Looking for the best deals and discount offers for Walt Disney World for Winter or Spring 2018? This post offers info on PIN codes, special offers, and other money-saving deals for Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and beyond. This post is regularly updated with new specials. (Last updated January 8, 2018.)
Let’s start with Walt Disney World. There are currently money-saving promotions for stays most nights from now through the end of Summer 2018. First up is the return of the Summer Meal Plan Offer, which is available for arrivals most nights from May 29 through August 25, 2018 when you book through February 11, 2018. Note that this is not the popular Free Disney Dining Plan offer. We detail some of the pitfalls of this deal in our “Free Dining for Summer 2018…Well, Sorta” post.
The other offers are straightforward room-only discounts. There are actually two of these, one available for most nights January 3 through February 17, 2018 when you book by February 3, 2018; the other is available for stays February 18 through June 10, 2018 when you book by March 7, 2018. The earlier discount is reasonably good, with up to 15% off Value Resorts, up to 20% off Moderate Resorts, and up to 25% off Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts. The discount for the second set of dates is 5% less for each resort tier.
In addition to the standard varying rates of the discount depending on precise travel dates, these room-only discounts have incredibly limited availability, especially the second set of dates in March, April, and May 2018. We’ve heard numerous reports of people with otherwise qualifying hotel stays being unable to book the discount.
In our searches, there are a number of situations where this “discount” would actually cost more, due to zero availability in standard rooms, meaning you have to upgrade to a room with a view, suite, or Club Level room. In other situations, there’s just nothing, period, so Disney’s site recommends upgrading resorts. (Such helpful suggestions for “saving” money!)
On the other hand, the discount for January and February 2018 looks pretty good both in terms of percentage savings and even the last-minute availability is pretty good. Definitely something to consider if you’re thinking about a last-minute weekend getaway for Epcot’s Festival of the Arts. (There are also Annual Passholder discounts, if you qualify!)
As for Spring and Summer 2018, we’ll hold off on booking something ourselves until the PIN/UOC offers are released. Speaking of which, on the PIN/Unique Offer Code front, there are now offers available that go through the June 9, 2018 (most we’ve seen are <30% room discounts), but nothing for Fall or Christmas 2018 yet. If you’re wondering what a PIN code is and how to get one, read this.
If you want to help determining what room-only discount offers are available for your travel dates to see which resort will work best for your family, we recommend requesting a quote from Be Our Guest Vacations, a no-fee Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. The agents there will book your vacation and help take the stress out of planning.
For more details on the pros and cons of taking advantage of a room-only discount, read our Room-Only Discounts at Walt Disney World post. This is our favorite discount because it’s straightforward and tends to offer the best value for us, and many other Walt Disney World regulars are fans of it for this same reason. However, if you’re a first-timer visitor to WDW, there’s a good chance a better, more inclusive offer will work better for you.
Wondering about the Free Disney Dining Plan offer for 2018? It is not yet available for booking, but we should have some information on it in March or April 2018, including a very loose, preliminary set of dates and details. This post covers general information about the Free Dining promotion, including answers to frequently asked questions, and much more.
As always, keep in mind that Walt Disney World does not offer discounts out of generosity. Discounts are offered because Disney wants to hit a target occupancy rate for its hotels–they are a way to entice people who otherwise might not do so to book a trip.
Disney only offers discounts to the extent that are needed to hit projected target occupancy rates. Once those targets are reached, discounts are not offered. Hence the lack of availability for some resorts and some room categories in any promotion.
Looking for Disneyland deals? These are actually much more rare than Walt Disney World deals, but we have some good news for fall travel! For stays at the three official Disneyland Resort hotels most Sunday through Thursday nights, there are discounts of 10-20% off at Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. (No discounts for Paradise Pier Hotel, but it sucks anyways.)
As you can see in our Disneyland Crowd Calendars post, this is one of the least busy times of the year in the parks, and the lowest season in terms of hotel numbers in Anaheim. Mid to late September is a particularly good time to visit in terms of both crowds and the exceptional Halloween Time at Disneyland event.
Normally, hotel occupancy is high at the official Disneyland Resort hotels, so this level of discounting is rare. Take advantage if you’re making a fall trip to Southern California! (As with WDW, you can request a Disneyland vacation price quote from Be Our Guest Vacations.)
In terms of other ways to save, we cover the best ways to save money on park tickets in our Tips for Buying Disneyland Park Tickets post.
Likewise, you can save money on Walt Disney World tickets. For more info on the reason for this change of opinion, plus the tickets that we recommend and don’t recommend, read our Tips for Buying Walt Disney World Tickets post.
Want to save money on travel essentials? We have 3 current deals on external battery chargers, packing cubes, and compression bags in our regularly-update Unique Packing List for Disney; as we find other discounts, we update that post with the info.
Have any Walt Disney World or Disneyland deals of your own to add for saving money on vacations or things you’ll need while on vacation? Have you had success booking any of the current room-only discounts? Any difficulties? Any questions about these deals? Share your thoughts in the comments!