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Resorts charging for parking

Postby cy1229 » Sep Mon 03, 2018 5:26 pm

Watched a YouTube video about changes coming to WDW and they said guests staying onsite would now be paying for parking. True? What about DVC owners?

Also, the individual sized toiletry amenities are going away, being replaced by full sized items.
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Re: Resorts charging for parking

Postby Alacrity » Sep Tue 04, 2018 10:30 am

True. DVC owners have parking included. I annual pass holder still have parking included at the parks.

Parking info: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest ... s/parking/

At least some Value resorts have moved to full size, refillable bath items and more resorts are adopting this. I believe deluxe resorts still offer individual items. This is just what I have gathered from sites online. My wife and I are DVC and last trip, they still had the individual sizes.
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Re: Resorts charging for parking

Postby sfein » Sep Wed 05, 2018 8:21 am

As much as I tend to give Disney a pass on some of the costs, this one is not acceptable to me. Their hotels are very expensive (even the value ones based on what you actually get for a room). I'm willing to pay for the convenience and the Disney feel. But parking should not be charged with guests already spending so much. And the extra cost of parking based on the expense of the hotel is even worse. People will pay it and hotels will be packed, so I doubt Disney cares what I think. But it is in poor judgement from a PR perspective. The word gouging comes to mind.
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Re: Resorts charging for parking

Postby horizons1 » Sep Wed 05, 2018 8:36 am

Yes, they announced this earlier this year and I am rally glad I squeaked by on my last trip there in January.

There are three reasons why it'd be "fair" in my mind to charge for parking:
1) You have parking that could be used for non-Disney things and you want to deter those users from taking precious spaces
2) You want to deter non-guests from parking in the hotel lots
3) You want to deter guests from using cars where they might drive off property at some point and spend money elsewhere

For a closed ecosystem like WDW resort, #1 is no excuse. I could, however, swallow #2 but then you'd expect guests to get a waiver. I'd also accept #3, but this whole thing just feels like yet another money grab.
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Re: Resorts charging for parking

Postby sfein » Sep Wed 05, 2018 6:27 pm

For your #2, if I read the link correctly, visitors actually don't pay - especially if going to a restaurant. Which seems backwards to me.

OTOH, I checked at Universal
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But if you are there for short time? 42 (34 for valet - which again seems backwards). Now that's how you keep visitors from taking spots from guests :)
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Re: Resorts charging for parking

Postby horizons1 » Sep Wed 05, 2018 7:42 pm

sfein wrote:For your #2, if I read the link correctly, visitors actually don't pay - especially if going to a restaurant. Which seems backwards to me.


Wow, I didn't realize that, and agree it's really backwards!
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Re: Resorts charging for parking

Postby cousininmiami » Sep Thu 06, 2018 12:35 pm

I just recently stayed at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, in Disney Springs area. Their self parking was $27 night, and Valet was $34. We chose to do Valet for a few dollars more and the convenience. I would imagine if the same goes at most Disney resorts then more people will utilize Valet. It is convenient and nice especially in our rainy Florida weather!
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Re: Resorts charging for parking

Postby Alacrity » Sep Thu 06, 2018 3:23 pm

sfein wrote:For your #2, if I read the link correctly, visitors actually don't pay - especially if going to a restaurant. Which seems backwards to me.


I think the battle has been against those that would park in a resort lot and head to the parks for the day. Same issue that has been at Downtown/Disney Springs. I'm thinking most diners and shoppers are, usually, at a resort very short term and are probably not a large percentage of the folks parking. I'd also guess that the shops and restaurants don't want additional parking fees to scare off potential customers. If that is the case, they don't seem too worried about scaring off paying room guests! But, room guests, have a larger investment against which parking is a small percentage. It would stick out a lot more to a shopper or diner. Parking fess would have the potential to nearly double the cost of a meal in some cases.

Overall, I'd say it's another way for Disney to pad the coffers a little more. To be fair though, it's a tactic many hotels have been using.
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Re: Resorts charging for parking

Postby Wizzard419 » Sep Wed 19, 2018 9:18 pm

sfein wrote:As much as I tend to give Disney a pass on some of the costs, this one is not acceptable to me. Their hotels are very expensive (even the value ones based on what you actually get for a room). I'm willing to pay for the convenience and the Disney feel. But parking should not be charged with guests already spending so much. And the extra cost of parking based on the expense of the hotel is even worse. People will pay it and hotels will be packed, so I doubt Disney cares what I think. But it is in poor judgement from a PR perspective. The word gouging comes to mind.


Not shocked, this is not limited to Disney properties (which they have charged for at DLR for years). I was at a conference in Vegas and hotels there are doing it. Easy revenue since you have no alternative.
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Re: Resorts charging for parking

Postby sfein » Oct Wed 03, 2018 12:13 am

Definitely other hotels do it and Disney has the right to do the same. Always an annoyance when I travel and have to add 20 or 30 per night to park. I was actually shocked on my last trip. I stayed at Crown Plaza at Phoenix Airport. I almost fell over in shock when they told me parking was free - including valet.
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Re: Resorts charging for parking

Postby horizons1 » Oct Wed 03, 2018 11:01 am

sfein wrote:I was actually shocked on my last trip. I stayed at Crown Plaza at Phoenix Airport. I almost fell over in shock when they told me parking was free - including valet.


LOL, yeah, I live in Scottsdale. We still have places like that. It is strange for an airport hotel because I don't know how they police against people parking there just to fly out.
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