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Category — Disney Specials, Deals and Discounts

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

New Disney World “Kids Dine Free” Deal for 2020

Yesterday, while I was tied up all day at a board retreat for the day job, Disney World released several new deals for 2020.

One is a room rate deal where you can save from 10% through 25% for stays January 1, 2020 through April 25, 2020, depending on dates, resort type, and when you book. Details on this deal are here.

The other deal is a “kids dine free” offer with a shorter term and a tighter booking window. It covers arrival dates from January 1, 2020 through March 7, 2020, and needs to be booked by January 1, 2020.

If you were going to buy the Disney Dining Plan anyway, have multiple kids between 3 and 9, and are staying in one of the less expensive Disney World resorts, it may well be the better choice for you. Disney’s page on this offer is here.

As always, the best way to sort through these is to work with a travel agent, who can test all the possibilities for you and put you into the best option among what’s available.

Kelly, the long-time travel agent partner of this site, can help your sort through all this. Use the contact form below to reach out to her.

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October 5, 2019   No Comments

New Disney World Room Rate Deal for 2020

Yesterday, while I was tied up all day at a board retreat for the day job, Disney World released several new deals for 2020.

One is a room rate deal where you can save from 10% through 25% for stays January 1, 2020 through April 25, 2020, depending on dates, resort type, and when you book.

Despite much online confusion, the savings are more or less identical to what was offered during the equivalent period last year, with a couple of apparent exceptions:  at the values and moderates, more nights of the week are available, and there are fewer identified resort restrictions.

These last two points may not matter much, as the real issue is always how many of what room types Disney offers to be booked in the deal. That is, availability can be quite limited–and apparently was yesterday, although this may have been a systems issue.

Disney World also released other deals yesterday, including a “Kids Dine Free” deal. As always, the best way to sort through these is to work with a travel agent, who can test all the possibilities for you and put you into the best option among what’s available.

Kelly, the long-time travel agent partner of this site, can help your sort through all this. Use the contact form below to reach out to her.

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Here’s some more specifics by resort type, taken from Disney’s page on this offer.

DISNEY WORLD VALUE RESORT DEALS FOR EARLY 2020

DISNEY WORLD MODERATE RESORT DEALS FOR EARLY 2020

DISNEY WORLD DELUXE RESORT DEALS FOR EARLY 2020

DISNEY WORLD DVC RESORT DEALS FOR EARLY 2020

 

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October 5, 2019   No Comments

New Disney World Room Rate Deal for Many September-December Dates

A new Disney World room rate deal came out today.

Deals of 10% to 20% off are offered, and discounts are available most nights September 1 through September 28, 2019; most Sunday through Thursday nights September 29 through November 7, 2019; and most nights November 10, 2019 through December 24, 2019.

At the values, 10% discounts are available, but only Family Suites at Art of Animation are in the deal through November 7.  All the value resorts are in the last set of dates–I’m not seeing the usual Little Mermaid exclusions.  Those rooms may in fact be excluded–I’ll recheck tonight after I get out of my board meeting for my day job today.

At the moderates, all the resorts are in the deal all dates, but the Port Orleans resorts offer only 10% discounts. The other moderates offer 15%.

At the deluxes, all the resorts are in the deal all dates, but the Contemporary, Polynesian and Wilderness Lodge offer only 10% off, the Beach Club 15% off, and the other resorts offer 20% off.

All the DVC resorts except the Villas at the Grand Floridian are in the deal, but savings range from 10% to 20%.

See this page on Disney’s website for more details.

A free dining deal for a more restricted set of dates came out today too. Larger groups, and groups in less expensive resorts, may do better with free dining if the dates work for you. See it here.

The long-time travel agent partner of this site, Kelly, can try to book you into one of these deals after she’s taken care of her current customers. Contact her using the form below. Availability is limited so contact her now!

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July 16, 2019   No Comments

New Free Dining Deal for Some September, November and December Dates

Today, Walt Disney World released a free dining offer covering arrivals September 1 through September 18, November 17 through November 27, and December 8 through December 23.

At the values, only the Art of Animation Family Suites are available in September, and All-Star Movies and the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation are excluded in the November and December dates. Free dining at the values means the Quick Service plan.

At the moderates, the two Port Orleans resorts are excluded. Free dining at the moderates means the Quick Service plan.

All the deluxes are in all dates.

At the Disney Vacation Club resorts, the Villas at the Grand Floridian and Bay Lake Tower are excluded.

At both the deluxes and the DVC resorts, free dining means the regular dining plan.

There’s more here on the Disney website.

A room rate deal came out today too.  Smaller groups in more expensive resorts may do better with it, and it has many more eligible dates.  See it here.

The long-time travel agent partner of this site, Kelly, can try to book you into one of these deals after she’s taken care of her current customers. Contact her using the form below. Availability is limited so contact her now!

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July 16, 2019   3 Comments