When it comes to Walt Disney World vacations and saving money, it's often the smaller items that add up over time. Parking at Disney World may seem like a little thing; for a family car it's $ 14 a day in any of the four major parks. If you add it up over the length of the usual vacation stay of five days, you're spending $ 70 out of your pocket that you could spend on food, souvenirs, drinks or just take home in your pocket. If you've got some extra time and you're willing to travel around a bit touring the Disney World grounds, you can park and go anywhere in the entire complex for free.
The Disney organization has set up a system of free transportation that cruises through the complex. Between the two monorails and the dozens of buses there is no reason for anyone to drive between parks. The catch is that parking at your first theme park of the day will cost you. Take advantage of this system and begin your day in one of the free pickup areas and you can avoid the expensive parking fees and ride around all day free of charge.
Free Places to Park in Walt Disney World
- Blizzard Beach
- Typhoon Lagoon
- Downtown Disney
- Polynesian Resort
- Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
- Contemporary Resort
- Animal Kingdom Lodge
Park at any one of the first three venues and you can walk on to one of the buses that run every 15 minutes or so. You'll be taken to the Transportation and Ticket Center where you can hop a bus or monorail to anywhere else on Disney property. If you want to park at one of the resort hotels, tell the guard at the gate that you're going in to tour the lobby and have a drink or snack at one of the restaurants. You're able to park all day after that point. Go through the lobby, grab a snack or drink and head out to your free transportation.
Some of the buses cut down to every half hour later in the night and they do not run 24 hours a day, so check the schedules if you're planning on a long day. You can find a bus schedule at the front desk in any of the Walt Disney World resort hotels, and at guest services kiosks throughout the parks. Otherwise enjoy parking at Disney World without paying a cent for the entire week.