Disney Answer: It depends
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has a large parking lot just like any other Disney resort. Whether you can park there depends on why you want to park there:
Can you Park at the Grand Floridian?
- Grand Floridian Guest – YES – If you are staying at the Grand Floridian, you can park there for free during your entire stay. At check in, you will receive a parking pass for your car, just show it each time you enter and exit the resort.
- Grand Floridian Dining Reservation – YES – If you have a dining or other reservation at the Grand Floridian, you are allowed to park at the resort for a limited time, usually three hours. Please note, they do tow cars that are there for longer than three hours, and nothing can ruin a Disney vacation faster than spending a day and a bunch of cash to get your car back.
- Theme Park Parking – NO – As mentioned above, if you are dining at the resort, you can stay there for three hours (but you have to have a dining reservation), otherwise, there is no theme park parking at the resort at all. You will need to park at the Transportation and Ticket Center.
Basically, if you have a reason to be at the resort, you will have access to parking (even if for a limited time). If you are tying to park closer to the Magic Kingdom and away from the crowds, don’t bother.
What if I want to visit the resort for shopping and dinner without reservations? What are my parking options?
@Jim – To be safe, you could park at Disney Springs and ride a bus to the resort of your choice, Grand Floridian or otherwise. You could also try to park at the Grand Floridian, but they are very strict on who can park there, so it is likely you would be turned away.