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2021 Disney World Resort Hotel Price Seasons



By Dave Shute

2021 RESORT PRICE SEASONS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

The material below shows Walt Disney World resort hotel price seasons at different times of the year in 2021.

Resort prices can be more than twice as high during some periods as they are at others. The information on this page helps you identify lower and higher cost periods.

Ticket prices also vary by date. Much of the time, you’ll find higher ticket prices at when resort hotel prices are also higher, but there are nuances to this, as the hotel market is more competitive, and for moderates and deluxes in particular, are affected by both the tourist and convention markets. 2021 Disney World ticket prices are here.

In the below, I compare 2021 hotel prices over the year for each hotel class to that class’s lowest price of the year. I don’t have as many different hotels in the analysis set as I do most years, because many key hotels have not yet re-opened.

Grouping of dates is based on “price seasons,” a grouping tool Disney World no longer makes public, but which can be identified analytically, and named (sorta) based on past practices. Disney charges based on the actual price of the actual nights, so if your visit straddles price seasons, you’ll pay the prices of each price season.

The charts average prices over the next seven nights, by arrival date.  This eliminates what would be otherwise be incomprehensible bumpiness from Thursday/Sunday and/or Friday/Saturday upcharges. For exact prices by night by room type by date, see MouseSavers.com here.

Price patterns over the year are similar to those of prior years, with the exception of the fourth quarter, when–compared to the rest of the year–they are higher in early October, and do not get quite as low as they used to get after Thanksgiving into early December–while still being low these dates than the holiday dates before and after.

One distinct change that affects the early October pattern is that October 1 and October 2 see a new set of higher prices, which I have named the “Anniversary Season” in honor of Disney World’s 50th anniversary–expected to be celebrated beginning October 1, 2021.

 

2021 DISNEY WORLD RESORT PRICE SEASONS: VALUE RESORTS

When a range is given, the higher end applies to Fridays and Saturdays, and the lower end to Mondays through Wednesdays. Sundays and Thursdays vary, but are typically closer to the lower end. Disney’s Pop Century Resort prices used to illustrate value resort prices.

  • The lowest prices of the year–the value season–begin 1/3/2021
  • 40% higher prices–RunDisney rates–begin 1/7/21
  • Lowest prices of year–the value season–begin 1/10/21
  • 40% higher prices for the Martin Luther King Jr. long weekend begins 1/15/21
  • Lowest prices of year–the value season–begin 1/18/21
  • 55% higher –the spring season—covers 2/11/21
  • 80% higher for the long weekend of Presidents Day begins 2/12/21
  • 50-80%% higher –the spring season—begins 2/15/21
  • 80% higher–RunDisney rates—begins 2/18/21
  • 30%-65% higher–the regular season–begins 2/21/21
  • 50-80% higher–the spring season–begins 3/5/21
  • 85% higher–the Easter season–begins 3/28/21
  • 50-80% higher–the spring season–begins 4/11/21
  • 65% higher –RunDisney rates—begins 4/15/21
  • 30-60% higher–the regular 2 season–begins 4/18/21
  • 65% higher over the Memorial Day long weekend begins 5/28/21
  • 40-65% higher–the summer season–begins 5/31/21
  • 70% higher over the long 4th of July weekend begins 7/2/21

  • 40-65% higher–the summer season–begins 7/5/21
  • 25-55% higher–the summer 2 season–begins 8/8/21
  • 15-40% higher–the fall season–begins 8/22/21
  • 55% higher over the long Labor Day weekend begins 9/3/21
  • 15-40% higher–the fall season–begins 9/6/21
  • 30-60% higher–the fall 2 season–begins 9/12/21
  • 75% higher—the Anniversary season—begins 10/1
  • 30-60% higher–the fall 2 season–begins 10/3/21
  • 70% higher over the long Columbus Day weekend begins 10/8/21
  • 30-60% higher–the fall 2 season–begins 10/11/21
  • 20-50% higher–the fall 3 season– begins 10/24/21
  • 50% higher–RunDisney rates, I expect—begins 11/4/21
  • 20-50% higher–the fall 3 season– begins 11/7/21
  • 60% higher over Thanksgiving begins 11/20/21
  • 20-50% higher–the fall 3 season–begins 11/27/21
  • 30-55% higher–the fall 4 season–begins 12/3/21
  • 55-90% higher–the holiday season–begins 12/10/21
  • 100% higher–the holiday 2 season–begins 12/17/21
  • 110% higher–the holiday 3 season–begins 12/26/21

2021 DISNEY WORLD RESORT PRICE SEASONS: MODERATE RESORTS

When a range is given, the higher end applies to Fridays and Saturdays, and the lower end to Mondays through Wednesdays. Sundays and Thursdays vary, but are typically closer to the lower end. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort prices used to illustrate moderate resort prices.

  • The lowest prices of the year–the value season–begin 1/3/2021
  • 20% higher prices–RunDisney rates–begin 1/7/21
  • Lowest prices of year–the value season–begin 1/10/21
  • 20% higher prices for the Martin Luther King Jr. long weekend begins 1/15/21
  • Lowest prices of year–the value season–begin 1/18/21
  • 35% higher –the spring season—covers 2/11/21
  • 55% higher for the long weekend of Presidents Day begins 2/12/21
  • 30-45% higher –the spring season—begins 2/15/21
  • 55% higher–RunDisney rates—begins 2/18/21
  • 25%-40% higher–the regular season–begins 2/21/21
  • 30-45% higher–the spring season–begins 3/5/21
  • 60% higher–the Easter season–begins 3/28/21
  • 30-45% higher–the spring season–begins 4/11/21
  • 55% higher –RunDisney rates—begins 4/15/21
  • 25-45% higher–the regular 2 season–begins 4/18/21
  • 50% higher over the Memorial Day long weekend begins 5/28/21
  • 25-35% higher–the summer season–begins 5/31/21
  • 45% higher over the long 4th of July weekend begins 7/2/21
  • 25-35% higher–the summer season–begins 7/5/21

  • 25-40% higher–the summer 2 season–begins 8/8/21
  • 25-40% higher–the fall season–begins 8/22/21
  • 50% higher over the long Labor Day weekend begins 9/3/21
  • 25-40% higher–the fall season–begins 9/6/21
  • 35-50% higher–the fall 2 season–begins 9/12/21
  • 60% higher—the Anniversary season—begins 10/1
  • 35-50% higher–the fall 2 season–begins 10/3/21
  • 50% higher over the long Columbus Day weekend begins 10/8/21
  • 35-50% higher–the fall 2 season–begins 10/11/21
  • 30-50% higher–the fall 3 season– begins 10/24/21
  • 50% higher–RunDisney rates, I expect—begins 11/4/21
  • 30-50% higher–the fall 3 season– begins 11/7/21
  • 50% higher over Thanksgiving begins 11/20/21
  • 30-50% higher–the fall 3 season–begins 11/27/21
  • 40-50% higher–the fall 4 season–begins 12/3/21
  • 45-60% higher–the holiday season–begins 12/10/21
  • 80% higher–the holiday 2 season–begins 12/17/21
  • 85% higher–the holiday 3 season–begins 12/26/21

2021 DISNEY WORLD RESORT PRICE SEASONS: DELUXE RESORTS

When a range is given, the higher end applies to Fridays and Saturdays, and the lower end to Mondays through Wednesdays. Sundays and Thursdays vary, but are typically closer to the lower end. Disney’s Yacht Club Resort prices used to illustrate deluxe resort prices.

  • The lowest prices of the year–the value season–begin 1/3/2021
  • 25% higher prices–RunDisney rates–begin 1/7/21
  • Lowest prices of year–the value season–begin 1/10/21
  • 25% higher prices for the Martin Luther King Jr. long weekend begins 1/15/21
  • Lowest prices of year–the value season–begin 1/18/21
  • 40% higher –the spring season—covers 2/11/21
  • 50% higher for the long weekend of Presidents Day begins 2/12/21
  • 40-50% higher –the spring season—begins 2/15/21
  • 50% higher–RunDisney rates—begins 2/18/21
  • 30% higher–the regular season–begins 2/21/21
  • 40-50% higher–the spring season–begins 3/5/21
  • 50% higher–the Easter season–begins 3/28/21
  • 40-50% higher–the spring season–begins 4/11/21
  • 40% higher –RunDisney rates—begins 4/15/21
  • 30% higher–the regular 2 season–begins 4/18/21
  • 35% higher over the Memorial Day long weekend begins 5/28/21
  • 20% higher–the summer season–begins 5/31/21
  • 30% higher over the long 4th of July weekend begins 7/2/21

  • 15% higher—the summer season 2—begins 7/5/21
  • 5-10% higher—the value season 2—begins 8/20/21
  • 20% higher over the long Labor Day weekend begins 9/3/21
  • 5-10% higher—the value season 2—begins 9/6/21
  • 30-35% higher–the fall season–begins 9/17/21
  • 45% higher—the Anniversary season—begins 10/1
  • 30-35% higher–the fall season–begins 10/3/21
  • 40% higher over the long Columbus Day weekend begins 10/8/21
  • 25-40% higher–the fall 2 season–begins 10/11/21
  • 35-40% higher–the fall 3 season– begins 10/29/21
  • 40% higher–RunDisney rates, I expect—begins 11/4/21
  • 25-40% higher–the fall 2 season– begins 11/7/21
  • 45% higher over Thanksgiving begins 11/23/21
  • 25-40% higher–the fall 2 season–begins 11/27/21
  • 30-50% higher–the fall 4 season–begins 12/3/21
  • 45-55% higher–the holiday season–begins 12/10/21
  • 75% higher–the holiday 2 season–begins 12/17/21
  • 80% higher–the holiday 3 season–begins 12/26/21

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