• On May 21, 2018
    Tara 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.

    We are driving to Disney World in June. I did online check in at the Contemporary. How do I get my parking pass that gives me free parking at the theme parks and the resort (since I booked my trip before the overnight parking charge took effect)?

    Hi Tara!

    Welcome BACK to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We're so excited to be able to help you plan yet another super wonderful Walt Disney World Resort Vacation. Thank you for being one of our longtime friends!

    I love that you asked this question because I have an awesome update. I visited Walt Disney World Resort in March where I also stayed at Disney's Contemporary Resort. (One of my favorite things about that stay was the hotels signature scent as you entered the lobby.) We made the drive down to Orlando just like we have previously done in the last six years, and everything about the check-in and registration was the same as always.

    Plot twist time - I also visited three weeks ago where I stayed at Disney's Port Orleans Resort: Riverside. This time I was vacationing with a group of best mom friends and our kids. Everyone was cranky and ready to be out of the car that it took me a hot minute (more like a few hours) to realize that we didn't have a parking pass for our window. I called the front desk and guess what - there are no more paper parking passes! Everything is now linked to your MagicBand. Whenever you drive to your Resort Hotel, you'll scan your band at the 'Returning Guests' gate. Should you drive yourself to a dining reservation at another Disney Resort Hotel, the Security Guard will scan your band to confirm your reservation. And if like us you have WAY too much stuff to make it on the bus so you drive to the parks, the parking lot Cast Members will also simply scan your band to validate that you're a Disney Resort Hotel guest.

    I hope this helped, Tara, and We'll See You Real Soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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