NEW 2020 Walt Disney World Discounts for Kids Free Dining, Military, Passholders, and More!

Early this morning, Walt Disney World announced four NEW discount promotions for guests journeying to the World in 2020! Discounts for room-only Resort reservations and dining — including discounts for military personnel and Annual Passholders — are explained below!

Cinderella Castle

Resort Discount PLUS Gift Card Offer

First up, a discount that’s available to anyone! Disney World is offering a room-only discount for most nights January 1-April 25, 2020, for reservations made by January 1, 2020. 

Wilderness Lodge

This discount includes savings up to 25% at select Resorts — but that’s not all! Those who book with this discount will also receive a $30 gift card PER PERSON (3 and up) if you upgrade to a package! Upgrading to a package means adding 6-day or longer Park tickets to the reservation.

Click here for all the details and the fine print! 


There’s also a great new offer for families traveling with kids! Score FREE DINING for kids ages 3-9 with the purchase of a non-discounted three night/day package. Your package must include a Resort reservation at a Value Resort (select Resorts and rooms only), Park tickets, and the Disney Dining Plan (Quick Service, Standard, or Deluxe).

All-Star Music

Kids Free Dining is valid most nights from January 1-March 7, 2020, and packages must be booked by January 1, 2020.

This deal also includes the “Frozen Welcome Pack” which includes a voucher for a stroller rental for your length of stay, a voucher for one in-Park 5×7 print, and one merchandise swag bag (per room) that includes a plush, a book, and two treats.

Click here for all the details about the kids free dining offer!

Military Room-Only Discount

Active and retired members of the U.S. military are eligible for discounts for select dates at select Resorts in 2020! Dates are January 1-April 4, 2020, and April 19-December 18, 2020.

Port Orleans — Riverside

The offer (which was only described as “great rates”) must be booked by December 18, 2019.

Click here for more information, or call (407)939-7825 to book!

Passholder Room-Only Discount

Annual Passholders can book a stay at select Walt Disney World Resorts from January 1-April 25 and save up to 35%.

  • Deluxe Resort savings up to 35%
  • Deluxe Villas savings up to 35%
  • Moderate Resort savings up to 30%
  • Value Resort savings up to 25%

Click here to learn more about this Passholder room-only discount! 

Will you take advantage of one of these discounts so you can enjoy a little magic in 2020? Let us know which discounts you love in the comments!


Sarah is a former high school English teacher, mom of three, and a (nearly) life-long writer. She's worked with since 2018 and loves sharing the Disney magic with readers.

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7 Replies to “NEW 2020 Walt Disney World Discounts for Kids Free Dining, Military, Passholders, and More!”

  1. The military discount doesn’t have to booked by Dec 19, 2019. You can still book a military-discounted room in 2020 if any are still available. They go quickly.

    The discount is:
    35-40% off Deluxe and Deluxe Villas
    30-35% off Moderates
    25% off Values.

    There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to how they figure the discounts anymore. It used to be just a flat amount until 2017. But it seems as the more popular rooms (like preferred, Princess, or Pirate rooms) will always be the lower discount in that resort class.

    Also, they decide which rooms will be discounted. Not all are. I once had a water view room at Port Orleans French Quarter. I didn’t want or need a water view, but that was the room that had the military discount. And you can’t get it on the Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, but you can on the suites at AoA. And some resorts will have more discounted rooms available than others. Wilderness Lodge, for example, sells out really quickly.

    If you want a military discounted room, you can only get one by calling Disney. You won’t get it by reserving your room online or on the Disney app. There’s no discount on the dining plans, but you can buy a dining plan without purchasing theme park tickets from them if you’re military. They know you’ll be buying your tickets from the military to get the discount.

    But Disney also offers other great military discounts. The ticket prices can’t be beat bu must be purchased through your base’s ticket office or from Shades of Green (the military resort on the WDW property). They will FedEx to your home if you don’t live near either. Disney also offers a discount on the Memory Maker. It’s $98 but must be purchased at either Disney Springs guest services or one of the theme park guest relation windows.

  2. Always been in years past everyone in the reservation would receive free dining. First, they gave away the regular dining plan, but once that caught on, they split it up between value and moderate. Okay, not bad, still getting something, and you could upgrade if you chose. Then last year, it was money off the dining plan for all in the reservation. Okay, at least still getting something. Now seems like they’re being a little stingy or a lot of greedy, but to only offer for children now, wow, Disney, just wow. They are really showing what they care about now. Many families count on these deals to pull off the yearly vacations to Disney, which are far beyond cheap whether you stay at a value or moderate resort. This is the year, I will finally take my vacation money elsewhere. Tired of their greed.

    1. Brenda, we do expect full free dining to be offered in 2020. Last year’s announcement came in early January, so we’ll update when/if we see it announced this winter!

      1. Actually for the January/February dining offers, they are usually released between the first and second week of October for winter travel dates. But each year, they get skimpier and skimpier. Seems like this year they aren’t going to happen at all. Truthfully though, we decided last year, after visiting the world for the last 14 years, we were going to find somewhere to vacation that would not require so much scheduling of the entire week, and also not having to be connected to a phone. Both of which defeat the purpose of a “vacation” away from it all. I don’t mind scheduling, but I want to have some fun by not planning where I’m going to eat for a meal six months in advance. Time to try something new, and this seems like the year to do it since everyone in my traveling party is an adult! So maybe this just confirms to me, it’s time for me and my family to break from Disney, which I used to love so much. Sad, but relieved at the same time.