How Does Parking at Magic Kingdom Work? | Explained

Did you know that the parking lot at Magic Kingdom is actually a mile away from the park itself?

In this page, we will go over everything that you need to know in order to park quickly, and safely at the park.

Table of Contents

  1. Where to Park
  2. Know Where You Parked
  3. Preferred Parking
  4. Free Parking for Guests
  5. Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    1. Where to Park for Magic Kingdom

    The parking lot is actually located at the Ticket and Transportation Center, which is about a mile away from the park itself.

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    You'll just follow the Magic Kingdom signs, that will eventually lead you to a booth with a cast member inside of it.

    Here is where you'll pay for parking, which is normally around $25 per day for regular parking. The cast member will then hand you your receipt, and you'll be on your way to the parking lot.

    Parking Lot to the Parks

    Once you've parked your vehicle, you'll need to take one of Disney's transportation systems to get to the park itself.

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    The walk from the parking lot to the parks is around 10 minutes in total.

    You can follow the signs that are found all over the parking lot.

    Both of these options are free for guests, and you do not need a theme park ticket in order to ride.

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    The Monorail is the quickest way to the park, as the average speed is 40 miles per hour, and has a top speed of 55 miles per hour.

    If you're looking to maximize every last second of your day at the parks, this is the best option.

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    The ferry on the other hand, is more of a scenic ride, that will take guests on the water, and offer a unique view of the surrounding areas on the way to the park.

    This is absolutely something that guests should experience at least once.

    If you're not in a hurry, the ferry can be a great option.

    The ferry also holds much greater capacity than the monorail, which means more guests can be transported in one ride to the park.

    2. Know Where You Parked

    Disney does a great job of offering guests a simple way to remember where they parked. Each row will have a number, and each section will be split up by Disney characters.

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    On top of that, these massive signs will be visible from a distance away. Make sure to snap a photo of this sign to easily remember what section and number that you're in.

    Don't make the mistake of thinking that you'll 'Simply Remember' because after a long day in the Florida sun, there's a good chance that you won't.

    3. Preferred Parking

    Preferred Parking is simply paying an additional fee to get a closer spot to the entrance of the park.

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    This is especially popular with guests who will spend the entire day at the park, and don't want to deal with walking additional miles just to get to their vehicle.

    Preferred parking normally costs between $45-$50.

    4. Free Parking for Guests

    If you're staying at a Disney resort, you'll receive free all-day (regular) parking at any of the parks!

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    You must present valid Disney Resort hotel identification to enter the parking lots.

    Also, if you happen to be an annual passholder, you'll receive complimentary parking as well.

    5. Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    There are ChargePoint stations available at not just Magic Kingdom, but Animal Kingdom and Epcot as well.

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    If you are riding in an electric car, you'll be able to park your car at one of these designated spots, and charge your car while experiencing the park.

    It doesn't get better than that!

    These spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Disney Parking Good All Day?

    If you decide to park-hop, your parking pass from the first park will be valid for the rest of the parks for the entire day. When you arrive to the booth, simply show the castmember your receipt, and you'll be on your way.

    How Early can you Park at Magic Kingdom?

    You can park about 2 hours prior to the park actually opening at the Transportation and Ticket Center. If you arrive too early, there's a chance that you'll have to wait in line in front of where the castmember is stationed, until they give you the green light to go ahead.

    Can you Leave Disney Parking Lot and Come Back?

    Yes you can, as you only need to pay one time for the day. That same pass can be used at any of the Disney parks throughout the rest of the day, at no additional charge.

    Can you Uber Straight to Magic Kingdom?

    Unfortunately not directly to Magic Kingdom. You will have to go the same route as those who park, and head to the Transportation and Ticket Center, and use the monorail or a ferry to be transported to Magic Kingdom.

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