I searched for a thread on this and couldn't find one. Apologies if this is somewhere else.
I live about 80 miles northeast of the park, so over the last 4-5 of having an AP I exit the 57 freeway at Ball and drive past Harbor (and the sign that says Disney parking is left on Harbor) to make a left into the Mickey & Friends parking structure.
This is usually about 80-90% effective. No matter the day or time of day I can pretty much park there.
This leads me to my first question: What strategy do they use in filling up this structure. I cannot find anything close to a pattern in how they fill this up. Whether it's early, late, busy, or an off day, it just seems to be random they way they fill up this structure.
Every once in a while, though, no matter the time of day or day itself (whether it is busy or not), they divert traffic from M&F--it's coned off and manned by police and used for handicapped or oversized vehicles only. So then I have to park by the Paradise Pier and add to my time and mileage on my feet. It's been the morning sometimes, afternoon sometimes, on a Saturday sometimes (but sometimes not) and on a slow weekday sometimes (and sometimes not).
Once, they didn't cone it off, and the CM at the booth asked if anyone was handicapped. I said no, and he had me park on the first level. What I did have was a passenger in a knee brace who had torn their ACL and was getting surgery that week, but they were not "handicapped," so I said, "No." It wasn't til we parked we realized there were stairs just to get to the tram.
Anyway, it sort of seems like whoever is in charge just wakes up and decides to do whatever they want that way, but that can't actually be true. Anyone ever work in the parking area and have any insight?