Walt Disney World Preview — Week of March 17, 2018

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With St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and new parking fees, there’s much to discuss in this week’s Walt Disney World preview!

Special Events

  • Beginning March 21, guests staying overnight at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel who have a vehicle will be charged a parking fee. Each resort category will have a different pricing structure, so I invite you to check Rikki’s article for more details.

Note: If you book prior to March 21, you will not have to pay the parking fee.

  • March 16 – 18 is the perfect time to visit Raglan Road as this Disney Springs pub is hosting it’s annual Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival! With Irish dancing, food, and foot-stomping musical acts, this celebration is something you won’t want to miss!
  • Are you a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder? On the second Saturday of every month, Disney Springs will welcome you to shop early at a featured store from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Register through your Passholder email link!


For the most current weather conditions, click here.

Crowd Levels

For more information about crowd levels, click here.

Park Hours

Attractions Closed For Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom:

  • Stitch’s Great Escape
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Re-opens 3/19


Typhoon Lagoon: Re-opens 3/18

How do you feel about these new parking fees? Will they deter you from staying on Disney property? Leave your thoughts below. 

Angela Dahlgren

Angela is cohost of the TouringPlans Podcast and regular contributor to the TouringPlans YouTube channel. When she's not talking about the happiest place on earth, she spends her time entertaining her own little Minnie and Mickey Mouse. You can find her on twitter @AngelaDahlgren or via email - angela@touringplans.com

4 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Preview — Week of March 17, 2018

  • March 15, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Ouch! I’ll stay off site!

  • March 15, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I’m as big a Disney fan as you can get. I love staying on property. It’s a bummer that they have to add another expense to an already expensive vacation. I’ll still visit but will probably have to stay off property. It’s getting harder and harder for middle income families to visit. Wondering..is parking free for annual passholders?

  • March 16, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Since we have already booked our trip for this year, we will not be charged the parking fee. We will definitely be re-thinking staying on property in the future. We usually spend at least 10 nights and with a $19.00 parking tacked on that is $190 that could be spent elsewhere. I don’t understand why it is necessary to add a parking fee for Disney resorts. We love staying on property but can learn to live without it.

  • March 16, 2018 at 11:02 am

    We love Disney and have stayed on property every year for the past 10 years. I think that Disney is making a mistake in adding nightly parking fees for on-site guests with cars as it is cheaper for us to travel down by car than it is to fly. We will definitely be re-thinking staying on property or going somewhere else for our family vacation. It just seems like Disney keeps adding fees for everything they can lately. Very disappointed!!


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