Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Resorts > Disney Discount Codes and Rates
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 07-14-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
eliza61

We're Americans, we're survivors
 
eliza61's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Southern New Jersey
Posts: 18,443

room discounts

This is a stupid question, but how do you get one.

Here's the story. So I'm planning a quick getaway for October 23-27 for dh and I. we are dvc members and the only availablity open on short notice was SSR, which is not a big problem.

Then I saw the free dining discount and decided to play on disney website with free dining.

The prices were ridiculous (or at least to me).

Grand Floridian over 3K for 4 nights. Seriously. The poly was over 4K.

I always read about fine folks getting 40% off a room but never paid much attention because we usually use our points.

This is a last minute surprise for my dh. He's been suffering some serious health issues the last 6 months and thought this would be a nice break.

We are aarp members and aaa so I'll check with them also. any other avenue I'm missing.
__________________
"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." ...John Adams
eliza61 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
vicki_c
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 23,349

There are no more 40% discounts. Those days are gone. They should be releasing fall room discounts soon, but I wouldn't expect more than 30% at select resorts, less at others, probably including the Poly.

There are no AARP discounts.
__________________
June 1978 - Poly / Nov 1996 - Yacht Club / Jan 2001 - Poly / Jan/Feb 2004 - Wilderness Lodge / 2004-2006: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Nick Hotel, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans Riverside, HI Sunspree, Buena Vista Suites, Caribe Royale / Jan 2008 - Poly / June 2008 - Saratoga Springs and Villas @ Wilderness Lodge / Nov 2008 -Boardwalk Villas / Dec 2008 - WL, Beach Club Villas and Beach Club / June 2009 - POFQ and Poly / Jan 2010 - AKV, 4 night DCL & BCV / Nov 2010 - POFQ / April 2011 - SSR / Nov 2011 Swan / Jan 2012 - BC/ April 2012 OKW / April 2014 AoA & AKV
vicki_c is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 07-14-2012, 08:33 PM   #3
kddisney502
P: What's the problem with Goofy?
L: Wish I knew, he's fine with Pluto.
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: US
Posts: 1,208

AAA should get you anywhere from 10-20% off room rates, depending on season and availability. You can book the AAA rate directly with disney by calling and having your AAA card ready.
kddisney502 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2012, 01:02 PM   #4
barney4liz
DIS Veteran
 
barney4liz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Newberry, FL
Posts: 747

Quote:
Originally Posted by vicki_c View Post
There are no AARP discounts.
I just booked the Swan with a great AARP rate for a visit in August.

AARP also is offering a coupon for an extra 5% off, but travel has to be completed by September 30. The Disney hotels come up on the AARP Travel Center website. No harm in checking there, too.
__________________
Me DH DD +
barney4liz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2012, 07:14 PM   #5
Moomduck1
DIS Veteran
 
Moomduck1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 651

have you tried renting points? There are some threads talking about it and it seems to be a good deal. I have found that the free dining is only worth it if you are staying in a value or possibly a moderate hotel. Deluxe hotels are much better with a percentage off.
__________________
Wilderness Lodge Polynesian Grand Floridian Contemporary The Golf Resort/Disney Inn Animal Kingdom Lodge
The All Star Music The All Star Sports The All Star Films Pop Century Dixie Landings Coronado Springs
Caribbean Beach The Yacht Club Portofino Bay The Hard Rock Hotel Beach Club
Boardwalk Port Orleans French Quarter Art of Animation
Upcoming: Dolphin


And this is for DD...
Moomduck1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2012, 10:08 AM   #6
GovieMom
DIS Veteran
 
GovieMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 2,744

Quote:
Originally Posted by Moomduck1 View Post
I have found that the free dining is only worth it if you are staying in a value or possibly a moderate hotel. Deluxe hotels are much better with a percentage off.
Not necessarily. It depends on how many adults would be staying in the Deluxe room; if four adults would be sharing a room, then Free Dining is almost always the better deal. Oftentimes with three adults; especially now that room discounts tend to top off at 30%.
GovieMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2012, 02:51 PM   #7
Moomduck1
DIS Veteran
 
Moomduck1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 651

Quote:
Originally Posted by GovieMom View Post
Not necessarily. It depends on how many adults would be staying in the Deluxe room; if four adults would be sharing a room, then Free Dining is almost always the better deal. Oftentimes with three adults; especially now that room discounts tend to top off at 30%.

I've priced it out with 4 adults (my kids are in their 20s). I guess we just don't eat enough to make rack rate w/free dining worth it at a deluxe. We always fare better with a room only discount.
__________________
Wilderness Lodge Polynesian Grand Floridian Contemporary The Golf Resort/Disney Inn Animal Kingdom Lodge
The All Star Music The All Star Sports The All Star Films Pop Century Dixie Landings Coronado Springs
Caribbean Beach The Yacht Club Portofino Bay The Hard Rock Hotel Beach Club
Boardwalk Port Orleans French Quarter Art of Animation
Upcoming: Dolphin


And this is for DD...
Moomduck1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2012, 03:34 PM   #8
GovieMom
DIS Veteran
 
GovieMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 2,744

The four of us (adults) are staying at the Beach Club for six nights. So, $375 per night x 6 is $2250. A 30% discount would save us $675. (Of course, this is without tax or add'l adult/room fees). Whereas Free Dining for the four of us for six nights, at $51 per person, would save us $1224. But if a family prefers to eat mainly counter service meals, then a room discount would probably be better for them.
GovieMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2012, 01:13 PM   #9
Moomduck1
DIS Veteran
 
Moomduck1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 651

Quote:
Originally Posted by GovieMom View Post
The four of us (adults) are staying at the Beach Club for six nights. So, $375 per night x 6 is $2250. A 30% discount would save us $675. (Of course, this is without tax or add'l adult/room fees). Whereas Free Dining for the four of us for six nights, at $51 per person, would save us $1224. But if a family prefers to eat mainly counter service meals, then a room discount would probably be better for them.
So you saved quite a bit of money that way. That's really good. Using your figures, that would be spending $204/day for a family of 4 adults on food. There's just no way we spend that much. Some days we spend less than $100 and other times more like $125. We do eat some table service meals, but mostly counter service. I can't rationalize spending that much on food for us, so we take the room discount.

Now, this past Feb we did take the free dining. We did a split stay where we did the free dining for a 3 night stay and stayed at POFQ. We wanted to eat at CRT. For our last TS meal, DH and I picked our fave restaurant in Epcot and DD and her BF picked theirs. Then we moved to the Boardwalk hotel for the room only discount. We used it one other trip for a family of 5 at the Yacht Club, and we ate at Le Cellier and I forget where else. That was when it first came out and you got desserts and appetizers. That was way too much food, which we ate because we didn't want to waste and gained 5 lbs each!! No one to blame but ourselves.

Every family is different. You need to do the math to see what works best for you.

I'm hoping for a room only discount for my friend for Oct. DH and I already booked with a bounceback from last Feb. But my friend and her hubby decided to come along on the trip. They don't want free dining because we plan on mostly eating at the Food & Wine Festival. I know that the snacks are covered for Food & Wine, but they don't want the other meals that are included in the free dining because they just want to eat at the festival. We are only going for 4 nights.
__________________
Wilderness Lodge Polynesian Grand Floridian Contemporary The Golf Resort/Disney Inn Animal Kingdom Lodge
The All Star Music The All Star Sports The All Star Films Pop Century Dixie Landings Coronado Springs
Caribbean Beach The Yacht Club Portofino Bay The Hard Rock Hotel Beach Club
Boardwalk Port Orleans French Quarter Art of Animation
Upcoming: Dolphin


And this is for DD...
Moomduck1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:23 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.