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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.
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
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.
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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