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Most 2013 Hotel and Package Bookings Now Available on Disney World Web Site

By Dave Shute


As of this morning, almost all of 2013 is now priced and bookable on Walt Disney World’s web site.

Bookable dates go out 500 days, so later November and all of December 2013 is still not bookable.  By my math, any arrival date in the year will be available by August 18, 2012.

If you neglect your real job and do a lot of test reservations, you can also infer the 2013 price seasons.

Having done so, it seems the projections on this site were dead on with a few exceptions:

  • The regular season at the deluxes does not run from the week after Easter through mid-July.  Instead, it ends May 30, and a new deluxe summer season–with slightly lower prices–runs from then til mid-July
  • The fall season at the values and moderates starts a couple of weeks earlier than I had thought it would–on September 14th.
  • December 2013 now has a third price season–“Peak”–from 12/13/2013 through 12/19/2013, making this week much more expensive than I’d thought it would be.

This site’s 2013 price seasons page is still labeled as “projected,” because while the “x% higher than the lowest of the year” stuff, is pretty close, there’s still a lot of detailed slogging to do…which will take a while…Also there seems to be some weirdness still in the Disney World 2013 prices (e.g. Caribbean Beach being $190 some nights, and $191 the next).



1 Connie { 07.28.12 at 12:39 am }

Hi, We are wanting to go back to Disney on January 4, 2013. How busy do you think this week will be and are there any free dining available yet? Oh and if you book a 6 night 7 day hotel stay with magic your way tickets, (there will be 4 adults) are the tickets good from the time you arrive until you leave, and can you park hop on them? Oh and how should the weather be at that time. We have been to WDW lots of times and we LOVE it there?? Thanks Connie

2 Dave { 07.28.12 at 8:16 am }

Hi Connie! I think that week will be quite busy until Jan 6, and after that it will be fine–see this: No discounts for Jan have been announced yet.

The tickets aren’t tied to your hotel stay. You pick the number of days you want, and the ticket doesn’t “start” until you first use it. You then have 14 days to “use up” the days you bought. See this for more:

January weather can be all over the place–delightful, or in the 30s. See this:

3 Keri { 07.29.12 at 3:36 pm }

We are planning our first ever trip to WDW for March 2013. We have 2 small girls, IK IK wait until they are older, LOL. This will not be our only trip, as I plan on doing this every year or every other year until they don’t want to go anymore. What I’m wondering is, should we wait to go later in the year? I want to get this trip in before the horrible heat sets in, and before my daughter starts kindergarten.

4 Dave { 07.29.12 at 5:03 pm }

Keri, skip March–far too crowded and expensive, see this: –and go instead the second or third week of April for perfect weather. See this:

5 Lily { 08.01.12 at 2:02 pm }

Florida has great weather in April plus you can always hit a waterpark to cool down.

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