Previously, any guest could park in the lot free for up to 2 hours, but effective August 16, 2017, guests must make a purchase in Downtown Disney to receive ANY free parking.
The new policy provides 2 hours of free parking with a minimum $20 purchase (and validation) at a single Downtown Disney location, including any shopping or dining location. Guests can receive up to 4 hours of free parking with validation from any Downtown Disney table-service restaurant or the AMC Theatres.
Any additional hours will remain at a cost of $12 per hour, which will now be charged in 30-minute increments (following a 15-minute grace period).
The maximum daily parking fee for the Downtown Disney lot has increased from $36 to $48.