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We used AAA for Disney vacations twice (I now use an online Disney specialist TA for the convenience, expertise and good service). The local AAA seemed to offer the standard Disney packages and specials, but with extras like Diamond parking pass (gets you closer if space is available), free story time, etc. AAA in our area just had a Disney month with presentations at their office and little extras added if you booked with them, so check with your area AAA to see if they might hold a Disney special event too.
If you are just looking for tickets, each AAA area offers a different and somewhat limited selection, although many people will find one that suits their needs.
If you are getting a room-only reservation, not a package, you can use your AAA card to get a small discount, which we have done even using our non-AAA agent and purchasing tickets from an Disney authorized online reseller.
By the way, if you are also visiting Universal, they offer in-park discounts for AAA members. A few years ago, we even got 10% off on ice cream! Again, check your local AAA office & their website to see what discounts are available.
Nik & his favorite guy Goofy at DHS Osborne Lights
Sandra in Northern VA
We book with our local AAA office - partly because we'll be guaranteed at least a AAA discount, and partly because they always have a travel show in March and you get $150 in gift cards if you book at the show (so I do my figuring in advance, then walk in and out in about 15 minutes).
We book a package, and you get between 10% and 20% off the cost of the room (depending on the season and the level of the resort - value/mod/deluxe), plus they have slight (like $10) discounts on the passes. We've never actually ended up using the AAA discount, because Disney comes out with a better offer after we've booked (i.e. free dining). You can only get one discount, so we drop the AAA discount and take the better one. AAA is fine with that - they're still getting credit for the booking. If you drive, you get a VIP parking pass, plus a few other perks - I'm not sure if they're package-specific or AAA-specific - like a round of mini golf, discounts on sea racers, etc.
You can't combine your AAA discount with any discounts. If a better discount does come up your AAA TA can switch your reservation to apply the other discount.
Unless the AAA discount was the best I could find, I would use a Disney specialized TA or book it myself. I booked our upcoming trip myself. No one was going to beat the 4/3 promo. I like the ability to make changes without having to call my TA.
The nice thing about many of the Disney specailized TAs is they will automatically rebook your trip if a better discount comes up. This is a great option for someone that wants to book their trip and forget about it.
we always book thru AAA when DM and I were planning our 12 day 11 nt stay disney quoted it for over 3000 when we went to AAA it was about 2000 sooooooo theres quite a big differance we love it because they take care of any problems you have and always make sure you get your room requests
I booked through AAA because we're also driving there and back. My travel agent Mimi is wonderful and knows her stuff; she's really helped out lately with insurance questions I have. You do get a AAA discount card with some extras. We're doing a split stay, and originally I got a 20% discount on a moderate room until Disney came out with a 35% discount.
Location: Central Florida 12 miles from the Disney Border
I call the W-Disney number and ask for the AAA discount (room only). Depending on the season, I've received 10% during a busier season, and 20% during value season. I also have an AP, and when the AP rates come out, if that is better than AAA, I call and ask if I can get my room at the AP rate. You can't combine a Disney promotion, like free dining with a AAA discount.
American Automobile Association (AAA) and Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) members qualify for "room only" discounts almost year-round, though there are a limited number of rooms available for each date. You can generally save about 10-20% at the Disney resort hotels, depending on the season.
The 2009 discounts seem to run as follows:
Value Season: 15% off at Value, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa (Disney Vacation Club) resorts; 20% off at Moderate resorts and Ft. Wilderness cabins and campsites.
Regular Season: 10% off at the Deluxe and Deluxe Villa (Disney Vacation Club) resorts; 10%-15% off at Value and Moderate resorts and Ft. Wilderness cabins and campsites.
The only time AAA/CAA discounts don't usually apply is Holiday Season (around Christmas).
You don't have to book AAA/CAA rates through the Auto Club. Room-only reservations with an AAA discount can be booked directly through the Disney Reservation Center at (407) W-DISNEY or a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. Just ask if there is an AAA or CAA discount for your dates and resort.
AAA/CAA rates for all of the following year are usually released in the summer. 2009 AAA/CAA "room only" discounts were released on August 3, 2008."
We booked our last trip through AAA and the price was good...maybe $400 less than Disney's online price. Then a discount code was released and our TA switched our package...saved us an additional $400.
I didn't use AAA for this upcoming trip. We booked free dining, so we weren't using the AAA discount and our membership had expired...so we would have needed to shell out $50 to join AAA again.
Stephanie- Mom to Jaden and Emerson, Wife to Keith, Novelist