Walt Disney World has released new late summer and early Fall 2022 resort room-only discounts for Disney Visa cardholders. This post shares the details of these special offers, commentary about why there’s such a shortage of savings, plus sample pricing, analysis & other info. (Updated April 19, 2022 at 8 pm EST.)
Following that, there’s another discount of up to 25% off rooms at Walt Disney World for Disney+ subscribers that runs through the end of September 2022. That discount would normally be offered to Annual Passholders and Florida residents, but is instead being used to incentivize streaming service subscriptions. Now, Walt Disney World has released another more targeted special offer encompassing a subset of those late summer and early fall dates…
Before starting, we’ll preface this with a reminder that availability has been weak for many recent discounts. The Disney+ promotion seemed to buck that trend, but even that wasn’t good by normal, historical standards. We had many readers report finding nothing at all–or higher prices–for their travel dates.
Where there is availability, it often requires a room upgrade (e.g. from standard to preferred view, Pirate Rooms, etc.), thus at least partially negating the benefit of the discount. In other cases, the room discount won’t apply to previously booked reservations–despite them technically being eligible–because the special offer no longer has inventory for the resort and room combo. Just something to remember before getting your hopes up too much here. keep in mind before getting your hopes up here.
Disney Visa Cardmembers can take advantage of sensational savings:
Save up to 30% on rooms at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Save up to 30% on family suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Save up to 25% on rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Save up to 25% on rooms at other select Disney Resort hotels
This offer is valid for stays most nights August 28 through September 19, 2022 when you book using your Disney Visa Credit or Debit Card.
Here’s the full chart of savings for all Walt Disney World resorts:
This special offer for Disney Visa Cardmembers excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts and Studios at Deluxe Villa Resorts. Maximum length of stay under this deal is 14 nights.
Here are other important details about the late Summer & early Fall 2022 Disney Visa Cardmember room-only discount:
The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.
Length of stay requirements may apply.
Must use a valid Disney Visa Card or Disney Rewards Redemption Card to pay the deposit.
Disney Visa Cardmember must stay in the room.
Offer is non-transferable.
Advance reservations required.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
UPDATE: This Disney Visa Cardmember special offer is now up on DisneyWorld.com. To book, you can call Disney Reservation Center, contact your travel agent, or use the online booking tool here.
Below are the best available rates for this Disney Visa Cardmember deal for late summer and early fall:
This search is for the night of September 6, 2022, which is part of the “Value 2” season at Walt Disney World. That has the cheapest rack rates of the year outside of January and February.
Note that this is not an exhaustive list of the lowest rates for all hotels. Some resorts listed above are showing prices for non-standard rooms.
This discount is generally better than the Disney+ subscriber offer by 5-10% off for most resorts. Many move up one discount level, whereas a handful move up two. Only one, Pop Century, actually has a worse discount (10% v. 15%) with this offer.
Most notably, there are several resorts discounted here that are excluded from the Disney+ subscriber discount. These include Beach Club, Bay Lake Tower, BoardWalk Villas, and more. (Unfortunately, still nothing for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.) With that said, this discount is also for a narrower range of dates that’s entirely in the early fall off-season when demand is significantly lower. By contrast, the Disney+ discount encompassed peak summer season, as well.
In terms of generalized commentary, some of the discounts we’ve seen released in recent months are superior to what we’ve been paying recently, and that’s when booking hotels both on-site and off-site near Walt Disney World. Granted, I’m comparing prices of stays in May 2022 when pent-up demand is (hopefully) worse to stays in September 2022, which (hopefully) will be the sleepy off-season once again.
For the recent and upcoming months, we’ve been booking rooms at Flamingo Crossings and elsewhere, and I’ve yet to book anything for under $125 per night. To the contrary, most stays have been significantly more expensive. I’ve seen many nights when rooms are over $200, and those are for “budget” or extended stay accommodations. Granted, they’re nice and new, but that area is supposed to be cheaper. The point is that hotel prices are up everywhere, not just Disney-owned resorts.
Relative to what I’ve been seeing for this spring, $126 per night for All Star Movies or $143 per night for Pop Century–with the perks and transportation each offer–is a downright steal. (Even though it’s cheaper, I would not book All Star Sports for $107 per night. Pay a little extra for something nicer.)
Of course, it’s not as cheap as what you would’ve paid this same time in 2019, let alone 2016. Back in my day, the All Stars had off-season rates that were routinely $79 per night or less! Unfortunately, absent a time machine, it’s impossible to book those prices.
With that said, I remain hopeful that Walt Disney World hotel prices will fall in the late summer and early fall as pent-up demand fizzles out, household savings decreases, stimulus money dries up, and inflation starts stinging more. Who knows if any of that will actually happen, though. I didn’t think “revenge travel” would run this hot for this long.
It’ll be interesting to see how all of this plays out. While pent-up demand among domestic tourists could slow down, the return of international guests in full force could sustain Walt Disney World’s strong demand even longer, as could special events and conventions. That could also be offset by the return of more hotel rooms to the inventory. No one knows how many rooms are currently out of commission at the operational resorts, but at some of them, it’s a lot.
As covered in the latest update to that, we’re starting to see limited availability through early Summer 2022, but there are signs of improvement. Availability is not nearly as limited as it was last holiday season, and that has been true even during the peak weeks of spring break. So it bodes well that Walt Disney World is already releasing a discount through September 2022.
If that anecdotal observation is accurate–and it may not be–we still might see decent discounts for later in 2022. Hopefully, there will be more rooms unloaded on Priceline and Hotwire at the very least. (For what it’s worth, we haven’t been updating inventory in that post because there’s been absolutely nothing since last fall.)
Walt Disney World also might take a wait and see approach to releasing more deals. On the plus side, this discount is actually early by historical standards. Normally, deals for late summer and early fall wouldn’t drop until the end of April. A few weeks early might not seem like much, but it reverses a recent trend of discounts dropping much later than normal.
Ultimately, if you’re Disney Visa Cardmember who is eager for a late summer vacation or early off-season escape to Walt Disney World, these deals might be as good as it gets–at least, until pent-up demand fizzles out or Disney is able to operate its resorts at 100% occupancy.
What do you think of these Walt Disney World room only discounts for Disney Visa Cardholders? Disappointed that there’s nothing for the general public? If you booked this, do you think you ended up with a good price or do you feel like you’re overpaying? What was available or unavailable for your dates? Is this deal enough to convince you to book a trip, or can you not justify these prices? 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!