This New Announcement from Disney Will Likely Make Your Vacation More Expensive
Your Disney getaway could increase by up to $168 dollars a week.
Hold onto your Minnie Van seat belts.
Disney announced yesterday that Disney World resort hotels will start charging nightly parking fees. The changes will go into effect on March 21st with value resorts (like Disney's All-Star resorts) charging $13 per night, moderate resorts (like Disney's Port Orleans) charging $19 per night, and deluxe and deluxe villa resorts (like Disney's Polynesian Village) charging $24 a night, reports Orlando Weekly. Valet parking, where available, will also go up from $25 to $33 a night. Thankfully, Disney hotel guests will still get to park for free at the theme parks.
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There are still ways to skirt around the new fees. For instance, if you book your stay at Fort Wilderness, the new parking fees won't apply. Those visiting Disney hotels solely for a meal or other attractions and not as an overnight guest won't be charged.
Of course, you could reserve your rooms at a non-Disney World resort to try and avoid the added cost, but be sure to check if parking fees apply (many local hotels include do include them). You can also go car-free and use Disney bus transportation to get around — but if you're in a big group, coordinating all your Mousketeers may prove a bit difficult.