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New! Walt Disney World Summer Savings Offer

2012 Disney World Summer Savings Promotion

For most nights from June 15 – August 14, 2012 – Must book by June 14, 2012

Walt Disney World Summer Savings Offer

Save 5% - 25% on your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel with the Summer Savings Offer.

Disney has released a new Discount Promotion for Summer 2012.   You can save on the room portion of your Disney World vacation for most arrivals from June 15 – August 14, 2012.

Some Sample Savings:

Travel Window: Book April 2 – June 14, 2012, for stays most nights June 15 – Aug. 14, 2012

Existing Reservations: This promotion can be applied to existing reservations but you’ll need to contact Disney or your travel agent and request the offer – it will not be automatically applied to your existing reservation.

Contact us today to book your Disney World Summer Vacation!

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April 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

Disney World Free Dining Promotion Announced for Aug. 25 – Sept. 29, 2012

2012 Free Disney Dining Promotion for Disney World  Free Disney Dining Promotion Released to the General Public

Disney currently has a great money saving free-dining promotion for guests booking a qualifying Disney World Vacation Package between August 25 – September 29, 2012.

Book a qualifying vacation package at a Disney moderate or deluxe resort and receive the Standard / Plus Dining Plan at no extra cost. This dining plan includes 1 counter-service meal credit, 1 table-service meal credit, and 1 snack credit per person, per night of stay. Receiving this dining plan free of charge saves a family of four at least $107 per night of stay, based on the regular cost of this dining plan. You can upgrade to the Deluxe dining plan and just pay the difference between the standard and the deluxe plans. Contact us for details.

Book a qualifying vacation package at a Disney Value Resort (All-Star or Pop Century resorts) and receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining plan at no extra cost. The quick-service plan provides two quick/counter-service meals + 1 snack per person, per night of stay. Receiving this plan at no extra cost saves a family of four about $85 per night of stay. You can upgrade to the Standard or Deluxe dining plans by paying the difference between the quick service dining plan (received at no additional cost) and your preferred dining plan. Contact us for details.

2012 Free Dining Promotion – Travel Dates: August 25 – September 29, 2012.

Minimum Requirements: Must purchase a package that includes three (3) Consecutive nights stay at a Disney Resort + at least 2-Day Disney Magic Your Way theme park Tickets.

Must book by May 18, 2012.

There are a limited number of promotional packages available at each resort so book early to get your first choice in resort.

You must pay the $200 deposit at the time of booking with the balance due 45 days prior to arrival. Deposit is fully refundable up to 46 days prior to arrival.

Suites and campsites are excluded from this offer. The Cabins at the Fort Wilderness campground are included in the promotion.

If you do not have us book this for you, be sure to tell the booking agent that you want the free dining promotion. They do not automatically apply promotions to new or existing reservations – you must specifically ask for the discount.

Existing reservations falling within these days can be altered (subject to availability) to reflect the free dining promotion. Call and ask to have the discount applied – it will not happen automatically.

Dining Reservations – Book your dining reservations immediately. The free dining promotion has a serious impact on the number of available dining reservations and some restaurants may already be fully booked at certain times. Remember that we book dining reservations on your behalf (subject to availability) when you book your Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip.

In addition to the free dining promotions, you can receive vacation planning help at no additional cost when you book your Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip. We help with establishing a “Best Days” itinerary, help with dining reservations, and provide either a subscription to Tour Guide Mike, TouringPlans.com or a new edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (guidebook) to help you with touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines. Contact us today to book your vacation.

To book your free dining promotion

Thank you,

Stephen

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March 5, 2012 at 3:53 am 1 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.
See photos & get information on the Disney World Moderate Resorts:

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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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Toll free: 877-815-6515

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

Last Minute Tips for Visiting Disney World in December

December is such an amazing time to visit Walt Disney World. The theme parks and resorts are all decked out in their full Christmas glory and there is special holiday entertainment in each park. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you have a Better Mouse Trip.

Continue Reading December 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort New Construction Photos, Information, and Trivia

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Hotel Sign

We were just at Disney World and took some construction photos of the new Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, then we spent some time over Thanksgiving weekend to create our new Disney’s Art of Animation Resort presentation with photos, information, and resort trivia.  We’re pretty proud of the way it turned out. If you’re curious about this resort, you’ll want to check it out at http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/images/wdw/ValueArtOfAnimation/index.htm

A lot of the buzz about this new Disney World resort seems to be about “immersing yourself in one of these beloved Disney Animated Movies” and I certainly think that is going to be a very exciting aspect of the Art of Animation resort but I’m not hearing a lot about the way the resort celebrates the animation process itself.   Based on our new construction photos, that animation process is going to be a big part of the theming at this resort.   You can really see what I mean when you look at this photo:

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Building 4 in the Finding Nemo Area

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Building 4 in the Finding Nemo Area

You can see the giant sketchpad that covers the stairwell as well as the simple line drawings of Nemo on white sheets that adorn the exterior walls.  You also  get a feel for the theming in the names of the service buildings, Animation Hall, Ink and Pint Shop Gifts, Landscapes Cafe.  We’ll have to see if this changes as they get closer to completion but it seems like the outer edges of the resort highlight the animation process itself while the rooms and courtyards celebrate the actual movies.
Could you let us know about any type-o’s you catch in our presentation?   We were pretty excited to push the page out live and probably missed some stuff.
Thank you,
Stephen
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November 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm Leave a comment

Tramp Icon at Disney’s Pop Century Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

I was over at Disney’s Pop Century resort last week taking some pictures of construction at the new Art of Animation resort when I happened to notice that that Tramp (of Lady & the Tramp) was getting a fresh coat of paint.   Seeing the size of the worker up near Tramp’s head really gives you a great sense of the size of these icons.
Tramp Icon at Disney's Pop Century

A man paints the Tramp Icon at Disney World's Pop Century Resort Hotel

Refurbishing Tramp at Disney's Pop Century Resort

Cleaning up this doggy is a two-man job!

 

Close up shot of refurbishment work being done at Disney's Pop Century Resort

Tramp will soon be looking good again for his Lady.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 21, 2011 at 2:44 am Leave a comment

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