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tjlamphere
12-05-2004, 05:17 PM
We know a CM, and are coming the first week of March. Any idea what kind of discount a CM can get on a room at a Disney Resort? I know they get a break, but anyone know what % ??? Also, anyone have a feel for what kind of rate I might pay at a Moderate the first week of March? I understand "codes" will be out early next month?

tinkerbee
12-05-2004, 05:37 PM
From what I know they are not allowed to talk about their discounts.

TaurusSES_Sport
12-05-2004, 05:41 PM
Cast members get anywhere from a 25%-60% discount on rooms, depending on season and availability.

Sammie
12-05-2004, 05:55 PM
We know a CM, and are coming the first week of March. Any idea what kind of discount a CM can get on a room at a Disney Resort? I know they get a break, but anyone know what % ??? Also, anyone have a feel for what kind of rate I might pay at a Moderate the first week of March? I understand "codes" will be out early next month?

Your friend will be the best source of information as the discount can vary. Since they will have to do the booking anyway just ask him or her.

TaurusSES_Sport
12-05-2004, 08:12 PM
Your friend will be the best source of information as the discount can vary. Since they will have to do the booking anyway just ask him or her.

Like I just said...they can vary...sheesh.

Disneyholic
12-05-2004, 09:54 PM
Like I just said...they can vary...sheesh.

by the timing of your post and the previous one that you are picking on it looks like he may have been typing his while you were posting yours. I don't think he intended to step on any toes. :grouphug:

Sammie
12-05-2004, 10:18 PM
Like I just said...they can vary...sheesh.

I have noticed in some of your posts you seem to be very easily upset by what others post.

My comments to the OP should have no effect on you, as stated many times when people post they are not even able to read the previous post at the time they post theirs.

I really do not understand your hostility.

mjmcca
12-06-2004, 02:40 AM
I have gotten the CM rate frequentky since we have a few freinds who work at WDW. What i have been told the rate is 50% off rack rate for the season you are requesting. This is assuming there are rooms available. You have to be willing to be flexible because the resort you really want may not be available. You also have to be willing to not complain too much. By this i mean your room ressie is tied to that CM. If the staff feels you are being a pain it will reflect on that CM and may adversly affect their job.

mjmcca
12-06-2004, 02:45 AM
I should also mention that the CM will have to show up at some point suring your stay and show their ID to the front desk. I hate to ave My freind have to do this so i booked my last stay without her knowledge using an AP rate ( She was 9+ months pregnant and i didnt want her to have to do anything extra for me)

PamNC
12-06-2004, 09:28 AM
so I can talk about it. I don't think it's really a big secret...at least they never put it to us that way.

If you have a CM family member or friend, they can book a room for you at about a 50% discount. This program is called Second Bedroom. The way they explained it to us was that now that we were CMs, everybody and anybody would be wanting to come stay with us in our homes. So, they designed the program so CMs wouldn't be bombarded with people. You get a certain number of "second bedrooms" per year. I can't remember the number right now, sorry. If your friend/family member works in the resorts...they can get as many as they want. The CM has to make the ressie for you, based totally and completely on availability of course, and they also have to go to the resort and show their Disney ID. Then, you're all set. It's a great thing! You're lucky if you have a CM willing to do this for you. I had a friend who was there for a convention staying at the Hilton at DTD. Her family was joining her for the weekend and they were going to pay some ridiculous price at the Hilton. I got her Coronado Springs for $69 per night.

Another thing I should mention...it varies as far as how far out the CM can get the discount for you. varies depending on occupancy.

No big secret....

PamNC

ILoveWDW2003
12-06-2004, 09:35 AM
Just an FYI - Disney Store castmembers no longer have this benefit since they were purchased by the Children's place.

TaurusSES_Sport
12-06-2004, 09:50 AM
Just an FYI - Disney Store castmembers no longer have this benefit since they were purchased by the Children's place.

If they made their reservation prior to November 21st, they actually do. :D

doombuggy
12-06-2004, 12:44 PM
I don't think there are many rooms set aside for discounted rates. I say this based on experience. I booked a rokom for my family for 2/18/05 back in early November. They can't check in to their timeshare until the next day, so I got a room at DAKL for them at a CM rate. Last week, they asked me to add another room, since my sister is bringing a friend. There were no more rooms of any kind at the dicounted rate when I called Thursday. When my dad called himself on Fri to try and get the AAA rate (which is 10% I think), he did get a discounted rate, but not as good as teh original one. I do have to check in with them, to show my id as a previous poster mentioned, but I don't have to stay with them. I will keep trying to get them a better rate on that second room, but there are no guarantees.

Sammie, you are right, and others have noticed that as well. :D

BCV23
12-06-2004, 12:54 PM
We've been able to get a CM rate a couple of times in the past year. I actually made the reservations myself. The CM gave me the appropriate #s and phone number to dial. I explained to the CM at DRC what I was doing. I had no problems.

Also at least in our case, the CM did not have to be with us at checkin. In fact, I was even told she could fax a copy of her badge to the front desk from her workplace at WDW. As it happened, she stopped by the front desk and showed her id before we checked in each time.

TaurusSES_Sport
12-06-2004, 11:44 PM
I've never had a problem, but then again we always stay concierge on the cm rate. :groom:

DisneyCM
12-07-2004, 10:11 AM
As another poster said your best bet is to ask your CM friend if they can/will do this for you. Since they are limited to the number of these they can book in a year they may or may not be able to help you.
Standard discount is 25% off if the 50% rate is not available. Just keep in mind that discounts are hit or miss just like the code discounts.
At this point your friend would have to be a WDW CM since Disney Store no longer gets this benefit as of 2 weeks ago.
HTH

cmack98
01-09-2005, 03:50 PM
It's very frustrating when you have a friend who has worked for Disney for 10 years and won't help you out with a room....

He has offered to let us in the parks for free (he works overnight shifts, and we would just meet him when his shift was over). Thats a help, but would love to get a discount at the Pop Century, or Port Orleans French Quarter....

I work for Playstation, and whenever he needs a game or something, he don't hesitate to ask...I always come through. Oh well...Just a little frustrating....Because we could use any discounts we can get!

Docsknotinn
01-09-2005, 04:00 PM
Sometimes you just gotta tell people like that the next time they want a favor exactly what you expect from them in return. I'm still dissapointed as a former cast member that I can't get a discount myself ! I was told you need 15 years of service for that perk. Oh well. Keep working on your friend. Try photocopying the strand and mail it to him !

n2mm
01-09-2005, 07:29 PM
The discount rates have changed for 2005 and they are only 40% off for friends and family option. There is a special CM resort line that NOW has to be called to make the reservation--this can no longer be done through the regular guest reservation line. The CM needs to call and have all of the information about who's staying in the room including children's ages/birthdays. The CM has to give their employee information and needs to fax a copy of their ID to the resort or stop by the resort prior to checking in. As doombuggy said, the rooms are pretty much booked up by now. The CM discounts for 2005 were released last July 2004. (I made most of my ressies then.) Flexibility is the key to getting a room. I still need to tweak some of my ressies for September, but was waiting for the computer system to get better.

CMs from the Disney Store who made reservations prior to the sale will have ALL of their room reservations honored throughout 2005, but CAN NOT make any new reservations. Hopefully your friend is not a TDS/CM, if so, you are out of luck.

n2mm
01-09-2005, 07:37 PM
It's very frustrating when you have a friend who has worked for Disney for 10 years and won't help you out with a room....

He has offered to let us in the parks for free (he works overnight shifts, and we would just meet him when his shift was over). Thats a help, but would love to get a discount at the Pop Century, or Port Orleans French Quarter....

I work for Playstation, and whenever he needs a game or something, he don't hesitate to ask...I always come through. Oh well...Just a little frustrating....Because we could use any discounts we can get!

Perhaps your friend uses this perk for his family. This is only available to use 5 times per year. It is Disney's way to help family/friends visit with their CM's when they live out of town. OR, maybe your friend doesn't know the "friends and family" resort discount exist??

kjs1976
01-09-2005, 07:38 PM
I wish I would've made more use of this when I was a CM! I was able to get my friend a room at the Contemporary for $105 when he came to visit me from Chicago. I told him if my roommate Ingid was working to mention that you knew me. Sure enough, she was working when he checked in and she ended up getting him a garden wing room for $69 a night...wow! It was such a nice room! And when you're a poor college student who just spent all your money to fly down and visit your best friend, it was like staying in a palace for him!

n2mm
01-09-2005, 07:41 PM
At this point your friend would have to be a WDW CM since Disney Store no longer gets this benefit as of 2 weeks ago.
HTH

There are other CMs that are not WDW CMs. Mine works for the Catalog and were not sold with TDS. We still get all of our perks.

natorimom
01-09-2005, 08:23 PM
Would the staff on Disney's cruiseline be considered CM. I know quite a feww of them and have gotten good discounts on my previous Disney cruises.Think they can help me with my stay at the YC in July.

eeyore0062
01-09-2005, 08:36 PM
PamNC... some things have changed over the year.
CM's aren't supposed to discuss salaries, benefits or perks. Your best form of information is to ask the friend who may be able to get you the discount.

cmack98
01-10-2005, 08:14 PM
It's not that big a deal...If he doesn't even want to try and see what he can do, thats cool.

I just know that he's going to want a ton of Sony stuff (I get new games for $10) and what comes around goes around. Like I said before, he works the overnight shift as a security guard and he said that he would meet us at the gate to let us in the parks a few days....Thats nice enough I guess....

His whole family lives in Kissimmee, so I have a pretty good idea that he doesn't use the hotel discount at all...I flat out asked if he could get a discount on hotels in disney and he said no....I'm not sweating it...Feb 9th we leave!

goin2disneyagain
01-10-2005, 08:25 PM
I have noticed in some of your posts you seem to be very easily upset by what others post.

My comments to the OP should have no effect on you, as stated many times when people post they are not even able to read the previous post at the time they post theirs.

I really do not understand your hostility.

I have noticed this as well. I keep wondering what the problem is with the hostility. Geesh!!!

As for the current topic at hand, a CM told me that they get 50% off. When available of course. I don't think it's really a big secret. I didn't even know the CM and they told me.

allyerrn
01-10-2005, 09:10 PM
My husband is a cast member. We get 50% off on rooms. And I'm pretty sure that's the same rate for all cast members. Participants are a different story (people who dont work DIRECTLY for disney...ie Planet Hollywood, Swan & Dolphin, etc)

allyerrn
01-10-2005, 09:12 PM
eeyore0062...
Really? I am a Seasonal cast member (formerly full time) ...My husband is a Cast member now (Management- full time) and was never told not to discuss anything?!

Luv2Roam
01-10-2005, 09:22 PM
Allyerrn -- CONGRATS on finishing the half marathon! :jumping4: Good for you.

Your DH would have signed a Disney confidentuality agreement.

eeyore0062
01-11-2005, 02:21 AM
eeyore0062...
Really? I am a Seasonal cast member (formerly full time) ...My husband is a Cast member now (Management- full time) and was never told not to discuss anything?!

It was in the Disney handbook back when I started in 1999... However, since it has already been discussed here anyway.... A WDW CM can get UP TO 50% off of the rack rate on rooms if available for the CM's use and we can get it as often as we like during the year, but we have to be staying in one of the rooms. We can have up to 3 rooms on one reservation and a reservation can be up to 7 nights. The most a CM can get for friends and family has been decreased to 40% as of Jan.1st 2005. We can get that up to 5 times a year and still can have up to 3 rooms to a reservation but one reservation cannot be more than 7 days. Still not a bad deal. I never use all of my Friends and Family---they all want to stay with us and we don't even have a pool, and I can tell you, its NOT because of my cooking! :rolleyes:

mjmcca
01-12-2005, 11:25 PM
When i go down to Florida i would prefer to stay with my freinds also. Not to save money on the room but because i am thereat her home a lot. Since she has a house full of people all of the time ( 3 kids one of who is a baby, her parents, and 2 sisters) staying there isnt fesable. The last time i went i didnt want to have her make the ressies cause i know that she has to either show up at the resort or fax her ID. She was starting her maternity leave at the time and i knew she had other issues that would make this difficult for her. I didnt even let her or her husband know we wer comming. I surprised her hubby while he was working the guest relations window at the MK ( boy was he surprised!)


I love that I can get a good rate. She has offered to get the CM rate for both my sister and my cousins if they go down. I try not to use her passes to get into the parks because she has a large family and her inlaws who she needs to be able to get into the parks.


She and some of her family have come to NYC a few times and stayed with us so i feel a little better about asking her for the discounts.

coy
04-20-2005, 02:17 PM
:earsgirl: I feel sorry for the Disney Store Castmembers and I think in the long run Disney is going to lose alot of money. There were alot of castmembers who came to Disney to spend alot of money because they had some of the perks. The ones I know who would go sometimes as many as 4 to 5 times a year haven't been back since the buy out and don't foresee going back anytime soon. I don't know why they had to lose the perks because the ones who stayed did because they love Disney and they still sell the Disney products. When the castmembers I knew went to Disney they took their families and so that was alot of money that Disney will soon realize they will miss because of all the food, souveniers, hotels and passes that they still had to purchase because they only got so many passes a year and even though they got a percent off merchandise it is marked up so high that Disney still made money! Maybe when they sit back and look they will give the castmembers back some of the perks. If they only gave them the option of booking a resort a 50% off only twice a year and they give them only 30% off the merchandise at least it would get them back to Disney because now they have lost them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LoraJ
04-20-2005, 06:45 PM
I got a CM rate once by my friend's mother. I think it was 50% off rack rate. i'm pretty sure she went and showed ID before arrival. I ended up getting a preffered room. It was great. :)

ukcatfan
05-03-2005, 01:59 PM
First, Sorry for posting to an old thread, but I think I have an idea why the Disney Store employees lost their benefits. As an accountant, I have dealt alot with governmantal rules (SEC, FASB, etc.). I would think that giving them benefits from an outside entity (Disney) would be against the rules. Employees in general are not allowed to accept anything from an outside company that is worth over $50. While a discount is hard to quantify (especially if not used), I think it would be hard to argue that it is worth less than $50. There are exceptions to this rule, but it is what came to mind when I read about this.

CarolA
05-03-2005, 04:30 PM
Considering how much Disney was losing on those stores.... I think the lost income from CMs visiting on a discount was the least of their worries!