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News WDW Resorts to add fees for parking

LSLS

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or you can look at it this way.
Right now all hotel guest are paying for the parking lot. The spaces are there and for most resorts sitting empty. By monetizing the parking lots, the guests that use the parking lots are now paying for the parking lot and associated services.

Or you can look at it this way. If you do not like the parking fee or possible resort fee, go stay at Disney Springs or Bonnet Creek. Oh wait, they have parking fees and resort fees already. Ok, take your money to Universal Studios-Universal charges for hotel self parking and valet at the hotels that offer it, already. I guess it is the travel lodge down on I -drive for you.

Or finally, I guess you could eliminate the Disney vacation and go to Hollywood, or NYC or DC or any of the other resort destinations.
Grand Canyon? yep the lodges there charge the fees also.

looks like Disney is well behind the curve on this. I guess we should be thankful that we did not pay it last time.
Except to go stay at Disney Springs, I pay less for a room 100 sq feet bigger with more amenities. At Universal, the resorts are significantly less money. If they added this while lowering the price of a room slightly (or heck not increasing the price as they have), I think most would be fine with this.
 

AshaNeOmah

Well-Known Member
or you can look at it this way.
Right now all hotel guest are paying for the parking lot. The spaces are there and for most resorts sitting empty. By monetizing the parking lots, the guests that use the parking lots are now paying for the parking lot and associated services.

Or you can look at it this way. If you do not like the parking fee or possible resort fee, go stay at Disney Springs or Bonnet Creek. Oh wait, they have parking fees and resort fees already. Ok, take your money to Universal Studios-Universal charges for hotel self parking and valet at the hotels that offer it, already. I guess it is the travel lodge down on I -drive for you.

Or finally, I guess you could eliminate the Disney vacation and go to Hollywood, or NYC or DC or any of the other resort destinations.
Grand Canyon? yep the lodges there charge the fees also.

looks like Disney is well behind the curve on this. I guess we should be thankful that we did not pay it last time.
I really thought I was as much of a Disney defender an anyone, but the logical gymnastics needed to justify this are astounding. Most of these resorts were built with these parking lots in mind. We're not talking about the need to buy additional property at an inflated rate to allow visitors to park. The land has been owned for decades.

Not to mention the pricing of the rooms.

I just can't reconcile this rumor with any logical reason other than 'money'. It will definitely start to effect my state of mind when it comes to planning my next trip or helping others plan trips.
 

Kingtut

Well-Known Member
Speak for yourself. I go 1-2 days a week. ;)

However, my "days" are vastly different than the majority of guests. There are some days I only do one or two attractions, or even none in the span of 2-3 hours.
I was replying to asianway with that message and if I understand what he is saying you should be ashamed of yourself and your blatant abuse of the intent of the AP to go so many days and take up space and air of other suckers who would spend far more money that you do. All you are doing is wearing out the asphalt and the park benches. Oh - the benches have been worn out and removed already - my point is proved - the defense rests

As a former Disney AP holder ( and a current Uni AP holder) if they sell me a ticket to get in 365 days a year then I have every reason to expect that I should be able to enter 365 days a year and do anything I choose ( that is legal). It is difficult to go into a theme park and not spend any money. Some people on this site just think that we should tithe our money to Disney and be thankful that Disney lets us keep any of it.
 

HauntedMansionFLA

Well-Known Member
I agree with both sides of this point...

It's absolutely meant to be a deterrent...like the manhattan parking fees...

It also goes hand in hand with the pink polka dot vans...which hasn't been brought up yet.

That's classic Disney: creating revenue by driving you away from other revenue...the Dutch door.

But the outlier on ME is what If Mears were to go away?
Mears goes away? Interesting
 

danv3

Well-Known Member
All DVC members including dirty resale owners? Or is this another 'perk' of paying through the nose to buy direct from Disney :rolleyes:
One website I saw described this as a “perk” for DVC owners, which to me suggests that those who buy resale will be excluded from the privilege (except for those grandfathered in).

We’ll see, but that wouldn’t surprise me. I don’t think DVC is required by contract to offer free parking to owners.
 

disneyflush

Well-Known Member
or you can look at it this way.
Right now all hotel guest are paying for the parking lot. The spaces are there and for most resorts sitting empty. By monetizing the parking lots, the guests that use the parking lots are now paying for the parking lot and associated services.

Or you can look at it this way. If you do not like the parking fee or possible resort fee, go stay at Disney Springs or Bonnet Creek. Oh wait, they have parking fees and resort fees already. Ok, take your money to Universal Studios-Universal charges for hotel self parking and valet at the hotels that offer it, already. I guess it is the travel lodge down on I -drive for you.

Or finally, I guess you could eliminate the Disney vacation and go to Hollywood, or NYC or DC or any of the other resort destinations.
Grand Canyon? yep the lodges there charge the fees also.

looks like Disney is well behind the curve on this. I guess we should be thankful that we did not pay it last time.
Managing to completely look past the fact that parking has already been baked into the room price at WDW since the inception of the resorts is cringe-worthy. Think about your mentality when your reaction to a new cost is 'We are lucky to not have payed it before now.'
 

larryz

Can't 'Member Anything
Premium Member
I'm also shocked that these changes would NOT possible affect those dining, shopping, etc. at resorts... thought this might be more of a way to close the loophole where some will park at Contemporary to get to MK but I guess its more to sock it those staying on property rather than encouraging folks to stay on property
If I have to pay a nightly parking fee, and then walk in from the outer reaches of the parking lot because a bunch of freeloaders are parked in all the close slots, I am going to be LIVID!!!
 

HauntedPirate

Premium Member
I agree completely. In theory. In practice though, with the way Disney is nickel and diming these days. Maybe they try and find the price point that keeps DME humming at the same booking level, but also extracts a few more dollars from the guest customer.
I think there's an important lesson in that last line. In the past few years, Disney seems to be definitely moving away from treating people as guests and instead treating them as customers. There's a difference, an important difference, but management at all levels of TWDC is too stuck on improving the quarterly financials in order to satisfy the idiot stock analysts to care or even see it.
 

radiohost

Well-Known Member
Charging for parking at Moderate and Value Resorts is beyond greedy.


“Hey, let’s charge guests to park so they will not be enticed to have a car on their vacation. That way they can’t leave property and dine on a budget as opposed to eating at one of our mediocre expensive restaurants”
 
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