Disneyland Downtown Disney parking policy changes on August 16

Downtown Disney parking
Say farewell to free Downtown Disney parking in Anaheim as of August 16. (Photo by Seth Kubersky)

Starting on August 16, Disneyland is changing its Downtown Disney parking policy, eliminating free parking and adding new validation restrictions.

For many years, visitors to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim have been able park at the Downtown Disney complex for up 2 hours for free, and get an additional 2 hours free with validation from a restaurant or the AMC movie theater. Beginning on August 16, two hours of free parking will only be given to guests with a minimum purchase of $20 at any Downtown Disney location (including quick-service and kiosk locations). Guests visiting table-service restaurants or an AMC Theatres movie experience will continue to receive validation for 4 hours of free parking.

If you park at Downtown Disney beyond the validation period, you will be charged $6 per half hour, up to a daily maximum parking rate of $48 (up from $36/day previously). A 15-minute grace period is given for dropping off or picking up guests, but a minimum $6 will be charged once the 15 minutes have expired. As always, visitors to the theme parks are strongly encouraged to use the Mickey & Friends or Toy Story parking facilities, rather than those at Downtown Disney.

Note that this change only affects Disneyland’s Downtown Disney in California. Disney Springs in Walt Disney World, which does not offer direct access to the theme parks, continues to provide free parking.


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  1. We paid the full $36 recently on two occasions. The over 60 crowd like us prefers DD parking convenience over the agoninzing garage/annex parking.
    Is a senior citizen rate for parking or passes a possibility?