Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 30, 2012
    Sean from AB 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.

    What time does the parking lot at the Animal Kingdom open? I've heard 15 minutes before park this true?

    Hi Sean,

    While the other three theme parks' parking lots are available far in advance of park opening, typically the Animal Kingdom parking lot opens much closer to opening time. In my experience, the Animal Kingdom lot opens about 20-30 minutes prior to park opening.

    Bear in mind that this is whenever the park actually opens to guests. So if the stated park opening time is 9:00 a.m., but the Animal Kingdom is hosting morning Extra Magic Hours from 8:00-9:00, then the parking lot will be open at about 7:30. Similarly, if the park is hosting tours or character meals that start at 8:00 a.m., then the parking lot will also be open at about 7:30.

    Bearing this in mind, if you're driving, it does not make sense to arrive at the park far in advance.

    Good luck with your planning. Please let us know if you have additional questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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