• On Jan 25, 2018
    Ashlee from CT 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.

    We’ll be staying at the AKL with our car. When traveling to MK we are hoping to avoid Disney transportation. If we park in handicap parking at MK what will our trip look like to enter the park? Can we park at the Contempory and walk into MK?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Ashlee! We're so glad you stopped by to bring us such a great question.

    On all my visits where I drove down to the Walt Disney World Resort, I always chose to use my own transportation during my vacation. I generally preferred it. Parking at Magic Kingdom is unique in that it's located about a mile and a half from the actual park. The parking lot, also known as the Transportation and Ticket Center, will have a special area for handicapped parking that is closer to the transportation that will take you to the park via monorail or ferry boat. 

    Magic Kingdom is the one park that was usually my exception to my "drive our car" rule. When you use Disney's complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom, you are dropped off closer to the park and you bypass the Transportation and Ticket Center altogether, potentially saving you some time.

    Disney Resort Hotel parking is exclusive for guests staying at those resorts or for those with dining reservations with a 3-hour limit. Otherwise, guests visiting Magic Kingdom are not allowed to park there.

    A really helpful tool I use often is the directions feature on the My Disney Experience mobile app. When you are there enjoying the magic, you can use this tool to help you as you travel between locations by simply searching for your destination and selecting get directions. You will then see a travel time estimate and your travel options. 

    I hope this information is helpful as you continue to plan your dream visit to the most magical place on earth. Don't hesitate to come back to bring us any additional questions you might have. 

    See ya real soon,

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Meet the Panelist: Emille, Florida

Hi! My name is Emille. I’m a mom of two and wife to a wonderful fellow Disney nerd! As a current Florida resident and Annual Passholder, I love being able to visit the Walt Disney World Resort frequently. When I’m not at the Parks, you can find me leading worship at my local church or traveling with a prison ministry I sing and speak for. I look forward to answering your questions and sharing some of my favorite tips to help you plan your next magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Emille

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