Is there any possible way for this? I was there Sunday and cars were making there own spots to park and blocking lanes. It's always a big traffic mess on busy weekends & I think parking is no longer allowed in the former Sandcastle Suites area?
Around the time that they re-branded the water park, they limited the number of cars that they let park in the back. When the back lot filled, they wouldn't let more cars go back there. At one point, there was a shuttle from the main lot back, but I think they discontinued the shuttle once they finished the boardwalk. (Edit: I think it was only the water park shuttle that was discontinued. The resort shuttle is still there.) I will agree, that it is chaotic in that lot, and difficult to navigate with all the cars looking for spots and cars parked where there aren't sports.Last edited by 0g, Monday, July 19, 2021 10:56 PM
The other real problem here is that, in years past, cars used to average a smidgen more than 5 people per vehicle.
In the last three years or so that has plummeted to a smidgen over 2...
About twice as many vehicles with the same park population means that the park can be very busy and the parking lot is actually jammed full.
Off-point parking garages and CP owned transport (boats, buses, monorail, railroad, trebuchets...) getting the guests to and from the park is great but it is an infrastructure money nightmare.
WDW was designed with the idea that once you parked your vehicle you had to take D-owned transportation to get to and from the MK. Each form of lodging has its own parking and transportation with separate roads from the Main lot. WD wanted to eliminate the notion of somebody saying "...well, the car is right over there. Lets go." In the long run it makes the park the limiting factor in capacity, not the parking...
CP wasn't originally built this way and to go to that kind of process now is astonishingly expensive.
Although... imagine the kinds of goodies if the Shores and Main parking lots could be re-purposed into midways and coasters...
"Your persiflage does not amuse. " - Ralph (from Around the world in 80 days)
The hassle of dealing with parking and taking Disney transportation to Magic Kingdom outweighs anything CP would do with an external parking area and turning the main lot into more park.
I can’t wait until my boys finally pick up the driving book and get their licenses. That way we can take 3 cars to CP and do our patriotic duty in jamming up the lot so ride lines are shorter. 😜
Got out a bit late this morning and there was a 20 minute jam on 1st St. and then the Causeway was full at 11:30, took about 20 minutes to get to the booths. 6 were closed. 🤨
Edit: left CPS about 3 and the lot was “full” but with plenty of empty spaces, must have at least neared capacity at some point because cars were parked perpendicular on the single row isles.Last edited by Cargo Shorts, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 5:27 PM
I forgot to mention last night that in previous years, the Waterpark parking lot was closed during early entry.
As far as # of guests per car, I suspect that the Gold Pass is a significant contribution to less people in each car. When it costs $20 to park each car, people are encouraged to take fewer cars, as that quickly adds up. Now that everyone and their cousin has a cheap $99 gold pass, the financial incentive to bring fewer cars is gone.Last edited by 0g, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 6:41 PM
Now instead of closing the waterpark lot during early entry, they're simply not opening the back gate to the park, which kind of serves the same purpose.
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Dave- So where do resort guests enter?
I would imagine that guests with reservations would need to show credentials before being let through, like they do at the resort gate in back, while the gate is closed for everyone else.
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