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kellymonaghan
01-02-2009, 08:04 PM
Just heard that Universal is now charging $3 for parking between 6pm and 10pm. Not sure is it's more for vans and campers like with "regular" daytime parking.

I'm not sure I understand the logic behind this, what with everyone and his brother telling us that people will be counting every penny in the days and months ahead.

Seems to me inevitable that the Cineplex and the restaurants will take a hit.

Your thoughts?

Metro West
01-02-2009, 08:08 PM
I think it stinks. Even though I have an AP and don't have to pay to park, lots of people are going to be very upset with this new policy...and like you mentioned, CityWalk WILL take a hit. I have friends who don't have AP's that enjoyed going over for a movie or dinner and not having to pay parking fees. Well...they will probably start going somewhere else. After PI closed and Universal decided to honor their AP's until mid-year, I thought that was a tremendous thing to to...and now this. Just pitiful! :mad:

phamton
01-02-2009, 11:25 PM
I'd rather see them charge for parking rather than cutting the staffing in the parks. Extra revenue means more upkeep, more staff, and more new rides.

I have to admit that I am more vested in keeping the parks running smoothly than the night life at Citywalk. I would think if restaurants, movie theater, and clubs see a decline, maybe they might consider validating parking.

Having an annual pass (with free parking) is starting to look better and better.

Planogirl
01-04-2009, 01:51 AM
I think that it's a strange decision. With money tight, you want to lure people and a parking fee seems to be a big turnoff for many people.

Metro West
01-04-2009, 06:07 AM
I think that it's a strange decision. With money tight, you want to lure people and a parking fee seems to be a big turnoff for many people.That's very true.

damo
01-04-2009, 08:35 AM
Personally, if it was me trying to decide where to go and the only drawback to Universal was that there was a $3.00 parking change, I wouldn't give it a second thought. $3.00 doesn't seem to be a deal breaker to me.

Wishing on a star
01-04-2009, 03:56 PM
Ummm, I agree with those who are unhappy about this..

Have to pay to park just to go spend your money to eat or go see a movie at their establishments.

This is not a positive 'welcome'.
This is not a positive 'invitation'.
It is a very very negative opening impression.
I agree with the poster who used the term 'turn-off'.

My DH is one where this kind of thing just really burns him and rubs him the wrong way. It is nickle and diming... It is like a pick-pocket.

We'll have to pay the $3.00 if we do end up with no choice but to hit Citywalk on a non-park day... But...

Metro West
01-04-2009, 05:18 PM
Ummm, I agree with those who are unhappy about this..

Have to pay to park just to go spend your money to eat or go see a movie at their establishments.

This is not a positive 'welcome'.
This is not a positive 'invitation'.
It is a very very negative opening impression.
I agree with the poster who used the term 'turn-off'.

My DH is one where this kind of thing just really burns him and rubs him the wrong way. It is nickle and diming... It is like a pick-pocket.

We'll have to pay the $3.00 if we do end up with no choice but to hit Citywalk on a non-park day... But...Universal doesn't own those restaurants so it's not their establishments...including the theater. It's this day and age with the economy I guess. I saw on the news tonight where Lynx raised their fares "to pay the bills" so now we've turned into a nickel and dime you to death society because of the economy.

I agree with Phamton about trying to make more money so Universal won't have layoff workers. The same thing is happening at my job right now. Budgets are being tightly monitored and sometimes cut to keep the jobs.

I don't think a lot of people will know about the parking charge in all honesty. Unless you're in the know, people will continue to pay it not knowing it used to be free.

Jason71
01-05-2009, 06:10 AM
I can say from personal experience with friends the movie theater is going to take a hit from this--DTD is still free to park, and Pointe Orlando at least validates. I know a group of Uni AMC regulars who switched to DTD this weekend. Can't imagine the restaurants will be that thrilled, either.

damo
01-05-2009, 07:45 AM
I can say from personal experience with friends the movie theater is going to take a hit from this--DTD is still free to park, and Pointe Orlando at least validates. I know a group of Uni AMC regulars who switched to DTD this weekend. Can't imagine the restaurants will be that thrilled, either.

Once the restaurants and theatre feel it, they will start validating parking.

grumpydawg
01-05-2009, 12:45 PM
We went this past Friday without knowing of the new change. I usually go to City Walk every time I'm in town, but no more. I won't be back unless it's a park visit. Too bad, because I really enjoy eating at Margaritaville. $3 doesn't seem like much, but I received nothing in return for it. I parked in the lowest level in the farthest parking area. Oh well, life is all about choices. They chose to institute a parking fee. I choose not to go back. No anger, just fact.

Jason71
01-05-2009, 01:02 PM
Once the restaurants and theatre feel it, they will start validating parking.

It's a lot easier to validate when you collect money as people are leaving rather than when they are arriving. I guess the AMC and restaurants could hand out $3 refunds (or offer a $3 discount?) but enforcement would be a problem, and it will still be a sticking point to a lot of people to come up with $3 in cash just to enter in the first place. This is a debit-card society, I know a lot of people who don't necessarily have cash.

This just seems like a lot of hassle for what, on a typical weeknight, can't be that much money.

GuestServicesMonkey
01-05-2009, 01:55 PM
The parking fees can be paid with a debit or credit card.

7165red
01-05-2009, 04:51 PM
We were there on Dec,29-08 after 6pm and we had to pay $5 parking, I was told here on disboards that parking is free after 6pm. Will someone out there keep is up to date on parking fee.

donaldduck352
01-05-2009, 06:13 PM
We were there on Dec,29-08 after 6pm and we had to pay $5 parking, I was told here on disboards that parking is free after 6pm. Will someone out there keep is up to date on parking fee.

OK now I'm confused.You paid $5 when it was only supposed to be $3!!Was this for prefered parking??:confused3

Metro West
01-05-2009, 07:17 PM
We were there on Dec,29-08 after 6pm and we had to pay $5 parking, I was told here on disboards that parking is free after 6pm. Will someone out there keep is up to date on parking fee.Since this was before Universal supposedly started charging after 6pm, I'm not sure why you had to pay. Parking after 6pm was always free except when there was a night time event like HHN. Maybe something was going on that night?

nodoubtrock
01-05-2009, 08:37 PM
not sure why you had to pay either. usually you would just be charged for 12/31 b/c of the people that come for the fireworks. i don't know of any reason why you would be charged on 12/29.

drj1950
01-05-2009, 08:43 PM
We were at citywalk on the 30th and made sure we got to the parking after 6 and were shocked to have to pay 5 dollars,I'm not sure if there was anything going on but we did know they could charge for special events

7165red
01-06-2009, 11:44 AM
donaldduck, We paid $5 for regular parking, prefered parking was $17 this I am sure of because I was going to go for prefered parking which I think I was told would be $12 and valet $20. So I don't know what is going on. Maybe we might get a update from someone. You could no miss the sign for parking charges.:confused3 :confused3

shrpgrl
01-06-2009, 06:28 PM
We moved down here six months ago. We love the different food experiences at citywalk but we were staying away from Lunch there because of parking. Now we won't be going for supper either. Ridiculous to pay to park just to spend money to eat. In this economy....not going to happen for us. Wish they would not have done that.Their choice to charge....ours to take our business elsewhere, and all over a few dollars.

Metro West
01-06-2009, 07:02 PM
We moved down here six months ago. We love the different food experiences at citywalk but we were staying away from Lunch there because of parking. Now we won't be going for supper either. Ridiculous to pay to park just to spend money to eat. In this economy....not going to happen for us. Wish they would not have done that.Their choice to charge....ours to take our business elsewhere, and all over a few dollars.That's true...but you should consider an AP now that you're living here and not have to pay to park at all.

ksdave
01-06-2009, 09:02 PM
It's amazing to me how people in different areas react to parking fees. I grew up in NY, where you pay to park virtually everywhere. I even had to pay $15 once to park for 15 minutes! Here in Kansas, they talked about a $1 charge to park at our current sports arena and everyone went ballistic :confused3 .
I'm lucky that, even though I only get down to FL once or twice a year, I have had a PAP for seven years now, so I never pay to park. BUT, even if I did have to pay $3 to park, I would still go to Citywalk next week. You FL folks do not realize how lucky you are to have places like UO and WDW right at your doorstep!!

Metro West
01-07-2009, 05:34 AM
You FL folks do not realize how lucky you are to have places like UO and WDW right at your doorstep!! Why do you think I moved here? ;)

Jason71
01-07-2009, 06:26 AM
It's amazing to me how people in different areas react to parking fees. I grew up in NY, where you pay to park virtually everywhere. I even had to pay $15 once to park for 15 minutes! Here in Kansas, they talked about a $1 charge to park at our current sports arena and everyone went ballistic :confused3 .


You make an excellent point, but it comes down to people's expectations, and competition. As I think I said before, the clubs shouldn't take too much of a hit--people who go dancing downtown are used to paying to park. But around here, just about every other movie theater and chain restaurant offers free parking--the extra $3 sticks in people's craw, especially when evening parking has been free for a decade.

By way of example, despite the fact they even validate for most anything, the parking charge at Pointe Orlando seems to be what has held that place back over the years. It's just so foreign in this part of town that people reject it.

MIB999999
01-08-2009, 03:33 PM
Just heard that Universal is now charging $3 for parking between 6pm and 10pm. Not sure is it's more for vans and campers like with "regular" daytime parking.

I'm not sure I understand the logic behind this, what with everyone and his brother telling us that people will be counting every penny in the days and months ahead.

Seems to me inevitable that the Cineplex and the restaurants will take a hit.

Your thoughts?

I have over the past 6 months recieved e-mail surveys from Universal concerning different pricing ideas for annual passes. Maybe this is a back door plan to try to drive up annual pass sales. If you are out of state and buy an annual pass you might be more inclined to maximize your money ALREADY spent by attending more frequently. At current daily rates, the initial annual pass purchase is about the same a 3 days at the parks. The renewal rate is a day and a half. The annual pass removes the parking price issue. The only people left out in the cold are those that would never go to the parks but do go to City Walk venues only. :cool2:

drj1950
01-08-2009, 04:06 PM
I knew there was a possabilty of different pricing for the annual passes but when I saw the crowds on the 30th and heard about the parking charge plus Busch gardens rasied their price I bit the bullet and bought the prefered pass.

Metro West
01-08-2009, 04:27 PM
I knew there was a possabilty of different pricing for the annual passes but when I saw the crowds on the 30th and heard about the parking charge plus Busch gardens rasied their price I bit the bullet and bought the prefered pass.I'm sure you'll enjoy having the Preferred Pass...I wouldn't let mine go for anything.

Planogirl
01-08-2009, 11:03 PM
The comments about parking fees are interesting. Paying to park is a pet peeve of mine and I go to some fairly long lengths to avoid parking fees. I pay it (with a scowl) when I go to the themeparks but I'm not thrilled at the idea of paying it to get a bite to eat or see a movie.

We plan to stay offsite on our next trip and I would gladly go back to Citywalk in the evenings but this parking fee is annoying. It's just one of my things.

DOOM1001
01-09-2009, 12:35 AM
It's amazing to me how people in different areas react to parking fees. I grew up in NY, where you pay to park virtually everywhere. I even had to pay $15 once to park for 15 minutes! Here in Kansas, they talked about a $1 charge to park at our current sports arena and everyone went ballistic :confused3 .
I'm lucky that, even though I only get down to FL once or twice a year, I have had a PAP for seven years now, so I never pay to park. BUT, even if I did have to pay $3 to park, I would still go to Citywalk next week. You FL folks do not realize how lucky you are to have places like UO and WDW right at your doorstep!!

That's why I could never,ever live in NYC,paying ridiculous parking fees everywhere and going over bridges that cost $6-$8 to cross would drive me loony.It drove me insane for the short time I was visiting,I couldn't imagine dealing with all those tolls and parking fees daily!The way I look at it is they're charging $3 to enter Citywalk which is restaurants,movies and a few clubs,why would you pay that if there are tons of restaurants and movie theaters right outside the parks that are free to park.

A Mickeyfan
01-10-2009, 02:55 PM
It's amazing to me how people in different areas react to parking fees. I grew up in NY, where you pay to park virtually everywhere. I even had to pay $15 once to park for 15 minutes! Here in Kansas, they talked about a $1 charge to park at our current sports arena and everyone went ballistic :confused3 .
I'm lucky that, even though I only get down to FL once or twice a year, I have had a PAP for seven years now, so I never pay to park. BUT, even if I did have to pay $3 to park, I would still go to Citywalk next week. You FL folks do not realize how lucky you are to have places like UO and WDW right at your doorstep!!

:rotfl: Parking in NYC, I too grew up in NY... people there don't mind paying for parking when they can find a spot! The difference between here & NYC is that in NYC, you always had to pay & here the after 6 fee is something new and it came at a bad time in the economy.

I have an AP so it doesn't get my pocket-book, but it does bug me that they did this. Most people that do live near there go after 6 for City Walk. You aren't seeing their point of view, but rather looking at it from a tourist view. Many were use to going out to eat, or a few drinks after work or maybe a movie, not just to a club (or theme park for that matter). To tack on that $3.00, while doesn't seem like much, is if you are on a budget. On vacation you tend to let your budget go, while at home you don't. $3 to the teen crowd going to the movies is an added expense. There are many that forget, Orlando isn't just for vacationers...people live there too....

.......and you cannot compare the land there to the land in NYC. That garage will sit there no matter what, you don't have cars driving around Universal looking to park as in NYC. This was a poor move on Universal's part. They don't care because they feel it won't bother their bottom line. They are probably right too. They reep the profit and their tenents feel the pinch. What will happen if their tenents move out as some did and still are down in Church Street? Church Street has many problems.. and parking is one of them. Not many want to pay to park so they can go out to eat, this is not NYC... this is FL where the salary range is much much different ;)

Metro West
01-10-2009, 04:25 PM
this is FL where the salary range is much much different ;) Don't I know it! :sad2:

drj1950
01-10-2009, 04:34 PM
I know it also

A Mickeyfan
01-10-2009, 05:24 PM
I know it also

I think all us Floridians know it...:scared1: but hate to admit it. We all stay here too.. got to be the sunshine.. and the theme parks....;) I don't miss the ice storms and the 0 degree weather.... I do miss the money though.
So back to topic.. the $3 is a lot of money to us.....;)

MAH4546
01-10-2009, 09:22 PM
Maybe it's because I've lived in Miami and Los Angeles where free parking doesn't exist, but $3 to park? What a bargain!

A Mickeyfan
01-10-2009, 10:38 PM
Maybe it's because I've lived in Miami and Los Angeles where free parking doesn't exist, but $3 to park? What a bargain!
I forgot about Miami.. there is limited parking there.. that is one of the few sections of FL that does have real limited parking. They had parking garages there when I was a kid and I am now 52... they were always pretty bad with parking. I can remember going there as a kid. We would go every summer when school let out. We stayed 2 blocks west of Collins Ave (Miami Beach) on Abbott Ave.. same place every year for about 10 years. There was no on street parking there either back then...

ky07
01-11-2009, 04:55 PM
The resort hotels also raised parking $3 too
Was $12 and now is $15 :scared1:

ksdave
01-11-2009, 05:11 PM
These increases will pale in comparison to what is going to happen to our internet bills soon. I read an article the other day that said that several of the major ISP's (including mine :( ) are going to start charging their users based on the bandwidth they use. And the rates will range from $39.95 per month to $169.95 per month OR MORE :eek: . Guess there won't be as many people hanging around here either......

Metro West
01-11-2009, 07:21 PM
These increases will pale in comparison to what is going to happen to our internet bills soon. I read an article the other day that said that several of the major ISP's (including mine :( ) are going to start charging their users based on the bandwidth they use. And the rates will range from $39.95 per month to $169.95 per month OR MORE :eek: . Guess there won't be as many people hanging around here either......I heard that too but wasn't it only people who download LOTS of music and files? I didn't think it would affect everyone. I could be wrong though. :confused3

ksdave
01-12-2009, 06:17 AM
I heard that too but wasn't it only people who download LOTS of music and files? I didn't think it would affect everyone. I could be wrong though. :confused3

Actually, it is based on the bandwidth you use. Everything on the internet uses some bandwidth. Even the little moving smilies on here use bandwidth. So do all the pictures people post, etc. Go to espn.com and they automatically play a video for you every time. It all adds up quite quickly :sick: .

Metro West
01-12-2009, 06:30 AM
Actually, it is based on the bandwidth you use. Everything on the internet uses some bandwidth. Even the little moving smilies on here use bandwidth. So do all the pictures people post, etc. Go to espn.com and they automatically play a video for you every time. It all adds up quite quickly :sick: . But how much would the "average" person have to worry about this?

ky07
01-12-2009, 04:18 PM
Actually, it is based on the bandwidth you use. Everything on the internet uses some bandwidth. Even the little moving smilies on here use bandwidth. So do all the pictures people post, etc. Go to espn.com and they automatically play a video for you every time. It all adds up quite quickly :sick: .
I don't know how much stock I would put in ths since these are rumors and have been since the 90s

karatepamy
01-12-2009, 05:26 PM
I have an answer as to why some guest's were charged $5.00 instead of $3.00. From 12/26-12/31, Universal decided to charge $5.00 for parking until 10:00pm.

Starting 01/01, 6-10pm is now $3.00. Universal decided to start charging for parking later to be more in line with local venues that charge no matter what time of day you go. If you go somewhere like waterworks, you have to pay to park in the garage. If you go to downtown orlando, you have to pay to park in one of the garages there. It's only until 10:00pm.

I agree that this will probably deter some of Universal's restaurant goers, but it will not affect the clubers. The clubs open around 9:00pm every night, and most people will likely wait the one hour for free parking.

Planogirl
01-12-2009, 11:30 PM
I wonder about the theater and how it will be affected too though. After all, even parking at Downtown Disney is free isn't it?

Metro West
01-13-2009, 05:37 AM
I wonder about the theater and how it will be affected too though. After all, even parking at Downtown Disney is free isn't it?I think the theater will suffer more than anything else since we have so many other theaters here in Orlando. Why pay $3.00 extra to see a movie when you can go somewhere else and see it w/o paying to park? And yes...DD is free parking.

Jason71
01-13-2009, 06:33 AM
I think the theater will suffer more than anything else since we have so many other theaters here in Orlando. Why pay $3.00 extra to see a movie when you can go somewhere else and see it w/o paying to park? And yes...DD is free parking.

As is parking at Festival Bay and The Loop...and technically at Pointe Orlando as well (the theater there validates). The Uni AMC must be pulling their hair out.

Pointe Orlando needs to charge because otherwise the garage would fill up with convention center traffic. Nobody else on this side of town charges for parking. Downtown is a different animal, goes for a somewhat different crowd (and even then, I don't think anyone but the Mayor expects the new movie theater set to open downtown to succeed, largely because people will have to pay to park). I expect we'll see Uni's policy reversed, or at least enforced only during the busiest times of year.

macraven
01-13-2009, 11:59 AM
do you think that the cinema at cw will validate the parking stubs for their patrons?

or if it is a pre pay situation at the garage, give the movie patrons a $3.00 coupon for their next visit to cover parking?

dioxide45
01-19-2009, 08:18 AM
We just noticed this yesterday on our visit to CityWalk. we went during the day so we paid the $12, but saw the new $3 charge. I think in the past US was competing against Pleasure Island which didn't charge for parking at Down Town Disney. Now with all the clubs at Pleasure Island gone, that competition is gone so they now feel that they can charge the $3 and get away with no major financial hit.