Walt Disney World 2013 Price Seasons



By Dave Shute

2013 RESORT PRICE SEASONS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

The material below shows the different resort price seasons at Walt Disney World at different times of the year in 2013.

(If you are looking for current deals and discounts, click here. For 2014 prices, click here.)

Ticket prices don’t vary over the course of the year–although they typically have an annual increase in the summer. See this for more on ticket prices.

Resort prices, however, are almost twice as high during some periods as they are at others. The details are below.

2013 DISNEY WORLD PRICE SEASONS

Below are Walt Disney World 2013 resort price seasons. “X% Higher” means compared to the lowest prices of the year.

In addition to the below, Disney ups prices an additional $10-50 per night during certain weekends and holidays.

2013 DISNEY WORLD PRICE SEASONS: VALUE RESORTS

Pop Century example:

  • Lowest of year–the value seasonbegins: 1/2/13
  • 55% higher–the peak season–begins: 2/14/13
  • 30% higher–the regular season-begins 2/24/13
  • 55% higher–the peak season–begins: 3/8/13
  • 80% higher–the Easter season–begins: 3/24/13
  • 30% higher–the regular season–begins: 4/7/13
  • 50% higher–the summer season–begins: 5/31/13
  • 7% higher–near lowest of year–the value season 2 begins: 8/4/13
  • 15% higher–the fall season, with low prices, begins: 9/14/13
  • 55% higher–the peak season–begins 12/13/13
  • 90% higher–the holiday season–begins: 12/20/13

2013 DISNEY WORLD PRICE SEASONS: DELUXE RESORTS

Polynesian example:

  • Lowest of year–the value season begins: 1/2/13
  • 34% higher–the peak season–begins: 2/14/13
  • 16% higher–the regular season–begins 2/24/13
  • 34% higher–the peak season–begins: 3/8/13
  • 48% higher–the Easter season–begins 3/24/13
  • 16% higher–the regular season–begins: 4/7/13
  • 11%  higher–the summer season–begins 5/31/13
  • 2% higher–near-lowest of year–the value season 2begins: 7/14/13
  • Lowest of year–the value season begins: 8/18/13
  • 13% higher–the regular season 2–begins 9/27/13
  • 8% higher–the fall season, with low prices, begins 10/20/13
  • 34% higher–the peak season–begins 12/13/13
  • 56% higher–the holiday season–begins: 12/20/13

2013 DISNEY WORLD PRICE SEASONS: MODERATE RESORTS

Caribbean Beach examples:

  • Lowest of year–the value seasonbegins: 1/2/13
  • 30% higher–the peak season–begins: 2/14/13
  • 18% higher–the regular season-begins 2/24/13
  • 30% higher–the peak season–begins: 3/8/13
  • 48% higher–the Easter season–begins: 3/24/13
  • 18% higher–the regular season–begins: 4/7/13
  • 17% higher–the summer season–begins: 5/31/13
  • 6% higher–near lowest of year–the value season 2begins: 8/4/13
  • 8% higher–The fall season, with low prices, begins: 9/14/13
  • 30% higher–the peak season–begins 12/13/13
  • 50% higher–the holiday season–begins: 12/20/13

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108 comments

1 Brooke { 09.20.11 at 11:16 am }

Thank you so much for posting this information! My family is already planning a trip for June 2013 (a BIG famiy trip!) and this is immensely helpful. Thank you so much!!!
Sincerely,
Brooke in New Orleans

2 Dave { 09.20.11 at 11:54 am }

Hi Brooke, and thanks!

You won’t be able to book June 2013 until around mid-January 2012 (for the beginning of June) and later, and it’s tricky to book so far in advance–see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/02/21/how-far-in-advance-can-you-book-a-walt-disney-world-vacation/

PS…if you use the travel agents starting with the form at the lower right, you’ll save yourself some time, cost no more than it would cost if you built it yourself–and they share a little of the commission they get from Disney with me, which helps pay for the time I put into this site!

3 Ron { 01.09.12 at 10:35 pm }

This website is fantastic!! I am planning a trip for my family (4 adults and 2 kids) and am looking to go in April 2013. When would I be able to officially book everything rooms, passes, meal plans

4 Dave { 01.10.12 at 8:13 am }

Hi Ron, and thanks! You can book a rooom for then now–see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/02/21/how-far-in-advance-can-you-book-a-walt-disney-world-vacation/ For everything else, you’ll need to wait until Disney releases its 2013 prices and opens full booking. This may happen anytime, but usually happens in the summer–June in 2011, August in the recent prior years

5 Erin { 04.25.12 at 11:04 am }

We are planning a trip to disney for January 2013. When would be the best time to book for the best deals? Free dinning plans or better rates etc….. We are a family of 6 so we need to get the best deal possible.
Thanks

6 Dave { 04.25.12 at 11:13 am }

Hi Erin! You likely want to wait until Disney announces 2013 prices–which it likely will do this summer.

If Disney later offers a discount for this period, you can re-book into it, so long as your arrival dates are eligible.

You can see eligible 2012 arrival dates (which were announced in August 2011) here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/08/03/new-free-disney-world-dining-deal-through-march-2012/

You can’t count on a discount, and moreover MLK is a different date in 2013, but that gives you some guidance…

7 Suzanne { 05.06.12 at 8:36 pm }

We are planning a one week trip for March 2013 with a party of 10 would you recommend a house rental or the resort? We also plan on taking a few days at the beach. I see that March is te most expensive time to visit but we would also would consider another time close to March

8 Dave { 05.07.12 at 6:28 am }

Hi Suzanne!

I can’t recommend March 2013. While the first week may be OK, it may not, and the rest of the month will be mobbed. If you need to go around this time, the last week of February will be better–see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/09/12/disney-world-crowds-in-2013/

For your party of ten, it depends a little on the family structures. See this for links to large family options: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/special-circumstances/special-circumstances-large-families/

It’s almost always cheaper to stay off site with groups that big, but you do have to factor in a couple of rental cars and airport transport, which you don’t need if you stay on site. See this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/01/27/the-tightwads-guide-to-staying-off-site-at-walt-disney-world/

9 Jayme { 05.22.12 at 3:11 pm }

Hi! Which deal is better: free dining or kids stay & play free? Thanks!

10 Dave { 05.22.12 at 6:57 pm }

Hi Jayme, at least for US offers, free dining expired May 18, and I don’t think they are offering the kids stay and play free deal, and haven’t for a while

If you are thinking about the future, comparing hotel savings vs. free dining depends utterly on the size and ages of your group and the hotel price–which ranges from $100 a night to more than $400.

Room rate discounts look better the more expensive the room and the smaller your group, and free dining better with less expensive rooms and larger groups, especially the number of people 10 or older…but it varies and you kinda have to price it both ways to decide…

11 Tammy { 06.03.12 at 9:18 pm }

Hi There,
We are planning a family trip for April 26 to May 5 we have 22 yr old 17 yr old 8 and 5 they will be 9 and 6 on april 27 and april 28. We are trying to figure out what is more economical flying or driving ? Also polonesian resort or wilderness resort ? OMG I might just stay home Im stressed already lol Thankyou Brantford Ontario.

12 Dave { 06.04.12 at 6:48 am }

Hi Tammy! It’s OK, you have a year to figure this out.

Not clear if you have one or two parents in addition to the four people you mention, or if it’s just the four of you mention…let me know, and then I’ll help!

13 Melisa { 06.05.12 at 12:48 am }

Hi! We are planning to go to Disney world from April 20 – April 26, 2013. We are a family of 6 and are staying off site at Windsor Hills Resort. I was wondering what the crowds are like at that time of year, and how early we need to leave our townhouse to make rope drop? Some people are saying we need to allow an hour and a half to make rope drop because of traffic. Thank you!

14 Dave { 06.05.12 at 7:36 am }

Hi Meliss!

I think crowds will be fine then, and it’s one of my top-rated weeks–see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/09/19/2013-weeks-to-visit-walt-disney-world-ranked-in-order/

If you get me the street address for the Windsor Hills, and tell me if you are driving or taking the hotel shuttle (if it has one) I can give you some thoughts on drive times…

15 Lee ruff { 06.08.12 at 11:02 am }

Hi,I’m thinking of visiting Florida Disney world on 29 december 2012,we have been before but wanted to be away for my birthday,is that one of the worst times,is there a lot of big ride closures!how warm is it then?

16 Dave { 06.08.12 at 12:34 pm }

Hi Lee! That’s one of the two or three most crowded days of the year, and entire park closings are possible–see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/11/30/park-closings-at-walt-disney-world/

December weather is very unpredictable–it can be 85 or near freezing–see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/when-to-go/next-best-dates/weather-and-when-to-go/high-temperatures-year-round/

17 Tami { 06.12.12 at 4:37 pm }

We are trying to plan a vacation to DisneyWorld in June 2013. I dont even know how to start….please help! We have a group of ten going; 5 adults, 5 children. I am so lost as to where to begin.

18 Dave { 06.12.12 at 5:27 pm }

Tami, start with this page and just work your way down its topics, clicking on the links: http://yourfirstvisit.net/

For where to stay, make sure you also look at this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/special-circumstances/special-circumstances-large-families/

Once you’ve worked through this stuff, come back with any remaining questions!

19 Sara { 06.20.12 at 1:53 pm }

Hi! Thank You for this site! I am considering a moderate hotel for my families first visit because they offer a fridge. My children will be 5 and 2. I am wondering why you say to avoid this? Our budget for the hotel and tickets is 2,000. Thank You

20 Dave { 06.20.12 at 3:39 pm }

Hi Sara–for why to avoid these, see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/where-to-stay/next-best-resort-choices/where-not-to-stay/ Moreover, over the past few months Disney has put mini-fridges in all the value resorts…

21 jeffrey creel { 06.22.12 at 4:34 pm }

Speaking with a travel agent from the site you provided they said they were not able to book rooms now for 2013. But everywhere I have seen that says you can do this 500 days before your travel date.

22 Dave { 06.22.12 at 8:09 pm }
23 Allison Jones { 06.22.12 at 10:37 pm }

Hi Jeffrey,

We are actually one of the few agencies that books room only reservations for next year. You can certainly book a room only reservation. However, the prices are 2012 prices and we cannot price a package until June/July. It would only be a room only reservation at this year’s prices. Once the 2013 prices come available, the rate on your reservation will increase and we can then also update your room only reservation to the great packages.

We have heard rumors that it will be in a few days (here’s hoping) for the 2013 prices and packages.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Allison

24 khristan { 07.08.12 at 2:19 pm }

2013 packages will be available for booking July 11! Just got an alert in my email and thought I’d share.

25 Dave { 07.08.12 at 2:27 pm }
26 Judy { 07.14.12 at 3:34 pm }

Hi Dave! I am planning on going to Disney probably in the first or second week of Dec. 2013. There will be 4 adults and 3 children, ages 11, 8, 5. When should I book this, and if I book it and a deal comes available can I rebook to take advantage of it? I have never been there, but I’m in charge of planning it, so I need help!!

27 michelle { 07.15.12 at 9:03 am }

Hi, I just inquired through disney a few minutes ago, if u book and a deal becomes available for your trip it can be applied and you will get the discount! just keep checking

28 Dave { 07.15.12 at 9:03 am }

Hi Judy! You should start booking your dining 181 days before your arrival. (See this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/when-your-plans-need-to-be-firm/ )

For your hotel, you’ve got plenty of time. I’d suggest that you work with a travel agent, so that they can set up your reservation so that it’s most likely to fall in a discount period, and most convertible to the discount!

And for help in general, just start with the home page and work your way down: http://yourfirstvisit.net/

29 Dave { 07.15.12 at 9:27 am }

Thanks Michelle!

30 Carrie Weizer { 07.15.12 at 1:20 pm }

Hi Dave,
I love this site! My hubby and are planning a last minute trip for our birthdays/wedding aniv for late September. I’m getting a little nervous with all the remarks of hurricanes and tropical storm talk that I have been seeing on other sights. Should I be nervous? A T storm here and there is fine but I am not so sure about more more extreme weather. What has your experience been during this time of the year?

31 Dave { 07.15.12 at 2:02 pm }

Hi Carrie and thanks! See this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/when-to-go/next-best-dates/weather-and-when-to-go/chance-of-cyclonic-storm-affecting-florida/

Here’s the key: yes, that’s the peak of the hurricane season. But hurricanes are rare, and if they affect Orlando, which is even more rare, the issue is more like a big thunderstorm than the kind of storm porn yo see on the Weather Channel…

32 Colleen Rich { 07.15.12 at 8:54 pm }

Hi my family is planning a huge family trip in july of next year (2013) so far there is 21 but could easily turn into 35! Now some of the group is staying off property in condos and some of us staying at the cabins in Ft. Wilderness. Our trip times vary from 5 days to 14 days! Please any and all advice is welcome

33 Dave { 07.16.12 at 7:28 am }

Hi Colleen! What a mess fun!There’s no sensible way to integrate wildly varying trip lengths and lodging. Suggest each group makes its own plans, and where you overlap, you aim to watch the evening fireworks shows Wishes at the Magic Kingdom and Illuminations at Epcot together…

34 Elizabeth { 07.16.12 at 2:05 pm }

We are planning to stop at Disney on 1/2/13 for a few days, as a surprise for our daughters 12,14. You show that in 2012 this was a value season but for 2013 it’s not. Why? Also, when do they take down the Christmas decorations? Thank you.

35 Dave { 07.16.12 at 2:18 pm }

Elizabeth, school break schedules are very different this year compared to last year–so January will be crowded and expensive thru the 6th. I’ll be posting more on this tomorrow…

36 Elizabeth { 07.16.12 at 5:24 pm }

Thank you. I will check to see what all you have to say on this topic tomorrow. =)

37 Dave { 07.16.12 at 6:35 pm }

:)

38 Elizabeth { 07.17.12 at 11:05 am }

Have you posted any additional information yet? Where do I find it? I love your website.

39 Dave { 07.17.12 at 1:49 pm }

Hi Elizabeth and thanks! This page I think is pretty correct now. I’ve kept it labeled as “projected” because I still have to to do day by day analysis, which is a pain…and which I may not get to for a few weeks (my “real” job gets in the way…)

You may have already seen these other two pages on the topic of 2013 prices, but if not, here’s some links:
http://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/07/11/most-2013-hotel-package-bookings-now-available-disney-world-web-site/ and http://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/07/15/2013-resort-hotel-price-changes-walt-disney-world/

40 Shylah { 07.17.12 at 2:26 pm }

We are planning a trip for February or March of 2013 and want to compare hotel savings through our credit union vs. savings for staying in a Disney property with free dining. When do the spring free dining weeks usually get announced?

41 Dave { 07.17.12 at 2:56 pm }

Shylah, I’m not sure about “usually,” but for 2012 they were announced in August, which seemed very early. See this for the 2012 dates but note that in 2013 both President’s Day and Easter are earlier… http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/08/03/new-free-disney-world-dining-deal-through-march-2012/

42 Louise Craig { 07.23.12 at 10:10 am }

Hi, my hubby to be and I are hoping to honeymoon at one of the Disenyworld resorts – we did see the free disney dining plan but it finished at the end of June and the flights weren’t available. The date of our wedding is likely to depend on when we will fly. I am worried I have missed the best offers though – should I book as soon as flights are available or should I wait and see if the free dining comes back up!?! The wedding and honeymoon are costing us a fortune combined so any tips on how we can save money and when we should book would be much welcomed!! Also, does the UK deals reflect those internationally or are they different?

Many Thanks!!!!!!!

Louise

43 Dave { 07.23.12 at 11:01 am }

Hi Louise–do you have any target dates, or “go before x/x/2013″ dates? And the UK and international discounts are different–you can use either…

44 Louise Craig { 07.25.12 at 5:38 am }

Hi yeah, we will be getting married at the start of July so can go from 3rd July onwards really. Do you know how I can access the international deals?

45 Dave { 07.25.12 at 7:24 am }

Louise, see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2009/12/21/the-tightwads-guide-to-when-to-go-to-walt-disney-world/ I’d recommend early September.

If you search for “Disney World Special Offers” then you should get links to your home country’s offers based on the location of your computer…

To get US offers (which are valid worldwide), you may have to work with a US-based travel agent, or with a travel agent in your home country who has a relationship with US based providers…

46 Mike { 07.27.12 at 7:21 pm }

Still think there should be more love for the 1st week of February (and less so the last few weeks of Jan) in your rankings. Best crowds, best prices, guaranteed not to be blacked out of promotions/discounts, still very good weather (in my opinion). Major ride closures seem more unpredicatable and rolling in recent years. 1st week of Feb may even miss the periodic minor Splash Mountain refurbs. I would rank late Jan/early Feb right up there with early December and the prime weeks in Nov and Oct even for 1st timers.

47 Dave { 07.28.12 at 8:07 am }

Hey Mike–I’m thinking about this. The issue is not ride closures during the rest of the year–that’s always been true. The issue is that the other ones are unpredictable, while the Jan/Feb ones are predictable. I won’t be keen on these weeks for first time visitors who may never return until the ride closures then stop being predictable…

48 suz { 07.28.12 at 8:22 pm }

Hey Dave
We already have a place to stay and a lot of the stuff I find is directly linked to staying at a disney resort. Do you have information on just buying passes to the parks? And if there hidden discounts associated? =) Planning for 8 people and it’s a first for all of us. Thanks for this site is truly is informational and extremely relevant!

49 Dave { 07.29.12 at 8:45 am }

Hi Suze! There’s no hidden discounts…more the opposite–so other than missing the resort perks you’ll be fine. Info on tickets is here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/06/03/disney-world-ticket-prices-2012-to-summer-2013/ and you can buy tickets on the WDW website

50 Jeff Bennett { 07.30.12 at 12:14 pm }

Dave
My family and some freinds are planning a vacation to Disney World in Febuary 2013 is this a good time weather and crowd wise? Also there will be 4 Adults and 4 Children ages 3 to 8 any accomadation suggestions?

51 Dave { 07.30.12 at 1:24 pm }
52 Ryan { 07.31.12 at 11:59 am }

We are visiting jan 5th-11 at port new Orleans princess room. Do you think they will offer deals so I can get my package price Down a bit. If so when do you think they will be out. Is this a good time to visit? It will be my 2 year old almost 3 daughters first trip!

53 Dave { 07.31.12 at 2:26 pm }

Ryan, it’s possible…if they do offer deals, they’d likely be out in the next few months…Disney has been all over the map on the timing of its announcements. And yes, that is a good time to go–low crowds and low prices! You may face some ride closures, but so long as this is not her only trip–and given how young she is it shouldn’t be!–that won;t much matter…

54 Lily { 08.02.12 at 1:03 pm }

January is a great time to visit the crowds are very low, I would keep my eyes open for deals.

55 Paula { 08.07.12 at 3:22 pm }

My best friend and I are planning on flying into Florida and meeting for a vacation. We are planning for sometime in Sept of 2013. We are considering the Pop Resort. How is Sept for crowds and we are also considering a dining plan. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We are older adults.

56 Dave { 08.07.12 at 4:11 pm }

Hi Paula–this is about Sept 2012, but the key messages will be true for Sept 2013 as well: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/02/15/september-2012-at-walt-disney-world/

For all the basics, including the dining plan, start here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/

57 Nicky Walker { 08.29.12 at 3:57 am }

Hi Dave love your site… Very useful… Going to Florida 6 april 2013 booked off site accommodation , just having a panic that some people may still be on spring break! Can you advise? First time to Disney / universal with kids(8&9) and really want it to be special! Plus I have a queue phobic hubby!! Lol .. where would you advise I book attraction tickets through? Going to do full works.. Disney/ seaworld/ universal..
Thankyou
Nicky

58 Dave { 08.29.12 at 6:29 am }

Hi Nicky and thanks! There’s still a few kids with breaks that week, but the vast majority will be done–see this http://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/07/25/disney-world-crowds-2013-spring-break-2013/

For the best places to buy tix etc see the material that begins here: http://www.mousesavers.com/walt-disney-world-vacation-discounts-and-deals/disney-world-ticket-pass-discounts/

59 Meagan { 09.06.12 at 11:32 am }

Hello! We are planning a trip to disney April 20th – 28th. We are traveling with our 2 year old son and twin 16 month old girls :) Does disney normally give any kind of discount around this type of year, or no since it can be pretty busy? We want to stay at a deluxe resort but pricing might be an issue. Thank God all our children are free :)

60 Dave { 09.07.12 at 6:39 am }

Hi Meagan, discounts are common then–and it’s not that crowded, either! See this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2012/07/25/disney-world-crowds-2013-spring-break-2013/

61 Emma { 09.09.12 at 4:03 pm }

Hey!!! Trying to plan a vacation for 2… But, can’t really decide whether to go during the beginning of June 2013 (when school might still be in session) , or the beginning of August 2013 (value prices).

62 Dave { 09.10.12 at 7:19 am }

Hi Emma, crowds are the worst feature of WDW, and, unless you are aiming for a value resort, the price differences aren’t killers, so I’d go with early June in a heartbeat…

63 Rob { 09.10.12 at 4:58 pm }

Hey Dave,
I was wondering if you knew about when WDW usually has their “Florida resident discounts” on resorts, or even the pass holder discounts. I know they don’t announce them until like 30 days before hand, but is there a rhyme or reason to how they issue those discounts? I’m thinking about setting up a trip for April next year, and want to know if I’ll have either of those discounts available to me at that time, might mean the difference in staying at a Deluxe Resort or a Moderate one. Thanks!

64 Dave { 09.10.12 at 5:08 pm }

Hi Rob, I don’t track the Florida discounts so don’t have much to say, sorry. There’s a table here that might help: http://www.mousesavers.com/historical-information-on-walt-disney-world-resort-discounts/#codetrends

65 Art { 09.18.12 at 12:23 pm }

Planning my wife and mine dream vacation. Add our two kids,son and dauther inlaw, 6 grandkids(3 to 16) mix in a good helping of Disney World can not see how it won’t be great. rented house 3 miles away. Be there 4/1-3/2013. Anything you re commend us see for sure.

66 Dave { 09.19.12 at 6:23 am }

Art, you’ll be there just three days? April 1 thru the 3rd? I basically recommend 8 days or so–see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/how-long-to-stay/

That week is one of the three or four most crowded of the year, which will limit what you can do even more…you likely want to focus on just one or maybe two parks, going there in the early morning thru one or so, then returning in the evening…see this for stuff to pick from among: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/03/09/the-comprehensive-guide-to-walt-disney-world-rides-and-attractions/

67 Maureen { 09.26.12 at 10:54 am }

Hi,
Planning a trip for Aug 2013. 6 Adults and 3 kids ( 2 seniors, kids are 8, 5 & 1). We are thinking of staying by the Boardwalk for convenience but would love any suggestions.

68 Dave { 09.26.12 at 11:20 am }

Hi Maureen–the Boardwalk is convenient especially to Epcot, but also to Hollywood Studios. However, the favorite park of kids that age is the Magic Kingdom, and it’s not that convenient to MK…and the least favorite park for kids that age is Epcot…

My overall ranking of the WDW hotels is here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/where-to-stay/next-best-resort-choices/ and the convenience of the hotels for a trip that involves all four parks but especially the Magic Kingdom is here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/where-to-stay/next-best-resort-choices/picking-your-resort-based-on-convenience/resorts-ranked-by-convenience/

69 Jared { 09.29.12 at 9:07 am }

Going to WDW with 3 kids 2 and under. End of April 2013. When would discounts come out for that time of year? Also, we were thinking about staying at the wilderness lodge but are concerned that we would have to break down our stroller to take the boat to MK. Our stroller is huge!! We thought the best option would be to stay at the beach club to eliminate all buses and most boat. Any advice would help greatly. Thanks!

70 Dave { 09.29.12 at 1:44 pm }

Hi Jared, discounts for April won’t come out until after the pre-Easter discounts come out, so likely early 2013.

The Beach Club doe snot eliminate buses or boats–you take buses from there to Mk and AK, and most with strollers take the boat to HS. The most convenient resort for a stroller and MK is the Contemporary, as you can walk back and forth from MK. See this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/06/06/review-disneys-contemporary-resort/

71 Laura { 11.04.12 at 3:59 pm }

Hi Dave

My cousin and I are planning on going when it’s affordable as we are both single moms. There will be 3 adults, 1 child (age 13). We would like to stay right in Disney so everything is there and don’t have to worry about renting a car (not comfortable driving) and hopefully have park tickets and dinner options available. Any suggestions? Oh yes, maybe around May/June or late August

72 Dave { 11.05.12 at 7:32 am }

Laura, of your choices late August will almost certainly be the best. It combines low crowds with prices near the lowest of the eyar, and the past few years has added in addition free dining. See this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2009/12/21/the-tightwads-guide-to-when-to-go-to-walt-disney-world/

73 Sara { 12.11.12 at 9:22 am }

Hey Dave! Love all of your great information. We are planning a trip in August and are wanting to book before Christmas to surprise our nieces! If we book and a free dining or discounted hotel package come out after we book does Disney allow those who booked ahead of time get the deals too?

74 Dave { 12.12.12 at 6:24 am }

Hi Sara, you can book now, and if a deal comes out later (and applies to your hotel and dates) you can reach out to Disney to add it!

75 Shannon { 12.16.12 at 10:46 pm }

We are a family of 5 heading down with lodging already taken care of my parents. Staying Jan 14-Jan19. I thought that this month and these dates would garner cheaper theme park passes but Im not sure where Im seeing that. Suggestions on where to go to buy the best value tickets would be appreciated. We have never been to Orlando. Also, we have twin 14 year old boys and a 6 year old boy. With such an age discrepency, any suggestions here would be great also. Thanks.

76 Dave { 12.17.12 at 8:17 am }

Hi Shannon–ticket prices at WDW are the same year round (until they do their increase, most commonly in the summer). The prices that vary by time of year are hotel prices. So ask your parents for a refund! You can sometimes find minor ticket savings on MouseSavers.com–see http://www.mousesavers.com/sources-for-discounts-on-walt-disney-world-tickets/

For (not so great) ideas on handling the different ages, see this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/how-oldtall-your-children-should-be/what-if-theyre-too-shortyoung/taking-your-too-shortyoung-kids-anyway/

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77 Mike { 12.30.12 at 4:04 pm }

My wife and I are planing, a relatively last minute, trip for April 28-May4 with our 4 year old daughter. We went last year around the same time and crowds and weather were great. However, we split a condo rental with some friends so we have no knowledge of the resorts or dining plans or any of that jazz. So far we think we are going to do the Art of Animation Little Mermaid room, the dining plus dinner plan (or whatever it’s called lol) and the park hopper pass. We were hoping to stumble on a free dining plan offer but we probably need to start making reservations for Character meals and what-not so we can’t really afford to wait. Any tips or advice to help us out with the decisions on resorts, dining, or any possible deals we may miss out on? We’ll be driving so transportation isn’t a huge concern but it’d be nice to not have to drive everywhere again like last time.

78 Dave { 12.31.12 at 10:02 am }

Mike this site is all tips!

Start with the entries on the home page ( http://yourfirstvisit.net/ ) and work your way down–the choices you’ve made so far look great.

A room rate discount for those dates is suppose dto come out this week, but is also not supposed to include AofA (as its so popular it’s filling without discounts.) I fear we may have seen the last of free dining, at least until August…

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79 Sheryl { 01.07.13 at 11:03 am }

Our family of 21 (6 kids under the age of 10 and 15 kids/adults over the age of 10) are coming to Walt Disney in a few weeks. We are staying off site in a rental house. However, I was wondering if there was group rates or other ticket discounts available. Should we purchase them before we arrive or when we get there? Also- which day of the week is best to visit Walt Disney World. Thanks!

80 Dave { 01.07.13 at 6:05 pm }

Hi Sheryl! On your last question–are you really going for just one day? Or are you asking about better or worse days to see the four theme parks? See this: http://yourfirstvisit.net/planning-your-first-family-trip/how-long-to-stay/

I’m not aware of group rates, but do check this: http://www.mousesavers.com/walt-disney-world-vacation-discounts-and-deals/disney-world-ticket-pass-discounts/ Purchasing your tickets before you arrive saves one step the morning of arrival…

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81 Sheryl { 01.07.13 at 6:51 pm }

We are buying a 4 day pass and will be there for 6 full days (without travel days….a Friday to Friday). Which day of the week would you go to Magic Kingdom? We want to see the parade, but don’t want huge crowds. Will it be busy on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Are there good days to go to Epcot, Animal Kingdom, etc. We want to go to each park for one day and then travel to the beaches for two days in between parks. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!

82 Dave { 01.08.13 at 6:54 am }

Sheryl–I’m assuming your arrival date is 1/18? If so, the best days at MK will be the 22nd and 23rd. Neither has the parade showing. Parade days will be crowded your dates. The best parade day will likely be the 19th. All the parks are best mid-week, but Epcot is good any day but Tuesday, AK any day but Monday or Wednesday, with Tuesday the best day, and HS good any day but Saturday or Monday, with Weds the best.

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83 NDAKUNZE Eddy Claude { 01.09.13 at 11:19 am }

Hi,
I am from BURUNDI, i would like to come to WORLD DYSNEY LAND in 2013. Both with my family. Could you please direct me with VISAS process and also Resorts and games Booking?

Regards.

84 Dave { 01.09.13 at 12:06 pm }

Hi, I’m sorry…I’m just a guy with a website in Ohio, so can’t help with any visa issues. See this for the US Embassy in Burundi’s page on visas: http://burundi.usembassy.gov/visas.html

For booking, start here and make your decisions: http://yourfirstvisit.net then I’d suggest finding a Burundi-based travel agent who can help…

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85 Anastasia { 03.19.13 at 9:10 pm }

Hello!
I have been glued to this website for a while in hopes of planning a trip to Disney for this coming September! I know it is soon but I am a Florida Resident and was curious if you had any tips for us. I am hoping to go with one other adult (no children) and I would prefer to stay in a resort however it seems that Disney only has deals for Residents on park tickets not on resorts? I sent in for a quote from the website you suggested but it seems a little high (maybe because they haven’t released the possible free dining plans yet). For a Florida Resident is it more cost efficient to stay at a near by hotel or at the Disney Resorts?

Thanks a Million!

86 Dave { 03.20.13 at 6:36 am }

Hi Anastasia! I’m sorry but I don’t track closely the Florida deals. All I can recall for FL residents is ticket deals, and I don’t think–but may be wrong–that you can combine a Florida ticket deal with another offer–that is, to get free dining, if it is offered, you’ll have to buy more tix…I may be wrong on this, as I said.

Update: Anastasia: see Steve’s comment below–I was wrong!!!

And it’s pretty much always less expensive to stay off-site than on-site, for everyone!

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87 Steve From MilitaryDisneyTips.com - YourFirstVisit.net Military Moderator { 03.20.13 at 8:37 am }

Hi Anastasia!,

I live in FL too.

WDW does often offer FL Resident rates on rooms, in fact there are some ending this week of 15-35% off on the values up to the deluxe resorts.

FL res rates are only announced 2-4 months out though. So nothing for your timeframe yet. The only current ones are for 4/6/13-6/3/13.

There usually is a date that you have to book by for these.

Another option is to get FL Seasonal Passes (if you’ll be going often) and as a pass-holder there are room, food, and merchandise discounts. I have a FL Seasonal.

Hope this helps, Steve

88 Mr. Tom { 03.23.13 at 7:47 pm }

Any rooms for 3 adults?

89 Dave { 03.24.13 at 1:48 pm }
90 Celena { 04.01.13 at 11:47 am }

Hi Dave! I love this site. Thank you so much for putting this out there for all of us :) I am planning a trip for 2 adults and 1 child under 3 for 2013 late October/early November. Should I wait to book it until some package deals come out? I’ve only seen deals through June 2013. Do you know a good site to book a package? I am looking to stay at the Dolphin Resort (or something comparable) and we plan on going to ONLY to Magic Kingdom (3 day tickets and staying 4 nights). I apreciate any help. THANK YOU!

91 Dave { 04.02.13 at 6:45 am }

Hi Celena and thanks!! Coupla things:

The Swan is not a Disney property (neither is the Dolphin) so it never shows up in Dinsey deals–though they can have their own great deals. If you are only going to MK, the Swan and Dolphin are way inconvenient to that–you should stay in a monorail resort or the Wilderness Lodge. See http://yourfirstvisit.net/2011/11/08/the-monorail-resorts-at-walt-disney-world/ and http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/08/25/review-disneys-wilderness-lodge/

For the dates you are contemplating, Jersey Week begins November 3, and is pretty much never discounted, so look for an earlier arrival date than then. See http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/05/02/jersey-week-at-walt-disney-world/

If you book a package now, and a deal comes out later for which your hotel and arrival dates are eligible, you can re-book into it, or cancel your current reservation and book a different hotel if your hotel is not in the deal…

You can book a package either directly with Disney or via a travel agent. There’s a form for the travel agents I work with on the tight side of every page!

Hope this helps, and if so…

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92 Linz { 04.10.13 at 10:49 am }

Do you have any idea when/if Disney will offere discounts for the end of August?

93 Dave { 04.10.13 at 3:18 pm }

Linz I expect they will, but don’t know when they will be announced–it could be today, or could be June…

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94 Casey { 04.24.13 at 9:15 am }

Hi!
We will be taking our two kids 6 and 2 to disney from oct 26-nov 2. We will be staying at art of animation. Can you recommend which parks / how many days for each and order you would recommend ? We also plan the halloween party but not on halloween. Thanks!

95 Dave { 04.25.13 at 7:32 am }

Casey, at those ages you could focus entirely on MK, doing three mornings, an afternoon, and an evening. A morning at HS (with an evening too if they like fireworks) and a morning at AK would also be good, but if you’ll be able to bring them back when they are older, an MK focused trip will be easier and wonderful!

Ignoring Epcot, here’s parks to avoid by day those dates:

10/26: Avoid MK, AK
10/27: Avoid HS
10/28: Avoid MK, AK
10/29: No issues at any of these three
10/30: Avoid MK
10/31: No issues at any park
11/1: Avoid AK
11/2: Avoid MK, HS

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96 Jen { 06.01.13 at 7:30 am }

Hi, I’m planning a trip to WDW 11/29/13-12/6/13. My daughter will be 1.5 years old is there things for her to do? Do you have any recommendations for things to do/ not to do that week?

97 Dave { 06.02.13 at 8:06 am }
98 OC { 06.03.13 at 11:46 am }

My family and I planned a Disney Vacation Sept 20-24th. Was able to get the free dinning. We will have the Quick Serve meal plan. Is the Free dinning worth it? We will sat in Disney All Star Movie. How is that hotel? I have a 9year and 10month old. Do you get meals also with this? Is this a good time to go to Disney? How is the weather and crowd?

99 OC { 06.03.13 at 11:48 am }

We are also looking to do have some family fun outside of Disney. Any suggestions? We plan on going to the Holy Land.

100 Dave { 06.03.13 at 3:51 pm }

OC, the free quick service meal plan gives you two quick service meals per night of your stay, plus a snack. That’s a great deal. My review of All-Star Movies is here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2010/07/18/review-disneys-all-star-movies-resort/ and details about September, including weather crowds etc., are here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2013/02/25/september-2013-at-walt-disney-world/

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101 Dave { 06.03.13 at 3:52 pm }

OC, I can barely keep up with Disney World, so don’t much track what’s outside it. Given the ages of your kids, you should check out SeaWorld…

102 Tom { 06.24.13 at 5:07 pm }

Dave,

I read today on a blog that there is a possibility to buy and sell unused ticket days directly at stores in Orlando.

I was puzzled because I thought you had to put your fingerprint to have it scanned the first time in order to avoid such behaviors.

Do you know anything about that? I find it weird.

cheers

103 Dave { 06.24.13 at 5:32 pm }

Tom, it’s a fraud that sometimes works (the thumbprint tech is spotty), but more commonly results in the tickets being seized–in the nicest possible way–at guest services.

104 Tom { 06.24.13 at 5:46 pm }

Thnx…

I guessed there was some legal notice about not allowing to sell your tickets that forbade that “practice” that was why I found it weird.
Cheers

105 Jodi { 07.11.13 at 10:01 pm }

Hi there, Dave. Thanks to all the amazing tips and info on your fantastic website, I’m looking to plan trip #3 in 2014 for my 9 year old daughter – she thanks you, too!! Just looked at the 2014 prices and I’m wondering if you can tell me what the average hotel room increase has been for the past few years. I was prepared for the ticket and dining plan increases, however the room increases were not what I expected. Thanks.

106 Dave { 07.12.13 at 8:57 am }

Hi Jodi, and thanks!!!

What resorts are you looking at? I’ve analyzed only 8 so far–its kind of a pain–but am getting no price increases at the values except for Art of Animation, hardly any increases at the moderates except for the fall season, and <2% increases at the deluxes...

One thing that may be confusing--for the first time, Disney is posting at the start its prices after tax. (It used to not show taxes until well into the booking process). So if you are comparing say 2103 pre-tax prices with 2104 after tax prices, you'll see a 12.5% increase that isn't really there (13% at the All-Stars...)

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107 Jodi { 07.13.13 at 12:39 pm }

Once again, thanks for the info!! The initial rates I looked at for Wilderness Lodge were after tax. I’m back on track now for planning May 2014 – Week #5!!!

108 Dave { 07.14.13 at 8:01 am }

Great, Jodi!!

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