Not all guests think about renting a locker when they visit a Disney Theme Park; yet, there are a number of good reasons to consider doing so.
Probably the main reason I’ve used Disney lockers is to store warmer clothing if I arrive when the weather is comfortable, but I expect to need a jacket or sweater before I leave. I’ve also used a locker to stash rain gear after the sun has come back out—or when I arrive if the forecast for later in the day looks foreboding. I’ve kept heavy camera equipment in a locker. Other reasons to use lockers include; a place to keep your costume before you change for a Halloween party at the Magic Kingdom, an extra set(s) of clothing for kids or an area to keep snacks or packages you don’t feel like carrying. If you only have a carry-on bag and you’re headed to the airport after a park visit, you can fit the bag in the extra-large size lockers at Epcot and the Magic Kingdom (more about locker sizes below). Lockers are found at all 4 major theme parks at Walt Disney World, as well as Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon (currently closed), and special “short term” lockers near Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom.
At one time, all guests had to see a Cast Member in order to rent a locker. Now, for the majority of guests, the process is automated and can easily be completed without any help from Cast. Guests can make use of self-service kiosks that have touch screens with step-by-step instructions.
First, guests will be asked to choose their language from a total of eight options displayed on the screen.
The next screen shows the price and size of the locker options; guests choose the one(s) that suit(s) their needs.
The screen has icons displayed to give guests an idea of how much will fit in the different size lockers: One backpack for a standard locker, two for a large locker, and three backpacks for the jumbo-sized. Jumbo lockers are only found in Epcot and the Magic Kingdom and are 17″ x 22″ x 26″, for $15. However large, and small lockers are found at all 4 theme parks. Large lockers are 15.5″ x 13″ x 17″ and cost $12 a day, while small lockers have a dimension of 12″ X 10″ x 17 and go for $10 per day. At Disney’s Blizzard Beach, prices are $10 for a standard locker, which measures 12.5″ x 10″ x 17″, and $15 for a large locker, with dimensions of 15.5″ x 13″ x 17″.
You can pay with cash or a credit card. There is also an option to pay with your magic band or a gift card, but that entails some extra steps. Head over to the merchandise store located right near the locker room (currently Pin Central). Cast Members will be able to complete a transaction with your MagicBand or gift card and give you a code to use on the locker room kiosk.
After you’ve paid, you will be asked to come up with a 4 digit code, which will then become your personal locker combination. Once you have chosen your code, the screen will display the locker number that has been assigned to your party.
In your rush to get going, be careful to do two things: Choose a code you will not forget, and take a picture of your locker number. At the end of the day, the last thing you want is to forget where to find your locker or the code to open it up. The lockers are available all day. They are cleaned out once the park closes; they cannot be used for overnight storage. For guests in wheelchairs, there is an icon to push on the touch screen to ensure the locker assigned is within comfortable reaching distance.
Once paid for, guests are entitled to use that locker all day until park closing. You can go back and forth as many times as desired, opening the lock using the 4 number code you had chosen when you first rented the locker. When you’re done with the locker for the day, press the “end rental” button. This will allow the locker to be reassigned to another guest. (There are instructions on how to do this printed on the lockers).
Locker locations can be found on the maps for each of the Disney Theme parks. Currently, there are no lockers at Disney Springs. Here’s where to find the lockers in each location:
- Magic Kingdom – Underneath the train station
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Next to Oscar’s Super Service, on the right side, just after you enter the park
- Animal Kingdom – Adjacent to Guest Services window, on the left after you enter the park
- Epcot – There are two locations, one just past Spaceship Earth on the right (right after the shop that is currently Pin Central); and one just past the entrance of the International Gateway, Epcot’s “back door,” located between France and the UK. This locker area is smaller so it can fill up faster on a busy day, but it can be a more convenient location for guests staying at Disney’s Beach Club Villas or Disney’s Boardwalk Villas.
- Blizzard Beach—Three locations, one near the entrance, one near the Downhill Double Dipper attraction, and a third near the Ski Patrol Training Camp. Guests do tend to use lockers more frequently here, as they don’t want to leave valuables out in the open when they are in the water.
- Typhoon Lagoon is currently closed, and at present we’re unsure if the lockers will be in the same location when they reopen.
For guests who want to experience Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom but who don’t want to get all their belongings soaked, there are lockers near the attraction. These lockers are the same small/large sizes found at the front of the parks. The small lockers are free for up to two hours, while the large lockers are $4 for the same amount of time.
A couple of important facts: First, if guests who rent a locker go from one park to a different one and want another locker, they will be charged again at the second park. Second, during most times of the year, getting a locker is not a problem.
But it is important to note that they are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If it is extremely important for your party to have a locker, head over and grab one as soon as you arrive.