Cars Lightning McQueen
  • On Jan 8, 2023
    Donna from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! I am a frequent flyer from NJ with an annual pass. I will be driving to DW for some day trips and have heard parking lots are huge and far from the parks. Do you have any advice for this first time “driver” for stress free parking?

    Hi, Donna! 

    Welcome back to planDisney! Thanks for asking me this question. As a Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholder, too, I'm more than happy to be your trusty parking guide! 

    Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders get free standard parking, so zip in and out as you please. But whoa there, Lightning McQueen, there's no Piston Cup to win! A Cast Member will usually ask to see a government-issued ID in addition to scanning your MagicBand, MagicBand+, MagicMobile on your device, Apple Watch, or Annual Pass card, so have that ready to go.

    If you have a handicapped parking permit, once you've passed the parking attendants, follow the blue line on the ground to the front of the parking lot. If you'd like to pay for preferred parking, as an Annual Passholder, you'll just pay the difference of standard and preferred parking. Also, electric vehicles that need charging can park near the front of the parking lot as well at the theme parks' Level 2 chargers. 

    Use the Car Locator tool in the My Disney Experience App to help locate your car when you're ready to park hop, explore the rest of the resort, or leave property. The last thing you'll want after a pixie-dusted day is to walk around in circles looking for your car. (I know this from experience. I was one circle away from yelling for Tow Mater to help a girl out.) 

    Parking trams are available at both Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. So, even if you happen to visit on a busier day and park far from the Ticket and Transportation Center (Magic Kingdom Park) or the park entrance (Disney's Animal Kingdom), you are minutes from the fun. At the moment, there are no parking trams at EPCOT and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Hopefully they will return soon, as this is a fun "ride" before the rides for my kiddos--and for me! 

    AN EXTRA GEM: If you want a great parking spot, I recommend that you arrive closer to theme park opening ("rope drop"). And if your heart isn't set on watching Nighttime Spectaculars like Enchantment at Magic Kingdom Park or Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios, I highly recommend walking to your car (or catching the tram, if available) before those shows end to avoid any crowds. (As a fellow Disney-lover I'm sure you know how awesome these shows are, so making this choice is extremely difficult.) 

    My family also likes to park our vehicle at one theme park and use the Disney Skyliner or Monorail to park hop to another theme park. Check theme park hours, so you're not leaving your vehicle stranded like a car in the middle of Radiator Springs.

    Parking at Disney Springs is absolutely free. I prefer the Lime Garage because it's closer to two of my favorite restaurants: Frontera Cocina and The Polite Pig. Parking at the Walt Disney World Resort Collection hotels is reserved for hotel Guests. But if you have a dining or activity reservation, you may park there for a limited time. 

    Ka-Chow! I could write a book about parking at Walt Disney World Resort, so I'll stop myself here. If you have any further questions about how to have a stress-free visit, Donna, please revisit us here at planDisney!

    Magic always,
thumbnail image for LeAndra

Meet the Panelist: LeAndra, Florida

Hey, Mouseketeer! I'm LeAndra, a wife, mom of two, and virtual school teacher from beautiful Central Florida. I've lived near The Most Magical Place on Earth for my entire life; so, I like to say that I'm a Guardian of this galaxy! My love of all-things-Disney has also taken me on multiple cross-country road trips to Disneyland Resort and on a few flights over to Disneyland Paris. I am oh-so-grateful to be a part of your world by helping you plan your magical vacations.  Learn More About LeAndra

Related Video

  • thumbnail image for Technology | planDisney Podcast – Episode 8

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.