We have been going to Orlando annually for the past 11 years. And I have noticed the parking Fees have gone up dramatically during that time at most parks. There are some exceptions such as Typhoon Lagoon where there are no fees to park, which I applaud.
But for Theme Parks in Orlando the parking fees have always gone up and up and up. While planning our trip to Orlando for this May, I like to look at everything regarding fees that we will be paying so I won’t get blindsided too much.
I looked at Universal Orlando and it was listed as $20 to park. (Disney is also $20 per day but we are going to Universal). Then I started to recall how much it was just 10 years ago.
I know what you are thinking, stuff goes up. Yes I agree, but this percent of an increase in incredible when compared to other products that have increased. Our first visit to Orlando I believe I was paying about $12.00 per day. Of course they do not want to give out tons of change so your receipt will look something like this - $18.87 * .06 tax = $20.00. They make it so it is a dollar bills transaction therefore avoiding loose change.
But look at the Percent increase of parking. $12.00 to $20.00 from just 10 years ago. The parking fees have increased by 66.67%. The calculation is like this $20.00 - $12.00 = 8 So 8 divided by 12 * 100 = 66.67%
Anyway a few years ago I wrote a wonderful article about parking fees and ways that Theme Parks could allow you to prepay for parking and giving you a discount. Just like buying more days at a park will decrease the average amount per day you pay. Or even having a fast pass lane for those who prepay or want to EZ Pass like on a highway. I guess it never got any traction.
Here is my question to you: What is the Max price\fee parking can hit before folks say enough?
PS - And Yes I know if at Disney you can take the Tram, boat, Bus if you stay at a Disney hotel which we do not. We enjoy off site resorts like the Sheraton.
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