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The New Fall Resort Price Season at Walt Disney World



By Dave Shute

THE NEW FALL PRICE SEASON AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

For 2011, Walt Disney World has made significant changes to the ways it increases and lowers prices at its resort hotels.

These changes have been continued in Disney’s 2012 price seasons.

These include

  • A new second value season with slightly higher prices than the first value season
  • A new second regular season with slightly higher prices than the first regular season, and
  • A totally new season—the “Fall” season

THE FALL SEASON AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

At the moderate and value resorts, the new fall season covers the period from October through mid-December.  At the deluxes, it begins a bit later.

This means it covers the period that used to be priced both as “regular” and “value” seasons.

In general, the new fall prices are lower than the 2010 regular season prices, but higher than the 2010 value season prices.

  • For example, late October weekday prices went down from $105 to $95 at value resorts, $170 to $164 at the moderates, and $425 to $415 at the Polynesian
  • In contrast, early December weekday prices went up from $82 to $95 at the values, $149 to $164 at the moderates, and from $365 to $415 at the Polynesian
  • (All prices for the least expensive rooms, pre-tax)

The overall effect is a distinct increase in prices during what used to be one of the three lowest-priced periods of the year—the period after Thanksgiving, but before Christmas.

Moderate prices during this period are up 10% compared to 2010, and deluxe and value prices around 15%.

Paired with this is some reduction in October and November costs.

Because of new weekend and holiday upcharges, and differences in the date the fall season starts, the reductions vary by date and resort type.

The reductions are most distinct in the value resorts (above) and have some effect in the moderates.

Using the Polynesian resort as a marker of the deluxes, October and November price reductions are almost invisible.

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10 comments

1 Julie { 01.18.11 at 12:19 pm }

We’re looking at an October 2011 trip to WDW. Any idea when/if the Value Resorts (All-Star Music, Movies, etc) will offer discounts on the room rates? ~ Thx
(They recently offered savings off the regular price for Sept 2011.)

2 Dave { 01.18.11 at 12:48 pm }

Julie–I won’t know until Disney announces to everyone else! It’ll depend on how their booking looks…my guess, though, is that there will be a discount or deal, or a re-opening of the free dining offer…

3 Patricia { 04.07.11 at 11:33 pm }

Dear Walt Disney
I wish I could find out how much it cost for tickets to walt disney world for eight people to have fun since I never been there. And I want to come. Please let me know so I can get a package deal. Sincerely Patricia

4 Dave { 04.08.11 at 5:46 am }

Hi Patricia!

Two things: first, this site is not affiliated with Disney in any way. Second, you can find ticket prices by clicking here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/02/14/walt-disney-world-admission-ticket-prices-2010/

5 jennifer { 02.11.12 at 1:45 pm }

hi! looking to do our first disney trip, in october of 2013! when is the best time to book? have 3 small kids, so looking for a super easy convienent hotel! any reccomendations? thanks!

6 Dave { 02.11.12 at 4:37 pm }

Hi Jennifer—see the home page at http://yourfirstvisit.net which covers both your questions!

7 Beth { 02.13.12 at 6:20 pm }

Is there a day of the week that is better to book a trip to Disney? For example I searched for prices on a Sunday and then when I looked again on Monday the prices for the same exact itinerary was almost $200 more! Is there a reason?

8 Dave { 02.13.12 at 6:34 pm }

Beth, I assume you were booking a hotel? You may have crossed a price season, or added a Friday or Saturday–which are usually more expensiive than the other days of the week…

9 Maxine { 06.22.13 at 12:22 pm }

How soon after Halloween does the park change over to Christmas decorations? Trying to schedule visit so both can be seen.

10 Dave { 06.23.13 at 12:28 pm }

Hi Maxine, becasue the Magic Kingdom kicks off its Christmas party on 11/8, the holiday decorations go up very quickly there and are full in place by the 8th. At the other park sand hotels they unfold a little more slowly over November.

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