Looking for the best deals and discount offers for Walt Disney World for Spring or Summer 2019? This post offers info on PIN codes, special offers, Free Dining, and other money-saving deals for Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and beyond. (Last updated January 2, 2019.)
Let’s start with Walt Disney World. There are currently several money-saving promotions available for booking, including the Free Disney Dining Plan Deal! This was a January surprise, and is available for select travel dates July 5, 2019 through September 30, 2019 and is valid for booking through February 10, 2019. It’s a complicated promo with a number of eligibility restrictions and requirements, which you can find in detail here.
As for other discounts, the “Sun & Fun” offer is available as both a package and room-only discount for most dates April 28, 2019 through September 30, 2019. With this offer, you can save up to 20% off Value Resorts, 25% off Moderate Resorts, and 30% off Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resorts. Those maximums are if you book by March 24, 2019. If you book after that date up until May 27, 2019, you can drop 5% off those savings (for each tier). So make your bookings early!
We’d recommend booking the Sun & Fun offer as a room-only discount, as the savings are the same when booked as a package. 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.
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 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 Summer 2019 look pretty good in terms of availability–especially beyond mid-August 2019 through the end of September 2019. 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 added downside to August and September 2019 is that this is the heart of tropical storm season (see our Storm Season at Disney World Survival Guide for more info). 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!
Looking for Disneyland deals? These are actually much more rare than Walt Disney World deals, but we have some good news for Spring 2019 travel! The three official Disneyland Resort hotels have discounts of up to 25% off for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights between January 6, 2019 and April 11, 2019. These rates are off stays at Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, and Paradise Pier Hotel, when you book by March 16, 2019. (Good Neighbor hotels are not eligible.)
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. January and February is a particularly good time of year to visit in terms of both crowds and weather.
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!