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Must Book Disney World Vacation by March 31 for April – June Discount

Disney World Spring Savings Offer ~ Must Book By March 31st.

Discounted room rate available for arrivals on select dates from April 13 – June 14, 2012 when you take advantage of Disney’s Spring Savings Offer.   This promotion can be applied to both “Room Only” reservations and packages that include theme park tickets, or tickets and a Disney Dining Plan, though only the room portion of the package is discounted.  The discount is subject to availability and must be booked by March 31, 2012.

April 13 – May 24, 2012 and May 28 – June 14, 2012:

  • 20%  Discount      –  All Star Sports, All Star Music, Pop Century, Fort Wilderness Cabins, Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Polynesian, Grand Floridian Resorts and Standard view rooms at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • 25%  Discount      –  Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts
  • 30% Discount –   Yacht and Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Villas, Boardwalk Villas, Saratoga Springs or Old Key West Resorts
  • 5% Discount –   most other resorts, including suites at the Deluxe resorts

May 25 – 27, 2012:

  • 15% Discount –  All Star Sports, All Star Music, Pop Century, Fort Wilderness Cabins, Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Standard view rooms at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • 20% Discount –   Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts
  • 25% Discount –  Yacht & Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Villas and Boardwalk Villas
  • 30% Discount –   Saratoga Springs or Old Key West Resorts
  • 5% Discount –  most other resorts, including suites at the Deluxe resorts
  • Book by 3/31/12.

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February 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Snow White’s Scary Adventures Closes Forever on June 1, 2012

Snow White's Scary Adventure closes forever on June 1, 2012 - Magic Kingdom / Disney World.  Walt Disney World announced that Snow White’s Scary Adventures – a ride in the Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom – will close forever in June 1, 2012.   The area will be changed to a Disney Princess Meet-and-Greet location.

We have a list of all the places you can find the Disney Princesses at Disney World – see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/disneyprincesses.php

Trivia

  • In addition to Disney World, this there are Snow White’s Scary Adventures rides at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park (Paris).
  • Snow White did not appear in the 1971 version of Magic Kingdom’s Snow White’s Scary Adventures. The idea was for riders to feel like they were experiencing the scenes from Snow White’s perspective, though most guests didn’t understand that concept and wondered why Snow White wasn’t even in her own ride.   In 1994, the ride was redesigned to include Snow White.
  • The 1971 version of the attraction had seven figures of the witch, while the current version has six witch figures.

This is just my opinion but Snow White’s Scary Adventures isn’t one of Disney’s best attractions.   If you’re going to Disney World between now and the end of May, go ahead and ride it just because it is closing.    Don’t despair about missing it, if you haven’t ridden it – Disney is in the midst of a major Fantasyland expansion and it sounds like some great things are coming soon.

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February 24, 2012 at 4:02 am Leave a comment

Tips for Getting the Best Deal on a Disney World Moderate Resort Hotel Room

Get the best price on a Disney Moderate Resort Room Yesterday we looked at how to get the best price on a Disney World Value Resort hotel room and today we’re going to see where the deals can be found on the Disney World moderate resorts.    We’ve put together some price comparisons for you to help you get the best deal.   The Disney World Moderate Resorts are Disney’s Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans Riversideand Port Orleans French Quarter ResortsWhile they do cost more than the value resorts, the rooms are larger, the resorts have pool slides, more amenities and nicer landscaping without costing as much as the Disney World deluxe resorts, which we’ll look at in a future post.

 There are three general ways that Disney charges for rooms and understanding those situations will help you get the best price.
1.  Rack Rate – This is the non-discounted price for a room in a Disney World hotel.
2.  Room Rate Discount –  These are promotions that reduce the cost of a room at a Disney World hotel.   These promotions may be offered to the general public or they may be offered to select individuals through a PIN code promotion.   This type of discount can usually be applied to both room-only and package reservations.  When applied to a package that includes theme park tickets and a Disney Dining Plan, the discount will only apply to the room portion of the package.   The Spring Discount in the examples below are this type of a promotion.
3. Vacation Package Promotions – This type of promotion discounts the tickets or dining plan but charges rack rate for the room.   The most familiar example of this is probably the Disney Free Dining Promotion where guests pay rack rate for the room portion of their package, the regular rate for their theme park tickets but receive the Disney Dining Plan for free.
In the examples below,  I’m comparing Rack Rate to the Spring Room Rate Discount.  I’ll look at actual prices for specific dates but this information will give you some general trends that will apply to other dates and other discounts.   These prices do not include sales tax.
April 14
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Rack Rate – $239  / Spring Offer – $179.25
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: Rack Rate – $234 / Spring Offer – $175.50
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort: Rack Rate – $234 / Spring Offer – $187.50
  • Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort: Rack Rate – $234 / Spring Offer – $222.30
May 23
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Rack Rate – $185  / Spring Offer – $138.75
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: Rack Rate – $180 / Spring Offer – $135
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort : Rack Rate – $180 / Spring Offer – $144
  • Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort: Rack Rate – $180 / Spring Offer – $171
 June 2
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort: Rack Rate – $210  / Spring Offer – $157.50
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: Rack Rate – $205 / Spring Offer – $153.75
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort: Rack Rate – $205 / Spring Offer – $164
  • Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort: Rack Rate – $205 / Spring Offer – $194.75

Conclusions:

  • Travel Dates Matter: Did you notice how much the rack rates and discounted rates varied from one date to another?  Traveling during Easter / Spring Break or during the summer season has a definite impact on the wallet.  If your dates are flexible, travel during slower times to save money and enjoy shorter lines.
  • Vacation Package Promotions – If the promotion discounts only the tickets and/or dining, use the information below about rack rate to guide your selection.  If the promotion includes a room rate discount, use the Room Discount Information.
  • Rack Rate: If you are paying rack rate or using a promotion that charges rack rate for the room but discounts other items like dining or tickets, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will generally be the most expensive option, while Caribbean Beach and the two Port Orleans Resorts will probably cost the same amount.    Coronado Springs is only about $5 more per night so don’t rule it out, if it is your favorite resort – it won’t significantly increase your package price.
  • Room Rate Discounts:  Just like value resorts, there was a bit of a surprise here: Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter was always the most expensive option – significantly more expensive. Disney’s Caribbean Beach was always the least expensive option.  In the May 23 example, the spring disount provided a savings of $46.25 for Coronado Springs Resort, $45 for Caribbean Beach Resort and $36 for Port Orleans Riverside Resort, but only a $9 savings for Port Orleans French Quarter.   That is a difference of at least $27 per night; a savings of $135 ($151.88 when you factor in sales tax)  over the course of a 5 night stay.
  • Note about Disney’s Caribbean Beach ResortCaribbean Beach Resort is the only Disney moderate resort that still has double beds, the others all have queen beds.  Caribbean Beach has the best pool for young families with a zero-depth entry pool and a really great pirate ship splash zone.
  • Note about Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – This resort is the smallest and the first to fill, which is probably why Disney doesn’t feel the need to discount the rooms as much.

Final recommendation:

  • Don’t by shy about asking for a comparison.   Let us (or Disney or your Travel Agent) know whether the specific resort or the lowest price is the highest priority.  Let us know if you have any flexibility with travel dates so that we can help you get the best price.  We are always happy compare the available options for you.
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February 2, 2012 at 2:45 am Leave a comment

Which Disney World Value Resort is the Best Deal?

Cheapest Disney World Resort
A Comparison of the Disney World Value Resort Pricing

 Want to know how to get the best price on a Disney World Value Resort hotel room?   We’ve put together some price comparisons for you to help you get the best deal.   The Disney World Value Resorts are Disney’s Pop Century, All Star Movies, All Star Music, All Star Sports and the Art of Animation Resorts; they are also the least expensive of the Disney World official hotels.  We’ll compare the Disney World moderate and deluxe resorts in future posts.

There are three general ways that Disney charges for rooms and understanding those situations will help you get the best price.
1.  Rack Rate – This is the non-discounted price for a room in a Disney World hotel.
2.  Room Rate Discount –  These are promotions that reduce the cost of a room at a Disney World hotel.   These promotions may be offered to the general public or they may be offered to select individuals through a PIN code promotion.   This type of discount can usually be applied to both room-only and package reservations.  When applied to a package that includes theme park tickets and a Disney Dining Plan, the discount will only apply to the room portion of the package.   The Spring Discount in the examples below are this type of a promotion.
3. Vacation Package Promotions – This type of promotion discounts the tickets or dining plan but charges rack rate for the room.   The most familiar example of this is probably the Disney Free Dining Promotion where guests pay rack rate for the room portion of their package, the regular rate for their theme park tickets but receive the Disney Dining Plan for free.
In the examples below,  I’m comparing Rack Rate to the Spring Room Rate Discount.  I’ll look at actual prices for specific dates but this information will give you some general trends that will apply to other dates and other discounts.   These prices do not include sales tax.
April 14
  • Pop Century Resort: Rack Rate – $169  / Spring Offer – $135.20
  • All-Star Movies Resort: Rack Rate – $164 / Spring Offer – $155.80
  • All-Star Sports Resort: Rack Rate – $164 / Spring Offer – $131.20
  • All-Star Music Resort: Rack Rate – $164 / Spring Offer – $131.20
May 29
  • Pop Century Resort: Rack Rate – $114  / Spring Offer – $91.20
  • All-Star Movies Resort: Rack Rate – $107 / Spring Offer – $101.65
  • All-Star Sports Resort: Rack Rate – $107 / Spring Offer – $85.60
  • All-Star Music Resort: Rack Rate – $107 / Spring Offer – $85.60
June 19
  • Pop Century Resort: Rack Rate – $159  / Spring Offer – $127.20
  • All-Star Movies Resort: Rack Rate – $154 / Spring Offer – $146.30
  • All-Star Sports Resort: Rack Rate – $154 / Spring Offer – $123.20
  • All-Star Music Resort: Rack Rate – $154 / Spring Offer – $123.20
  • All-Star Music Resort – Family Suite: Rack Rate – $345 / Spring Offer – $276
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Family Suite: Rack Rate – $395 / Spring Offer – $375

Conclusions:

  • Travel Dates Matter: Did you notice how much the rack rates and discounted rates varied from one date to another?  Traveling during Easter / Spring Break or during the summer season has a definite impact on the wallet.  If your dates are flexible, travel during slower times to save money and enjoy shorter lines.
  • Vacation Package Promotions – If the promotion discounts only the tickets and/or dining, use the information below about rack rate to guide your selection.  If the promotion includes a room rate discount, use the Room Discount Information.
  • Rack Rate: If you are paying rack rate or using a promotion that charges rack rate for the room but discounts other items like dining or tickets, Disney’s Pop Century will generally be the most expensive option, while the All-Star Resorts will probably cost the same amount.    Pop Century isn’t usually much more expensive so don’t rule it out, if it is your favorite resort.  You may not add a lot ot your total package price.  You can always ask your travel agent (like us! hint, hint) to compare Pop Century to one of the All-Stars to find out exactly how much it’ll add to your total cost.
  • Room Rate Discounts:  Did this one surprise you a bit? Disney’s All-Star Movies was the most expensive option. Disney’s All-Star Music and Disney’s All Star Sports were always the least expensive option by quite a large margin.  In the April 14th example, the spring disount provided a savings of $36.80 for Pop Century, $32.80 at All-Star Sports and All-Star Music, but only $8.20 savings for All-Star Movies.   That is a difference of at least $24 per night; a savings of $120 over the course of a 5 night stay.
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort doesn’t open until May 31st so we couldn’t include it in our earlier comparisions.  In a nutshell, it is Disney’s newest resort and, from early accounts, it seems that the amenities will be a little better than those found in the family suites at All-Star Music.   This means that Disney’s Art of Animation will also be the most expensive option.   The difference is especially profound when looking at the current room rate discount is only about 5% ($20) for Disney’s Art of Animation but 20% ($69) for Disney’s All-Star Music‘s family suites.
  • You can read about Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and see related photos and videos at http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/images/wdw/ValueArtOfAnimation/index.htm

Final recommendation:

  • Don’t by shy about asking for a comparison.   Let us (or Disney or your Travel Agent) know whether the specific resort or the lowest price is the highest priority.  Let us know if you have any flexibility with travel dates so that we can help you get the best price.  We are always happy compare the available options for you.

Contact Us Today For A Free Quote

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February 1, 2012 at 3:27 am Leave a comment


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