Do i need to reserve parking if I choose to park at the Port Canveral pier

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  1. ohiopete

    ohiopete Earning My Ears

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    Hi all you seasoned cruisers!

    I was looking at the Port Canaveral web site and saw that they offer reserved parking close to the ship. Is it a good idea to reserve or perhaps it's not really necessary?

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
     
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  3. Bear3412

    Bear3412 DIS Veteran

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    It's not necessary to reserve/pay in advance. :)
     
  4. darkwing818

    darkwing818 DIS Veteran

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    We've parked at Port Canaveral 10 times & have never :sad2: had a problem getting a good space.
     
  5. over50visits

    over50visits DIS Veteran

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    We park there often, and never had a problem at all. Plenty of parking. I didn't even know you could reserve it! Maybe they're talking about the preferred parking. Don't do it! You'll have to walk all of 4 minutes (if that) to the ship for ordinary parking, versus 3 minutes for the extra cost "preferred" parking.
     
  6. Bear3412

    Bear3412 DIS Veteran

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    Also the preferred parking is not covered, and that area opens later than the garage fwiw, for us early birds. ;)

    At least that has been our experience.
     
  7. Livvys

    Livvys Mouseketeer

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    What time do you get there? Trying to decide... We do not have a PAT because of sailing in concierge... We do have a two year old, so we want to streamline as much as possible, but I'm gonna be more antsy and excited than him lol:)
     
  8. Bear3412

    Bear3412 DIS Veteran

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    :rotfl2: I too was/are more excited than my kids. :confused3

    10:30-10:45 usually. Each time preferred parking blocked off and almost full.
    It's only about 50 feet closer than the garage. Preferred is up against the terminal, while the garage is across the small two lane road separating the terminal from the garage.

    Actually, looking at the satellite photo, preferred parking could be farther than the garage parking depending on where a spot is available.
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=port...ear=Port+Canaveral,+Brevard,+Florida&t=h&z=19

    HTH
     
  9. ohiopete

    ohiopete Earning My Ears

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    Bear3412... Thanks for the link. It helped a lot. I won't worry about parking and just relax and have fun.
     
  10. mrslaney

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    Do you pay for parking when you park or when you leave? Is it an automated debit/credit only like at the airport or will cash work as well? I think this (parking at Port Canaveral) is the one thing I have read the least about.
     
  11. GervaisCouple

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    We will be parking a fifteen passenger van...will space be an issue?
     
  12. allison0523

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    No. We parked a 36ft motorhome towing a car there in June. If the van won't fit in the garage, you park it in the surface lot.
     

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