(Updated) The Walt Disney World Resort will begin charging an overnight parking fee at its on-site resort hotels, starting later this month.
The move brings Disney World's hotels in line with those at rival Universal Orlando and sibling Disneyland, which long have charged parking fees to their hotel guests. The new Disney World hotel parking fee will apply only to guests staying overnight at the resorts. Day guests parking at the hotels just for dining, shopping, or spa services will not be charged.
Given that Disney will not be charging all people driving in through the parking gates, this overnight parking fee seems a bit more like a backdoor nightly rate increase instead of an attempt to limit parking at the hotels. The rates will vary by resort level, as well. Here are the new fees:
The new fees take effect for reservations made on or after March 21, a Disney spokesperson confirmed to me. Disney Vacation Club members will not have to pay the parking fee when staying at Deluxe Villas. Nor will people staying in the Fort Wilderness Campground have to pay.
Universal Orlando charges $12-22 a night for parking for its overnight hotel guests, while it charges $24-45 a day for parking for people not registered at the hotels. That's to dissuade people from parking at the hotels instead of at the resort's parking structure, which charges $22 a day. Disneyland's three on-site hotels charge $20 a night for guest self-parking.Tweet
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