At least once a year, Walt Disney World hikes its prices on tickets, guest rooms, dining, and yes, even parking. If you’re not an annual passholder or are not staying onsite during your entire length of stay, you’re subject to paying a daily parking fee. Disney now has a way to charge even more for parking – by saving you a few precious steps to get to the parks.

Want to save a few steps and shell out some extra cash? Walt Disney World now offers premium parking- for a price. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke/Road Trip TravelingMom

Want to save a few steps and shell out some extra cash? Walt Disney World now offers premium parking- for a price. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke/Road Trip TravelingMom

If you’ve headed to a Walt Disney World theme park recently and paid for parking, you may have noticed an additional option at the pay booths – preferred parking. The regular daily fee is $20 (which is steep enough, if you ask me), but the newest option will save you precious walking steps (or if you’re like my family, running steps. We’re always so excited we practically dash to the parks in the morning!) and charge you an additional $15 to park in preferred lots. That’s a total of $35 per day per vehicle to park. Even though Disney has not officially released a statement regarding the new preferred parking upcharge, it definitely makes sense that the company would eventually go this route and follow preferred parking options at both Universal Studios Orlando and Sea World Orlando.

The parking areas are not new ones; in fact they were general parking areas before. At Magic Kingdom, the preferred parking lots are Aladdin and Jafar; in Epcot it’s Amaze.

Ways to Save at Disney

Saving Steps at Disney World

Will you shell out the extra cash to save a few steps? If you do, there’s still plenty of ways to save (including easy ways to save before you even hit the parks!) at Walt Disney World:

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