Resort Parking Fees to be enforced


Apr 15, 2002
I would check your account on MDE every day so you catch it right away if they charge parking fees.

I checked it nightly to see what we charged on our magic bands to eat etc.


DVC Member Since 1998
Feb 6, 2003
we did not have a reservation. we were there to shop and eat at contempo cafe for lunch one day.
This is probably why you were turned away. Disney seems to be pretty strict with parking at the Contemporary & BLT due to it's proximity to MK. We have seen numerous people here on the DIS boards asking if they eat at one of the MK or Epcot resorts can they leave their car parked in the lot and just go into the a park and this is a very small percentage of the visitors to the parks. Personally, I wish they would enforce it more at BWV - can't tell you the number of times I have seen the parking lot full during the day but empty out after Illuminations.


It's a big black fish to you
Mar 28, 2005
Looks like they want guests to use Disney transportation if they plan to go to a resort that isn't their own (at least one that has easy access to a park or parks). Or a ride share service. I can understand cracking down on no-ADR parking at the Contemporary where it's easy to just walk over to MK.
  • gottalovepluto

    DIS Veteran
    Jul 14, 2014
    ...We stayed at the Poly last week and were always able to find a parking spot, but most of the time, it was way far away. Magically, when we came back to our car in the mornings, the parking lot was a ghost town!...
    ...Personally, I wish they would enforce it more at BWV - can't tell you the number of times I have seen the parking lot full during the day but empty out after Illuminations...
    That's ridiculous! It sounds like Disney World needs to implement a resort wide take-a-ticket type system. Like Disneyland has. Take it beyond verifying if the ADR exists. If a car is there after X amount of hours, charges start to incur up to a daily max of $50 or something. Lose your ticket? $50. Resort guest who paid for parking? Just scan your magic band. (Also, that's like Disneyland. Scan the room key on exit instead of dealing with a ticket. The hotel can see at what times your room key scanned in and out for your car.)
  • Oliviaxxx

    Jul 6, 2018
    I agree, if the real issue is people parking who don't belong there, charging a fee won't resolve that. Why not just increase the room price and do aware with extra 'fees'? Last time we were in LasVegas noticed all major casinos now charge daily parking fees (about $20..used to be free) and added a daily $40 'resort fee', so even if you think your room is being comped, you still pay $60 in extra fees that didn't use to exist.

    The OP's article being quoted is from another disney 'related' website. I often find those type of sites are posting opinions and not really official disney information. If people want to use resort parking to go to a park, that is the issue to resolve. I agree as mentioned above, the magic band seems like a more effective way to do this.
    Increase the room price to cover parking fees? I don't think so. A lot of people fly and use Disney transportation and never park. Why should their room price go up?


    Apr 15, 2002
    They do get free transport from the airport to the resort and back. Why are people being charged to park while those that fly get free transportation?
    Disney plan to keep people in the bubble and only give their money to Disney.

    My new plan is to use ME to get to BWV, then walk to the Dolphin and rent a car. As DVC we don’t pay resort Parking and as annual pass holder we don’t pay to park at a park.

    If Disney buys out the rental companies, I am in trouble
  • Mazz519

    DIS Veteran
    Oct 16, 2003
    Being a DVC member the parking overnight doesn't affect us but to be honest I can't believe that they are doing this now, sort of makes sense on a business stance but think its a total slap in the face for all Disney fans.... As I understand you can park at any resort as long as you have a ADR or wanting to visit say Boardwalk am I correct ???


    Apr 15, 2002
    Do they charge to park at Disney springs? I generally avoid that place like the plague as both bussing there and driving there has been a nightmare. I don’t need any more choices to eat or shop so unless there is live music or live entertainment of some type I am not going to go there even with free parking, but I am curious. In the olden days we used to go there just for ice cream at ghiradelli’s but now I prefer Ample Hills.
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    Stop asking about "worth". Totally subjective.
    Oct 4, 2017
    Parking a car in their lot was free for over 40 years. Why does it suddenly cost money? And why does it cost more at deluxes than at Values? Pretty sure the value of the concrete isn’t different at the different resorts.
    Nope, it isn't. And a bottle of water that costs maybe a dollar in most places costs $4 inside Disney borders. They decide on their prices and charge accordingly, and can obviously start charging for things that were previously free. Perhaps charging for DME is coming soon as well. Who knows? I'm sure Disney knew in advance that charging for parking wasn't going to be a popular decision, and did it anyway. The bottom line will tell if all of those people fed up with being nickeled and dimed actually stay away from Disney. I doubt it.


    Been there, Done that, Going back!
    Dec 13, 2005
    Disney wants to collect parking fees, but it doesn't want to work too hard to do it. Hiring a bunch of parking monitors is just a waste of money -- cuts into your profits.

    Disney also doesn't want to miss out on revenue from people visiting the resorts and eating.

    What will likely happen is that every now and then, Disney will "crack down" on parking to generate some publicity and attempt to dissuade people from pulling the wool over their eyes to avoid the fees.
    I really don't think they thought through (seems to happen often) how complicated it could be to track since so many visitors arrive at their resorts for so many different reasons and diff modes of transportation.


    DIS Veteran
    Jan 3, 2013
    Anyone ever have 2 cars for one room since they started charging for parking? We will be coming from different areas in January so will have 2 cars.


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