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Old 01-13-2008, 12:13 PM   #1
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Everything You Need To Know About Discount Codes

Every January it begins -- the CODE frenzy for discounts for the upcoming year. There's a few things to know about how Disney parcels out discount and codes and I've tried to gather it all up in one place.

Code Terms 101

PIN - a numerical sequence that gives you access to a discount offer "code"

CODE - a three letter combination that the agent uses to book a discount offer

PIN-CODE - a three letter combination that requires the agent to enter a PIN to complete the booking process

The terminology sucks. I'd like to create new terms that make sense to everyone here and force everyone to use them. But that ain't going to happen.

If you're still confused think of it like this.

The PIN number you receive in the mail or email -- is like a password for the agent to 'unlock' your special offer code.

If you receive a PIN-offer by email or postal mail. You will have a series of numbers. That is what you give to the agent on the phone. THEY will take care of finding the right 3 letter code that goes with that PIN-offer. You needn't worry about that. These PIN codes are non-transferable.

How do these codes work and where do I find them? Are the Disney issued or from outside sources??

Disney has 'discount codes' for different reasons.. to induce guests to visit their resort properties at various times for various reasons throughout the year. Generally speaking -- they are issued for lower-traffic times of year to fill up rooms in the resort. Disney sometimes issues special codes for AAA packages. But it is still Disney that controls the codes.

There are two types of codes. General public. And codes associated with your name only, which are sometimes referred to as 'PIN-CODES' or PINS.

General public codes can be used by anyone and are listed on this site at DISCOUNTS (http://www.wdwinfo.com/discounts/dis...scounts-right).

For absolute clarity. A PIN-CODE is still three lettters and it is most easily defined as a code that requires a PIN. Asking someone to send you their PIN code will do you no good. They are not transferable from person to person. So please don't ask.

General public codes are also usually noted on the Disney site itself but can be harder to find if you don't know where to look there. General public codes do not require a PIN.

PIN-Codes can be used by the recipient family and nobody else. They are not transferable. Some folks have reported success in using cards that arrived at their address in other peoples names. The rule seems to be if you live at the address on the offer.. you're good. Sharing a pin code is a big no-no and generally will result in the second person being told they are not eligible for the discount.

Do they work for packages or single/seperate things/costs?

So far we've seen codes that include free dining, for 20, 30 or 40% off selected hotel rooms.. and one code that included a free parkhopping & waterparks fun n more upgrade to your base tickets.

A 15, 20, 25 ,30 or 40% off room-only code .. sometimes can be used with a package.. But when you do so, you are still only getting (x)% off the room portion of your package costs. The Tickets, dining plan and any other optional add-ons are at the normal rate unless your offer explicitly says otherwise.

At any given point in time there may be several codes that may apply to your vacation. Pick one. You can only use one discount code per reservation. Choose wisely.

How Do I Get "On The List" To Get A Pin Offer?

How people get selected for to receive email/postcard offers is a source of never-ending debate on these boards.

Signing up at the WDW website and giving them your email address at least gets you in the running. Ordering the vacation planning DVD does the same. Guests who have stayed at Disney resorts in the past are also key targets for future discount offers.

The theories as to how people are selected to receive an email or postcard are like belly-buttons, we all have one.

If you get lucky, you may get an email or a postcard from Disney. That email or postcard may contain a PIN (a series of numbers).. or a general public code (usually 3 letters).

At the end of the day - none of us know for sure how the selection process is done. My best guess after watching this for a couple of years now, is that it is purely random.

There is no guarantee if you do any of those things you'll get one. You could go to Disney once or once every month.. and you may or may not get a code.

How Do I Know If I Got A Code

Generally speaking an email or postcard to one of the addresses Disney has on file for you is your notification. If you've moved or you're just wondering if perhaps you have received a code but didn't know about it - you USED TO BE ABLE TO CALL the Disney Reservation Center 1-407-W-DISNEY and ask for them to see if you have a code associated with your name/address in the reservations system. They do not permit this any longer. Sorry, too many people were taking up agent's time with the "Do I have a code question" -- so they discontinued this.

[ EDIT : 2011 : It seems if they aren't too busy on the phones they will do this again. ]

... and If I do get a code, to whom do I give it to

If you're booking with a PIN from your email / postcard or with a general public code.. you tell the reservation agent at Disney reservations center. "I have a code .." and then identify if you have a PIN associated-code.. or a three letter offer code.

The postcard or email will tell you when it's good for .. and what benefits it may convey.

All general public codes will be posted on this site @ DISCOUNTS (http://www.wdwinfo.com/discounts/dis...scounts-right). .. along with the info about what benefits it may convey.

When you are giving them the code on the phone, if it is a three letter code offer.. say an example word for each letter. So many of the letters in the alphabet sound the same.. C,D,E,G,P,S,T,Z.. and of course Disney uses LOTS of those letters in their codes. Grrr...

Don't Post Any Codes to the Board without Moderator Approval

Before you post any three letter code to the boards, please be sure to check with one of the Resorts Board Moderators : CanadianGuy or Lynn M

Posting a non-public code is against the DIS Board Posting Guidelines

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9. DISCOUNT CODES: As mentioned above, the DIS is all about planning a Disney vacation. On occasion, Disney does release discounts which usually can be obtained via a code. This information will be available in our Discounts section. However, Disney also sends mailings to specific individuals/target groups which contain a discount that can only be obtained with a PIN (personal identification number.) If you receive one of these offers, please do not share your PIN/Code on the DIS for others to use. We respect the fact that these offers are not for the general public and will remove any posts that include this information. Understand that this action is for your protection. For example, say you use Mrs. Smith's code. When you check in and are asked to produce proof that you are Mrs. Smith and cannot do so, you will be charged the full rate.

Hope this helps. Any questions - feel free to post 'em here.

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Old 03-11-2008, 02:53 PM   #2
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post card to web site

i just got a post card with a web address that = a pin code the web site offered a 82 a nite value or 20% off other times

it said i had ordered a planned dvd wich i did online and had the 82 a nite for december wich i had said i was planing

so they do sometimes go off what you put in the web site
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:19 AM   #3
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Question October Codes

Does anyone know if there are any special codes (discounts) for October. We were there last October and being a Disney Visa cardholder, we were given a discount rate on our trip, which helped pay for the Dining Plan. Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-04-2008, 01:25 PM   #5
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Codes

What types of codes are out there>
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Old 08-06-2008, 02:53 PM   #6
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Ex Boyfriends PIN

My ex boyfriend and I went to disney two years ago....today, I recieved a postcard wtih a pin in his name. Our names should be together in the disney system as we went on the trip together....however, the postcard is just in his name.....do you think I will be able to use the discount?
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My ex boyfriend and I went to disney two years ago....today, I recieved a postcard wtih a pin in his name. Our names should be together in the disney system as we went on the trip together....however, the postcard is just in his name.....do you think I will be able to use the discount?
Call and ask. A Disney Reservations Center agent can answer that more authoritatively than anybody here.

In the past the answer was "Are the current resident at the address on the item mailed..?" if the answer was yes, you were allowed to use it.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:39 PM   #8
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I am confused and hope this doesn't sound too stupid...

But how do you get these codes? I have been to WDW twice and have a Disney Visa and have never received anything.

Is there something I can do to get these deals?
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I am confused and hope this doesn't sound too stupid...

But how do you get these codes? I have been to WDW twice and have a Disney Visa and have never received anything.

Is there something I can do to get these deals?
I have recieved them by registering on the Disney site and updating when I am interested in visiting. some times up to 5 times a year. Hope this helps.
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I receive emails from Disney frequently. Are the emails with the codes obvious and different from the typical "info" emails?
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I'm off to sign up and ask for a DVD then since I'm planning for our first trip this fall.
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Question clarification for codes

Hi Last year when i went to the Disney site to arrange for my vacation package, i saved it and then called disney and had a pin or code attached to my name and it came up to the same price i had on the website , i don't understand can someone tell me what I did wrong , the cast member kept telling me how much i had saved and I kept telling her I couldn't see where i was saving when i had come up with the same price on my own with no code ...Help!!!

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Then the CM didnt put the code in properly.

If a pincode is sent to person A at address A then anyone listed under person A's address can use it without person A being on the res
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Kids stay,play and eat free

Anyone else receive a promotion from Disney for the kids play,stay and eat for free. We just booked 05/02/09 to 05/09/09 for 2 adults, 4 kids (2,5,7,9). 7 day park hopper, with the dining plan at the port orleans riverside for $2652.
I think this is an amazing deal.. Any one else think so
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:43 PM   #15
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I dint get one but i would love for them to send me one since. Great Deal you got!!
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