Timon and Two Guys at DAK
  • On Jun 9, 2023
    Tim from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm checking in 8/12 and have Theme Park reservations to MK that day. I'd like to drive to MK that morning and head to our hotel after that. Upon arriving at the MK, will parking be free even though I haven't checked into my hotel yet?

    Hi Tim! Welcome to planDisney. I'm happy to answer your question today and add a little magic to your August vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    There are so many perks and benefits to staying at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel. At this time, all of these hotels get access to Early Theme Park Entry at all of the theme parks where you can enter the park 30 minutes before other Guests. There's also complimentary transportation to the parks and Disney Springs. Let's not forget the theming, pools, resort activities, and more. And then there is the perk of free parking at the hotel where you are staying and the theme parks.

    Many of the perks of being a Guest at the Disney Resorts Collection Hotel begin the day of check-in and last until the day of check-out, including free parking. So the answer to your question is, yes, you should be able to park for free at Magic Kingdom Park on your check-in day if you booked a vacation package. Just make sure that you have completed online check-in through your My Disney Experience mobile app before you arrive at the theme park.

    To complete online check-in, click on the three horizontal lines in the bottom right-hand corner of the app and select "Future Plans." Then, click "Start Check-In Now" underneath the hotel reservation details. If you don't see your reservation, you'll need to ensure that it is connected to your My Disney Experience account. If you're on the "My Plans" page on a computer, hover over "Resort Hotel," click "Link a Reservation," and then follow the prompts. If you are on the My Disney Experience mobile app, under "Future Plans," scroll to the bottom and click "Link to Account." You can then select "Type ID" from the top of this screen and follow the prompts. 

    Tim, I hope you have a wonderful trip to the resort. Summer is one of my favorite times to visit and this summer, there are so many new experiences to look forward to. From the high-speed thrills of TRON Lightcycle /Run presented by Enterprise at Magic Kingdom Park to meeting Moana at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park to the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, there is so much to do, places to explore, and food to eat!

    Be sure to visit again if you have any other questions. We're always happy to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Matt, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matt

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