Disney World Launches Summer Resort Sale: Stack the Savings!

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Disney World has been on my mind a lot recently – from the new parking fees for resort guests, to pondering if and when the Disney Monorail Resorts are worth the price, to locking in a pretty cool early-morning $69 add-on, I’ve been keeping a pretty close eye on Disney developments. We plan to head to Disney World this summer right before my youngest daughter turns three-years-old.

Dance into 3 at Disney for free…maybe with shoes next time.

The trip will count as her birthday party celebration and she will still qualify for free admission to the parks, dining experiences, and even that early morning park experience mentioned above. There’s no “best time” to visit Disney World, but right before a kid turns three is one of the pretty great times since they are old enough to enjoy it, but still ‘free’ to get in.

 

Because of the continued necessity of afternoon naps for our almost-three-year-old, our heavy emphasis on the Magic Kingdom, and our relatively short stay, I am strongly leaning towards again staying at a monorail resorts for at least part of our stay. Currently, we have the first couple of nights booked on SPG points over at the Swan/Dolphin because we will not be visiting the Magic Kingdom for that portion of the stay (and may even head to Universal for the day!). For the actual Magic Kingdom part of the trip, I’m 99% sold on the idea of staying at least at a monorail resort, and most likely at the Contemporary or Bay Lake Tower so we can just stroll(er) over to the Magic Kingdom and back whenever we want. Now that sounds like a magical location!

Of course, that magic comes at a seriously unmagical price, so I’ve been not only been considering again renting Disney Vacation Club points (currently no availability for our dates in a standard room where we want to stay), but I’ve also been keeping a pretty close eye on Disney hotel prices for our summer travel dates. Let’s just say that resort prices have been painful to watch.

Save up to 25% with Disney summer resort sale

Summer is obviously a pretty peak time at Disney World, but a few days ago Disney launched a summer sale that drops the price of the Disney resorts by as much as 25%, depending on the property. This sale is valid most nights from June 11 through August 1, 2018, if you book by May 28, 2018.

Save up to 25% at these Disney resorts:

  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Save up to 20% at these Disney resorts:

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites only
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Save up to 15% at these Disney resorts:

  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Studios only
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Save up to 15% on the Disney Polynesian studios

Depending on your resort choice and length of stay, this Disney summer sale could add up to very substantial savings pretty quickly…because, you know, Disney.

Stack even more savings on the Disney summer resort sale

Of course, most of us want to do even better than a published sale price, so here are some ideas on how to take the Disney summer sale a step further. Since many people stay at Disney for at least four nights, the Citi Prestige Card which offers the fourth night free is a fantastic card to have for a trip to Disney. You need to book your stay through the Citi Concierge, but you should be able to get them to book the Disney summer sale discounted rates to stack the sale price with the 4th night free (aka 25% off a four-night stay).

If you don’t have that card, or aren’t staying four nights, you could focus on picking up discounted Disney gift cards in order to reduce your true cost when it comes time to pay the bill. Disney gift cards are available at a discount via Sam’s Club, by using Target gift cards you purchased at a discount, and occasionally at various grocery stores and other retailers – just keep your eyes open!

You could also decide to charge your Disney Resort stay to a rewards credit card such as the Capital One Venture Rewards Card and then use the points from that card to wipe out at least some of that charge. The Capital One Venture Rewards Card’s 50,000 point sign-up bonus is worth $500 towards travel after hitting the $3,000 spending requirement. You could book your stay directly with Disney using that card with the current sale prices and then wipe out some of that travel charge using points from the card within 90 days of the purchase.

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I don’t expect our summer family trip to Disney World to be inexpensive, but I intend to make it as affordable as possible by looking for deals, strategically using points, and paying for adventure with the right rewards credit card. This new Disney summer resort sale will likely be a big piece of that savings puzzle. If you are also in the middle of planning a summer trip to Disney World, I’d love to hear what you are doing to enjoy more of Disney for less!

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Comments

  1. Yeah that Citi Prestige annual fee is totally worth it just for the 4th night free if you get to use it at least once a year. The retention offers are usually good enough to wipe out most of the rest of the net fee every year too.

    I am kind of surprised this deal is happening during peak season. Makes me wonder if their bookings are down since I wouldnt expect to see this type of a deal during the summer.

  2. Thanks for flagging this, Summer! We’re planning a similar visit for our son’s 3rd bday in June and have been heavily leaning toward the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress again since Disney Magic is expensive! Though 25% off is something to consider.

    Happy Sunday,
    A

  3. We went in the fall of 2016 during a value season, more or less. Since my husband is not a huge Disney fan, he only joined us for the second half of the trip. And since my mom and brothers were with us, we needed some unique room configurations. Enter Citi Prestige’s 4th Night Free and Disney’s split-stay! We stayed at Art of Animation in a 6 person suite for the first 4 nights, then switched over to a 2-bedroom suite at Animal Kingdom Lodge when my husband joined us halfway through for the remaining 4 nights. So we ended up with 2 nights free on an 8 night stay, plus we stacked Disney’s fall room-only offer of 20-30%, and Disney transferred our luggage to our second hotel for us. We saved over $1200, plus the Disney discount! A word of caution: the Citi Prestige Concierge agents don’t seem too familiar with Disney, so you pretty much have to know exactly what you want. We’ll do the same when we go again in 2019.

  4. We had a points stay at the Swan booked for June, and have been keeping an eye on the Disney site hoping for a sale. While we love the Swan and Dolphin, there’s something extra special about the Disney Resorts for us. When the sale appeared, we booked a stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We thought we would book the Wilderness lodge, but the larger discount at the Animal Kingdom lodge nudged us to stay there. Glad others are also leveraging the sale.

  5. Since we have annual passes we have 4 trips currently planned… all staying on points at the Swan. Our out the door cost is about $50/night with resort and parking fees. It is a fair amount of work to make sure everything is lined up but totally worth it when I get a $250 bill from the Swan for a 5 night stay.

    Thanks to this site and others, we are equipped with the knowledge to earn points and stay virtually free! Thanks Summer!

    Note: if you are staying on Disney property and booked your reservation after the 21st of March you will incur a nightly parking fee.

  6. Bay Lake Tower or The Contemporary are the best with the little ones. Can’t put a price on that 5-7 minute walk from the MK at the end of the night when thousands are crabby, tired and crowding at the ferry, monorail and buses!

  7. We Love Disney but have found our biggest savings in recent visits is my renting DVC points from an owner! We then use our Bank Of America Travel Rewards CC to charge all expenses to the room and points that have been saved up wipe out those charges usually. Plus last summer on our Disney Cruise we used the same approach and all of our gratuities, excursions and extras were pretty much covered with this card!

  8. I want to share my experience I am a true Disney fan I have been many many times , We had a trip planned for Feb that due to a family emergency we had to cancel . I was talking to my Sister-in-law about needing a Disney fix and some sunshine and on the spur of the moment we decided on a trip . My sister-in-law and her husband have never been and wanted to keep the cost down but have a “True Disney experience”. My first though was SPG but I only had enough for one room and we needed 2 , there budget was 1400.00 – 1600.00 of course there are lots of hotels close to Disney but they wanted to stay at Disney we ruled out value because we wanted a quite hotel , I started looking at the moderates I decided on Port Orleans they wanted to included the Dining plan and tickets long story short I had read where you could use your UR ( which I have a ton of ) I checked there site We have the Reserve card so value is 1.5 . I was able to book my trip completely free room tickets and dining plan for 139k and I used points for there room 3 nights @ 59k and 1,199.00 cash well under there budget flights booked with southwest (cam pass) while most will not agree with my choice in using UR it saved me 3000.00 dollars this is a FYI post it can be Done, travel specialist used the Disney discount for spring trip so no additional charge .

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