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  • On May 16, 2023
    Matt from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    On the first day of our trip, do we need to visit/check in to our resort hotel in order to receive the free theme park parking? Or, can we drive straight to the park the morning of our arrival without having to pay for parking?

    Hi Matt! Welcome to planDisney!

    Oh boy! Only a month away until you arrive for your Walt Disney World getaway! Before you know it, you'll be creating magical memories with Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the gang!

    On your arrival day, there is no need to head to your Disney Resorts hotel first. I suggest making sure that your resort reservation is linked to your My Disney Experience account and that you have completed the Online Check-In process before arriving at the park. This will be a sure way that the Cast Member can verify that you are staying at a Disney Resorts hotel since standard theme park parking is included each day of your stay for registered Guests of these resorts.

    Utilizing Disney's Direct-to-Room Service is the perfect way to start your vacation as soon as you arrive. There is no need to wait in line at the front desk just to have the Cast Member tell you that your room is not quite ready yet. You'll be notified directly on your mobile device by a push notification or text message when your room is ready. You can use the unlock door feature in your My Disney Experience App or use your MagicBand to gain entry.

    You can also park your vehicle at your Disney Resorts hotel and utilize the complimentary Disney Transportation that is included in your stay. Depending on which resort it is, you may have access to buses, monorails, boats, and even the Disney Skyliner. 

    Matt, I hope this information helps you plan for your visit! Stop back and see us again at planDisney!

    See ya real soon!
    Greg
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, South Carolina

Hello friends! Greg here from Charleston, SC. I am a Disney-loving husband and dad to two wonderful daughters. Walt Disney World Resort offers everything you want in a vacation and touches all the senses. From the sights to sounds and even the smells, there is something for everyone to enjoy! When our family is not riding "it’s a small world" or going on a Journey Into Imagination With Figment, we are readily planning our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Learn More About Greg

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