If you plan on visiting any of the MGM Resorts International properties on the Las Vegas Strip you’ll be paying to park at certain facilities beginning on June 6, with the remainder to follow suit by June 13.
If you choose to self-park at the Monte Carlo, Luxor, or Excalibur, the per-day-fee will be $8, while valet parking will be $13 for the day. Self-parking at the Circus Circus will still not cost you anything, but valet parking will run you $13 for the day. The self-parking charge at MGM’s higher end properties, including the MGM Grand, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Aria, New York New York, and Mirage, will be $10 while the per day valet parking fee will be $18. MGM properties, the Delano, and Vdara do not offer the self-park option and will also charge $18 for valet parking service.
The implementation of fees on the Strip ends a long-held entitlement there. MGM said the money generated from the parking fees will be used to upgrade its existing parking structures and to build a new 3,000-space parking garage on the Excalibur property that will open in 2017. Gordon Absher, an MGM spokesman, said, “It’s just going to become the new normal and there’s still going to be a lot of people upset about this but these are changes that reflect the current reality here,” according to the Associated Press.
To accommodate brief visits for things such as pick-ups or ticket purchases, there will be no fee for the first hour of self-parking. A discounted rate will also be applicable to those who park for less than four hours. A significant list of payment options will greet drivers at a pay kiosk before they exit the parking structure. Absher said if you look at the list in its entirety it may seem a bit confusing due to the amount of options, “But if you start to narrow it down…it’s much more manageable.” Guests staying at MGM hotel properties will be able to use their room key and the parking fees will be charged to their room.
Nevada residents will receive free 24-hour self-parking through December 29, but will need to provide proof of residency by scanning their driver’s license at the parking structure gate. According to Absher, barcodes on the driver’s license are only scanned by the company to ensure validity and no personal information is accessed. Event parking at MGM’s T-Mobile Arena has been testing the kiosk system since April, according to Absher. A call center will be available if issues arise with guests’ hotel key card, parking ticket, driver’s license, reward card, or the system.