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Florida Theme Park Parking Prices

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Most of the large theme parks make a separate charge for car parking and with many of them charging up to $25 per day, it soon adds up. See our theme park parking price table below.

One of the advantages of staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels is that guests do not have to pay for standard parking at the Disney parks but you do now have to pay a nightly parking charge at your Disney resort hotel.


You can also often get free parking and reduced preferred parking with some of the annual pass holders deals but it varies by park and type of annual pass.

When park hopping at Walt Disney World you only have to pay for parking once each day.

Standard Car Parking 2019 prices

These prices are subject to change and you should check with the parks for the latest prices. Preferred parking is extra and some parks also offer valet parking.

From March 2019, Disney has introduced seasonal preferred parking. Prices are $45 during regular seasons and $50 during peak seasons like Christmas.

All prices include local sales taxes.

Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios

  • Motorcycle, Car or Van: $25.00
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: $30.00

No additional charge when park hopping. Walt Disney World Resort guests can park for free with a valid Key to the World Card or Resort Parking Permit. Annual, Premium and Premier Passport holders can also park for free. Trams take you from the parking lot to the ticket offices. Preferred parking at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom is $45 to $50.

Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Winter Summerland Mini-Golf, Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf and Disney Springs

  • Motorcycle, Car or Van: Free
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: Free

Complimentary parking for all guests. Valet parking at Disney Springs is available for $20 (hours vary by location).

SeaWorld Orlando

  • Motorcycle, Car or Van: $22.00
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: $25.00

Preferred parking is available for $35. Florida Platinum Annual Pass members can park in preferred parking for free, other Platinum members can upgrade for $8. Trams take you from the parking lot to the main entrance.

Aquatica

  • Motorcycle, Car or Van: $22.00
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: $25.00

Preferred parking is available seasonally for $30 with Premium parking for $35. Annual Pass members can park for free, $8 for Preferred or $10 for Premium. No additional charge if visiting SeaWorld on the same day.

Discovery Cove

  • Motorcycle, Car or Van: Free
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: Free

Valet parking is available.

Universal Orlando including Universal CityWalk & Volcano Bay

  • Motorcycle, Car or Van: $22.00
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: $25.00

Preferred parking is available for $35. Annual pass members can park for free. All guests can park for free after 6:00 p.m. subject to special events. Universal also offers valet parking from $25 to $55. Instead of a tram, the Universal parking lot is a multi-tiered (multi-storey) parking garage with moving sidewalks, escalators and elevators.

Holy Land Experience

  • Motorcycle, Car or Van: Free
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: Free

ICON Orlando 360

  • Motorcycle, Car or Van: Free
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: Free

Free parking at the multi-story carpark onsite.

Gatorland

  • Motorcycle, Car or Van: Free
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: Free

Legoland Florida

  • Motorcycle: $10.00
  • Car or Van: $19.00
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: $20.00

Buses are free. Preferred parking under sun shades is available for $29.

Busch Gardens Tampa

  • Motorcycle, Car or Van: $22.00
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: $22.00

Preferred parking is available for $24. Annual Pass members can park for free, with 50% discount for Preferred (free for Platinum members). Trams take you from the parking lot to the main entrance.

Adventure Island Tampa

  • Motorcycle, Car or Van: $22.00
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: $22.00

Preferred parking is $26. Annual Pass members can park for free, with 50% discount for Preferred (free for Platinum members).

Kennedy Space Center

  • Motorcycle: $5.00
  • Car or Van: $10.00
  • Camper, Trailer or RV: $15.00

Free parking for annual pass holders.

Disabled Parking at Florida Theme Parks

Most theme parks have special areas for disable parking, generally these are closer to the park entrances to avoid having to ride on a tram or walk a long distance. Walt Disney World refers to this as “Medical Overflow”.

Note you still have to pay the regular parking charges, disabled badge holders cannot park for free.

Free Parking at Florida Theme Parks

Most Florida theme parks make a parking charge but there are a few exceptions. Parking at Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Winter Summerland Mini-Golf, Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf and Disney Springs is free for standard parking. Free standard parking is also available at Discovery Cove, Gatorland, The Holy Land Experience and ICON Orlando 360.

People often ask if you can park for free in the evenings. Whilst Universal Orlando Resort offers free parking after 6 p.m. on non-event evenings like Halloween Horror Nights, the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks do not offer free parking after 6 p.m.

Whether you park at Disney from before park opening time all the way to after closing time or just for a couple of hours you will still have to pay the standard parking fee, there is no discounted Disney parking.

How to Avoid Parking Fees at Florida Theme Parks

You used to be able to park all day at Walt Disney World resort hotels for free and some people took advantage of this perk and would park at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in particular and then walk the short distance to the main entrance of the Magic Kingdom. In 2018 Disney stopped this practice by charging all resort guests a daily resort parking fee and restricting non-resort guests to just a couple of hours free parking at their resort hotels subject to there actually being space available.

In theory you can park for free at somewhere like Disney Springs then take a Disney bus to one of the Disney resort hotels. There you can then catch another Disney bus to one of the parks or walk if you choose a resort close to the park.

However this practice is frowned upon as Disney bus transport is meant to be for resort guests only. You may well find yourself being refused when you try to board.

What is more it can take a very long time which greatly restricts the amount of time you can actually get to spend in the parks. You have to ask yourself if it really isn’t worth it. With the price of theme park tickets these days you have to question whether it is worth wasting potentially a couple of hours in travel time.

Also places like ESPN Wide World of Sports and the two Disney water parks generally have shorted hours so you could find yourself unable to get back to your car if you stay late for the fireworks for example.

Public transport near Florida’s theme parks is generally patchy. In Orlando there is the Lynx bus service which covers the Orlando Metropolitan area but again it can take a long time to actually reach the parks with the likelihood of multiple changes.

On International Drive, the I-Ride trolley bus service connects with a number of attractions including SeaWorld Orlando.

Even with the advent of the new cheaper taxi services like Uber and Lyft, it still costs around $20 to $25 for a one way trips from the surrounding area so you are unlikely to save any money there.

One other option if you are staying at a local hotel is many hotels offer free shuttle buses to the parks but they do not run that frequently so you will need to plan around their timetables.

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