Secret #1 Walt Disney World has four "seasons" in each calendar year, and the cost of everything from admission to hotel rooms changes according to the season. These are called Regular Season, Peak Season, Holiday Season, and Value Season. The last season is the least crowded and therefore the time when you’ll find the most discounts. You can find the dates for each season online every year, and the best way to use this to your advantage is to split your stay between two seasons that way you’ll pay the rate of the lower cost season for your entire stay, even if the season changes while you’re there. Just beware that you don’t do it backward and end up paying a higher rate when the season changes to a lower cost one!
Secret #2 Walt Disney World periodically sends out mailings through email and regular post with PIN numbers and ID codes, offering deep discounts on hotel accommodations and park entrance prices. While there is no definitive way of knowing how to get on these mailing lists, try registering at official Disney sites for information, and perhaps request one of their free vacation planning videos. The more interested you appear, the more likely it is the company would take an interest in you and try to assure that you visit.
Secret #3 One of the least known Walt Disney World vacation secrets is the free maps and planning videos that Disney will send out to anyone planning a trip to the Magic Kingdom. Once every six months you are entitled to order a set of five Walt Disney World maps, which can make your planning and time in Walt Disney World much, much easier! You’ll be able to navigate the parks efficiently and know exactly where you’re going, and you didn’t have to pay big bucks for a tour map inside the park!
Secret #4 Free babysitting services! Think it would be nice to just leave the kids for a few hours and sneak away for an evening out by yourselves? Believe it or not, it’s actually possible. All Disney resort hotels have kids’ activity and recreation programs at various times throughout the week, and these are free to guests of the hotel. These programs will keep kids 4 to 12 occupied with games, crafts, movies, and pool time, and will also serve your kids dinner so that you don’t have to worry about making sure they eat properly while you enjoy your night on the Disney town!
Secret #5 Anyone with a multi-day Walt Disney World pass or who is a guest at one of the Disney resorts can take advantage of this Walt Disney World vacation secret: a free boat ride at any time of the day! Take a boat tour around Crescent Lake, where you can see all the Disney parks and learn about their history, or take a trip down the Sassagoula River from Port Orleans to Downtown Disney. There’s also a boat that will take you to the Magic Kingdom park and also makes several other stops and you can get off at any of these and hop onto the monorail and enjoy the view as you travel around the park!
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