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How To: Get and Use a Pin Code.

What’s a pin code? 

A pin code is a discount offer from Disney that’s exclusive to you. You are the only person who can book this code, although you’re usually allowed to book up to three rooms.  You’ll be the lead guest.

Pin code discounts run the gamut from room discounts to free dining. They’re usually, but not always, a hint of what general public discounts will look like for that time period later on. The exception is summer. We find that many guests get pin codes for summer, but that summer discounts don’t usually match these codes. So if you’re traveling during the summer and you get a code, you’re in luck!

How do I get one?

There’s no real answer to this, but the first thing you need to do is go to Disney.com and register.  Conventional wisdom suggests that if you order the personalized maps and/or the planning DVD, you’ll start getting pin codes. I’m actually living proof this doesn’t happen to everyone, but I’ve heard of many people getting codes after ordering the maps in particular.  Codes come via email or regular mail.

One thing about the emails you’ll get from Disney. Not all of them are actual pin codes so you’ll need to read through to see which one is an offer and which one is simply informing you of a current public discount or rack rate offer.  When in doubt, just ask.

How do I use my pin code?

Once you get the elusive pin code, just contact Disney directly (this has to be done by phone) or send it to your travel agent to take care of for you.  The pin code must match your actual address. It’s very difficult to correct your address if the code has it wrong, so make sure when you sign up that all your information is correct.

There doesn’t seem to be any truth to the theory that you won’t get a code after you’ve booked. Most of my clients who’ve used pin codes got them after they booked their trip. Just like with any discount, there’s no penalty to apply a code unless you’re under 45-days prior to travel (and even then, it’s just a $50 change fee).

Want to increase your chances?

Have every adult in your group register at Disney.com.  As long as they’re traveling with you, you can apply the code to up to three rooms.

Finally, don’t hesitate to ask whether or not you have a code when you call Disney. It never hurts to ask.

6 Comments

  1. Thanks for the post. I am pin hunting for November so I appreciate the advice! Another suggestion that was given to me is under your registration, save vacation offers and put the exact dates that you want to stay. Sometimes they will send you a Pin based on that. Wish me luck and good luck to other pin hunters out there@

  2. I did get and use a pin code once, got free dining for a 12 day trip for 2!
    A huge savings.

    I have gotten 3 pin codes recently and not been able to use them, they were for hotel discounts at Disneyland.

  3. I just received a PIN code that expires 3/29/12; however, we are not planning to visit WDW until March 2013. Can I use the PIN for 2013 planning? Good tip about having each family member sign up on disney.com. I will try that one too. TIA!!

  4. Hi, Kristen. It’s only good for the dates on the offer. Sorry. But since you’ve already gotten one, you will probably get more. I seem to be on the naughty list but my husband gets them all the time and I have a couple of clients who get them every few months.

    Good luck!

  5. What if they send it to my work address? I was planning a surprise trip and wanted everything sent there so I created an account with work instead of home

  6. Is this strictly for Walt Disney World?

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