Walt Disney World has released resort room-only discounts that run from late Summer through early Fall 2023 for Annual Passholders. This post shares the details of these special offers, best dates to save the most money, plus sample pricing, commentary, analysis & other info.
Those aren’t the only deals available for booking right now–just the two for Annual Passholders. For everything else, see All Current Walt Disney World Discounts for 2023. That covers everything for the general public, Florida residents, military members, and everyone else.
Just something worth keeping in mind as we run through Walt Disney World’s late Summer and early Fall 2023 room-only discount for Annual Passholders. Below are the official details of this new promotion courtesy of Walt Disney World.
Stay in the magic with this summer offer—and make the most of your Annual Pass! Annual Passholders can save up to 35% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights July 11 to September 28, 2023.
When you stay at a Disney Resort hotel, you can enjoy the same legendary detail, storytelling and service found in the theme parks—along with an array of benefits.
Here’s the resort by resort AP savings chart provided by Walt Disney World:
Annual Passholders must present a valid Walt Disney World AP at check-in. Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas and Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
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’s what we found for best available rates for this late Summer and early Fall 2023 discount for Annual Passholders at Walt Disney World:
This search is for the night of September 5, 2023, which is part of the “Value 2” rate season at Walt Disney World. On the rack rate chart spectrum, this is the second-least expensive time to visit Walt Disney World in 2023. Similarly-priced dates can be found throughout August and into September 2023, and slightly higher (but still relatively reasonable) rates are available in May.
Note that this deal is substantially similar to the Disney Visa Cardholder Deal for late Summer 2023. The only major difference is that this runs through late September, whereas that ended earlier in the month. There are also some slight differences in resort tiers between the two offers, so if you’re eligible for both–or already booked the Visa promo–it’s worth pricing out both just to double-check that the prices don’t differ. One or the other might work out better for your booking.
Here’s the rack rates for standard rooms as illustrated below in the rate chart for Disney’s Pop Century Resort:
Contrast the rates in August or September 2023 with those in late July, which is the heart of summer season, and you’ll see it’s a fairly significant difference.
Friday through Sunday nights are all going to be more expensive, and less consistent. In general, Friday and Saturday will be the most expensive days of the week, with Thursday and Sunday costing less–but still more than Monday through Wednesday nights.
As with the Disney Visa offer released a couple weeks ago, onepleasant surprise here is that all of the Value Resorts, including Pop Century, are in the 25% off tier, and Caribbean Beach Resort is in the 30% off tier.
Total prices can end up being at or a hair under $100 for the All Star Resorts and under $150 per night for Pop Century. At just over $200 per night, Caribbean Beach is another standout (especially if the room refurbishment is finished for the entire resort by late summer). Another one that catches my eye is BoardWalk Inn for under $375 per night; we’re eager to stay in the new rooms there!
Some of these discounts are rarities, and a sharp contrast to what we were seeing last year around this time. Often, the Skyliner Resorts were excluded entirely or offered only ~10% off and had very limited availability. So this is quite the departure from that!
We’re really pleased with these discounts. It’s no longer even a matter of moving the goalposts due to a dearth of deals. These are fantastic relative to what was available last year at this same time, but very good even relative to historical standards.
While total rates were slightly lower during the winter off-season, these are among the best percentage savings we’ve seen directly from Walt Disney World in a while.
Availability for the dates we spot-checked is pretty good at most resorts. This suggests to us that either Walt Disney World is increasing guest loads at the resorts or bookings aren’t nearly as strong for a lot of dates as were for last year.
If that anecdotal observation is accurate–and it may not be–we still might see more discounts for Summer & Fall 2023, or at least rooms unloaded on Priceline or Hotwire (once again!). Walt Disney World also might take a wait and see approach to releasing more deals–there’s still plenty of time between now and most of these 2023 travel dates.
If you’re not an Annual Passholder or can’t find good options for your travel dates, look to third party on-site hotels. We’re seeing availability at the Swan & Dolphin, Bonnet Creek, Disney Springs, Grand Cypress, and Flamingo Crossing hotels. Of those, the best rates that we’ve seen are at the Disney Springs and Flamingo Crossings hotels.
For those who are unfamiliar with Flamingo Crossings, this is actually an up-and-coming area of Walt Disney World and Central Florida. It’s like a budget version of Disney Springs, both literally and figuratively. None of the retailers are overtly Disney and there’s no Imagineering to speak of. Rather, it looks very much like a slightly upmarket suburban strip mall. It’s one populated by tourists and Disney Programs participants, thanks to the student housing nearby. If you’re curious about this area, read more in our Guide to Flamingo Crossings at Walt Disney World.
In other cases, you’re going to be hard-pressed to do better than the rates Walt Disney World is offering if you can find availability for your travel dates. Again, ~$100 per night for All Star Sports–with the new rooms, perks, and transportation–is a very fair price, in our view. (If you can find it, Pop Century is a great pick, even at ~$150 per night.)
Of course, rooms are 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, it’s impossible to book those past prices. (If you do have the means to time travel, I hope you’re using it for something better than saving an extra ~$20 on a Value Resort!) Even with that in mind, this isn’t too far from that when adjusted for inflation.
Ultimately, if you’re an Annual Passholder who is eager for an escape to Walt Disney World between July and September 2023, these deals are really strong. You can still do better with Disney Vacation Club Point Rentals (although it’s pretty much only confirmed reservations now), but this still might be as good as it’ll get for you.
What do you think of these Summer & Fall 2023 room only discounts for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders? 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!