Written by Mike Jones
If you have ever attended an event at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, then you know traffic and parking is a problem. This article was written with you in mind. It is suggested to always arrive to the DPAC event two hours before so you have time to navigate traffic, park your vehicle, and relax before the show starts.
Check for road closures before heading to DPAC on Google Maps – Traffic. Because of construction and other events taking place some roads maybe closed and you will have to take a detour. This might be time consuming if in a hurry to get to a DPAC show. Patrons complain that the traffic made them late because they were not informed.
So where do most patrons park for DPAC? There are a few parking garages near the venue. They are City Commons Parking Garage and the East Jackson Street Parking Garage.
The City Commons Parking Garage is located behind Orlando City Hall and CNL Towers I & II. The cost to park in this garage is between $10-$12 per vehicle for event parking. There is parking garage staff directing traffic and collecting money for parking. They accept cash and credit card when entering the garage.
Where do I park in the City Commons Parking Garage? This question always comes up. On the weekend and after hours DPAC patrons can park in any reserve parking space available. Reserve parking spaces are for Monday – Friday business hours only. The prime spots are on the 3rd floor of the garage because there is a vehicle exit if open after the show and access to the Tower 1 sky bridge.
Many patrons have the option of walking through CNL Tower 1 to get to DPAC for an event. This is a courtesy given to all attendees during any big DPAC events only. This is a private building and not associated with DPAC. Tower doors in the garage to the tower open up to two hours before and re-opens one after the show ends.
The other parking garages many patrons forget are the East Jackson Street Parking Garage which is used for Orange County Government and the Church members across the Street. The City of Orlando operates this parking garage but does not advertise it because of the limited parking spaces available for DPAC events. For events, there is Event Parking Specialist collecting money from vehicle upon entering this garage. The cost to park in this garage is between $10-$12 per vehicle for event parking. Sorry, no overnight parking.
For more parking options please visit City of Orlando Parking Garage and lots at www.orlando.gov/Parking-Transportation/Parking/Parking-Garages-and-Lots . Hopefully, this article help you may wise decisions with the traffic and parking for DPAC events.
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