Parking trams are still not back at all the Walt Disney World theme parks, a statement Disney themselves guaranteed it to happen by the end of 2022. Now, 1,028 days after they were taken away during COVID-19, Walt Disney World is still not offering theme park parking trams at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Why not?
While all of the parking trams are not back, we are thankful they returned first to Magic Kingdom. We did a test. Without parking trams it can be a nearly 1,850 step walk, each way, to and from your car. This may not be the biggest deal to some. Although for elderly, or families with lots of kids, this can be a serious toll to start and end the day. For now, Disney parking trams are also offered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Driver you are clear…to spread a little holiday cheer! Parking trams will be returning to Magic Kingdom Park later this month and other Walt Disney World theme parks throughout 2022!✨ pic.twitter.com/KpJyBZfTBu
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) December 2, 2021
This means the two longest-walk parking lots are currently taken care of. With the busyness of the holiday season, even the smaller parking lots can present a long walk. All four Walt Disney World theme parks charge the same for parking, regardless of parking tram availability.
Rented message board at the Walt Disney World Casting building. Faces I-4. pic.twitter.com/XThEkvLa13
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) November 4, 2022
We believe the problem mostly lies here, with Disney staffing shortages. This tweet by Bioreconstruct was posted last November. Now in January, the sign is still in front of Disney’s Casting building. But, when you check the Walt Disney World jobs website, there are no openings for parking operations. The closest related job is bus transportation maintenance.
The answer could also be that not enough Walt Disney World guests care and complain about the lack of parking trams. If Disney can charge the same price and deal with limited or no complaints, why pay for the extra tram assistance? If the majority of park-goers don’t care, then we understand why there isn’t a rush for the parking trams return.
How do you feel about the trams still not returning? And, when do you think they will finally come back?