Will There Be Discounts This Summer?

by Tracy Robillard
(Hamburg, NY)

Hi! Do you think that there will be any chance of any discounts or deals during the summer this month? I am going at the end of June and will be there the first week of July. Possibly resort discounts, kids stay and play or free dining?

Chip and Dale in the Christmas Parade at WDW

You could call these guys and get them to help – Photo by Don Sullivan

Dad’s Waiting Game Answer


Walt Disney World offers discounts at different times every year. They are not available each and every day. It’s important to watch for deals while planning your upcoming trip, and while it can be nerve wracking to play the waiting game when you’re booking your trip, there’s not much else you can do! Patience is a virtue that Disney-lovers know well!

Typically, Walt Disney World will announce their summer discounts in the late spring. I doubt they will release these offers this month (March), but they will probably come to surface in early-mid May since the current promotions release go until mid June. I can’t guarantee that there will be discounts offered during your trip, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be!

You’re looking at going at one of the busiest times of the year – it’s the end of school, the beginning of summer, and the 4th of July! The parks are packed at this time of year, so Disney doesn’t need to do much to sell packages. If they do offer a discount at this time, it will be minor such as a room-only discount. Free Dining is dead (and even if it’s still hanging on by a thread, it’s something they will only pull out during off-season) and Kids Play and Stay Free hasn’t been offered in years.

Dad’s July Crowd Calendar

While Dad can’t tell you exactly when discounts will be released, what dates they’ll be valid for, or what the specifics will be, there is a way to get the best of both worlds – booking your trip and getting a discount (if applicable). If you book your trip now, and a discount is later revealed, you can call Disney and request that the promotion be applied to your booking. That’s the hard way. because you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for discounts to come up then call Disney and beg them to change your reservation to the new discount. (Yes, they are happy to help.)

OR, you can do it the easy way. Sit back, relax and let the pros handle it. ”There’s no case too big, no case too small, when you need help just call ch-ch-ch-Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers!” Sorry, Dad just got caught up in some early 90’s Disney nostalgia from when the Princess and the Man-Child were small – the theme song is just so catchy!

You can’t call Chip and Dale, but the premise still applies – get some help! A Disney travel agent like Destinations to Travel will keep track of your booking and make sure that any new discounts are brought to your attention and applied to your booking, and you won’t need to lift a finger.

Dad’s Destinations to Travel page

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

Tracey, no one likes playing the waiting game, but it’s what you’ll have to do. I’d go ahead and book your trip without relying on discounts, and if there’s one that you can apply at a later date, it will be a bonus!

Comments for

Apr 09, 2013 Will there be discounts this summer?
by: trac robillard

Well, I was delighted to see that are in fact discounts this summer on the resorts. I called the AAA and my agent had already arranged for a refund check to be sent to me. It was a savings of about $270…every bit helps.

I would have been shocked if there were not any discounts or promotions given, even during the holiday time of the 4th of July. Our country is in a very bad economic state! Everyday it seems I learn of someone else who is being laid off or has lost their job! I am sure, Disney, like any other corporation is feeling the hit! Thank you dad, for taking the time to answer my question…though I was happy you were not exactly correct in your prediction.

The refund money I receive will be put towards either the Hoop Dee revue or the Fireworks Dessert party…so Disney will get my $ right back again anyways! Thanks- Have a magical day!

Apr 02, 2013 dad who
by: Anonymous

again i have been on and read what dad has to say. says he has no connection with disney but sure want everyone to beleive what he has to say. who is this know it all.

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