Looking for the best deals and discount offers for Walt Disney World between Spring 2020 and Christmas? This post offers info on PIN codes, special offers, Free Dining, and other money-saving deals for Walt Disney World. (Updated February 4, 2020.)
Let’s start with Free Disney Dining Plan Discount, as that’s the promo that everyone loves. Summer 2020 Free Dining was released for travel dates in June, July, August, and September 2020. Unfortunately, the booking date for that has already passed–but a second wave at some point later this spring is likely.
Currently, there are 2020 Sun & Fun Hotel Discounts and Kids Eat Free at Walt Disney World discounts available. The first is a room-only discount of up to 30% off. The latter is a free Disney Dining Plan for kids ages 3 to 9 when you purchase a non-discounted vacation package that includes any tier of resort room, park tickets, and the Disney Dining Plan for all adults in your party. Kids will receive for free whatever Disney Dining Plan adults in the party purchase…
The Kids Eat Free Deal is valid for arrivals most nights from May 25, 2020 through August 28, 2020. This Walt Disney World discount must be booked by February 26, 2020. As with all Walt Disney World special offers, some room types and dates won’t be available. Flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to deals like this.
The only way Kids Eat Free is a good deal for is for parties with double the number of kids as adults. If you have, for instance, one adult and three children in a room, the math could work out in your favor. Similarly, a larger and more diverse party could strategically ‘stack’ one of their rooms with one adult and all of the kids and book a second, separate reservation with another room and the below resort-only discount.
Next up is the “Bask in the Sun & Fun” room-only discount. With this offer, you can save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights April 1, 2020 through September 12, 2020. This requires booking spring travel dates by February 26, 2020 and summer travel dates (April 26, 2020 through July 9, 2020) by July 9, 2020 for the best discounts.
The exact same offer is available for Florida residents and Annual Passholders, but with an additional 5% or 10% off, respectively. The AP/Florida Resident deal is minus the April 26 to July 9, 2020 travel dates–so just the first half of the deal above.
The “Sun & Fun” deal for Annual Passholders and Florida Residents must be booked by April 25, 2020. It’s always worth crunching the numbers to see if one person in your party should buy an AP to take advantage of the better promos and other discount offers.
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.
In addition to the aforementioned general public discounts, there’s also the 2020 Walt Disney World Room-Only Bounceback Deal. This one runs from through December 24, 2020. If you’re visiting Walt Disney World between now and October 2020, booking this discount is a great idea and efficient way to lock-in a future stay discount.
As far as PIN/Unique Offer Code goes, there are now offers available that go through the end of Spring 2020. If you’re wonderingwhat a PIN code is and how to get one, read this. Unfortunately, we have not received any PIN/UOCs recently. (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 holidays where these “discounts” 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 off-season travel dates 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.
Although they’re not yet available for 2020, the best discounts are typically offered in August and September. 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!