• On Sep 16, 2021
    Cornelia from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    As a passholder, I have free standard theme park parking. If I would like preferred parking, does the standard fee get applied to the cost of the preferred cost, or would I pay the entire $45-$50? Also, where is the preferred parking located, exactly?

    Hello there, Cornelia! Thank you for stopping by planDisney to ask us your question. I see that your trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth is only a short time away now. I bet you are getting so excited! 

    I, too, am a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder and I love the perk of the complimentary standard theme park parking. I drive to Walt Disney World and have gotten accustomed to having my own vehicle to get around the resort so the complimentary theme park parking really does save me quite a bit of money. If you'd like to upgrade to the preferred parking area, Cornelia, you only have to pay the difference in price. The preferred parking area are some of the closest parking spots that you can get and is available at all for Walt Disney World Theme Parks. Typically the preferred parking area is the first few rows of the parking lot. Depending on the time of day that you are getting to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, it might be worth the upgraded fare. The only time I don't think it would be worth upgrading, Cornelia, is if you plan to arrive at a Walt Disney World Theme Park before it technically opens. If you are at the parks early, you are going to be in the first few rows right behind the preferred parking area so I don't think it would be worth it then. However, if you are arriving after the theme parks have been open for a few hours, you will be parking further back if you don't upgrade and the trams are not running to take people to the front so you will have to walk. 

    I hope this helps, Cornelia! If you have any other questions before your trip, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm here to help! Have fun! 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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