Our family of 9 (3 adult couples and 3 children under 10) recently returned from a week-long family trip to WDW. We rented a house in a lovely resort that was no more than a 20 minute drive (and often less) from any of the parks. But, of course, that required parking our two rental cars. Regular parking was $20/day at all the parks we visited; “Preferred” was $40/day. We learned early on that the additional expense for “Preferred” was well worth the money. In fact, we all agreed deciding to go that route was one of our best decisions for the entire trip. Believe me, in the scheme of things, the extra $280 (total) it cost us for this option was just a drop in the bucket but saved us a ton of time, energy, and aggravation. It made getting into and out of the parks almost a breeze.
At the Magic Kingdom, Preferred Parking puts you a short walk from the Monorail or Ferry, saving you hassle of waiting for and riding the tram to the transportation center. (We rented strollers at the parks, but if you’re bringing your own, this option also allows you to avoid having to muscle your stroller onto the tram.) And at the other parks, the option gets you much closer to the park entrances.
Even if you opt to use Preferred Parking only for the Magic Kingdom, you’ll be glad you did.
Give our regards to Mickey and friends when you see them!