If you’ve dreamed of a dream vacation to Walt Disney World Resort, complete with the sunny Orlando weather, the fireworks cascading through the sky behind Cinderella’s Castle, and the plush, luxurious lodgings of one of Disney’s world famous resort hotels, then you’ve come to the right place.

Don’t panic, for, though you don’t know it yet, you have one major weapon in your arsenal against the cost of a Disney vacation: Disney wants you to attend their resort.

Think about that for a minute. They want you there. If you don’t come, they can’t provide a memorable vacation and can’t keep the doors to their business (a business of fun) open.  This means that they have special Disney World discount options, vacation packages, and even knowledgeable, authorized travel agents just to make it easier for you to get there. Take a moment and think about how awesome that is. You have someone on your side who wants to help you make your dream come true.

Discounts are available - if you know where to look.

Discounts are available – if you know where to look.

One such way that Disney can help you make your dream vacation to a Disney Resort a reality is their authorized travel agencies. When you are seeking out a travel agency to help you with the planning of your Disney vacation, be sure to find one who is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner – you will see a banner on their website.  The Authorized Planner designation is your assurance that the agents know what they are talking about – they attended training from Disney to be sure they have all the information needed to help you plan your vacation. The agency will hook you up with a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations who you can chat with toll free.

An Authorized Disney Vacation planner is one of the best weapons in your arsenal against high prices! They are the masters of all vacation packages, special offers, and all the other ever-changing discounts and plans for Walt Disney. It is their job to help you get the most for you money on your Disney vacation, from the food that you eat, to theme parks you visit and to the room that becomes your home away from home during your vacation. Disney actually pays them to alleviate some of the stresses of planning your Disney vacation.

Disney Discounts

Disney offers a few discounts outside of their rocking vacation packages to help you save your precious cash. There are a series of Florida Resident Discounts, which entitle Florida residents to discounts up to 50% on every aspect of their vacation – food, lodging, transportation, and theme park tickets. Florida Residents can even save on vacation packages which are already discounted. If you are not a Florida resident, there are other discounts that may apply to you.

Disney also offers special discounts for members of the armed forces. These special deals honor our troops with discounts very similar to the Florida Resident variety. Armed Forces Discounts fluctuate and change a bit more than the Florida Resident Discounts, however. Full knowledge of these Armed Forces Discounts are available through your Authorized Disney Travel Agent, and also through the Disney Website – though asking the travel agent is easier than digging around online. Travel Agents have access to the most up to date information about all discounts available at any given time.

So, if you’re not from Florida and you’re just a civilian – you don’t serve in the armed forces – Disney has not left you high and dry. There are discounts available if you book your vacation in the off season, or during the week instead of on the weekend. There are also discounts for children under a certain age. As with the armed forces discounts, the regular discounts do often change, so talking with an authorized Disney travel agent is the best way to know what discounts are available to you.

Disney Vacation Packages

A Disney Vacation Package is the best way to ensure the best and most convenient discount on your entire stay at on of Disney’s resort hotels, bountiful meals at their hundreds of qualifying restaurants, and your ticket to fun and adventure at their theme parks.

Being a member of the Disney Vacation Club also entitles you to some cool discounts all around the world, even and especially at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida!

Both the Disney Annual Pass and the Magic Your Way Package are excellent vacation packages offered by Disney. The Magic Your Way Package gets you a base ticket with a ticket good for one visit to one theme park per person covered by the package per day of your vacation. Overall price of the ticket and the overall package depends on the ages of those being covered by the package, the length of your stay, and at which resort hotel, what meal plan you choose for your family, and if you add any customizations to your package.

The Annual Pass is a year long program designed for people who visit Disney more than once in a year. It works at discounting your vacations overall, and has a series of discount codes available to members only.

The Disney Vacation Club – or DVC – is a points-based timeshare program, and offers you exclusive access to one of Disney’s qualifying villas. Both of these clubs are more beneficial if you are planning more than one family vacation to Walt Disney World Resort this year.

The room rate on most nights can be reduced up to 50% by booking a Disney vacation package. ‘Stays most nights’ kind of excludes the weekend, when a discount may be closer to 25% or 30%. This is because weekend room rates are higher on the weekend as a result of higher demand. Too bad you’re not booking a room only reservation – you need a discount on everything! The best way to bundle and save is to book a Disney vacation package – it will save you up to 50% on your meals, your theme park tickets, and your transportation, not just your room only.

Book in Advance

One of the easiest ways to save a bit of extra money is to make reservations days in advance. Heck, make reservations weeks or months in advance! Not only will you save money, but you will have the widest range of options available when you plan ahead.  Call the Disney Reservations Center as soon as you have your plan solidified and they’ll help you take care of everything!

Keep in mind, the nice folks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida wants you to come to their theme park resort so badly – they pay people to help you get there. With all the discounts that are available, you can’t go wrong! Your friends will turn all sorts of shades of green with envy when they look at your receipt and see the discounted cost of your Disney vacation.