"Direct service from Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Downtown Disney West Side is now happening daily."
"...guests shared feedback asking for direct bus transportation from Disney Parks to Downtown Disney."
Offering buses one way from DAK to DTD would still prevent park guests from getting free parking at DTD, while also encouraging more guests to check out (and spend money at) DTD after their day at DAK was done, even though it would make it difficult for them to return to their cars at the and of the day.
If you're going to spend a day at a theme park, you're going to have to get there somehow. Either you park, or you take some other transport option. If the park is charging for both, they are simply adding a hidden cost to the ticket price.
If anything, disney should be charging for parking for the free facility users, whilst offering free parking to paying park guests.
BUSES WILL START AT 3 PM !!!!!!!!!!
This means no DTD parking and taking a bus to AK for a day at the park. This is only good for guest who park at AK and want to bus commute to DTD and back for the evening OR the resort guest who wants to go from the hotel to AK to DTD and return to the hotel without the intermediate trip from AK to the hotel then to DTD.
My bet is that if you arrive at Animal Kingdom's parking lot after 3:00pm and say you are going to Downtown Disney they will not charge you for parking.