Contrary to popular belief, a trip to “the happiest place on earth” doesn’t have to break the bank. With some simple planning ahead, you can take your family on a magical Disney vacation for a reasonable price. Disney vacation deals are abundant, so it is time to get planning!
First, what kinds of deals are available? Disney vacation deals differ depending upon the time of year and the state of the economy. In 2009, for instance, Disney is offering a promotion which offers one day of free admission to one of the four parks in Disney World or the two parks in Disneyland on your birthday. All you need is to show a valid ID as proof of your birthday and viola-you have free entrance to the magic!
In addition to special promotions such as the birthday deal, which is available to all guests regardless of where you are staying, there are other discounts that are offered only for those who stay on-site. It is important to familiarize yourself with the “seasons” at the Disney resorts/parks. The best discounts are offered in “value season” which typically includes mid-August to mid-November, late November to mid-December, and January (after New Years). Crowds are low at this time of year, so Disney is inclined to attract visitors with deep discounts. During these months, Disney offers hotel discounts on top of the already low prices in the form of “discounted room-only rates” — low rates for hotels when you purchase a Disney World hotel stay separately from your ticket purchase. Also, in August and September, “free dining” is offered for those who purchase a Disney resort stay plus tickets.
How can you find these Disney vacation deals? Well whatever you do, do not purchase a Disney vacation or hotel stay at sticker price. The official Disney websites will allow you to price and purchase a vacation package or a room or tickets separately, but it will not generally tell you what deals you may be eligible for. Most of the deals must be booked over the phone using a special “code.” Your best bet to find the deals is to frequently check unofficial Disney vacation planning websites. A quick web search and you’ll find tons of sites which will keep you updated on the latest Disney deals. Once you have a code, you’re just a quick phone call away from your Disney vacation!
Source by Matt Murren