- If you head to Toy Story Land at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, you may want to store any items you bring to the park in a locker.
- The locker area isn’t easy to spot.
- If you walk past Oscar’s Super Service at the park’s start, you’ve gone too far.
- The lockers are a bit pricey at $10 and $12 for a full day, but they can be helpful if you’re hopping around a few parks.
I know Disney World pretty well, but if you asked me at the start of summer where to find a locker there, I probably wouldn’t have known.
Usually, I travel with only the necessities. When I’m with family, they’re usually more than happy to hold onto a few knickknacks for me while they pass on thrill rides like Tower of Terror or Splash Mountain.
But back at the end of June, I was going it alone for the first time for the opening of Toy Story Land. After trekking around Orlando theme parks and Disney theme parks for three days straight, suffering from some slight sunburn, getting poured on one day, and fighting off an aching back, I finally succumbed to packing a small backpack.
I was curious about how Disney’s locker system worked, and excited at the thought of dropping stuff off while popping over to another Disney park before coming back later in the day to Toy Story Land.
There was just one problem: I wasn’t sure where the lockers were in Hollywood Studios.
Lockers are easier to spot in Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom.
They’re near the front of the parks off to the side. (Some of the parks have multiple locker locations you can view here.)
It’s the same with Hollywood Studios. But unless you’re really looking for them, you’ll probably walk right past them and never know they’re there. I circled around a few times before I finally spotted the locker sign cleverly hiding in plain sight.
Where to find the lockers at Hollywood Studios: Look for Oscar’s Super Service off to your right.
If you enter Hollywood Studios and walk past Oscar’s Super Service, you’ve gone too far.
Right after you get past the entry scanner and security, you’re going to want to head to the right. The locker area isn’t more than 30 steps past the entrance, but there’s no clear sign.
First, find Oscar’s Super Service and then stop so you’re facing right in front of it.
The locker station will be off to your right, behind the service truck.
The types of lockers offered and how much they cost
Across the different Disney Parks, you’ll find small, large, and jumbo lockers ranging in price from $10-$15. (Note: The jumbo lockers are only offered at Magic Kingdom and Epcot.) Hollywood Studios only has small and large-sized lockers to store your possessions.
I didn’t have too much stuff so I went for the smaller locker.
I was asked to come up with a simple four-digit code to unlock a keypad on my assigned locker and I was then able to access it for the entire day as many times as I wished. When you don’t need your locker anymore, there’s a big red button to press to end your rental for the day.
The Pros to getting a Disney locker: They’re easily accessible and you could open it as many times as you wanted during the day
If you’re heading to Disney World with a group and don’t want to be bogged down by bags and extraneous items, the comfort of a locker — even if it’s a small one — offers a little peace of mind. Since food and snacks at the park can be pricey, I found it really helpful to bring in a few snacks and drinks of my own to side-step extra costs after the cost of admission into the park.
The lockers also made going between parks easy. When I headed to Epcot for a few hours around lunchtime it felt good to park hop without the weight of my bag while having the reassurance my belongings were safely locked away.
Plus, not only are the lockers easy to find, but you can head there again and again throughout the day since you can open your locker as many times as you want.
A locker is also a good idea if there’s a chance for rain while you’re visiting. If you aren’t rolling around a stroller, stow a few ponchos in your locker so you’re not stuck shelling out extra cash for more expensive ponchos inside the park. According to the Shop Disney Parks app, a youth poncho costs $8.45.
The Cons: It’s a little pricey and the wait to get into the park may be a little longer
The biggest downside here has to be the price. If you’ve just paid hundreds of dollars to get your entire family into a Disney Park then it feels like a bit of a burden to pay another $10-$15 for a locker. (A regular admission ticket to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom is $114. Magic Kingdom costs $119.)
For comparison, even though they’re one-time use, the lockers at Universal’s Orlando parks are free and included in admission. Six Flags makes you shell out a dollar each time you have to use a locker for one of its themed rides. Those only last for about two hours.
Other than the cost, I didn’t find much of a downside to the lockers. I wound up visiting several times throughout the day to reapply sunscreen, grab a bite to eat, swap out water bottles, or retire my Minnie Ears. (I love them, but they can start to put some strain on your head after a while.)
Despite the $10 fee for the entire day, it’s a resource I would definitely use again, especially if I plan to go back and forth between a few parks and if I have a few others with me to split the locker cost.
If you’re ever having trouble finding any of the lockers at Walt Disney World, the official WDW site offers a handy map with the locations of all of them. You can view that here.
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Source: Business insider