Saturday, September 3, 2011
Disney's Aulani Resort: What's Up With the Cost of Parking?
This is one in a series of posts about Disney's Aulani Resort & Spa.
Honolulu, Hawaii has some of the most expensive parking rates in the United States and it appears the cost extends to the island of Oahu's leeward side in Ko Olina. Above is the parking rates for Walt Disney Co.'s Aulani resort. Valet parking is the same price with the addition of tips. Yesterday the price for wondering around the newly opened complex cost me ten bucks. However if you make a purchase of $35 at the resort's restaurants there is complementary parking for four hours.
For hotel guests who are not Disney Vacation Club members, the true cost of the room would have to include the additional fee for parking. Since mass transit is not convenient in the area, almost all guests would require the use of a rental car. It should be noted that the self-parking requires a short walk to resort's main entrance and with the self-pay kiosk there is no parking attendant. Also it's a wonder when the resort is at capacity if there will be enough parking for all guests including those visiting to dine at one of the restaurants or to attend a conference. There is no public parking around Aulani.