New Disney World PIN Code for January to June 2021
Walt Disney World has released a new PIN or Unique Offer Code, targeted to select guests for January to June 30, 2021. In this post, we’ll cover details, commentary about the dates, what a “PIN code” is, and strategy for scoring one. (Updated December 17, 2020.)
To quickly recap, at the beginning of last month Walt Disney World extended the up to 40% off “Rediscover the Magic” discount for Annual Passholders, Floridians, and other Southerners; there was also the awful Magic Is Here “deal” for the general public. All of these discounts are still bookable and have travel dates through Christmas 2020.
Fast forward to today, when Walt Disney World released a slew of discounts for Winter and Spring 2021 for the general public (up to 35% off), Florida residents (up to 35% off), and Annual Passholders (up to 40% off). This new PIN code takes discounts even further into next year, with similar deals through Summer 2021…
Before getting ahead of ourselves, let’s also quickly recap what PIN or Unique Offer Codes are, how to receive them, etc. for those newcomers to the wonderful (and sometimes obsessive) world of Disney discounts. PIN codes are the most exclusive and elusive form of Walt Disney World discounts. They are targeted, non-transferrable discounts sent to a limited number of recipients that offer deep-discounts for select travel dates or early booking of a special offer.
They are elusive in the sense that receiving a PIN code email or mailer can feel like the Golden Ticket landing in your hands. Honestly, part of the allure of PIN codes is the mystery and intrigue. We’ve tried to “demystify” the process with our Tips for Receiving PIN Codes for Walt Disney World, which offers strategy for increasing your odds of receiving one.
Unfortunately, even if you do everything right, follow all of those steps, and finally manage to score the Golden Ticket, you still might end up being shut out of the sweet, sweet PIN code land.
All too often, PIN codes are erroneously sent out with the wrong or outdated addresses on file. This is especially problematic for us, as we’ve had approximately 32 addresses in the last few years (gotta stay one jump ahead of the lawmen!) and no matter how many times we update this with Disney, they occasionally revert to the old info.
If a PIN code is sent to you but assigned to the wrong address, there’s no way to remedy that. (Aside from just rolling with it and using the wrong address.) This wasn’t such a big deal “back in the day” (~5 years ago) when they were sent exclusively by U.S. mail, as you simply didn’t receive the PIN code mailer if it went out to the wrong address. Blissful ignorance!
Now, it’s entirely possible you’ll receive the offer via email but won’t have the right combination of last name and zip code to unlock the page. This might seem we’re fixating on a problem that’s unique to us, but it happens far more than you might think. (So we can commiserate with anyone who has had this problem. It’s always better to know you’re not alone!) But we digress.
It’s worth noting that pretty much the opposite problem is also possible: that you did not receive this offer but are eligible for it.
It’s not uncommon for PIN codes to be caught by spam filters, sent to old email addresses, or just not received for one reason or another. So basically, just like all correspondence from Walt Disney World! That’s a big part of why we’re posting this–as a heads up so you can scour through all of your email accounts to see if you received this but somehow missed it.
Anyway, we didn’t receive this PIN code at all. Not misaddressed, not to our old college email addresses that now collect dust, not caught in our spam filters. Nothing. After years of receiving almost every PIN code, this is the second consecutive one we have not received.
For some reason, we’ve fallen from the Walt Disney World discount algorithm’s good graces. Now we know how Paris Hilton felt when her 15 minutes were over. (Okay, we’re still nowhere near as cool as post-fame Paris Hilton.) Let’s try that again: now we know how Kevin Federline felt when his 15 minutes were over. (Whoa whoa whoa, not that uncool!) But we digress. Again.
December 17, 2020 UPDATE: Several readers have reached out to us letting us know they received PIN Code offers from Walt Disney World this week. In reviewing those, it appears to be a wider release of this exact same offer that was originally sent out two months ago.
Essentially, this is a heads up. If you have not received this PIN code, check your spam folder or other email addresses–it might be there. If you received the offer two months ago and couldn’t book your preferred resort or room choice for some reason, check again–it appears Disney has added room inventory to the discount.
Below is a look at the PIN code email that was sent out…
While Disney’s Riviera Resort is advertised in the email (as are Saratoga Springs and Grand Floridian, this offer applies to all of the following resorts:
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
- Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort — Reopening February 9, 2021
- Disney’s Art of Animation Resort — Reopening November 1, 2020
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
As you can see, savings range from 25% to 35% off, depending upon the resort tier. That makes it better than the general public discount and about on par with the Floridian discount that was just released. Of course, the key difference here is that this includes late Spring 2021 and early Summer 2021 travel dates, which are not covered by the earlier releases.
If past precedent is any indication, those travel dates won’t receive wider releases until the first week of January 2021.
The fact that this PIN code is for relatively remote dates is interesting. In the past, Walt Disney World has often used PIN codes as a way of filling a limited assortment of otherwise unsold rooms at the last minute or for a scattering of dates. Deeper discounts than normal, but also far fewer options.
For instance, last spring we received a PIN code for great rates at the All Star Resorts. The catch was that the code was only valid for a handful of weeknights, some of which were less than a month away. That’s a pretty extreme example, but not altogether uncommon. Historically, Walt Disney World has used PIN codes similar to how they’ve used Priceline Express Deals.
This expanded booking window along with the widely-targeted PIN code that was sent out last month suggests to us that Walt Disney World is tinkering with its approach to PIN codes. It’s too early to say what Disney is trying to do or why, but it’s fascinating nevertheless.
We’d speculate that it comes down to boosting the occupancy rate without releasing sales to the general public. The underlying motivation could be not drawing too much attention to marketing, trying to attract fewer first-time visitors while there are so many cuts/compromises, or even bumping up numbers to have more certainty, which in turn helps justify reopening more hotels. Who knows.
Ultimately, we’d anticipate that Walt Disney World will continue fine-tuning its approach to discounts during this temporarily abnormal time. It’s likely Disney will continue to slowly roll out more discounts of this variety as long as Americans are apprehensive to travel, the parks are operating at lower capacity, with temporary safety measures in place, and without certain entertainment.
If anything, our expectation is that Disney will accelerate discounting and get more competitive with pricing as it becomes increasingly clear that travel is going to take a while to rebound. While 35-40% off hotel rooms is fairly unprecedented for spring and summer, the underlying rack rates are still pricey and Walt Disney World is coming nowhere near its occupancy targets for weeknights (or even non-holiday weekends) right now. We’ll keep you posted on additional discounts as they’re released!
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Did you receive this PIN/Unique Offer Code discount? Were you terms or booking dates any different from this? Do you “normally” receive PIN codes, or is it rare/unprecedented? If you booked this, what did your savings end up being? Happy with the available rates, or hoping for better deals to come? Do you agree or disagree with our assessments? Any questions 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!
Can a PIN code be used for two separate bookings? Would like to book in Spring but also have a late June back-up reservation because of unknown Covid issues. Never received a PIN code before and would hate to waste it. Thx.
I used the same pin code for two separate reservations in the same week of stay.
Yes. Used ours many times. As long as all the reservations fall within the window of the offer.
Which deal is better, the current Disney Visa deal or the PIN discount?
It depends on your Resort selection and dates. For us, Disney Visa was cheaper for Coronado but the same for POP and the values.
I did get the PIN code!!! I have also had many issues with the Disney system not retaining an updated address regardless of what route you use to update. This is an ongoing issue for sure! Honestly, I think the best deal right now is renting a DVC, even over the 35% discount code but that is only true if you want to stay at a DVC resort! 🙂
This is my second PIN in a row. I’m assuming because we canceled our last trip because of COVID. I put our info in for a random date, for the 5 of us at CB. It was $220/night. While this may be our best deal, I’m pretty sure we stayed once for cheaper. Our last trip was booked at a Good Neighbor hotel so I may crunch numbers for that as well. After the crazy year we are having at work, healthcare, I just want a nice vacation so we will be there, no matter where we stay.
What determines who gets an email? I have an existing reservation for May 2021, and truly thought I would have received an email offer, but nothing to date.
I received a PIN but could only stay for 3 nights. The system would automatically input my departure date 3 days after my check in date regardless of the dates and resorts we chose.
I received my first PIN code ever this week. Visited DW for the first time in December 2009. We brought my sister-in-law with us, and somehow she was put in the system under my email. Since then, I have sporadically received PIN code offers, but they have never been for me. I would get really excited, only to be disappointed that it was her zip code that worked. It got to the point that I wasn’t even excited when I saw these. But this week, I received a code that was actually for me! It’s good until June 30, and includes all the resorts listed above.
We got one that’s good until June 30th. Grand Floridian and Contemporary are great prices during the week we want to go? Which is better? We’re bringing a three year old and grandma,