BREAKING: Free Self-Parking Returns to Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Walt Disney World has walked back their parking fees at resort hotels. Guests with valid reservations will now receive free self-parking, effective today.

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Read the announcement from Disney below:

“Beginning this evening, Jan. 10, overnight self-parking will once again be offered complimentary to guests staying at Disney Resort hotels at Walt Disney World. This is a Disney difference many of you have asked us to bring back, and we’re happy to reintroduce it to make your vacation a little easier and more affordable – whether you’re road tripping across the country, renting a car or vacationing as a local Florida resident. As a reminder, Disney Resort hotel guests also continue to receive complimentary standard parking at Walt Disney World theme parks, daily early theme park entry (with valid admission and a park reservation) and complimentary on-site transportation options such as buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner.”

Self-parking was free at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels from 1971 until 2018. One of the perks of staying at an on-site hotel was that theme park self-parking was included, so guests did not have to pay any parking fees.

The policy enacted on March 21, 2018, required guests to pay for overnight parking, per night, at all of the Disney owned resort hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. Theme park parking was still included, but now guests with personal vehicles had to pay for overnight parking. Disney Vacation Club guests staying using their points did not have to pay for parking. Guests were charged $13-24 per night.

The policy caused upset for many fans, and was publically derided by Frommer’s, a popular travel guide company, who called it a “surprising money grab.” Some argued that parking fees were just a new industry standard, and cited competitor Universal Orlando Resort, whose hotels have long charged overnight parking fees.

In June 2019, prices were increased to $15 per night at Value resorts, $20 at Moderate resorts, and $25 at Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts. Guests at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground received complimentary parking for one vehicle.

Some guests tried to evade the parking fees by using online check-in methods that allowed them to skip the front desk completely, and also skip registering a car parked at the hotel. This led to the introduction of Cast Members stationed at the entrances to hotel parking lots, verifying registration and applying fees.

A change to Valet parking pricing has not been announced. It was raised to $33 per night when the original parking fee policy was enacted.

This is one of several changes announced for Walt Disney World today. For more news, check out the following articles:

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