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My husband would like to plan a trip for our 3rd wedding anniversary for next April. I would like to know the best place to look for discounts and how for in advance are they published? Do you all usually book a package or everything separately, and do you all use a TA?
The absolute best source for package deals we found is the Special Offers link on the WDW website.
We scored a gorgeous Club Level king bed room at the Grand Floridian the week leading to Christmas that way one year. And even got an upgrade to a Theme Park view of the Castle straight out from one window!
I figure that was due to it being just two of us rather than a couple with kids. That and DH’s checking the Special Offers link regularly hoping for the resort and room type we prefer.
Also, get your email addresses on the vacation promos list if they aren’t already. That way, you may get personal discount codes which sometimes permit tweaking an already heavily discounted deal for even more savings. That’s what we were able to do on that Christmas trip. We had to switch from a package deal to room only rate and pay for the dining plan rather than getting free dining to use the pin code. However, the CM who advised us tinkered with it, kept everything we wanted, and saved us another $1000!
If you get such a code in the mail or spot a better discount than you’ve booked, it can really pay to call Disney and ask what they can do for you. The CMs will calculate for you and tell you what will save you more before making any changes.
Not a bad idea either to request a Disney Vacation Club promo dvd or take the tour even though you’ve no intention of buying into DVC. Doing either puts you on another Disney list which might give you an edge on a special offer.
I requested that dvd about four years ago and got personal pin codes about every six months after that. We wangled two fabulous stays on those codes.
"I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it." -- Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
Last edited by Her Dotness; 05-13-2018 at 05:13 PM..
I started getting occasional pin codes after I did this: I went to the Disney web site and booked a vacation....I went all the way to the point where you pay, including adding all my info (email, mailing address, etc.), and just didn't enter any payment information.
If I recall correctly, it wasn't long after I did it that the pin codes starting arriving. And also open every email from Disney, especially if it's from Disney Destinations, because you sometimes get offers that way.
Are either of you military (reserve, active, or retired), or DoD civilians? If so, you may qualify for the military discounts, which are major (so to speak).
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