Port Preferred Parking

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  1. Rambler5678

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    Has anyone used this and parked close to the ship? How big is the parking lot and was it easy to find a parking spot?

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  3. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

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    We haven't used it, but it is the old lot that was used by the Magic's guests before the parking garage opened inside the gate and right next to the terminal. Yes, it is really convenient, but the garage isn't that far away IMO. There were not many cars there when we got to the port around noon.
     
  4. mmouse37

    mmouse37 DCL Diva!!

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    I, personally, would not pay more to park there...it is not that much closer than the parking garage...literally only yards apart....unless of course someone needed to be closer for mobility reasons.

    MJ
     
  5. princesslondon

    princesslondon Mouseketeer

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    We just got a cruise and our family that was traveling with us parked there. The only negative, there car was covered in bird poop!
     
  6. AnotherPrincess

    AnotherPrincess DIS Veteran

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    I don't even remember seeing this parking lot but i can't imagine it being better than the garage! When I first read this I was worried I had missed something and now they are calling the garage "preferred" to charge more. It's literally so close to the ship, we could have seen our car from the ship if we'd tried.
     
  7. realityland

    realityland Mouseketeer

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    $75 for the garage and $95 for the preferred. Preferred is a small lot (maybe 50 spaces) that is about 100 feet closer to the terminal. Preferred is uncovered.
     
  8. JimGA

    JimGA DIS Veteran

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    I have not used the preferred parking or any parking for that matter, lol, but I did read from a post a few weeks/months ago that the benefit of the preferred parking is that you get on the road quicker, a lot quicker. If you have ever been stuck in a parking deck after a large sporting event or concert gets out? I guess that is what it is like at the DCL parking deck when 4000 get off the boat.

    So if getting on the road rather quickly is priority for you, then go with preferred for a few more dollars.pirate:
     
  9. Plaid Princess

    Plaid Princess Recovering CM, Pilot in Training

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    I've used both and I prefer the structure. Your car is in the shade for the duration of the cruise, no bird poop, and I found it easier to exit after the cruise.

    I also found the security on the upper level from the parking structure to be less crowded. I dropped off my party and luggage at the drop off area and then circled around, parked the car, went through security and actually beat my group to the check in queue! :thumbsup2
     
  10. kcashner

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    The ship is hugely different than a sporting event. First, disembarkation is spread over a 90-120 minute period--not everyone is trying to leave at the same time. Secondly, the vast majority of people do not have a vehicle in the parking garage. Only a fraction of the guests drove to the cruise, and many of those opted for less costly off site parking. Typically there would only be a couple hundred cars trying to exit in that 90 minute period. That CAN get a little frustrating, but it is nothing like leaving after a concert or sporting event. Our experience has been that we are behind 2-3 other vehicles in line, which isn't bad at all. If you are not in a rush to get on your way, hang back till 8 or 8:30. Those in a hurry are gone and the line is non-existent.
     
  11. Plaid Princess

    Plaid Princess Recovering CM, Pilot in Training

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    And why leave the ship a moment earlier than absolutely unnecessary! :rolleyes1
     

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