Parking in Orlando
There are only a few spots in Orlando where you will have to worry about paying for parking outside of the airport. Each of the major parks have parking on site where you will have to pay a daily fee. Below we'll discuss different areas of Orlando that require paid parking, and we'll fill you in on exactly what you need to know.
When venturing to downtown Orlando there are over a dozen parking garages and lots available to park in. These lots run as low as $1 an hour and $15 a day. There are also many parking meters set up around downtown where you can use coins to park, which is very helpful for a short trip. Below is a link to more information on parking downtown, as well as a map to show you the designated parking areas.
At Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure there is one major parking complex for both parks. General parking costs $15 before 3PM and $10 after 3PM and allow for certain rebates with qualified validation such as from the cinema. There is also valet parking available at varying rates. These lots are sometimes free but expect to pay a fee. The lots are labeled by movie names so be sure to write down the lot name and row number that you park in, or finding your vehicle might turn into quite an adventure.
At all of the Disney parks excluding the Magic Kingdom the parking is located directly in front of the park entrance. This includes Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. At the Magic Kingdom the parking is located somewhat far away from the park entrance but you are not expected to walk the distance. They offer free monorail and ferry rides to the park entrance. In the other lots there are trams that pick people up and take them to the entrance of the parks so that visitors are not forced to walk the (sometimes long) distance of the parking lot. The rates at all of these Disney parks run at $14 for a car or motorcycle, and $15 for a camper/trailer. If you stay at a Disney resort then parking is free for you. The parking is free at the Disney owned water parks which include Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Similarly to the parking at Universal, you should write down the name and row number of the area that you park in to ensure that you will be able to locate your car easily.
Other parks in Orlando including Sea World and Wet N Wild have parking between $10 and $15.
University of Central Florida
If you are visiting the University of Central Florida you can purchase a $5 day pass that allows you to park in any green (general parking) area. The green lots are spread throughout campus and include almost all parking garages at the university. Be sure to avoid parking in reserved spots and red or blue lots, as these are lots not open to students or the public.
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