• On Oct 31, 2016
    Jason from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What's the average time from entering the parking lot to walking through the front gate?

    Hey, Jason!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. No way I'm letting a guy with such a cool name miss the inside scoop. Each Walt Disney World Resort theme park is different so the travel time from the parking lots to the entrances will vary. Here is my experience.

    From the time you drive into:

    Magic Kingdom Park: 30 minutes and will require using the Walt Disney World Monorail or Ferryboat
    Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: 15 minutes

    Generally, any theme park other than Magic Kingdom Park is a short 2-5-minute walk to the entrance after a 3-minute drive to a parking space. Later in the day or times with heavy crowds, you may choose to take a tram. Depending on where you park and how many stops are needed it could be a 5-8 minute tram trip. Tram wait times are 2-5 minutes. I'd budget 10-12 minutes if you unpack quickly. There is an area for security (bag checks) and time through this area at the entrance will depend on crowds. Estimate 1-5 minutes.

    Disney Dad Tip: Get to the theme parks early to avoid major crowds and parking traffic. Use the My Disney Experience Mobile App to help you "Get Directions" from one location to the next.

    Jason, enjoy making many Magical Memories at Walt Disney World Resort!

    ~Jason °O°
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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