WALT DISNEY WORLD
DISCOUNTS SUMMARY

***   Annual Passholder    ***   Disney Vacation Club    ***   Florida Resident   ***   Tables In Wonderland    ***   Disney Rewards Visa® Card    ***   Other Discounts   ***

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A comparison of dining discounts available to Annual Passholders (AP), Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Members, and Tables In Wonderland (TIW) is available as a PDF file for printing.

A comparison of non-dining discounts available to Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and elsewhere is also available as a PDF file for printing.

Some discounts are usually available at Walt Disney World (WDW) if you are a WDW Annual Passholder, a member of the Disney Vacation Club, or are a Florida resident. Following is a list of known discounts and benefits. This list is intended for planning and as a general guide to discounts, and to help in determining the best discounts when several are offered. There may be other discounts and benefits available, so it is always best to ask.

Most discounts are generally fixed within any particular calendar year. Some discounts are offered for shorter periods. Discounts using the Disney Rewards Visa® vary. There may be other occasional benefits in any program, so please consult your plan information or ask.

Admission discounts for Florida Residents and Tables In Wonderland (a membership program) probably provide the best discounts all around on admissions and dining. Note that some of these programs have seasonal blackout dates or other restrictions. Information can be found at AllEarsNet. Other discount programs, such as on merchandise or WDW activities, are not generally available to Florida residents solely on the basis of residency, but are available through membership in the other programs described here.

The Tables In Wonderland is a discount membership program that is available only to Florida residents and Annual Passholders.

The Disney Dining Plan is an option available only to guests staying on a WDW Magic Your Way package, Annual Passholders staying at a Disney resort, or to DVC members staying at a DVC resort. It is not a discount but can provide significant cost savings depending on dining preferences. Additional information is available directly from Disney, including a list of participating dining locations.

Discounts on lodging are not generally included here because they change frequently. Please inquire about such discounts when making reservations. There are usuallly some lodging discounts available to AP holders, and DVC members receive special rates on cash nights at DVC facilities, when available. There may also be discounted hotel rates offered to Florida residents or the general public. In every case, discounts are likely to be offered only at times of the year when demand is reduced.

A lodging discount is often available for allears.net readers, Annual Passholders, AAA members, government employees, nurses, and teachers at the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. You should ask when making reservations. Discounts at other hotels and resorts are sometimes highlighted at AllEarsNet, including the Sheraton Vistana Villages, All Star Vacation Homes, DoubleTree Guest Suites, Sheraton Vistana Resort, and Gaylord Palms Resort.

Several popular discount programs no longer exist, including the American Express White Glove, the Disney Club, and the original Magic Kingdom Club.

Other special discounts have sometimes been made available to selected groups, such as firefighters and police officers following the 9/11 tragedy. Active military were given special discounts in 2003. Currently, there are no known special discounts for firefighters or police officers. Discounts on some tickets have been reported for active military, but you should check with the recreational unit at your post or base, or contact Disney Guest Services directly for current information. Some other discounts are available to active and retired military staying at the Shades of Green Resort.

Small discounts or incentives may be available to those making vacation arrangements through AAA or other travel package providers.

Holders of the Disney Rewards Visa® card may also receive some discounts, including most tours. Discounts are announced on advertisements that are included with monthly statements, and also on the credit card web site (see your statement for web address). They are not generally advertised, and will likely be for limited duration.

Several readers have reported that they received an AAA discount on tours. It never hurts to ask if other discounts are available.

Under Disney's Magic Your Way ticket pricing system, significant savings can be realized by buying the package that is best suited to your plans. More information can be found at AllEarsNet.

The information contained herein is provided without warranty. Discounts and benefits are subject to change without notice. However, it is important to the author that errors or omissions be corrected and that information is up to date. Please direct correspondence to Gary Fisher, a.k.a. grumpysince1953@gmail.com

General Discounts and Benefits
Admissions and Special Events

There are no general discounts on theme park admissions. However, purchasing tickets in advance can save a little, usually around 5 percent. There may be other small savings available on tickets purchased through third-party vendors. Disney Vacation Club members and Florida residents can purchase annual passes at a reduced price, and Shades of Green guests have a separate price schedule. Discounted prices on some tickets have been offered to active military. Under Disney's Magic Your Way ticket pricing system, significant savings can be realized by buying the package that is best suited to your plans. More information can be found at AllEarsNet.

There are small discounts on water park and DisneyQuest admission for DVC members and Annual Passholders.

DVC: There are no general theme park discounts, but Members receive a significant discount on Annual Passes, Premium Annual Passes, and renewals. More information can be obtained from DVC Member Services.

DVC: There may be discounts to special events on selected days, including Night of Joy, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Advance purchase may be required. Consult the DVC Member web site or call Member Services. Always ask when making reservations.

AP: There may be discounts to special events on selected days, including Night of Joy, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Advance purchase may be required. Consult the Passholder web site or call Guest Services. Always ask when making reservations.

Parking

Guests staying at any Disney Resort hotel, including DVC, can park free at theme parks.

AP: Free parking at theme parks.

Dining, Shopping, and Recreation Discounts

A comparison of dining discounts available to Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and the Tables In Wonderland is available as a PDF file suitable for printing.

A comparison of non-dining discounts available to Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and elsewhere is also available as a PDF file suitable for printing.

References:

Information has been summarized from several official web pages and is subject to any of the disclaimers and limitations included in those pages.

The Disney Vacation Club, Walt Disney World Annual Passholder, and Disney Rewards Visa® programs maintain web pages for members. The author is a member of DVC, has an AP, and has verified information on available discounts as best as possible. The author has utilized discounts provided to DVC and AP members, Tables in Wonderland, and also lodging discounts at the Swan and Dolphin Resorts, and DoubleTree Guest Suites.

There are several AllEarsNet and official Disney pages that give more information on some of the discount programs mentioned here.

Disclaimers:

  1. Reference to trade names is for identification only and does not represent an endorsement. The author of this page is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company in any way or with any of the other companies mentioned on this page. This page is not a product of the Walt Disney Company or any of the companies mentioned on this page.
  2. The material on this page is provided for planning only. Users must verify that the discounts mentioned are valid and still in effect.

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Last modified: 21 February 2012