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Two Deals for Disney World in 2014 Released Today



By Dave Shute

2014 Disney World Deals from yourfirstvisit.netAs predicted, Walt Disney World released today two deals for early 2014.

ROOM ONLY DISNEY WORLD DEAL FOR EARLY 2014

One deal is a room discount deal, and covers January 5 – April 12, 2014

This deal needs to be booked by December 31, 2013, and offers the following discounts (except between March 6-13, when discounts, if available, will typically be 5 percentage points less.):

Room Rate Discount 2014 Disney World Deal from yourfirstvisit.netValue Resorts:

  • 20% off: All Star Music, All Star Sports, Pop Century Resort
  • 15% off: Art of Animation Family Suites
  • 5% off: All Star Movies
  • Excluded:  Art of Animation Little Mermaid Standard Rooms

Moderate Resorts:

  • 25% off: Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside, Fort Wilderness Cabins
  • 5% off: Port Orleans French Quarter

Deluxe Resorts:

  • 35% off: Animal Kingdom Lodge (Standard & Pool View), Beach Club, Yacht Club, BoardWalk Inn, Polynesian Resort, Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa , Wilderness Lodge (Standard & Woods View)
  • 25% off: Animal Kingdom Lodge (Club Level & Savanna View), Wilderness Lodge (Club Level & Courtyard View)
  • Excluded (or perhaps 5% off): Other view types

DVC Resorts:

  • 35% off: Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Beach Club Villas, BoardWalk Inn Villas
  • 25% off: Villas at Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas
  • 5% off: Bay Lake Tower
  • Excluded: Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and 3-bedroom Villas

Disney World’s page on this deal is here.

DISNEY WORLD EARLY 2014 “PLAY, STAY, DINE AND SAVE” DEAL

Disney World also released today a “Play Stay Dine” deal for early 2014. It covers arrival dates from January 5 through March 5, 2014 and needs to be booked by December 31.

Play Stay Dine 2014 Disney World Deal from yourfirstvisit.netThis deal does not look quite like similarly named deals Disney has released in the past. On its webpage, for an example 4 person family, savings are on the order of $120/night at eligible deluxes and moderates, and $80/night at value resorts.

Savings on this deal will vary quite a bit among families of different sizes and ages and in some cases the room-only deal will be better. In general, the smaller and older your family, and the more expensive your room, the better the room only deal…but sadly you–or your travel agent, or the Disney cast member you call–will need to do the math.

Disney’s page on this deal is here.

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20 comments

1 Jennifer M { 10.08.13 at 10:39 am }

Hi Dave! I just wanted to say that I clicked on the link for the first deal, and I clicked on check availability, and it does not come up as a deal. Its still the regular price. Am I missing something?

2 Dave { 10.08.13 at 10:40 am }

Jennifer, what dates/resort were you trying?

3 Jennifer M { 10.08.13 at 2:16 pm }

Feb 28-Mar 9. all Star Music. Family suite.

4 Ted C { 10.08.13 at 4:51 pm }

Hi Dave! Your site is super awesome! SO HELPFUL! You have earned a galaxy of stars in your crown in Heaven for helping so many people have a great time at WDW/DL!
So I read the rumors of these announcements here on your site.. right after I had booked my trip at the end of September for a stay 1/11-1/19 2014 at AKL(Savannah View). First thing this morning I logged in here because I just KNEW you would have the info- which, of course, you did. 🙂
I called up WDW and the (very friendly) cast member helped me out and compared the two offers against our reservation plans. He determined the Winter Room Discount was the way to go, and I’d have to agree- Saved us nearly $900! Thank you so much!

5 Jennifer M { 10.08.13 at 5:38 pm }

Hi Dave! So, I talked to my travel agent, and she is on the phone right now with Disney, and is getting us a great deal. A package with 7 day base tickets is saving us $300 (roughly). so excited I ‘ve been reading your site. thanks so much for posting this!!

6 Dave { 10.09.13 at 12:34 pm }

There aren’t many Family Suites at ASM, Jennifer, so it may be that the few allocated to the deal are gone…but I’ve also heard reports that Disney’s website was messed up yesterday, so I think it’s worth your calling. 407-939-7675

7 Dave { 10.09.13 at 12:40 pm }

Ted, what a wonderful outcome!! And thanks so much for the kind words! I’m gonna stick you over into the “More Puffery’ section on the lower left side!

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8 Dave { 10.09.13 at 12:49 pm }

Yay, Jeniffer!!!!

9 Keith { 10.13.13 at 5:58 pm }

Dave:
I have been reading your site for about a year now and I say,”Boy you know your stuff. Thank you”
Now for the question “Do you think that there will be any discounts in the end of April and beginning of May?’
Thanks

10 Dave { 10.14.13 at 6:20 am }

Hi Keith and thanks! Yes, I do think their will be room rate deals for then. Based on past deal timing, I’d expect them to start for arrival dates in the middle of the week after Easter.

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11 Aleshia { 10.16.13 at 1:50 pm }

Hi Dave! My family of 4 has reservation for 3/28 -4/4/14. The stay dine play deal does not include our stay, but the room rate discount does. My queation, what is the likelihood that a free dining discount would be available for our stay? I’m thinking we should just go with. 25% room discount. Thanks

12 Jennifer { 10.16.13 at 3:05 pm }

Hi! We are planning a trip hopefully May 11th or 12th, 2014. We cant go earlier because the kids get out of school the 9th. The deal ends the day before so we will be missing the discount on rooms. Do you think they will have another discount for the next week the week we are planning? If so when do you expect it to come out. I have been told to book the room and then if there is a discount I can always call and get that rate is that correct?
Was hoping to go that week due to supposly lower crowds from what i see….
Thanks for your help and this site. It is great for first timer!

13 Dave { 10.17.13 at 10:02 am }

Aleshia, I’d say that there’s no likelihood of free dining then…hopefully I’m wrong! Remember that if a new deal comes out, you can always try for it, and if successful, can dump your old reservation…

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14 Dave { 10.17.13 at 10:20 am }

Hi Jennifer and thanks!!

The deal ends the month befroe, not the day before…but I do expect a deal to come out for your dates, likely much later this year or early 2014.

It’s not as simple as you can “always call and get that rate.” A lot of people have been disappointed by that mis-information.

What happens is that if a deal comes out, you call or get online to get a brand new reservation, and your dates and hotel have to be eligible, and there have to be rooms left in the deal. Some are successful, some are excluded, some call too late and there are no rooms left that suit their plans. Then if you are successful, you cancel your old reservation.

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15 Jen { 10.17.13 at 9:26 pm }

Sorry for all the questions: I am very confused on what to do and need some guidance….. Dont know whether to book now for the May 2014 trip or wait for a deal? Is it better to book everything yourself or go through a travel agent? The reason I ask is because I work with someone who is a part time travel agent (does quite a bit with Disney). When I talked with her she didnt seem to find a price any better than I did, actually it looks like more. She also said they are not going to offer any more April deals all just came out 3 days ago. They usually only offer fall and winter deals. With this being said I have faith in you from what I have read and am hoping you are right! So I am wondering if I should go with an agent or not. It seems like the only reason to go with one is for more of a hassile free expierence since they can’t seem to get you any better deals. But if I am going to have to stay on top of it in case another deal comes out is it reallly worth it. Would love your and everyone elses thoughts on this. Also, she said I wouldn’t need to make reservations to eat other than a breakfast with the princess all other places I should be able to walk in and get reservations since its only 4 of us. But other things I read says to make reservations now (we would prefer not to). See why I am soooo confused. haha Thank you again for all your help!

16 Dave { 10.18.13 at 7:21 am }

Well Jen…a good travel agent can give you good advice, based on knowledge and experience, and take some of the hassle off your hands. They typically can’t great you a better deal than you could get yourself.

Take a look at the deals listed here that cover May dates, and decide for yourself if you have a good travel agent or not: http://www.mousesavers.com/historical-information-on-walt-disney-world-resort-discounts/#codetrends

17 Mary { 10.18.13 at 10:43 pm }

We are coming mar 23 2014. I book magic your way package at all star spots. I’ve been seeing the room only deal. Will this be a deal for me? If not, will other deals be possible like stay play and dine or free dining?

18 Dave { 10.19.13 at 8:32 am }

Hi Mary, yes shoot for the room rate deal- I don’t expect another deal to come out for those dates. If I’m wrong you can always try to re-book!

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19 Mary { 10.19.13 at 11:14 am }

I booked room deal and saved around 300 dollars. Should I get tickets to park from somewhere besides directly from Disney to save even more?

20 Dave { 10.20.13 at 6:46 am }

Mary, that’s great!! On tickets, you might save a bit at Undercover Tourist

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