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Parking change goes into effect now at Disney World

Parking change goes into effect now at Disney World

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Heads up: parking at Disney will be a bit different from this point forward.

Driving around Disney

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While Disney has many great transportation options to get around property, you can also drive your own personal vehicle. Having a car to use certainly has its perks – unlimited grocery stops, not having to wait around for Disney transportation, and the ability to store some of your belongings that won’t fit in the hotel.

It’s even better when your car is located right outside your room. Staying in a cabin at Disney’s Fort Wilderness or at a resort like Old Key West allows you to park your car just steps away from your accommodations.

Just be aware of the parking charges! It is free to park at your Disney resort, and if you are staying onsite parking at the parks is also free. Parking at Disney Springs is also free, but one recent change there actually discontinues one parking option.

Disney Springs Parking

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There are several ways to get to Disney Springs. You can use a Disney bus, water taxi, ride share, your own two feet, or your personal vehicle.

When parking at Disney Springs, please arrive at least 60 minutes before any scheduled event, show or reservation. Digital message boards along Buena Vista Drive will indicate when garages and surface lots are full.

Parking may be more available earlier in the day Monday through Thursday—the parking lots often reach capacity on weekends, evenings and holidays.

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Self-parking is complimentary in all surface lots and garages, providing direct access to Disney Springs. 5 lots, all conveniently named after fruit, are all spread out. The strawberry and watermelon lots are located right next to Cirque du Soleil.

If you want to bowl at Splitsville, park in the orange garage on the west side of Disney Springs. The lime and grapefruit garages are near Town Center where most of the shopping is.


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Valet parking used to be available at Disney Springs for $20. However, it is no longer available. Effective today, the only parking option at Disney Springs is self-parking.

While this certainly isn’t earth shattering news, it may be a bit disappointing for those Guests who prefer a less stressful parking experience at Disney Springs. It can get very crowded there on the weekends and at night, and having this parking option taken away can make it a bit more challenging.

Did you ever use valet parking at Disney Springs? Let us know in the comments below and share this post with a friend.

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Wednesday 16th of August 2023

I agree with you. Disney on whole just needs more EV parking. We couldn't find any at our hotel either. It was a real inconvenience!


Saturday 12th of August 2023

This article mentioned there are several options to get around while at Disney Springs and water taxi being one of them. Unfortunately Disney Springs Water Taxi service (Westside & Landing docks) is not one of them. This option has not been available since the Pandemic. No plans in the foreseeable future that Disney Springs will offer this transportation anytime soon if ever.

Ferry departures from the Marketplace only is available for guests of Disney Vacation Club at Old Key West & Saratoga Springs including the Treehouse Villas, and Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter & Riverside Resorts.


Monday 7th of August 2023

I'd like to see Disney Springs add more EV charging and maybe enforce towing or fines for non EV owners and EV owners who park in the spot and do not use it.


Saturday 5th of August 2023

We learned this week the Grapefruit Garage is for Employees only until 3pm. It would've been nice if they posted signs before we drove all the way in, parked and walked to the bridge only to be told we couldn't park there before 3 and had to move our car into another garage and start all over

Ellen H

Friday 4th of August 2023

I never used valet parking at Disney Springs. I use Valet parking at the Dolphin & Swan Hotel way easy to get in and out. I get free parking at the parks since I am a Annual Pass Holder.

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