Disney vacations can be expensive- up to several hundreds of dollars per person depending on how long you’re staying. What’s more, it can be difficult to find a discount on a Disney vacation.
Disney sometimes offers a percentage off rack rates (the cost of the room per night) or free dining, but these discounts are few and far between. For example, Free Dining only happens twice per year!
Bounce Back offers may be the exception to this rule. Let’s take a look at Bounce Back Offers.
What is a Bounce Back offer?
A Bounce Back offer is a discount offered to guests while they are still on property. At some point, a flyer might show up on the table in your room making you an offer that usually requires you to return for another vacation between certain dates. This allows Disney to lock you in and gives you an incentive to start planning for your next vacation. The only catch is that you have to book your next vacation before midnight on your check out date.
If you are interested in a Bounce Back offer but feel like you would get too stressed trying to plan your next vacation before this one is even over, make a plan before you leave just in case you get an offer. If you already have a couple travel dates in mind and have evaluated your vacation budget, you will be better prepared to make an impromptu decision.
What types of offers can I expect?
Bounce Back offers usually involve a percentage off room-only stays or free dining with the purchase of a full-priced room. The Free Dining offer usually has dates in the Fall and right before Spring Break. Percentages off could be as high as 35% off of Deluxe Resort rooms and up to 25% off Value Resort rooms. This value offer (which runs throughout 2015) is much higher than the normal offering of 15-20% off.
You should be aware that you’ll get the most value from Moderate and Deluxe Resort hotel offers. Even if the percentage seems high for Value resorts, the actual savings may not be as much since many of the rooms are quite affordable. Also, sometimes the Value Resorts aren’t even included in the Bounce Back offers because Disney knows it’s not a good deal.
I received an offer, and I’m ready to book. What do I do?
If you received a flyer in your room and decided it’s a good deal for your family, call the phone number on the flyer before you leave the resort. This is important since the offer expires once you’ve left your room. The Cast Member will ask for the code on your flyer to confirm your eligibility.
Once you choose your travel dates, you’ll need to make a deposit. If you’re using the Free Dining offer, the deposit will likely be $200 with the remaining balance due 45 days before you arrive. If you’re using a rack rate discount offer, you will probably be asked to pay for the amount equal to one-night’s room charge. The balance will be due at check-in.
If I change my mind, can I change my dates or cancel all together?
Yes! Disney allows you to cancel your vacation without penalty as long as you are more than 45 days from your travel date. If you just need to change your dates, Disney should be able to accommodate as long as you want to change to dates within the bounce back offer date range. What’s more, if you find a better deal before you travel, Disney will be happy to change your reservation to reflect the new discount offer.
Are there any other benefits of using Bounce Back offers?
As long as the Bounce Back offer makes sense within your schedule and budget, it is usually the best discount you’ll get. It allows you to save money with no immediate risk meaning that it is refundable up to 45 days prior to your vacation. You’ll also get the peace of mind knowing you don’t have to scour the Internet for discount codes and offers. Finally, knowing you’re returning before you even leave will make that last day at Disney just a little easier. You can say to yourself, “Don’t shed a tear! We’ll be back soon!”
Have you ever accepted a Disney World Bounce Back offer? Good deal?