Chances are you've heard the news, and it isn't nice.
It just got more expensive to go to Disney. Now, ANY overnight guest at a Disney resort is going to have to pay for parking. It was a matter of time I guess before Disney followed suite to the other resorts in the area. While the good news is, that the parking fees aren't as high as many other places, the bad news is what was once free, now has a charge, and it was very sudden.
Value Resorts are now $13 a night to park
Moderate Resorts $19 a night to park
Deluxe Resorts $24 a night to park
At this time, you will still get complimentary parking at theme parks, if you choose to take your own vehicle.
If you are a DVC member, or renting DVC points, you are also exempt from the parking fees.
Word has it, that in part this is because so many people were driving into resorts, parking their cars and using Disney transportation in order to avoid the fee of parking at the different theme parks. While I'm not sure if that's true or not, Disney transportation can often be crowded, I wouldn't really be surprised.
This change happened so suddenly, there aren't too many details as to if in the future, as part of a package, Disney will waive the parking fee. In the meantime, if your budget might be a little tighter because of this change, I recommend trying to save in other areas, here are a few ideas.
Bring your own food into Disney
Stay offsite (but watch for additional parking or resort fees)
Use your Target card to get discounted Disney gift cards
Bring your own drinks (for some of the time)
While this is a change no one likes, Disney was one of the last to impose the parking fee. I wonder if this is going to lead to some "creative" parking, or a ton of pop up parking garages.