Disney has just announced an opening date for Buena Vista Street! Disney California Adventure is partially reopening for shopping and dining on Buena Vista Street, which will be considered an extension of Downtown Disney for the time being. And now, we have a Downtown Disney parking update to go with this news.
Since Downtown Disney reopened on July 9, parking has been free. However, Disney has just announced that they will begin to charge for parking when Buena Vista Street reopens.
Beginning Nov. 19, there will be a $10 fee per car for parking at the Downtown Disney District in the Simba Lot. The number of guests visiting the Downtown Disney District and its locations, including the shopping and dining experiences along Buena Vista Street, will be limited to promote physical distancing. We may at times use the mobile wait list system when Buena Vista Street and/or its queue are at capacity, similar to the process at some retail locations in the Downtown Disney District. Disney California Adventure Park is currently closed.
We reported weeks ago that we suspected the old Downtown Disney parking rates would return in the future. However, according to Disney’s announcement, those rates have not yet been reinstated and parking will only be $10 per car, per day.
Previously, before the pandemic caused the Disneyland Resort to close temporarily, parking at the Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures cost $25 per car, per day. Parking at Downtown Disney also cost money, although Guests could get three or five hours of parking free with validation from various retail and dining locations.
Given that the demand for Disney magic is high in Orange County, California, it’s no surprise that Disney will begin charging a small fee of $10 per car at the Simba parking lot after Buena Vista Street reopens at Disney California Adventure theme park. The reopening of Buena Vista Street will give Guests many more experiences than there are currently available at Downtown Disney.
Note that capacity will continue to be limited at Downtown Disney, even after Buena Vista Street reopens. All Guests are also required to have their temperatures checked before entering, and all Guests ages two and older must wear appropriate face coverings.
As huge Disney fans, we can’t wait for Buena Vista Street to reopen! Are you planning to return to the magic at Disney California Adventure this holiday season?