Woman in wheelchair shopping with friends; Disney Springs
  • On Jun 6, 2024
    Falynne from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am arriving with my family in January 2025. Do I have to register for handicap parking? I'm not sure how that works. Do I just hang the placard and park? Any advice would be appreciated!

    Hello Falynne!

    Welcome to planDisney! Thanks for stopping by as you dream about your winter getaway to the Most Magical Place on Earth. I love escaping to sunny Florida when Elsa is making things frosty up north. Visiting Walt Disney World in January feels like one of Olaf's warm hugs! Let's talk about using accessible parking lots during your adventure.

    First, make sure your mother brings her valid handicapped parking permit from home. When you arrive at a theme park entrance, show the placard to the Cast Member, who will direct you to the appropriate area. You do not need to make a reservation or register in advance to park here. Disney typically refers to accessible lots as "medical parking," which is helpful to know when you're looking for signage. The medical parking areas at the theme parks are large, and you will likely need to park further away than your mother is used to at home. Complimentary wheelchairs are available for Guests who need assistance reaching the theme park entrance from the medical lots. If you can, arrive early for the best chance at a better parking spot.

    I hope this is helpful, Falynne. Before I go, I'll share a few more parking and arrival tips that will be useful for your upcoming journey.

    *When visiting Magic Kingdom Park, all parking is at the Transportation & Ticket Center. You must use a monorail or ferry boat to reach your final destination. The ferry boat requires less walking and is easier for anyone looking to minimize steps.

    *Theme park parking is complimentary for Guests of hotels in the Disney Resorts Collection. Medical parking is the same cost as standard parking for offsite visitors paying the parking fee. Parking at Disney Springs and the Walt Disney World Water Parks is free.

    *Please consult this page for more information on traveling with a disability in theme parks and resorts.

    Thanks again for sending us your question. If there is anything else we at planDisney can do to make your January trip with your mom even more memorable, please reach out again. We'd be delighted to assist you!

    Have a magical day,
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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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