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Mom2six
05-08-2012, 02:27 AM
We are driving this next trip to Disney and I was wondering about parking at Magic Kingdom. We will be parking in the handicap parking. Will we be able to walk into MK or will we have to take transportation from the lot to MK? I don't really want to take the transportation if I can avoid it easily.

kaytieeldr
05-08-2012, 04:44 AM
It's a LONG walk to the TTC from the handicap parking area. If the eligible person can manage a couple of steps, it makes more sense to use one of the medical spots in the regular lot combined with the tram.

Michigan
05-08-2012, 07:27 AM
There is no way to walk into MK. The handicap parking is a long walk from the parking lot to the front entrance of the TTC. If you can walk you would be better off parking near a tram stop and riding it in. Once you are in you will either need to get on the monorail or ferry boat to get to MK.

bouncycat
05-08-2012, 07:48 AM
They do have manual chairs in the HC lot that you can use until you get to the park to get a rented one. The walk is kinda tough from the blue lot to the TTC, Then you gotta use the ferry or the monorail to get you to the parks. That is the worst park for the HC parking area if walking out of all 4 of the parks.

Michigan
05-08-2012, 09:07 AM
They do have manual chairs in the HC lot that you can use until you get to the park to get a rented one.

You can only take the manual chairs as far as the store before the monorail

SueM in MN
05-08-2012, 09:44 AM
You can only take the manual chairs as far as the store before the monorail
And, there is no guarantee that there will be wheelchairs available. They do try to bring them back to the wheelchair coralle, but sometimes there will be times when all are out.
Your shortest walk at all parking lots will actually Be parking in the regular lot And using the trams.

Mom2six
05-08-2012, 11:16 AM
Oh, bummer. Is there a way to drop someone off by the MK gates and then go park? Or at least by the ferry or monorail?

Michigan
05-08-2012, 01:56 PM
You can drop someone off at the front of the TTC and then park but the only access to MK is resort buses, ferry or monorail.

BillSears
05-08-2012, 02:04 PM
You can only take the manual chairs as far as the store before the monorail

And, there is no guarantee that there will be wheelchairs available. They do try to bring them back to the wheelchair coralle, but sometimes there will be times when all are out.
Your shortest walk at all parking lots will actually Be parking in the regular lot And using the trams.

And sometimes people take them all the way into the parks to use as their wheelchair for the day. :confused3 On multiple occasions I've seen the parking lot wheelchairs with the markings and the big poles sticking out of them inside of the parks. I can't believe that they let them come through the turnstiles.

SueM in MN
05-08-2012, 02:46 PM
And sometimes people take them all the way into the parks to use as their wheelchair for the day. :confused3 On multiple occasions I've seen the parking lot wheelchairs with the markings and the big poles sticking out of them inside of the parks. I can't believe that they let them come through the turnstiles.
I've seen it too and it always makes me wonder.

A Mickeyfan
05-08-2012, 08:01 PM
And sometimes people take them all the way into the parks to use as their wheelchair for the day. :confused3 On multiple occasions I've seen the parking lot wheelchairs with the markings and the big poles sticking out of them inside of the parks. I can't believe that they let them come through the turnstiles.

that only goes to show that the CM @ the turnstile either didn't notice it or they don't want to say anything to confront the guest ... and in all honestly, how can they not notice? :confused3 It isn't Magical when you hear a disruption entering the park .... now that is only my opinion on it.. :( and I could very well be wrong...

A Mickeyfan
05-08-2012, 08:04 PM
I too have to agree, if the person can walk a little, you are better off parking in the regular lot and catch the tram. However, when you get there, try to explain to the CM signaling you to turn (parking) into the row that you need something close to the tram side and not the exit side ;) or you will end up with a very long walk in the row. It won't hurt that much going in, but it might coming out after a long day ::yes:: If you explain nicely, they may do it. I have seen people do this & they do allow them to pull into spots closer and then have the rest of the cars continue down the row...

buffettgirl
05-09-2012, 12:28 PM
I too have to agree, if the person can walk a little, you are better off parking in the regular lot and catch the tram. However, when you get there, try to explain to the CM signaling you to turn (parking) into the row that you need something close to the tram side and not the exit side ;) or you will end up with a very long walk in the row. It won't hurt that much going in, but it might coming out after a long day ::yes:: If you explain nicely, they may do it. I have seen people do this & they do allow them to pull into spots closer and then have the rest of the cars continue down the row...

does anyone know why they simply don't just put 2 or 4 HC marked spots at the tram end of every row?

Just_Trish
05-09-2012, 01:09 PM
I push my mom in her wheelchair when we go. We park in the handicapped parking and I just push her to the TTC...she is unable to climb onto the tram which is why we opt to do it that way. I personally don't find the walk from parking to TTC that bad, but now that I know I can drop her off closer then go park, I think we will do it that way.

The worst part of getting to MK is trying to push her up the ramp to the monorail - sometimes we're lucky and a nice man will see me struggling and offer to push her up! ;):blush:

Schmeck
05-09-2012, 05:34 PM
If you go on Bing.com maps, and find WDW (Bay Lake is a bit SW of Orlando) you can zoom right in on the parking lot, and see the arrangement there. HC parking is easy to see - it has hashmark areas between all the parking spots, for accessibility.

You go down into the tunnel, out the other side, and through the 'gates' up to the monorail or ferry.

Pooh2
05-09-2012, 06:38 PM
If you have your own chair, is there a place fold it and put in on the tram?

SueM in MN
05-09-2012, 08:43 PM
I push my mom in her wheelchair when we go. We park in the handicapped parking and I just push her to the TTC...she is unable to climb onto the tram which is why we opt to do it that way. I personally don't find the walk from parking to TTC that bad, but now that I know I can drop her off closer then go park, I think we will do it that way.

The worst part of getting to MK is trying to push her up the ramp to the monorail - sometimes we're lucky and a nice man will see me struggling and offer to push her up! ;):blush:
Not that far for pushing a wheelchair, but many people park there without a wheelchair who expect it to be like handicapped parking for stores - close and a short walk.

prncess674
05-11-2012, 09:34 AM
Not that far for pushing a wheelchair, but many people park there without a wheelchair who expect it to be like handicapped parking for stores - close and a short walk.I have to agree that the HC parking at MK is not that pleasant. I would only park in HC if the person is in a chair and cannot get onto the train. There is one portion of the walkway from HC that goes under a road and it was probably the most challenging push in all of WDW.

Mom2six
05-11-2012, 05:08 PM
So complicated! I guess if needed we can drop my mom off at the gate. I don't want to start the day off going on the tram - my youngest DS4 may get upset about it because he has never been on a bus and I don't want to effect the day. He's been on the ferry. I had heard that you could walk from the Contemporary Valet parking - is that true and are you allowed to the valet parking there if not a guest of that resort?

livndisney
05-11-2012, 05:16 PM
So complicated! I guess if needed we can drop my mom off at the gate. I don't want to start the day off going on the tram - my youngest DS4 may get upset about it because he has never been on a bus and I don't want to effect the day. He's been on the ferry. I had heard that you could walk from the Contemporary Valet parking - is that true and are you allowed to the valet parking there if not a guest of that resort?

You can't drop anyone off at the "gate" at MK. There is a drop off at the TTC, but you would still need to ride the boat or monorail to get to the "gate" at MK.

blondietink
05-11-2012, 07:02 PM
The walk to the TTC isn't that bad, but as others have said, the ramp up to the monorail is a killer! Wish they had an elevator like at epcot's monorail ramp. We opt to take the ferry whenever it is running, instead. Also take the ferry on the way back from Mk to the parking lot.

SueM in MN
05-11-2012, 09:25 PM
The walk to the TTC isn't that bad, but as others have said, the ramp up to the monorail is a killer! Wish they had an elevator like at epcot's monorail ramp. We opt to take the ferry whenever it is running, instead. Also take the ferry on the way back from Mk to the parking lot.
Yes, the ferry is a little longer walk, but it is easier than the monorail ramp!

PatMcDuck
05-14-2012, 08:13 PM
When I travel alone with my handicapped son, I drive to all the other parks, but not MK.

The busses are also difficult, as his Convaid chair is heavy, and does not collapse well. Hard for me to close it up, carry it onto a bus, and watch that he does not wander off at the same time. Trams are impossible, the chair folds up, but is still huge.

My solution the last couple of times has been to stay at Bay Lake tower and walk back and forth to MK. I miss my home resort (Beach Club), but it is just too hard for trips when DH does not come along.

disney david
05-14-2012, 09:14 PM
When I travel alone with my handicapped son, I drive to all the other parks, but not MK.

The busses are also difficult, as his Convaid chair is heavy, and does not collapse well. Hard for me to close it up, carry it onto a bus, and watch that he does not wander off at the same time. Trams are impossible, the chair folds up, but is still huge.

My solution the last couple of times has been to stay at Bay Lake tower and walk back and forth to MK. I miss my home resort (Beach Club), but it is just too hard for trips when DH does not come along.

Dse it have tie down points that can be tie down on the bus if not you can still have the ramp lowered and wheel it on then fold it.

A Mickeyfan
05-16-2012, 08:40 PM
does anyone know why they simply don't just put 2 or 4 HC marked spots at the tram end of every row?

:confused3 my thoughts are because they assume that everyone who would park there then already has a chair.. and the chairs cannot get onto the tram.. but that is just my thought. I do think they should have a few in each row.. it would help a ton of people out!

For me, it doesn't matter.. I have no business alone looking for my car in the dark :rotfl2: I have to be with someone anyway. If I am alone in the dark, I have no business driving :thumbsup2 and during daylight, I would not need that spot :goodvibes............ but for all of those with mobility issues, that do not have chairs.. it would make a world of difference to them! Like I said, I have no clue why they don't do this... only thing I can think of is the fact they think people may have their own chairs :confused:

CarolineB
05-17-2012, 01:19 PM
I think that it would be difficult to keep the flow of traffic moving if some cars were parked at the top 2-3 spots of each row. It would be confusing for everyone else. The way it is now, if you don't need handicapped, you just follow the car in front of you to where the parking attendant directs you.

I also think that by having all the handicapped cars parked in one section allows those guests more time to get out of their car and unload. MK has an overflow area near the taxistands that I park in (I don't have a handicapped sticker for my car) but I don't want to put my wheelchair on the tram. I just let them know this and I've always been able to park in this overflow area.

Candleshoe
06-26-2012, 05:00 PM
Is this feasable, or not a good idea:

I will have an ECV, DH & DD will be on foot.

At MK, park in the regular lot instead of HC, and they can ride the tram and I can 'drive' in. Or is it too far to 'drive' in from the ECV?


Otherwise, we could go to the HC, DH can put together my ECV for me, and he and DD can move the car back to regular parking and catch the tram.

livndisney
06-26-2012, 05:15 PM
Is this feasable, or not a good idea:

I will have an ECV, DH & DD will be on foot.

At MK, park in the regular lot instead of HC, and they can ride the tram and I can 'drive' in. Or is it too far to 'drive' in from the ECV?


Otherwise, we could go to the HC, DH can put together my ECV for me, and he and DD can move the car back to regular parking and catch the tram.

:confused3 I am not really sure what you are trying to do here.

Handicapped parking is the closest lot to the TTC. If you have a handicap tag, there is really no reason for your DH to move the car to ride the tram. Your DH and DD should be able to walk to the TTC (or have I missed something?)

POOHsie
06-26-2012, 09:00 PM
The simplest thing to do at MK, because of the difficult walk from the HA lot, is to take the resort bus. The bus drops you off at the front gate. You don't have to park your car, then walk or wheel under a road, then cross a lake by ferry or up a steep ramp to catch the park monorail circling the lake, just to reach the front gate. The bus is so much better. Just my opinion.

jmartinez1895
06-27-2012, 11:57 AM
I was also wondering about the valet parking as well. When we go back we will be planning breakfast at either Polly or GF. Can we valet park that morning and keep the car there until we leave at night?

disney david
06-27-2012, 12:10 PM
I was also wondering about the valet parking as well. When we go back we will be planning breakfast at either Polly or GF. Can we valet park that morning and keep the car there until we leave at night?

Yes if you have a handicap placard it be free and to can keep it their all day if you don't then it be 12. Then you could keep it their all day or if you want move it to another resort and valet park for free that day.

blondietink
06-28-2012, 07:12 AM
I was also wondering about the valet parking as well. When we go back we will be planning breakfast at either Polly or GF. Can we valet park that morning and keep the car there until we leave at night?

My answer to that is a big no. the resorts do not let you park there all day to go to the parks. Generally they will give you something to put in your window that says you can only park for 3 hours from the time the paper is printed out for you. If they let anybody park there for the day, they would not have any room for their guests at the hotel to park. We have also found it difficult at times to park in the HC spots at the different resorts when we are eating there. There are very few HC spots available generally.

Candleshoe
06-28-2012, 09:05 AM
The simplest thing to do at MK, because of the difficult walk from the HA lot, is to take the resort bus. The bus drops you off at the front gate. You don't have to park your car, then walk or wheel under a road, then cross a lake by ferry or up a steep ramp to catch the park monorail circling the lake, just to reach the front gate. The bus is so much better. Just my opinion.

We are staying offsite - so we'll be in our own car.

I should have said that up-front.

To the PP, parking in the HA lot would be easiest on ME but hard on DH & DD and I don't want to make my disability be a drag on them. KWIM? I've walked that before and it's not a pleasant walk - especially in August.

jmartinez1895
06-28-2012, 09:30 AM
My answer to that is a big no. the resorts do not let you park there all day to go to the parks. Generally they will give you something to put in your window that says you can only park for 3 hours from the time the paper is printed out for you. If they let anybody park there for the day, they would not have any room for their guests at the hotel to park. We have also found it difficult at times to park in the HC spots at the different resorts when we are eating there. There are very few HC spots available generally.

I would not be parking in a HA spot. I would be using the valet service. I called ( which i know that you never really know who yu get when you call) and they said they transferred me to valet management. The person I spoke to said that valet parking is for a 24 hour window. If you valet in the morning at the resort you can go to the park and stay till closing. Or you can valet then go to the park for a few hours and then get your car and go to a different resort and valet for no additional charge because the fee is for the day. THe 3 hour parking only comes into play when you self park. Also, as PP said, if you have a handicap tag or hang tag the fee for valet is waved. The guy I spoke with also said that he often recommends that people that plan on renting a chair or EVC in the park to use the valet service at the GF and take the monorail into MK due to the amount of walking involved at the parking lot.

livndisney
06-28-2012, 10:34 AM
We are staying offsite - so we'll be in our own car.

I should have said that up-front.

To the PP, parking in the HA lot would be easiest on ME but hard on DH & DD and I don't want to make my disability be a drag on them. KWIM? I've walked that before and it's not a pleasant walk - especially in August.

Sorry, I don't know what you mean. We live here and walk from the AAA lot (next one over from HC) all the time.

But if you really want to park in the regular lot, there are drop off locations at the parks. MK can be tricky because the drop off is in the HC lot. Your DH can drop you and the scooter off, then drive over to the section they are currently parking, wait in line to park, park, wait for the tram (wait for a seat on the tram), just to ride back to a few 100 yards away from where he dropped you off.

At Epcot, the drop off is way down near the AAA parking. So he may need to go back through the toll booth to get back to where they are parking.

At AK he may need to go back through as well. Since he would be dropping you off at the front parking lot and parking in the back lot.

disney david
06-28-2012, 02:31 PM
I would not be parking in a HA spot. I would be using the valet service. I called ( which i know that you never really know who yu get when you call) and they said they transferred me to valet management. The person I spoke to said that valet parking is for a 24 hour window. If you valet in the morning at the resort you can go to the park and stay till closing. Or you can valet then go to the park for a few hours and then get your car and go to a different resort and valet for no additional charge because the fee is for the day. THe 3 hour parking only comes into play when you self park. Also, as PP said, if you have a handicap tag or hang tag the fee for valet is waved. The guy I spoke with also said that he often recommends that people that plan on renting a chair or EVC in the park to use the valet service at the GF and take the monorail into MK due to the amount of walking involved at the parking lot.

And once you pay at one valet for the day then it be free at other resorts for the 24 hour window.

SueM in MN
06-28-2012, 10:12 PM
Is this feasable, or not a good idea:

I will have an ECV, DH & DD will be on foot.

At MK, park in the regular lot instead of HC, and they can ride the tram and I can 'drive' in. Or is it too far to 'drive' in from the ECV?


Otherwise, we could go to the HC, DH can put together my ECV for me, and he and DD can move the car back to regular parking and catch the tram.
You can't tell where they will be parking cars when you get there. It could be quite far out and too far to ECV to the entrance. And, even if it is not, People are not meant to walk to the TTC from the parking lot, so an ECV would be in the same area as the trams are traveling.

The handicapped parking area is farther than many people who qualify for handicapped parking permits feel thy can walk easily. But, if your DH and DD are not disabled, it should not be a problem for htm to wLk from the handicapped parking to the TTC.

emjean
12-22-2012, 06:41 PM
And once you pay at one valet for the day then it be free at other resorts for the 24 hour window.
Thanks for the verified information about free 24 hour valet parking with a handicap placard. This was very helpful information. So, bottom line is:

My sister is handicap and we are staying at AKL. Don't want to try and use the bus. We will have her ECV and a vehicle. So, the suggestion here is to park at CR valet parking with handicap placard and walk (scooter) over to MK? Right? That sounds perfect!

celiawelia
12-22-2012, 06:43 PM
good question my uncle lives down the street so we park at his place and walk on over

disney david
12-22-2012, 06:44 PM
Thanks for the verified information about free 24 hour valet parking with a handicap placard. This was very helpful information. So, bottom line is:

My sister is handicap and we are staying at AKL. Don't want to try and use the bus. We will have her ECV and a vehicle. So, the suggestion here is to park at CR valet parking with handicap placard and walk (scooter) over to MK? Right? That sounds perfect!

yes just valet park it walk scoot on over and have fun then when your down you can walk back or take the monorail and get your car.

peemagg
12-22-2012, 07:26 PM
In my honest opinion, the walk from the handicapped parking at TTC, is not that bad. In fact I think the walk from the Contemporary to the MK is longer.

dawnball
12-22-2012, 08:29 PM
You can't tell where they will be parking cars when you get there. It could be quite far out and too far to ECV to the entrance. And, even if it is not, People are not meant to walk to the TTC from the parking lot, so an ECV would be in the same area as the trams are traveling.


People are intended to be able to walk to the TTC from the parking lot. You can't take the ECV along the road the trams use, though. You should walk/ECV on the parking lot side of the bollards. We used to do it all the time with strollers. It's not a bad walk - the far end of Rapunzel is about two-thirds of a mile from the monorail and there's a sidewalk once you reach the front of the parking lot. You do have to cross the tram road - exactly where depends on which lot you're parked in, but I recall it having a standard crosswalk painted on it.

For the return trip, I suggest checking the map at the TTC that reminds you where your lot is. You can spend a lot of time hunting for your row if you don't remember the route. http://www.easywdw.com/reports2/mkpark.jpg

The handicapped parking lot to the monorail should be between a tenth and a quarter mile, depending on where you parked.

emjean
12-22-2012, 08:35 PM
yes just valet park it walk scoot on over and have fun then when your down you can walk back or take the monorail and get your car.

Yes...I like that the monorail is also an option from CR!! Thank you so much.:moped: (scooter)

SueM in MN
12-23-2012, 05:56 AM
People are intended to be able to walk to the TTC from the parking lot. You can't take the ECV along the road the trams use, though. You should walk/ECV on the parking lot side of the bollards. We used to do it all the time with strollers. It's not a bad walk - the far end of Rapunzel is about two-thirds of a mile from the monorail and there's a sidewalk once you reach the front of the parking lot. You do have to cross the tram road - exactly where depends on which lot you're parked in, but I recall it having a standard crosswalk painted on it.

For the return trip, I suggest checking the map at the TTC that reminds you where your lot is. You can spend a lot of time hunting for your row if you don't remember the route. http://www.easywdw.com/reports2/mkpark.jpg

The handicapped parking lot to the monorail should be between a tenth and a quarter mile, depending on where you parked.
Thanks. That sign looks pretty new.
Yes...I like that the monorail is also an option from CR!! Thank you so much.:moped: (scooter)
The monorail IS an option, but with getting upstairs at the Contemporary and waiting for the mnorail, will take longer than just walking.

I Love Pluto
12-23-2012, 12:17 PM
Park at Epcot in the HC lot. Take the monorail to MK.

PatMcDuck
12-23-2012, 09:05 PM
Park at Epcot in the HC lot. Take the monorail to MK.


Interesting idea; and BONUS, the monorail stop at Epcot has an ELEVATOR. It is hard to spot, and I only found out it was there from this board.

I know all this talk might sound crazy to some of you, but it is really stressful to figure this out. I can't take the busses or trams with my son, and pushing him up big hills is hard too.

I try and stay at BLT. Next trip is at BWV though. :scratchin So I will have to figure it all out.

emjean
12-24-2012, 01:03 AM
Okay, Options with a handicap placard are:

1. Park at handicap TTC and take boat to MK.

2. Park free with Valet parking at CR and take monorail which is upstairs (is there an elevator?)

3. Park free with Valet parking at CR and walk over with ECV.

4. Park at EPCOT handicap parking and use elevator for monorail.

Thanks for all these options.pixiedust:

disney david
12-24-2012, 01:12 AM
Okay, Options with a handicap placard are:

1. Park at handicap TTC and take boat to MK.

2. Park free with Valet parking at CR and take monorail which is upstairs (is there an elevator?)

3. Park free with Valet parking at CR and walk over with ECV.

4. Park at EPCOT handicap parking and use elevator for monorail.

Thanks for all these options.pixiedust:

Yes their is an elevator at cr for monorails it goes from the fourth floor to the platform I ink the best bet would be the valet park at cr. even if the walk a little longer it just be less travel so you get their quicker.

emjean
12-24-2012, 01:15 PM
Yes their is an elevator at cr for monorails it goes from the fourth floor to the platform I ink the best bet would be the valet park at cr. even if the walk a little longer it just be less travel so you get their quicker.


Sounds great. Even though my sister is using the ECV due to ESRD, I am perfectly healthy. My plan is to actually get as many miles on my feet as I can. I am taking a pedometer with me to count the miles traveled! Thanks for all the great advice.:cool1:

disney david
12-24-2012, 01:16 PM
Sounds great. Even though my sister is using the ECV due to ESRD, I am perfectly healthy. My plan is to actually get as many miles on my feet as I can. I am taking a pedometer with me to count the miles traveled! Thanks for all the great advice.:cool1:

Well their no better place then Disney to walk and get miles you he surprised home many miles you will walk. Well hope you and your family have a great trip and everything works for you.