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2013 Disney World Resort Hotel Prices

By Dave Shute


Multiple sources, including crack commenters Brandon and Terri, have noted that Disney World will begin online booking for 2013 visits next week, on July 11.

This means that the full 2013 Disney World resort hotel price schedule will be out by then as well. (2013 Disney World ticket prices were announced in June, and will be good until Disney raises them, likely in the summer of 2013.)


We won’t know for sure until Disney release the prices itself, but it looks like the value season for 2013 won’t begin until January 6.

You can currently book into January 2013 if your arrival date is in 2012, and the 2013 prices Disney shows when you try to book, as I write this, are sky high January 1st, drop like a rock the 2nd, then go up again for the 3rd, 4th and 5th, and then on January 6 drop to what looks like value season levels for the rest of the month, other than the Marathon and holiday weekends.

This may change next week–the 2nd looks especially odd–but is consistent with the thought that the week beginning 12/29/2012 will be much busier than I had earlier forecast.


Usually by now I would have published suggested itineraries and To-Do Lists for January 2013, and published an overview of the month (like this one for December 2012).

However, Disney’s calendar for January 2013 is incomplete–it’s still missing Extra Magic Hours.  These affect the itineraries, so I won’t publish material for January until they are up. Josh at suggested last week that the delay is because Disney World is sorting out how to schedule and price for the crowds the week of the 29th, and perhaps also for the Marathon.

If Josh is right–and he usually is–then the January schedules should be sorted out by the 11th as well, and I’ll get the updates out as soon as I can after the Extra Magic Hours are posted.



1 CathyK { 07.13.12 at 11:48 am }

I know Easter is 3/31/13 so the crowds that week will be peak. Thinking of maybe going 4/4/13 – 4/10/13. What are your thoughts? I usually go in November but because of kids school scheduling that will be hard next year. I have been to Disney over 20 times and my kids have been at least 5 times, so I pretty much know what I want to do, etc. I have never gone so close to a peak time. Just wondering your thoughts. Thanks so much.

2 Dave { 07.13.12 at 12:15 pm }

Hey CathyK. Crowds won’t be back to normal until April 6 or 7, since many kids have the week after Easter off. As veterans, you know the basics–show up before opening, avoid EMH days, skip afternoons–so you should be OK if you can’t move your arrival to later…

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