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Category — Disney Specials, Deals and Discounts

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

New Disney World Summer Room Rate and Gift Card Deal

NEW DISNEY WORLD ROOM RATE (AND GIFT CARD) DEAL FOR SUMMER 2019

Disney World announced an offer this morning that over part of its dates involves both a room rate discount and a gift card. The overall offer is for May 28 through August 28, and needs to be booked by August 28.

Those who book this offer for arrivals May 28 to June 30, 2019, will receive both a room rate discount and a Disney Gift Card at check-in. Those whose arrival is after June 30 will get just a room rate discount.

Details on the offer are here.

The value of the Disney Gift Card will vary based on resort type:

  • Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts: $25 per room per night
  • Disney Deluxe Resorts: $20 per room per night
  • Disney Moderate Resorts: $15 per room per night
  • Disney Value Resorts: $10 per room per night

Room rate savings vary by resort:

 

Kelly, the long-time travel agent partner of this site, can try to book you into this deal—subject to availability. Contact her using the form below.

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Kelly will be tied up moving her already eligible clients into the deal this morning, so please be patient with her getting back to you today!

A couple of other current deals expire at later this week (on April 27) so more deals may come out soon! You’ll be able to find any new Disney World deals here after they come out.

 

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April 24, 2019   No Comments

New Disney World Summer Free Meal Deal

NEW DISNEY WORLD DEAL FOR SUMMER 2019

A new deal for summer stays in certain Disney World value and moderate resorts came out this morning. It needs to be booked by June 30, 2019, and includes stays with arrival dates “most nights” May 28 through August 21st.

The deal requires full rates be paid for rooms and tickets, and offers one quick-service meal per person per night booked. As I write this minimum room nights and ticket days are unclear. It looks like 4 nights and five ticket days, but sometimes these items are “examples,” not minimums.

I’m in a couple of board committee meetings at my day job this morning, but should have more clarity on these minimums this afternoon. Disney’s material on this offer is here.

Resorts excluded from this offer are at the values All-Star Movies and the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, and at the moderates, Port Orleans French Quarter.

Savings depend on family size and ages. For a four person family with one kid younger than ten, the savings would be on the order of $55 to $75 per day. At the low end at the least expensive value resorts, that’s on the order of 30% off standard room prices for this example family. Younger families and/or smaller families and/or families staying at more expensive resorts will save less as a percentage of room rates.

Kelly, the long-time travel agent partner of this site, can try to book you into this deal—subject to availability. Contact her using the form below.

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Kelly will be tied up moving her already eligible clients into the deal this morning, so please be patient with her getting back to you today!

A couple of other current deals expire at later this week (on April 27) so more deals may come out soon! You’ll be able to find any new Disney World deals here after they come out.

 

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April 24, 2019   No Comments

Free Dining for 2019 is Out!

Two new Disney World deals came out this morning.

One is a room-only discount and the other is Free Dining—the best-loved Disney world deal, out months before it usually is, and covering a longer period in the summer, but no dates—as of today—after September.

FREE DINING DEAL

Book through February 10, 2019

Valid for arrivals most nights July 5 through September 30, 2019

Package Includes

  • Room and Theme park ticket(s) with a Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option, for which you will pay full price
  • Dining Plan (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan with Value and Moderate Resort hotel packages; Disney Dining Plan with Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel packages), which you will then get for free.

Among the hotels/rooms excluded from the free dining deal are Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, All-Star Movies, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans French Quarter, and DVC rooms at Bay Lake Tower and the Villas at the Grand Floridian.

More on this deal is here.

ROOM ONLY DISCOUNT

Booking dates and valid travel dates:

  • Valid for stays most nights April 28 through September 30, 2019
  • Save 10-25% for travel April 28 to May 27, 2019 when you book through May 27, 2019
  • Save up to 10-30% for travel May 28 to September 30, 2019 when you book through March 24, 2019

In general, savings rates are higher at more expensive and less popular hotels, and less at less expensive and more popular hotels. Not all hotels or room types are included

More on this deal is here.

Many families do great with the free dining deal, but smaller families in more expensive hotels should compare the room-only deal, as it may be the better choice. See this for more–it’s out of date, but still explains most of the key concepts and savings.

The long standing travel agent partner of the site, Kelly, can book your vacation, and figure out the best deal for you! Contact her using the form below.

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January 2, 2019   4 Comments

Disney Armed Forces Salute Renewed; Dining to Open at Caribbean Beach Next Week

ARMED FORCES SALUTE RENEWED FOR 2019

Late last week my buddy Steve Bell reported that the Disney Military Salute has been renewed for 2019, and eligible dates (not all the block-out dates are out yet) extend well into December 2019, to December 19, 2019, similar to the 2018 salute.

The long duration of eligible dates in 2019 was a bit of a surprise, as there was a school of thought that an early end (e.g. September 30) would create more room for full-paying Star Wars folk once it opens in late fall 2019.

So either DIsney is intentionally not giving away it’s Star Wars opening date through the timing of this dela; by late fall opening of Galaxy’s it really means late fall (one definition of fall has it ending December 21, 2019); or–and this is perhaps most likely–one part of DIsney is not talking to the other.

As always, the best source of info on the Armed Forces Salute deal–the best Disney World deal out there, serving the best set of people in the world–is available on Steve’s MilitaryDisneyTips.com.  Start with his info on the Armed Forces Salute renewal for 2019 here.

CARIBBEAN BEACH DINING TO OPEN OCTOBER 8

Multiple sites are reporting that our long dining nightmare at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be coming to an end next week. While I have not yet seen anything official from Disney, lunch and dinner reservations at the new waterside table service, Sebastian’s Bistro, are available beginning October 8.

Other changes that may or may not happen then are the reopening of a redone gift shop and counter service area, the shift of check-in from the Custom House to the same main central building in Centertown where the gift shop and counter service will be found, and the shift of the entrance road from Buena Vista Drive to Victory Way.

Also reported is that Trinidad South will be changing its name to Barbados, and Trinidad North to simply Trinidad. In the longer term this name change, if it happens, will be a great move, especially for the dyslexic like me, but in the short term it will replace one set of confusions with another.

 

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October 3, 2018   No Comments