Looking for the best deals and discount offers for Walt Disney World for Winter 2017 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 October 3, 2017.)
Let’s start with Walt Disney World. There are currently three money-saving promotions: two room-only discounts and a “Stay, Play, and Dine” deal. The first room-only discount is valid for travel dates October 8 through December 24, 2017, and must be booked by October 7, 2017. This discount is fairly modest, with up to 10% off Value Resorts, up to 15% off Moderate Resorts, and up to 20% off Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts.
The next room-only discount is valid for stays most nights from January 1 through April 14, 2018 when you book though January 2, 2018. This discount is bit better, with up to 15% off Value Resorts, up to 20% off Moderate Resorts, and up to 25% off Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts. It gets even better for Disney Visa cardholders…
As we’ve been starting to see (again) in the last couple of years, this room-only offer is actually better for Disney Visa cardholders, who can bump up each of those above percentage discounts by 10% (so, 25%, 30%, and 35%). It’s nice to see these special offers once again being offered for Disney Visa holders, and this definitely is one for the “pro” column in our Disney Visa Pros & Cons.
As of right now, you need to call for the Visa discount, as it’s not (yet?) listed online, and was only sent via email to some cardholders. Despite this, it does not appear to be a targeted offer. Below is the image from the email we received advertising the offer.
Then there’s the “Stay, Play, and Dine!” offer, valid for arrivals most nights from January 1 through March 10, 2018 when you book through December 22, 2017. With this promotion, you must purchase 2-day or longer park tickets and the Disney Dining Plan in addition to your hotel stay and save an amount that varies depending upon the specific details of your vacation package.
As we share in our Walt Disney World Discount Comparison post, we refer to this promo as “Half-Free Dining” and we think that’s a fairly apt way to put it. Disney (cleverly) does not indicate how much you’re saving with this deal (aside from the “up to $500” number, but that’s for their sample package).
Once you do the math, you see that it works out to be just under a 50% discount on the Disney Dining Plan for most resorts. Given the room-only discounts available for the same dates, we aren’t particularly keen on this offer (especially if you qualify for the Disney Visa deal).
Back to those room-only discounts. In addition to the standard varying rates of the discount depending on precise travel dates, the fall/winter 2017 room-only discount has incredibly limited availability. 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 Spring 2018 looks pretty good both in terms of percentage savings and availability. While we haven’t yet had a chance to do comprehensive searches, we like what we’ve seen thus far. We’ll hold off on booking something ourselves until the PIN/UOC offers are released, but those numbers are at least promising!
On the PIN/Unique Offer Code front, there are now offers available that go through the end of December (most we’ve seen are <30% room discounts), but nothing for 2018 yet. Given the general public room-only discounts, we’re hopeful that there will be a 40% discount for January through March. 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 2017 Room-Only Discounts at Walt Disney World post. Note that Free Dining is no longer available to be booked for 2017. At present, there are no promotions for 2018 travel dates, and we would not expect those for at least a few months.
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 August 2017, 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 from October 22 to December 21, 2017, 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 2017 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!