Previously, guests could park at Downtown Disney for up to two hours at no cost. That’s not completely changing, but it is being tweaked a bit. Beginning Wednesday, August 16, guests will need to make a purchase of at least $20 and receive validation from any Downtown Disney location, including quick-service restaurants and kiosks, to be able to park for free for two hours.
Validation from any Downtown Disney table-service restaurant or AMC Theaters will allow guests to park for free for up to four hours.
Beyond these validations, guests will still be charged the normal $12 per hour to park in the lot, after a 15-minute grace period. The charges will be made in 30-minute increments, with a minimum of a $6 charge being made after the grace period is up. The maximum daily parking and lost ticket fees will be increased from $36 to $48.
In the end, these changes are not too intense as the hourly parking rate is remaining the same. The biggest changes are the loss of two free hours, without a minimum $20 purchase, and the $12 increase to the daily parking fee. If you’re visiting Downtown Disney with the plan to shop and maybe grab some dinner, you probably won’t be affected by the changes.