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Customers are fed up with Disney’s ‘lucrative’ policies and extra fees

Although Disney World may be considered “the most magical place in the world”, it could also be the most expensive place in the world.

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When it comes to trips to Disney World, there are a ton of ways to spend your money. From pricey hotels and resorts to food, snacks and drinks around each park, visitors will find themselves shelling out Disney dollars all day.

A big point of contention when it comes to pricing has been Disney’s recent change with its parking policy at hotels and resorts. For those who don’t know, Disney didn’t charge for parking at all. Prior to 2018, parking at any of the Walt Disney World Resorts was free for all Guests, but Disney has chosen to change that. Parking costs $15 to $25 a day, a big increase from just a few years ago it was completely free.

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In a thread on Reddit, a confused Disney guest asks why parking costs more at luxury hotels. They wonder why, just because they’re staying at a nicer and more expensive resort, parking costs $10 more per day, to which the comments section provided several answers and theories.

One user simply said it was because guests had no options and Disney could charge whatever they wanted for parking. Another chimed in and added that people had no choice but to pay as they had to park their treatments somewhere, essentially locking guests into the current price structure. One user even went so far as to call it a “money grab” and one of the most “meaningful” changes Disney parks have made in recent years.

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Another user also called it a money grab, saying Disney “will charge what the market bears”, implying that as long as guests continue to visit and pay for parking, Disney will continue to charge for it. Many users said parking should just be free. Guests also had the same reaction to Disney’s new Genie+ and Lightning Lane systems.

Replacing what was once a free system, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane are both optional, paid services that can “enhance” the visitor experience, meaning easier scheduling and shorter wait times. Now, of course, the Disney community was set on fire after learning that what was a free service wouldn’t cost tens of dollars a day and the new systems remain as controversial as they were when first revealed.

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As far as parking goes, it’s unfortunate that Disney chose to make this change as it only adds an extra cost to an already expensive vacation that some say is getting too expensive. See the full breakdown of parking rates at Walt Disney World Resort below:

Registered guests:Overnight self-parking

Standard overnight self-parking is available to registered guests for a fee that will be applied to their hotel bill upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable taxes.

Standard overnight parking fees per resort category:

$15 per night:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney All-Star Music Station
  • Disney All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

$20 per night:

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

$25 per night:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney Beach Club Villas
  • Disney BoardWalk Hostel
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Contemporary Disney Hotel
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney Wild Pavilion
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • The villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Free standard parking is offered to Guests staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort campgrounds. Each campground provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.

Valet parking
Valet parking continues to be available for guests with disabilities who may require assistance with parking. A valid disabled parking permit is required. Valet parking will be reintroduced to hotels in the coming months. Upon arrival, please check with the security host for parking options. Valet parking is $33 per night (sales tax included).

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What do you think of parking at Walt Disney World Resort? Let us know in the comments below.

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