Since Walt Disney World opened in 1971, parking for guests at the Disney resort hotels had always been free but on March 14, 2018 Disney announced that for all reservations made on or after March 21, resort guests would have to pay a nightly fee for standard parking at all Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Guests who booked before March 21 were not charged an overnight parking fee.
Resort hotels at Disney’s Disneyland Resort in California and Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii already charge overnight guests for parking.
This brings Disney in line with other local Central Florida hotels including those at Universal Studios who charge $22 per night for guests. Universal also charge non-residents between $10 and $45 per day to park at their resort hotels.
Resort parking charges are per car per night, not per room booked so if you have two cars, you get charged for both
At Walt Disney World, the overnight standard parking charge varies by category of resort; $13 per night for the “value” resorts, $19 for the “moderate” and $24 for the “deluxe” resorts and the villas. All fees include tax and are added to the guest’s bill at checkout.
Where valet parking is available at select Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villas, the charge is $33 per night excluding tips.
There are a couple of exceptions, namely:
- at the Fort Wilderness Campground, there is complimentary parking for one vehicle at each campsite
- Disney Vacation Club Members staying in Deluxe villas and those staying in resort hotels on club points do not have to pay
- guests with a valid disability parking permit also get free parking
- guests from the UK and Ireland will not be charged until after January 1, 2020
Non-resort guests who visit the hotels during the day for select dining, shopping, entertainment and recreation experiences will continue to be able to park for free but there is a three hour maximum stay. The length of stay can vary by season.
Disney is pretty hot about enforcing the time limits as when they increased the theme park parking prices, park guests would often try to park at a convenient resort hotel (particularly the Contemporary which is within walking distance of Magic Kingdom) to avoid paying parking charges when visiting the Disney theme parks.
Other Walt Disney World Parking
Standard parking remains free for everyone at Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, Winter Summerland Mini-Golf, Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf and the two water parks; Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Valet parking is available at Disney Springs for $20 per day excluding tips.
Standard parking at the four main theme parks is $25 per day and $50 for Preferred parking. Annual passholders and registered resort guests do not have to pay for Standard parking but can upgrade to Preferred parking for $25.