How Parking Works at Walt Disney World

Whether you are taking your own vehicle or renting one once you get to Walt Disney World there are a few things you will want to know before you arrive.

Resorts
Self-parking at any of the Walt Disney World Resorts is complimentary if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Valet Parking is available at select deluxe resorts and is $25 per day. Should you go from one resort to another you do not have to pay an additional time, your valet parking will transfer to another resort.

Parks
At the 4 theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom guests will pay a single fee per day.

If you are a resort guest, Annual Passholders, Premium Passholders and Disney Premier Passport holder you do not have to pay for parking. You will show your MagicBand at the parking plaza.

As of March 2016 here are the prices:
Car or motorcycle- $20 per day
Shuttle, limo, camper, trailer or RV- $22 per day
Bus or tractor trailer- $25 per day

You can pay this fee with cash or credit/debit card.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are available at Epcot. 4 ChargePoint charging stations are located in the Journey parking section, on a first come, first serve basis. You will need to use a credit card or chargepoint card to pay for the electricity. The cost is $.35 per kilowatt hour with a minimum service amount of $1.50.

One important parking note for Magic Kingdom is that parking is actually at the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) and from there a transfer must be taken by Ferry, boat or Monorail.

Water Parks
Self-parking is complimentary at both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach for all guests

Disney Springs
Self-parking is complimentary.

Valet parking is available for $20, payment will be collected at pick up.

ESPN Wide World of Sports
Self-parking is complimentary for all guests.

Guests with Disabilities
Designated parking areas are available to guests with a valid disability parking permit at each of the theme parks, resorts and Disney Springs.

Walt Disney World Annual Pass and Florida Resident Recent Changes

Yes, we all are sad when Disney raises prices and so be prepared to be sad. They have changed (increased) the Annual Passes and Florida Residents are the main victims of the latest price hikes but there was also a parking fee increase from $17 to $20 to park at any WDW theme park. Once you have paid once though in a day you do not have to pay again to change parks or for in and out privileges.

For the annual passholders here are the prices and inclusions for the new tiered program:

Deluxe Platinum Pass – Cost $829.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one-year of admission to all four WDW theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) and you will also be able to park hop on any given day. You will receive free theme park pricing (so no price hike for you!) and admission to the two water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon) and also ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course. You also receive special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours. Also you receive the ability to download Disney PhotoPass photos and videos as part of the annual pass at no additional fee.

Disney Platinum Pass – Cost $749.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one-year of admission to all four WDW theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) and you will also be able to park hop on any given day. You also receive free theme park parking and also special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours. Also you receive the ability to download Disney PhotoPass photos and videos as part of the annual pass at no additional fee.

 

Water Park Annual Pass – Cost $110 for ages 10 and up and $99 for ages 3-9. You receive one-year of admission to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach.

Florida Residents and Disney Vacation Club Members:

Disney Gold Pass – This is for both Florida Residents and Disney Vacations Club Members. Cost $549.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one year admission (except for blackout dates included with the Gold Pass – see below) to all four WDW theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom).

Blackout Dates: December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016; March 19–April 1, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.

You also receive free theme park parking and also special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours. Also you receive the ability to download Disney PhotoPass photos and videos as part of the gold pass at no additional fee.

Disney Silver Pass – Florida Residents Cost $389.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one year admission (except for blackout dates included with the Gold Pass – see below) to all four WDW theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom).

Blackout Dates: December 17–31, 2015; January 1, 2016; March 19–April 1, 2016; June 6 – August 11, 2016; December 16–31, 2016; January 1–2, 2017.

You also receive free theme park parking and also special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours. 

Weekday Select Pass – Florida Residents Cost $259.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one year admission, WEEKDAYS ONLY, to all four WDW theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom).  You also receive free theme park parking and also special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours.

EPCOT After 4 Annual Pass –  Florida Residents Cost $249.00 for all guests ages 3 and up. You receive one year admission, after 4:00 PM, to EPCOT any day. You also receive free theme park parking and also special promotions/discounts at Disney Resort hotels when available and discounts on dining, merchandise, recreation and tours.

For all you Tables In Wonderland fans out there you need to read up too. This dining program has also increased in price across the board by $50. The card is now $150 for Annual Passholders and DVC Members and $175 for Florida residents. I love Tables in Wonderland and will just have to visit more to make it work at the new prices!

So how sad or upset are you? Is this going to change any future plans you have?

Walt Disney World Park Tickets

There are a few choices you can make when purchasing tickets for your next Disney vacation if you are not doing a package. All tickets can be bought from a single day up to 10 days in a single ticket. All tickets must be used within 14 days of first use.

The first is the Base Ticket. This is a ticket that allows you to get into a single park per day. If you are doing a one day base ticket and wish to get to Magic Kingdom this park is slightly more expensive than Animal Kingdom, Epcot or Hollywood Studios.

A step up from the Base Ticket is the Park Hopper. The Park Hopper allows you to visit more than one park in a day. You can use it to visit all four in a single day or to just visit one. This ticket affords a lot of flexibility in your vacation. You can plan to visit one park in the morning and then go to another in the evening for dinner. Or if you aren’t sure which park your children or you will enjoy most this ticket is very helpful. If you keep finding yourself wanting to go to Magic Kingdom for a dole whip and a spin on the Haunted Mansion this ticket can make that happen.

Another option is the Water Parks Fun and More. This ticket option allows you access to Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks, Disney Quest, Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, and ESPN Sports Complex in addition to your theme park visits. If you purchase a 5 day Park Ticket with Water Parks Fun and More option you can have up to 10 days of fun. Or if you want to visit Blizzard Beach and Disney Quest in the same day this will use 2 allotments of the 5. For a little bit more of a fee you can combine the Park Hopper with the Water Parks Fun and More for a fun-filled visit.

Disney will run specials on Military Salute Tickets. Generally these are a 4 day Park Hopper ticket discounted and have to be purchased on base or at Shades of Green. These do have an expiration date as well.

Another way to get discounted tickets is by being a Florida Resident. Details can be found by signing into your Disney account for more information.

And lastly if you are planning a vacation that is over 10 day or more than one vacation within a year of each other an Annual Pass might be the correct ticket for you. With Annual Passes there may be black out dates and exclusions so it is always best to check your options before making this purchase.

Lastly if you feel you didn’t purchase the correct ticket for you there is always the option of upgrading your ticket at Guest Services in the a parks. You will pay the difference if you choose to add days or the Park Hopper option or even if you are going to upgrade all the way to an Annual Pass it is all possible so you don’t feel stuck with what you have.