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Old 01-23-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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Grand Californian parking

I have read different reports. Some say all pay $15/day to park your car at the Grand Californian. Others say that DVC members staying on points in a villa park for free. Which is it?
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:34 PM   #2
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My understanding is that because we contribute to the cost of maintaining the parking lot with our dues, they can't charge us for parking when staying on our points. Check out the big VGC thread.
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:45 AM   #3
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I think I read that self-parking is free and valet parking is $15/day. So I think that any guest at the Grand Californian or VGC (DVC or not) has the choice of free versus valet parking. I could be wrong. I was planning to self-park, so I know that is free!
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:44 AM   #4
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disneydenisel I think I read that self-parking is free and valet parking is $15/day. So I think that any guest at the Grand Californian or VGC (DVC or not) has the choice of free versus valet parking. I could be wrong. I was planning to self-park, so I know that is free!

Sorry to say disneydenise! We called the hotel and the new policy is that hotel guests pay $15 a day now to park. And Valet is up to $22.

That being said, we called MS and they confirmed that DVC Members staying on points do get free parking. Yeah DVC!
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:43 AM   #5
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Sorry to say disneydenise! We called the hotel and the new policy is that hotel guests pay $15 a day now to park. And Valet is up to $22.

That being said, we called MS and they confirmed that DVC Members staying on points do get free parking. Yeah DVC!
Thanks for the update! Glad we are staying on points, then .
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:40 PM   #6
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Just to note that the parking lot for Grand Californian is across the street. That said, they will let you swing through the valet/lobby drop off area to drop everyone off and offload your luggage. Just something to keep in mind if you are going to be going off property for anything.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:44 PM   #7
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Then when staying on points and you want to valet park, how much is it then?
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Then when staying on points and you want to valet park, how much is it then?
It's STILL $22.00!! SELF PARKING up to 2 CARS ($15 per car) IS FREE FOR DVC MEMBERS. If more than 2 park cars then a charge of $15 applies for CAR #3. ANY CAR IN VALET REGARDLESS OF BEING A DVC MEMBER!
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:19 PM   #9
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Sorry did not finish the sentence - any car in valet regardless of being a DVC member is going to be $22.00. Stayed in the grand villa in May and asked the CM at the front entrance when you drive up & had 5 cars total with different parking situations to deal with. Some with AP parking privledges but had to convince them not to park there. "I don't think you can leave your car there overnight." Have not asked yet but I doubt it.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:24 PM   #10
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When we stayed last year at Paradise Pier on points, we did not pay for parking.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:18 PM   #11
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When we stayed last year at Paradise Pier on points, we did not pay for parking.
Did you self park or valet? The rules are the same at all 3 resorts. Self parking is FREE BUT VALET IS $22.00. I stayed @ PPH in June 2010 and will be staying @ GCH for 1 night BOTH on POINTS but I'm sure it will not change if I choose to self park! I live 20 minutes away & choose to go back n' forth for various reasons so sometimes I valet but when my husband & I take separate cars he chooses self parking THUS HIS CAR IS FREE while I have to pay $22.00! SELF PARKING IS FREE FOR DVC but not if you choose to use valet either overnight or for a week!
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:00 PM   #12
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Did you self park or valet? The rules are the same at all 3 resorts. Self parking is FREE BUT VALET IS $22.00. I stayed @ PPH in June 2010 and will be staying @ GCH for 1 night BOTH on POINTS but I'm sure it will not change if I choose to self park! I live 20 minutes away & choose to go back n' forth for various reasons so sometimes I valet but when my husband & I take separate cars he chooses self parking THUS HIS CAR IS FREE while I have to pay $22.00! SELF PARKING IS FREE FOR DVC but not if you choose to use valet either overnight or for a week!
This irks me too. I would think if you get credited $15 for self parking then valet should only be another $7, but no. I would prefer to just valet (I'm handicapped) and not have to deal with whether there are any handicapped spaces available (there are only about 8--if they are all taken they will valet for free--BUT they want you to then come back and check the next day to move your car to handicapped. Really!) Disney wouldn't you be better off getting the $7 a day for my car and then neither one of us has to move it during my stay?
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:06 PM   #13
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Just to clarify. The "Resort Fees" or "Parking Fees" aren't really free. They are just baked into the points costs for the rooms. You are still paying of course, just under a different line.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:33 PM   #14
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This irks me too. I would think if you get credited $15 for self parking then valet should only be another $7, but no. I would prefer to just valet (I'm handicapped) and not have to deal with whether there are any handicapped spaces available (there are only about 8--if they are all taken they will valet for free--BUT they want you to then come back and check the next day to move your car to handicapped. Really!) Disney wouldn't you be better off getting the $7 a day for my car and then neither one of us has to move it during my stay?
Valet parking at GC is most likely contracted out, that is why they no longer have free valet for members at WDW. However, at WDW they do have free valet with a handicapped permit, you may want to check into that.
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By the way, the $15 self parking for those DVC members with more than 2 cars would cover 2 cars.
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