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  • On Mar 5, 2022
    Lori from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    if staying offsite, what is the best way to get to the parks, by driving, bus, uber? If driving, can you pre-pay for parking passes?

    Hello and welcome to planDisney, Lori. I see that you have a trip to the Most Magical Place On Earth coming up later this month. That's so exciting. I bet the countdown is on. 

    Lori, oftentimes, my family and I will stay off property when visiting Walt Disney World. Typically, we will choose to drive ourselves to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. I find this to be the most convenient option. I personally like having the ability to go wherever I would like whenever. Driving and parking at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks is so simple, Lori. I think you'll see that there is plenty of signage to get you to where you need to go and the GPS helps too. Once you arrive at a Walt Disney World Theme Park, you'll need to stop at the parking attendant booth to pay. Standard theme park parking is $25.00 (subject to change at any time without warning). If you are a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder you do receive complimentary theme park parking so keep that in mind. After paying, be sure to hold on to your receipt. If you plan to leave and come back or park hop to a different Walt Disney World Theme Park later in the day you won't need to pay again. Just simply flash that receipt at the next park and you'll be on your way. 

    If you'd like to use a rideshare service to get to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, you can absolutely do that as well. Your car will still enter through those parking attendant booths but they'll show that they are a rideshare car dropping off and they will be directed to the Guest drop-off area. Guest drop-off is located relatively close to the front gates of the theme park. After the day is over, you can call a car to pick you up in the same area that you were dropped off at. It's an easy-to-find area. I think you'll just need to factor in the cost of a rideshare both ways versus just parking for a single fee all day. 

    Depending on the offset hotel that you are staying at, they may offer a complimentary shuttle service to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. You'll need to check directly with them and see. The drop-off and pick-up zones for the offsite hotels are a little bit of a hike through the parking lot but if it is complimentary then it would be something I would consider. 

    I hope this helps weigh out all of your options, Lori. If you have any other questions about this or anything else before you go, please feel free to stop back by and ask me

    Have a great trip! 
    Jackie H. 
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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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