There's no doubt that your hotel is likely to be one of the biggest costs for your Walt Disney World vacation. While there's a hotel for every budget and family size, it's certainly not cheap. However, there are quite a few ways to score 30% or more off your hotel.
While Disney World is the most popular vacation destination on Earth, they are always looking for ways to fill it up even more. One of these ways is by offering discounts.
There are two types of discounts: room only and package discounts. For this article, I'm going to be talking about room only discounts.
You may have heard about a mystical, wild beast called "Free Dining" and I won't even go into detail about that discount. I think it's a bad deal and that killing yourself over to get it is silly, but that's just me.
When & How Much you can get off on Walt Disney World Room Only Discounts
Room only discounts are usually released anywhere between 1-6 months out. MouseSavers keeps a great list of when discounts were released.
Discounts can range anywhere between 10%-30% off. There's no exact math and the methodology Disney uses to calculate their discounts is only known to them. You'll often find a room discounted 30% for several weeks then it drops to 10%. Usually the deepest discounts happen around late August through the beginning of October, which coincidentally also has some of the lowest rates of the year meaning you can get a really good deal. But Disney will adjust discounts to what the bean counters think is best to fill in hotels.
Walt Disney World Hotel rack rates & discounts
In addition to WDW Passport, I also created DisRates. DisRates has interactive calendars for rack rates for every single Walt Disney World hotel. The price you see is the price you should pay with tax if you book with Disney with no discount. I've also included current discounts and calculate what you'll pay after they're applied. This is a great way to tell wether or not you're getting a good deal on your hotel.
What are the current hotel discounts at Walt Disney World?
You can find the most up-to-date discounts on the official Walt Disney World website. Most discounts are released on Monday morning, but they can sometimes appear throughout the week. Public offers don't come and go as often as Florida Resident or Annual Passholder discounts, which usually have a shorter booking period.
I do my best to keep DisRates updated with the latest room-only discounts, but it sometimes takes me a bit to divulge the information and format it for the site.
How to get the best discount on a Walt Disney World hotel
My favorite way to save big on my hotel at Walt Disney World is CheapTickets. A subsidiary of the behemoth that is Expedia, CheapTickets offers promo codes that usually give you 15%-18% off.
So what's so great about 18% off if I can get 30% off with Disney? Well, most of the time CheapTickets gets discounted rates from Disney. This means you can stack Disney's discount with their promo code. You can score up to a whopping 48% off your hotel!
They update this page with the latest promo code. Do note that the code will only work for specific date ranges, usually no more than 6 months out. They will also sometimes charge a cancellation fee, usually no more than $25. You will be charged the entire payment at the time you book.
Orbitz, another Expedia-owned site, also offers a similar discount, but usually tops off at 15%. Orbitz offers a better rewards program, so it's up to you to decide which one fits you best.