Walt Disney World has released new Spring & Summer 2022 resort room-only discounts for Floridians and APs. 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, but we were hoping that trend would turn around with the start of 2022, the winter “off-season,” and cancellations. However, as discussed elsewhere, it’s possible that a combined of pent-up demand and reduced resort operations are going to continue to cause 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 an Annual Passholder or Floridian, you still might want to check out these discounts. It’s worth crunching the numbers on an AP to see if you would save more by one member of your party purchasing one, rather than regular tickets and hotels at rack rate. Just be warned that once you buy an Annual Pass to “save money,” it’s likely you’ll end up booking more quick trips or long weekends throughout the year. Not that we speak from experience or anything!
Let’s start with the official details for the new AP discount: Annual Passholders can save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights March 11, 2022 through July 7, 2022
Here are resort by resort AP savings rates:
This special offer for Annual Passholders 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.
Next, Florida Residents can save up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights March 11, 2022 through July 7, 2022.
Details are mostly the same, but with ~5% less off at some tiers of resorts. Here are the specifics:
Proof of Florida residency is required at check-in. Otherwise, the terms & conditions are identical, with the same room exclusions and so forth.
As a reminder, Walt Disney World does not increase resort rates prior to releasing a discount. This is a popular misconception, but it’s false. Rack room charts for the entire year are published in advance, and can be found in multiple places online.
Here’s what we found for best available rates for this Spring & Summer 2022 discount:
These rates are weak by objective historical standards. Nevertheless, they are better than the new general public discount across the board…and also better than nothing, which is what we’ve seen repeatedly over the course of the last 6 months.
To be sure, they’re not nearly as good as the deals released last winter around now, but absent a time machine, no one is able to book those rates in the here and now. Discounts are a product of supply and demand, and unfortunately, pent-up demand is still running hot and Walt Disney World still isn’t operating at 100% (meaning supply is constrained).
In other words, this isn’t tremendously surprising. We’ve been covering the dearth of deals for months, as well as the lack of hotel availability for the end of the year. (If you haven’t already read it, we’d recommend What’s Up with Sold Out Hotels at Walt Disney World?)
As covered in the latest update to that, we’re starting to see it spillover into this year, with limited availability through Easter 2022. Certain hotels are starting to show as unavailable on other dates, too. It’s likely that the first half of 2022 will continue to see the same issues as the second half of last year.
As discussed in the latest update to our 2022 Walt Disney World Crowd Calendars, we’re expecting pent-up demand to continue as the dominant story through at least the first several months of this year. While we could be wrong, it certainly seems like that will significantly overshadow and outpace Omicron-driven cancellations. Most, but not all, people seem to be ready to move on with life.
Consequently, we’re expecting heavier crowds in the first half of this year than the first half of last year. That’s due to pent-up demand resulting from postponed trips, a return of international travel, resumption of runDisney and youth sporting events, people remembering how low crowds were at this time last year, and more.
Regardless of the cause, it’s likely that these Spring & Summer 2022 discounts are going to be disappointing to many of you. Beyond those traveling in the first half of the calendar year, the ongoing pent-up demand and lack of discounting might be disheartening for those who have been upset by recent announcements about Genie+ and Lightning Lanes, among other things.
On the plus side, 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 they have been this fall and holiday season. If that anecdotal observation is accurate–and it may not be–we still might see decent discounts for later in 2022, or at least more rooms unloaded on Priceline or Hotwire. Walt Disney World also might take a wait and see approach to releasing more deals.
Ultimately, if you’re an Annual Passholder or Florida resident who is eager for an 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 room only discounts for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Florida residents? 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!