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Disney’s charging you to park your car at their resorts now — and people aren’t happy

Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. AP File

Think going to Walt Disney World is expensive now?

It’s getting even more costly — if you stay at one of the resorts. And have a car.

Disney will start charging you to park if you stay overnight at a resort property as of March 21, 2018.

According to WDW News Today, guests will have to shell out a minimum of $13 a night to park at a value resort. The price goes up to $19 a night for a moderate hotel. If you decide to go all out for a deluxe resort, your vehicle will set you back $24 a night. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can valet for $33 a night (tip not included).

The fees will automatically appear on your bill.

Florida theme parks are reshaping how they feed the masses by incorporating year-round gourmet dishes and hosting food festivals.

Caveat: Parking is still free for resort guests with disabilities and Disney Vacation Club members staying on points.

And good news for the camping crowd: Parking remains gratis at Fort Wilderness. Each campsite includes a parking space for one motorized vehicle.

A few potential parkgoers expressed their displeasure about the new fees on Twitter.

Wrote someone with the handle @OzGoofyPrincess, “We stay for weeks at a time. Our last trip was 45 days. Assuming the parking fee is $25 per night , it would be $1145. I'm NOT paying Disney that on top of an AP [annual pass] and our resort stay and all the other money we give them.”

Posted @wdwbusdriver: “So since free parking at hotels is now a thing of the past what else can we charge for? A couple of ideas: 1. Spoons for dole whips. 2. Napkins. 3. Mickey hand high fives 4. Clean sheets. 5. Disney Magic.”

And @datjakewilliams complains: “So you pay around $450-700 a night for a deluxe Disney resort and they're going to charge you $25 for parking? Unbelievable. What's the perk of a Disney hotel other then transportation. How is the price at all justified compared to Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons? Ridiculous.”

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