Parking at Disney World in Orlando is no joking matter – you can end up paying $25+ per day. To top it off, Disney recently started charging for parking at all of their resorts. For those planning on driving to Disney World or renting a car for their trip, this definitely adds up.
Luckily, there are a few hacks and tips you can use to save money on parking (as well as a couple that save money on Disney resorts)!
How Much is Parking at Disney World (2019)?
|Standard Parking||$25 per day|
|Preferred Parking||$45–$50 per day|
|Oversized Vehicles||$30 per day|
These prices apply only to the theme parks. If you’re staying at any Disney Resort, standard parking for the theme parks is included for the duration of your stay. There are also convenient, free, and fun transportation services to and from the resorts (such as boats and monorails)!
However, parking is no longer free at the Disney resorts themselves.
Parking Cost At Disney World Resorts (2019–2020)
|Value Resorts||$13 per night|
|Moderate Resorts||$19 per night|
|Deluxe & Deluxe Villa Resorts||$24 per night|
These costs are for reservations made before June 18, 2019 (for arrivals in 2019 or 2020). Resort parking rates will be a little higher if your reservation is made on or after June 18, 2019 for arrivals in 2020:
|Value Resorts||$15 per night|
|Moderate Resorts||$20 per night|
|Deluxe & Deluxe Villa Resorts||$25 per night|
Tips for Parking at Disney World
Thankfully, these fees aren’t set in stone. Some exclusions apply and can be worked around. That being said, there are a few parking tips and strategies that we’d like to divulge.
Tip #1: Buy an Annual Pass
If you visit Disney World enough, an annual pass might help you save money on tickets and parking. Annual Passholders, Premium Passholders, and Disney Premier Passholders receive free parking at all of the Disney parks!
This is the only way to get a year-long Disney World parking pass.
Tip #2: Enjoy a Resort Dining Experience (and Free Parking)
Disney resorts offer free parking when you have dining reservations. Since there are free transportation systems from the Disney resorts, you can park at the resort and take one of these to the park. Stealthily book your breakfast and dinner reservations here, then spend time at the park in-between!
They state there is a 3-hour limit, but we’ve never experienced issues. However, only do this at your own risk – nobody wants parking tickets! It’s rare, but some people have reported being towed at some of the resorts.
This is our favorite Magic Kingdom free parking trick since even paid parking is a hassle.
Tip #3: Park at Disney Springs or Water Parks for Free
The Disney Springs shopping area offers free parking. To get to your desired park, you can take a bus to a Disney resort and then use their free shuttle service to the theme parks. Unfortunately, this will take quite a bit of walking and time spent waiting for buses. It might be worthwhile to pay the fee – time is money!
You could also take an inexpensive Uber or Lyft from Disney Springs to the park or a closer resort, then hop on their free shuttle service. Disneyworld parking is free at the water parks as well (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach).
Tip #4: Stay at a Nearby Hotel With Free Parking
If you’re not set on a fun Disney resort, many nearby hotels are cheaper and offer free shuttles to the Disney World parks.
Tip #5: Book a DVC Deluxe Villa
If you’re a DSV Member, one of the best Disney World parking tips is to book a Deluxe Villa. Regardless of whether you use points or another payment, you won’t be charged for standard overnight parking at the resort.
For non-members, ask someone you know who’s a member and have them book it with your card!
Tip #6: Rent Disney Vacation Club (DSV) points
This tip fits more in the category of all Disney savings, but it’s one of the best Disney World parking secrets as well. Resort parking is complimentary when you book a qualified stay using Disney Vacation Club points!
The club is a timeshare program that’s expensive to sign up for, but many people “rent” points from current members. This simply means you use a member’s points to book a Deluxe Villa room at a qualified resort. DSV members get a set number of points per year, and some don’t use them all, so they’re looking to sell.
This extends far beyond how to avoid parking fees at Disney World. You can save a ton by renting points! There are verified DVC point rental companies you can go through, or you can source people through forums and word-of-mouth to skip the agency.
What type of savings would this be? To give an example, a 3-night stay at the Disney Animal Kingdom in September 2019 would cost 42 points. At $17 per point, the total would cost just $714 and include free resort parking. Not only do you get completely free parking at Disney World, but this is a significant saving on the resort price (and deluxe rooms are much nicer).
Other resorts cost anywhere from 11–100 points per night, depending on the season. Prices are also higher during the weekends. You can also find similar DVC points charts for every eligible resort!
Tip #7: Stay at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
One of our final Disney World parking secrets involves the only resort that doesn’t charge for parking. The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort provides a full camping experience! If you’re comfortable spending hundreds on camping 5 miles away from the resort, then stay here.
Tip #8: Always Check the Disney Deals Page!
The Disney World special offers page lists all of their current deals. Some of these are a nice surprise. For example, we’ve seen a free Disney dining package with resort stays on certain dates. This includes 2 meals and 2 snacks per night – a pretty fantastic deal.
FAQ (Updated in 2019):
Is there free parking at Disney World with AAA?
Deals can be found on the AAA website. However, Disney World no longer offers free parking for all AAA members like they did previously.
What’s the difference between Standard and Preferred parking?
To put it short – don’t expect to be close to the park if you choose standard parking. However, trams are available for standard parking.
Where can I park for free at Disney World?
Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Disney Springs all offer free parking. An Uber or Lyft from these destinations can be cheaper than parking at the theme parks (depending on the time of day). In addition, you can park at the resorts for free with valid dining reservations.
Overall, parking at Disney World can be expensive with the recent price increases and new resort fees. However, there are a few ways to get around them. At Parking Access, we make sure to stay up-to-date with hacks and tricks for parking in top areas. We hope you found new ways to save on Disney World parking, and perhaps even the resorts themselves!