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Walt Disney World’s Latest Deals

By Dave Shute


Deals, Discounts and Special Offers for Walt Disney World from yourfirstvisit.netAt the moment, there’s one major deal  available to the general public, a room rate deal.

A deal that applies only to the value resorts is here.

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1 Pat { 12.01.10 at 12:37 pm }

Notice quotes are for a family of 4…what about two senior seniors for the dining plan and more than 4 nights? Thanks.

2 Dave { 12.01.10 at 1:13 pm }

Pat–you will be able to get a deal, but the savings–especially if you go with free dining–will be proportionately less. If you go for a room rate discount, you’ll save each night.

A travel agent can help you sort out the best approach for you–they are free.

For more on travel agents, see this:

3 Melissa { 02.25.11 at 4:10 pm }

What if we have 2 adults 1 child(6) and 1 infant(1)? Can we still get the $89.00 per person rate for 3?
Thank you!

4 Dave { 02.25.11 at 7:03 pm }

Hi Melissa!

I think not. The hotel rate is fixed per room, not per person, and they are assuming I think an occupancy of 4 with tickets (which your lil one won’t need)–and hence dividing room + tickets by 4 to get to $89. Call them to double check as I may be wrong!

5 Leisa { 03.22.11 at 1:48 pm }

Do you have any idea of discounts that will come out after March 27? Anything for Disney Visa cardholders?

6 Dave { 03.23.11 at 6:11 am }
7 Jon { 03.27.11 at 3:13 pm }

Are there deals for a family of 6 – 2 adults and 4 kids ranging in age from 8-17?


8 Dave { 03.27.11 at 9:19 pm }

Jon–the current set of deals actually expire today. A new set of deals will be announced soon, I’d bet.

The deals are tied to rooms, and hence room capacities. Rooms that fit 6 will likely be included in deals, but are much harder to find.

To make a start at targeting your room(s), see

9 Alicia { 03.28.11 at 9:31 pm }

I am so bummed. I planned to buy a Disney package for my kids and I for our June vacation and I didn’t realize the package ended yesterday. Do you think disney will be coming out with another package deal before June?

10 Dave { 03.29.11 at 5:44 am }
11 Jason { 04.08.11 at 9:01 am }

We are planning a trip in late Aug and the rates are bouncing all over the place from day to day. Is this normal? Also the best deal I have been able to find is through a Travel Agent, is this normal?

12 Dave { 04.08.11 at 10:50 am }

Hi Jason!

I’m thinking your dates cross August 13-14?

Some Disney resorts have a price season change then (see 2011 Disney World Price Seasons) and others have a new discount program end then. Moreover, some resorts have different weekend vs weekday rates before, after or both, so that can make prices bounce too.

In theory you can do as well on your own as a travel agent can in pricing. They just know more, so are more likely to get to the cheapest option faster!

13 sheree { 04.08.11 at 3:18 pm }

Do you have military discount for tickets?

14 Dave { 04.08.11 at 3:44 pm }
15 Alan { 04.25.11 at 4:04 pm }

I’m planning a trip 4 (2 adults & 2 child, 11 & 16) from July 4 to July 10. Any deals still on for these dates?

16 Dave { 04.25.11 at 7:12 pm }
17 Andi { 06.08.11 at 10:11 am }

We are planning a trip in the middle of October and staying in a value resort. Do you think there will be any deals going on then? And if there are when do you think they will be announced?
Thank you!

18 Dave { 06.08.11 at 10:18 am }

Hi Andi! My guess is that there will be some deals, but we won’t know for sure until they are announced (or the October dates just pass….), which could be anytime between now and mid-August…

19 Mike { 08.03.11 at 3:28 pm }

Dave, Great website – thanks for all you do. We’re planning a trip the first week of October – as deals become available, can they be combined? For example, can you take advantage of reduced room rates plus the free dining package (as it just came out today)? Also, once you purchase a package, can you easily change to a new package if a better deal comes out? Thanks!

20 Dave { 08.03.11 at 4:16 pm }

Hi Mike and thanks!

The answer is (mostly no) and yes.

Usually you can only get a deal if you pay full price for everything else. The exceptions have to do with Military discounts–let me know if that’s relevant to you. Your specifc idea–both room rate discounts and free dining–you can’t do. Free dining and full room rates, or room discounts but cash dining!

You can change packages if your first booking–e.g. your hotel, and the days you are in it–is also eligible for the new package.

You can do this on your own–but it can be easier to work with a Disney travel agent who will know how to set you up so you can switch. If you do so through the form on the lower right, I get a little pixie dust that helps pay for the time I put into the site!

Hope this helps…Dave

21 linda { 08.06.11 at 11:45 pm }

trying to decide which week for me 65 and granddaughter 19 and which resort. i love christmas decorations low crowds and. cool weather. help me?? thanks

22 Dave { 08.07.11 at 8:05 am }

Hi Linda!

For 2011, shoot for a 12/10 arrival, and if you are talking about 2012 12/8.

It’s hard to advise you on where to. stay not knowing your nightly hotel budget and whether or not you’ve been to WDW before. Nightly hotel costs can range from aorund $100 to well over $500…

23 Mike { 08.15.11 at 5:29 pm }

Sorry in advance for the i’m sure duplicate question, but what is the best way to get Disney PIN discounts sent to you. I’ve tried some of the usual suggestions in the past like registering with disney website, ordering the free DVD, updating my profile, starting to price out a vacation online but not finishing, but never seem to get the coveted PINs sent to me. There not in my spam folder either. Any suggestions? Also where are the general public discounts first posted?

24 Dave { 08.15.11 at 9:50 pm }

Mike I don’t know–I’ve read tons of theories but none are reliable,

I usually first find out about discounts on…though there are other sources…

25 sarah { 08.28.11 at 5:38 pm }

Hi Dave, I enjoy your website! We are planning Dec. 2012, I see you suggested dec.8th as a quiet week. How is the week before? Also who do you feel is the best outfit to use to book my vacation. I have used aaa in the past and also saw smallworld travel and Mei travel? HELP! Thank you!

26 Dave { 08.29.11 at 6:37 am }

Hi Sarah!

The week befroe is also a good week–I rank it third-best of the year. See this:

As that page notes, because it is Pop Warner week, the value resorts can be boisterous.

Re travel agents, see this: I personally recommend my partners Destinations in Florida. An inquiry form for them is on the lower right side of every page!

27 Donna { 10.18.11 at 9:51 am }

Will be at Disney World Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 2, 2011. Any good deals for rooms ? I have a 5 year old daughter who thinks she’s a Disney princess.. Recommendation for the best Disney hotel to stay at ? Thanks so much !!

28 Dave { 10.18.11 at 10:42 am }
29 Karen { 11.03.11 at 3:55 pm }

Similar to the military discounts…..are there any discounts for law enforcement?

30 Dave { 11.03.11 at 4:01 pm }

Karen, not that I’ve heard of… the law enforcement associations might have special ticket deals, but there’s no Disney program…

31 Aj { 11.09.11 at 10:44 am }

Hi I’m from Texas planning on being at Disney 2nd week of march.
3 adults 3 kids
Where can I find the best prices for tickets?

32 Dave { 11.09.11 at 11:41 am }

Hi Aj.!

Unless you are active or retired US Military, or one of your party is, there’s no ticket deals going on now, and haven’t been for a couple of years. You can sometimes find discounts via Triple-A–check your local org if you are a member. also often has links to vendors that can save you 5% or so…

Be aware that there’s lots of ticket fraud, so watch out for any deals that are not from one of the souces above!

33 hey my birthday is march 9th all be 25 but we wanna got o disney wolrd park march 11-march 13th { 11.12.11 at 3:52 pm }

hey we wanna stay at hoilday in in the walt disney world resort for 3 adults and i child 3 years old march 11-march 15 2012

34 rakhi { 03.08.12 at 11:06 pm }

am planning for visiting in march 22-28 this year.2 adult 1three yr kid.could u pls suggest best package.

35 Dave { 03.09.12 at 10:13 am }

Hi Rakhi, there aren’t any deals still on for your dates. Given the age of your kid, I’d advise a 2-3 day ticket with no park hopper as the Magic Kingdom is the only park worth the money for a kid that young…

36 April { 04.11.12 at 2:19 pm }

I’m real nervous about spending money and being disappointed! haha I am going with my two kids, ages 8 and 13 and was looking for the week of September 9-15th. I read it’s hot and rains a lot during this time..? If I am going to spend money, I at least want to be able to enjoy ourselves…have you heard/experienced this, too? Also – i think the free dining plan option is during that week but I saw some Orlando hotels that have shuttles to the parks that seem cheaper but then again – no food is included. I’m so confused by all of this! HELP! :) Thanks!

37 Dave { 04.12.12 at 12:27 pm }

Hi April, yes, that’s still summer, so heat and afternoon thunderstorms are common. It’s also in the peak of the hurricane season.

Staying off-site is almost always cheaper than staying on site on a nightly room rate basis.

But there’s some cash advantages to staying on site that may even it up–you don’t need a rental car or airport transport, and don’t pay for parking at the theme parks. See this:

38 John { 06.10.12 at 6:18 pm }


We are big Disney fans (family of 5) and are planning on heading back the second week of August. We usually stay on site (your recommendation was a big factor in staying at the Polynesian last year- It was everything you said and more) . We have been hearing great things about the Wyndham Bonnet Creek and just wondering if you have heard anything on this resort? Plus, Where it is not an official Disney Hotel , is there adequate transportation to the parks? Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.


39 Dave { 06.10.12 at 8:01 pm }

Hi John, and glad the site helped last year!

I don’t have an opinion on Bonnet Creek–I suspect it’s great, but can barely keep up with the WDW hotels.

Suggest you test it on or

Sorry to not be much help…

40 NiKisha { 06.18.12 at 2:32 pm }

Hi! I have a large family do you have any good discount hint/tips for us? We are traveling with 3 adults and 6 children, between 4-12 years old. My transportation and lodging is already in place. I was told to get coupons from local grocery stores to use when purchasing tickets at the gate. Thanks :)

41 Dave { 06.18.12 at 4:46 pm }

Hi NiKisha! You can’t find discounts for Disney World tickets at a grocery store…but you can sometimes find good delas for the other parks. Check out this:

42 Khristan { 06.18.12 at 10:09 pm }

We are going to Disney for Mickey’s Halloween Bash. I have a five year old, and this will be her first time. We won’t be visiting more than one park a day, but I would like to take my daughter back to the hotel (on-site Disney) mid-day for nap time. Do I need to get park hopper tickets since I will be leaving the park and coming back to the same park? Or since I am staying on site and going back to the same park, can I just skip those?

43 Dave { 06.19.12 at 7:06 am }

Hi Khristan, the non-hopper tickets allow you unlimited visits to one park in a day, so you can come and go as you please!

44 Debbie { 06.19.12 at 9:30 am }

Hello Dave,
What is your recommendation for the best prices for a family of 5 at the most reasonable prices for 4 days? We already have our lodging and are just looking at the park tickets and best food possibilities for 2 adults and 3 kids. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated. I have been to Disney forever, but it is the first time for my boyfriend and his kids. They are all eligible for adult park pass prices. We want to have fun, but do have a limit on money to spend. Thank you. Is there a special rate for teachers who buy tickets?

45 Dave { 06.19.12 at 10:23 am }

Hi Debbie, for tickets there’s not a lot of ways to get anything other than high prices. You should buy basic tix–no add ons of hoppers or water parks or such. You may find some discount ideas here:

For food the way to save money is not to eat at Disney! That means off site (requiring a car and extra time) or making meals in your room, which requires groceries. See this:

There’s no special teacher rate unless e.g. your state or local association has created one for its members…

46 Elizabeth { 06.30.12 at 2:33 pm }

Thanks for the great site. Attempting to plan first (maybe only, due to cost and self employment) family Disney vacation with 11 yr old girl, 13 yr old boy driving during Thanksgiving 2012break this year–workaholic husband not fond of crowds or heat. Overwhelmed with info and not sure where to start, have procrastinated for years. The kids have friends who go multiple times a year and stay at Port Orleans but you’ve got me considering Polynesian since it may be first and only. Do you recommend using a travel agent? Thanks, I will keep exploring this site.

47 Dave { 07.01.12 at 7:53 am }

Hi Elizabeth!

First re where to start, just go to the home page and go through its issues in order. I can’t advise being there thanksgiving week–it’s a zoo.

Second, I don’t “recommend” using a travel agent. I’m indifferent, as they have pros and cons. The pro is that they can take care of the details after you’ve made the big decisions. The con is that you still have to make the big decisions–when to go, how long to stay, where to stay, where to eat–yourself, although that’s where this site tries to make things a lot easier…

48 Heidi { 07.06.12 at 12:56 pm }

hey- any suggestions for 2 adults and 5 children ages 3-13 trying to go in fall of 2012 or 2013?

49 Dave { 07.06.12 at 5:25 pm }
50 Sheri { 08.29.12 at 12:30 am }

Great site! We went to Disney at the beginning of Dec. and loved the crowd levels. With our winter break lasting through the first full week of Jan. 2013, how do you feel te crowd levels will be either just after Christmas, or for that first week in Jan ( I noticed this is when value prices go into effect). Thanks!

51 Dave { 08.29.12 at 6:26 am }

Hi Sheri and thanks! Just after Christmas is the busiest week of the year, and the week after not a whole lot better. See this:

52 Melissa { 08.29.12 at 8:21 am }

Hi Dave. We arrive March 31st for 5 nights on our first visit. We are staying at the Residence Inn Lake Buena Vista since we have free nights there. Any suggestions on whether we should rent a car or use the shuttle they have that only goes to Epcot? Also any thoughts on a good place for Easter Dinner late afternoon? We were thinking Chef Mickeys. Thanks!

53 Dave { 08.29.12 at 5:41 pm }

Hi Melissa! I’d definitely rent a car–that’s one of the three or 4 busiest weeks of the year, so the shuttle will have long lines…plus Epcot only? For real?

Chef Mickey’s is a great idea!

See also this:

54 Ashley { 09.29.12 at 2:48 pm }

I’m looking to book a trip in January 2013 (14th-25th). I’m hesitating on booking now because I’m waiting for hopefully a good deal. Any idea on when they’ll be released? I know the free meal plan deal is expiring today (September 29th). Is that any indicator that one may come out for 2013 soon? Last year it was out in August.. I’m getting a little nervous.

55 Dave { 09.30.12 at 5:52 pm }

Hey Ashley,it looks like instead of a new deal they’ve just extended the “book by” date for the old room rate deal for Nov and Jan–see this: So it may be a while before the Jan deals–if any–come out…

56 Chris { 10.10.12 at 10:14 pm }

Soooooo…. that deal that was posted a few days ago by you that looked like it was going to be available to the general public on the 10th – IS ON the site now. check out the 1st one! I just went and the vacation that my wife and I are taking in February came down about $500!

57 Dave { 10.11.12 at 10:59 am }

Chris that’s great!!! I’ve now got both deals up linked to from this page:

…and I re-directed my post from last week that said these deals wouldn’t be out til early November!! Wrong again…

58 cody { 10.14.12 at 1:01 pm }


i’m wondering if any flight plus park admission deals exist. my family, two adults one child, have a place to stay but are looking to consolidate on price somehow. we are going over xmas 2012.


59 Dave { 10.15.12 at 4:15 am }

Hi Cody, sorry, but I’m not aware of any. In particular, since that’s the most crowded time of the year, you won’t find much in the way of deals for then

60 cindy { 10.16.12 at 2:31 pm }

I am looking for park admission tickets only deals to the Magic Kingdom. There will be 2 children and 5 adults, for 1 day pass. We will be staying with family so no hotel rooms are needed. Past years you have had volunteer days and get free tickets. Do you still off that? Any other suggestions to bring down the cost of the ticket.

61 Dave { 10.16.12 at 2:50 pm }

Hi Cindy, it’s been a while since I’ve seen any real deals for WDW tickets. The best source for what’s out there is here, but don’t expect much:

62 Connie { 10.26.12 at 11:29 pm }

Hello Dave, We are going to WDW on January 4th to 10th 2013. We already have just a room reservation with the discount that is now offered. We have been waiting in hopes of Free Dining. Today, a friend got a card in the mail from WDW with a pin number on it offering free dining for January through March 2013. I called WDW and was told I could not use this pin number because the person who got the card was not in our party. My question is how do you get on the mailing list to get these pin numbers for free dining and discount prices. It is nice to know that Free Dining is being offered the time we will be there but will it only be available to the people who recieve the pin numbers? How busy do you think that week will be in January? And when is the best time to ask for a resort upgrade. Is this ok to do? I thought it never hurts to ask. Thanks!!

63 Dave { 10.27.12 at 12:50 pm }

Hi Connie, but afraid I’m not much help on a couple of your questions:

No one–other than Disney!–knows what it takes to get a pin. You’ll find lotsa speculation on this elsewhere but nothing I consider reliable.

I don’t know if this means free dining will come out for the general public or not. The sequence of events here is different from the recent past, so it’s hard to predict what comes next.

On crowds, you’ll see lingering Xmas break crowds the 4th and 5th, but will be fine after that. See this:

On room upgrades–they are rare and happen at check-in…that’s when you ask!

64 Bryan { 11.02.12 at 4:18 pm }

First, Dave thank you so much for this site, I have used this site religiously and feel great about our plans.

Second, to give back. I just purchased a photopass+ package. For some reason they dropped the pre-purchase package from $169 to $149. Here is the link:

We will be there a week in early December and this is $50 less than buying after the fact. I was not sure where to post this, but thought this as good as any.

65 Dave { 11.03.12 at 7:19 am }

Hey Bryan, first, have a great trip, and I’m so glad the site is helping! And second, thanks for posting about these prices!

66 T West { 11.15.12 at 1:23 pm }

Hey Dave…great site! I’m looking at the last week of April/1st week of May for my next trip to see the Mouse.
Have there ever been discounts/food deals for that time of year? If so, when should I keep my eye out for them? thanks

67 Dave { 11.15.12 at 3:17 pm }

Hey, and thanks! Post-Easter deals have been common…but Disney has been slowly cutting back on deals over the past year–for example, it’s current Jan-March deal has no free dining offer. If deals are offered for your dates, they may come out as soon as January…

68 Chrissy { 12.05.12 at 12:02 pm }

I have booked a trip to WDW for July 5th through 11th in hopes that a deal comes along or they offer the free dining plan like I got back in 2010 when I went. Any idea on when promotions for that time period will be out?? Thanks

69 Dave { 12.05.12 at 1:23 pm }

Hi Chrissy! There’s no way of saying for sure if a discount will come out for then, or when. For the same dates in 2012, it came out at the beginning of April

70 Anonymous { 12.21.12 at 11:36 am }

Hi Dave!

My fiancé and I really want go to WDW for our honeymoon. Do you know of any deals for couples? We are on a tight budget after the wedding but would love to stay in a Disney hotel and get to most of the parks and waterparks in the area. My fiancé would probably love a good dining deal too but I don’tind eating elsewhere. Do we need to rent a car if we stay at a Disney resort or are there shuttles to all parks? Any other bits of advice? Is mid May a busy time of the year?

Thanks so much!

71 Dave { 12.22.12 at 9:08 am }

Hi there are no special deals for couples. Disney may release a general deal (none right now cover dates later than early March) pretty soon. If it does, it’ll be here:

You don’t need to rent a car –see this

Mid May is a good time–see this:

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72 Cathy { 01.28.13 at 12:57 pm }

My sister is thinking of taking her 4 year old grandson to Disney World. The trip could occur as soon as Feb 7, 2013 as long as she is able to afford both air fare and the DW costs. Could you give me an idea of what a package would cost? Am assuming adding meal package would be a good idea? Also, any info on the costs of different resort packages would be helpful. Heard there is one which has the rooms overlooking the animals, but would imagine that is quite a bit more expensive. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

73 Dave { 01.29.13 at 6:31 am }

Hi Cathy!

At this late date she’ll find that most of the WDW hotels are booked up, especially the less expensive ones.

Nightly hotel prices for standard rooms range from ~$100 to ~$450+ My suggestions on where to stay–again most are booked up–by price class are here:

The “overlooking the animals” hotel is the Animal Kingdom Lodge–see Weekday rates in early feb there for rooms overlooking the animals (“Savanna” rooms” are $358 per night plus tax. See

Tickets vary depending on how many days she buys them for. For a three year old, three days focused on one park–the Magic Kingdom–is plenty, and three day tickets for the two will cost around $500 in total. See

The meal package is not a good idea, as it doesn’t save much, but more to the point all the best meals will have been booked up some time ago so she won’t be able to use her credits sensibly. See

Hope this helps!

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74 kristine { 02.08.13 at 1:47 am }

Hello! First time going to WDW this april, last week to be exact. How are crowds usually around that time of year? Also, we found an ‘eat & play’ card for $25 to aave on food costs for families of 4. Do you think they’re worth getting?? Thanks so much!

75 Dave { 02.08.13 at 7:16 am }

Hi Kristine! That’s a great week–see this:

There are some legit coupons out there, but also some frauds. So far as I know, no legit coupons give you food savings at WDW itself…but if you can scan and post the coupon on my Facebook page (link below) I’ll take a look at it and see if I can provide any more insight…

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76 Iyad { 02.11.13 at 7:55 pm }

Hello Dave. I have a few questions. We (2 adults, 5 kids) were thinking of a last minute trip possibly next week 2-15. Are there any last minute deals or cancellations? Would you recommend any off-site rentals for approx 5 nights? Any pointers would definitely be appreciated. Thanks

77 Dave { 02.12.13 at 7:19 am }

Hi Lyad, if you go then you’ll run into the President’s Day crowds–and because of the crowds, it’s not a period when you’ll find any deals. I don’t track the off-site rentals, but see this for help:

78 Timmy { 02.12.13 at 9:47 pm }

HI Dave, my wife, I, and 2 kids (4 and 5) are planning for our 3rd disney world trip in late may or early june 2013. I know you cant know for sure, but just asking for your gut feeling. Do you think any more attractive deals will come along for this time other than the 15-30% off room rate.. Possibly free dining or kids stay free. Plan to stay at Pop Century because its the kids favorite. Thanks and you have a great site.

79 Dave { 02.13.13 at 6:55 am }

Hi Timmy and thanks for the kind words!

My gut is that we won’t see any more attractive deals for early June than what’s out now. For why, see this:

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80 Carol { 03.01.13 at 1:55 pm }

I have hopper passes from 2002 that do not have an expiration date. WE are bring the children again and we want to finish using these tickets My questions is: When we purchased these tickets they were considered children and now they are teenagers. Can we still use them? If so will there be an additional charge and how much?

81 Dave { 03.02.13 at 9:34 am }

Carol, you may be able to use them, but may have to pay the difference between child tickets then and 10+ tickets now. I don’t know what you paid then so don’t know how much that might be. See this for current rates:

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82 eddie { 03.25.13 at 6:21 pm }

Is there a link where I can confirm the 2-3 day full access to DW left on my 7 day pass bought in 1997. Please also advise where I can or should be able to get the best deal for a 2-3 day full access pass for the wife’s 1st visit as we will there from 27 April staying at a timeshare resort and what is a reasonable cost.Our ZAR currency is weak against the USD. Thank you.

83 Dave { 03.26.13 at 7:40 am }

Hi Eddie, there’s no place I’m aware of other than the turnstiles or guest services in the parks to test your pass. For your wife’s pass, see this:

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84 Lilian { 04.07.13 at 9:10 am }

Hi, Dave,We (family of 4) are planning our disney trip in late august!could you give me an idea of a good packages?

85 Dave { 04.07.13 at 10:42 am }

Hi Lillian!

There’s no deals out yet that cover that period. But I expect to see announced later deals for both room rates and–I hope–Free Dining. See this:

When/if they do come out, you’ll be able to find them on this page!

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86 Kourtney { 04.29.13 at 1:52 pm }

Hello! We (my fiance’ and I) are planning our honeymoon to Walt Disney World in November. When will discounts for November come out? Mainly, the free dining?

87 Dave { 04.30.13 at 7:47 am }

Kourtney, I doubt we’ll see free dining at all in November–see this for why:

I do expect to see some room rate discounts for the middle weeks of November, and would expect them to come out around August…

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88 I need a vacation package for 4 adults and I kid (age 9) and a toddler age 1 for June 15-June 21st { 05.14.13 at 6:02 pm }
89 Dave { 05.15.13 at 6:51 am }

Leslie, I think you are looking for a travel agent or the WDW reservations site?

90 Chad { 06.03.13 at 9:23 pm }

My wife, my daughter, and I are planning a trip in October specificity 12th-19th. Do you think they will do any kind of discount and if so what type? Because pending on the type of discount determines the out budget for the trip. Thank you

91 JOHN { 08.05.13 at 10:13 am }

Hi, what are the odds of a good October deal for Chase Disney card holders? They wife adn kids are out of school the week of Oct 7th. The current deald don’t cover those dates. Our next option is the Week of Feb 17th. Any suggestions?

92 Dave { 08.06.13 at 8:00 am }

Hi John, I’m assuming you are talking about free dining, as that week is already covered by a current room rate deal–see this:

I’ve never heard of Disney going back and doing a Visa offer after a deal is opened to the public, but anything is possible! And if it does, I’m not seeing that week being offered in it for free dining, as becasue of Columbus Day there’s enuf kids on fall break that Disney doesn’t need to offer a big discount for then–see this:

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93 Chris { 10.09.13 at 9:49 pm }

New deals posted through March now! =)

94 Dave { 10.10.13 at 7:42 am }

Yup! Posted here at about 7a Tuesday:

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95 Jude { 10.30.13 at 9:03 am }

We are trying to plan our trip( 3 children 9,7,5 and 5 or 6 adults) for January or early February
2014 everyone except the 9 and 5 yr old have been before ( yrs. ago) could you please tell me what are the best times for prices and rides.
Thank you

96 Dave { 10.30.13 at 2:49 pm }
97 Sara M { 12.04.13 at 9:45 am }

Hi Dave!

We just finished our FIRST trip in November and are considering a second trip in August 2014 or November 2014.

It seems the prices are about the same for both months (7 nights,7day ticket) but my concern is that if we go with the month August we will lose the chance for free dining.

Also, as far as the weather in August vs. November? What is your take? We are from Michigan, so anything above 80, we are sweaty messes! But we don’t mind the heat as long as there are ways to cool off. When we went in November, it got between 80 and 90 and it was perfect when it went down to the 60’s and 70’s at night.

I guess what I am wondering is what you think is the better month as far as free dining and weather? Worth the wait until November? Or should be go in August? :)

98 Dave { 12.05.13 at 8:50 am }

Sara, I doubt either month will have free dining in 2014, unless Universal’s various moves in 2014 really draw people out of the WDW hotels. August is just a miserable month in terms of weather. November can be all over the place–I wore long johns and a fleece at MK on November 10–but is rarely so hot and humid you don’t want to be outside. August is like that all the time…

99 Sara M { 12.07.13 at 5:17 pm }

November weather was lovely for us so I think I am going to stick with it and go at that time again. I really liked getting the free dining of course and since it isn’t a guarantee, do you think there will be any room discounts if free dining isn’t offered?

100 Sara M { 12.07.13 at 6:05 pm }

Also, I think if the free dining isn’t offered during our time frame, that we would try to go at a time it is offered. But if it is phased completely out by 2014 and not offered at all, we would most likely stay at AOA. 😉

101 Dave { 12.08.13 at 12:08 pm }

Sara, yes I do think there will be room discounts!!

102 Dave { 12.08.13 at 12:10 pm }

The most likely time for free dining in 2014 is September. But if Disney results trail expectations–e.g. from continuing problems with FastPass+, or the second half of Harry Potter–we will see it other parts of the year too. But September is the best bet.

103 Sara M { 12.08.13 at 10:57 pm }

I can’t lie- we LOVED the free dining and made sure to order top notch stuff to get more bang for our buck! Definitely could have ordered a few things that were less expensive! Though, technically we didn’t get free dining since we stayed at POP! It was a NICE discount! 😉

September would be good too! But we wanted to to the Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party because on our last day, we saw people getting ready for it and it made us so sad we didn’t budget in the cost for those!

104 Dave { 12.09.13 at 6:12 am }

Sara, I love the Christmas party!!

105 Dave { 12.20.13 at 12:52 pm }

Hi Dave,

I’ve booked our family trip to DW for May 9- 16, 2014 staying at Port Orleans. Do you think there will be any offers during that period of our stay?

106 Dave { 12.21.13 at 10:39 am }

Hi Dave, yup, I think there’s a good chance of a room rate discount for then, especially at Riverside!

107 Rachel { 01.28.14 at 3:55 pm }

Hi there! Love your site! You may have already answered this, but I may have missed it – I have 3 families determined to visit Disney World 12/24-1/2 (crazy, I know, but we want to bring in the new year at the happiest place on earth!) It will be the first time for all of the kiddos, ages 2-16. My question is this – will any deals or discounts become available for that time period, or are we better off just booking the trip ASAP? Thanks!

108 Dave { 01.29.14 at 7:56 am }

Well, Rachel, yes your are crazy! And Disney never discounts those dates–because it gets its highest crowds of the year then, so doesn’t have to discount to attract people…

109 Aracelis Worley { 02.18.14 at 3:13 pm }

Do you know when the discounts for August 2014 wil be coming out..We are trying to plan our summer vacation and would like to see what Disney World is offering.

110 Dave { 02.18.14 at 4:18 pm }

Aracelis, there’s a deal out now for the second half of August here: One may come out for earlier in the month, but likely not before the current deals expire–so sometime between early April and early May…

111 Dave { 04.06.14 at 8:14 am }

I am planning a trip for the fall to WDW. We’ve been the last 3 years and in each event have gotten free dining. Each year the free dining seems to be more elusive. That said, we are looking at the week of 11/10/2014. We are staying at the Contemporary. First, do you think free dining will be offered? Second, if not, do you think there will be room rate discounts during this time? Third, is there a better shot at discounts in October? Thanks, Dave

112 Dave { 04.07.14 at 6:55 am }

Dave, I do think there will be room rate discounts, but not free dining. And I think your November dates are likely better for deal chances than October…

113 Lara Gordon { 04.07.14 at 4:20 pm }

Thanks for all your help Dave. Your advice is invaluable! We will most certainly buy your book when it comes out as a way of thanking you. If we ever do this trip again I would happily pay for you to be our consultant – you should charge by the hour!
Anyway, last question: I managed to get two 2 person table reservations for BOG restaurant at 5.30 on the night of MNSSHP that we are going to. Do you think I just choose 4 of the adults from our family group to go to it and the grandparents can look after the kids (they have offered), or will my 9 year old and 7 year old be deeply disappointed by not seeing the Beast and/or Belle. If they will be disappointed I will be tempted for the 4 of us to do it as I have done all the work for the extended family (lots of stress and late nights on the phone booking from New Zealand)!!

114 Dave { 04.08.14 at 8:35 am }

You know Lara, first, they can’t be disappointed if they don’t know you are going, and seocnd, BOG is much less fun for kids than it is for adults. Cinderella’s Royal Table and Crystal Palace are much more fun for kids, the kids menu at BOG is a little too sophisticated for some, there’s no Belle, and the Beast is not usually on the list of the top characters for kids to meet. So call it “date night” and go yourself!

115 Della { 05.22.14 at 6:05 pm }

Hi Dave,
I had saved in my cart reservations for the week of November 9th at All Star Sports Today, it has been removed and trying to reserve again but website says that the resort is unavailable. Do you know of any reason why this would have occurred? I’m hoping it’s just a site problem. Thanks!!

116 Dave { 05.23.14 at 7:34 am }

Della, I dunno but am hoping it’s a site problem!

117 Michelle Silliman { 06.03.14 at 10:04 am }

Hi Dave,
My husband and I are planning to take our son (age 9) to Disney World for the first time next year in 2015. I really don’t know where to start as far as planning. There are so many websites and suggestions on the web. I know we don’t need any Princess activities and our son isn’t into sports – He loves trains. Do you have any suggestions or advise for this complete novice? I think we are looking at Oct 2015.
Thank you so much!!
Michelle and Jonathan Silliman

118 Dave { 06.03.14 at 12:55 pm }

Hi Michelle–I know you already have a date targeted, but start here and work your way through its topics:

119 Matt { 12.07.14 at 11:27 pm }

Hi Dave – Long time reader, first time poster. I appreciate the hard work you have done with this site in helping first time visitors have a great time in Disney.

My wife, 2 daughters, FIL/MIL, and mother are all headed back to Disney World between the 17rh – 25th of April. We’ve been multiple times, so no questions about how to do Disney.

However I received a PIN code offer in Oct, that I believe is the signal for the discounted rack rates to soon open (maybe 1 Jan). I can’t budge on the dates, and unfortunately, the dates we need all of the rooms (3 total) that were set aside for the PIN code offer are no longer available.

To get to the point: Is there a website or data site that tracks the total amount of rooms that WD sets aside for the discount rack rates? My guess is that it’s based solely on what WD thinks they need to get people to the park based on current reservations. (Less people in park, less money, unhappy stock holders) Or, do you happen to have a guessestimate on the normal blocks of rooms that WD sets aside for some of the rack rates that they do offer during value seasons.

I do have rooms booked, but, concerned that I might run into a problem with getting a discount once those potential discounts are released, due to lack of rooms participating in the deal.

Any insight is greatly appreciated, and thanks again for the work you do.


120 Dave { 12.08.14 at 7:24 am }

Hi Matt, and welcome to the comments :)

The short answer is no, no one on the outside knows how many rooms are set aside.

The best available marker of potential availability is differential discounts within resort classes. So for example, among the moderates, POFQ is often not offered or offered at a lower deal, and sometimes that happens at POR. CB and CS, though, are always in the deals at the highest moderate discount (demand for CB likely will improve as it completes its refurb to queen beds and some 5 person rooms.)

These deals, by the way, are not to get people into the parks–they are to get people into Disney’s hotels rather than off-site options. Off-site hotels have great flexibility for adjusting prices that Disney–because of the way it prices for a calendar year as long as 18 months ahead–does not have…

121 Matt { 12.08.14 at 10:37 pm }

Thanks @Dave for the honest and quick response.

With your experience at WDW I have one more question.

We are going the 17th – 25th of April. I believe Seattle, Boston and another NE school district have spring break during those times. I’m slightly concerned about overall crowd levels, not because I can’t tour efficiently, but, just, have had some great experiences at Disney when crowd levels were low (mostly in Sept, before free dining really got going). I’ve read and read through multiple forums and most folks say that 2 weeks after Easter is when WDW really sees crowds thinning out until the Wednesday before Memorial Day.

I’ve seen your suggested weeks for 2015, but, it is also based on the assumption that the visitor(s) may not ever return. Let’s take that out of the equation; what are average? crowds like a couple of weeks after April, even with a couple of larger school districts on spring break. based off your visiting experience.

Again, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.


122 Dave { 12.09.14 at 7:32 am }

Matt, there’s a lot of folklore about spring break crowds from people who have not done the math. See the chart near the end of this page for the scoop:

123 Matt { 12.09.14 at 2:15 pm }

Great article @Dave !

I appreciate the data you provided. I’m looking forward to returning to WDW with my family.

If you need an IT guy, let me know! :)

124 Dave { 12.10.14 at 8:55 am }

You do wordpress, Matt?

125 Matt { 12.10.14 at 7:30 pm }

@Dave – I am very familiar with WordPress; send me an email if you have a question.

126 Dave { 12.11.14 at 7:31 am }

Matt, I need to replace my theme with something more modern. I’ve been intending to do this for a couple of years but haven’t gotten around to it. So I need to hire someone to pick a theme and then likely customize it a bit. First tho I need to sort out my goals for the new theme…

127 Matt { 12.12.14 at 12:49 am }

I’d be happy to help. As with any IT project, having an idea of what you (the customer) wants on the website is critical. Feel free to contact me.

128 Dave { 12.12.14 at 11:42 am }

Thanks Matt! Based on my track record it’ll be a while before I reach out to you…

129 Chris { 12.29.14 at 1:44 pm }

I’m planning on purchasing resort tickets first for me and my girlfriend. I would like to go 12/7/15 – 12/11/15. In your opinion are 5 he’s dates good for low to moderate crowds? That’s what I’ve been reading. Also, I am thinking about booking them sometime after the 3rd of this month cause of the rumored low resort prices. Still a good idea or any other recommendations? Thank you!

130 Dave { 12.30.14 at 9:50 am }

Chris, I’m not sure what you mean by “after the 3rd of this month cause of the rumored low resort prices.” For what to think of those dates, see this:

131 Stephanie { 01.21.15 at 7:09 am }

I’m anxiously waiting to hear the next deal announcement as I am hoping to plan a trip to Disney for the last week of July/first week of August this year. I’ve heard this is one of the cheapest times to stay there, however when I priced the resort hotels, prices seemed very expensive for that time of year. Do you know if there is usually a deal for the resorts that time of year? I’m particularly looking at the “moderate” ones.

132 Dave { 01.21.15 at 7:26 am }

Hi Stephanie! Those dates are cheaper only at the deluxe resorts. At the moderates and values, price don’t go down until August 16. See this: I expect a deal for them–about 20% off at selected moderates– will come out at the end of March/beginning of April.

133 Tina { 04.27.15 at 5:06 pm }

Are there usually any discounts (rooms maybe) offered for mid October? Looks like we won’t get the “Free Dining” during this time… It starts up again the last week of October.

134 Dave { 04.28.15 at 8:02 am }

Tina, room rate discounts are common then…

135 Bill { 04.29.15 at 1:49 pm }

This deal is a total sham. We booked the polynesian for late september and there are currently rooms available on the disney website. My agent called to get us in on the free dining deal or room rate deal on either the same room class or an upgrade, and she was told that there are no rooms available for either deal. She said that out of 1,000 rooms they only have 3-4 that qualify for the deal. Sounds like a sham to me, how can it be booked 2 days into a sale that lasts for the next 4 months?

136 Dave { 04.29.15 at 5:25 pm }

Bill, it’s always been true–as Disney webpage on the offer says–that “The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.” This year it seems more limited than ever, as many resorts sold out the rooms allocated to the deal on day 1.

137 Dave { 05.06.15 at 10:09 am }

Dave, that may be true, but their process is not conducive to a practical or pleasant experience. So Disney told me that additional rooms (at the value rate) may be released at any time. So I have been slaving every day checking their website multiple times to see if new rooms were available at the 30% off rate at the poly. Today, rooms were available at club level with the discount so my agent to upgrade our rooms. There were two rooms avaliable, and they changed my room but by the time they went to change my parents room (whom are traveling with us), the other room was taken by someone else. So now we are split up, we have club level and parents do not. So I said, fine, give my parents the club level, and he said if he releases the room someone else may snatch it up and we may lose it. He suggested changing rooms with my parents once we get there which means the magic service is useless because we will have to swap all our luggage. I am tempted to cancel the whole trip, I never delt with service like this anywhere and booking processes that are so limiting and crippling.

138 Glenn { 07.19.15 at 1:06 am }

When will discounts for mid October be om disney website? Right now only showing deals through 10/3/15.

139 Dave { 07.20.15 at 9:33 am }

Glenn, they came out today!!

140 Desta { 08.03.15 at 9:31 am }

Hi! I’m planning a trip for my daughter’s birthday which is on December 29,there will be two adults and two kids under 9 years old accompanying us I’m trying to find the best deal possible and not be limited with the fun because we’re on a budget. Thanks in advance.

141 Dave { 08.05.15 at 7:58 am }

Desta, that is the most expensive and crowded time of the year, so you won’t find a deal.

142 Joe { 09.01.15 at 3:51 pm }

I seem to get emails/mails for every discount Disney has. I try to go every year to -18 months. This year, I want to plan for a 1/2/16 – 1/9/16 trip. Does Disney normally offer 30% rooms or meal plans for that time frame?

143 Dave { 09.02.15 at 8:48 am }

Joe, a room deal of 15-25% off is likely, but not free dining.

144 caitlin { 09.03.15 at 10:20 am }

We just booked our family vacation at a moderate hotel 8/27/2016-9/4/2016. I was wondering if you think our chances are good to get the free meal plan and also if you knew roughly when the free meal plan dates are released? thank you so much !!

145 Dave { 09.03.15 at 12:35 pm }

Caitlin there’s two issues: Does Disney offer the deal (probably) and can you out-fight others to get one of the few rooms included in it (maybe). See this for some of the challenges. Recently, the late summer free dining deals have been announced end of April/beginning of May

146 Joe { 09.20.15 at 8:03 pm }

Thanks for the answer about 15-25% in January 2016. So, if I book before i get a discount mail or email, will Disney know I booked and not send me an offer?

147 Dave { 09.21.15 at 7:02 am }

Joe, no, there’s no “send.” If/when the offer comes out, you can only get it by calling (if you already have a booking) and competing with everyone else for the inventory. Everyone is eligible, whether or not they have a booking–but not all rooms types/hotels will be in it, so you may have to shift to another.

148 Joe { 09.21.15 at 1:59 pm }

I must be confused. Disney is always emailing me or USPS offers to me. I have booked every time through one of these, either by clicking through or entering a code from the direct mail offer.
So that is why I think they “send” me offers. Are we talking the same “offers”?

149 Dave { 09.22.15 at 4:12 pm }

Joe of course you are right. I was thinking of the public offers that Disney makes available to everyone e.g. here. The mailed/emailed offers are sometimes just a repeat of the general public offers, and sometimes are pretty unique, or come out well before the general public offer. These are often called “pin code” offers and there is not nearly as much predictability or visibility to them…

150 Joe { 09.23.15 at 10:24 am }

Thanks Dave. You and this site are very helpful, even going on my fourth visit. So the upshot is that if I book this week it won’t prevent me from using a public offer (I may need to change accommodations) and it won’t stop them from sending me a ‘pin code’ offer.

151 Kelly B - Agent with Destinations in Florida { 09.23.15 at 12:35 pm }

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152 Dave { 09.24.15 at 7:50 am }

Joe–it MAY stop them from sending you a pin code that is different than the public offer.

153 Joe { 09.27.15 at 6:10 pm }

Thanks Dave. I did decide to work with Kelly. While I have done this myself 3 times, Kelly was able to get me scheduled with my Disney Visa discount before I even received the email from them.

One more comment that I haven’t seen on your site yet. The 2016 Dining plan seems to have lost a lot of table service locations in Epcot (and overall) between 2015 and 2016.
In 2015, there were 13 places in Epcot for a table service meal.
In the 2016 plan, there are 3!

Overall, if my math is correct:
2015 total: 54 locations from Page 4 of the 2015Dining.pdf
2016 total: 29 locations from Page 4 of the 2016Dining.pdf, including zero locations at Animal Kingdom.

Dave, I am sure this is on the wrong page. Of course, you can move and edit it as needed, especially if the 2016 list is not fully baked yet.

154 Dave { 09.30.15 at 9:13 am }

Great news, Joe!!!

On the dining–this happens every year. The restaurants Disney does not own don;t show up on the list often til the year has actually begun. I presume this is becasue they are negotiating what DIsney will pay them in return for a dining credit, and are playing hardball (as much as they can) til the bitter end–or the bitter beginning of the year…

155 cindy { 01.07.16 at 2:56 pm }

We are looking to take a family vacation to Disney July23-29…are there any good deals for that week ?

156 Dave { 01.07.16 at 4:31 pm }

Cindy, right now the deals only extend into June. I’d expect deals for July to come out in early March.

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