• On Dec 12, 2009
    Sally from VA 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.

    This is our 3rd visit to Disney and we are staying off Disney property. We are planning on dining on property a few times, will we have to pay the full parking fee just for dinner?

    This depends on where you are dining. If you are dining at one of the WDW resort hotels, then you can take advantage of the free self-parking at all the hotels. (There is a fee for valet parking.) If you are planning on dining at the theme parks, then yes, you will have to pay the daily parking fee to park there.

    However, you should know that you only need to pay the parking fee once per day.  If you are visiting a theme park in the morning and pay to park, you do not need to pay again if you come back in the evening to eat. Just retain the receipt they will give you after you pay the parking fee. You can leave and return to the same park or one of the other parks. Simply show the parking lot attendant your receipt and you will be waved through with no additional fee.

    Have a great trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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