So You’ve Lost Your Car in a Walt Disney World Parking Lot — Here’s What You Need to Know

Let’s face it: we’ve all been there. Heading out to your car after a looooong day at the Parks, only to discover you’ve forgotten one very important thing: where in the world World you parked.

Hollywood Studios’ Parking Lot Names and Signs ©Disney

There’s no denying that the parking lots of all the Disney Parks are huge, so when you can’t remember your section and parking row, finding your car can seem like a daunting task. But don’t fret! We’ve got some tips and tricks to remember the next time you head to Disney World to ensure you don’t lose your car at the end of a tiring day!

Here are four tips and tricks to help you make sure you aren’t looking for a lost car at the end of your night at the Most Magical Place on Earth!

Talk to the Parking Cast

We know we aren’t alone in our knowledge that Disney World Cast Members are generally amazing! If you’ve got a problem, chances are they’ve got the solution to solve it.

Parking at the Ticket and Transportation Center

If you can’t find your vehicle, check in with a parking Cast Member. They keep an ongoing sheet of what time each of the rows were filled, so if you can give them an approximation of when you parked, they can help direct you to where the cars were being parked at that time!

Download the “Find My Parked Car” App Before You Leave Home

There’s truly an app for everything — including remembering where you parked! There are a few different apps, including the “Find My Parked Car App”, that you can download and use to locate where you parked later on in the day.

©Find My Parked Car App

On the app, when you park your car, simply press the “Park Button”, and the app will save your exact location. When you need to get back to your car, it will show you the GPS point where you had set yourself when you parked. While we fully recommend writing down your section and row number to have as well, this is a great back-up option if you still aren’t able to locate your car!

Text a Friend/Keep a Note in Your Phone

Perhaps the most important rule of thumb when you park your car is always to make note of the section and row. Disney always tries to make these as easy as possible to remember, with signs at the end of rows, as well as helpful announcements of reminders for where you parked when you first get on the tram.

Parking Lot Section and Row Number Sign

While it is completely understandable to get swept up in the excitement of being in Disney World (you ARE in the Most Magical Place on Earth, after all!) or distracted trying to get your whole crew settled, try and remember to immediately make note of where you parked as soon as you learn it. Some great ways to do that are to make note of it in your phone, take a photo of your row, or text a friend or family member that would be able to help you out with it later on! Either way, make sure someone in your group has the information, and it’ll make it sooo much easier to find at the end of the night!

Drop a Pin in Google Maps

Similarly to using a “Find My Parking Spot” app, this option will allow you to make a GPS note of where you parked so you can find the general area at the end of the day!

Parking Pinned Spots

When you park, simply open up Google Maps on your phone and tap the “locate” button (it looks like a compass). Zero in on your location, then tap and hold the screen next to the blue dot in order to “drop a pin”. When it’s time to head back to the parking lot, this will help you locate the area you were in and, if you’re still having trouble with the exact location, you should hopefully be close enough to it that a simple press of the alarm button on your keys should help you get to it!

Have you ever lost your car in the Disney World parking lots? What were some of the tips and tricks you’d recommend for making sure you don’t lose your car at the end of the day? Let us know in the comments below!

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12 Replies to “So You’ve Lost Your Car in a Walt Disney World Parking Lot — Here’s What You Need to Know”

  1. I completely lost my mind and my car after running a marathon and not being able to find my car. I wanted to just sit down and cry, but I think I skipped the sitting part. I now have a running watch that has a navigation feature which is sort of like a compass. You mark the spot where your car is and then it navigates back to it and tells you how close you are. I love it almost more than the running functions!
    And yes a miraculous CM saved me and told me where to find my car based on arrival time.

  2. Please for the Love of sanity just take a picture of the row number at the end of every row. Stop using your panic button because you are too lazy to take a picture! This is so annoying to everyone else. Last thing we want to hear after a long hot day is your idiot horn going off.

  3. I get lost in the parking lots all the time. I got lost once at Animal Kingdom and we walked all over that lot and eventually a CM in a truck came by and asked us what time we got there and drove us straight to our car by that alone. I thought that was amazing! Once I got lost at Disney Springs back before they built the new garages (which are fabulous by the way! Simply because of the cool digital displays telling you how many available spaces are in each row to keep you from roaming up and down them) and I tried a million times to locate my car by setting off the alarm only to never hear a thing. Turns out that my panic alarm didn’t work on my key fob at all. That happened more than once so don’t ever rely on that alone. I found it odd that on 2 different cars my panic button didn’t work. I lease so I never have a car more than 3 years so the battery definitely shouldn’t have been dead so I’m assuming they never worked at all! Weird.

    1. Good point Dana. From now on I’m gong to hit the panic button right at the rental counter. Hopefully they are not checking the oil at the time.

  4. Where I parked my car? Most days I can’t even remember where I put my car keys. I need to start taking photos of that just so I can start my car and get to the parking lot so I can lose it there.

  5. Lately I have been taking a permanent sharpie and writing my parking number on my kids forehead. He doesn’t mind, except the time we were parked in Dopey.

  6. Take a picture in your phone, of the parking marker at the end of every row. it tells you section and which row in that section, you have parked. All you need to do is walk down the row, till you get to your car. Done that with all my visits to WDW and it has never failed.

  7. I actually took a Customer Service course years ago called “It’s not your fault, but it is your problem” and the WDW parking lot was a case study. Keeping track of how the lots were filled with a time stamp was the idea of Tram operators. Another good tip is take some pictures with your phone – I always do at my home airport when flying.

  8. I always just hit my panic button on the key fob and followed the loud irritating honking. Simple and effective. At any given time, you could hear several going off as people searched for their cars.

    And I remember back in the day when all cars had the external antennas, everyone attached some kind of unique identifier on them. There were ribbons, flags, and an entire industry selling antenna toppers. Disney probably sold 1 billion foam mouse ear antenna toppers.

    1. One time someone did this when there were literally only 2 cars in the entire parking lot. And one of them was mine. Vacation brain at its finest.