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Play Stay and Dine Deal for This Winter at Disney World Announced

By Dave Shute

Disney World Play Stay and Dine Deal from yourfirstvisit.netDISNEY WORLD PLAY STAY DINE AND SAVE DEAL ANNOUNCED

As expected, Disney World announced this morning two new deals for winter 2016—a room rate deal and a “Play, Stay, Dine, and Save Deal.”

The savings from the Play Stay Dine and Save deal are pretty hard to quantify.

However, based on how it worked last year (I’ll get started updating the numbers for this offer after I’m out of a two-day strategy retreat I’m facilitating today and tomorrow), Play Stay and Dine will be better than the room rate deal for most families aimed at value and moderate resorts—especially in January and February, when the room rate deal applies only to weekdays for those staying in one of these two classes of rooms.

Those staying in the more expensive deluxe and Disney Vacation Club rooms should run the numbers both ways. A good travel agent (like Kelly B, contact her at 980-429-4499 or can help you sort this out.

To be eligible for the Play Stay Dine and Save deal, you must book a vacation package with at least 3 nights, a dining plan, and at least 2 days of tickets.

This deal must be booked by 12/23/15 and eligible check-in dates for it are 12/13/15 – 12/19/15 and 1/2/16 – 3/7/16.

The following resorts seem to be excluded from this deal

  • At the values: Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation
  • At the moderates: Some have reported that Port Orleans French Quarter is excluded for the whole deal, and that Riverside is excluded in December. If you are able to book one of these, let me know in the comments!
  • At the deluxes and DVC: the Villas at the Grand Floridian, Bay Lake Tower, and the Bungalows at Polynesian

Moreover, recently it’s been pretty hard for people to actually find rooms in these Disney World deals, so it’ll work best for those with flexible dates and flexible targeted resort hotels.

You can find reviews of all the Disney World room options here. (I’ve stayed in them all…)


As noted above, Kelly B can book this deal for you. Contact her at 980-429-4499 or

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1 Amy { 10.04.15 at 8:14 pm }

Hi Dave,
My family of 6 are headed to Disney Pop Century on dec 2. I have a 6 and 4yr old and my parents who are in their 70s. How do get rooms closest to the buses/restaurant area? Also how strict are the height restrictions?
Thank you!!

2 Dave { 10.05.15 at 7:50 am }

Amy, the closest rooms are booked in a separate (and higher-priced) “preferred” category. If you don’t have a preferred reservation, then request during on-line check in a 70s building near transportation

3 Amy { 10.05.15 at 10:20 am }

Thank you Dave

4 Nyla { 11.25.15 at 4:16 pm }

I wanna go to Disney on 30 november, I m travelling alone, and I came from Pakistan to see disney. Please guide me which plan will suits me

5 Dave { 11.29.15 at 10:08 am }

Nyla, sorry to have gotten to this so late–the US Thanksgiving holiday led me to get behind. See Josh’s cheat sheets here, and his suggested parks for November here and December here.

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