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Old 04-29-2002, 10:39 AM   #1
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Will we see deep discounts this fall on resort rates?!?

Looks like things are picking up in Orlando...

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/busin...ines%2Dtourism

I wonder if we'll see as many discounts as we did last fall?!? Fingers crossed.
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Old 04-29-2002, 01:28 PM   #2
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Re: Will we see deep discounts this fall on resort rates?!?

H'mmmmm a week ago Sunday I called down to the World to inquire if it was actually true they'd cancelled all E-Ride nights for the month of May; which it was. I asked why and the CM said "Grad night". I explained to her that I am a Florida Resident and know for a fact that to be untrued; Grad nights ended this past weekend; graduations start happening around various counties this weekend coming up. She offered to put me on hold for a better answer. When she came back she said she was told to tell me that it was due to the very low numbers. I told her she might suggest to the "shirts" they quit telling the media (NPR in particular; where I get my news in the AM) about how great everything was going if that were indeed true.
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Old 04-29-2002, 02:48 PM   #3
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Re: Will we see deep discounts this fall on resort rates?!?

Someone at work told me they just got a discount code postcard for AKL at $100 a night. They thought it was good through September. I'll know tomorrow or Wednesday what the dates are for sure.
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Re: Will we see deep discounts this fall on resort rates?!?

I find it very hard to believe that Disney numbers are that low. We have visited there the same week the last four years, and I can tell you it was more crowded than I have ever seen it during the first week of April, and everyone I have talked to said the same thing. Could Disney be pulling the same thing that our local Six Flags Great America is doing - they recently laid off a large percentage of workers. I have been told by a reliable source that Six Flags built a warehouse to store all of their "extra" ride cars to keep them out of the view of their customers while in the park. They will have less workers, less ride cars running, hence longer lines, but all for less operating cost. I couldn't help but wonder if Disney did the same thing during our spring visit because lines were longer than I had ever seen them during that same week in years past. You would like to think that things like that aren't hidden from the public, but believe me, that was running through my mind a lot on our last trip. Now cancelling e-ride nights in May. It will be interesting to see if those of you who are traveling down there this May will actually experience a less crowded WDW. Let us know!!!
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You know.....the parks are actually staying pretty packed and so are the resorts. Since Easter, WDW has been busier than ever. After being there the past 4 days.....I can assure you felt really busy. The folks at WL told me they have been fully booked last week and this week. Not typical for this time of year at all.

BTW, there is one more Grad Nite to go---May 3. -HiddenMickey
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Friends of ours were down at WDW during Easter, and told us that MK was so crowded that they cancelled the "Share a Dream" Parade one day because they couldn't clear Main Street due to the crowds. I'd say that's pretty busy!

BTW, Mattjs, I'm anxious to hear about that AKL deal!
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Hey Steve! Just curious, how deep were the discounts last fall? We are planning to go the end of Sept and as of now I have a AP discount of 30%.
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Turns out that AKL code rate was only good through August. Which is about the timeframe I recall from last year.
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In regards to AKL rates, I just got a card advertising 4day /3nightat $129. a night, and a fourth night for free! You do need to attend an open house for the vacation club.
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