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Parking- Disney and Universal parks

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We'll be at Cypress Harbour soon and we are looking forward to our week at the parks. This may be wishful thinking, but is there any type of parking pass available that is weekly, or are we stuck with the daily parking fees? Also, if we park hop the same day, is our parking purchased at one park good at another Disney park the same day? Does Disney offer valet parking? If so, cost difference from standard? Thanks-

Also, from searching the boards, I cannot find the backroad/shortcut to Magic Kingdom...anyone know it? Thanks!

Jeni
 
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As far as I know there is no weekly parking pass offered by Disney, but you need to only pay once a day for parking- if you go to another Disney park during that same day, you just show them the parking pass.

MK is the park that is the biggest pain to get in and out of. All roads to Magic Kingdom end in the parking lots, where you take a tram to the TTC, (Ticket and Transportation Center). From the TTC, you either take the monorail or the boat across the 7 Seas Lagoon. Finally, you then need to go through the park entrance. In the evening, if you wait until the park closes to leave, the transportation across the lagoon can be a huge bottleneck (20,000 people do not fit on the monorail at once...).

Anyways, I hope the above helps.
 

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It has been a couple of years but can you not leave your vehicle where you originally parked it and than take the Disney bus lines to the various other parks as oppose to going out getting in your car and driving and parking again at another park?
 

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Does anyone in your group have an annual pass? If so, parking is free.
 

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Easy to do at Universal

You can currently buy the Universal Annual Pass for $159 - that's only 2 days cost for standard tickets beofre daily parking. With it you get free parking (which is MUCH more convenient and well located than the spread out nightmare of Disney parking/trams/etc) plus many discounts in and outside of the parks. Its a very good deal if you plan to do Universal.
 

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If you park at EPCOT you can ride a monorail to the Magic Kingdom, or take a boat from the back entrance to Hollywood Studios.
 

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As for directions, take International Drive down to World Center Drive and turn right. That will take you directly on to Disney property. You can also take Central Fl Parkway to Palm Parkway and go left. This will bring you out to 535 where you can go left then right on to Plaza Blvd and follow the signs to Magic Kingdom. This is probably the best back route with the least trafic for going to DTD. I4 is always the fastest unless you hit traffic.
 
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Just returned from Orlando. Parking at Universal was $12.00 per car, they do offer valet and preferred parking. $15 for preferred $25 for valet. Sea World was $10 per day. We did not go to Disney this trip so don't know what their parking is now.

Suzanne
 

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We just returned home from Walt Disney World. I saw signs for parking, $12/day. We were staying onsite without a car, so we just took buses everywhere.

Have a great trip:) !
 

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I recently had a business meeting at the Dolphin. It was $10 per day for self parking if you weren't staying at the resort, $9 if you were. There was also valet parking available. From there you can take free Disney buses around, but I'm sure it's much more convenient to park at the park you are visiting.

Sue
 

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Can you still get away with parking at the resorts next to the international gate to make a quick getaway after Illuminations at Epcot?
 

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Can you still get away with parking at the resorts next to the international gate to make a quick getaway after Illuminations at Epcot?
No. I was hoping this wasn't suggested, as it makes it hard, if not impossible for the guests staying at those resorts to find a parking spot.
 

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Officially, you can't do that. If you self-park, you'll be given a three hour pass, and told that you can only park while you have legitimate business at the resort.

Operationally, if you use the valet service (about $15, including tips), the valet will be able to park it in a way that minimizes any disruption to the guests at that resort, and will tend to be a bit forgiving about how long you park there. If that's not possible, the valet will let you know.
 

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That's a good point, it was a poor suggestion on my part about parking near the international gate. Trying to get an advantage by stepping on someone else's toes doesn't exactly make the world a better place, now does it...
 
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if you have an annual pass to either place - parking is free - at the place where you have the annual pass.

if you are staying at wdw resort - parking is free for the wdw parks.

that is it.:bawl:
 
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