Walt Disney World has released new resort room-only discounts for Disney Visa Cardmembers through April 2023. This post shares the details of these special offers, commentary about the sudden spike in savings, plus sample pricing, analysis & other info.
Here are the offer details from Disney Visa by Chase: Stay in the magic with this special offer during the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration—before this once-in-a-lifetime event comes to an end!
Disney Visa Cardmembers can save up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays select nights January 2, 2023 through April 30, 2023 when they book using their Disney Visa Card.
When taking advantage of this offer, you’ll be surrounded by The World’s Most Magical Celebration, a once-in-a-lifetime event brimming with EARidescent excitement—taking place now through March 31, 2023. Plus, as Guests of a Disney Resort hotel, you can enjoy early entry to the theme parks 30 minutes before opening to experience select attractions (with valid park admission and a park reservation)—giving them even more to celebrate!
Here’s the resort by resort Disney Visa Cardholder savings chart provided by Walt Disney World:
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. As far as eligibility goes, any Disney Visa Cardmember–Premier, Standard Credit or Debit Cards all will do the trick!
At present, this deal does not appear bookable via either the Disney Visa Chase cardmember page or disneyworld.com. Usually, Disney Visa deals go live later online than over the phone. I have no clue why they do it that way, but this is typical.
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.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas and The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
Note that this deal is materially similar to the Florida resident and Annual Passholder deals that have been released in the last week if you look only at the date ranges–they’re identical.
However, the discount tiers do differ a bit. In most cases, this is on par with the Florida resident discount and worse than the AP deal by 5% for each tier. For a few resorts, it’s identical to the Annual Passholder deal (and thus better than the Floridian offer). In one case–the inclusion of Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation–it’s actually better than both. So it’s worth pricing out all of the offers if you’re eligible to see where you come out ahead.
Nevertheless, our analysis doesn’t differ much among the different discount offers. If you already read the Annual Passholder post, what follows is going to be redundant. It’s simply a rundown of the best dates that are part of the “Value” rate season at Walt Disney World. On the rack rate chart spectrum, this is THE least expensive time to visit Walt Disney World.
This season occurs throughout the winter months during non-holiday weekdays, as illustrated below in the rate chart for Disney’s All Star Movies Resort:
Contrast the rates in February 2023 (which are also available for numerous dates in January) with those in March 2023, which is spring break season. Pretty big difference!
If you’re simply looking for the very best dates, they are as follows:
January 2 to 4, 2023
January 9 to 11, 2023
January 16 to 18, 2023
January 23 to 25, 2023
January 30 to February 1, 2023
February 6 to 8, 2023
Those are all Monday through Wednesday nights. If you’re looking for the very cheapest options, you’ll find them at the All Star Resorts (Sports and Movies), which offer a standard room base rate of $113/night. So long as there’s availability, that should result in a discounted rate of around $100/night.
Thursday 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. Additionally, Fridays and Saturdays are blocked out for the winter dates, so you won’t get a discount on those nights, regardless.
I don’t know if this is a matter of moving the goalposts or being conditioned to expect higher prices over the last two years, but I look at some of those rates and think “not too shabby!” Then I think back to a few years ago when deals were much more aggressive, and realize these are nothing particularly special. Then I remember that I don’t own a time machine and am once again pretty pleased with these rates.
Nevertheless, it’s been a while since I’ve seen anything around $100 per night, Moderates at $200 per night, or Deluxe Resorts in the ballpark of $350. These are among the best rates we’ve seen directly from Walt Disney World since early this year. But that really speaks more to how weak discounts have been since–not these being particularly good.
To the contrary, these rates are only okay by objective historical standards. Normally, the winter off-season is when Walt Disney World has some of its best pricing, by virtue of lower rate charts and better discounts.
With that said, 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?)
If you 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. 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. Relative to what I’ve been seeing for this holiday season, ~$100 per night for the All Stars–with the new rooms, perks, and transportation–is a downright steal. (If you can find it, Pop Century is a great pick, even at the higher rates.)
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.
As mentioned elsewhere, one big positive is that Walt Disney World has now released several discounts that run through March or April 2023 in the span of a week, and they’ve done so far earlier than normal by historical standards. If recent weak discounting and late releases are a sign that pent-up demand has still been running strong, this is a sign that the opposite may no longer be true as of early 2023.
If that anecdotal observation is accurate–and it may not be–we still might see better discounts for later in 2023, 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, wanting to assess forward-looking bookings in light of all these new special offer releases.
As we’ve written several times in the last few months, we’re optimistic that there will be better Walt Disney World discounts in 2023. There’s a chance this holiday season will be the “last hurrah” for pent-up demand. As that starts to fizzle out, household savings decrease, inflation stings more, and the economy slows down, it seems increasingly likely that Walt Disney World will experience its own slowdown.
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 actually plays out. The return of international guests in full force could sustain Walt Disney World’s strong demand even longer, as could special events. 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 not a negligible number.
Still, seeing Walt Disney World release 4 new discounts in the span of a week certainly gives me a newfound sense of optimism that maybe we have finally turned the corner on pent-up demand. While there have been a few “false starts” on that front, I can’t recall the last time there was a slate of deals on par with what we’re seeing for early 2023. You’d probably have to look back all the way to late 2020 or early 2021–and it was a totally different world then.
Ultimately, if you’re a Disney Visa Cardmember who is eager for an escape to Walt Disney World this coming winter through Spring 2023, these deals are among the best we’ve seen for most of this calendar year. 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 Winter & Spring 2023 room only discounts for Disney Visa Cardmembers? 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!