MGM Resorts International announced that they will be introducing a fee to park or valet at most of their Las Vegas properties. The fees won’t begin until April when T-Mobile Arena opens behind New York-New York. We should learn the exact fee structure shortly before the opening date on April 6.

 

Here’s what we know about the MGM Resorts parking fees right now. There will be different fees for self-park and valet. There will also be a different fee for overnight guests and people visiting for a shorter period. Overnight self-parking fees will be $10 or less per night (this is in addition to the resort fee you’re already paying). Las Vegas locals will be given a grace period where they won’t have to pay any parking fees.

 

Details are sparse and rumors are wide on how you can earn free parking status through the M Life players club. Rumors have parking fees being waived for certain higher tiers and other rumors say that you just need to be an M Life member for free parking. Details will be released closer to opening date of the arena.

 

The fees will be applicable at Aria, Bellagio, Delano Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Vdara. There will be no self-parking fees at Circus Circus, Signature at MGM Grand, Crystals Mall and Mandalay Place Shops. Mandarin Oriental and Veer Towers are on MGM property but are not a part of MGM Resorts so they won’t be subject to a parking fee. Parking fees will be based on the customer at a particular resort. For example, Aria will charge more than Excalibur. It’s interesting to note that Circus Circus will have free self-parking but charge for valet.

 

Parking fees will be based on the type of customer that visits at a particular MGM property. For example, Aria will charge more than Excalibur. There’s one interesting thing to note about pricing. Circus Circus will have free self-parking but there will be a charge for valet.

 

No other Vegas Strip property has joined MGM Resorts in charging for parking just yet. That said, they’re all keeping a close eye on how this works out for MGM Resorts. The outrage was high on the day of this announcement but things have seemed to have quieted down. At first glance, it seems as if the chances of parking fees spreading as quickly as resort fees are likely.

 

MGM Resorts also announced that they would be improving their current parking facilities and building a new self-park garage behind Excalibur. The new 3,000 space parking garage will serve T-Mobile Arena, The Park, and the Theater at Monte Carlo. Some of the spaces in the new garage will be reserved for MGM Resorts employees.

 

Current parking facility improvements include the following:

  • Redesigned parking facility layouts to improve accessibility
  • Parking guidance systems that will guide guests to available spaces
  • Mobile technology allowing visitors to check space availability prior to arrival
  • Upgraded lighting, LED signage, paint and striping
  • Elevator and escalator upgrades and enhancements
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  • You’ll be able to check real-time availability of where you can find a parking space from a smartphone. This would allow you to quickly find a space by following new signage and LED lights. This probably isn’t something you should be looking at while you’re driving.
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  • Look for more details to follow in the coming months.
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