Looking for the best deals and discount offers for Walt Disney World for Fall or Winter 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 June 26, 2018.)
Let’s start with Walt Disney World. There are currently several money-saving promotions available for booking, including the popular Free Disney Dining Plan Deal plus a couple of room-only discounts. Together, these offers cover most of the remainder of 2018, with arrivals for Free Dining valid until December 23, 2018.
As for room-only discounts, there are actually two of these, one is available for most nights August 2 through October 7, 2018 when you book by September 7, 2018. This discounts offer up to 20% off Value Resorts and up to 25% off Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts. We should underscore the “up to” in front of all of these percentages, as the actual savings varies pretty significantly based upon your travel dates.
The second of these is the “Magical Holidays” promo, which can be booked as either a package discount or room-only discount, with the same discount tiers applying to either: up to 10% off Value Resorts, up to 15% off Moderates, and up to 20% off Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resorts. This discount is valid for most dates from October 8, 2018 until December 24, 2018, with blockout dates on Friday and Saturday nights through November 10, 2018.
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 those with fall travel dates (we’re looking at you, October and December 2018). 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 discount for late Summer/early Fall 2018 looks pretty good both in terms of percentage savings and availability is pretty good. The downside to this is that it’ll still be hot and humid through September, but many of you probably would prefer to visit in August or early September due to school schedules.
The lower “Magical Holidays” offer is no surprise. October through December is now the busiest stretch of the year for Walt Disney World, and discounts are slim pickins.’ Christmas is our favorite time to visit Walt Disney World, but 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 Summer 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.
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.
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.
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 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!