How Much Is Parking At Downtown Disney? | Discounts & Tips
If you're heading to Downtown Disney, one of your first questions is undoubtedly going to be about the cost of parking.
Our Downtown Disney Parking Prices Guide tracks the latest price to park at Downtown Disney, as well as any discounts or deals available to save you some money!
Questions We'll Answer About Parking Prices at Downtown Disney:
- Is Parking at Downtown Disney Ever Free?
- How Much Is Parking at Downtown Disney?
- Downtown Disney Parking Discounts & Deals!
Is Parking at Downtown Disney Ever Free?
There are multiple ways to get a few free hours of parking at Downtown Disney, but you almost always pay for the first hour out of pocket, then the next additional hours are free.
For example, free parking for 3 hours is available with any purchase of $20 or more at Downtown Disney. Your first hour of parking will not be validated, but the next 3 hours will be free.
This is essentially a buy 1 hour of parking, get 3 hours free deal.
Remember to bring your parking ticket with you to receive validation after spending $20.
You can also get 5 hours of free parking at any Downtown Disney table-service restaurant.
Again, you will be paying for your first hour of parking and then getting an additional 5 hours of parking for free.
You will not be able to validate your parking if you park at the Mickey & Friends, Pixar Pals, or Toy Story parking areas.
If you decide to park at the Mickey & Friends, Pixar Pals, or Toy Story parking areas you will only be able to receive free parking if you have an Inspire Key.
The Inspire Key only gives you free parking at these three areas - the Simba Lot is not included in the Inspire Key free parking perks.
Having an Inspire Key is the only way to get 100% free parking at Downtown Disney as long as you don't mind parking further away.
How Much Is Parking at Downtown Disney?
The first hour of parking at Downtown Disney is $10 at the Simba Parking Lot.
Each additional hour of parking at the Simba lot is $14 if you don't get any sort of validation as we outlined earlier in the guide, but of course, this isn't the only place you can park at Downtown Disney.
If you decide to park at either the Mickey & Friends, Pixar Pals, or Toy Story parking areas instead of the Simba lot then you will pay a daily parking rate of $30 for standard parking.
Preferred Parking is also available at the Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals garages for $50 per vehicle.
While Preferred Parking in the garages are more premium spots closer to the elevators and escalators, it's still a substantially longer walk to Downtown Disney versus parking at the Simba Lot.
Unless you'll also be going to Disneyland or California Adventure then we don't recommend paying for Preferred Parking just to visit Downtown Disney.
Downtown Disney Parking Discounts & Deals!
The best Downtown Disney parking discounts and deals are going to be through a dining validation or having a Magic Key.
The Inspire Key will get you free parking, the Dream Key will get you 50% off parking and the Enchant Key will get you 25% off parking.
Parking discounts for the Inspire Key and Dream Key are only valid at the Mickey & Friends, Pixar Pals, and Toy Story parking areas, while the Enchant Key discount is only valid at the Toy Story lot.
Magic Key discounts are never valid when parking at the Simba Lot!
Discounts are also available at the Simba Parking Lot when dining at a Disney Table Service Restaurant or with a purchase of $20 or more.
The first hour of parking at the Simba Lot must always be paid for - there is no way around this charge!
However, after the first hour, you can receive an additional 3 hours of parking at the Simba Lot for free with a $20 purchase and an additional 5 hours of parking when dining at any Disney Table Service Restaurant.
These offers cannot be combined and you need to bring your parking ticket with you to be validated!