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Category — Disney Specials, Deals and Discounts

New Disney World Deal for into December 2020

Disney World announced a new deal a few days ago that basically represents $25/night off at certain value resorts, $62.50/night off at certain moderate resorts, and $125/night off at certain deluxe and DVC resorts. You also save the associated taxes.

The new Disney World deal covers “most nights” through December 25th, and needs to be booked by December 25th.

Not all Disney resorts or room types are in the deal—some because of demand, and others because they remain closed.

Disney’s page on this deal is here. Disney is promoting this as “save up to $500,” but that would be for four nights in a deluxe or DVC resort. Other stay lengths and other resorts will yield different savings.

Other deals came out at the same time. The best way to sort them out for your specific circumstances is to work through a travel agent, who will get you the best price.

I recommend Kelly, the long-standing travel agent partner of this site. Contact her using the form below

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September 8, 2020   No Comments

New Disney World Room Rate Deal for Residents of the Southeast

Disney World announced a new room rate deal a few days ago that basically represents up to 20% off per night at certain value resorts, up to 25% off per night at certain moderate resorts, and up to 30% off per night at certain deluxe and DVC resorts.

The new Disney World deal covers “most nights” through December 25th, and needs to be booked by December 25th.

The catch is that only residents of a set of southeastern states—Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia—are eligible for this deal. (Residency is validated at check-in by credit card billing address.)

Not all Disney resorts or room types are in the deal—some because of demand, and others because they remain closed.

Disney’s page on this deal is here.

Other deals came out at the same time. The best way to sort them out for your specific circumstances is to work through a travel agent, who will get you the best price.

I recommend Kelly, the long-standing travel agent partner of this site. Contact her using the form below:

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September 8, 2020   No Comments

Extended Room Rate Deal and New Free Dining Re-Booking Deal at Walt Disney World

AN EXTENDED ROOM RATE DEAL AND A NEW FREE DINING OFFER

Walt Disney World last week extended its spring and summer room rate offer. It now covers stays through August 31, rather than July 9, and needs to be booked by August 31, rather than July 9. Details of this offer are here.

For those who have had to cancel their upcoming stays (or have already canceled them) Disney is also offering a new Free Dining Deal to those who re-book. Disney’s exact language on this is as follows:

  • “Eligible Guests can take advantage of a vacation package offer that includes accommodations at a select Disney Resort hotel, park admission and a Disney dining plan – valid for arrivals most nights June 1 through September 30, 2020 when you book through May 31, 2020.
  • “This offer is valid only for Guests who booked a vacation package or room reservation to stay at a Disney Resort hotel from March 16 through May 31, 2020 (even if the park opens before then). Offer not valid for reservations cancelled before March 1, 2020.”

Some other details worth noting:

  • The usual free dining is in place—The Quick Service Plan for those who book a value or a moderate, the regular Dining Plan for those who book a deluxe or a DVC resort.
  • The requirements to get the deal seem to be much more relaxed than in recent (normal times…) Free Dining Offers. The minimum room stay seems to be just two nights, and the minimum ticket buy is a regular ticket, not a Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus.

Disney is at the moment taking reservations for stays beginning June 1. That does not mean the parks will re-open then–it could happen earlier, it could happen later, it’s still too early to say.

Those interested in getting the room rate deal might want to contact the long-standing travel agent partner of this site, Kelly. Frankly, given all the uncertainty out there, there’s never been a better time to have a great travel agent like her on your side.

Those wanting to re-book their canceled (or not-yet-canceled) reservations into the Free Dining deal can also work with Kelly, even if you used no travel agent for your first reservation.

As with the room rate deal, Kelly can help you navigate your options if future deals better for you come out, or if your dates become ineligible due to longer closures.

Contact Kelly using the form below.

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March 29, 2020   No Comments

Disney World Room Rate Deal for April to August 31 2020 Is Out

Note: in late March, the eligible dates and book-by date for this offer were both extended through August 31.

This morning Walt Disney World released a room rate deal that covers stays April 1 through August 31, 2020 July 9, 2020.  It needs to be booked by August 31, 2020 July 9, 2020.  Savings range from 10% to 25% off standard rates per night, varying by both hotel and time period.

Basically this simply an “book-by” extension of an previous deal–except with a narrowed time frame, as it goes only through August into July, rather than September. The previous deal’s “book by” date was February 26.

2020 ROOM RATE DEAL AT THE DISNEY WORLD VALUE RESORTS

At Disney’s value resorts all room types are in the deal–including Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, which until this year had been quite unusual. Savings are low, but better after late April.

Note that the same rates on the 4/26 through 7/9 right side now apply 4/26 through 8/31, and can by booked by 8/31.

2020 ROOM RATE DEAL AT THE DISNEY WORLD MODERATE RESORTS

At Disney’s moderate resorts all resorts are in the deal, but the Port Orleans options–especially French Quarter–see the lowest savings.

Note that the same rates on the 4/26 through 7/9 right side now apply 4/26 through 8/31, and can by booked by 8/31.

2020 ROOM RATE DEAL AT THE DISNEY WORLD DELUXE RESORTS

At Disney’s deluxe resorts, all are in the deal, but savings are quite varied.

Note that the same rates on the 4/26 through 7/9 right side now apply 4/26 through 8/31, and can by booked by 8/31.

 

2020 ROOM RATE DEAL AT THE DISNEY VACATION CLUB RESORTS

At Disney’s DVC resorts all the options except the Villas at the Grand Floridian are in the deal, at substantially varying savings.

Note that the same rates on the 4/26 through 7/9 right side now apply 4/26 through 8/31, and can by booked by 8/31.

Kelly, the long term travel agent partner of this site, can book you into this or another 2020 deal after figuring out which is best for your circumstance.

Contact her using the form below!

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February 27, 2020   No Comments

Disney World Room Rate Deal for April to Mid-September 2020 Is Out

This morning Walt Disney World released a room rate deal that covers stays April 1 through September 12, 2020.  It needs to be booked by February 26.  Saving range from 10% to 25% off standard rates per night, varying by both hotel and time period.

Also this morning Disney World released a free dining for kids three to nine years old offer that covers some–but not all–of the same resorts, for a shorter time frame–May 25 through August 28.

And a few days ago Disney World released a very limited free dining deal.

With some dates seeing as many as three different offers, your best bet is to work with a travel agent to see which of these deals–if any–is best for you. A contact form for my travel agent partner, Kelly, is at the bottom of this page.

DISNEY WORLD ROOM RATE DEAL FOR APRIL 1 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 12

The room rate offer needs to be booked February 26th (note that Disney’s website has some confusion on this point, so it may change*), and includes in rates for three different periods:

  • April 1 through April 25, 2020
  • April 26th through July 9, 2020
  • July 10th through September 12th, 2020

2020 ROOM RATE DEAL AT THE DISNEY WORLD VALUE RESORTS

At Disney’s value resorts all room types are in the deal–including Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, which is quite unusual. Savings are low, but better after late April.

2020 ROOM RATE DEAL AT THE DISNEY WORLD MODERATE RESORTS

At Disney’s moderate resorts all resorts are in the deal, but the Port Orleans options–especially French Quarter–see the lowest savings.

2020 ROOM RATE DEAL AT THE DISNEY WORLD DELUXE RESORTS

At Disney’s deluxe resorts, all are in the deal, but savings are quite varied.

 

2020 ROOM RATE DEAL AT THE DISNEY VACATION CLUB RESORTS

At Disney’s DVC resorts all the options except the Villas at the Grand Floridian are in the deal, at substantially varying savings.

Kelly, the long term travel agent partner of this site, can book you into this or another 2020 deal after figuring out which is best for your circumstance.

Contact her using the form below!

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*Disney’s “offer details” page says book by February 26th, but as you can see in the screenshots above, there is lingo that says, for example, that a room you stay in April 20th can be booked at deal rates through July 9…

 

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January 6, 2020   No Comments

Free Dining Released for Sixteen 2020 Arrival Dates

Update: Disney WOrld has also released a room rate deal that covers April 1 through September 12.

This morning Walt Disney World released a free dining offer for 2020 that covers certain arrival dates in late June, early July, and late August through early September.

In some ways similar to last year’s initial free dining offer (more November, and December dates were released in mid-July of last year), it is much more restrictive in terms of both “book by” dates and eligible arrival dates.

The 2020 offer needs to be booked by January 16th, and includes the following sixteen arrival dates:

  • June 27 and June 28
  • July 5th through July 7
  • August 29th through September 8th.

(In 2019, the January 2, 2019 offer had a book-by date of 2/10—almost a month longer– and had eligible arrival dates of July 5th through September 30—almost 6 times as many eligible arrival dates. Note that Disney can always extend the “book-by” dates, and also both re-open and add additional eligible arrival dates.)

A room rate deal that covers all these dated (and many, many more!!!) was released January 6. See this for the details of the room rate deal. Typically, a room rate deal will be better for many smaller families in more expensive rooms, and free dining will be better for many larger families in less expensive rooms who had already planned to purchase park hoppers—although you or your travel agent need to do the math.

(For more on the dining plans, see this.)

2020 FREE DINING AT THE VALUE RESORTS

The 2020 Free Dining deal at Disney’s value resorts entitles you to the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan for free, which otherwise would cost you $55/night for those ten and older, and $26/night for those three to nine.

Absolutely excluded from the deal in the value resorts are All-Star Movies and the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation. Otherwise, expect limited availability of the lowest priced room options.

2020 FREE DINING AT THE MODERATE RESORTS

The 2020 Free Dining deal at Disney’s moderate resorts entitles you to the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan for free, which otherwise would cost you $55/night for those ten and older, and $26/night for those three to nine.

All of the moderates are included in the deal, but expect limited availability of the lowest priced room options.

2020 FREE DINING AT THE DELUXE RESORTS

The 2020 Free Dining deal at Disney’s deluxe resorts entitles you to the Disney Dining plan for free, which otherwise would cost you $78.01/night for those ten and older, and $30.50/night for those three to nine.

All of the deluxes are included in the deal, but expect limited availability of the lowest priced room options.

2020 FREE DINING AT THE DISNEY VACATION CLUB RESORTS

The 2020 Free Dining deal at Disney’s DVC resorts entitles you to the Disney Dining plan for free, which otherwise would cost you $78.01/night for those ten and older, and $30.50/night for those three to nine.

All of the DVC resorts except the Villas at the Grand Floridian are included in the deal, but expect limited availability of the lowest priced room options.

 

Kelly, the long term travel agent partner of this site, can book you into this 2020 free dining deal—and  help you figure out which of the various deals out now would be best for your circumstances.

Contact her using the form below!

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January 2, 2020   No Comments