New Fall Discounts for the Walt Disney World Resort

by on July 17, 2017

Save on your next Walt Disney World vacation

Save on your next Disney vacation ©Disney

Thanks to Sue Pisaturo at Small World Vacations for the heads up on these new Disney discounts.

Today, Disney announced a few new specials that are available for travel to Walt Disney World for those traveling this fall and the holiday season!

If you were planning to enjoy the great holiday events that Walt Disney World offers each year, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom or Holidays Around the World at Epcot, these discounts may help you! Guests who take advantage of these great offers can also have the opportunity to experience the all-new Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Room Only Discount

First, is the room only discount where Guests can save up to 20% on select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for most nights from October 8 through December 24 with the “Magical Holidays Room Offer” offer. When you book a room only discount at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll still be able to enjoy helpful benefits like accessing FastPass+ 60 days prior to your vacation, complimentary MagicBands, Extra Magic Hours, complimentary transportation, standard parking, plus more!

Exclusions may apply at the following room types and Disney Resort hotels:

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Ask A Travel Agent: What Happens When Free Dining Is Released?

by on July 17, 2017

We are truly lucky to get know some fantastic travel agents through our work here at TouringPlans. When the latest Disney Free Dining promotion was released, we heard stories from many of our friends in the industry about how busy Disney’s reservation systems were that day. That got us thinking: what’s it really like for a travel agent on the day a big promotion is released. Here’s one anonymous agent’s story:

Free Dining.

Two simple, innocuous little words that put together have created a cult-like response in the Disney community. Over the years, they’ve also created a bit of a sense of dread in the hearts of Disney-focused travel agents. Allow me to share with you what free dining is really like for a TA.

Years ago, free dining was a different beast. From the first release in 2005, popularity grew and grew, and as it grew the scope of requirements increased (like minimum ticket requirements), availability decreased (more date and resort blackouts), but guests were as starved as ever for this promotion. It was becoming somewhat of a holy grail, a unicorn if you will, for Disney vacationers. And TAs became Unicorn Hunters. And a vicious hunt it has become.

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TouringPlans and MouseSavers Discounts

by on July 1, 2017

We are so happy to announce today that MouseSavers, a site that’s been saving Disney visitors money since 2001, is now the exclusive source for third party discounts on TouringPlans subscriptions. TouringPlans and MouseSavers share a common goal – helping you make the smartest decisions on how to spend your vacation time and money. Partnering with MouseSavers gives TouringPlans more time to focus on creating tools, like our Dining Reservation Finder and Room View Finder, to help you plan great trips in less time.

Readers will find links on MouseSavers and in their newsletters to special purchase pages for the discounted subscriptions.

The fine print:

  • If you’re renewing, you’ll receive the renewal price or the discounted price, whichever is lowest.
  • There is still a discount if you own a current edition of the Unofficial Guide. Again, you’ll get the lowest price.
  • If you’re looking for even better than discounted, how about free? Some travel agents offer free subscriptions to TouringPlans with qualified bookings. If yours doesn’t, why not ask about it?

Do you have more questions about how to save money on your trips? Ask in the comments – we’re always looking for new topics to cover.

Disney World 4-Park Magic Ticket Now Supported by Ticket Calculator

by on May 8, 2017


Walt Disney World Ticket Calculator

Discounts on legitimate tickets can be tricky to find, but our Walt Disney World Ticket Calculator exists to streamline the process. Simply enter the parameters of the Walt Disney World tickets you’d like, and our software will find the best pricing among several reputable ticket wholesalers (currently, we have seven), taking into account all taxes and fees. We generally check the vendor prices one per day, and we get no commission from any tickets that you purchase; this is a objective tool that we operate for the benefit of the community.

On May 6, we made this even better by adding support for the limited-time 4-Park Magic Ticket, a ticket that offers good savings if you’re willing to spend 1 separate day in each of Disney World’s four theme parks. The 4-Park Magic Ticket is not a “hopper,” so you can only visit one park per day. And right now the 4-Park Magic Ticket must be purchased by July 30 and used by September 30, 2017. Be sure to read all Disney’s restrictions prior to purchasing.

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New Room-Only Dates For Late Summer 2017

by on April 24, 2017

Thanks for Annette Johnson of Mouse Trip Travel for the heads up.

Save 25% off the rack rate of your Disney hotel room (largest discounts for deluxe/villas).

Book: April 24 to August 31

Travel: August 1 to October 7


  • 3-bedroom villas
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Book or rebook with your travel agent or via with “Enchanted Escape Room Offer.”

Disney World Free Dining For Fall 2017

by on April 24, 2017

Thanks to Sue Pisaturo from Small World Vacations for the heads up. We have dates for the Disney Free Dining 2017.

Book: April 24 to July 7

Travel: August 21 (edit 1:30pm – August 13 for Disney Visa holders) to September 30, November 14 to 20, November 25-27, December 8 to 23

Details: Value and Moderate – Free Quick Service Plan, Deluxe and Villas – Free Dining Plan

Package must include Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus tickets.

Disney says minimum 5 night/6 day stay, but says other discounts may be available for other trip lengths.


  • Campsites
  • 3-bedroom Villas
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
  • Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Exception for November and December dates: Riverside

Book or rebook with your travel agent with the “Free Delicious Offer” or via For more on the dining plans and Free Dining, read our summary.

Update 4/25/17: Guests can “upgrade” to the the regular dining plan when booking a Value or Moderate resort for $24.19 (approx)/adult/night. Less per child 9 and under.

Minimum length of park admission is 2 days. Everyone on your reservation must be on the same package.


Walt Disney World Discount Released Today

by on March 27, 2017

Save on your next Disney vacation

Just the details – book or rebook now as availability is limited.

Up to 25% off rooms. Available for room-only and packages.

Travel: May 28 to August 31, 2017.

Book: March 27 to July 14, 2017.

Some dates will be blocked. No Grand Villas, Bungalows at the Polynesian, campsites, or Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation. Highest discounts at select Deluxe and DVC properties. Other resorts will be lower.

Contact Disney or your travel agent to book or rebook. Availability is limited.

Thanks for Small World Vacations, Storybook Destinations, and Stephanie Hudson at MEI who all let us know!


Reduced Deposit Special for Disney Cruise Line

by on December 28, 2016

Disney Cruise Line Discount

Want to book a Disney Cruise, but feeling a little tapped after the holiday? Disney Cruise Line announced a discount (or “discount”) today that may help ease your pain.


If you book a 7-night or longer cruise between now and February 15, 2017, your deposit will be half the normal amount. Disney Cruise Line deposits are normally 20% of the cruise fare (not including taxes. fee, and port expenses). Naturally, the additional 10% you don’t pay upon booking will be due when final payment is due (90 days before sailing for most cruises, but check out our breakdown here for the labyrinth of dates for your particular cruise). No booking code is needed for this offer.

By the way, yes, you do already pay a reduced deposit if you book while onboard.

The fine print:

  • Cruise must be 7-nights or longer (sorry, if you wanted to cruise the Dream).
  • Restricted (IGT ,OGT, VGT) fares are not included.
  • Concierge level cabins are not included.
  • Offer can’t be combined with other discounts or offers.

Thanks for Sue Pisaturo of Small World Vacations for letting us know about this offer.

Do you enjoy straight talk about the Disney Cruise Line? Check out the Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line.


SATURDAY SIX: Six Disney Gifts Santa Can Bring Back to the North Pole (AKA The Best of the Disney Outlet Stores in 2016)

by on December 24, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX is an annual tradition. Six Disney Gifts Santa Can Bring Back to the North Pole (AKA The Best of the Disney Outlet Stores in 2016). Some readers of this weekly column may not know that we also have The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! where every single month for over three years we have braved the insanity of the Orlando Premium Outlet parking lots to cover the two Disney outlet stores (more info on them – including addresses –  are at the end of the article.)  In fact, we even had a very special Three Year Anniversary edition with some congratulatory notes from some very impressive names in the theme park community.

Now, while some Christmas dreams do come true, such as Ralphie Parker getting his official Red Ryder BB gun and Your Humble Author getting a Han Solo blaster back in the day, other Christmas gifts deserve to go straight to the Island of Misfit Toys. Today we will take a look at some of those very items, starting with…

# 6 – Glow With The Show Ears

Let it glow.

Our first item this week was the first ever Made With Magic piece of merchandise to hit the Outlets. These were the Mickey Ears that lit up with different colors to Glow With the Show during some of the nighttime spectaculars at the parks. I have no actual financial numbers to support my theory, but having been the parks many, many times and only seeing a handful of guests wearing these, I’m going to assume Disney took a complete bath on this idea. It’s an item that cost over $25, are heavier than a normal pair of Mickey Ears, and the person wearing it can’t even see it glow. They were reduced to $9.99. This pair of Ears is particularly garish in design.

# 5 – Hats that are “Big In Japan”

This next item I had been waiting for ever since they showed up at the regular Disney stores over two years ago. These hats where you look like you are wearing the carcass of a dead Disney character on your head and are next level bananas. Apparently these bonkers hats are huge over at the Tokyo parks, but to be fair they also line up for hours just for popcorn. Popcorn!  To be even more fair, if I were out there I’d be in line with them. Originally $21.95, these were reduced to $5.99.

Goofy hat.

Donald hat, as seen in the Art of Animation gift shop.

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Free 2017 Disney Planning DVDs Now Available

by on December 6, 2016

Free Disney 2017 planning DVDs are available now.

Free Disney 2017 planning DVDs are available now.

This is a sponsored post. TouringPlans receives a commission on each free DVD requested through the ad in this article. The revenue goes to travel and research for our blog and site.

The Walt Disney Travel Company has released its 2017 planning DVD. The DVD is free to anyone who requests it. And even if you don’t have a DVD player (because it’s 2016, and who does?), signing up will get you a link to stream the content online.

The free DVD is a fun way to get excited for your upcoming vacation or even help you get your Disney fix if you don’t have a trip planned.

Check out this page for more information. And, hey, thanks for supporting the blog.