History of Offers for Walt Disney World Resort
What the research shows: Disney World runs offers of up to 35% off throughout most of the year. In the past 3 years, July had the least number of discounts available but it's also one of the least expensive times to visit. It is difficult to identify a pattern of when the best offers are released but if you book through a Disney Vacation Planner he or she will be able to notify you of discounts as soon as they become available. Click here for a list of current offers for Walt Disney World.
*Bold text identifies offers that provided significant savings.
Free Dining at Walt Disney World: Free Dining has become extremely popular over the years and many guests have come to expect it. While we never know for sure if Disney will continue to offer free dining each year, we do know they typically release it in the spring for select fall travel dates. When released for 2014, we saw a large number of blackout dates than ever before: almost all of October and much of November were excluded.
Other Major Offers: At times Disney will run an offer for an extra ticket day, usually when a minimum number of days are purchased. While this may sound like a good offer, it might be a savings of only $10 per person. The best Disney World offers are the freebies: Memory Maker, Disney Dining Plan, hotel nights, and kids stay free offers (2011). It's worth noting that Magical Vacations Travel runs exclusive offers for Walt Disney World hotels, some are offered at up to 65% off.
Annual Passholders and Florida Residents: Discounts are nearly the same for Annual Passholders and Florida Residents. They usually run for the season with few blackout dates and are released about 30 days prior. There is a standard Annual Passholder discount available throughout the year but lower rates are likely to be released seasonally, so check 30-60 days prior to your arrival for discounts.
Updated September 2018, Darren Wittko