is optional valet parking available for $20 at Disney Springs as well.
For more parking at Disney World, be sure to check the official Disney World website.
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)