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New Disney Discounts for Winter and Spring 2015!

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Call it a post-Christmas surprise:  Disney just announced two great offers for late winter through springtime travel. Here are the details:

Save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels when they book between Dec. 29, 2014 and Feb. 16, 2015 for stays most nights March 2-June 15, 2015.

Or, they can save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels when they book between Feb. 17-March 28, 2015 for stays most nights March 2-June 15, 2015.

Great rates are also available for stays most nights Feb. 22-March 1, 2015.

Receive 1 more ticket day FREE when they upgrade to a room and ticket package with a minimum 4-dayMagic Your Way Ticket.

Booking Window:
Dec. 29, 2014 – Feb. 16, 2015
Feb. 17-March 28, 2015

Travel Window:
Feb. 22-June 15, 2015

Thinking about a trip? You’ll pay a refundable $200 deposit with the rest due 45-days prior to travel.  As a special bonus, all packages* booked under this offer with me will receive a $50 gift card. Referrals from you that book and travel will receive a $25 gift card. Email me at ChrisW@PixieVacations.com or call me at 919-889-5281 for more help in planning your next Disney vacation.

*For the purposes of this gift card offer, a package is defined as having a 3-day or more park ticket. 

Put Disney Under Your Christmas Tree with This Double Gift Card Offer.

Still looking for that perfect gift? You can put Disney under the tree this year for just a $200 deposit on most vacations and then make payments until your big day arrives. To sweeten the deal, I’m offering double Disney gift cards for most bookings. Here are the details:
 

  • Trips worth $1200 to $1800 will receive a $25 gift card and a monogrammed Disney tote
  • Trips worth $1801 to $2800 will receive a $50 gift card and monogrammed tote.
  • Trips worth $2801 to $3800 will receive a $75 gift card and monogrammed tote.
  • Trips worth $3801 and up will receive a $100 gift card and a monogrammed tote.

Here are the rules:

  • This offer is valid only on new bookings made starting today, December 19, through December 31, 2013.
  • Your gift card and tote will be sent with your travel documents two to three weeks prior to travel.
  •  Trip totals do NOT include airfare.
  •  Booking multiple rooms? If your totals do not equal the minimums, I will work something out for you.
  • Valid for Disney World and Disneyland bookings.
  • Packages must contain at least a 3-day ticket.
  • Valid for room-only reservations.
  • Most importantly, trip totals are based on the price at the time of travel, not at booking, since most totals will decrease when discounts are released.

As always, my services are free. I spent 52 days in Disney parks last year and I’d be happy to pass that experience onto you. For more information, please email me at ChrisW@PixieVacations.com or call 919-889-5281.  

Put Disney Under Your Christmas Tree with This Double Gift Card Offer.

Still looking for that perfect gift? You can put Disney under the tree this year for just a $200 deposit on most vacations and then make payments until your big day arrives. To sweeten the deal, I’m offering double Disney gift cards for most bookings. Here are the details:
 

  • Trips worth $1200 to $1800 will receive a $25 gift card and a monogrammed Disney tote
  • Trips worth $1801 to $2800 will receive a $50 gift card and monogrammed tote.
  • Trips worth $2801 to $3800 will receive a $75 gift card and monogrammed tote.
  • Trips worth $3801 and up will receive a $100 gift card and a monogrammed tote.

Here are the rules:

  • This offer is valid only on new bookings made starting today, December 19, through December 31, 2013.
  • Your gift card and tote will be sent with your travel documents two to three weeks prior to travel.
  •  Trip totals do NOT include airfare.
  •  Booking multiple rooms? If your totals do not equal the minimums, I will work something out for you.
  • Valid for Disney World and Disneyland bookings.
  • Packages must contain at least a 3-day ticket.
  • Valid for room-only reservations.
  • Most importantly, trip totals are based on the price at the time of travel, not at booking, since most totals will decrease when discounts are released.

As always, my services are free. I spent 52 days in Disney parks last year and I’d be happy to pass that experience onto you. For more information, please email me at ChrisW@PixieVacations.com or call 919-889-5281.  

Exclusive Room Discounts at Walt Disney World.

We’re all looking for ways to save money and a Disney vacation can be a luxury, especially these days.  The good news is, if you’re looking for some great savings, you’re in luck, because the agency I work for, Pixie Vacations, has some exclusive offers on rooms and reduced prices on tickets. These room offers are the lowest you’ll find and come with tickets that are 10% off and include a free water park admission plus the option of adding the dining plan. 

Here’s how it works:

Book any of these offers and you may also purchase theme park tickets for 10% off. In addition, you’ll automatically receive one free water park or DisneyQuest admission per ticketed guest.

Book as many nights as you like, but at least three of those nights must be included in the dates listed below. There’s some flexibility with arrivals and departure dates based on availability (in other words, in some cases, you’ll be able to check in prior to these dates or stay later than the ones posted–ask me for details).

IF another discount comes out or if you receive a pin code, I’ll switch you over if it’s a better deal for you. There’s no penalty for doing this.  What I’ve usually found is that free dining works better at the values, while the moderate resorts require you to weigh both offers carefully. We can usually beat free dining at a deluxe resort with these discounted room offers.  Please note that most of the dates listed below are not free dining periods.

These rooms are booked directly with Disney. While you may make this into a traditional package, they are considered a “room-only” booking. This works in your favor, as the cancellation policies for room-only bookins are more flexible than with a package.

Here’s a brief look at what we have:

Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival:

•Travel Dates April 7, 2013 to April 14, 2013

•Resorts: All Star Movies (value), Port Orleans Riverside (Moderate), Coronado Springs (Moderate), Polynesian (Deluxe) and Beach Club (Deluxe)

Early Summer Offer:

  

•Travel Dates: May 23, 2012 to May 30, 2013

•Resorts: All Star Movies (Value), Port Orleans Riverside (Moderate), Coronado Springs (Moderate), Polynesian (Deluxe) and Beach Club (Deluxe)

Star Wars Weekends:

 •Travel Dates June 7, 2013 to June 10, 2013

•Resorts: All Star Movies (Value), Pop Century (Value), Port Orleans Riverside (Moderate), Coronado Springs (Moderate), Polynesian (Deluxe), Beach Club (Deluxe)

Fourth of July Offer: 

•Travel Dates: July 1, 2013 to July 8, 2013

•Resorts: Pop Century (Value), Port Orleans Riverside (Moderate), Coronado Springs (Moderate), Polynesian (Deluxe), Beach Club (Deluxe), Grand Floridian (Deluxe)

2013 Food and Wine Festival:

  

•Travel Dates October 4, 2013 to October 9, 2013

•Resorts:  All Star Movies (Value), Port Orleans Riverside (Moderate), Coronado Springs (Moderate), Polynesian (Deluxe) and Beach Club (Deluxe)

If you’d like more information, please contact me at ChrisW@pixievacations.com or call me at 919-889-5281.  My clients who book under this offer will receive a free monogrammed tote bag and/or a gift card.

Walt Disney World Free Dining for Fall 2012 is Here!

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It’s here, everyone’s favorite discount: Free dining.  Here’s the basic information on this promotion plus our FREE Disney gift card offer:

Dates:

To get free dining, you must check-in during one of these selected dates. As long as you check-in on these dates, you will qualify for your entire stay (up to 14 days):

September 30 – October 4

October 19 – November 1

November 9 – November 15

November 23 – November 29

December 10 – December 13

If your dates do not fall into the dates noted above, your dates are blacked out for free dining and you will not receive the discount.  Remember, not all room types will be available under this offer. This promotion may require you to move up a level in your resort in order to receive it. Wait times this morning will be several hours, so unless you have a very specific type of room in mind, wait until the early afternoon to call.

 

Excluded Resorts:

Currently, this discount is not valid at the Ft. Wilderness campsites, 3-bedroom villas, or the Little Mermaid standard view rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation resort.  Keep in mind that during previous promotions, resorts and room types have been added.

Book by:

This offer must be booked by September 29, 2012.

For this promotion only, our FREE Disney gift card offers are as follows:

  • For vacations starting at $1200 and up, a free monogrammed tote bag.
  • For vacations starting at $1800 to $2999, a tote plus a $25 Disney gift card.
  • For vacations starting at $3000 to $4999, a tote plus a $50 Disney gift card.
  • For vacations starting at $5000 and up, a tote plus a $75 Disney gift card.

For the purposes of this gift card offer, vacation totals do not include airfare and taxes.  Gift cards are per room. 

I’m an authorized Disney vacation travel planner with Pixie Vacations. Please contact me for a no-obligation quote at ChrisW@PixieVacations.com or call 919-889-5281. Thanks!

If you’d like more information on how to book free dining, please my article on Mice Chat.

 

Free Dining for September Ends May 18th Plus a New Gift Card Offer.

Just a quick reminder that free dining for August 25th through September 29th ends on May 18th.  We’re not sure if Disney will offer another free dining discount for those dates although past history indicates a smaller number of rooms will be released again for this time period, along with a broader offer through March of the following year (with black out dates, of course).  Expect that offer to come out sometime after mid-July.

As usual, we’re offering a FREE Disney gift card when you book with us, but since it’s the last week, we’re going to bump up those offers a bit. Book now for free dining for those dates only and receive: 

  • A $35 Disney gift card and tote for bookings $2500 to $3000.
  • A $50 Disney gift card and tote for bookings $3001 to $5000.
  • A $75 Disney gift card and tote for bookings over $5000.  
  • Clients who book a package worth $1200 to $2499 aren’t out of luck. 

We’re also offering $25 gift card for client referrals you send us worth $2200 and up. Here are the rules:

  • Gift cards do not apply to Pixie exclusive offers.
  • Package totals do not include airfare.
  • Gift cards are based on a per package price, so if you book two $2500 packages, you’ll receive two $25 gift cards.
  • Gift cards are for new bookings and must be booked by May 18th.
  • You must mention this gift card offer at the time of booking (although we’ll probably remind you because we’re nice that way).
  • These gift card offers are exclusive to us and not part of an offer by Pixie Vacations or the Walt Disney Company.
Package amounts are based on the final amount at travel, not on the day you book. Applying a discount can change you gift card amount.

Contact me, Christina Wood, at ChrisW@PixieVacations.com or call 919-889-5281.

 

When Disney Resort Bookings are Down, It’s Good News for You.

If you read last week’s post about free dining for Fall 2012, you know that we’ve had clues that resort bookings are slow. This, coupled with the addition of nearly 10,000 new beds and a sluggish economy leads me to continue to speculate that we can expect some nice room discounts for Fall and into Spring.  It also explains some of the perks that have been added to the resorts recently.  It’s really a winning situation for Disney guests.

Disney’s goal is to keep rooms at around 88% occupancy. Instead, in the last two years, room occupancy has averaged about 82% (Source: Orlando Sentinel).  Keeping “heads in the beds” is about more than just filling rooms. Guests who stay on property tend to spend their money there, not just on lodging but on food and on other items that they’ll need during their stay.  Guest patronage keeps those shops and restaurants running.  Of course, it’s not just Disney that’s feeling the pinch during this time. Head down International Drive or Highway 192 and you’ll see plenty shuttered hotels and restaurants that have fallen victim to the economy. But as the biggest, most reputable name in town, Disney isn’t accustomed to having to fight for guests.

Disney offers a superior product, no question, and the lure of that quality and service will always bring guests on site, even during a difficult economy.  Nonetheless, Disney can’t rest on their laurels and they know it.  To compete with off site resorts, Disney has added new amenities that meet guests’ needs.  Some might say, a little late.  Remember when you couldn’t get free internet access at a Disney resort but you could get it at the Super 8 right off property?  That didn’t sit well with guests.  Well now you can finally get it at every resort in Walt Disney World. This is in response to guest surveys that indicated a high level of dissatisfaction over the this issue.  Room size has always been a thorny issue. Those with larger families have often had to stay off site.  The  addition of family suites at the Art of Animation will solve some of that problem.  And even something as simple as adding refrigerators to value rooms makes those rooms more attractive to guests who might otherwise balk at not having a fridge in their room and take their business elsewhere.

All of this is good news for you and me. I’ll be honest:  It would take a lot for me to stay off site. I love the convenience and the quality that staying in a Disney resort offers me. But these new perks and the possibility of some great discounts in the fall just make it all the more appealing.

If you’d like to read more about room changes, please see this article in the Orlando Sentinel.

Disney Resort Room Discounts.

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You can see why a promotion like free dining gets all the attention:  A family of four with older children can save more than $200 a night on their vacation, and since everyone needs to eat, it’s a good deal even for those who normally wouldn’t purchase the plan.  But don’t automatically assume that free dining is the best deal available.  Depending on where you stay and how many people are in the room, resort discounts, sometimes as high as 40%, can be a much bigger savings.

How Room Discounts Work:

Room discounts are offered during most of the year, excluding peak summer months and holiday weeks. Don’t expect room discounts to be available during Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, or other major holidays when children are out of school. Estimate about two weeks on either side of the holiday for black out dates.  Easter is a good example of this. If you’re traveling a week before or a week after Easter Sunday, discounts will be virtually nonexistent.

Room discounts are announced periodically or you’ll receive one in the form of a pin code.  When you book the room, just apply the appropriate code.  If you have an existing room reservation, you can apply a discount if it becomes available for your room.  Call Disney and give them your confirmation number and they’ll apply the discount or code.  If you have a travel agent, they’ll do this automatically when the discount is released (you may want to verify when you book that this is their policy, but most Disney travel agencies will monitor your vacation for discounts and apply them when they are released).  Often, there won’t be any room discounts for standard rooms, so you may have to move up to a preferred room or to a “better” view, but it’s generally still worth it.

Tip:   Book the discounted room then add tickets and dining if you want a full package. If you start off booking a “magic your way” package, you won’t get the room discount since it’s not automatically factored in. If you’re booking over the phone with Disney, their policy is to do this automatically but it doesn’t hurt to verify.

Types of Room Discounts:

Pin Codes:  Mailed directly to the holder, these are personal to you.  As with all room discounts, black out dates apply and not all resorts are available.

General Public Room Discounts:  These discounts are available to everyone and usually show up on the Disney website with very little fanfare, unlike the hubbub that comes with free dining.  Under these discounts, rooms are usually discounted anywhere from 25 to 40 percent off.   Watch out for “tiered” room discounts. For example, you may have become accustomed to  value rooms being discounted at around 25% off, but under tiered discounts, some resorts under this offer may be as low as 10%, which means that shopping around and even moving up to another level of resort with a better discount might be possible. At the very least, compare the “rack rate” (full price) rate vs. the discounted rate to see what you’re saving.

Annual Pass Discounts:  Annual pass discounts are given to annual pass holders. They’re usually slightly better than general public discounts and often cover more time periods, but in my experience they offer very few standard rooms, so get this discount when it comes out.

Tip: You don’t need an annual pass to book an AP discounted room. You’ll just need to show it within 24-hours of check-in. 

 
Military Discounts. These are the best room discounts available, especially when you combine them with discounted military tickets (currently at around $139 for a 4-day park hopper).  Military families will want to do the math when it comes to comparing this offer with free dining. This option is open to active duty, retired, and certain disabled veterans.  You may book up to three rooms with this option but the servicemember will need to show I.D. at check-in.  You may add the dining plan with this option even though you purchase discounted tickets separately.

Which Discount is Better for You?

I hear this a lot: Which is better, a room discount or free dining?  If you’re staying at a value, even if there’s only two people in the room, free dining is a better deal. You really don’t even have to do the math.  But if you’re staying at a moderate or at a deluxe resort, you’re going to have to compare the two offers and see what works best for you.  Even with an expensive villa, you can’t just assume.  I just booked an extended family in a two-bedroom villa at Saratoga Springs and I was surprised to see that even with an estimated 40% off the room (which is rare), they’d still save more with free dining.

Since you can always change discounts as they’re released, it’s always better to take the first discount that comes out.  If something better is announced later you can switch over to that, but at least you have something to start with. Remember, you can only apply one discount at a time.

New Disney Gift Card Offer.

Consider it an early Christmas gift, since i was going to wait until December to put these out, but I’m doing another gift card offer with new bookings. Here are the details:

The vacation must be a new booking.

Book between today, October 13, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

Valid for travel between November 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012.

Amounts are as follows:

  • $25 for vacations worth $2100 to $3000.
  • $50 for vacations worth $3001 to $8000.
  • $75 for vacations $8001 and up.
  • $25 gift cards for referrals worth $2000 and up.

Gift cards are per room, so if you book $3200 room and a $2200 room, you’ll get a total of $75 in gift cards, which is lower than the $8001 threshhold for a $75 gift card.  You’ll receive your gift card with your final travel documents.  Vacation amounts do not include airfare booked with Disney.  Pixie exclusive offers are excluded from this offer.

If you book a trip worth less than $2100, you’ll still receive a gift.  Choose from the following:

  • Pixie lanyards for your group.
  • A personalized tote.
  • A one-year subscription to the Touring Plans website.

Finally, I don’t charge for my services and I offer discount monitoring, customized itineraries, and do all the busy work for you. Please email me at ChrisW@PixieVacations.com for more information. Thanks!

Watch Out for Pin Codes that Aren’t Really Discounts.

We’re being told that Disney is moving toward sending out more pin codes and giving fewer general public discounts. A pin code is a discount that’s specific to you. They’re generally a little better than the general public discount that’s available.  You get them by signing up at the Disney.com site and then you wait. Some people get them every month, some never get one. There really doesn’t seem to be a surefire method for getting one, but we’ve heard that if you play around with the vacation portion of the site, your chances of getting a code are higher.  In the past, Disney didn’t send out a lot of pin codes, but this summer the number of pin codes available seems to have exploded.

The newest pin code, called “Game On” offers room discounts and free quick service dining at the values.  There are a few catches with these pin codes, for example the room discount is non-refundable in some cases, But, the one issue that’s been cropping up and causing a lot of complaints is that some of the codes that are being sent out aren’t a discount at all! They’re rack rate.  So make sure you get a code that’s an actual discount.

You can do one of two things to ensure that your code is actually going to save you money.  One, call your travel agent and have her take care of it.  She’ll call Disney and see if this code is for an actual savings.  Or, if you’re working on your own, before you call Disney, go to the Disney site and run the dates you want for full price. Once you have that number, call Disney and have them apply the code. Some of the cast members don’t recognize these codes as not being actual discounts. It’s not their fault, because the code can be confusing.  You’re on your own to determine whether or not you’re going to save money. 

This isn’t new. I’ve had clients send me pin codes that are for full rack rate in the past. In one case, the client is a very Disney-savvy guest, so it isn’t like these codes are easy to discern from actual pin codes.  If anyone would have known the difference, she would have.  Just be wary of these “codes” and know what you should expect to pay for rack rate before you go in and you’ll be fine.

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