You probably already know that Walt Disney World vacations aren’t cheap. With some diligent planning, you can save hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars.
In this example, let’s say that a one-night reservation at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort on February 12th costs $99 without any discounts, and that same room would cost you $211 on December 24th. Multiply that by a couple of days and there is a massive difference in pricing.
The pricing structure at Walt Disney World is subject to change from year to year, but there are some trends that can give you an idea of when is the cheapest time to visit. Disney divides the year up into “seasons” based on how busy they expect things to be. Historically, February and September are the more affordable months to visit Walt Disney World. Select weeks in January, May, and August are also more affordable than it would be around Christmas time.
Disney’s non-discounted prices are known as “rack rates” — the published price for the room for any given night. Based on demand, Disney will release special discounts targeting various times of the year to help improve their occupancy rates, so be sure to check our current discounts to find out if any specials are being offered.
If you are vacationing on a budget, consider booking during a seasonal discount. These discounts are often substantial, but availability is limited.
Walt Disney World’s theme park tickets have date-based prices that reflect the perceived demand on any given day. Disney provides an interactive calendar to help guests check pricing, and ticket costs can change significantly depending on the number of park days and date of visit.