Walt Disney World has released new Summer & Fall 2022 resort room-only discounts for Disney+ subscribers. 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.
The second half of last year was rough for general public discounts, and that is thankfully starting to turn around with this latest. We’re still not seeing the range or quality of normal discounts, but it’s a marked improvement as compared to last summer and fall. As discussed elsewhere, the combination of pent-up demand and reduced resort operations has caused problems for WDW dealhounds in 2022. We’ll circle back to those subjects in the commentary…
Before starting, we’ll preface this with a reminder that availability was weak for the last round of deals…and the round before that. 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. Just something to keep in mind before getting your hopes up here.
On a different note, if you’re not a Disney+ subscriber, you still should check out this discounts. Unlike Annual Pass discounts, you don’t really need to “crunch the numbers” to determine if you would save more by one member of your party purchasing a Disney+ subscription if you don’t already have one. I can answer that for you right now: you would. That’ll cost you under $8 per month, whereas this could save you several hundreds of dollars per night.
For this Disney+ subscriber discount, Walt Disney World has brought back the “classic” You’re Almost in Orbit virtual queue, beloved among fans who like staring into space. This is used to manage website capacity when demand is expected to be here and, unlike with some past deals, they’re probably right here.
The page advises logging in to your Disney+ account while waiting to confirm that your My Disney Experience account is associated with your Disney+ account, which is a good idea. For me this was no issue, but I suspect there will be some association errors or issues. There always are.
UPDATE: We’re already getting questions about how to link Disney+ and My Disney Experience accounts that are under separate logins. Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for this. Clicking the “Check your Membership and Passes” link on the You’re Almost in Orbit screen just shows whether you’re a Disney+ subscriber on that account. It gives you the option to add new APs, DVC memberships, and Cast Member Maingate Passes, but not Disney+ subscriptions.
However, you should be able to go into your Disney+ account and update the email address associated with that to match your My Disney Experience account. Should is the operative word, as this won’t always work. If it doesn’t, try calling Disney+ customer service at 888-905-7888. Do not call Walt Disney World, as this is discount drop day and hold times are no doubt astronomical.
Another option is logging into Disneyworld.com with your Disney+ account login, booking a room under that, and worrying about account consolidation (or whatever) at a later date.
The easiest option is going to be cancelling your existing Disney+ account and creating a new one under your My Disney Experience log-in. Everyone’s circumstances are unique, but that’s probably what I’d do.
Here are the official details for the new discount: Disney+ subscribers can save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights July 8, 2022 through September 30, 2022.
Here are resort by resort Disney+ savings rates:
Proof of Disney+ subscription required. Disney+ subscriber with an active subscription must stay in the room.
This special offer for Disney+ subscribers 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.
Below are some of the best available rates we found for this Disney+ Summer & Fall 2022 discount:
This search is for the night of September 5, 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.
Okay, commentary time.
In looking through my notes and comparing this to last year’s “Summer Fun” discount, this is better overall. That’s the first time we’ve said that in a while, as the vast majority of recent deals have ranged from disappointing to nonexistent. There are real deals to be scored here, sometimes to the tune of a few hundred dollars per night at the upper end hotels.
As always, it all depends on your desired resort, room categories, and travel dates. If you’re already locked-in and don’t have much flexibility, the options might not appear so hot.
Additionally, if you’re looking for rooms at Animal Kingdom Lodge, BoardWalk Inn, or either Port Orleans Resort, your perception of this discount will be superior to those searching for discounts at the Poly (there aren’t any) or even Wilderness Lodge.
Broadly speaking, this Disney+ discount is looking really good so far. Better than any general public offers we’ve seen in…at least a year?
Given that, I’d highly recommend booking something ASAP. My suspicion is that a lot of WDW dealhounds have been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for some worthwhile discount to finally appear. If that’s the case, availability could go fast.
Some of these discounted rates are far 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.
Availability for the dates we spot-checked is pretty good at most Walt Disney World resorts for this Disney+ deal. With that said, we also searched at 8 am on the discount drop day when availability would’ve been best. (You can help with this by sharing your experience booking rooms–or striking out–with this Disney+ deal in the comments below.)
This suggests to us that either Walt Disney World is increasing guest loads at the resorts or bookings aren’t as strong for a lot of dates as they have been in the upcoming summer and early fall. It probably also helps that all resorts are now open, even if it is mildly disappointing that Disney didn’t take advantage of the extended downtime by redoing the All Star Sports rooms.
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.
This is also a relatively unprecedented discount, in that it’s the first time Walt Disney World has ever offered a room discount for Disney+ subscribers. We don’t really care about that.
From our perspective, this is significant and “unprecedented” in it’s an affiliation offer with a very low barrier to entry. Subscribing to Disney+ is much cheaper than buying an Annual Pass (which most people can’t even do right now) or moving to Florida.
As for why Walt Disney World is making it easier to qualify for an affiliation discount on rooms, the answer is simple: Disney+ is the company’s focus and fixation. There’s a misconception about Disney+ being incredibly profitable–quite the opposite is true.
Disney+ is a revenue driver, but it’s still losing money as it attempts to gain market share and is spending colossal sums on user acquisition. While this appears to be a perk for existing Disney+ subscribers, it’s also another attempt to incentivize new subscriptions. (Remember Disney+ Day last holiday season? Same idea.)
The emphasis on streaming is evident in fluctuations in the stock price. While some fans have attributed the rise and fall to headlines about Chapek, angst about Genie+, or their personal grievances. None of that are the actual causes of volatility in the stock price.
Whenever AT&T’s WarnerMedia (HBO Max), Paramount (Paramount+), NBCUniversal (Peacock), or Netflix report results, the stocks of their competitors are impacted. Back when Netflix lowered its forward-looking forecast in its company outlook, the share prices of the other streamers also fell. Investors believe that market maturity, consumer churn, heightened competition pose headwinds for all of these companies. (Real world headlines and overarching trends in the market have also played a role.)
Hence this Disney+ discount on Walt Disney World resorts.
It’s a way to juice Disney+ subscriber numbers, which will in turn help the company beat analyst expectations and impress Wall Street, which will in turn boost the company’s stock price. For better or worse, the company revolves around Disney+ right now. It is the big thing.
Ultimately, if you’re Disney+ subscriber who is eager for a 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+ subscribers? 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!