Parking At Disney World: Cost, Best Spots, and Who Can Park for Free

by | Jun 7, 2022 | Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog, WDW News, WDW Resorts

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Buckle up. We’re about to break down everything you’ve ever wanted to know about parking at Disney World, Disney Springs, and the Walt Disney World Resorts.

We’ll also go over who gets free parking at Walt Disney World and try to settle the eternal Disney Springs debate: Team Orange Garage or Team Green Garage?

Ready to go? Hold onto your Mickey Ears and keep reading to get a look at each parking lot map. Be sure to bookmark this page before your next trip too.

Parking At Disney World: Table of Contents

  • How Much is Parking At Disney World?
    • Parking At Disney World Theme Parks
    • Parking At Disney World Resorts
  • Parking at Magic Kingdom
  • Parking at EPCOT
  • Parking at Hollywood Studios
  • Parking at Animal Kingdom
  • Parking At Disney Springs
  • Who Gets Free Parking at Disney World?
  • Is Parking Free at Disney World Hotels?

How Much Is Parking At Disney World?

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A parking lot at EPCOT. Photo by Rich Ramos

Even without add-ons like Memory Maker and Park Hopper Plus, Walt Disney World tickets are a serious expense. Unfortunately, those tickets don’t come with free parking.

Walt Disney World follows a pay-to-park model. Unless you’re an Annual Passholder. More on that later.

🎢 Parking At Disney World Theme Parks

Staying on Disney property? You can get free transportation from your resort to your park of choice. 

Staying off property? Visiting for the day? You have to pay to park at any of the parks on Disney property.

Park hopping? You only need to pay for parking once. 

When you’re parking at Walt Disney World, your parking pass is good all day at all four theme parks.

Parking prices are determined by type:

  • Preferred Parking: $45 to $50 per day*
  • Standard Parking: $25 per day
  • Oversized Vehicle Parking: $30 per day

*Pricing is seasonal and will vary based on date of visit.

🏨 Parking At Disney World Resorts

Standard Overnight Self-Parking at Disney World ranges from $15 to $25 a night. Here’s what you’re looking at depending on where you stay:

$15 a Night

  • All-Star Movies
  • All-Star Music
  • All-Star Sports
  • Art of Animation
  • Pop Century

$20 a Night

  • Caribbean Beach
  • Coronado Springs
  • Port Orleans – French Quarter
  • Port Orleans – Riverside
  • Fort Wilderness

$25 a Night

  • Bay Lake Tower (Contemporary)
  • Boulder Ridge Villas (Wilderness Lodge)
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins (Wilderness Lodge)
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Beach Club Resort
  • Beach Club Villas
  • BoardWalk Inn
  • BoardWalk Villas
  • Contemporary
  • Grand Floridian
  • Old Key West
  • Polynesian Village
  • Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Saratoga Springs
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Yacht Club
  • Riviera
  • Villas at Grand Floridian

🏰 Parking at Magic Kingdom

Parking at Magic Kingdom - Sections and Cost

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Parking Sections

The parking lots at Magic Kingdom are named after some of our favorite Disney heroes and villains. Here they are ranked in order from closest to the park entrance to furthest:

  • 🤠 Woody Parking Lot
  • 🐒 Aladdin Parking Lot
  • 🐍 Jafar Parking Lot
  • 🚀 Zurg Parking Lot
  • ⚫️ Scar Parking Lot
  • 🏴‍☠️ Hook Parking Lot
  • ✨ Peter Pan Parking Lot
  • 🦁 Simba Parking Lot
  • 🐾 Cruella Parking Lot
  • 🐙 Ursula Parking Lot
  • 💇‍♀️ Rapunzel Parking Lot
  • 🗡 Mulan Parking Lot

Transportation From The Lot To Magic Kingdom

Walking the distance between the parking lots to the Magic Kingdom entrance would be quite a hike (and pretty hot). Luckily the courtesy trams are up-and-running. Hop aboard and the tram will transport you to the park entrance and back. 

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Magic Kingdom

Charge ports for electric vehicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. At Magic Kingdom, there are five spaces reserved: One space at the front of the Medical Parking Lot and four spaces at the front of the Zurg Parking Lot.

Disney notes that the cost to charge at these stations is $0.35 per kilowatt hour, with a minimum service amount of $1.50. This fee is payable by credit card or a pre-ordered ChargePoint card

Parking for Guests with Disabilities

Guests with mobility disabilities are asked to park in the Disability Parking Lot. It’s located very close to the Magic Kingdom entrance, so there’s no need for the tram to stop there. 

If guests have the ability to walk short distances and board the courtesy tram comfortably, they’re asked to park in the main Magic Kingdom parking lot. Guests can even ask if there’s space available at the end of a row of parking spots so they don’t have to walk as far to the tram.

Note: Guests must present a valid disability parking permit.

🌐 Parking at EPCOT

Parking at EPCOT - Sections and Cost

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Parking Sections

EPCOT celebrates the magic of possibility. So naturally, its seven parking lots are named after action words that Imagineers have based the park’s design on. Here they are ranked in order from closest to the park entrance to furthest:

  • 🅿️ Amaze Parking Lot
  • 🅿️ Journey Parking Lot
  • 🅿️ Imagine Parking Lot
  • 🅿️ Discover Parking Lot
  • 🅿️ Create Parking Lot
  • 🅿️ Explore Parking Lot
  • 🅿️ Wonder Parking Lot

Transportation From The Lot To EPCOT

At the time of publishing (May 2022), courtesy trams are not available at EPCOT. Disney reassures guests that trams will make their return to other Walt Disney World theme parks later this year.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at EPCOT

Charge ports for electric vehicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. At EPCOT, there are four spaces reserved at the front of the Journey Parking Lot.

Disney notes that the cost to charge at these stations is $0.35 per kilowatt hour, with a minimum service amount of $1.50. This fee is payable by credit card or a pre-ordered ChargePoint card

Parking for Guests with Disabilities

Guests with mobility disabilities are asked to park in the Disability Parking Lot. It’s located very close to the EPCOT entrance. 

Note: Guests must present a valid disability parking permit.

[MAY 2022] With the tram still unavailable, guests with disabilities can get further help from Guest Services by calling (407) 824-2222 or reviewing Disney’s services for guests with disabilities.

🎥 Parking at Hollywood Studios

Parking at Hollywood Studios - Sections and Cost

Photo by WDW Magazine

Parking Sections

The parking lots at Hollywood Studios are named after Disney scene stealers and stars. Ranked in order of closest to the park entrance to furthest, they are:

  • 🎀 Minnie Parking Lot
  • 🐭 Mickey Parking Lot
  • 🧑‍🚀 Buzz Parking Lot
  • 🐴 Jessie Parking Lot
  • ⛄️ Olaf Parking Lot

Transportation From The Lot To Hollywood Studios

At the time of publishing (May 2022), courtesy trams are not available at Hollywood Studios. Disney reassures guests that trams will make their return to other Walt Disney World theme parks later this year.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Hollywood Studios

Charge ports for electric vehicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. At Hollywood Studios, there are four spaces reserved at the front of the Mickey Parking Lot

Disney notes that the cost to charge at these stations is $0.35 per kilowatt hour, with a minimum service amount of $1.50. This fee is payable by credit card or a pre-ordered ChargePoint card

Parking for Guests with Disabilities

Guests with mobility disabilities are asked to park in the Disability Parking Lot. It’s located very close to the Hollywood Studios entrance. 

Note: Guests must present a valid disability parking permit.

[MAY 2022] With the tram still unavailable, guests with disabilities can get further help from Guest Services by calling (407) 824-2222 or reviewing Disney’s services for guests with disabilities.

🦁 Parking at Animal Kingdom

Parking at Animal Kingdom - Sections and Cost

Photo by WDW Magazine

Parking Sections

Animal Kingdom’s six parking lots are named after (you guessed it!) animals. Well, technically an insect, two zoo animals, a dinosaur, and two mythical creatures. Ranked in order of closest to the park entrance to furthest, they are:

  • 🦚 Peacock Parking Lot
  • 🦄 Unicorn Parking Lot
  • 🦖 Dinosaur Parking Lot
  • 🦒 Giraffe Parking Lot
  • 🦋 Butterfly Parking Lot
  • ❄️ Yeti Parking Lot

Transportation From The Lot To Animal Kingdom

Courtesy tram service will return to Animal Kingdom on May 27, 2022. Head to the pick-up/drop-off spot and hop on. The tram will take you and your companions to the park entrance and back. 

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Animal Kingdom

Charge ports for electric vehicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. At Animal Kingdom, there are four spaces reserved in the Medical Parking Lot. 

Disney notes that the cost to charge at these stations is $0.35 per kilowatt hour, with a minimum service amount of $1.50. This fee is payable by credit card or a pre-ordered ChargePoint card

Parking for Guests with Disabilities

Guests with mobility disabilities are asked to park in the Disability Parking Lot. It’s located very close to the Animal Kingdom entrance, so there’s no need for the tram to stop there. 

If guests have the ability to walk short distances and board the courtesy tram comfortably, they’re asked to park in the main Animal Kingdom parking lot. Guests can even ask if there’s space available at the end of a row of parking spots so they don’t have to walk as far to the tram.

Note: Guests must present a valid disability parking permit.

🛍️ Parking At Disney Springs

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Photo by WDW Magazine

Disney Springs Parking Lots And Garages

The Florida fruit-themed surface parking lots and garages give you easy access to a lot of Disney Springs hotspots. They are:

  • 🍊 Orange Parking Garage
  • 💚 Lime Parking Garage
  • 🍋 Lemon Parking Lot
  • 🥭 Mango Parking Lot
  • 💗 Grapefruit Parking Lot
  • 🍉 Watermelon Parking Lot
  • 🍓 Strawberry Parking Lot

TIP: Disney recommends that you plan on one hour of travel time to and from Disney Springs. That way you don’t run the risk of missing your reservation. 

Parking Availability At Disney Springs

Despite having thousands and thousands of parking spots, the garages and lots still tend to fill up quickly on Fridays, weekends, and holidays. So you may have better luck finding parking at Disney Springs Mondays to Thursdays. 

Keep an eye out for the digital message boards along Buena Vista Drive. They’ll have updated info on whether a garage or lot is full. 

Better yet, plan ahead. Use Disney World crowd calendars to figure out the best time to go or get real-time information from the My Disney Experience app.

How Much Does It Cost To Park At Disney Springs?

Self-Parking

Standard self-parking is complimentary when you park in any of the surface lots or garages. Preferred parking is available for $10 in the Mango Lot.

Valet Parking

If you’re looking for convenience and a quicker way to enter Disney Springs, you may want to spring (see what we did there?) for valet parking. 

This service is available outside of Cirque du Soleil, the Orange Parking Garage, and in the Lemon Parking Lot. 

You’ll pay a flat rate of $20 per day (sales tax included, but gratuity not included) at your pick-up time.

Valet parking is available:

  • Monday through Thursday: 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Friday through Saturday: 11:00 AM to 11:30 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Parking For Resort Guests

Space at a Disney Springs garage may be limited. Lucky for resort guests, they can take advantage of free transportation there and back. (Some people may even be close enough to walk there!)

WARNING: Parking may be free, but guests are not allowed to park at Disney Springs and then take transportation to one of the theme parks to avoid paying for any parking. Let’s all play by the rules, ya?

Where Is The Best Place To Park At Disney Springs?

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Photo by Judd Helms

When it comes to figuring out the best place to park at Disney Springs, it really depends on the neighborhood your destination is located in

For your reference, those neighborhoods are:

  • West Side
  • The Landing
  • Marketplace
  • Town Center

Headed for the West Side and Town Center? Park in the Orange Parking Garage or Grapefruit Parking Lot if you want to be closer to:

  • AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theater
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Want to see the newest Cirque du Soleil show or listen to live music? Park in the Strawberry and Watermelon Parking Lots if you want to go to:

  • House of Blues’ Music Hall
  • Cirque du Soleil theater

On your way to the Marketplace or The Landing for dinner? Plan on doing some late night shopping at World of Disney? Park in the Lime Parking Garage if you want to be closer to:

  • World of Disney
  • Uniqlo
  • The BOATHOUSE
  • The Polite Pig

Have reservations for the Rainforest Café? Park in the Lemon Parking Lot.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Disney Springs

Charge ports for electric vehicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis. At Disney Springs, there are nine spaces reserved for electric vehicles:

  • Three spaces on the fifth floor of the Orange Garage
  • Three spaces on the fifth floor of the Lime Garage
  • Three spaces on the third floor of the Grapefruit Garage

Disney notes that the cost to charge at these stations is $0.35 per kilowatt hour, with a minimum service amount of $1.50. This fee is payable by credit card or a pre-ordered ChargePoint card

Parking for Guests with Disabilities

All Disney Springs Garages and Lots have designated parking spots for guests with disabilities. Guests must present a valid disability parking permit.

Who Gets Free Parking at Disney World?

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Photo by Laurie Sapp

  • Annual Passholders? YES! Free standard Theme Park parking is included for all levels of the Annual Pass program
  • Disney Vacation Club Members? Yes and no. DVC don’t get free parking at the Walt Disney World parks. However, they DO get complimentary standard theme park parking when they stay at a Disney Vacation Club property. They can also use their points to get free parking if they’re staying at a DVC Deluxe Villa.
  • Off duty Cast Members? YES! Cast Members can show a valid Cast ID at the parking entrance of the park they’re visiting to receive free parking.
  • D23 Members? No. But you may be eligible for exclusive discounts and offers depending on your membership level.
  • Club 33 Members? YES! Invited Club 33 Members receive free standard parking.

Is Parking At Disney World Hotels Free?

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Photo by Laurie Sapp

To recap, here’s what you’re looking at for Standard Overnight Self-Parking at a Disney World hotel:

  • Value Resorts: $15/night
  • Moderate Resorts: $20/night 
  • Deluxe Resorts: $25/night

There’s one exception to the rule, but it’s not exactly a hotel. At Disney’s Fort Wilderness, campers get complimentary standard parking. 

What About Parking At Disney World Resorts To Eat?

If you’re planning to eat at a resort restaurant, you may get free parking. Complimentary standard self-parking is available for select experiences at Disney Resorts. The same goes for stopping by a resort for shopping, entertainment, and recreational activities.

Be sure to have ID and your Advanced Dining Reservation information at the ready. You’ll need to show both to the security guard when you pull up to the gate.

Bookmark Our Guide To Parking At Disney World

So, where to? Make sure you bookmark this comprehensive Disney World Parking Guide before you hit the open road. 

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Written by Natasha Szostak

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Natasha is a brand copywriter, storyteller, and unapologetic pop culture lover. As a ’90s kid who lived in great fear of the Disney Vault, Disney+ is the childhood dream she always wished would come true.
Natasha Szostak

Written by Natasha Szostak

Natasha is a brand copywriter, storyteller, and unapologetic pop culture lover. As a ’90s kid who lived in great fear of the Disney Vault, Disney+ is the childhood dream she always wished would come true.