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One discount travel website that I have been a huge, huge fan of for years now is Undercover Tourist. They not only have legitimate discounted Disney World and other theme park tickets available, but now they also have discounted official Disney Hotel rooms, too!
For many of our Disney trips I enjoy spending Starwood points to stay at the Swan (a Westin) on Disney property to keep money in my pocket, but sometimes that isn’t possible, or you just want the full Disney experience or packages that you can only get at true Disney Resorts. For that, you will now want to check Undercover Tourist to find discounted Disney World hotel rooms at all 28 Disney hotels and resorts. This includes not just standard rooms, but also larger rooms and villas, too!
While of course the discounts available will vary, I randomly picked a two-night weekend stay at the end of February to see what discounts were available, and there were huge savings to be had. For example, if you book directly with Disney at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in a room with a standard room, the room-only price came to $927 all-in for those two nights. The exact same room on the exact same dates via Undercover Tourist came to just $660.49. You won’t always save that much, but sometimes you will! I’m honestly sort of in shock.
I priced these rooms on the Disney site directly to be sure that the savings were really that significant and the $927 price displayed by Undercover Tourist was 100% spot-on to what Disney was charging. Maybe now I’ll finally be able to afford a stay at the Polynesian or the Contemporary right on the monorail like I have always wanted to do!
As a reminder, staying at a Disney resort gets you the following perks:
- The ability to book FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of check-in
- Free MagicBands
- Free transportation to the theme parks
- Free airport transportation
- Extended theme park hours with Extra Magic Hours
You get some of those perks staying at the Swan or Dolphin, but the only way to get the free MagicBands, airport transportation, and ability to make dining reservations 180 days from the first day of your trip (for up to 10 days) is to stay at a true Disney Resort. If you wanted to double dip with saving money you could pay for the UnderCover Tourist charges with the appropriate card and then use points to pay for the charges (as per this FT thread it codes as a Travel Agency charge).
I’m curious as to whether some of you other Disney junkies have had a chance to price out Disney hotels via the Undercover Tourist site since they added the hotel booking option? If so, what do you think of the discounts?
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