Free parking with hotel reservation question

Quick question: Will have a Disney hotel reservation for our next trip in August. Driving down from NC that day. If we go straight to the parks in our car without checking in at the hotel first, will we still have the free parking? Trying to maximize our time in the park on that first day and was hoping to bypass the hotel and just check in later that night.

I believe you can check in online and avoid going to the desk altogether. But I haven’t tried that yet, but I plan to in July.

I believe so. I would just call the resort to confirm what you need to do to get the free parking. you MAY need to pay and then get reimbursed - I kind of remember that from a few years ago.