Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jul 16, 2012
    Jennifer from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm impressed w/ your in-the-know answers regarding discounts. I understand your point about free dining, but I'm unaware of any room discounts available for the end of Oct. Is free dining the best option or will a room discount for Oct be announced soon?

    Hi Jennifer,

    Room only discounts for late October are usually released in August/September. Last year, we only saw room only discounts for annual passholders and Florida residents for this time frame.

    You'll probably need to do a little bit of math to see which discount is best for your family.

    If you are staying at a value resort, typically free dining will yield better savings than if you were at a deluxe resort. When you stay at a deluxe resort, your room cost is the priciest part of your vacation. By securing a room only discount, even with purchasing an annual pass, you can save a lot of money. My annual pass has saved us a ton towards hotels and merchandise!

    If possible, you might want to book a free dining offer now since availability may be limited, then price out a room only discount if/when they are released. It should be prior to your final package payment at 45 days before your check in date.

    There's a lot to learn about different ways to budget for a Walt Disney World vacation. One of the best resources can be found at You can find past discounts at this website so that you can figure out whether a room only or free dining would be best for your vacation.

    Happy savings for a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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