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Old 06-14-2014, 07:52 PM   #1
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Disney World on a budget

Hi,

I'd like to return to the Polhnesian for another week at WDW next summer. Ideally, we stay at the Polynesian again for a week.

Thiis time, I think I paid too much...I paid full price for the rooms, paid too much for the dining plan, memory maker, etc. I'd like to go back, but spend less this time.

Are there tricks/tips to getting reduced rates on the hotel rooms? I know Poly is a deluxe hotel, and I'm not COMPLETELY ruling out a cheaper on site hotel, but I really liked Polynesian.

Any suggestions are welcome. DVC is too expensive for me. Someone told me about getting the annual pass holder thing too.

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Old 06-14-2014, 07:57 PM   #2
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Hi,

I'd like to return to the Polhnesian for another week at WDW next summer. Ideally, we stay at the Polynesian again for a week.

Thiis time, I think I paid too much...I paid full price for the rooms, paid too much for the dining plan, memory maker, etc. I'd like to go back, but spend less this time.

Are there tricks/tips to getting reduced rates on the hotel rooms? I know Poly is a deluxe hotel, and I'm not COMPLETELY ruling out a cheaper on site hotel, but I really liked Polynesian.

Any suggestions are welcome. DVC is too expensive for me. Someone told me about getting the annual pass holder thing too.

Thanks
The plan is to return in July or August 2015. Maybe March 2015 but probably Summer 2015.
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:14 PM   #3
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I don't think there is any reason to expect to pay full price. Mousesavers.com does a great job with posting the deals as they come out. July and August usually has between 25% - 35% off room rates. Late August often times has a free dining offer. that Poly is becoming pretty pricey, though. Club level at the Poly is amazing! I'm not positive but I believe a lot of that construction will be finished by next summer also, so your stay should be nice (check tikimanpages.com for Poly updates. For past discounts check out http://www.mousesavers.com/historica...ort-discounts/
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:49 PM   #4
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I can only share what I do.
1. AAA card on a reservation for a small discount.
2. Leave it in the hands of a Disney specialist travel agent to get any deals that come along. They can even use a PIN code if I get one. This has worked to get me about 25- 35% off each trip.
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:43 PM   #5
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How do I get/apply discounts from Mousesavers.com? The site looks more informational than anything. Sorry, I've never done this. Thanks.
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:59 PM   #6
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If you have some flexibility in your vacation dates there are discounts to be had throughout the year. Mousesvers.com lists many of these discounts. They also have a section of historical discounts, while nothing is guaranteed it can be useful in planning. You can also get a PIN Code by requesting a planning DVD or signing up for other Disney related lists/sites. We got 35% off on our room @ the WL for our coming Sept Trip by getting a code. Best of luck in your planning

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If you have some flexibility in your vacation dates there are discounts to be had throughout the year. Mousesvers.com lists many of these discounts. They also have a section of historical discounts, while nothing is guaranteed it can be useful in planning. You can also get a PIN Code by requesting a planning DVD or signing up for other Disney related lists/sites. We got 35% off on our room @ the WL for our coming Sept Trip by getting a code. Best of luck in your planning

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Will it say in the DVD something about the pincode, so that you know it's there? Sorry, new to this! We just got our DVD the other day, and I was curious haha. I'm assuming i'd know it's there, but my FI said maybe they're tricky about it, and don't exactly point it out to you.
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Will it say in the DVD something about the pincode, so that you know it's there? Sorry, new to this! We just got our DVD the other day, and I was curious haha. I'm assuming i'd know it's there, but my FI said maybe they're tricky about it, and don't exactly point it out to you.
Call Disney and ask to see if there is a pin attached to yours or FI's name
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I signed up and got pins and all of the shebang and no price I ever came up with was ever as low as the Disney travel agent got for me (Small World Vacations). A disney travel agent doesn't cost anything and they will keep an eye out for discounts to add to your reservation. I suggest contacting one and not worrying about it.
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:30 PM   #10
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There seems to be a lot of confusion going on here. I'll see if I can clear some things up.

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How do I get/apply discounts from Mousesavers.com? The site looks more informational than anything. Sorry, I've never done this. Thanks.
Mouseavers.com does not give discounts to Disney resorts. What they do is list discounts that Disney has offered in the past. You can use this information to get an idea of the types of discounts that Disney might offer when you are thinking of visiting. There are discounts that Disney offers to Disney Visa cardholders, annual passholders, and the general public.

There are Mousesaver discounts at some off site resorts. You fill find instruction on the Mousesavers website on how to get those discounts.

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Will it say in the DVD something about the pincode, so that you know it's there? Sorry, new to this! We just got our DVD the other day, and I was curious haha. I'm assuming i'd know it's there, but my FI said maybe they're tricky about it, and don't exactly point it out to you.
The DVD doesn't really have anything to do with pin codes. Some people think that ordering the DVD may increase your chances of getting a pin code.

I believe there is sticky at the top of the Resort Discount Codes and Rates board here called "Everything you need to know about discount codes." You might want to read that.

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I signed up and got pins and all of the shebang and no price I ever came up with was ever as low as the Disney travel agent got for me (*****************). A disney travel agent doesn't cost anything and they will keep an eye out for discounts to add to your reservation. I suggest contacting one and not worrying about it.
It's kind of bad form to recommend a specific travel agent on the DIS since it is owned and operated by Pete Werner, who also owns the Dreams Unlimited travel agency.
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Just because it isn't blocked doesn't mean I can't think it's bad form to mention a competitor by name.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:35 PM   #13
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It's kind of bad form to recommend a specific travel agent on the DIS since it is owned and operated by Pete Werner, who also owns the Dreams Unlimited travel agency.
Oh I'm sorry! I heard about SWV on this site and through mousesavers so I thought it was good and I was under the impression that dreams unlimited just did adventures by Disney.
I'm sure they're great too then and my point, OP, was to use a travel agent jf you know what you want - they will know which discounts to apply and look for.
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Old 06-15-2014, 04:44 PM   #14
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I also recommend Mousesavers' newsletter for just a general calendar of what's going on, what's getting discounted etc.

I booked my trip through Orbitz, which I was worried about because I hate to stray from dealing directly with Disney but they had a great deal to begin with, and Mousesavers had a code in their newsletter for an extra 15% which killed the tax. Also if you choose to book through orbitz/exepedia/travelocity/cheaptickets etc... They are affiliated with Ebates, where you can get cash back for your purchases. I didn't earn much during my most recent booking as of last weekend, but it can go up to like 20% back which is pretty amazing. I wish I got that deal, but I got something so hey.

I'm an ordinary Disney vacationer, I'm not really one to receive PINs (i can hope one day), I've never used a travel agent, I just try to use my common knowledge on the web to do Disney on a budget without getting too stressed in the process. DISboards is awesome too of course
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Will it say in the DVD something about the pincode, so that you know it's there? Sorry, new to this! We just got our DVD the other day, and I was curious haha. I'm assuming i'd know it's there, but my FI said maybe they're tricky about it, and don't exactly point it out to you.
Actually I don't believe it will say anything. What getting the planning DVD is it puts you (really your email address) in the loop to recieve this type of thing. Its about marketing and Disney is going to want to close the deal if you show interest in visiting. Our PIN code actually came about 4 months after our May 2013 visit.

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