It is a well-known fact that Walt Disney World raises its prices every year, but there are always discounts and offers available to keep visitors returning to the theme parks. Many websites, guidebooks and tourism companies claim to offer secrets to getting discounts on Disney World packages, however, those discounts can be easy to find if you know where to look.
Visit During the Off Season
Walt Disney World Resort package rates are typically lower during certain times of the year when the parks have fewer visitors. In addition to lower rates on resort hotels, Disney World packages booked during the slower seasons may also include bonuses such as a free dining plan or a Disney gift card. Early fall and winter are considered Disney's "value" seasons, especially September after children are back in school, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas and mid-January through mid-February.
Use a Travel Agent
Travel agents who are Authorized Disney Vacation Planners have extensive knowledge of the Disney Parks and package options, including current discounts. In addition to helping clients make the most of their vacations by providing advice and tips, a Disney travel agent may be able to save their clients money by applying discounts that the clients were not aware of, such as seasonal or Florida resident reduced hotel rates. Plus, there is usually no additional charge to work with a travel agent, as their commissions are paid by Disney.
Check with Your Associations
Disney periodically offers discounts for members of various associations or organizations, including AAA, wholesale shopping clubs such as Costco, Disney Annual Passholders and Disney Visa card holders. Discounts are also often available for active and retired military members, educators and health and safety professionals such as firefighters. These discounts are typically available for Disney’s resort hotels, with an option to create a package by adding a dining plan or theme park tickets, which may also be discounted. It is a good idea to check with an organization before contacting Disney, as many of the discounts must be booked directly through the organization.