• On Jan 10, 2020
    Carrie from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Am I able to park for free at one of the hotels and eat a meal? Will they let me park if I don't have a dining reservation?

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Carrie!

    Guests are welcome to park with no fee while enjoying dining or recreation at a Disney Resort Hotel.  At busier times, parking at some resorts may be restricted to registered guests of the hotel and those with dining or other reservations.  As you enter the lot, be prepared to scan your MagicBand and/or present a photo ID.  If parking is restricted, you may be able to valet (fees apply.)  Depending on the resort, you might be directed to an alternate parking location or instructed to park in a theme park parking lot (parking fees apply) and use Disney transportation to reach your destination.  Unfortunately, there is really no way to find out in advance if you'll be able to park without a reservation.  In my experience, a reservation is essential in order to park at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  I have also experienced parking restrictions at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, as well as Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and Disney's BoardWalk Inn.

    I hope that helps!  Please stop by the Moms Panel again with any additional questions you may have.

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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