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New Walt Disney World Discount for Early April Through mid-June 2013

By Dave Shute


Walt Disney World has released a discount that covers most dates from April 2, 2013 through June 14 2013.

The new Disney World deal includes hotel savings ranging from 15% to 30%. It also claims additional savings on tickets if you add at least 4 days of tickets to the package, but I haven’t yet done the math.

The April through June dates need to be booked by March 31.

See the image below for some more specifics, or see Disney’s page on this deal here.



1 Sarah { 01.03.13 at 5:14 pm }

If we want to go to Animal Kingdom on a Saturday or Sunday, last weekend in January, should we plan to be there the whole day?

2 Dave { 01.03.13 at 6:02 pm }

Sarah, do you mean is it worth a whole day? If so the answer is yes!!

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3 Michelle { 01.03.13 at 9:06 pm }

Do you know if the discount applies to Port Orleans- French Quarter or just Port Orleans -Riverside? Also do you need to have a certain code to get this discount?
Thanks, Michelle

4 Dave { 01.04.13 at 7:34 am }

Michelle, POFQ is not in the offer. If you use the WDW website, you don’t need a special code, just book via this link: If you book over the phone, tell the reservationsit you want the “Spring Room Offer”

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5 Rhiannon { 01.04.13 at 12:57 am }

Hi! I’m going to Disney 3/5 to 3/10 and I was wondering if the crowds were going to be as night as expected for the later part of my trip. And if do any suggestion for beating the crowd? Thx 🙂

6 Dave { 01.04.13 at 7:41 am }

Hi Rhiannon! Crowds should be fine until the last day or two of your trip–see

The rules for reducing waits are the same year round: Avoid parks on the days they have extra magic hours. Be at the turnstiles well before the park opens. Ride in the first hour or so as many rides that build big crowds later as you can. Use FASTPASSES for other big line rides you can’t get to in the first hour or so…

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7 Dawn { 01.04.13 at 6:11 pm }

Hi! We are first timers to Disney on Feb. 11-15. How do you think the crowds will be and do you have any suggestions for beating the crowds at night time activities?

8 Dave { 01.05.13 at 7:39 am }

Hi Dawn!

Crowds will be great at the beginning of your trip, but will start to build the 14th. Se ethis:

I’m not sure what you mean by “beating the crowds at night time activities”…

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9 Maureen { 01.09.13 at 11:35 pm }

Hi Dave. I was so excited to see this offer. It would be a significant savings for us. We already booked our trip for April back in Oct. Do you know if Disney is likely to make an adjustment to our reservation to include the discout? If so, will it effect our dining reservations already booked 180 days in advance? I really don’t want to start over…..I’m sure nothing would be available now at the popular venues. Thanks much!

10 Dave { 01.10.13 at 7:48 am }

Maureen, they won’t do anything. You have to reach out to them. Your dining reservations “belong” to you, not to your hotel room (you could have gotten them without having a WDW hotel at all) so you should be fine! Just have your hotel reservation number in hand and call Disney reservations. 407-939-7675

11 Kalyn { 01.12.13 at 2:42 pm }


I have already saved $3000.00……My trip went from $8900.00 to $5800.00 for a party of three adults and two children. We will be staying at the Fort Wilderness Cabins from March 1st to March 9th. With that said, I have a question…..Do you think that Disney will offer a free dining plan during that time, and should I switch from the deal that I have on my lodging to a free Deluxe dining plan, if so offered? Any help or info. would be appreciated. Thank you.

Kalyn Wuenstel

12 Dave { 01.13.13 at 10:35 am }

Hi Kalyn, that’s great news! I’m guessing they won’t offer free dining for then, and if they do, it won’t be the deluxe plan.. If they do, it’ll be just a question of math to see which is the better for you…

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13 Melissa { 01.15.13 at 9:00 am }

Hi Dave,
We are planning an April visit either the week of 4/13 or 4/27 (from your “weeks ranked” they look similar) and would like your opinion regarding hotel choice. Because of the spring discount, a 7 night stay/5-day park tix package at Pop Century is $322 cheaper than a standard room at Art of Animation and full price 5-day park tix. My daughters are 5 and 2 and big fans of Ariel… do you think Art of Animation is worth the extra cost? Thanks so much for your input, we really need it!

14 Dave { 01.15.13 at 9:31 am }

Hey Melissa…frankly at that age it doesn’t really matter so I’d go with Pop and the savings. You can come back to the Little Mermaid rooms in a few years. Note also that there’s a Little Mermaid show at HS and both a Little Mermaid ride and an Ariel meet and greet in the Magic Kingdom–see this:

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15 Linda Paulus { 01.16.13 at 5:38 pm }

Dave my husband and I are 65 and 66 My husbands birthday is Sept 6 and I thought it would be fun to do a senior trip to Disney. Any advise would be great. Stay at the park, get a travel agent or work on deals myself. Are there senior discounts? Thanks for your help. L.

16 Dave { 01.17.13 at 7:20 am }

Hi Linda!

First, there are no senior discounts.

Second, you should stay at a WDW hotel–more fun, much more convenient. For the list, see this: Don’t pay too much attention to the rankings, as they are driven by kid appeal, whihc may or may not matter to you! For prices, see this:

Third, the time you are targeting has low crowds and is often heavily discounted–see this: It’s discounted partly because it’s also the peak of the hurricane season, tho…see this:

Using a travel agent can limit some of the work, but you still need to figure out your plan before turning it over to them to help…

Hope this helps!!

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17 lori { 01.20.13 at 9:55 am }

I have a 5 and 8 yr old boy and girl respectively. Our 1st trip to Disney. Do you recommend Contemporary Bay Towers (kitchenette is bonus in the a.m.) or Polynesian resort. Though it seems Polynesian, while great theme, has gotten mediocre reviews due from bad housekeeping to rooms that need updating. Thank you.

18 Dave { 01.20.13 at 12:00 pm }

Lori, are you thinking of a Studio at Bay Lake Tower? If so, I’m not keen on those rooms at all. See this:

19 Heather { 01.21.13 at 7:24 pm }

Hi. My husband and I are wanting to take our adult kids, 21,23 &25 for their first trip to Disney. We have a wedding June 14 in Jacksonville and were hoping to go for a couple days before that. Any suggestions?

20 Dave { 01.22.13 at 7:21 am }

Hi Heather! Are you asking for which days or what to see? On the latter, see this: and on the former start here, then get back with your reactions

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21 Tony360 { 02.25.13 at 4:07 pm }

im planning to go on a week long trip with my family. 6 adults what would be the best option for me in terms of savings

22 Dave { 02.25.13 at 6:25 pm }

Tony, for the least expensive time to go, see this:

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23 Tony360 { 02.25.13 at 4:08 pm }

we were hoping for late march early april but is that even a good time to go?

24 Dave { 02.25.13 at 6:23 pm }

Tony that’s a horrible time–very high prices and wildly high crowds and very long lines.

25 Brooke { 03.12.13 at 9:16 am }

Hi Dave! My Husband and I are wanting to take our 3 boys 11, 4, & 6 month old to Disney for a day before heading to Naples to visit with a relative. We were thinking June or July BUT as I am reading it’s very hot, expensive, and long wait times. We want to go when the weather is excellent beach weather AND Disney weather. Can you help me decide on the time of year and also a room for just 1-2 nights that would be rememberable for the boys? thank you

26 Dave { 03.12.13 at 1:00 pm }
27 Amanda { 03.20.13 at 9:27 pm }

Hi Dave, Love this website, it has so much info, with that said…. I am completely overwhelmed at booking our vacation to Disney as first timers. We are looking into June because we dont want to take our boys 6 and 7 out of school. The last week in June is good for us since we do not know when they will actually get out of school do to the horrendous winter we have in PA! or would you recommend earlier in June? I am just trying to find the most cost efficient options without sacrificing fun and comfort. We have looked at the Value resorts and they all look great and pricing is fairly similar for them, We just want to have a fun RELAXING trip but I don’t want to spend to much. Do you recommend the dining plan? we just ordered the burmbaums disney world book and hope there is alot of great discounts and such included, but not sure if it would benefit us to get the dining plan or wing it day by day. Thanks again for this very informative website, i will be exploring more as I wait to hear your recommendations….Amanda

28 Dave { 03.21.13 at 6:39 am }

Amanda, how late in August can you go? The last week of August is much less expensive, and much less crowded, than your June options… See this:

Take a look at the link and your August options, and get back to me…!

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29 Mindy { 03.29.13 at 10:39 am }

We are going to Disney November 30-December 7th. I’ve noticed that many years they do free dining in the fall. We plan on doing the deluxe dining plan-how does this work? Will there be any discount on it or is it just for guests that booked the regular dining plan?

30 Dave { 03.30.13 at 8:08 am }

Hi Mindy, I’m really dubious that we’ll see any free dining this year outside of the traditional late August-September period. For why, see this:

If it does come out and your dates and hotel are eligible, you will be able (by calling Disney) use the cash value of the free dining as a reduction in the price of the deluxe plan–that is, you take the free dining, and then pay the price difference between the regular and deluxe plan…

Hope this helps, and if it does…

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