Getting a Deal on a Disney Hotel Room
By Catherine Noble
Disney World will never be one of the cheapest vacation options. It doesn’t have to cost the earth either. There's several ways you can save money on your Walt Disney World vacations, and getting a deal on your hotel room is one of them.
If your heart is set on a hotel room inside Walt Disney World itself, a little patience and persistence is needed. Disney don't normally release discounts until at least three months in advance, and you have to be on the ball to get one before they're all gone.
There are four main Disney World hotel categories: value, moderate, deluxe and home away from home. Typically, the deluxe and home away from home resorts attract the biggest discounts.
First, go to the official Disney website at www.disney.com and sign up to receive Disney newsletters and mailings on any special offers. If they bring any special packages out, hopefully you will receive an email. Also, keep checking the site periodically. In the tickets and reservations section of the site, they give details of any current specials and packages.
Another option is to call Disney reservations and ask outright for a discount. Make the first call about three months before your trip. You may need to call several times before you have any luck, but be persistent, and don’t worry about calling a lot. Disney World has hundreds of reservationists, so you’re unlikely to get the same one each time.
When you call, ask if your preferred room is available. When they give you the price, tell them it sounds a little expensive, and ask if they have any discounts or managers specials. If they don’t, ask if they have discounts or specials at your chosen resort, ask if they have any at another resort. The trick is to keep calling, as discounts on Disney hotel rooms come and go all the time, and they will be snapped up quickly once they are released.
You could also try for an up-sell. For example, maybe you're trying to get a discount on a Disney deluxe hotel room. First, check availability at Disney’s website, to see if there is any availability at one of the moderate resorts, for your trip dates. If there isn't, you may be in luck. Call Disney reservations immediately, and ask if there's availability at one of the moderate resorts. If they say no, ask if there’s anything else available. They may immediately try to up-sell you to a deluxe resort, at a lower rate, or they may just give you the full price. If they do that, just tell them it's too expensive and ask if they have any discounts. Up-sells are quite common as Disney World make more money from you if you are staying in a deluxe resort, as dining costs are higher, plus they hope that once they’ve got you hooked on an expensive resort, you'll pay rack rate to stay there on future trips.
You could also buy an Annual Passport. Annual pass holders are eligible for discounts on Disney hotel rooms. Again, you have to keep calling to get one, but it's worth it. An annual passport can be good value for money if you’re spending at least seven days in Disney’s four main theme parks, in a twelve month period. To find out more about Annual passes visit the official Disney website. Remember, you have just as much chance as anyone else, of getting a discounted Disney hotel room. You just need to be persistent.
Catherine Lawson is a writer and webmaster for mywdwtrip.com. She is a pro at planning the perfect trip to Walt Disney World, and bagging the best deals. She set up the site in order to share her knowledge with others.
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