Looking for the best deals and discount offers for Walt Disney World right now? 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 August 2017.)
Let’s start with Walt Disney World. There are currently two room-only discount offers; the first is valid for travel dates August 1 through October 7, 2017, and must be booked by August 31, 2017. The promotion offers guests staying at Value up to 20% off their room rate, and guests at Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resorts up to 25% off their room rate. There’s so-so availability for this discount.
The second room-only discount for Walt Disney World is valid for travel dates October 8 through December 24, 2017, and must be booked by October 7, 2017. This discount is more modest, with up to 10% off Value Resorts, up to 15% off Moderate Resorts, and up to 20% off Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts.
In addition to the standard varying rates of the discount depending on precise travel dates, the second 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!)
This extremely limited availability and lack of standard rooms is likely due to the historically high occupancy rates for the entire month of October into early November, followed by the Free Dining promotion that already filled a lot of rooms in November and December, as well as the typically-popular holiday season.
As always, 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 this “Magical Holidays” promotion is so limited, and why the discounts are so meager.
Things are not much better on the PIN/Unique Offer Code front. The most recent offer we received was on July 19, 2017, and it was basically a joke. There was virtually nothing for October through December available, and what was available was a bunch of pricey ‘upgrade’ rooms. (If you’re wondering what a PIN code is and how to get one, read this.)
I know that’s not exactly great news for those hoping to save money on Fall and Winter 2017 vacations, but there’s always the chance more availability for the discount will open up if cancellations occur or the occupancy projections trend downwards. While that happens regularly, in this particular case, I highly doubt it will. Still, doesn’t hurt to keep checking.
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.
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 August 6 through September 28, 2017, there are discounts of 20-30% 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!