Vote of the week: Dude, where's my car?
Let's talk about something potentially, well, embarrassing.
You've had a great, long, day in the park. You're thrilled, but exhausted. Maybe you're lugging several shopping bags, a stuffed animal or two... and a sleeping kid.
Somehow you make it on to the tram, and back off at what you thought was your stop. Except...
Where's your car?
That's this week's question:
Tell us your horror stories, or, if you are the perfect among us, your best tips for always remembering where you parked that thing.
Have a great weekend!
Although the Iron Ride parks are notorious for having poor signage to help you. It is important to note that at WDW the tram operators can assist you with locating the aisle you park in. They keep a log of which rows they are parking and at what times to assist guests when they leave.
My family's rental was once hit by lightining in the parking lot of the Market Place. Valet found it fast!
Remember, we're in the Itchy Lot.
I had to endure endless choruses of "we're parked to the left of the sky tower" comments when I was a kid. Of course, the whole lot is to the left of the sky tower!
Take a photo on your Camera phone of the row its parked in etc. Something you'll never be without.
Not really a parking story, but it is the funniest thing to happen to my car at a theme park.
I do the picture thing with my camera or phone camera. Still lost? Hit the panic button on your key fob when you're back to your row.
My wife and I were leaving AK a few years back and on the tram I was bragging about when I was little I was always the one who remembered where we parked the car. I would always amaze my parents with my quick recall of Goofy 44 or Minnie 13. As we get off the tram I start walking to where I think the car is only to find nothing. 25-30min later after trying to locate the car we find it about 100yds away from where we started. It was getting to the point I was ready to call the cops since I was sure my car had been stolen. I even tried climbing a light to get the signal from my key chain a higher vantage point so the alarm would go off. Not a great experience.
Not only did we forget where we parked but we also forgot what color the rental car was. To make matters worse it started raining as we were looking for the car. I knew that we were parked somewhere near Planet Hollywood so I had to walk each row pushing the panic button. The final insult were the cars that would follow us thinking they could get our space only to be let down when we darted to the next row.
I'll just say this: If you fly into Anaheim for one night just to see Paul McCartney, make a note of what the rental car looks like BEFORE you leave it in the Stadium parking lot. I have an app on my phone that will supposedly mark and guide you back with GPS, but haven't tried it yet. I've also done the take a picture of the location trick.
I'm posting this from my cell phone as I have been wandering around the Magic Kingdom parking lot looking for my Subaru since the summer of '84. I'd have found it by now if people would quit mistaking me for a member of ZZ Top and asking me for my autograph.
And for the record I found the cell phone. Thanks to whomever keeps paying the bill.
Cell phone pic idea is great, thank for posting that.
Oh, sure, we've lost the car before. The most memorable time was Spring Break 2008. We were at Epcot and noticed the sky getting dark indicating an approaching storm. So we made a break for the exit. We were parked fairly close to the exit so we did not need to wait for a tram. About the time we passed the monorail station the rain started to come down. The lightning started getting close as we began to get drenched. Of course my 11 year old son and his friend said they new where it was parked but what kind of self-respecting adult would listen to a kid? Finally after being out of breath from running and soaked to the bone, we listened to the kids and found the rental car. When we got back to our room at the All-Star Sports we turned on the TV and discovered that we were under a tornado warning. I think it was "car" karma...the night we arrived I spilled an entire Chik-Fil-A milkshake on myself while sitting in the driver's seat. Gotta love the rental cars.
It always cracks me up when we leave a theme park and half the cars in the parking lot are "panicking" as their poor owners try to hunt them down. I guess I just have a good memory or something as it's never happened to us (knock on wood). But I do find it entertaining to see so many cars honking and flashing across a nighttime parking lot. :-)
Definitely done this more than once. I'm infamously know for my horrible sense of direction. When I was in college, I lost my car for 4 hours. I had to get a friend to help me find it.
I think there is an I Phone App for that!
Never thought I would, but while at Universal Orlando one day, I forgot which parking ramp I was in.
Don't have it any longer but a friend hooked up to my car a chip that when I pressed the remote a loud " I'm over here STUPID" sounded. no way I couldn't find that car.
The only time we lost our car was in Epcot, as we left the park on the MLK Day proper in 2007 (the same day that Soarin' closed down because paramedics escorted some 52-year-old man who died two days later), and after a few minutes, we found it.
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