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Complimentary parking, early access: Disney announces changes for Disney World, Disneyland guests

Disney guests can expect some more bang for their bucks at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in coming months.

Josh D'Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products announced several changes Tuesday addressing pain points expressed by guests.

"As we step into this bright future it is important that we continuously evolve to help deliver the best guest experience possible," D'Amaro said in an email to cast members. "And while this doesn’t address everyone’s feedback, these changes will increase flexibility and add value to our guests’ experience."

The changes include earlier park hopping privileges at Disneyland and free self-parking at Disney World hotels.

Here are the biggest changes coming to Disneyland and Disney World: 

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What's new at Disneyland Resort? 

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Disneyland Resort guests will soon get to partake in a few new perks starting Feb. 4.

Guests with Magic Key passes or park hopper tickets will be able to go between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure once the clock strikes 11 a.m. – two hours earlier than what's currently allowed.

Additionally, all ticketed guests will be able to receive free Disney PhotoPass digital downloads of attraction photos via the Disneyland app, as part of the resorts Disney100 celebration marking 100 years of the company.

For those wanting to save money on Disneyland visits, the park will offer almost two-months worth of its lowest-priced tickets, which go for $104 for one day of admission, throughout the year. (One-day tickets can be cheaper if there's a special discount happening.)

Lastly, there will occasionally be more sales of the coveted Magic Key pass, when inventory allows although the pass will still be limited. At this time, new sales of the annual passes have been paused and only renewals are available for current passholders.

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What's new at Walt Disney World Resort?

Castle at Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida.

Starting Tuesday night, people staying at Disney Resort hotels at Disney World will be able to save money with complimentary self-parking. Overnight parking previously cost guests between $15 and $25 a night, depending on the resort.

In the next few months, Disney World guests will be able to download digital photos from attractions like Space Mountain and Test Track for free when they purchase Disney Genie+ service. 

Also in coming months, Disney World annual passholders will be able to visit parks after 2 p.m. without a reservation. There is one exception though: weekends at Magic Kingdom. Pass blockout dates will still apply, too.