I’m a “just in case” girl. When I tour Walt Disney World, I often bring a sweater just in case it gets chilly, and an umbrella, just in case it rains, and my trusty copy of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, just in case I need something to pummel a zombie with. While I’m clearly prepared for any eventuality, I’m also hauling around a lot of heavy gear, which may need to be stashed somewhere. Thus, the Disney parks locker. Yay!
And just in case you’re a “just in case” person, here are the answers to your all your burning Disney locker-related questions.
Where are there lockers at Walt Disney World?
Lockers for guest use can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Downtown Disney, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Disney’s golf courses, at Disney resorts with marinas and/or health clubs, and at the start of the Wild Africa Trek tour.
Will I need to use a locker at the theme parks?
This depends on your touring style. Personally, I rent a locker during maybe one out of five times that I visit the parks. Here are some reasons why you might want a theme park locker:
- You are planning to bring in a substantial amount of food into the park. In addition to being a storage area, the lockers may be a bit cooler than the temperature out in the parks.
- You are going to/from the theme park to another venue which requires different clothing. For example, if you’re going straight from a theme park to a signature restaurant and want to bring a nicer outfit for your meal. Similarly, if you’re arriving at the Magic Kingdom early in the day and will be attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the evening, you want want to store your costume in a locker rather than cart it around all day.
- You’ve made a large purchase at one of the theme park gift shops and the timing does no work out for using either package pick-up or resort delivery.
- You have a medical situation which prevents you from carrying things. (However, bear in mind that getting to a locker from a remote part of a park may require a substantial walk.)
- You simply prefer not to carry your gear with you.
What size are the lockers at the theme parks?
The four theme parks (Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) all have two sizes of lockers available inside the park. Large lockers are 22″ deep x 12″ wide x 17″ high. Small lockers are 16″ deep X 9″ wide x 11″ high. At Animal Kingdom only, the large lockers are 16″ deep X 9″ wide x 17″ high.
How much do these lockers cost?
The prices for regular large and small lockers are the same at all four theme parks. Prices can change, but currently the large lockers rent for $9.00 per day and the small lockers rent for $7.00 per day. In addition to the day rate, you will also be charged a $5.00 key fee, but this will be refunded to you when you return the key at the end of the day.
That seems a little steep. Is there any way to save money on a locker rental?
Possibly, I’ll get to that in a minute.
What are the specific locker locations at each park?
The locker locations are noted on the park maps, but here’s where you should be looking:
- Magic Kingdom – Lockers are under the train station, just past the park entrance turnstiles.
- Epcot – Two locations! Near the main entrance bear right at Spaceship Earth; lockers are near the restrooms to the right of the Spaceship Earth attraction. Additional lockers are to the left of the International Gateway park entrance between the England and France pavilions.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Next to Oscar’s Super Service, just past the entrance turnstiles, to the right.
- Animal Kingdom – Next to the Guest Services window, just past the entrance turnstiles, to the left.
What are the locker hours?
They’re the same as the theme park hours, plus any Extra Magic or party hours. Locker keys must be returned within an hour after the final park closing time or the key deposit will be forfeited.
Can go in and out of my locker several times a day?
Yes, the in-park, key-operated lockers can be accessed as often as you like/need during the day.
What happens if I’m visiting more than one park per day? Do I have pay the locker fee twice?
No. When you’re leaving the first park, return your locker key in the same place where you obtained it. The cast member attendant will return your $5.00 key fee and can issue you a receipt.
At the second park, present the receipt and pay a new $5.00 key fee and you’ll be given a locker for that park.
Again, when you’re leaving, return your key and you’ll get your $5.00 back.
If I’m going to the same park two days in a row, can I leave something in the locker overnight?
Unfortunately not. The lockers are cleaned out every night. Depending on the locker contents, items left at the end of the day will either be trashed or sent to lost and found.
Are the lockers handicapped accessible?
Yes, many of the lower level lockers are marked with a wheelchair symbol and are set aside for guests using mobility devices.
You mentioned something earlier about saving money on lockers. What was that all about?
There are coin-operated lockers outside the park gates at Epcot (near the bus stop), Animal Kingdom (near the restrooms on the right BEFORE the entrance turnstiles), and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (just before the bus stop). These coin-operated lockers only cost a dollar (in the form of four quarters). The catch is that they cost a dollar every time you open the locker. Still, most folk won’t go in/out of their locker more than seven times per day, so there likely will be savings.
Why wouldn’t everyone do that?
Well, every time you leave the park, you have to go through security and the turnstiles again. During crowded times of the year, this could be fairly time consuming.
How big are the outside-the-park lockers?
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, the outside-the-park lockers are the same size as the large inside-the-park lockers at those parks. At Epcot, they’re much bigger.
Like how big are the outside-the-park Epcot lockers?
They’re really quite big – 29″ deep x 23″ high x 16″ wide. My 10-year-old daughters fit inside with room to spare. However, I’m not recommending this as a place to store unruly children 🙂
If you have luggage to store, this is a good option.
I remember seeing a sign near the outside-the-park lockers at DHS that says “luggage lockers.” Can I store luggage there?
The dimensions of these lockers is 22″ deep x 12″ wide x 17″ high. Airline rules may vary, but a typical maximum carry-on suitcase size is 22″ x 9″ X 14″. If you’re following the letter of the law, then your carry-on will likely fit, but if you’re fudging, then you may be in trouble.
If my carry-on bag will fit into a large locker INSIDE the park, can I store it there?
Maybe. There is a prohibition against bringing wheeled suitcases into the theme parks. If you explain to the cast member at the turnstiles that you’re going to bring your suitcase directly to the lockers, they may let you do this, but no promises.
Any other options besides Epcot for large luggage locker storage?
There are also large luggage lockers located at the Transportation and Ticket Center near the Magic Kingdom parking lot. These are the same 29″ x 23″ x 16″ size as the Epcot luggage lockers. They also cost $1.00 (as four quarters) per locker opening.
What reason would I have to store luggage at a theme park?
First let me tell you why you wouldn’t need to store luggage at a theme park.
- If you’re staying at a Disney resort and taking Disney’s Magical Express to the airport, you have to go back to your resort before you leave. In this case, you should leave your large carry-ons with the Bell Services at the hotel. If you have large bags that will be checked, you can either leave these with Bell Services or send them to the airport ahead of you using Resort Airline Check-In.
- If you’re leaving Walt Disney World by directly from a theme by car, you should leave your luggage in the car.
Possible reasons why you might have your luggage at the theme park are:
- You’re staying at an off-site hotel. You’ve taken a cab to a theme park for a last bit of fun and don’t want to go back to the hotel before taking a cab directly from the park to the airport.
- You’re traveling home using a bus service that collects guests from a theme park.
Are lockers readily available at the theme parks?
Generally, yes; however, at the busiest times of the year, it is possible that they may run out of lockers or run out of the particular size locker that you need. If you absolutely need a locker, rent it early in the day.
In my experience, the outside-the-park lockers have much greater availability.
There are lockers at Downtown Disney?
Yes, in two locations: in the Marketplace near Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant and near the Marina rental window. These are 17″ x 9″ x 16″ and cost $1.00 (four quarters) per locker opening.
What’s up with lockers at the water parks?
The Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon lockers are 11″ x 9″ x 16″ (small) for $8.00 per day and 17″ x 9″ x 16″ (large) for $10.00 per day. All water park lockers are subject to the same $5.00 returnable key fee that the theme parks have.
I’m renting a boat/jetski at the Contemporary, what do I do with my belongings that I don’t want to get wet?
The hotels that have marinas also have coin operated lockers (four quarters) near by. Some of the resort pools also have this feature.
I’m going on the Wild Africa Trek at the Animal Kingdom. I don’t want to bring all my belongings on the Trek, should I rent a locker near the park entrance?
No need to do this. There are special lockers just for Wild Africa Trekkers. There is no additional charge for these. You Trek guides will show you where they are when you check in for your adventure.
Are my belongings safe in the Disney lockers?
I’ve never personally heard of anything being stolen from a Disney parks locker. However, they are lockers, not Fort Knox. You should plan to keep irreplaceable or valuable items on your person. This includes your wallet, cameras, and other electronics. Better yet, bring the bare minimum of valuables with you to the parks and leave the rest in the safe back at the hotel.
I’ve seen some teeny mailbox-like lockers at some of the parks. What are those?
At the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Epcot International Gateway there are small lockers (4″ x 3″ x 5″) outside the park that do indeed look like the mailboxes you’d find in an apartment building. These cost $.50 (two quarters) per opening.
To me, they look like the kind of place where you could leave a ticket for a party member who was joining you late. However, the lockers cannot be opened without the key, so that wouldn’t work.
I’ve never personally seen anyone use these mini-lockers. The only reason I can think of that you would do so is if you wanted to temporarily store something small that is not permitted in the parks, such as a glass container or pocket knife.
So fellow sherpas, do you carry all your gear with you in the parks? Do you rent lockers on a regular basis? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.
UPDATE 2013: There are no longer luggage lockers at the Transportation and Ticket Center.