Planning a Disney World Vacation? This Streaming Service Can Save Big Money

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Are you planning a trip to Disney World in the near future?

If you’re like me, you’re probably looking for any and every way to trim costs when it comes to visiting “the most magical place on earth.”

Between park tickets, accommodations, meals and more, those Disney trips can really put a dent in your wallet. But in your quest for potential savings, did you know that your streaming TV subscriptions might be the best place to start?

Disney’s popular video streaming service Disney+ is offering a new perk to subscribers that can help save up to 25% on hotel stays at select Disney resorts.

That could be hundreds of dollars back in your pocket in exchange for your $7.99 monthly streaming commitment! Let’s look at the details.


Disney World Resorts Offer Significant Discount to Disney+ Subscribers

Disney recently revealed that it will be providing Disney+ subscribers up to 25% off hotel stays at select Disney-owned resort properties for a limited time.

The promotion, which is good for travel booked to be completed between July 8 and September 30, 2022, has a limited number of hotels included. And the percentage of savings varies based on which Disney resort property you choose.

There also are a few hoops you’ll have to jump through to ensure that your Disney+ subscription is acknowledged when you attempt to book a stay with the discount.

Here’s a rundown of what you need to know.

Discount Breakdown for Each Eligible Disney World Resort

Disney is promoting the discounts as available to Disney+ subscribers on “most dates” within the July 8 to September 30 window, but the fine print acknowledges that only a certain amount of rooms are set aside for this promotion.

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So, if you see something you like, you may want to act quickly to secure your reservation.

And as I mentioned earlier, some hotels have a discount of less than 25%. In total, there are 18 different Disney World resort properties offering a discount of at least 10% for this promotion.

I found the breakdown for each Disney World resort that qualifies for this promotion:

25% Discount

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • BoardWalk Inn
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Riviera Resort
  • Yacht Club Resort

20% Discount

  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites
  • Coronado Springs Resort
  • Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

15% Discount

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • All-Star Music Resort
  • All-Star Sports Resort
  • Pop Century Resort

10% Discount

  • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

How To Qualify for This Disney World Discount

All you need to qualify for the discounts listed above is an active Disney+ streaming subscription. You can sign up for either a monthly ($7.99) or annual ($79.99) subscription here, or you can sign up for The Disney Bundle which includes access to both Hulu and ESPN+ streaming services for an additional cost.

Here’s a quick checklist of those hoops I mentioned:

  • Sign up for a Disney+ subscription prior to booking and plan to keep it active at least through the completion of your Disney World stay.
  • Connect your Disney+ subscription to your “My Disney Experience” account. The My Disney Experience account is what you use on Disney World’s website to book hotel rooms, buy park tickets and make dining and ride reservations. If your email address used for Disney+ is the same as the address attached to your account, they should sync automatically. If the email addresses you used are different, there are instructions for linking the accounts here.
  • Log in to your My Disney Experience account and search for available discounted rooms via this link.
  • If you have trouble or the rates don’t show up, Disney says that you can book the discounted travel by speaking with one of its agents at the Disney Reservation Center. The phone number is (407) 939-2833.

Some Things You’ll Want To Know About This Promotion

When I was poking around the fine print on this deal, I compiled a list of items that could be helpful in deciding whether this discount promotion is right for your Disney trip.

  • Park admission is sold separately. And it is not cheap. When you price rooms with this promotion, make sure that you also check ticket prices for parks such as Magic Kingdom or Epcot. You likely will find that the “per day” cost of tickets goes down the longer you’re willing to commit to paying. For example, a five-day park pass comes out to being cheaper per day than the two-day pass.
  • This discount can’t be combined with another offer. That is to be expected, given that most discount offers carry this rule so that you don’t “double dip” on the savings, but watch this one carefully when comparing rates. The discount you receive with this deal is a percentage off of the regular full price of the room. So if you were browsing prior to finding this deal, it’s possible you may have already been looking for discounted rates elsewhere. Set your expectations accordingly.
  • The Disney+ subscriber needs to be there. Don’t mess up your entire vacation by using the Disney+ account information of a non-traveling friend or family member. Disney says it verifies your Disney+ subscriber status and that the named subscriber must be staying in the discounted room. The subscriber must be 18 or older.
  • Your hotel reservation must be between at least one night and no longer than 14 nights. The majority of Disney World vacations typically fall between these two numbers, so there shouldn’t be much to worry about here. Finding the number of days at the resort you desire on the dates you require will be the challenge.

Final Thoughts

This discount for Disney+ subscribers is a cool perk for Disney World fans who can make a trip during the eligible dates this summer. It really could provide an option for some families to save hundreds of dollars on their vacations.

But as a writer focused on streaming services, I find this promotion fascinating in what it may mean for the future of the relationship between content consumers and the services vying for their subscription dollars.

We have seen wireless providers, including T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T, offer free or discounted subscriptions to streaming TV as a perk for its customers, but this Disney+ promotion flips the script.

Instead of being a throw-in promotion, the streaming services are now the ones offering perks to their customers in an attempt to retain them in an increasingly competitive space.

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Will companies like Netflix, HBO Max or Amazon’s Prime Video start offering travel perks to their customers in an attempt to keep up with Disney?

As a streaming consumer and budget-conscious Team Clark member, I say bring on all the discounts!


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