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Heading to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World? Don’t Miss These Navigation Tips

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

We recently shared some exciting updates about enhancements coming to Downtown Disney as the area expands and transforms into Disney Springs, which when complete, will double the area’s number of dining and retail options. Work is already underway to widen Buena Vista Drive which will eventually make it easier to access the area. As expansion work continues through 2016, here are some of our best tips for navigating the property during this time so you can continue to enjoy all of the shopping, dining and entertainment options that Downtown Disney has to offer.


  • Use Complimentary Resort Transportation – Disney resorts offer complimentary bus transportation to Downtown Disney, which drops guests off at the Marketplace end. Watercraft transportation is also available from Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts, Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. Once at Downtown Disney, all guests can use boat transportation to travel between the Marketplace, West Side and Pleasure Island districts.
  • Follow Parking Signs For The Best Access – If driving, follow the lighted signs to available parking lots, including those at the Casting and Team Disney buildings located across the street.
  • Take Exit 67 on I-4 – If you’re arriving via I-4, take exit 67 to approach Downtown Disney from another direction and continue to follow signs for parking.
  • Arrive Early For Scheduled Entertainment & Dining Reservations – Have a reservation or tickets to a show? Be sure to allow extra time for parking; we’d suggest arriving at least an hour early. Most ticketed experiences at Downtown Disney take place at Downtown Disney West Side, so parking in the Team Disney parking lot is your best bet for those.
  • Valet Parking Is Available – Valet Parking is available daily with pricing starting at $10 for 0-2 hours; the cost is $15 for 2-3 hours and $20 for three or more hours.

Be sure to keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future updates as the Disney Springs transformation continues!


  • Do persons with a handicapped placard in their car get a discount on Valet parking?

    Where is the valet parking located? How far is it from an ECV rental place at Downtown Disney?

  • I am handicapped, elderly,and have mobility issues. I can walk but not very far. I am unable to physically use a wheelchair and I go solo with no one to push it. I want to visit Downtown Disney Marketplace and Ghirardelli’s in Dec 2015. Previously, I parked right outside in the Marketplace lot and walked to Guest Relations to get an ECV. When I was by Downtown Disney this Dec 2014, I was not able to get near the Marketplace. The new parking garage is waaay to far away for me to walk. The ECV rental place at DisneyQuest is too far away for me to walk there.

    In Dec 2015, I will be staying at a timeshare not a Disney resort. What are my options in Dec 2015 for getting an ECV to go to Ghirardelli’s? I am elderly and cannot use an outside vendor for an ECV as I am unable to lift or assemble an ECV from the trunk of my car. Is Disney building another parking garage near the Marketplace? Does Disney have any plans to rent ECV’s at their garages? What does Disney have planned for solo handicapped persons to get an ECV at the Marketplace?

  • Will the noise from construction in Downtown Disney be heard at Port Orleans – French Quarter?

  • Do all the restaurants offer discounts for parking?

  • Just curious, the high end hotels have free handicap parking, any idea if DTD does this or at least a discount?

  • We can’t wait to take our 5th family vacation and stay at a Walt Disney Delux resort! Thank you Walt Disney, we can’t wait to visit again!

  • One nice thing about the Valet Parking is it is free with the Tables in Wonderland as long as you eat at a restaurant that takes it even at Downtown Disney. My hubby and I checked a couple of weeks ago and then we ate at Wolfgang Express. So we did not have to pay the $20. Of course we did give them a decent tip as we usually do….

  • Even for those resort guests taking the buses, I’ve seen clips that getting from Marketplace to West Side (and across what’s left of Pleasure Island) can be a maze of pedestrian construction detours.
    Hope the Blog can keep us posted on when the water and land routes are back and with their “wrappings” off.

  • Is there any time frame when the new parking garage will be completed and in use. Coming the middle of November will have someone with a scooter – so hoped to use the parking garage.

  • Jennifer,
    This is great news! The schematics look amazing and it looks as though it will be very easy to navigate your way through Disney Springs (love the name by the way)!
    I cannot wait until it is complete, the re- birth of a old favorite!

  • What about handicap parking? We are going with my inlaws and my father in law is disabled.

  • I’ve heard scary things about the parking. We’re arriving Tuesday and debating on when to go down there. Figure the earlier the better.

  • Also I can’t print a very good map of Disney World. Can you give me a link for a good map to print or a way to order one?

  • Can you post tips on fast passes for Disney World please.

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