Looking for the best deals and discount offers for Walt Disney World between Fall 2019 and Christmas 2020? This post offers info on PIN codes, special offers, Free Dining, and other money-saving deals for Walt Disney World. (Last updated August 1, 2019.)
While that’s the only general public Free Dining offer, there’s also the 2020 Free Dining Bounceback Deal. This one runs from May 2020 through December 24, 2020. If you’re visiting Walt Disney World this fall, booking this discount is a great idea. As we cover in that post, it might be worth a quick weekend getaway just to book that 2020 promo! There are also a handful of room-only discounts for Fall 2019 and beyond…
With the current room-only discount for Fall & Christmas 2019, you can save up to 20% on rooms at select Walt Disney World hotels, valid for stays most nights September 1 through December 24, 2019. For those same dates, Florida residents can save up to 25% and Annual Passholders can save up to 30% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels.
Some of these room-only discounts can be converted to a package, which we do not recommend. The only difference with booking a package is that you’re locking yourself into paying more for park tickets and other vacation components, meaning you can’t use our Money-Saving Tips for Buying Walt Disney World Tickets or other strategies for saving.
As far as PIN/Unique Offer Code goes, there are now offers available that go through the end of Summer 2019. If you’re wonderingwhat a PIN code is and how to get one, read this. Unfortunately, we have not received any PIN/UOCs for Fall 2019, let alone 2020. (If anyone reading this has, please reply in the comments with the details!)
If you want to help determining what discounts are available for your travel dates and 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.
In addition to the standard varying rates of the discount depending on precise travel dates, some of these room-only discounts have incredibly limited availability, especially the room-only offer with peak travel dates. Don’t be surprised if you search for an otherwise qualifying hotel and are unable to book the discount due to zero availability.
In our searches, there are a number of situations close to Christmas 2019 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 discounts for early Fall 2019 look pretty good in terms of availability. The additional upside to those dates is that you can choose off-season times to visit when crowds are lower and rack rates are lower, which means you’ll pay even less.
However, the downside is that this is the heart of tropical storm season (see our Storm Season at Disney World Survival Guide for more info), and it’s still fairly hot and humid during the fall in Florida. These months are arguably the worst of the year in terms of weather, and that’s assuming you don’t have to deal with any hurricanes or intense tropical storms. Suffice to say, it’s a trade-off for lower prices and crowds.
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.
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.
This is all a long-winded way of saying that flexibility is important when it comes to Walt Disney World discounts, especially Free Dining. If you want to save the most money, there’s a decent chance you will need to choose your resort hotel based upon discount availability. If you’re able to be flexible on travel dates, that’s even better!
Have any Walt Disney World 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 that we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!