Q: When will Walt Disney World release discounts for the Fall of 2017?
A: January and February tend to the be the most popular months when it comes to plotting out the year ahead and planning Disney getaways. Therefore, its not surprising that a question being asked a lot just now is when bookers can begin to see discounts trickle in that cover dates between August & December.
Sadly, the answer is that we will need to wait a bit longer. If we look at when Walt Disney World has offered the discount historically, a best guess is that 2017 Free Dining and room discounts should be released at some point in late April of 2017 and will cover dates in the Fall of 2017.
For instance, Disney’s 2016 Free Dining promotion began on April 24, 2016 and covered the following dates:
- August 23 – October 1, 2016
- November 15 – November 21, 2016
- November 26 – November 28, 2016
- December 10 – December 21, 2016
The offer was available to book from the end of April through until July 8, 2016.
Disney also ran a Room Discount promotion offering 20 – 30% off resort rooms. This promotion was released the same day as free dining (April 25th) and covered dates between August 1st – November 15th. This offer was bookable through until August 31, 2016.
With Free Dining and Room Discounts historically being the big Fall promotions, it is fairly safe to assume that something comparable will be offered again this year. However, its not guaranteed that Disney will offer the same discount year-on-year. When these discounts are released guests should also be prepared for blackout dates, for instance last year anyone travelling in October was not eligible for the Free Dining discount as you can see above. Additionally, there are certain resorts and/or room types that tend to be exempt from the offer. Check out this article for details on resorts that may be excluded.
Yes! When these discounts are released and if your dates, resort choice, length of stay etc. mean that you’re eligible, you can have the discount applied to your reservation even after you’ve booked. That is also one of the distinct advantages of working with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. A good Disney-focused travel agent will monitor for discounts and will automatically apply them to your booking when applicable. For more information on working with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, please fill out our form below to receive your FREE quote.
Please be mindful that Disney has not released any official information on the promotions as of yet. Guests with existing reservations or who are hoping to take advantage of the upcoming dining promotion are advised to not make any changes to existing reservations until details on the promotion (including the terms and conditions)have officially been released.
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