Disney vacationers who like to come prepared for every eventuality may find the rental lockers invaluable places to store an expedition’s worth of gear. However, the lockers are on the pricey side, so visitors should try to make sure they are getting their money’s worth before investing in a storage unit.
What Price a Locker?
Lockers inside the four theme parks cost either $7.00 or $9.00 per day depending on whether you rent a small or large locker. You must also pay a $5.00 “key fee”, which is a deposit that you will get back at the end of the day when you return your key. The lockers are located near the entrance to each park, and at both the main entrance and the International Gateway entrance to Epcot.
If the cost of renting one of these lockers sounds a bit steep, there are also lockers available outside Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, andDisney’s Animal Kingdom. These lockers are available for $1.00 (four quarters), but you may only open the locker once per fee. These lockers seem to get much less use than the lockers inside the parks, which may be because fewer people know about them, or may be because people prefer to avoid the inconvenience of exiting the park and then waiting in line to get back through security.
The lockers are available during the parks’ operating hours, as well as any Extra Magic Hours or other hours for special events. Items may not be stored overnight, and any items left after the parks have closed will be thrown away or sent to the lost and found.
The small lockers are 11 inches high, 9 inches wide, and 16 inches deep, while the large lockers are 17 inches high, 12 inches wide, and 22 inches deep. The only variation is found at Animal Kingdom, where the large lockers are 17 x 9 x 16.
If you are visiting multiple theme parks in a day and want to use a locker at each one, you only need to pay the main fee once. By presenting your receipt for the first rental the fee will be waived for any subsequent rentals on that same day. You will have to pay the $5.00 deposit each time, but each time it will be refunded to you when you turn in your key.
What Do People Keep in Lockers?
People use lockers for all sorts of reasons, but souvenirs, changes of clothes, and food are some of the most common uses. Many people choose to use resort delivery or package pick up for their purchases, but if for some reason you are unable to do so then a locker is an alternative. A locker can also be a convenient place to keep a change of clothes for weather (don’t forget the rain poncho!), dinner reservations, water park visits, or another situations that require you to bring many extra clothing items that you don’t want to cart around. Finally, many people on a budget choose to bring their own food into the park to save money. Lockers will save you the trouble of carrying it until mealtimes.
A few places around Walt Disney World also provide large outside-the-park lockers for storing luggage. Guests staying at onsite resorts taking the Magical Express should never need to use these lockers, since they need to return to their resort to catch the shuttle. Guest with a vehicle are better off keeping their luggage in the car rather than renting a locker. However, offsite hotel guests who are enjoying a final day at the parks before heading to the airport may find the luggage lockers useful.