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The Most Spacious Parking Lots In The World

The West Edmonton Mall's parking lot holds the Guinness Record as the largest parking lot in the world.

Parking lots and garages are a common sight today. The most common are parking lots and spaces for automobiles. Motorcycles and bicycles often have designated parking in automobile parking lots as well. RVs and mobile homes have their own parking lots separate from automobiles. The safety and security of drivers and their passengers make parking lots a necessity, especially in less secure neighborhoods. These paid parking lots have security people that patrol the lots. Multi-storey car parks have also become popular with limited space in city locations. Airports, sea ports, and downtown parking have all made daily enclosed parking a necessity for security reasons. Parking facilities are needed where offices, restaurants, malls, amusement parks, hotels, hospitals, and schools are situated.

The World's Largest Parking Lots

Number one on the list is the West Edmonton Mall's parking lot that holds the Guinness Record as the largest parking lot in the world. It opened along with the mall on September 15, 1981, with a 20,000 car capacity parking. Second is the Seattle Sea-Tac Airport parking that has a 13,000 car capacity. Parking is classified into cell phone lot, game day parking, and corporate parking. Third is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, McNamara Terminal that affords an 11,500 capacity parking including charging stations for electric cars. Fourth are the Disney World, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot Lots with an 11,000 car capacity. Parking lots are named after Disney characters. Fifth is Universal Studios, South and North Facility that can hold 10,200 cars. Sixth is Disneyland’s Mickey and Friends Parking Structure with 10,000 parking spaces. Seven stories and has speed parking. Seventh is Chicago O’Hare Airport, Main parking garage with a 9,266 parking capacity. It is closest to the domestic terminal. It offers valet parking. Eighth is Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1 parking lot that can hold 9,000 cars. Express parking, valet care, and parking reservation options. Ninth is the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Daily Parking Garage that has 8,400 parking spaces. Hourly Garage is closest to gates. Parking reservations and express parking. The tenth is the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Terminal D Parking Garage with an 8,100 car capacity parking. Digital parking guiding systems, express and terminal parking, and all are covered parking. Option to park in employee lots as well.

Parking Lots Of The Future

The solution to parking congestion on city and neighborhood streets start with parking facilities that can accommodate thousands of cars. Security and a good quick payment system are the key essentials to public parking. Structurally sound multi-storey parking is also crucial in case of natural calamities. The introduction of parking aids also makes public parking a breeze such as parking sensors, adaptive lighting, and led indicators. Innovations like online booking for parking, indoor positioning systems, mobile payment options, and QR Code have made public parking easier and more secure. As with multi-storey parking, the idea of new modular car parks which use prefab modular steel components is an innovation. The whole structure can be dismantled and reassembled in a new location. This feature is important where there is temporary demand for local parking facilities.

The Most Spacious Parking Lots In The World

RankParking LotCapacity
1West Edmonton Mall20,000
2Seattle Sea-Tac Airport13,000
3Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, McNamara Terminal11,500
4Disney World, Magic Kingdom and Epcot Lots11,000
5Universal Studios, South Facility10,200
6Disneyland’s Mickey and Friends Parking Structure10,000
7Chicago O’Hare Airport, Main parking garage9,266
8Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1 parking lot9,000
9Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Daily Parking Garage8,400
10Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Terminal D Parking Garage8,100

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