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Disney World Deals for Early 2018 Released

DISNEY WORLD DEALS FOR EARLY 2018

Today, after some troubles with Disney’s IT system, three Disney World deals for early 2018 came out.

 

Kelly can book you into the best of these deals for your plans—she’s been the travel agent partner of this site for years. To book your vacation through her, contact her at KellyB@DestinationsInFlorida.com or 980-429-4499. (If you’ve already booked with Kelly, she’s been busy this morning trying to get the best deal for you!)

ROOM RATE DEAL FOR EARLY 2018

The room rate deal covers most dates from January 1, 2018 through April 14. Discounts vary by resort and resort class, and are not available in all booking categories.

  • At the values, Little Mermaid Rooms at Art of Animation are excluded. All-Star Movies is 10% off, and the others are 15% off.
  • At the moderates, Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter are 10% off, and the rest are 20% off.
  • At the deluxes, the Contemporary, Polynesian Village, and Wilderness Lodge are 10% off, and the rest are 25% off.
  • At the DVC resorts, Bay Lake Tower, the Villas at the Grand Floridian, and Bungalows at the Polynesian are excluded. Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, and the BoardWalk Villas are 25% off. The other DVC resorts are 10% off.

Reports are that Disney Visa holders can call to get additional savings, but I haven’t been able to document the full extent of this yet.

This deal needs to be booked by January 2.

Disney’s page on this deal is here, and you can reach Kelly at KellyB@DestinationsInFlorida.com or 980-429-4499.

PLAY STAY AND DINE PACKAGE FOR EARLY 2018

The Play Stay and Dine package offers savings of of a combined room, ticket and dining plan package. It covers most arrival dates from January 1 through March 10 and needs to be booked by December 22.

Disney’s website hopes for savings of $300-$500 based on its examples, but as with the next deal, actual savings are hard to calculate without test-booking some reservations. The basic concept seems to be savings of 40-45% off the dining plan–quick service at the values, and regular at the other resort types–plus maybe a bit more at the deluxes. This can be the best deal for larger parties at the moderates in particular.

Excluded from this deal are

  • Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation
  • Fort Wilderness campsites
  • Bungalows at the Polynesians and Cabins at Copper Creek at the Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s page on this deal is here, and you can reach Kelly at KellyB@DestinationsInFlorida.com or 980-429-4499.

FAMILY MAGIC PACKAGE FOR EARLY 2018

The Family Magic Package deal covers most dates from January 1, 2018 through April 14. Discounts vary by resort and resort class, and are not available in all booking categories. The “example” discounts shown on Disney’s page on this deal exclude the highest-priced dates.

Actual savings are very hard to calculate without running actual reservations through the system. The best way to choose is to try each option and pick the one with the best savings. You also want to compare your offer with the lowest-priced undiscounted rooms, as these offers recently have put you into higher-priced rooms. This is where a travel agent like Kelly is a godsend.

It looks like the following resorts/room types are excluded from the Family Magic Deal:

  • Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation
  • Fort Wilderness campsites
  • Bungalows at the Polynesians and Cabins at Copper Creek at the Wilderness Lodge

This deal needs to be booked by January 2.

Disney’s page on this deal is here, and you can reach Kelly at KellyB@DestinationsInFlorida.com or 980-429-4499.

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October 3, 2017   2 Comments

Disney World Deal for October to December 2017 Released

Disney World released a new deal today. I’m on the road, so my friend Kelly wrote the following about it for you:

NEW DISNEY WORLD DEAL

Well, Disney is at it again. They just released a “Wicked Good” offer for everyone. The new discount will provide a savings of up to 20% on select Walt Disney World resort hotels.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The discount is available most Sunday through Thursday nights for 10/8-11/16/2017 and for stays most nights 11/17-11/21/2017 and 11/25-12/24/2017
  • Book by 10/7/2017 (For stays 12/8-12/24 book by 12/24)
  • As always there are exclusions–for example campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek, Bungalows at Polynesian, and Little Mermaid rooms.

So far, this discount seems to have extremely low availability.

But you have no need to wait on hold for hours with Disney.  When you book your vacation with KellyB@DestinationsInFlorida.com, all of my services (dining planning, fastpass reservations, etc) services are free including future discount watch.  I’m Kelly, the dedicated Destinations In Florida Travel Agent for YourFirstVisit.net. Contact me today at KellyB@DestinationsInFlorida.com or 980-429-4499 to book your Magical Disney Vacation.

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July 17, 2017   No Comments

Disney World 2018 Resort Price Seasons

2018 RESORT PRICE SEASONS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

The material below shows resort price seasons at Walt Disney World at different times of the year in 2018.

It’s based on material Disney published June 20, 2017, revised–especially January–multiple times, and seems to have finalized by July 2.

(For 2017 price seasons, see this, and for 2019 Disney World resort prices, see this.)

Although this may change at the next ticket price increase, currently only one-day ticket prices vary over the course of the year–multi-day tickets do not, although they typically have an annual increase during the year. See this for more on ticket prices.

Resort prices, however, can be almost twice as high during some periods as they are at others.

In the material below, “X% Higher” means compared to the lowest prices of the year.

In addition to the details listed below, Disney ups prices even more during certain weekends and holidays–particularly over the Martin Luther King Day weekend, President’s Day weekend, Memorial Day weekend, Columbus Day weekend, and Veterans Day weekend.

The images give an overview of the year, with specifics in the lists.

Cars at Disney's Art of Animation Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

2018 DISNEY WORLD PRICE SEASONS: VALUE RESORTS

  • 30-40% higher–the peak season–begins 1/1/2018
  • 15-25% higher–Marathon rates–begin 1/2/18
  • Lowest of year–the value season–begins 1/7/18
  • 20-25% higher–the regular season-begins 2/11/18
  • 30-40% higher–the peak season–begins 2/15/18
  • 20-25% higher–the regular season–begins 2/25/18
  • 30-40% higher–the peak season–begins 3/9/18
  • 55-65% higher–the Easter season–begins 3/25/18
  • 20-25% higher–the regular season–begins 4/8/18

  • 30-40% higher–the summer season–begins 5/25/18
  • 20-25% higher–the regular season–begins 8/12/18
  • 5-10% higher–the fall season–begins 8/26/18
  • 20-25% higher–the regular season–begins 9/16/18
  • 5-10% higher–the fall season– begins 10/28/18
  • 30-40% higher over Thanksgiving begins 11/17/18
  • 5-10% higher–the fall seasonbegins 11/24/18
  • 20-25% higher–the regular season–begins 12/9/18
  • 30-40% higher–the peak season–begins 12/14/18
  • 60-70% higher–the holiday season–begins 12/21/18

Disney's Polynesian Resort from yourfirstvisit.net2018 DISNEY WORLD PRICE SEASONS: DELUXE RESORTS

  • 20-40% higher–the peak season–begins 1/1/18
  • 15-20% higher–Marathon rates–begins 1/2/18
  • Lowest of year–the value season–begins 1/7/18
  • 10-20% higher–the regular season–begins 2/11/18
  • 20-40% higher–the peak season–begins 2/15/18
  • 10-20% higher–the regular season–begins 2/25/18
  • 20-40% higher–the peak season–begins 3/9/18
  • 30-50% higher–the Easter season–begins 3/25/18
  • 20-40% higher–the peak season–begins 4/8/18

  • 10-20% higher–the regular season–begins 4/15/18
  • 5-15% higher–the summer season–begins 5/25/18
  • 5-10% highernear-lowest of year–the value season 2–begins 7/6/18
  • Lowest of year–the value seasonbegins 8/24/18
  • 10-20% higher–the regular season 2–begins 9/21/18
  • 5-15% higher–the fall season–begins 10/14/18
  • 10-20% higher–the regular season–begins 11/2/18
  • 5-15% higher–the fall season–begins 11/12/18
  • 25-40% higher during Thanksgiving begins 11/20/18
  • 5-15% higher–the fall season–begins 11/24/18
  • 10-20% higher–the regular season–beings 12/9/18
  • 20-40% higher–the peak season–begins 12/14/18
  • 55-75% higher–the holiday season–begins 12/21/18

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net2018 DISNEY WORLD PRICE SEASONS: MODERATE RESORTS

  • 20-25% higher–the peak season–begins 1/1/18
  • 15% higher–Marathon rates–begins 1/2/18
  • Lowest of year–the value seasonbegins 1/7/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season-begins 2/11/18
  • 20-25% higher–the peak season–begins 2/15/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season-begins 2/25/18
  • 20-25% higher–the peak season–begins 3/9/18
  • 30-45% higher–the Easter season–begins 3/25/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season–begins 4/8/18

  • 10-15% higher–the summer season–begins 5/25/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season–begins 8/12/18
  • 10-15% higher–the fall season–begins 8/26/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season–begins 9/16/18
  • 10-15% higher–the fall season–begins 10/28/18
  • 20-25% higher over Thanksgiving begins 11/17/18
  • 10-15% higher–the fall seasonbegins 11/24/18
  • 15-20% higher–the regular season–beings 12/9/18
  • 20-25% higher–the peak season–begins 12/14/18
  • 35-50% higher–the holiday season–begins 12/21/18

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June 22, 2017   2 Comments

Caribbean Beach Pin Code for ~$82/Night Savings

Older son yesterday received a pin code offer for Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort for, after taxes, $81.88 a night off of standard room rates.

“Pin codes” are non-transferable Disney World deals offered to a specific household and accompanied by a unique offer code.  They can come via email or mail, and you can also call to see if you have one in your file. You can’t get the deal if you don’t have the code.

The deal my son was offered was for only weekdays during the period July 2 through August 3, and can’t be combined with other offers.

This savings, to me, more than makes up for the issues of the current redo at Caribbean Beach.

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May 25, 2017   No Comments

Disney World Room Rate Deals for August to Early October 2017 Released

DISNEY WORLD DEAL FOR LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL 2017

This morning, Disney World announced a new room rate deal that covers stays most nights from August 1st through October 7 2017. It needs to be booked by August 31.

Savings range from 15-30% off at the hotels included, and some hotels have two different discount levels depending on when you go.

If you book your vacation through partner and friend of this site Kelly B as your travel agent, she will get the best deal for you!! Contact her at 980-429-4499 or at  Kelly@DestinationsInFlorida.com!

DISNEY VALUE RESORT DEALS

Value resort deals exclude–as usual–Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation. Disney’s website has an error, leaving off the dates of the second part of the offer, which I have on good authority is 9/1-10/7.

DISNEY MODERATE RESORT DEALS

Port Orleans French Quarter is excluded from the August part of the deal among the moderates, and deals at Riverside are slender.

 

DISNEY DELUXE RESORT DEALS

All of the Disney deluxes are in the deal, and savings range from 15% to 30%.

DISNEY DVC RESORT DEALS

Bay Lake Tower and the Villas at the Grand Floridian are excluded from the DVC resorts on offer, as is the new (opening in July) Copper Creek Villas at the Wilderness Lodge. At the Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, only Studios are in the deal.

At the rest, saving vary from 15% to 30%.

 

For detailed reviews of every resort hotel  option, see this or get a copy of my book.

For more on the deal that came out today, see this. For the free dining deal that also came out today, see this. Or, if you sign with Kelly B as your travel agent, she will figure out the best deal for you!! Contact her at 980-429-4499 or at Kelly@DestinationsInFlorida.com!

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April 24, 2017   8 Comments

2017 Disney World Free Dining Deal is Out

2017 DISNEY WORLD FREE DINING DEAL RELEASED

As expected, this morning Disney World’s fall 2017 free dining deal came out.

To book the deal, contact Kelly at 980-429-4499 or kellyb@destinationsinflorida.com.

It covers arrival dates of

  • 8/21* to 9/30/2017
  • 11/14 to 11/20/17
  • 11/25 to 11/27/17
  • 12/8 to 12/23/17

It requires a three night minimum stay, and a minimum of two ticket days including one of the extra cost Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus add-on options.

Eligible value and moderate resorts offer the Quick-Service plan for free, and deluxe resorts and DVC spaces offer the Regular Dining Plan for free.

Excluded resorts include Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, All Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Copper Creek at the Wilderness Lodge, Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Grand Floridian Villas, and after 9/30, Port Orleans Riverside.

For more on Free Dining, see this, and to book the deal contact Kelly at 980-429-4499 or kellyb@destinationsinflorida.com.

*Disney Visa cardholders can book for dates beginning 8/14

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April 24, 2017   4 Comments