Mom With Kids After RunDisney; Mickey Fantasia Hat; Donald Duck Hat; Goofy Hat
  • On Oct 8, 2012
    Emma from CA 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.

    I heard that AK's parking lot only opens 15 minutes prior to park opening. Since I have a rental car, is it I better for me to drive to AK or to take the Disney shuttle? I am staying at AOA.

    Hi Emma!

    It has been my experience that it is generally true; the Animal Kingdom Parking lot does not open much earlier than the park. I have been in a car stuck outside on more than one occasion. However, if you will be arriving no earlier than 15 minutes before park opening then drive!  There won't be a lot of cars out there (which is one reason why I think the parking toll booths don't open early). If you need to get to the park earlier than 15 minutes before park opening then definitely take Disney transportation. 

    I hope this helps. Please write back with more questions. 
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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