Trying to save money on a Disney vacation? A good place to start is with your hotel. Walt Disney World is considered to be busy year ’round now; there really won’t be a time you’ll experience very short wait times in the parks, like some of us old timers remember. Factors like holidays, school breaks, and weather temperatures can affect when people want to visit Orlando, and that basically results in higher resort room pricing.
So when should you travel? Well, it’s not called Value for nothing…
Disney has three “seasons” of travel: Value, Regular and Peak. Value is theoretically less busy, Moderate is in the middle of the road for busy-ness, and Peak is when the whole world wants to take a Disney vacation.
Prices are higher for popular traveling seasons (Peak) and lower when fewer people visit (Value). Disney makes planning ahead easy by publishing seasonal price variations months in advance, 9 months ahead as you’ll see by the calendars. All you have to do is pick dates during Value Season and travel during that time, which may involve missing school for those of you with school-aged children. If missing school doesn’t work for your family, Value Season may not fit into your plans either.
These calendar screen shots are for one day ticket pricing, which you see at the bottom of each month, but those ticket prices are set by what “season” you are in. So find that light blue color for Value Season and get your calendar ready.
This is where we run out of current information for 2017 posted on the Disney website. We will update this as new dates are posted.
The problem with Value Season is there is just not a lot of it, and most of these days occur when school is in session.
- the last half of January
- the first half of February
- the first 9 days of March
- the last 1/3 of April
- middle of the week during May
If you want to save even more money, stay in Value Resorts during Value Season. That’s like value squared.
What’s different from the lowest level resorts, Value, than the next step up, Moderate?
- rooms are about 260 square feet
- two full beds, 1 sink
- no table service restaurants
- no slide at the pool
- used by lots of families with children and school groups
- each room has a refrigerator
- rooms are about 314 square feet
- two queen beds, 2 sinks
- table service restaurants are available
- elaborate pools with water slides
- each room has a refrigerator included along with a coffee maker
The 2017 starting costs for Value Season are slightly less than half of a Moderate resort.
A good place to start saving money on your next Disney vacation determining when you’ll travel. Value Season is the least expensive.
For information on what to expect with the different resort levels, use this guide:
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