Posts Tagged ‘discounts’

Walt Disney World Preview – Week of August 12

by on August 10, 2017

This week brings attraction closures, Mission: Space opening, and dinner discounts galore. Keep reading below to find out more! (That rhyme was accidental, but I’m still proud of myself. It’s the little things.) 

Special Events

  • What a time to be a Floridian! Now until September 30th, Florida residents will be offered a FREE appetizer AND valet parking with each adult dinner entrée. This is featured at the following restaurants:
    • Jiko
    • Flying Fish
    • Citricos
    • Artist Point
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is offering discounted tickets for performances Tuesday through Saturday nights. Book now through December 16, 2017 to save!
  • Are you a Tables in Wonderland member? Now through September 30th, you can receive a 30% discount at the following restaurants:
    • Note: Discount is only available before 6:30pm or after 8:30pm

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Ask It Results: Ever Received an Elusive PIN Code?

by on August 2, 2017

Having run the Ask It polls for a while now, whenever I ask a question, I’m usually pretty sure what the answer will be. There are times when my personal bias blocks my prognostication, however. This week, the results were much closer than I had predicted to the question:

Have you ever received a PIN code for a discount/special offer on a Disney vacation?

Even more interesting than how the voting went were readers sharing some of the deals they’ve been offered. Feel free to take me with you at any time!!

Here’s your results for this week’s Ask It.

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Three Great New Walt Disney World Discounts Released Today

by on December 28, 2015

Save on your next Disney 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 three new specials that are available for travel to Walt Disney World for those traveling this winter/spring.

The first is the “Family Time Package Offer” where a family of four can enjoy a 5-Day/4-Night Walt Disney World Vacation for as low as $1,714.

This offer is available for stays for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights February 22 through March 3, 2016 and April 3 through May 26, 2016 at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. Additional great rates are also available for alternate lengths of stay, different resort hotels and party sizes for stays most nights February 22 through June 11, 2016.

Guests can book this offer between December 28 through February 28, 2016.

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Universal Orlando Garage Sale Ends Saturday

by on November 20, 2015

universal orlando garage sale

It’s a bargain hunter’s parade through Saturday at the Universal Orlando Garage Sale. (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

If you are in Orlando and have a theme park fan on your holiday shopping list, you’ll want to swing by the Universal Orlando garage sale before it ends on Saturday, and stock up on dirt-cheap stocking stuffers. Once every year or so, Universal unloads unsold merchandise to its employees, annual passholders, and the generous public at a ginormous discount, and 2015’s garage sale has arrived just in time for some pre-Thanksgiving bargain hunting.


The Universal Orlando Garage Sale takes place daily through Saturday, November 21, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The event is literally a garage sale, taking place inside the first floor of the employee parking garage at the corner Turkey Lake Road and Vineland Road. The first hours of the sale on Tuesday were reserved for Annual Passholders, but now the event is open to all; I was not asked to show ID to either enter the garage or make purchases. Enter the employee parking garage from Vineland Road via Production Plaza (just past The Bell at Universal Apartments) and park on the surface lot outside the garage, then follow the signs inside.

Maximizing the value of Disney Vacation Club

by on October 20, 2015

Previously, I wrote about various uses of Disney Vacation Club points in order to demonstrate the great variety of location and length of stays available at similar point levels. Along those lines, we’re going to take a look at the best way to maximize the value of a Disney Vacation Club membership. Whether you’re already a member, or just thinking about becoming a member, here are ways to leverage Disney Vacation Club for maximum touring enjoyment.dvc-logo

  • Lower your initial point investment: No matter how many points you own, the perks are the same. So don’t be afraid to scrimp on that initial purchase of Disney Vacation Club points. Currently, the minimum buy-in from Disney is 100 points. You can also start with even fewer points by looking to the resale market, where points go for much less. One caveat to buying a DVC contract from a resale broker: The points cannot be used destinations in The Concierge Collection, The Adventurer Collection and The Disney Collection. But in general, these uses –which include cruises, Adventures By Disney and non-DVC Disney resorts — are not the most economical use of points. If your primary concern is value, you’re going to be using your points for DVC resorts only. A lower number of points also means a lower amount of maintenance fees you’re paying out each year. Of course, as many DVC members can tell you, “add-on-itus” is a real thing. It may not be long before you’re in the market for additional DVC points. On the other side of the coin, if you decide that DVC doesn’t work for you, a smaller contract is easier to sell on the resale market than a larger contract.

Now, more tips:

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Disney Military Salute Extended Through 2016

by on September 25, 2015

Military discountBig thanks for Tammy Whiting of Storybook Destinations for the following news about Disney’s U.S. military discounts for 2016.

Today Disney announced an extension of the very popular Disney Military Salute through all of 2016!

The Disney Military Salute includes steeply discounted tickets, as well as generous room discounts.

Each qualifying member may purchase one ticket for themselves and up to 5 additional tickets to be used by friends and family between January 3rd and December 19th, 2016. The tickets may not be used March 20, 2016- April 1, 2016.

At Walt Disney World, four day tickets with the Park Hopper OR Water Parks Fun and More option are $196 plus tax. Four day tickets with the Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More option are $230 plus tax.

At Disneyland, three day Park Hopper tickets are $143.

Room discounts will run from January 3rd to December 19th, 2016.

Blackout dates include March 20th-April 1st for room discounts as well.

Any active duty or retired Service member, National Guardsman, Reservist, or Coast Guard is eligible. If the eligible member is not present, their spouse is eligible. Tickets are purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets and must be activated with ID at theme park windows. More details are on Disney’s web site.

The Cheapest Disney World Tickets – In One Chart

by on September 25, 2015

Every night we check the price of Disney World tickets sold by Disney themselves, and 9 authorized third-party wholesalers such as The Official Ticket Center, Undercover Tourist, and more. We use these prices in our Least Expensive Ticket Calculator, a tool that tells you the least expensive combination of tickets you need for your trip, and where to buy them. So instead of you having to compare prices across 9 different vendors, we’ll do the math for you.

The Calculator is a great tool, but sometimes (like when we’re making recommendations for our book) we want to know which vendors are offering the lowest prices on a consistent basis. For that, a chart comparison is handy. We’ve produced one below.

These charts show you which vendor is selling the cheapest Disney World tickets (as of Friday, September 25). All of the prices include tax and shipping. Here’s the chart for adult ticket prices:

Walt Disney World Annual Pass: Not Just For Locals

by on July 31, 2015

Annual Passholder Box

This box could be yours! – © John Kivus

If you’re going to Walt Disney World for a once in a lifetime trip, or even a once-a-year trip, it has probably never occurred to you to get an Annual Pass.  Honestly, why would you? Those things are expensive and are only appropriate for locals that go regularly, right? Well, sometimes you have to spend money to save money, and believe it or not, a Walt Disney World Annual Pass can pay for itself and then some even if you only intend to go once in your entire life! How? Find out after the jump!

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Fall Room-Only Disney Discounts Released Today

by on July 20, 2015

New Disney Dollars Series

Save some of these this fall with new discounts. ©Disney

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

This offer is called “Fall Room Savings” on the Disney web site.

Booking window – July 20 to September 18, 2015.

For travel – October 4 – November 24, and November 28 to December.

Discount depends on travel dates:

For Oct. 4-10, Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-31 and Nov. 8-21, 2015:

  • Save up to 10% at Select Value Resorts
  • Save up to 15% at Select Moderate Resorts
  • Save up to 20% at Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts

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Current Last Minute Disney Cruise Line Deals

by on July 14, 2015



Looking for last-minute specials on Disney Cruise Line? The following cruise is showing availability.

Disney Cruise Line Last Minute Deals

  • 10/23/15 – 14-night Eastbound Panama Canal on Disney Wonder – sails from San Diego – IGT from $3374 for 2 adults, OGT also available (no VGT).

The 5 night Bahamas and 7-night European cruises with restricted availability from last month are no longer showing restricted rates.

Fares are current as of today, July 14, and subject to availability. Florida resident and military specials may available for some cruises as well. Ask your travel agent for details.
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